Art Exhibits and Projects

This section is for photos of Exhibits and Projects that I work on.

Das letzte Buch / The Last Book (15.5. – 1.7.)

Das letzte Buch / The Last Book (15.5. – 1.7.)

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“Lesen erfordert eine gewisse geistige Anstrengung. In dem Maße, in dem direkter Konsum und
sofortige Befriedigung zunehmen, wird diese Anstrengung als lästig und unnötig empfunden. Dies
alles könnte dazu führen, dass Bücher zu geheimen Fetischen reduziert werden“ (Luis Camnitzer). Der Künstler Luis Camnitzer bat im Jahr 2007 zunächst Freunde und Bekannte, eine Seite für „Das Letzte Buch (The Last Book)“ zu schreiben. Dieses Statement sollte ein Vermächtnis für die kommenden Generationen werden, ein Plädoyer für das Kulturgut Buch – für den Fall, dass das Buch aus unserer Kultur verschwinden sollte. Später wurde der Aufruf von Kulturseiten und Blogs im Internet aufgegriffen und damit weltweit verbreitet. Die gesammelten Seiten für „Das Letzte Buch“ dienen nun als Testament unserer Zeit. Seite für Seite können die Beiträge gelesen werden, wobei die spezielle Bindung des Buches das Durchblättern der Seiten zu einem Ritual macht.

Das Projekt provoziert die Frage, ob die auf Büchern basierende Kultur ihrem Ende entgegengeht. Denn nicht nur wegen der neuen Medien, der technischen und gesellschaftlichen Veränderungen, sondern auch wegen der zunehmenden Verschlechterung des Bildungssystems in vielen Teilen der Welt stellt sich die Frage nach dem Verschwinden des Buches.

Luis Camnitzer wurde 1937 in Lübeck geboren. 1939 emigrierten seine Eltern mit ihm nach Uruguay. Seit 1964 lebt er in New York. Als Künstler hat er an vielen internationalen Ausstellungen wie der Dokumenta 11 in Kassel und den Biennalen in Venedig (1988), Havanna (1991), Sao Paulo, Kwangju (1997) und der Whitney Biennale in New York (2000) teilgenommen. In Deutschland stellte er 2010 im Museum Wiesbaden sein Werk „Memorial“ aus.

A photo of my work Tuscan is in this project.

Ausstellungsdauer: 15.5.-1.7.2012
Ort: Foyer der Bibliothek, Eintritt frei.

Current Exhibit List

Current Exhibits:

  • Grand Opening Exhibit, My Studio Gallery, Port Washington, NY, May-June 2012

Upcoming Exhibits:

  • Howl Festival, Painting in Tompkins Square Park, June 2-3, 2012
  • Art Takes Times Square, Billboard Premier in Times Square on June 18th
  • The Garbage Barge Revisited: Art from Dross, Islip Art Museum, June-August 2012
  • Nautical but Nice, My Studio Gallery, Port Washington, NY, July 2012
  • (Solo Exhibit) And the Paper goes POP, RIPE Gallery, Huntington, NY, Aug 7-31 2012
  • (Solo Exhibit) Words of War, Hillwood Gallery, Brookville, NY, Oct 2012

Art Tour Korea

It was an interesting trip to visit and display art work in Korea. So much has changed since I was there in 1994 as a soldier, but it was also different seeing it as an artist this time. We held 4 exhibitions in universities and gave lectures about our art at 5 universities, while visiting 7 cities, all in 2 weeks. While the visit was short, I did meet some interesting artist and some some great exhibits. Will post photos soon…

Getting ready for the summer

I have a busy summer ahead of me.

April

Demonstration at the Art League of Long Island

May

Exhibit at My Studio Gallery, Port Washington

Exhibit at 2012 People’s Choice Salon Show, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Exchange Exhibit with Ulsan University, Ulsan, South Korea, 14-16 May 2012
Exchange Exhibit with Keimyung University, Daegu, South Korea, 17-19 May 2012
Exchange Exhibit with Honam University, Gwangju, South Korea, 20-22 May 2012
Exchange Exhibit with Sungshin Womens University, Seoul, South Korea, 23-25 May 2012

June

Teach Paper Cutting at LIU Post

Painting in the Park, Central Park, NY

July

Exhibit “Works in Paper”, B.J. Spoke Gallery, Huntington, NY

Nautical and Nice, My Studio Gallery, Port Washington, NY

August

Solo Exhibit RIPE Gallery, Huntington, NY

October

(Solo Exhibit) Words of War, Hillwood Gallery, Brookville, NY

A couple of other possible exhibits, will post more as I get the information.

