Flickrworks.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/btang/7492523988/in/faves-photodolce/

Happy 4th! All credits for photos are listed below and with photo.

Kim – 183/365  (Mechki): http://www.flickr.com/photos/mechki/7497919320/in/photostream/

Canada Day Fireworks (Gordzilla1): http://www.flickr.com/photos/gordzilla/7497704168/in/photostream/

Alexandra Carrie: http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexandrachilds/7496416074/in/photostream/

CCEVO BBQ (Jd Lazaro): www.facebook.com/twreckfilms

Mike P Scott: http://www.flickr.com/photos/41171029@N02/7495539332/in/photostream/

go chris go: http://www.flickr.com/photos/63511705@N06/7495458602/in/photostream/

Lake Burton Fireworks (William Klausmeyer): http://www.flickr.com/photos/68215493@N06/7494820362/in/photostream/

Canada Day Fireworks 075 (Toontown Whitefox) : http://www.flickr.com/photos/btang/7492523988/in/faves-photodolce/

Single Firework (Aaron Priestly-Wright) : http://www.apwpictures.com/

#jimmyrex is a #fireworks #wizard: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11494093@N02/7492167366/in/photostream/

Life_In_Colour: http://www.flickr.com/photos/life_in_colour/7492044916/in/photostream/

Fireworks0868 (Shelley B): http://www.flickr.com/photos/benshell/7491497820/in/photostream/

Fireworks have begun (calvarycapecod) : http://www.flickr.com/photos/cccapecod/7491199966/in/photostream/

Canada Day Fireworks Edmonton 2012 -25 (bpc1930’s) : http://www.flickr.com/photos/bpc1930/7490557168/in/photostream/

Bill Chivers: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11801694@N08/7490224632/in/photostream/

Ryan Stubbs: http://www.flickr.com/photos/haljackey/7490202740/in/photostream/

Paramus, NJ fireworks (Rebecca Schear) : http://www.flickr.com/photos/xiivii/7488217432/in/photostream/

shockwaves in the night sky II (Alan Mcclelland) : http://www.flickr.com/photos/eyelyft/7466234540/in/photostream/

glory night 3 (Flash Berger): http://www.flickr.com/photos/flashberger/7338584772/in/photostream/

phyirwerc (Alykk): http://www.flickr.com/photos/64373472@N03/7288686206/in/photostream/

Richard Spiller: http://www.flickr.com/photos/68510809@N06/7178215329/in/photostream/

Daytime Fireworks (J-Fish) : http://www.flickr.com/photos/j-fish/7057970665/in/photostream/

malta — grand harbour — fireworks (Adrian Cilia) : http://www.flickr.com/photos/drinu_c/6983825140/in/photostream/

Fireworks30 (Shine Sudhakaran): http://www.flickr.com/photos/sunny_royale/6864474538/in/photostream/

Firework Blur (Chris Thompson) : http://www.flickr.com/photos/fastchris/6318487930/in/photostream/

Swans and Fireworks 1 (sanpani) : http://www.flickr.com/photos/sanpani/6312924756/in/photostream/

Sparklers in a bucket : http://www.cjjohnson.tv/

Fireworks 1, Geneva (Federica): http://www.flickr.com/photos/nanakin88/6058899384/in/photostream/

fireworks (Stefan Pettersson): http://www.flickr.com/photos/seat55/5710280806/in/faves-photodolce/

Fireworks // Udine // 2011 (Ermanno Peressini): http://www.flickr.com/photos/22536107@N08/5312538382/in/photostream/

Fireworks across the lake (Sarah-Louise Burns): http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarahlouisee__xo/5152335823/in/photostream/

Fireworks (Shin Mimura): http://www.flickr.com/photos/kokix/4881394478/in/faves-photodolce/

fireworks 2 (Will Montague): http://www.flickr.com/photos/willmontague/3689143770/in/photostream/

