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World Footprints revisits South Africa to explore the country that Nelson Mandela built. Our journey will take us through the world of fine art and will focus on the transformative power of art with Martin Britz, President and Founder of Soweto Fine Art, will join us from Johannesburg to talk about his personal journey from an Afrikaner military officer to a champion for black South African artists. Martin will share some unique insights into the people, culture, and South African society today; and he’ll talk about his quest to promote and empower the diverse people on the African continent and expose its art treasures to the world. Then we’ll travel back to Maryland for a visit to Galerie Myrtis to chat with several prominent art collectors who gathered to discuss the topics of cultural preservation through art collecting, connoisseurship and philanthropy. Based in Baltimore, Galerie Myrtis features works by African, African-American and emerging artists with a mission to utilize the visual arts to raise awareness for artists who deserve recognition for their contributions in artistically portraying our historic and cultural landscape; and recognize art movements that paved the way for freedom of artistic expression.
World Footprints revisits South Africa to explore the country that Nelson Mandela built. Our journey will take us through the world of fine art and will focus on the transformative power of art with Martin Britz, President and Founder of Soweto Fine Art, will join us from Johannesburg to talk about his personal journey from an Afrikaner military officer to a champion for black South African artists. Martin will share some unique insights into the people, culture, and South African society today; and he’ll talk about his quest to promote and empower the diverse people on the African continent and expose its art treasures to the world.
Then we’ll travel back to Maryland for a visit to Galerie Myrtis to chat with several prominent art collectors who gathered to discuss the topics of cultural preservation through art collecting, connoisseurship and philanthropy. Based in Baltimore, Galerie Myrtis features works by African, African-American and emerging artists with a mission to utilize the visual arts to raise awareness for artists who deserve recognition for their contributions in artistically portraying our historic and cultural landscape; and recognize art movements that paved the way for freedom of artistic expression.
We'll explore creativity, learning, art, democracy and more with artist and gallery owner Kimberly Camp. As an artist, Kimberly's paintings and dolls have been shown throughout the US in over 100 solo and group exhibitions. As an arts administrator, she held leadership roles at the Smithsonian Institution and the Charles Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, as well as headed the Barnes Foundation (where John Dewey served as the first president and director of education). She is the author of the forth-coming book, Defending the Dead: The Totally True Story about the Barnes Foundation Transformation, about her time at the Barnes Foundation and its many recent changes. Kimberly currently runs Galerie Marie in n Collingswood, New Jersey, just outside of Philadelphia.
My Guest this Thursday, November 21st at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk is Noel Guyomarc'h, owner of Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h, Bijoux et Objets Contemporains in Montréal, Québec.
About: Noel Guyomarc’h has been active in the field of jewelry for over 20 years. In 1996, he opened his own gallery dedicated to promoting national and international contemporary jewelry. Over 80 solo and group exhibitions have been curated or organized by Guyomarc’h, some of which travelled throughout Canada and the United States.
A member of many international associations, he is regularly invited to jury and lecture and has recently acted as appraiser for The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Since 2002, he has been a board member of the Montreal Jewelry School and served as president from 2006 to 2012. In a few years, he gained an international recognition for his work in this field.
Says Noel: "My work as gallery owner is to promote my artists’ work and to educate people about it. With the exhibitions displayed, the clientele has no choice but to ask questions if they are opened to new ideas, new concepts, new aesthetics. I say that jewelry has been chosen by many artists as a personal way of expressing themselves and communicating with an audience. And, as Susan Cohn writes in her book Unexpected Pleasures, ‘Contemporary jewellery has experienced enough to have a history.’ We live in an important period for contemporary jewelry. We can refer to our own history, even if some links to fine arts still exist. Craft techniques are now employed in the visual arts."
For more information on Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h, visit http://www.galerienoelguyomarch.com.
