Raymond Papka: A Calulated Artist of Science

When one looks into the beautifully unexpected and intricate art of Raymond Papka, there is no doubt that it is derived from the science in his own life. With a degree in chemistry, Raymonds’s incredibly unique assemblages of paint and embellishments elude to a technical and scientific narrative.

This art is created by use of physical and visual systems. The artist uses everyday discarded objects to arrange and create his art. This process has also turned into his alteration of books which consists of a process where he cuts tears, glues, burns, folds, paints, adds to, collages, rebinds, gold-leafs, creates pop-ups, drills, and bolts. The book is manipulated until it becomes a 3-dimentional work of art. Beyond books, Raymond also engages in Enthusiastic Painting. This is a variation of an incredibly ancient painting technique where beeswax is melted with resin and color pigments are added. Once the wax hardens, it is fused with fire and brilliant and beautiful work begins.

Raymond is not so concerned with his viewer completely understanding his art as he is with them questioning what is going on. The mantra of his Artist’s Statement is that the only thing constant is change. As artists and Art enthusiasts, change can be different for us all. He has a fresh and modern theme in and behind his work that gives him a realistic outlook and enables him to look forward and perpetuate his work into interesting and wonderful places.

Raymond Papka

Raymond Papka

Raymond Papka

Raymond Papka

Raymond Papka

Raymond Papka

Raymond Papka

Raymond Papka

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Eric Standley

Eric Standley received his B.F.A. from the Massachusetts College of Art and his M.F.A. from Savannah College of Art and Design. He is an Associate Professor of Studio Art and the Foundations of Art and Design Coordinator for the School of Visual Arts at Virginia Tech. He sleeps on rare occasions and dreams that with hard work and concentration he might one day become a modernist. He holds allegiance to a faith of his own construction, which is reinvented on a daily basis.

Biographical information courtesy of http://ericstandley.30art.com/

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Gallery hosts AEQAI holiday gathering

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The Cincinnati-based e-journal for critical thinking, review and reflective prose on contemporary art, AEQAI, gathered for an evening full of discussion. Attending were AEQAI writers and board members including AEQAI editor Dan Brown, City of Covington Art Director Cate Yellig, author Karen Chambers, Northern Kentucky University English Graduate Program Professor Dr. Robert Wallce, artist Kevin Muente, artist and board member Jens Rozenkrantz, among others. AEQAI offers articles to invigorate the imagination and thought of its reader while stimulating artists and curators to produce better artworks and exhibitions.

The word ‘AEQAI’ was selected as a mispelling from a reprint of Livy’s text for the ‘Aequi.’ The Aequi were the peoples that Lucuis Quintus Cincinnatus of ancient Rome conquered upon his famous brief tenure as a ‘temporary’ dictator. He crushed their rebellion and then reintegrated them into the burgeoning empire. It is a playful analogy to the artist community since it implies the inevitable incorporation of the avant garde into mainstream culture. AEQAI states, “We creatives are the Aequi.”

“Continuum” celebrates fifteen years of sculpture in cast glass and forged metal by Brian Russell

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On view in the Mallory and Wurtzburger galleries at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis, Brian Russell’s new exhibition Continuum features several new outdoor sculptures throughout the gardens, and more intimately-scaled objects indoors. The indoor pieces feature streamlined cast glass forms resting in bronze bases similar to Punctuate 2 and Punctuate Dragon currently on view in our gallery. The outdoor sculpture dramatically displayed in the Dixon gardens, incorporate intricate cast glass elements and elongated curvilinear lines of metalwork. Russell has recently turned the focus of his metal work to aluminum. The Dixon describes the attraction of Russell’s sculpture as “the modern fluidity contrasts with the ancient techniques used to produce them, creating an active tension between glass and metal elements.” The exhibition will continue through January 12.

For more information, visit the Dixon Galleries and Garden’s current exhibitons website.

Kim Krause’s first solo exhibition at Marta Hewett Gallery opens Friday, Nov. 1

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Join us to celebrate our opening of ‘Eleusinian Mysteries,’ a selection of paintings by Kim Krause from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 at the gallery with an artist talk beginning at 6:30 p.m. Krause describes his works in his Artist Statement.

I consider being an artist a way of living, and a daily invention. It is my attempt to engage the world fully, on my own terms, through paint. It is a continuing exploration by, and of, the imagination.

