Paul Komada (MFA Alum) in several shows this fall!

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Join us Sunday, September 28th, 11am-3pm, Mad Campus Art WalkMadArt UWCampusGlobal Bloblem
Sculpture midway between Denny Hall and Kane Hall
September 13 - October 25

Map and details: http://madartseattle.com/mad-campus-art-walk-september-28th/
Opening reception,Saturday,  October 4, 2pm
To Be Alone Together, Curated by  Shelly Leavens and Emma Jane Levitt
Museum of Northwest Art
October 4 - January 4
121 South First Street, La Conner, WA 98
257,  (360) 466-4446

Site Specific Installation:
Storefronts Projects, Shunpike, Seattle WAGoing Cascade
South Lake Union Storefronts ProjectsEnding October 15
Amazon campus SW corner of Terry and Mercer

Ghost GalleryCorner of E Denny Way & Summit/Olive
Group show: Slave to the Needlepoint
November 13 - December 5

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Joan Oh (MFA '15) at The Indie Photobook Library in Durham, NC - Opens 10/9


Reception: October 9, 2014, 5–8pm, with Larissa Leclair of the Indie Photobook Library
Book signing with invited local authors: October 17, 2014, 5–8pm as part of Durham’s Third Friday
Picture Books is a juried exhibition of self-published and handmade photography books, featuring A Survey of Documentary Styles in Early 21st Century Photobooks from the Indie Photobook Library, curated by Larissa Leclair and Darius Himes.
Indie Photobook Library Presents
Curated by Larissa Leclair and Darius Himes
The Indie Photobook Library’s seminal traveling exhibition, curated by Larissa Leclair and Darius Himes, arrives at Duke, after stops in New York, San Francisco and DC. A Survey of Documentary Styles in early 21st century Photobooks draws from the iPL collection and features 70 photobooks. The exhibition looks at the “documentary tradition” through the lens of a 21st century, global photographic community in which the lines between journalism, art and the long-term documentary project have blurred, morphed and continue to feed off of each other. The books selected for this exhibition present a range of subject matter, each coupled with a particular visual language drawn from a pool of diversity. There are books that speak a more traditional documentary language, while there are those that explicitly critique that very same tradition; there are diaristic books and titles that overlay a typological structure; other books rely primarily on found and vernacular imagery; and there are many books that borrow heavily from an art-photography storehouse. The goal of this exhibition is to survey the field before us and to foreground questions of authorship, voice, style and content.
The exhibition catalog, designed by Patrick Aguilar of Owl & Tiger Books, is available through Blurb. Visit Indie Photobook Library at blurb.com and search for Indie Photobook Library or the iPL homepage.
Click here for the exhibition list of Photobooks from the iPL.
Larissa Leclair is an independent curator and writer. She is the Founder of the Indie Photobook Library (www.indiephotobooklibrary.org), a U.S. based archive that collects and showcases self-published and indie published photobooks, and facilitates discourse on trends in contemporary publishing and scholarly research now and in the future. Since May of 2010, the iPL has organized over thirty pop-up library spaces, events, and feature-length exhibitions in the United States, Canada, Guatemala and China. The seminal traveling exhibition A Survey of Documentary Styles in early 21st century Photobooks was featured in the San Francisco Chronicle and on TIME LightBox. Larissa Leclair has written for PDN, GUP, PQ, Photo-Eye, and VOP. She has served as a juror for the Blurb Photography Book Now competition, Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Festival, the 4th International Photobook Festival Photobook Award in Kassel, Germany, and the CPW Fellowship Fund 2013, among others. She lectures extensively, including the School of Visual Arts, Georgetown University, the Corcoran College of Art & Design, MICA, the New York Art Book Fair, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Leclair was a 2014 Young Voices Fellow for The Next Conversation at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona and received the Griffin Museum Spotlight Award. Leclair is the editor of a volume of critical essays on the contemporary photobook with a specific focus on self-published work to be published in 2015 by the Indie Photobook Library and Conveyor Arts.


Jenny Perlin (UPenn Faculty) at The New York FIlm Festival

Jenny Perlin screens new work at The New York Film Festival October 3, 2014 at 9:15pm.

