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.

Curator on the Edge: Greg Colleton

A native of Charleston, Greg Colleton developed a passion for the arts at a young age as a student at the local School of the Arts. In 2004, he attended Winston-State Salem University, where he received a BA in studio arts with a concentration in sculpture. As a student, he was the regional student rep/curator for the 4D Gallery, Dada Center of the Arts, and the university gallery.

Upon graduating, Greg was involved with the Greater Greensboro Commission for the Civil Rights Museum, where his bronze sculpture is permanently displayed. Following college, he moved back to Charleston to pursue his career as an intern at Eye Level Art gallery. With a desire to highlight the gray area of art, Greg and local writer/friend, Elizabeth Bowers started curating with their pop up art concept, Gris Galerie. The two changes locations, artists, medium/entertainment, while trying to bring fresh talent to the city and highlight the local, underrepresented artists. Their goals are to bring about progression and help to change the contemporary art scene in Charleston for the better.

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Landon Neil Phillips Photography

It was a pleasure to interview Greg and find out some more information about his role in the contemporary art scene in Charleston. Enjoy getting to know a little bit about him!

EH: What inspires you?

GC: My surroundings, our studio artist at Redux, young contemporaries, my interns, family history/legacy. Charleston.

EH: How do you hope to impact the world of contemporary art?

GC: First, I would like to start in Charleston! I would love to see Charleston develop into a more diverse multi-purposed/ working art city, that encourages artists and people to inhabit. With the contemporary-art world, continue to push limits, boundaries, and  to diversify the dialogue for all demographic.

EH: Any advice to creatives?

GC: Constantly create, evolve.  Utilize present day social media platforms as a way of marketing, but not as your obnoxious “mega phone” for your opinions. Let your ART to be your mega phone. Never look at another artist’s success as a threat. Create and channel your own success. Never imitate. Work for it, it may take awhile.

EH: Sum up your art in three words.

GC: Currently… “lacking. developing. geometric.”

In the past, “sculptural. assemblage. present.”

EH: What projects will debut in the next couple months?

GC: We have a ton of events and exhibition lined up for the next couple of months at Redux. Next month, I’ll be the juror and helping curate Piccolo Spoleto 2016 in Charleston. Currently, I’ll be going through all the applicants and selecting the artists who will be exhibited.  Also, we’ll be welcoming artist Melissa Stern at Redux. She will be installing her series “The Talking Cure,” presenting 12 sculptures that form the basis of the exhibition. Stern then tapped 12 writers to craft their own interpretation of her sculptures, effectively giving them their own life, separate from the artist. Twelve actors were then asked to record their interpretations of the written word, which viewers can access on their smartphone via the cloud.”

Personally, I’m starting a painting. We shall see where that will progress.

EH: How can people get in touch with you to collaborate or learn more about your work?

GC: email me. You can find my contact info via www.reduxstudios.org

 

New York City Ballet (NYCB) Art Series 2014 Presents JR

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JR. New York City Ballet. New York City Ballet Art Series 2014. http://www.jr-art.net/

I have been searching for months for any clues as to who the next contemporary artist to collaborate with the New York City Ballet (NYCB) would be, and it is with great excitement last night I saw the announcement for the 2014 NYCB Art Series! This year, the NYCB will collaborate with the French artist known as JR for the second annual art series.

JR will share his Art Series installation during three special performance evenings — January 23, February 7, 13 — when every seat in the house is available for just $29. On these evenings, every audience member will receive a takeaway created specifically for this event.

The tickets to the NYCB Art Series sell out very, very quickly so buy pre-sale as soon as you can for this very special event! From taking part last year I know how special the whole evening is and recommend it to all art patrons and art enthusiasts as well as those who’ve never been to a ballet. It is a fantastic time and loads of fun with the exhibition, ballet, and reception.

ART SERIES Pre-Sale: Thursday, January 2 at noon through Sunday, January 5 at noon. Enter your pre-sale promo code on any of the performance information pages  to unlock seating options for all three Art Series performances. (Find presale code on JR’s website: http://www.jr-art.net/)

Please note that Art Series purchases are limited to 4 tickets per performance. Should you attempt to select more than 4 seats in the seat map, or add more than 4 seats per performance to your cart, you will encounter an error message prohibiting your purchase.

NYCB Art Series commissions contemporary artists to create original works of art inspired by our unique energy, spectacular dancers, and one-of-a-kind repertory of ballets. New York City Ballet has worked with leading and emerging artists throughout the Company’s history — luminaries like Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and Julian Schnabel. We are proud to continue this tradition through annual collaborations with some of the most compelling new artists on the scene today.

UPDATE: Photos from Opening night January 23, 2014 can be found on my Facebook post. Click here: https://www.facebook.com/ArtEdgeNYC

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JR. New York City Ballet. New York City Ballet Art Series 2014. http://www.jr-art.net/