Fireworks (Guus Krol) : http://www.flickr.com/photos/guuskrol/2948508897/in/faves-photodolce/

Fireworks (Radek Bednařík) : http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbe_czi/2817074442/in/faves-photodolce/

Eke Miedaner: http://www.flickr.com/photos/eam/756467806/in/photostream/

Monterey 4th of July Fireworks (Paige Adams): http://www.flickr.com/photos/phadams/722722143/in/faves-photodolce/

1344 Fireworks with prisms (Lois Elling) : http://www.flickr.com/photos/catdancing/186015425/in/photostream/

THE WEEK/WEEKEND: Oct 3-10th.

“Coonskin 2: Flight to Canada”, a collection of art works by Terrance Hughes
Opening reception: Saturday, October 8th, 6 – 9pm

For Hughes, this upcoming show is a concoction of two inpirations: Flight to Canada, a novel by Ishmael Reed, and Coonskin, an animated film by Bakshi. Flight to Canada tells the story of Raven Quickskill, 40’s, and Leechfield slaves who run away from their master, Mr. Swille, in search of freedom. Coonskin tells the story of Brother Rabbit, Preacher Fox, and Brother Bear, who flee the American South during the 1970s in search of liberation. Using satire, sex, violence, identity, and history to tell the stories of their characters, both Reed and Bakshi make clear that transformation can only come from within—a theme that is the cornerstone of Hughes’ work and that resonates deeply in his life. Consequently, there is “Coonskin 2: Flight to Canada”, which is Hughes’ vision of a sequel that will never happen. The show serves as homage and “thank you” to the great works of Reed and Bakshi and is a representation of Hughes’ love of the lost art of animation. Terrance Hughes was born in 1975 in St. Louis, Missouri, and currently lives and works in New York City. He is a self-taught artist, whose work deals with different periods of Black American history and issues surrounding cultural and social identities. Hughes’ works consist of two elements: graphite and charcoal on paper to create rendered portraits and landscapes from photo references, which are meant to mimic the photo itself, complete with imperfections; and animation Cel Vinyl on acetate, providing stark contrast through its vivid color and three-dimensional effect. It is his belief that the lost art of animation deserves a place in the art world.

Hughes has had recent exhibitions at Modern Eden, San Francisco, The Cheaper Show, Vancouver, and Mad Art Gallery, St. Louis. In March, Hughes participated in a group show to benefit Japan relief at graphite., Williamsburg.

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THE WEEKEND: SEPT 23-25.

KRONOS QUARTET: Awakening: A Musical Meditation on the Anniversary of 9/11

Part of the 2011 Next Wave Festival
Sep 21—24, 2011 at 7:30pm 

Pioneering contemporary music ensemble Kronos Quartet (More Than Four, 2007 Next Wave) returns to BAM with a heartfelt program comprising 12 compositions—including works by Michael Gordon, Terry Riley, Osvaldo Golijov and Gustavo Santaolalla, and John Oswald—plus gripping arrangements of traditional songs from around the globe. This stirring collection of works reflects upon those instances where traditional language fails us, and music steps in to restore what violinist David Harrington refers to as “equilibrium in the midst of imbalance.”

Read the full program here.

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Mary Frank/R. Wayne Reynolds/Mark Grotjahn/Michael Williams

MARY FRANK : TRANSFORMATIONS @ DC MOORE.
Opening reception: Thursday, May 5, 6:00-8:00 PM

Wood Sculpture, 1957-1967
and Recent Photographs
May 5-June 4, 2011
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As always, Mary starts with observation and moves towards myth.

– Hayden Herrera

DC Moore’s new exhibition of Mary Frank’s work, Transformations: Wood Sculpture, 1957-1967 and Recent Photographs, features her dynamic wood sculptures, direct carvings from the 1950s and 60s that marked her emergence as one of the most innovative artists on the New York art scene. The exhibition also presents drawings from the same time, vibrant figures that both complement her sculpture and expand the range of her explorations of space, motion, and the rhythms of the human body. This is the first exhibition of these seminal works since they were originally shown over forty years ago. VIEW FULL PRESS RELEASE.
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An Interview with Ophelia Chong.