OCTOBER 3 2014
New York Film Festival: Projections
World Premiere

The Measures
A film by Jacqueline Goss and Jenny Perlin
Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York
Friday, October 3, 9:15pm

"Highlights include new works from filmmakers familiar to NYFF and Views from the Avant-Garde audiences including Kevin Jerome Everson (Fe26, Sound That, and Sugarcoated Arsenic), Ben Rivers (Things), Ben Russell (Atlantis), Sylvia Schedelbauer (Sea of Vapors), and Deborah Stratman (Second Sighted). Jacqueline Goss returns to the festival with the world premiere of her collaboration with visual artist Jenny Perlin, The Measures, which explores the metric system’s origins via the journey of two 18th-century astronomers tasked with determining the true length of the meter. The film will be screened with a live voiceover performed by Goss and Perlin."
-a blurb from the website

To check out the full line-up for this film festival, go to:

Jenny Perlin (UPenn Faculty) at Anthology Film Archives in NYC


July 12 – September 16

Each of our quarterly calendars contains hundreds of films and videos all grouped into a number of series or categories. Along with preservation screenings, theatrical premieres, thematic series, and retrospectives, we’re equally dedicated to presenting work by individuals operating at the vanguard of non-commercial cinema. Each month we showcase at least one such program, focusing on moving-image artists who are emerging, at their peak, or long-established but still prolific. These programs are collected under the rubric SHOW & TELL, to emphasize the presence of the filmmakers at each and every program. This calendar brings visits from Gustav Deutsch, a key figure of Austrian avant-garde cinema who will be premiering his radically atypical SHIRLEY – VISIONS OF REALITY; Ukrainian documentary filmmaker, Juri Rechinsky; and NY-based artist and film- and videomaker Jenny Perlin, whose show coincides with an exhibition at Simon Preston Gallery. This series is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts’ Electronic Media and Film Presentation Funds grant program, administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes (www.NYSCA.org, www.eARTS.org).

Upcoming Screenings

Anthology Film Archives 32 Second Avenue New York, NY 10003


Dan O'Neill (MFA '14) at JAMESTOWN ARTS CENTER in RI - opens Sept 13

Suzanne Volmer




As an attention grab for audiences visiting Jamestown Arts Center in late summer and early fall, a glowing neon glyph set in low relief will greet them just inside the door. Reminiscent of the emblem of a super- hero’s belt or a computer command key, this stylized cloverleaf by Colgate Metcalf Searle III invites entry into the unique three-person exhibition “Second Home.” The show includes neon/mixed-media sculptures by Searle, artworks by Alice O’Neill (her drawings, etchings and cyanotypes), and a projection installation by her muralist brother, Daniel O’Neill.

The three artists grew up together in Providence and received under- graduate degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). If familial pedigree matters, then note that Alice and Daniel O’Neill’s father is a professor in RISD’s film department and Searle’s dad is a professor in its landscape architecture department. The Jamestown exhibition basically tells a coming-of-age story about three individual trajectories that are informed significantly by experiences beyond New England.

After RISD, Daniel O’Neill received his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania after living in Rome, Italy, where he absorbed a rich history of mural painting, triggering his re-mix of the genre. Among employment opportunities, Daniel worked as studio manager for artist Joseph Kosuth, recognized for his neon text installations.

Alice was the one to contact Jamestown Arts Center last year regarding the development of this artist-curated exhibit. The idea came to her while she finished removing items from the O’Neill family house in Jamestown. She includes drawings and etchings, which reference things she gathered. Alice is interested in ideas of attachment, and so such things as her mother’s earrings are included as subject matter, blown-up beyond life-size.

Alice received her master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin in 2012 and has a Master in Printmaking from the University of Brighton in the United Kingdom. She was awarded a graduate assistantship at Wisconsin’s Tandem Press, a facility that produces professional artist editions by Sean Scully, Suzanne Caporael and others. Mentored at Tandem, she worked with their largest printing press. She has also made oversize cyanotypes that are included in the “Second Home” exhibition.


