Art From the Heart

Art Center Sarasota's New Exhibitions: 
Opening reception for all four exhibits is Thursday, February 1, 2018,  5-7p.m
Free and Open to the Public
On View February 1 - March 9, 2018

My Sarasota: Works by John Pirman

Featuring architectural portraits of area homes and homeowners by the celebrated illustrator.

 

This exhibit showcases 13 archival inkjet prints by the acclaimed illustrator who lives in Sarasota. The prints depict architectural portraits of homes and homeowners, which, according to Pirman, “celebrate how Sarasota is a wonderful place to live.” The artist says that the area’s sunny climate defines the way “I see and approach the landscape. Given shapes and forms sculpted by the light, guide me to edit and refine the object to a minimum visual state. When you subtract details from an image, you give it a kind of symbolic power." Pirman graduated from Kent State University with a BFA in graphic design and illustration in 1979. His work has been influenced by Swiss design, pop culture, posters of the WPA and mid-century modern design. Matthew McLendon, the director and chief curator for The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, says that Pirman “produces a singular vision of a languid modernism that is wholly contemporary yet tinged with a clear-eyed nostalgia.”     image
     
Raw Nerve / Ragged Edge: Works by George Pratt

Featuring works on paper by George Pratt, including scenes depicting genocide in West Africa, and monotypes referencing the crippling emotional weight of the Holocaust.


In Gallery Two, features works on paper by George Pratt, including scenes depicting the horrors of genocide in West Africa, and monotypes referencing the crippling emotional weight of the Holocaust. Pratt is an award-winning painter, writer, and photographer whose work is in private collections worldwide. He is a recipient of the Eisner Award for his graphic novels, a Spectrum Gold Medal, and Best Feature Documentary at the New York International Independent Film Festival for the documentary film "See You in Hell, Blind Boy.” The artist teaches full-time at the Ringling College of Art and Design, and summers with the Illustration Academy in Kansas City, Mo. “Great art finds itself suspended between the timely and the timeless, simultaneously musing on the enduring themes of human experience and rooting itself in the materiality of our present world. No one better exemplifies this than George Pratt,” says the exhibition’s curator Nathan Skiles, adding that Pratt has “dedicated his life to engaging the complex subjects which define the extreme limits of human experience.” Rendered in the vibrant hues of NuPastel or through a visceral process of scraping away at ink rolled directly on to the surface of the page, Pratt’s work confronts the gamut of human emotion—from the horror of war and genocide to the subtle beauty of a model’s fleeting pose. “In his work, the sublime, in all of its bewildering complexity, is laid bare,” says Skiles. “The shock and awe of overwhelming power are confronted by the profound nature of a subtle gesture.”  

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ASALH: Black Muse

An exhibit of works by member artists of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History.

 

A group exhibit of the member artists of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History. The Art Center hosts this annual exhibition to highlight some of the region's African-American artists in celebration of Black History Month. This exhibition covers a wide array of media, from painting and drawing to sculpture. Exhibiting artists include Myrna Morris, Eleanor Merrit, Jean McMurren, Caroline Rice, Tod Berrien, Joseph Pierre, Barbara Mask, Jane Thames, Major Gladden, Michele Redwine, Rochelle Stassa, Rhonda Bristol, Arline Flournoy, Ronald Henriques and Alexander Tureaud. 

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Art From the Heart

 

An open, all-media, all-subject juried exhibition juried by Eszter Sziksz, a Hungarian artist who also teaches at Ringling College of Art and Design.

 

Congratulations to all the talented artists and who submitted work for Art From the Heart.

 

Frist Place, Dnielle Dygert, Artemis and David


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Second Place, Laura Reed, Secrets

 

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Third Place, John-Norman Tuck, Memories

 

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Merits:

 

Joan C. Peters, Layered Loves

 

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Judy Saltzman, Festival of Lights

 

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