March 13, 2014 - May 4, 2014
Opening Reception: March 20, 2014 | 6-8PM
About the Exhibition: In his ongoing series of illustrated posters, Madore meticulously creates and catalogs a world populated by the likes of Kings, animals and tribes, utilizing aggressive colors and fonts remnant of illuminated manuscripts and stories from antiquity.
Madore provides us with a definition of terms for his presentation or new and recent works on paper:
A visual genre marked by compulsive, somewhat jittery depictions of a garden "society-cum-travel" agency, on the edge of a nervous breakdown.
Observational overkill; "doorbell panic"; … mood liability; inexplicable gaze strategy; fissiparousness; … habitual twiddling and nail-biting; hypersensitivity to noise, …. aversion to knitwear; console fatigue; … dubious fields of inquiry (e.g., telepathic encounters, ... "Pyrenean Agarics," Wyoming bunkhouses, "Austro-Bavarian Balloon Expeditions," ... etc.).
About the Artist: As a child Michael Madore created drawings of maps and diagrams in order to corroborate his increasingly specialized interests, symptomatic of his diagnosed Asperger's Syndrome (a form of autism). In 1987, while hospitalized at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Madore took the advice of his psychiatrist and entered the Yale MFA painting program. He graduated in 1990 and he has continued painting and drawing alongside his work as a medical editor, proofreader, and writer on topics ranging from synesthesia, tics, and ikebana. Madore lives and works in Hartford, CT.
March 13, 2014 - June 8, 2014
Opening Reception: March 20, 2014 | 6-8 PM
About the Exhibition: Kaufman's installation Empty Party (Intervention Potential I) recreates a DJ and speaker showroom from a music and electronics store. The towering equipment - speakers, colored lights, a disco ball - all run incessantly around an empty dance floor, evoking a party that never quite takes off. This work, in conjunction with Kaufman's video component Friday Nights at Guitar Center, peers into the psychology of American chain stores, and how they package and stereotype identities that perpetuate the fantasy of rock stardom, the human desire to be seen and recognized, and the simultaneity of exhibitionism and vulnerability.
About the Artist: Allison Kaufman is a video artist and photographer. She has exhibited her works nationally at spaces including HERE Arts Center and Hendershot Gallery in NYC, and Moore College of Art and Design and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in Pennsylvania. Her exhibitions have been reviewed in the Huffington Post, L Magazine, the Pittsburgh-Tribune Review, and Bomb Magazine's BOMBlog.
Kaufman spent time as artist in residence at the Constance Saltonstall Foundation of the Arts and Yaddo in upstate New York, the center for Emerging Visual Artists in Philadelphia, and the Penland School of Crafts in Bakersville, North Carolina. She received her BFA from New York University and her MFA from the School of Visual Arts (SVA). She currently lives and works New York City.
Each year Real Art Ways opens a call for exhibition proposals to emerging artists based in New England, New York, and New Jersey called Step Up. Kaufman is one of six artists chosen for Step Up 2013 by three guest jurors to receive a solo exhibition and publication opportunity.
Through WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 2014
About the Exhibition: Morrissey presents several interacting sculptures of recreated objects from one of his earliest memories: a catamaran that he used to sail (called a hobie cat), a group of cacti he once stepped on, and a swarm of bees that attacked his sister. Morrissey's practice is about recreating fragments of remembered scenes, and relating personal experiences to the objects he creates using unlikely hardware including zip ties, twist ties, rivets and rubber straps.
About the Artist: Shane Morrissey graduated with a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2009 and then went on to participate in residencies at The Wassaic Project and The Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside. He has exhibited his works at the Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven, CT, the Francis Street Kitchen Gallery in Portland, OR, the Sandman Gallery in Meriden, CT, and various galleries throughout Baltimore, MD.
In 2012 Morrissey entered the MFA program with a full-time fellowship at the University of Connecticut. He will graduate in May 2014 and will then be in residence at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT.
Each year Real Art Ways opens a call for exhibition proposals to emerging artists based in New England, New York, and New Jersey called Step Up. Morrissey is one of six artists chosen by three guest jurors to receive a solo exhibition and publication opportunity.
THROUGH Sunday, March 9, 2014
About the Exhibition: In Randall's newest series of drawings, chewing gum, blown bubbles transform an innocent but disposable pleasure into a fragile sense of skin and bodily organs. As a group, inflating and deflating bubble imagery appears to breathe. In addition to the drawings in Sticky Randall presents her first video art piece to echo the movement of the drawings while calling to mind abjection, vulnerability, and humor, at an intersection of the absurd and grotesque.
About the Artist: Julia Randall received her MFA from Rutgers University, and her BFA from Washington University in St. Louis. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Garvey/Simon Art Access and Jeff Bailey Gallery in New York City, and in Sydney, Australia at Esa Jaske Gallery. Her drawings have been included in numerous group exhibitions, most recently at The Weatherspoon Museum of Art, The Tang Museum at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, The National Academy in New York, KS Art in New York, BravinLee Programs in New York, Paul Loya Gallery in Los Angeles, and at the Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey.
Randall is the recipient of numerous fellowships and residency awards, including a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Yaddo, and multiple residencies at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France. Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times, NY ARTS, Art on Paper, Flash Art, and the Sydney Morning Herald. Additionally, her drawings have been featured in New American Paintings, American Artist, and Beautiful/Decaymagazines. Randall lives and works in New York City and Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut and is Assistant Professor of Art - Drawing at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.
