THURSDAY, December 19, 2013
THROUGH Sunday, February 9, 2014
Thursday, December 19, 2013 | 6 PM
Creative Cocktail Hour 6-10 PM
About the Exhibition: Using the language of furniture design, Ballard makes every aligned side, notched end or butt joint serve as a marker for the arrangement of forms, which at first glance might appear haphazard. Ballard's intentional misuse of visual language, craftsmanship and engineering gives a nod to this rich tradition of building while poking at it, flipping it on its head, and altering its functionality. His components have nondescript origins and questionable nature; their dependence upon each other, physically and aesthetically, makes their indivisibility unsettling.
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. Ballard is one of six artists chosen by three guest jurors to receive a solo exhibition and publication opportunity.
The title of this exhibition is derived from a short story by Amina Cain entitled Furniture, Table, Chair, Shelves.
About the Artist: Born in Charlotte, North Carolina Austin Ballard received his BFA from the College of Art and Architecture at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte and his MFA in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Ballard is the recipient of a 2013 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant and in conjunction with this award he particpated as an artist in residence at Ox-Bow School of Art in Saugatuck, Michigan in September 2013. Ballard has also been an artist in residence at I-Park in East Haddam, Connecticut (2012), the Wassaic Project (2013), the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop in Scotland (2013), and the Vermont Studio Center (2011). In April 2014, Ballard will begin an 11-month stay at the McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, North Carolina as an Affiliate Artist in Residence. Currently, he lives and works in North Carolina and teaches at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte's College of Art and Architecture.
THURSDAY, November 7, 2013
Through THURSDAY, January 2, 2014
Opening Reception THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21
at CREATIVE COCKTAIL HOUR
About the Exhibition: BANGARANG engages the viewer with a non-traditional means of creating a unique worn aesthetic. Blending the parameters of painting, sculpture, and performance, Campbell’s action-process of skateboarding on enamel-covered surfaces creates gestures and marks that embed action as physical history. The resulting "subconscious yet visible structures" created by Campbell’s performances result in "minimal compositions that associate abstractly with the dynamic scuffs left behind from the skateboard."
About the Artist: Rob Campbell received his MFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2013 and his BFA from North Michigan University in 2011. His works have been exhibited across the country at galleries and museums including Broadway Gallery and The Invisible Dog in New York City and Devos Art Museum and ARTlab in Marquette, MI. Recently, Campbell was awarded the American Austrian Foundation Prize for Fine Arts, a Travel/Artist-in-Residence Grant from Salzburg International Academy of Fine Arts in Austria. Campbell currently lives and works in New York City. Campbell is a 2013 Step Up Selectee.
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Through SUNDAY, March 2, 2014
MEMBER RECEPTION: SATURDAY, NOVEBER 9 | 5-6 PM
Public Reception: Saturday, November 9 | 6-8 PM
About the Exhibition: Building Materials brings together a group of artists working in a variety of media – photography, painting, sculpture, and video – that share an interest in structure and materiality. This show highlights principles of construction and materiality, as each artist idiosyncratically reflects on and creates from the built environment.
The exhibiting artists share a sense that the processes and decisions in the practical making of a work of art can become that work's core narrative. Building Materials includes pieces of wide-ranging character, from considerations of architecture-proper, to paintings of architecture, to the digital architecture of the contemporary photograph.
Building Materials presents a spectrum of works that engage material as both image and constructive unit – from Wiley and Kulok's images of buildings in the midst of construction and decay, to the sculptures of Losh, Lassere, Salazar, and Shirreff's video, presenting materials of plaster, paint, wire, or glass as content. Between these poles Fyfe, Hyde, Houck, James, Steciw, and Blalock bring forward the material concerns of picture making and its support, relying on the presentation of this set of materials to implicate the materials pictured.
THURSDAY, October 10, 2013
Through SUNDAY January 5, 2014
Reception: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17 | 6-10PM
About the Exhibition: Lourdes Correa-Carlo (now based in Queens) began working on the pieces in her Real Art Ways exhibition when she moved to Hartford in the fall of 2009. Taking special notice of a pedestrian walkway crossing Interstate 91, her work pronounces a visual relation between this particular structure and theorist Jeremy Bentham's late eighteenth-century modernist design for prison architecture, the "Panopticon" or "inspection house." The resulting piece, Vigilance Structure, towers opposite the Inverted Structure, a similarly reconstituted site-specific sculpture derived in part from a photograph of a boarded-up house in Hartford's Frog Hollow neighborhood. Evoking what she terms a Systemic Relation, Correa-Carlo brings up the ways in which ideologies central to urban planning can construct images of dislocated cultures and communities, and consequently end up reinforcing a fractured reality.
About the Artist: Lourdes Correa-Carlo received her MFA from Yale University in 2009 and her BFA from Escuela de Artes Plásticas, San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2000. She also attended the Universidad de Puerto Rico, San Juan for studies in Art History. Correa-Carlo has exhibited her work at several venues including Julius Caesar in Chicago; Marc Jancou Contemporary in New York, NY; 1156 Chapel Gallery in New Haven, CT; and Galería Comercial and M&M Proyectos in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her work has been written about in Art in America, Artnet, and ArtNexus. Correa-Carlo was recently an artist-in-residence at The Core Program in Houston, and has been a resident previously with the Bronx Museum's Artist in the Marketplace [AIM] Program in New York, NY, the Center for Photography Woodstock AIR in NY, and the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT.
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.