Archive for August, 2011

Unveiling the Mona Lisa, Freedom Tower, An MDCC Project

Posted in OUT AND ABOUT on August 29, 2011 by artoutmiami

Marco, Mona and Ed

 ~This year marks the 100th anniversary since the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre museum Miami, August 23, 2011 – Making its U.S. premiere, Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Art Gallery System brings to South Florida an extraordinary exhibition inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic portrait, the Mona Lisa. The exhibition, Mona Lisa Unveiled, will showcase various interpretations of the classic, created by artists around the world and dating from the 16th Century to modern day.    This exhibition is co-presented by City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and City of Margherita di Savoia (Italy) Mayor Gabriella Carlucci. An invitation-only opening reception will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, August 25, at MDC’s own transcendent work of art, the Freedom Tower. The working media is welcome.  On loan from the Museo Ideale Leonardo da Vinci in Florence, Italy, the exhibition was created and inspired by Alessandro Vezzosi, the museum’s director, and Agnese Sabato, president of the museum’s International Association. In Miami, the exhibition has been made possible with the support of the Consul General of Italy, Marco Rocca, and Gloria Porcella, director of the Galleria Ca’ d’Oro in Rome and Miami.

Anne Tschida, Art Writer

Posted in Bios P - T on August 23, 2011 by artoutmiami
Anne Tschida (right) and Juan Carlos Rodriguez

Anne Tschida was born in San Francisco, a little while after a Grace Slick lounge performance. After moving around, the family finally landed in Minneapolis, where she went to high school and became editor of the school newspaper, starting a career in the unprofitable world of journalism. She attended Northwestern University in Chicago and graduated from the Medill School of Journalism there. She then took a job with a British magazine in Hong Kong, where she spent several years. During that time, she traveled through China and Southeast Asia, writing about these burgeoning dragons. She then became editor of an Asian-focussed magazine in Los Angeles, before following her partner to Berlin, Germany. In the years after Eastern Europe was freed, it was an area blossoming in cultural arts, and therefore a place rich with fascinating stories. Eventually she returned to the United States, and took a job as an editor at the Miami New Times, overseeing all the cultural coverage along with investigative news reporters. Since the mid-21st century, she has been a freelance writer and editor for various publications, including the Miami Herald, Biscayne Times, Ocean Drive, Miami New Times, and KnightArts.org.

10 Questions For Anne Tschida

Posted in Interviews P-T on August 22, 2011 by artoutmiami
Anne Tschida and Her Luft Baloon

By Jose Fresco

AOM:  Anne, you are one of the most prolific art writers in Miami. How, when, and where did you get your start. What’s your Alma Mater?

AT:I was the editor of my high school newspaper, after writing for it since I was 14 years old. So I always knew writing was the essence of me. I then went on to the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Chicago, where I wrote about substantial issues like the Viking re-inactment of the landing in Nova Scotia….but really, it was great.

AOM:The big question: art critic or art writer?

AT:Absolutely art writer — I like to tell the stories behind what will make people attracted to art, or anything else for that matter. I am not part of academic criticism, that others do better than me.

AOM:You’ve lived in some amazing places around the world. Can you recount some of them and how these experiences have added to your career?

AT:Right after college in Chicago, I moved to Hong Kong to work first for a British glossy magazine, a version of the English Tattler. That was super fun, and introduced me to the British and Chinese culture of Hong Kong, East meets West in that most neon of outlandish cities the world has known. After some time in other Southeast Asian spots, I moved to Berlin a year after the Wall came down (some say, “after the Wall fell,” — it didn’t FALL, people knocked it down!). The artistic explosion there was unparalleled — creative types from both Eastern and Western Europe flocked there. One old Soviet complex, with its walls crumbled revealing the interiors, was filled with art studios and in the courtyard, littered with debris from the Old East, bands played all the time. You could ride by on a tram or a bus and see those studios and hear the music day and night.

AOM: Can you name a few artists that have truly inspired you? Do you have a favorite style? Who should we be keeping an eye on?

AT: That’s always a hard one. From pre-Contemporary, as may be guessed, I was very influenced by German Expressionism, in visual arts and film and literature, from the Bauhaus to the work produced between the World Wars. And as cliche as it is, Caravaggio, especially viewed in a church in Rome, is breathtaking. More recently, the Young British Artists stuff was eye-opening back when, Damien Hirst and Chris Ofili,. etc.  And whether you like the style or not, the show from Ryan Trecartin currently showing at MOCA is something to watch — his is a vision and voice that is making a big splash.

AOM: State and Federal funding has all but been withdrawn for the public arts sector, NPR decimated by Congress. Were these drastic cuts really necessary or are we witnessing the repercussions of political posturing?

AT: The arts always need to be funded on some level, as much of it can’t be a free-market-based enterprise. It expresses the soul of a culture. Scientific and medical research can’t be sustained, either, without some government support — that’s what great societies are made of.  All of us become ugly in the end without such nourishment.