Special thanks to Chris Zitelli for video production and editing.
THROUGH Sunday, April 6, 2014
CLOSING PERFORMANCE: THURSDAY, MARCH 20 | 7PM
About the Exhibition: Inspired by the fluctuating time signatures of geological and cataclysmic events, Urban Heat Island is a multimedia installation to be elaborated upon through four progressively evolving performances by the artists. Jeff and Tara explore the intersection of natural systems and human methodologies by speeding up imperceptible occurrences into observable moments, and slowing down quick events into meditative and coherent circumstances. In connecting seemingly discrete events, the artists hope to motivate a greater existential narrative that will create a performance and installation space that "can live and breathe."
About the Artist: Both Jeff Kurosaki and Tara Pelletier received their MFA in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Jeff received his BFA in Ceramics and French from the University of Hawaii; Tara received her BFA in Fiber Arts from MICA in Baltimore, Maryland.
Now based in Brooklyn, Jeff and Tara are a collaborative team that builds multi-layered narrative projects using sculpture, video, music and performance. Their work explores the tension between the fundamental rhythms of life and the ordered systems that humans design to make sense of these rhythms. Select exhibitions of their works and performances have appeared at Public Assembly in Brooklyn, New York; Space Gallery in Portland, Maine; R/D Gallery in Honolulu, Hawaii, and Vox Populi in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They are currently studio residents through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Workspace program. Jeff and Tara are 2013 Step Up Selectees.
Each year Real Art Ways opens a call for exhibition proposals to emerging artists based in New England, New York, and New Jersey called Step Up. Jeff + Tara are one of six artists selected by to receive an exhibition and publication opportunity.
Envisionfest debut Saturday, September 21
Real Art Ways presents RAW City Mini-Golf, an innovative
3-hole course designed by Hartford artist Randy Gilman. The course, located on Bushnell Plaza, will be fully operational and available for play during Envisionfest on Saturday, September 21 from 11 AM to 6 PM.
The 3-hole course is a preview on an 18-hole artist commissioned mini-golf course coming to life in the city in the summer of 2014.
Support for this project comes from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and The City of Hartford Arts & Heritage Jobs Grant Program, Pedro Segarra, Mayor, administered by the Greater Hartford Arts Council.
The Charter Oak water mural is located at 215 Pearl Street in downtown Hartford, on the exterior wall of the long vacant deconsecrated synagogue. The mural, while barely visible when the wall is dry, blossoms into full detail when water saturates the piece. Niklewicz’s water-activated mural depicts the enduring symbol of Connecticut’s revolutionary spirit. The iconic image, which appears and disappears from view, is based on Charles DeWolf Brownell’s painting of 1857 in the collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum. Local artist J.D. Richey assisted Niklewicz in realizing his vision for The Charter Oak.
The Charter Oak was officially unveiled at a reception on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 5:30PM. After a brief reception, all were invited back to Real Art Ways for Creative Cocktail Hour. After the initial reception, the mural was "watered" every day at 3PM until the beginning of November.
Walking Around a Tree is a companion piece to the water mural. The projection, which animates a young tree that revolves 360 degrees, was displayed at night, high on the exterior of the AT&T building adjacent to the synagogue.
The Walking Around a Tree projection debuted the evening of Saturday, September 22, 2012. Viewers were welcomed to begin the adventure at Real Art Ways by participating in our Real Ride, which stopped by the AT&T building for the premier of the piece.
Public art should embrace the existing environment and work to enrich reality. The blank slates (almost screens) of the two downtown buildings invite visuals that give counterbalance (nature) and meaning (historical context). The image of the Charter Oak speaks to both. The projection of the new tree speaks to the continuum.
About Adam Niklewicz
Adam Niklewicz arrived in the United States in the 1980’s, seeking refuge from martial law in Poland. Much of Niklewicz’s work is informed by the dislocation he feels as a Polish-born American.
While he has developed a body of work that is varied in material and formal terms, it is unified in its lyricism and sense of loss, and in its obsession with the impossible project of reconciling past and present.
Collaboration and Support
The Capital City Canvas public art projects The Charter Oak and Walking Around a Tree are co-organized by Real Art Ways, the City of Hartford and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art with support from the Greater Hartford Arts Council. The initiative is funded by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development - Office of the Arts and the City of Hartford with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. In-kind support for the project is generously provided by 215 Pearl LLC, AT&T Connecticut, TheaterWorks, The Metropolitan District, and the U.S. Army, U.S. Naval, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps recruiting offices in Hartford.
Congratulations to the 2013 Step Up Selectees:
Congratulations to the 2013 Step Up ALTERNATES:
STEP UP is a series of six solo exhibitions open to emerging artists living in New York, New Jersey or New England.
The STEP UP exhibition series seeks to provide emerging artists in our region an exhibition and publication opportunity at a critical moment in their careers. While artists are permitted to propose the exhibition of existing work, the jury places special emphasis on proposals that call for the creation of new work.
The jury selects work based on: the quality of the artist's work, the innovation evidenced by the submitted work and proposal, the potential impact of the exhibition on the artist's career and the economic and physical feasibility of the proposed exhibition.
STEP UP 2013 is made possible with the generous support of our Members, the National Endowment for the Arts, Sandy and Howard Fromson, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism, the Alexander A. Goldfarb Memorial Trust, the Nimoy Foundation, the National Performance Network's Visual Artists Network, Lincoln Financial Group, Travelers and Greater Hartford Arts Council's United Arts Campaign.