It is essential that I don’t know what is going to happen in a painting. It has to come as a result of “moving toward something”, a constant life-affirming process of creating with mind and hand.

The series of paintings based on the Eleusinian Mysteries, an initiation rite of the Cult of Demeter established over 3000 years ago, has provided a fertile source to explore the process of revelation and change. The Eleusinian Mysteries was an actual week-long rite of initiation and centers on the abduction of Persephone with the initiates, in a state of frenzy, being marched to the town of Eleusis where a great and formidable secret was revealed to them. The message, or perhaps the viewing of some object, was so astonishing that the initiates claim that it fundamentally changed the way they saw the universe. The vow of secrecy was complete in every aspect and to this day scholars have yet to determine what lies at the heart of the Eleusinian Mysteries.

This series explores various stages of the Mysteries attempting to make visual the emotional circumstances such a revelation might produce.

 Krause is a Cincinnati native whose paintings have been included in over 120 exhibitions both nationally and internationally. The artist’s work has been purchased for numerous public, private and corporate collections including Atlantic Richfield, Cincinnati Art Museum, The Evansville Museum of Art, among others.

Krause attended the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning; Birkbeck College, University of London, England; earning his BFA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati and his MFA from The Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College, New York. He is professor of Art at the Art Academy where he also co-chairs the Studio Program.

Gary Gaffney to moderate discussion on Contemporary Art

CAM flyerProfessor Emeritus of the Art Academy of Cincinnati Gary Gaffney has selected a panel of local art professionals to discuss the question, “Why Does Contemporary Art Matter?” in an After Dark presentation by the Cincinnati Art Museum from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, October 25 at the Mary R. Schiff Library.

Informal conversations will follow the discussion with  notable participants; Jason Frantz, Director of Manifest Gallery; Saad Ghosn, Scientist, Artist, and founder of SOS Art; Kevin T. Kelly, an artist with regional and international recognition; and Althea Thompson, Chair of the Visual Arts Department of the School for the Creative and Performing Arts.

Gaffney said it is time for the artist’s voice to be heard about larger issues relating to contemporary art. “Art education is eroding in the schools, and if you look at the coverage of the arts, much of the quality and criticism is not coming close to the art itself. If you go to major galleries after opening nights, they are as empty as tombs,” he said. These varied artists and educators who also create their own work were chosen by Gaffney because “they make an effort to get the public involved in art and take the time to educate.” The forum will take place at the Cincinnati Art Museum in the Mary R. Schiff Library, which is up the right stairwell through the Renaissance and Spanish galleries.

‘Angels’ curated by Gary Gaffney ends Saturday at the Carnegie

Angels is a group exhibition exploring the concept of angels in popular culture. Curator Gary Gaffney (mixed media angel seen below) describes angels as messagers of hope and comfort, but also more broadly, angels announce, condemn, guide and guard, and define God while acting to mediate the nature of humans trapped in time and mortality.

Angels exhibit GaffneyGaffney selected regional artists working in various media: bronze, steel, porcelain, cardboard, paper, ceramic, fiberglass, wood, photography, glass, amongst others. The exhibition explores the cultural and personal understanding of angels through the eyes of these artists.

Tony Becker uses images of ladders drawn on translucent fabric veils for the piece, Our Lady of Angels, which bears testament to 92 elementary school children who died in a fire in Chicago, 1958. Firemen leaned their ladders under blackened, two story windows only to discover the children had succumed to the smoke, heat and flames. Farron Allen incorporates bronze and steel in her piece Earthbound Angels. In the passed decades, Allen has lost friends and lovers to AIDS, watching the situation as it goes from being unexplored, to an epidemic in the public arena where presidentsnow create organizations for financial assistance. She questions how fast life comes at you and how fast life comes to an end.

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Cultural references include Lord Byron’s The Destruction of Sennacherib  in a mixed media piece by Celene Hawkins, the film Wings of Desire in a mixed media piece by Christian Schmit (a detail is seen above), and Milton’s Paradise Lost in a photograph by Anthony Lusensman. The photograph Rydell shows a woman descending down a narrow staircase in a former bothel surrounded by artificial light suggesting the lost holy raiments of golden wings and halo. Viewers can see how Milton’s fallen angel has impacted Lusensman, just as the idea of angels has affected artists throughout the exhibit.

Angels, continuing through October 12, is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue available at the front desk. For more information, visit the Carnegie website.