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Fantastic Realism &The Puzzle Aesthetic
May 25 – June 29, 2013
Opening Reception: Saturday May 25, from 7 – 10pm
Fantastic Realism, a captivating new exhibit showcasing provocative and imaginative artworks in a variety of media, opens at LuminArté Gallery on May 25, 2013. The international exhibition will run through June 29th, with an artist reception on May 25th. Both the exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
“A Moment Before Glass Hit the Floor” by Sergei Rodionov
Russian born photographer, Sergei Rodionov, is based in Dallas and utilizes his classical art training to convey colorful narratives to an international audience. His work is widely published and included in important collections and museums, such as Museum of Victoria and Albert.
“Untitled” by Magi Calhoun “Down Color” by Santiago Ribeiro
Romanian born sculptor, Magi Calhoun lives and works in Dallas, giving life to clay in narrations depicting the inner world of emotions and dreams.
In Portuguese artist, Santiago Ribeiro’s paintings, complex compositions illustrate deep concerns about modern society and its individual and collective behavior Santiago’s work is in numerous private collections as well as in the Collection of Contemporary Art of the National Museum Machado de Castro and in the Bissaya Barreto Foundation in Coimbra, Portugal.
Sometime playful, often times haunting, the phenomenal, dreamlike artworks highlighted in this exhibition depict the evolution of a deeply intellectual and imaginative artist movement as expressed by both local and international artists, including Katrin Alvarez, Shahla Rosa, Magi Calhoun, Chema Gil, Alan Shepard, Sue Little, Mark Vey, Sergei Rodionov, Liba W. Stambollion, Patrick Soulieres, Kathy Seaboyer, Trent Mann, Salvatore Zagami, Igor Samsonov, Otto Rapp, Santiago Ribeiro and Tina Spiro.
“Liberated Mantis” by Liba W. Stambollion
Liba W. Stambollion grew up in South East Asia before moving to the USA, where she studied painting, wood working and bookbinding at the Art Institute of Chicago. Liba has been living in Paris since 1993 where she paints, writes, makes books and designs furniture.
Like Surrealism, Fantastic Realism delves into the inner universe of the human mind; but, as a genre with its origins in post World War II Vienna, this lasting art movement focuses less on the political and psychological concerns of Surrealism, and finds its direction through the depictions of the dualistic nature of reality in a dynamic expression of the human condition. While being stylistically influenced by both Gothic and Renaissance artwork, including Northern European masters like Hieronymus Bosch, prevailing themes like conscious and subconscious states, civilization and nature, and war and peace become unified concepts rather than opposing forces. Fantastic Realism also deviates from Surrealism in its search for subjective Truth rather than focusing on the seemingly absurd juxtapositions of free associations. The Fantastic Realists are more concerned with creating a modern mythology by exploring a dream-conscious state in order to increase a depth of perception and awareness and to develop a poetic world view.
“Icon” by Katrin Alvarez “Self Portrait with the Critical Eye” by Otto Rapp
Based in Cologne, Germany, Katrin Alvarez has won numerous international awards and is included in prestigious collection such as the New Fantastic Art Museum in Vienna. Her paintings and poetry depict the overwhelming beauty of existence as well as its cruel dark sides.
Based in Vienna, Austria, Otto Rapp is greatly influence by the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism, exploring the realms of his “Inner Universe” through meticulously detailed paintings and illustrations that depict a singular awareness and unity within conscious and subconscious states.
The Puzzle Aesthetic
The Puzzle Aesthetic Book Signing by Jim Lively and Puzzle Aesthetic Exhibition
Saturday, May 25, 7pm – 10pm.
Are you or someone you love among the millions of Americans trying to put their lives back together while your former corporate employer got rich and its executives, armed with golden parachutes, decided to “downsize,” “rightsize” – capsize? Jim Lively’s The Puzzle Aesthetic will both anger and engage you, and ultimately lead you through the art therapy that helped the author heal and discover his true passion. The Puzzle Aesthetic is a fictional work based on the history of a very real Dallasite, Jim Lively,
The Puzzle Aesthetic Exhibit features multi-media art influenced by the novel, which is created through photography, video and painted works by Jim Lively, Jamie Labar and Kay Dalton and focuses squarely on the average person existing within the happenstance tide that is corporate America. A highlight of the exhibition is a video installation called “Exit Interview” where Lively incorporates almost verbatim, the absurd questions that were posed to him in his own exit interview. Model and actress, Arden Debelle is acting the part of Jim Keeton, the protagonist in Lively’s book. Lively filmed and edited numerous takes of the entire interview process as Arden’s responses deteriorated from legitimate response to the type of sarcastic responses more deserving in light of the absurd questions being posed.
The event coincides with the “Fantastic Realism” exhibit, which will run through June 29, 2013
Corporate Leadership by Jim Lively