Regarding the Figure: The Studio Museum in Harlem

The Studio Museum in Harlem presents the exhibition Regarding the Figure with work from The Studio Museum in Harlem’s permanent collection. The works in the exhibition showcase the use of portraiture and figuration to reflect personal history and identity as well as representation and responsibility. Open now through August 6th!Barkley L. Hendricks “Lawdy Mama” 1969 (Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2017.)

Jordan Casteel “Twins” 2017 Oil on canvas (Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2017.)

Henry Taylor “Homage to a Brother” 2007 Acrylic and collage on linen (Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2017.)

Wangechi Mutu “Chocolate Nguva” 2015 Bronze (Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2017.)

Community Action Day: I Am Present

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Community Action Day: I am Present

May 21, 2017 (3-5pm)

It will be a day to reflect, heal and act in support of our community. This day of action will bring together an amazing group of women artists that, with you, and other community members will bring action and attention to the many cases of missing black and brown girls in the Bronx and adjacent cities. We will use creativity to heal, express ourselves and be present with each other. We will have tables filled with art materials for artists and community members to work together. We will also have a table for children to create.

The Action Day will be videotaped to have an online resource for spreading the message and awareness in regards to our missing girls. Come be part of a collective wall of words and be part of this wonderful thoughtful day.

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT: “Hombres de Arcilla” (Men of Clay) showcases Alberto Villalobos’ collection of 43 hand-made clay masks. These masks honor the memory of the 43 disappeared students from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, Mexico. About his work, Villalobos says “for me, clay represents the fragility of life, yet the resilience of the human spirit. I hope that by giving faces to the disappeared, their memory may live on.”

Photo Credit: Barbara Reeley Graphic design: Meagan Van Ahn

Artist on the Edge: Luisa Calcano

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Luisa Calcano “Compulsion (Part I)” (2017), Acrylic and fine point pen on Indian handmade paper, 8.5x11in.

1. Tell me about your process as an artist.

The first step of my process, I have an idea and develop it into a concept through brainstorming and thinking. Next, I practice techniques and skills on a surface. GradShotThis could mean I’m playing around with color combinations using inks, or scribbling in various pens or even testing brushes on scraps of paper or canvas. Once I have practiced, I begin working. I don’t like to work using easels, so I simply lay my paper, canvas or panel flat on floor or table and work. As I’m working, my concept may change and that is perfectly fine. Often times, my work will come out completely different from what I had planned in my mind. If I begin to get frustrated, I will take a break and work on something else. My works of art are never truly finished, and often times I will return to a piece that I had worked on previously.

My process fluctuates between fluid and controlled. I feel as though I have a balance of both

2. Describe your artistic practice in three words.

My artistic practice can be described as therapeutic, fluid, and abstract.

3. Why do you make art?

I make art for several reasons. First, the physical act of making Art for me is at times relaxing and often a way to de-stress. Secondly, art is a way for me to organize my thoughts, or ideas and express them visually.

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Luisa Calcano “Guns Blazing” (2017), Acrylic ink, and fine point pen on Indian handmade paper, 8.5×11 in.

Like many others, I struggle to explain myself verbally at times and art allows for me to say what I need to say without having to actually say it. Lastly, I make art to stir up conversation. My art allows for an open dialogue between the viewer, myself and the work. I am very open to conversations about my work with anyone.

4. Where do you create art?

I feel most comfortable creating art where I can be alone. If I happen to find myself working around people, to give the illusion that I am alone I will play music as I work.

5. What does it mean to be an artist in the Bronx?

Being an artist in the Bronx and from the Bronx means being a part of the many creative communities here in New York. I feel very honored, and proud to be a practicing artist from the Bronx.

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Luisa Calcano “Pure Thought” (2017), Acrylic ink, and fine point pen on Indian handmade paper, 8.5 x 11 in.

6. How can people get in touch with you and see more of your works?

People are more likely to get in touch with me and see more of my work through my email (Luisacalcano23@gmail.com), my instagram account (@marialuisaart).

7. Who is your greatest inspiration?

My inspiration for the work I do stems from my personal experiences, observations, and books that I have read. However, my greatest inspirations are people such my mentors, family, friends and significant other.

Santtu Mustonen: NYCB Art Series 2017

 

The NYCB Art Series 2017 did not disappoint in color or scale. It was a wonderful night at the ballet in early February! Try not to miss the free, open hours for the general public to view the exhibition Saturday, February 18, through Sunday, February 26 at the following times:
Mon-Fri 10 AM – 5 PM
Sat 10 AM – 12 PM
Sun 10 AM – 1 PM