Searle combines a designer’s sensibility, technician’s skill and an artist’s vision to create his artwork. He had fabrication experience in design and architectural roles in New York City before deciding to pursue neon at the University of Wisconsin. He expects to receive his Masters degree in 2015 from that institution. When asked, “Why Wisconsin?,” Searle explains that there are only a few schools in the United States where a person can learn neon fabrication; the University of Wisconsin is on that list. He points out that neon and beer culture have actually evolved simultaneously in the Wisconsin economy, as neon signs are the advertising choice in many bars. The vernacular for the neon color “Brilliant Blue” straight off the production line is “Pabst Blue” among enthusiasts — illus- trating the connection neon has with the promotion of brew.

Searle had a rabidly successful couple of days at a recent Scope Art Fair in Miami, bending coat hangers into funky portable wire sculptures on the spot and selling them like hotcakes to collectors. He brings to Jamestown an extension of this way of thinking that is clever, sometimes funny and only achievable with an underlying understanding of mathematical determinates. Colgate’s meticulous control of possibilities is several steps above DIY culture in its refined use of materials; however, his mixed-media approach still utilizes easy finds of stock items from big-box hardware stores that he coaxes into effectiveness by drawing constantly upon his design training. His artworks evoke a minimalist sculptural intensity.

Alice O’Neill contributes subtle pencil drawings, evocative cyanotypes and etchings shown in the main gallery with Searle’s work. The artists have a sense of clean authority in common, and both have an interest in the craft of execution and quite differently explore connection of mood and emotion.

Daniel O’Neill chose the small gallery just before the central larger space to show his work. He figured, as it is windowless, that the low light would enhance projection possibilities and allow engagement with the architecture. Daniel’s narrative construct involves reinter- preting effects associated with painting through double-projector interplay. He mingles layers of video formatted, computer-modified imagery about observed time and place made with direct composite, lift and place techniques, and animated drawn passages. These get juiced-up by the addition of a layer of ink-jet-printed wallpaper made from the source material of his watercolors.


Laura Bernstein and Saori Moriizumi at ActiveSpace in Brooklyn - OPENS 9/12

Laura Bernstein, Gita Blak, Leah Dixon, Saori Muriizumi, Hector Madera, Raul de Nieves, Fernan Pintado, Jonathan Torres, Amy Ruhl, Julie Tuyet Curtiss and Sebastian Vallejo.

Curated by Cristina TufiƱo

Opening, 10/12/14 6:00-8:00 PM
Active Space Brooklyn
566 Johnson
Brooklyn, NY

SUPERMACHO features spatial installations, performance remnants and painterly abstractions from a group of artists working as surrogates in a range of subjectitivies and gendered hysterias.  SUPERMACHO also explores the fluid boundaries between seriousness and an exuberant spirit present in the artists work.

Leah Dixon’s work addresses labor, war, and political correctness via highly physical processes— that often result in refined, yet deconstructed sculptures. Much of her work is formed metaphorical hand-built staging area.  Throughout the duration of the art’s construction, Dixon performs as a furious, one-woman making machine, questioning her relationship to power dynamics and propaganda as an American woman.  Her work calls to mind hand-made playground or athletic equipment, with a dubiousness that becomes increasingly apparent upon inspection.  Once the construction/deconstruction phase has created a sufficient structure, Dixon steps away— leaving an immediate vacancy to be filled by a viewer’s presence.  Like many laborers, Dixon’s right arm is much larger than her left.  Dixon believes imbalance is symbolic.  Imbalance provokes response.  Synchronicity over symmetry.  ALWAYS.

Raul de Nieves is a playfully obsessive multimedia artist combining excessive-identity in his performance and installation to build a unique hand-made material and (dis)functional language. de Nieves's decadent multimedia performances include large-scale figurative sculpture, ornamental hand-made garments, narrative painting, and live music to engage his audience in his personal mythology- a joyous mythology that mirrors a childish tantrum or the cosmic interplay of manifestation and dissolution.  de Nieves asserts an excessive form of identity combining violent rebellion and reverent craftsmanship.

Gita Blak explores the ways in which class and gender divisions in society can be articulated by means of music, the  artist collaborates with local activists, independent journalists, and artists in order to compose protest songs disclosing the minority positions in the society In her performance using the form of childplay and children's song, girls aged 10-12 perform in public space, breaking the common stereotypes according to which children are unable to grasp what goes on in their surrounding and girls should conform to the traditionally female (pre) occupations, linked to the private, never to the public sphere.