My Guest this Thursday, June 20th at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk is jewelry designer Janis Kerman, who makes hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind jewelry. Abotut: In 2007, to mark 30 years as one of contemporary jewellery’s most venerable designers, a retrospective show was held at Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h, Montréal. She has taught, mentored and delivered presentations on her work both in Canada and the United States including ACAD (Alberta College of Art and Design), FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) and EJMAM (École de Joaillerie de Montréal) and OCAD (Ontario College of Art and Design). Janis Kerman has recently entered into a new collaboration with her daughter, Erin Wahed on her line BANDE DES QUATRES. Ms. Kerman is represented in over 30 galleries. THE FORMATIVE YEARS: By 1975 I had completed my fundamental studies in jewelry design and began experimenting with various metals and techniques. I knew that jewelry making was my direction, my métier. Two years later Janis Kerman design was established. The focus of my work for the next 13 years was the design and production of limited edition collections, detailing for fashion accessories and unique pieces. Since 1988, I have been working exclusively in precious metals, gems and alternative materials. IT’S THE BALANCE, NOT THE SYMMETRY: There is a symbiotic relationship between fine art and design – a conceptual fluidity where influences move freely between disciplines promoting exchange and evolution. Inspiration comes from color, texture and objects both artistic and common: architecture, furniture, paintings, ceramics, fashion… For more info, visit: http://janiskermandesign.com.
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In her work, Jinny Yu attempts simultaneously to scrutinize conventions of painting and to explore new possibilities within the medium. Oscillating between the fields of the abstract painting and the object, her work seeks out aspects of painting beyond the pictorial space: she strives to depict that which is beyond the image and deliberately reveals the gestural aspect of painting as praxis. She frequently paints with oil on aluminum, whose semi-reflective surface comprises a pictorial space. This choice of materials is integral to her artistic practice and conceptual musings; the pictorial space of the aluminum is a material fact, a pre-existing condition of the as yet unpainted surface, and by painting on such a surface, one that is already pictorial, Yu's work begins where painting often ends.
Born in Korea and based in Canada, Jinny Yu has shown widely, including exhibitions at the ISCP Gallery (Brooklyn), Pulse New York (NY), Scope New York (NY), Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation (Venice), the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art (Kyoto), the Conduit Street Gallery, Sotheby's (London, UK), Carleton University Art Gallery (Ottawa), the Taehwa Eco Art Festival (Ulsan City, Republic of Korea), the Confederation Centre Art Gallery (Charlottetown), and McMaster Museum of Art (Hamilton). Yu, who is Associate Professor of Painting at the University of Ottawa, was awarded Laura Ciruls Painting Award from Ontario Arts Foundation in 2012 and was a finalist for the Pulse Prize New York 2011. She has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and le Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec. She is represented by Galerie Art Mur in Montreal.
Details at http://jinnyyu.com
Paul Lorenz(Born: 1961)
With an education in Bauhaus architecture and fine art, Paul Lorenz has carved an interesting niche in the international art world: bridging the principals and immediacy of painting and drawing with the logic and detail of architecture. The structure of color takes on its own life while contained on the painting surface. Whether thin and spacial, or thick and elemental, the paint and color are developed to compliment the physical and visual, allowing the painting process to remain the final subject.
Graphite drawings are an important section of Paul’s work. Based upon drafting exercises from his years studying architecture, his drawings depict abstraction in its purest form, geometry.
Paul was born in Chicago and has lived and worked in Chicago, Berkeley, California and now Paducah, Kentucky. After graduating from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, he went on to study oil painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the International School of Art in Italy (under Nicolas Carone and Irving Petlin) and the University of California, Berkeley.
Paul exhibits with numerous galleries in the USA and Europe. As a member of Pintura Fresca, an international group of abstract painters, he has exhibited worldwide, with past exhibitions in Singapore, England, Sweden and the USA. Paul had his first solo exhibition in Europe in 2009 at Galerie Daniel Vignal in Toulouse, France.
After winning a fifth place medal for painting at the Florence Biennale in 2001, Paul developed classes in abstraction for the MFA program for the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where he currently teaches through their cyber-campus.
Scottish artist Julie Snyder studied drawing and painting at the Glasgow School of Art;
combining the austere style of Scottish tradition with Art Nouveau. Even as a child she
was encouraged to pursue her art by her artist-mother and writer-father.
