Current Exhibitions

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GALLERY ONE 
I DON’T SWIM SO I FLOAT
WALTER MATTHEWS

Recent abstract paintings by the Tampa-based artist Walter Matthews.  Art Center Sarasota’s exhibition curator, Dustin Juengel, says that Matthews “is a visceral painter who thinks in materials. His paintings aren’t executed based on preconceived ideas. His pictorial spaces are built through a process of responses that require his intuition and painterly sensibilities as much as they require the actual substance of paint.” Matthews, who received his BFA from Ringling College of Art and Design, and his MFA from USF, says that, for him, “the process of painting is a mode of thinking. My sources range from illuminated manuscripts to late modernist painting, frequencies, and airbrush techniques. I don’t linger needlessly when the conditions for discovery are lost. I retune my painting practice and a new cycle begins.”
For more information about Matthews, visit www.walterericmatthews.com

 

 

 

 

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GALLERY TWO  
SPECTRUM IV
GRIFFIN GOODMAN, SOOK YOUNG KIM, SABRINA SMALL

An annual experimental installation series in its fourth year, curated by Nathan Skiles. The series embeds the independent work of three artists; in this iteration the artists are Griffin Goodman, Sook Young Kim, and Sabrina Small. Operating through the iconography of youth culture, logos, and infamous personalities, Griffin Goodman’s drawings and paintings present a complex devotion to self-styled identity and the emergence of digital narcissism. Goodman’s work addresses a ubiquitous loss of innocence experienced in the transition through adolescence, where one can escape from the reality of family dynamics in the fantasy of pop culture. Sook Young Kim is a New York-based figurative artist. Her work evokes a realistic quality that is balanced and enhanced by an abstract background with a modernist color palette. “Hauntings,” a new body of work by Sabrina Small, exposes the darkness that lives within. Precise linear drawings penetrate black paper with bright shades of blue. Her work evokes images of primal dream-state shamanism with parades of accumulated personae.

 

 

 

 

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GALLERY THREE
NEW REALITIES
RINGLING COLLEGE OF ART JUNIOR FINE ART STUDENTS

“New Realities” is a two-part exhibition, showcasing new works by Ringling College of Art and Design’s junior Fine Arts class. “New Realities” features the unique perspectives and studio practices of emerging artists. The students are invited to produce works and curate two group exhibitions, “Interstice,” and “Raised Reflections”.

 
Part one features the works of Iikkamatti Hauru, Saga Eklund and Sam Seeger. “Interstice” demonstrates how the use of technology and mass media alters our relationships with sexuality, nature, and self-identity through an array of medias including video, interactive installation,
sculpture, and cyanotype print.

 

 

 

 

 

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GALLERY FOUR
UNBOUND
ALL MEDIA, ALL SUBJECTS, JURIED EXHIBITION

Juror: Nathan Beard, St. Petersburg based artist. His artwork is an
abstract representation of the fleeting moments of everyday life—inspired by the density and variety of Floridian flora.