22:
First the background questions, where did you grow up and how did you get involved with art?

OPHELIA CHONG:I grew up in the wilds of Canada, in the city of Toronto. I remember my first collage, in grade five; it was a collage made of magazine bits and it was blue and green. During my formative years I was an explorer, I would ride my bike from mid-town to the lake and back; I would disappear for a whole day, exploring the city on my three-speed bike. I quickly outgrew Toronto and packed up and left for Los Angeles. I went to the Art Center College of Design and graduated with a BFA in Painting. I am an adjunct professor there in the Photography Dept.

22: What about collage appeals to you?

OPHELIA CHONG
I love seeing the possibilities of color. Of using the pieces of paper as paint, my X-acto knife the brush.

22:
 What about the fusion of collage and design appeals to you? Are they really just versions of the same thing?

OPHELIA CHONG
It’s all the same thing, I see it all as color and form, no matter what medium it is.

22: You also seem to have a penchant for typography and presses where did that start?
 

OPHELIA CHONG: Shapes, I love the curves of typography. When I was younger I would sit in class sketching serif fonts. I loved the thin with the thick, the swoosh and staccato of forms in typography. When I first used a Vandercook Press six years ago, I was hooked. I love the ink pressing into the paper, the randomness of where the letters fell onto pieces of ephemera that I put through the press. How each piece was a singular piece of art. Never to be repeated twice. I use only vintage magazines to print on, therefore each piece is non-repeatable.

22: Can you explain your 35mm slide work (surreal cereal) process a little? What inspired working with collage this way? Any specific artists? 

OPHELIA CHONG:That is about how we see life. For example, we both see two people arguing, I see it through the lens of my life experience and you see it through your’s. We will both come up with different assumptions of why they are arguing, because we react differently due to the environment we grew up in. My layering of 35mm slides is a tactile version of this theory, I layer images over each other to create something new, something that resonates with the way I see life. I am inspired by Guido Reni, Ba-ra-kei: Ordeal by Roses by Eikoh Hosoe, film noir, Madame Bovary by Flaubert, Ethan Frome by Wharton, and so much more.

22:Who are some of your favorite designers or artists in general?

OPHELIA CHONG:
All art from the 16th – 18th century. Fritz Sauter ( a Swiss printmaker), 15th century Gothic churches, Orson Welles, Paul Rand, [Richard] Neutra
music for the clavichord, the flavor of the week and anything that makes me want to grab an X-acto knife.

22: 
How did you start working on the slips of paper series? What was your first collage for that? 

OPHELIA CHONG
I started in 1999, but if I had to trace it back, since I could use scissors. I picked up a small Moleskine sketch book  in 1999 and started sticking bits of paper 
in it to relieve the stress I was going through at my job as a Creative Director. I filled books and books with “slips of paper”, not really going towards an end goal, just to keep myself from the digital world. All my work is non-digital.

22: 
How do you balance your professional life with your artistic career, do the two ever clash? Or do they enhance each other? 

OPHELIA CHONG
I melded both into one. I have a rep in NYC for my illustration, and I now have a studio that I sit in all day working. I love it. Work = Love = Happiness

22:
What are you currently working on? Any upcoming projects? 

OPHELIA CHONG
:
I am writing more, I write commentary for KCET ( a local TV station in Los Angeles) and for howtosplitanatom.com . I have  work traveling from Barcelona to NYC, it will take 2 years to finish my travels. My 
letterpress work is at the Hunt Gallery at Webster University in St.Louis. My project now is to keep cutting paper and I know I will never tire of it; the only time I get into  trouble is when I cut up something someone was still reading. Never leave anything you want to read around me, it just might end up in a collage.

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