Freedom is not Free: It takes the struggle of others to make it happen!

This is the drawing I did on the 5×7 postcard for the WHITE BOX SPRING BENEFIT 2012 Wednesday, April 25, 2012 | 6 – 10 PM.

HONORING AI WEIWEI
 with the 1st Richard J. Massey Foundation – White Box
Arts and Humanity Award

Hosted by Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky

6 – 8 PM | VIP Cocktails and Hors d’Oeuvres; Silent Auction + Postcard Art Sale begins
8 PM | Live Auction begins 
8:45 PM | Award presentation and opening remarks
9 PM | Ai Weiwei’s award acceptance live via Skype
9:15 – 10 PM | Silent Auction + Postcard Art Sale ends at 10pm followed by a celebration and DJ performance

Where is all the original art?

Over the last year I have joined a couple of art exhibits with groups like Artists Wanted and others, I find it disturbing that many artists continue to enter the same work over and over to various competitions for the same organization. If the work has not won before what makes them think that it is going to win this time. Either they think that people will see it so much and will eventually pick their work, or they just don’t create enough work to submit new stuff. They need to wake up and realize that if the work is not selected the first 5 times resubmitting it over and over is not going to make it any better.

The other thing that I find troublesome is the fact that many of these artists today are not creating new work, or their own ideas, but simply stealing what others have done. I have seen some take photos of famous works calling the photos their art, and other simply remaking famous art in pop styles. Maybe they think that people will see the image and if they can recognize it will vote for them, but the truth is that while that kind of stuff might sell in small markets art collectors and curators are looking for something that stands on its own, and not just simply copied work.

As artist it is not our job to simply create work that is recognizable, but to create work that sparks the imagination and invokes emotion.

Here is my submission for Art Takes Times Square, hope you like and collect it.

http://DaveRogers.artistswanted.org/atts2012

Puzzle Art Project

Purpose:

The purpose of the project is to bring communities and people together to work on improving their neighborhoods and learning to solve problems together through art. Though we all have some kind of creative side it is often difficult to see how people’s ideas and styles can work together to form a larger image.

Introduction to the project:

In this day of digital age it is easy to forget that the teaching of problem solving using your mind and not a computer is still an important process for the development of students and artists as a whole.

The Art Puzzle Art Project is meant to give children and adults alike the ability to learn new creative ideas and how they can be related to problem solving while creating group and community based art. Each puzzle will contain 3-4 images in which the groups can work on to create a final image. Working from an image provided to them and with various artists and those interested in art each person will either paint, draw or design their piece of the puzzle without knowing where the piece will fit into the puzzle or which pieces will be next to theirs. Once each piece is completed the puzzle will be put together by the group to make a final image.

The puzzel can be designed to not only teach problem solving but as a tool for learning topics and design concepts as well, but even more, the Art Puzzle Project is ideal for teaching children and adults about diversity and how though we are all different we can still go together. While each person designs their own piece in their own way, in th end they go together to form a single work of art.

Cost of the project:

The total cost of the project will be (amount to be determined later). Which will cover the cost of design and cutting of the wood, materials for the perticipatants to create their part of the puzzle, and various artists to help with the project.

Breakdown of cost:

Design of the puzzle:

Photographing and designing the images for the project 200.00 USD
Cutting of the wood into puzzle shapes 600.00 USD
Printing and cutting the pieces to go with the puzzle 250.00 USD

Paints:
Water color 65.00 USD
Gouache 65.00 USD

Other Materials:

Drawing pencils 22.00 USD
Color pencils 45.00 USD
Paper 22.00 USD
Glue 13.00 USD
Acrilic medium 30.00 USD
Scissors 12.00 USD

Hanging Materials:

Mounting equipment 75.00 USD
Hanging kit 34.00 USD

Compensation per artist assisting in the event: 100 USD total of 5 artists.

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