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“Girl with the Leopard coat” for my show at HASTED AND KRAEUTLER GALLERY OPENING JUNE 14th.
PLEASE JOIN Akeema-Zane for a reading of stories which seeks to re-imagine her boarding school experience.RSVP at: firstname.lastname@example.org
see it here.
Angolan artist Edson Chagas’s Found Not Taken series is on view at the ICA London in the exhibition Journal (#icajournal). If you’re in London do not miss this show!
It’s down to the last few days to see “Fútbol: The Beautiful Game” - it closes this Sunday, July 20!
Throwback Thursday: Installation view of Bloom Projects: Mickalene Thomas at the MCA Santa Barbara, formerly the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, in 2008.
"Constructing a space and telling a story became more interesting to me than what the actual object was." —Abigail DeVille
The ART21 New York Close Up series introduces three new artists to the roster today: Louise Despont, Bryan Zanisnik, and, in a film premiering here today, Abigail DeVille.
In the film, DeVille constructs an interactive installation used as the set for a performance of Adrienne Kennedy’s play, She Talks to Beethoven (1989), at the JACK arts center in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.
IMAGES: Production stills from the ART21 New York Close Up episode, Abigail DeVille’s Flair for the Dramatic. © ART21, Inc. 2014.
Drawing inspiration from Michael Jackson’s ”Rock with You” and JLo’s “Waiting for Tonight”, that’s how I envisioned Abigail, like this urban ethereal being with laser lights emanating from her. Abigail offered to make a costume that would be worthy of this photographic vision and boy, did she nail…
When we first met Nigerian-born and D.C.-based visual artist chukwumaa (his name is pronounced “CHOO-KWOO-mah”, all lower-case), he was just about to purchase an engagement ring for his fiancé, artist E. Jane. The two had moved through the shop examining the jewelry cases until E. settled on an oxidized sterling silver ring (its pyramid shape mimicking that of a large diamond) which was just as unassumingly beautiful as she. We learned both are aspiring young artists currently based in Washington, D.C. who will be beginning their residencies at the University of Pennsylvania in Fall 2014.
chukwumaa and E. have known each since high school and have that kind of relationship that’s just easy. They encourage one another to do their own thing, and are unabashed to pursue their careers as individuals and artists. In June, E. closed out WAIT, a show she curated at D.C.’s Project 4, focusing on “the new media artist’s challenge of capturing viewer attention and focus in a highly saturated, over-stimulating digital landscape.”- something we definitely relate to. Constantly pushing each other’s limits, chukwumaa has shown his work at Transformer, Artisphere, Corcoran Gallery of Art, among others. We were fortunate enough to catch up with the artists for a short conversation about ideas, pursuing their MFAs in PA, and, more generally speaking, what’s next.