AOM: What role does public art play in a community, a city, for society?

AT:How many people think Italian cities are beautiful, infusing you with an inner spark, making them the most touristed places on earth? It’s not by accident that they are so — Italians have more often than not spent time and money on making their buildings, their outdoor spaces,  sculptures and decorations, something pleasing, to ease the everyday drudgery. That certainly can not be said for some of the dreadful Soviet, Chinese, and yes, American cities that decided beauty was something frivolous. To live in such places can be deadening.

AOM:Kenny Scharf described Graffiti art as reaching “hi-style”, a point of reconsideration as a serious art form- your thoughts?

AT: Miami has very much become a center of street art. Wynwood is covered with many different types and versions of it, and it is legitimate and enlivening. Some of the graffiti or street art has moved inside now, and that’s all okay too. Nothing should be static — styles move on, grow and morph, as it should.

AOM: You are a real Baselite. What shows do you look forward to each year?

AT: The main convention center, to see what mainstream is up to. The the major satellites, like Pulse and NADA and Scope; always something worthwhile in any of those. And what used to happen more often, and still occasionally does, the odd show that pops up in a rented space, way out there and way worth seeing.

AOM: Has Miami reached its pinnacle?

AT: No.

AOM:What’s next for The Tschida?

AT: Hmm, to see more of those beautiful cities that enliven and brighten  the soul……

Wendy Wischer, Parallels, Mobile Art Piece, 2008 (photo Peter Dooley)

Posted in Functional Art on August 12, 2011 by artoutmiami

Wendy Wischer, Parellels (pic courtesy of Peter Dooling)

Wendy Wischer, Parrallels, Mobile Art Piece, 2008 (photo Peter Dooley)

Posted in Functional Art on August 12, 2011 by artoutmiami
Courtesy of David Castillo

Wendy Wischer, Parrallels

Parallel is a temporary art project using graphic design and hi-tech printed vinyl to wrap the airport’s shuttle buses. The design is inspired by the mangrove tree, also known as the walking tree, which has its roots holding South Florida together. The artwork, while simple in design, consists of several conceptual layers. It is an image taken from the reflection of mangrove trees at the water’s edge. The images have been duplicated and reversed to create a mirror effect horizontally and vertically. The impression is that the landscape is revealing another dimension, one that is familiar yet unique at the same time, a window into the magic of our environment.
            The artist states that “as with the diversity of people both living in and traveling through Broward County, the landscape holds a wealth of diversity in its jungle.  Yet within our diversity, common ground can be found. Our unique voices create ripples of experience that expand out to others and then melt together creating this special place that we pass through on our journeys, whether they be short or long term, they all become part of our experiences and reside within our memories.  As the passengers board the buses they become part of the story and this special journey; their voices become part of the sound and they contribute, even if in a small way, to the history of the place. The buses then circulate widely as they travel back and forth, bouncing from destination to destination, echoing the tale that is continuously unfolding.”

Wendy Wischer, Artist, Professor

Posted in Bios U - Z on August 10, 2011 by artoutmiami

Wendy Wischer

(Courtesy of David Castillo Gallery)Born in Wisconsin 1971, Wendy Wischer lives in Florida. She received an MFA from Florida State University,1995 and a BFA from theUniversity ofWisconsin Madison,1993. Wischer creates work in a variety of media from sculptural objects, to installations, video and public works.  Much of the artwork is based on blurring the separation between the intrinsic history of working with nature and the cutting edge of New Media.  She is the recipient of the Pollock-Krasner grant, the South Florida Consortium, the Individual Artist Fellowship, the Artist Enhancement Grant, New Forms Grant and the Alberta Prize for Visual Art. Wendy has exhibited extensively nationally, and internationally in Spain, the Dominican Republic and Israel.  Her work is part of several public collections including the Miami Art Museum, Art Bank Art in Public Places Miami and Art in Public Places Miami Beach.  She recently participated in the First International Triennial of the Caribbean at the Museum of Modern Art in the Dominican Republic and she will participate in the upcoming Florence Biennale 2011.  Currently her work is on view at the Museum of Art Ft. Lauderdale.

Wendy Wischer, Liquid Measures, 3rd Street and Washington Ave, Miami Beach, 2010 (photo Peter Dooley)

Posted in Functional Art, Miami Beach, Official Art In Public Places designation, Sculpture on August 10, 2011 by artoutmiami

3 each, 8 foot Utility Boxes.

Wendy Wischer Liquid Measures detail

Inspired by the pattern of the Golden Mean, this installation makes reference to the wind and water currents while reflecting the surroundings of the environment and those within it. Liquid Measures, uses Blue Moon Waterglass tiles containing a “waterglass” surface with a blue color. During the day, the sun reflects off these tiles as well creating beautiful light patterns around the surrounding sidewalk area similar to a disco ball yet these tiles will create organic light shapes and also be far softer and muted since the tiles are not made out of mirror.