January 8, 2016
Tech Art steals the show at Miami Art Week 2015
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January 8, 2016
Michelle Berc

As a curator who has produced close to 100 art exhibits over the past fourteen years, looking at art and a lot of art has happened and continues to happen. I have to admit that I’m a bit jaded at times and it really takes a particular artistic execution to really capture my eye. When one spends a week in Miami each year in early December, looking at art and I mean complete overload of A LOT of art, it’s like going on that deep amazon jungle adventure and you really wonder if you’ll ever make it out alive.

So, it went something like this…. I’ve been to “Art Basel Miami” on and off for several years and I’ve learned which fairs I truly enjoy and even though I’ll visit almost all of them, it never fails that the favorites maintain their reputation. Without further ado, Art Miami, Miami Context, Scope, and Aqua Miami never disappoint. To sum it all up, Tech Art stole the show, meaning from all the art fairs as a whole.

In a world that is over inundated with visual stimulation in all its forms, it has to happen, humanity progresses, so must the art that we create. Fifteen to twenty years ago, anything that was not created skillfully with oil or acrylic paint on canvas would not be considered viable art (aka collectable) so, it was very refreshing to see the art world slowly evolve over the years and finally embrace new art mediums.

LED art, kinetic art, video art, and mix-media art were the show stoppers in my opinion. Originally I had plans to write a deep essay about the evolution of creativity and technology, but, instead, I’ve decided to let the art pieces speak for themselves. Below is a collection of my favorite pieces that I had crossed paths with in the deep jungle of “Miami Art Week.” I hope you enjoy and continue to keep a lookout as these talented creatives evolve with future installations.

Artists In order from top to bottom: Marck, Troy Abbott, Alain Le Boucher, Liu Dau (showing 2 videos), Claudio Castillo, Diane Landry, Marck, Matthew Kluber, & Yorgo Alexopoulos

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Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts
J. Willard Marriott Library
The University of Utah, 01/17/2017

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will host the art exhibition Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts, Jan. 20-March 3.

Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five continents. Five faculty members from the U’s Department of Art and Art History are members of the collective, Sandy Brunvand, Beth Krensky, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Snapp and Xi Zhang.

Globalocation derives from “Globalocational Art” — a concept used by the Artnauts to refer to their exhibitions in international venues. It is the mission of the Artnauts to take art to places of contention, and this anniversary exhibition is a sample of places where they have been and themes they have addressed.

“The Artnauts could not exist without the commitment of the artists in the collective to a common vision of the transformative power of art,” said Rivera. “The Artnauts make their contribution with art that hopefully generates a dialogue with an international community on subjects that are sometimes difficult to raise.”

Krensky, associate department chair of the Art and Art History Department, had the opportunity to travel with Rivera in Chile as part of an Artnauts project, working with mothers who were searching for their children who had mysteriously disappeared during a time of political unrest.

“When I travelled to Chile in 1998, George and I spent an afternoon with the Mothers of the Disappeared, and the meeting changed my life,” said Krensky. “It was from that moment on that I placed a picture of them on my desk to look at every day. I was so moved by what they each had lost — a son, a brother, a father — and yet what remained for them was a deep, deep well of love. They were fierce warriors and stood up to the government to demand the whereabouts and information of the people who had disappeared, but they lived within profound love.”

The 20th anniversary exhibition at the Marriott Library is a retrospective of the traveling works the Artnauts have toured around the globe. The exhibition will be located on level three of the library. The opening reception is open to the public and will be held on Friday, Jan 20, 4-6 p.m. Rivera will speak at 4 p.m.

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