Monday, October 24, 2016

It’s Your World For The Moment (Part One)

Artist Talk, Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois

Last week I spoke to a group of art students at Western Illinois University.  I told them about my work, about myself and about the paths that I had taken to get to that moment.  When asked to offer up any words of advice that I might have for emerging artists, I told them to "simply get yourself out there...that you never know who would see your work and what opportunity that may bring".  I shared my story of how doing just that has led me to where I am now and to an art commission that currently covers every open surface in my art studio.

In June of 2015 I received an email from Amy DeLap and Andrew Jendrzejewski of Art Space Vincennes. They were offering me a solo show at their gallery.  Now, to be perfectly honest, I had to Google Vincennes, not knowing where, exactly, it was located. Well, it turns out that Vincennes, is located in Indiana, our next door neighbor!  Founded in 1732 and home to Vincennes University, it is an almost straight 5 hour drive south of Chicago.  

Art Space Vincennes, Vincennes, Indiana

Amy and Andy, artists themselves, had retired from teaching in the Art Department at the University and converted a lovely historic home into a beautiful gallery space.  The story why they invited me to show at their gallery began a year earlier in 2014.  They became interested in my work when they saw it at the Swope Art Museum's annual juried show in Terre Haute.  I applied to that show when I saw that the juror was Carter E. Foster, the Steven and Ann Ames Curator of Drawing at the Whitney Museum of American Art and knew that this was an excellent opportunity to get my work in front of this leader in the art world.  Not only did my work in this show receive an Award of Recognition, but it caught the eye of  Amy DeLap and Andrew Jendrzejewski, leading to my solo show "Surfaces" at Art Space Vincennes.

Yah, that's me on the front page!!
The community of Vincennes was very welcoming and my exhibition was a great success.   Chris Jackson, the Director of Begley Art Source at the Evansville Museum, saw my work and reached out to me regarding the possibility of a commission for a new hospice that was to be built by the Deaconess Health System in Evansville, Indiana. I was asked to present a proposal for an art piece that would be hung behind the front desk of the lobby of this new facility.  Inspired by my fiber and encaustic wall-hung sculpture "Wallflower", this piece, upon completion will be 3' high and 7'wide and is titled "It's Your World For The Moment".

This story continues in my next post!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Installing An Art Exhibition


Installing an art exhibition can be a fun and creative endeavor but it also requires A LOT of hard work.  

Installing a show is a true labor of love.  It involves an eye for balance and harmony.  
Deciding where a piece of art should be placed in an exhibit space is as important as the work itself.  


 

Once a preliminary overview of what will be included in the exhibition is made, an initial placement of the works is made.   This helps to visualize how the show will look once it is hung. 


A relationship of color and form is considered when determining the placement  of art in a space.


 It is essential that there is breathing room so that each work can be individually appreciated. Another thing that is often essential is a ladder!  

Some installations have unique challenges attached to them.  

 

The ceiling height and duct work at ARC Gallery in Chicago required me to come up with an alternate way to hang the columns in my piece Spaces We Inhabit


Amy Van Winkle and I had to come up a number of alternate design plans when installing our collaborative art exhibition The Paths We Choose.  The existence of a cement wall and a metal door in our space required us to change the way we hung the 500 piece joint work.


Please share any additional insights into the installation of an art exhibit including tips, tales and lessons learned!




Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Stepping Outside of My Comfort Zone

As many of you know, I am a big fan of right angles.  


Windows no. 34



My Windows Series consisted of small squares carved into square panels and my Tesserae paintings were created with many square-shaped encaustic tiles. 


Tesserae II
Moving Day

I designed custom wood panel frames to house my mini encaustic and fiber cubes.



detail, Spaces We Inhabit




My mixed media cubes grew and were hung in columns from the ceiling.


Perhaps my cube obsession culminated into the installation Infinite Possibilities.  Each one of these unique cubes is installed in a grid formation on the wall, hopefully by someone OTHER than me!

Infinite Possibilities

 In fact, you can find the square shape in many of my vessels and woven encaustic and fiber 3-dimensional works!
Vessel 6



So when the opportunity arose to participate in an art exhibition that was titled The Dot Show I jumped at it!
Dots!  
They are not in any way, shape or form square!  
The lack of right angles in dots make this theme definitely out of my comfort zone! 

Not only will I create an art installation that focuses on this theme, I will work in collaboration with artist Amy Van Winkle.  Amy and I are both members of FUSEDChicago; Midwest artists who work with the encaustic medium.  We will share an exhibition window in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood.  With a total of 7 windows, these showPODS, run by the Chicago Arts District, offer 
 an instant art experience 24/7.

Each one of these encaustic and fiber dots is only 1" in diameter and will be installed on the exhibition wall.  My initial plan of making 200 of these little guys has grown to a lofty design plan exceeding 500!  We shall see!



The Dot Show
May 13th through June 23rd, 2016 - the showPODs are along the 1800 blk of South Halsted St. in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood.

