Selected works from Matthew Hassell. To see more of his work visit his site
Artist Statement: “In a sense, inexhaustibility is a quality of any perceived object, which must always be grasped in relation to a fixed point of view and whose appearance must always be filled out by imagination – and in such a way that every viewing appeals to a multiplicity of other viewings and the possible continually lies at the horizon of the real.”
- Mikel Dufrenne, The Phenomenology of Aesthetic Experience, pp. 396
Rhea Cutillo (b. Philadelphia, PA) is a multimedia artist and a graduate of Mills College in Oakland, CA. She is interested in epistemic existence, both in the physical and immaterial realms, and aims to create immersive environments, often slightly fantastical or surreal. She is inspired by the unknown and the idea of freedom, and is often moved by textural elements.
A born traveler; she has numerous couch-surfing and hitchhiking adventures across the country. When Rhea is not painting or photographing, playing or pondering, she is working on a picture storybook project of such adventures.
To know more about Rhea’s adventures and work go here.
The images below are just a selection of photographs from the exhibition which took place May 2011.
“Flotsam and Jetsam” is a collaborative project by Jacob Dahl Jürgensen and Simon Dybbroe Møller.
“Flotsam and Jetsam” is a common phrase that refers to discarded or useless objects, but its origin is in the way maritime law designates goods fished out of the sea or found on the shore. Whether caused by shipwreck (flotsam) or by deliberate jettison (jetsam), the convention crucially also stipulates that these objects must be returned to the original owner only if a proper claim for ownership is made.
For “Flotsam and Jetsam”, Jacob Dahl Jürgensen and Simon Dybbroe Møller collected a number of objects chosen for their sonic qualities, including pieces of furniture, glass jars, bottles, cans, metal pipes, and driftwood, from the shores of the volcanic island of Pantelleria near Sicily in July 2009. A group of associated artists was then invited to turn the objects into improvised musical instruments. Recorded outside on a patio over several extended day and night sessions, “Flotsam and Jetsam” was collectively performed by Eleanor Vonne Brown, Kerstin Cmelka, Raphael Danke, Jens Carl Daugbjerg, Jacob Dahl Jürgensen, Michele Di Menna, Daniel Müller-Friedrichsen, Simon Dybbroe Møller, and Emily Wardill.
Out of these ad hoc group compositions, Jürgensen and Møller selected raw material for two final mixes. “Flotsam and Jetsam” is a vinyl record, conceived as part of an exhibition of the same name, which comprises a display of the found objects used in the recordings and a short film shot on location during the collective process.
“Flotsam and Jetsam” associatively links ancient rituals of plunder and scavenging to modern artistic traditions such as the modernist embrace of the objet trouvé. Jürgensen and Møller’s project also playfully addresses the long-running relationships, ambiguities, boundaries, and traditions that define and govern the sea as social space and the collaborative possibilities inherent in island communities.
**All text is from apparent-extent.com
**All photos are from jacob-dahl-jurgensen.com
The work of Marcia Roberts.
Noem Held was born in Germany and now works and lives in Amsterdam. He is a multidisciplinary artist and graphic designer.
Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011) was an abstract expressionist painter. Frankenthaler was born in New York and spent her later years working and living in Connecticut.
To see more of her work visit her artist profile here.
The photographs and artist books of Cig Harvey, MFA, have been widely exhibited and remain in the permanent collections of major museums and collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine; and the International Museum of Photography and Film at the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York. She was a recent finalist of the BMW Prize at Paris Photo and the Prix Virginia, an international photography prize for women. Cig had her first solo museum show at the Stenersen Museum in Oslo, Norway, in the spring of 2012 in conjunction with the release of her monograph, You Look At Me Like An Emergency (Schilt Publishing, 2012). Cig’s devotion to visual storytelling has lead to innovative international campaigns and features with New York Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar Japan, Kate Spade, and Bloomingdales. Cig teaches workshops and regularly speaks on her work and processes at institutions around the world. She is known for her high energy, sense of humor and creativity. She brings a profound sense of optimism to all that she does.
Cig lives in a farmhouse in the Midcoast of Maine with her husband Doug (who has the profile of an emperor on a Roman coin), their wayward daughter Scout, and Scarlet the dog (the original baby). She was an assistant professor at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University for ten years, but recently took a leap of faith to devote her life to purely making things. She tries to do this every day, and then pretends to clean up the mess she’s made with varying degrees of success.
** To know more about Cig’s work go here.
Oakland-based Atelier Dion has been in operation for less than 2 years, but has already built up an impressive list of clients and is on its way to becoming a successful ceramics production house. Owners Jay and Rie Dion are a husband and wife duo who met in 2008 while attending graduate school at California College of the Arts. After graduation, the couple realized they could use their skills as ceramic artists to create a business focused on custom fabrication. We visited the Dions in their West Oakland studio where we discussed the ins and outs of starting a business and the sacrifices and compromises they have made to get their vision off the ground.
This is the second episode of Working Title, a collaboration between KQED and Little Paper Planes, hosted by Kelly Lynn Jones of LPP and Andrew Martin Scott, co-owner of Needles and Pens. Through this program, which will include videos, interviews, articles, and essays, we will explore how local artist-entrepreneurs are re-inventing the American Dream, creating alternative economies and redefining success in the Bay Area.