Hector Madera drawings, sculptures and installations are involved with the “more personal, a combination of abstract and figurative, bold and colorful forms that reflect a period of time where ecstasy and confusion were the highlights of any given day.  Excess was a main ingredient in everything I was doing.  My drawings are mainly done digitally, this is because I was too tired or too depressed to go to a piece of paper and try to make something special something grand.  Instead I started to download apps for drawing in my ipad… My intention is to invite the public to become part of the artwork by stepping in and activate the piece by just taking some pictures.” 

Laura Bernstein “Unusual Feet” asks “What does it mean to believe in an idea removed from action? Does the experience of seeing something out of place or in a context unbeknownst to its origins inspire mythology? For this exhibition an installation based on an on going investigation of mythology, anthropology and parachutes conjure the “the Umbrella-Foot tribe (Sciapodes) because in the hotter weather they lie on their backs on the ground and protect themselves with the shadow of their feet...

Amy Ruhl’s video sculpture Pinky Violence is a sculptural installation made from the remnants of a year-long artistic engagement with literary fairy-tales. The final video, My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me projected on the interior. The title refers to a Japanese cinematic genre of adult film, also called “eroduction.”  From the title, a softer kind of violence, an infantile and/or feminine violence.. Not red. Pink. In her adaptations, fake blood consists of a children’s washable tempera paint that when fresh and wet yield a Dario-Argento-red, but dry a girly-girl pink.

Saori Moriizumi makes sculptures through a process of intuitively combining materials that find a median in seemingly contradicting qualities, such as, painting and sculpture, sweetness and violence, nature and artifice, structure and destruction, sincerity and irony, cheerfulness and hopelessness.
Jonathan Torres Some Kind of Creatures is an extension of his paintings; based on creatures that appear as a hybrid of bird or feline, others human with an evil smile but with a cherubic and beatific look. Tactility and repulsion appear in the work as equally pleasurable and disturbing. His sculptures he describes as  “as satire, a cruel smile or a negative joy; beauty in the ugly makes the beautiful more realistic and true.”

Julie Tuyet Curtiss collages stem from a recycling process. They originate from “orphans” or “dead-ends” works on paper.  “Man Kinds” is a collage series that questions gender roles, styles and the notion of identity. These portraits blend female and male attributes -particularly beards and haircuts - playing with patterns, erasing or multiplying facial elements. The shuffling of these mere attributes brings characters into existence.  The simplicity of the concept allows inexhaustible variations.

Fernando Pintado explores identity and theatricality where the harlequin acts as a surrogate self-portrait with phrases in English and Spanish are printed on cotton bed sheets, giving them a sense of confusion in the midst of comfort. The scale is of particular importance, in this case giving the work a sense of theatricality while connecting

Sebastian Vallejo's paintings are inspired by the expansive and improvisational quality that exists in nature; and by the light and colors of the Caribbean, where organic and inorganic forms collide and transpose visually, where order and chaos, affirmation and negation become ever-present.

Eileen Neff (Former UPenn Grad Faculty) at Bruce Silverstein Gallery in NYC


Gonzalo Reyes Rodriguez (MFA '16) at Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago - Opens Sept 13th

Photo: Gonzalo Reyes Rodriguez

Hyde Park Art Center is proud to present the third annual exhibition of work from participants in our flagship artist professional development residency, The Center Program. Curated by Tricia van Eck, the group exhibition Front & Center unveils artwork by the 2014 class of artists in this program that is dedicated to building critical dialogue for professional artists seeking to advance their work. The exhibition features new artworks in various media by 25 artists from emerging to midcareer levels.
Over the course of six months, a supportive peer network, guest artists, gallerists, critics, and professionals push Center Program artists to answer tough questions, evolve their art, and ultimately produce strong, new work to show. The group exhibition Front & Center unveils features new artworks in various media by twenty-six artists from emerging to midcareer levels. Show runs from September 14, 2014 – January 4, 2015.

Featuring work by Kevin Blake, Steve Juras, Christian Ortiz,  Gonzalo Reyes Rodriguez, Sheri Rush,  Caitlin Ryan, Carla Fisher Schwartz, Casey Smallwood, Rodrigo Lara Zendejas, and others

5020 S. Cornell Avenue Chicago, IL 60615
Phone: 773-324-5520