Julie’s artistic career has spanned both sides of the Atlantic and included several years
of residence in Southern Spain. She forged her craft as an illustrator in advertising,
publishing and the motion picture industry, including Warner Bros.
Julie Snyder is an award-winning and sought-after artist in Southern California’s
figurative art scene. “I paint the figure, finding my subjects in many walks of life and I bring them into the studio to model. I love to recreate an impressionistic environment on the canvas that suggests a story.”
Following the tradition of artists traveling abroad she led 13 women artists to rural
France in Fall 2010 and coordinated two exhibits of their work. This year she travels again with artists; to Eastern Europe and then France.
Her work has shown in the National Art Museum of Sport, the Pasadena Museum of History and the International Salon of Figurative Art. She has exhibited with The Oil Painters of America at the Waterhouse Gallery and Howard/Mandeville Gallery, Addison Art Gallery, The Boston International Fine Arts Show, and with the California Art Club in Los Angeles. She is represented by Galerie du Soleil, Naples; Danielak Art, Pasadena; Silvana Gallery, Glendale; Addison Art Gallery, Cape Cod; by Segil Fine Art, Monrovia and Marchese Fine Art, Marina del Rey,.
Her work has been published as a hardback book, Paintings: Julie Snyder Artist. She has
been featured in the American Art Collector, Southwest Art, STIG online media and the
Born in Tauranga, New Zealand in 1949
Arts columnist, Gulf News, Auckland, NZ (1992-2001)
Invited to French Polynesia in 1994 to paint and exhibit a series of Tahitian paintings (Galerie Baie de Cooke, Moorea)
In 2001 Sylvia migrated to Australia and began documenting on canvas, her Aboriginal 'heritage'. Some of that work is on this site
Studied Indigenous Australian culture via the University of South Australia (2003-2005)
After the shock discovery that she was not Australian Aboriginal at all , she changed direction and her Degree Major to Visual Arts
It appears that many of her forebears,mistakenly taken for Aboriginal people, had been slaves in Bermuda. They are believed to have been of African descent, (possibly with a mix of Native-American as well) arriving in Tasmania, Australia, in the late 1800s
In 2007, she completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia)
She is currently working on her Master of Arts Degree.
Raised in the largest Polynesian city in the world - Auckland, New Zealand - Sylvia developed an art style which was heavily influenced by this cultural blend.To reflect this, and enhanced by her own husband and children’s New Zealand Maori heritage, she has been working on a new body of work depicting the large number of Pacific Islanders who have also settled in her new hometown, Brisbane.
Married (mother of three), Sylvia resides in South Brisbane, Queensland
Sylvia is also known as Sylvia Huege de Serville
Our guest on the Thursday, January 27th, 2011 program at 3PM Pacific/6PM Eastern is jeweler Sarah Abramson, MFA. For more information, see: http://www.sarahabramson.us/index.html. 'In 2004, Sarah spent a pivotal year at The Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina where she was introduced to a world of jewelry in which style and tradition were elements to be discussed and explored. Inspired, she attended the State University of New York at New Paltz, earning her Masters of Fine Art in Metal in 2008.
A unique aesthetic is apparent in Sarah's jewelry, exploring the transition from two-dimensional drawings to three-dimensional sculptural forms. Gestural ink compositions, pierced in copper and painted black, capture the movement of brushstrokes in metal. White enameled forms created by bending, folding, and fabricating sheet metal are voluminous and refined. By freezing brushstrokes so that they appear as paper rather than metal, Sarah uses color, texture and form to tempt viewers closer for a more intimate consideration of her jewelry.
Sarah has participated in jewelry exhibitions throughout the US and Florence, Italy. Her work is currently represented by Gallery Loupe in Montclair, New Jersey, Galerie Marzee in Nijmenland, the Netherlands, and Galerie Noel Guyomarc'h in Montreal, Canada. Sarah's work is included in the permanent collections of both the Museum of Arts and Design and Galerie Marzee as well as private collections. Her work has been published in The Compendium Finale of Contemporary Jewellery 2008 as well as 500 Enameled Objects. Please join us for this encore conversation with Sarah!
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