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"ELIZABETH KING: THE SIZES OF THINGS IN THE MIND'S EYE" for Artscope Magazine (Nov/Dec 2008)

"ELIZABETH KING: THE SIZES OF THINGS IN THE MIND'S EYE" for Artscope Magazine (Nov/Dec 2008)

ELIZABETH KING: "THE SIZES OF THINGS IN THE MIND'S EYE"

David Winton Bell Gallery
List Art Center
Brown University
64 College Street
Providence, Rhode Island

November 1 through December 21, 2008

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By Meredith Cutler (for Artscope Magazine)

Article Excerpt:

Light moves gently over Elizabeth King’s self-portrait automaton in “Eidolon,” a larger than life video projection on the darkened gallery wall. Possessing the careworn wrinkles of time, her individual eyebrow hairs gone awry, the closecropped subject gazes off-screen with an air of vague concern. Slowly, she turns her liquid stare towards the viewer. The moment of eye contact is anticipated, that flashpoint where human recognition occurs through the “windows of the soul”...but something is not quite right.

As the light shifts to illuminate the subject’s eyes, wide and misleadingly
lifelike, the pupils remained fixed - frozen apertures within unseeing glass orbs. In that moment, the viewer is reminded that this implied human presence is merely an image of a carefully manipulated puppet, created with light projected onto a wall.

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Image: Elizabeth King, "Animation Study: Pose 7", 1997-2005, Chromogenic prints on Kodak Endura paper, 20 x 20 in. Collection of the artist.

Pushing the Envelope: Fun With Hot Glass

Here's a high-energy video to start off the day (via Core77 via YouTube). Rhode Island native and RISD alum (BFA industrial design / MFA glass) C. Matthew Szosz gets his elemental energy out inflating fused sheets of window glass into sculptural glass "envelopes". Hot glass is explosive - the stillness of the final form is belied by the frenetic urgency of the process. Love it.


If you are in New York, these works are on display at Urban Glass in Brooklyn through this Friday, November 14th, as part of the Wheaton Fellows group show "The Space Between". Images of the finished "inflatables" are available on the Urban Glass website.

C. Matthew Szosz, "#37", 2006, glass

Image: C. Matthew Szosz, "#37", fused and inflated window glass

Elizabeth King: "The Sizes of Things in the Mind's Eye"

An exciting exhibition opens tonight at Brown University's David Winton Bell Gallery. Artist Elizabeth King pushes the boundaries of the mechanics and emotion of human movement through her evocative, cross-media works.

In a groundbreaking mid-career survey, "The Sizes of Things in the Mind's Eye" represents a wide selection of the artist's meticulous automaton sculptures and their accompanying film studies. King's otherworldly human portraits in fine porcelain, glass and wood bridge the time-honored practice of sculpture with the science of human movement and the illusion of film.

Elizabeth King, Animation Study: Pose 7, 1997-2005, Chromogenic prints on Kodak Endura paper, 20 x 20 in.  Collection of the artist.

Image: Elizabeth King, "Animation Study: Pose 7", 1997-2005, Chromogenic prints on Kodak Endura paper, 20 x 20 in. Collection of the artist.

To preview tonight's opening reception, Elizabeth King will give a free lecture at 5:30pm today in the List Art Center Auditorium.

"The Sizes of Things in the Mind's Eye" is on view from November 7th through December 21st, 2008 at Brown University's David Winton Bell Gallery. You can read my full review of the exhibition in the November/December issue of artscope magazine.

The David Winton Bell Gallery is located on the first floor of Brown University's List Art Center: 64 College Street, Providence, RI 02906.

"KEN TAKASHI HORII: OF MIND AND MATTER" for Artscope Magazine (Sept/Oct 2008)

"KEN TAKASHI HORII: OF MIND AND MATTER" for Artscope Magazine (Sept/Oct 2008)

KEN TAKASHI HORII: OF MIND AND MATTER
at The Chazan Gallery (Wheeler School)
September 18- October 5, 2008

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By Meredith Cutler (for Artscope Magazine)

Article Excerpt:

Entering the gallery, observe before you the temple-red Buddhapada, the Diamond Realm mandala…and, both “Vishnu’s Small [and Big] Big Bang Theories”. Before consulting your manual, it is important to note that Ken Takashi Horii approaches these heady symbols and diagrammatic problems first and foremost as an artist, not as a disciple.

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Image Below: Ken Takashi Horii, "Of Mind and Matter" (Work in Process Shot), 2008. Courtesy of Ken Takashi Horii.

"DAVID H. WELLS: LIGHT STUDIES" for Artscope Magazine (Sept/Oct 2008)

"DAVID H. WELLS: LIGHT STUDIES" for Artscope Magazine (Sept/Oct 2008)

DAVID H. WELLS: LIGHT STUDIES
at Gail Cahalan Gallery
October 15 - November 8, 2008

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By Meredith Cutler (for Artscope Magazine)

Article Excerpt:

Where does the journalistic nature of photography end and art begin? Photographer David H. Wells seeks answers to that longstanding question. As a freelance photojournalist, Wells’ work has appeared in major publications like the Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday Magazine, Time Magazine and National Geographic. Independently, he produces photo essays documenting the impact of globalization on India and other developing nations, funding his extensive travels through grants and fellowships. Clearly, the shutter is his third eye onto a dynamic world..

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Image Below: David H. Wells, "Man In Fountain" - Mysore, India, 2005, Digital Capture
©2005 David H. Wells

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