Archive for January 10th, 2011

ON VIEW AT THE MODERN|Erik Parker

Focus: Erik Parker
December 5, 2010–February 6, 2011

 

Erik Parker has described his work as “fragmented samples of our culture.” His complex fantasy portraits elicit the poignant, melancholy, grotesque, psychological, provocative, and almost always comical and surreal, baggage of our time.

 

Swirls of pinks, blues, yellows, oranges, purples, and whites make up his meandering images. The subjects are often set against a black background, accompanied by a word or phrase nestled somewhere in the lower half of the canvas. Suggestive titles such as Half Made Man, Player Hater, Betty Fords, Drama, Crime, Hoax, Why Me, Think Twice, and American Apparel, for example, seem to label and supplement the state of each sitter. The words, when juxtaposed with the portraits, clearly speak to the present day. At the same time, the imagery calls to mind the elaborate inner workings of humanity in general.

 

Erik Parker lives in Brooklyn, New York. Born in 1968 in Stuttgart, Germany, Parker grew up in San Antonio, Texas. He received a BFA in 1996 from the University of Texas at Austin and earned his MFA at SUNY Purchase in 1998. His work has been shown internationally in both solo and group exhibitions.

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

MURAL OPPORTUNITY

Luling Magnolia Street Mural Project

CLOSING DATE: 2011-01-21 00:00:00  Web: http://www.lulingmainstreet.com

To create an outdoor Luling Main Street mural that will convey the concept of Main Street’s mission of historic preservation as a tool to economic stimulus and downtown small town revitalization. The mural shall promote and celebrate aspects of Luling’s rich history which can include agriculture, mercantile trade, railroad, wagon trains, oil, etc. The mural will be located on the solid outside wall of Aptiva Flooring facing Magnolia Avenue (Hwy 183). Aptiva Flooring is located at 637 E. Davis, Luling, Texas. The mural will be one panel measuring 9 feet tall and approximately 20-25 feet wide. The mural shall complement the 1880-1940 era of small town South Texas. Priority will be given to design proposals that incorporate the historical aspects of Luling.Texas Commission of the Arts

Request for Artists and Proposals

CLOSING DATE: 2011-01-14 00:00:00 Web: http://www.culturalpartners.orgFlagstaff Cultural Partners is hosting a NEW National Request for Proposals for 2011 and 2012 with the opportunity for artists to exhibit in the Main Gallery at the Coconino Center for the Arts. We offer a 4,000 square foot gallery with “floating” interior walls. Applications may include proposals for individual artists, small and large group exhibitions as well as invitational and juried call for entry opportunities. We are also accepting applications to display in our 270 square foot Jewel Gallery, an ideal space for a small group or solo exhibition.We look forward to working with artists nationally and would like to extend this opportunity to the Texas arts community.Texas Commission of the Arts

At the TSU Gallery @ Peter Reichardt and Kristyn Weaver

The Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Gallery will be presenting the work of Peter Reichardt and Kristyn Weaver, two artists from the Austin, TX area. The show is titled Recent Work and will contain drawings, paintings, and other works. The show will open January 18th through February 19th.

Peter Reichardt and Kristyn Weaver’s work consists of several drawings, paintings, and small sculptures executed in a range of traditional media. The work is rooted both in “real life” observation, and appropriation of found materials. Peter writes “I extend different feelings, emotions, and events that I have experienced into the work so that in a sense it becomes autobiographical.” In Kristyn’s work, the images form in the subconscious of the artist, which can lead to imagery such as cuddly kittens paired with film icon Steve Mcqueen. Weaver writes, “My work deals with creating unnatural and unexpected meetings of materials and characters…The art conveys the ridiculouseness of it‘s own creation. “

Peter Reichardt has a BFA in Drawing from the Cleveland Institute of Art and an MFA from Washington State University. Kristyn Weaver has a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin, along with an MFA from Washington State University. Both artists exhibit nationally on their own and in collaboration. Most recently both were named the 2010 Austin Critics Table Choice Award Winner for their collaboration Ideas of Mountains, which was shown at the Creative Research Lab in Austin, TX. Both artists reside in Round Rock, TX.