Thursday, October 14, 2010

Two Upcoming Artist Talks in NYC

“What’s Old is New Again:
The Legacy of the Feminist Art Movement of the 1970’s”
Wednesday OCTOBER 20, 7pm
Panel discussion featuring Harriet Lyons along with regional artists; Damali Abrams, Orly Cogan, Donna Dodson and Chris Twomey
SOHO20 Gallery Chelsea
547 West 27th Street, Suite 301
New York, NY 10001

Harriet Lyons joined the original staff of Ms. magazine in 1972 as Visual Arts Editor. Good at sugar-coating the pill (''70s feminism was combat), she packaged celebrity cover features and special issues. She collaborated with Gloria Steinem on a groundbreaking essay on Marilyn Monroe, a combination cautionary tale and rescue fantasy. Lyons covered the pioneering ''70s Women's Art Movement and created the Family of Woman photography series for Ms. In 1977, she edited a special issue on the women's arts revolution. She conceived and produced the 1980 "Decade of Women" book, which won the Women in Communications Clarion Award. She is also a co-founder of the New York Feminist Art Institute (1979-1989) and the Coalition of Women's Art Organizations (1982- 1990). Lyons' collection of women's art includes works by Miriam Schapiro, Nancy Azara, Pat Steir, Alice Neel, Agnes Martin, Judy Chicago, Jane Kaufman, Mary Ellen Mark, Joan Roth, Imogen Cunningham, Gisele Freund, Elke Solomon, Betsy Damon and Mary Beth Edelson. Lyons moved on to newspaper journalism in 1980 at the Daily News, where as editor of the Sunday Magazine she commissioned many articles on the cultural life of the city that featured women artists and were photographed by Joyce Ravid, Amy Arbus and Nicole Bengiveno. She took breaks as press secretary to Brooklyn Borough President Howard Golden for the 1983 Brooklyn Bridge Centennial and later as senior editor for McCall's and Redbook magazines.

Damali Abrams is a video-performance artist living in New York. Her fictional television network, Self-Help TV, is an ongoing video-performance project, using her body and personal history as a point of departure. As a woman of color, she believes it is important to give visibility to people who are rarely represented.

Orly Cogan is a mixed media/fiber artist using vintage, printed fabrics and found embroideries, altering the traditional purpose. She explores common feminine archetypes and stereotypes such as Madonna/Whore, Pin-Up Girl, Lolita and the Femme Fatale and provokes questions such as what role do women want to play in society?

Donna Dodson is a sculptor whose art celebrates the mystical relationship between human beings and the animal kingdom. She creates standing animal-headed figures of the female form sculpted in wood, fusing feminine sensuality, sexuality and soul with a well-proportioned figurative vocabulary.

Chris Twomey's body of work, inspired by themes of origins and identity, involves film, performance, installation, digital media and sound. Using her own life and experience as springboard for meditations on the human condition and our interconnectivity, her work explores scientific, psychological, and conceptual ideas that impact our understanding of identity; from cradle to grave and beyond.

Three Dimensions: Hand or Digital
Sculptors consider the alternatives: Sculpting by hand vs. using digital machine technologies such as 3-D printing.
Thursday October 21, 2010, 7pm
Soho 20 Chelsea Gallery
547 West 27th Street, Suite 301
New York, NY 10001
Moderator: Doug Sheer, chairperson, ATOA
Donna Dodson, wood carver
Ayami Aoyama, stone carver
Lynne Mayocole, ATOA President
Doug Sheer, ATOA Chairperson
ATOA's Critical Discussions in the Visual Arts are held at SOHO 20 Chelsea, 547 West 27th Street, Suite 301, NYC
Thursdays, at 7:00 PM, with doors opening at 6:30 PM. Check this site for dates and details, or call (212) 779-9250.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Sisterhood of Gallery Ehva

Gallery Artists & Friends Women's Week Group Show: Lisa Ventre, Julie Gorn, Leslie Gilliette Jackson, Rachel Brown, Meg Shields, Sterck/Rozo, Barbara Cohen, Zehra Khan, Alicia Henry, Jane Kogan, Donna Dodson, Jenny Fragosa, Lorrie Fredette, Irén Handschuh, and Jackie Reeves.

October 1-13, Opening Friday, October 8, 6-8pm
~ Meet the Artists: Saturday, October 9, 2-4pm

Gallery Ehva
Ewa Nogiec, Director
74 Shank Painter Road
P.O. Box 1426
Provincetown, MA 02657
skype: ehva0011
Gallery hours:
Wednesday closed

Samurai Warrior,23" tall, osage orange wood and paint, 2009
Plain Jane, 21" tall, osage orange wood and paint, 2009

In keeping with the theme of the show, I am exhibiting these two sculptures that came from the same log. Hence, they are sister sculptures, from the the same family tree.

Here's an article from one very passionate collector of my elephant sculptures, Jim McDonald, former Director of the Art Connection,