The opening reception is during the Chicago Art District's 2nd Friday Gallery Night on Friday May 13, 2016 from 6-10pm in showPOD7. I hope to see you there! 





Thursday, February 18, 2016

Spring News!

My blog posts are anything but frequent!  In fact my entire art-making has taken a back seat to, well, the rest of my life!  The irony of this slip in my online presence is that between my work for the clients of my own company, Chicago Social Media Marketers, and my relatively new position as the Marketing Manager for Northshore Concert Band in Evanston, Illinois, I have been focusing on the promotion of everyone and everything BUT myself and my own art work!

Well, I am here to say that I am back...for now!  I will move forward with the best of intentions to post in a more regular fashion!  But, as any resolution, this goal may not be met and my conviction to consistently post to this blog may be short-lived.  Only time will tell!!

Exciting News!
Two publication announcements!


Surface Design Journal
The Tactile World
Winter 2015-2016

Towards the end of 2015, I was contacted by Miles Conrad, director of the Conrad Wilde Gallery in Tucson, Arizona.  He was writing an article for Surface Design Journal and wanted to include my work. I have shown at this wonderful gallery in 2012 for their Seventh Annual Encaustic Invitational and the following year for their Eighth Annual Encaustic Invitational.  The Surface Design Journal is one of the most prestigious publications on textiles in the world. I was thrilled that Miles wanted to include my work in this, one of my favorite publications!  I sent Miles images of a number of my sculptures and he chose The Power of Place.



While I still have not received a copy of this issue, Milisa Galazzi, another artist included in this article, posted page images online.  I am honored to be included with Milisa and these other amazing artists: Jennie Frederick, Lorrie Fredette, Cari Hernandez, Jane Nodine and Daniella Woolf.









ARTSLANT
Under the Radar
Artist Profile
January 15, 2016 

I was excited to receive an email from Amaru Rodríguez Aguilar of ArtSlant, the premier online art network, informing me that they would be featuring my artist profile in their Under the Radar feature. This feature, which is included in their weekly mailing and appears on their website's homepage, is curated by their senior editors.



Wednesday, February 10, 2016

2016 Art Exhibitions


I am so very happy to announce that I have a number of exciting opportunities to show my art in 2016!


February 26 - March 31, 2016
4th Annual Art Competition
Bridgeport Art Center
Chicago, Illinois

Persistence of Vision

April 2- May 21, 2016
11th Annual Encaustic Invitational: Length x Width x Depth
Conrad Wilde Gallery
Tucson, Arizona

The Power of Place

May 1- June 31, 2016
The Dot Show
Chicago Arts District showPODS
1822-43 S. Halsted Street
Chicago, Illinois

Detail, Flow

October 10-November 20, 2016
Solo
Space and Surface:  Sculpture and Paintings by Alicia Forestall-Boehm
Western Illinois University Art Gallery
Macomb, Illinois
  
Spaces We Inhabit, Art Space Vincennes


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Art Exhibition Themes

Setting up an art exhibition quite often begins by choosing a theme.  A theme can serve to tie all of the included works together.  It usually explores a particular concept or idea.  



I am a member of the artists group FUSEDChicago.  For our first group show of the year, Textual Encounters at ARC Gallery in Chicago, we exhibited works that are inspired by the written word.  My textural reference was a quote from the artist Jasper Johns:  “One likes to think that one anticipates changes in the spaces we inhabit, and our ideas about space.”

For this exhibit I wanted to include some of the columns from my sculpture "Spaces We Inhabit".  These 15 feet high sculptures were designed to be hung from the ceiling, enabling visitors to walk among them but I was unable to do so in this space.  So I adapted and installed 7 of the columns with this wall hanger.
 

 
"Spaces We Inhabit", ARC Gallery

I have been in art exhibitions that use an art medium as a means to tie the work together.  Big Bad Wax at the Mount Dora Center for the Arts in Mount Dora, Florida was a juried exhibit of works by 36 nationally acclaimed artists that incorporated the medium of wax.

My sculpture "Place" hanging on the wall at the Mount Dora Center for the Arts

Some exhibitions are created through a collaborative effort.  University galleries work with an academic department to create an interesting and educational exhibit.

 
"Vessel 24", Koehnline Art Museum


Call and Response: From Artemisia to Frida at the Koehnline Museum of Art in Des Plaines, Illinois was created in collaboration with the Oakton Community College's Women's and Gender Studies Program.  This juried art exhibit included artwork by "prominent lacal and naitional women artists...that respond in ways that honor, critique or expand upon techniques and content of groundbreaking female "master" - past and present."  My encaustic and fiber vessel series paid homage to Dat So La Lee, a renowned American Indian basket weaver.

"Passages", Swope Art Museum

Many art organizations include an annual art exhibit in their exhibition calendar.   The Swope Art Museum in Terre Haute, Indiana has had an annual juried exhibition for 70 years.  This annual event includes the work of artists from Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky and Ohio.