Work by Sarah Valdez
Saturday, November 29, 2008
TUESDAY | 2 December 2008 | 6-10pm
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Inflatable sculptures by Amanda Seckington
Friday, November 14, 2008
TUESDAY | 18 November 2008 | 7-10pm
Crossley Gallery welcomes you to the opening night of “Inviting the Third Person”, a show produced by two junior Fine Artists Sarah Valdez and Jenny Vu. Both artists were recently featured in “Ablution”, a show curated by William Ball in collaboration with Mencia Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts. In addition their work has been represented and awarded in the 2008 Best of Ringling, as well as presented in “Realia”, a show curated by Fine Art senior Kayla Carlson.
A majority of the pieces that will be shown are recent, though earlier collaborative video work will be exhibited. Sarah Valdez will present a series of small and large interactive installations, transforming common construction materials into intimate and curious objects and observances. She will also be performing with willing participants using live feed in a game-like interface. Jenny Vu will share her experience and recent quest with painting by displaying several small portrait multiples, larger figurative paintings on paper, and earlier abstractions. Though both artists have diverged from their early collaborative work, both still find a significant source of inspiration and strength in what has directed their new paths. Please join us for an evening of Art, friends, fun and complimentary food and refreshments!
Monday, November 10, 2008
TUESDAY | 11 November 2008 | 7-10pm
The Crossley Gallery and Ringling College of Art & Design is proud to present “Implacable Creature,” with an opening reception on the 11th of November, 2008 from 7-10pm. Fine Art Juniors Mikaela Raquel Williams and Amanda Seckington will show separate bodies of work in the gallery. Recent exhibitions by both artists include the COSMIX exhibition at the South Florida Museum and the collaborative student show ‘Realia’ in the spring of 2008. The COSMIX pieces consisted of successful installations by both artists and an additional video/performance by Williams. In addition, they are both recipients of the Women Contemporary Artist Scholarship.
Amanda Seckington recently attended the summer residency program at the prestigious School of Video Arts in Manhattan, New York. She presents large-scale sculptures that utilize a wide array of materials and selected references to inflatables. “I am influenced by many summers spent swimming, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing among the coral reefs of tropical islands and water bodies of Florida. In addition, I may have been a whale in a past life and at times I have a grotesque sense of humor.”
Mikaela Williams is twenty years old and from Titusville, Florida. Williams creates a unified dialogue of installation, sculpture, drawing, video and performance through compelling uses of materials and color. “The work initiates hand made personal storytelling methods that use the literal vs. abstract qualities of narratives brought together in order to create an engrossing environment… The work has shown increasing dependency on surreal visuals of density and complexity. My endless curiosity for the capacity of art is mainly fueled by goals of taking personal emotions and making them tangible.”