Archive for June, 2014

PEDRAM BALDARI Sculpture To Be Exhibited at Basel Art Fair, Switzerland

Pedram square imagePedram Baldari, MFA student in sculpture with a secondary in photography who began his studies at Texas Tech in 2012, will have his art work represented at this summer’s SCOPE Basel Art Fair by Janet Rady Fine Art, his London gallery, when the show opens on June 17th.

Pedram was born and raised in a middle class family at the west of Iran, Kurdistan 1981. The first eight years of his life took place during the violent crossfire between Iran and Iraq’s war. Says, Pedram, “My life has always been affected by politics and the social manifestation of it in its radical fashion. I believe art can thoroughly expose the existing past and upcoming trauma within the body of the society. For me, they are traumatological exploration of my life experiences regarding restriction, body, identity, minority, post war experience, control, post humanism, post colonialism and power.”

"Sealed the Consealed III" (2013-2014) wood and aluminium, 96.5 x 22.9 x 22.9 cm (38 x 9 x 9 inches.)

“Sealed the Consealed III” (2013-2014) wood and aluminium, 96.5 x 22.9 x 22.9 cm (38 x 9 x 9 inches.)

Pedram, who has exhibited nationally and internationally since 2006, has been exploring different mediums and forms of art from X-Ray machine photography to video, sound art, performance, mix media, video-theatre, installation and sculpture. He researches different ways and mediums to join his historical/cultural heritage to the contemporary world. Meanwhile, he retains a critical approach toward “West vs. East” or “East under the gaze of West” paradigms. “I think these paradigms act as the status quo of the Art world,” says Pedram, “in particular their socio-psycho-political apparatus. I try to maintain an existence in the fold where these dimensions meet with each other in their greatest tension, where the trauma shows itself in its naked fashion.”

KEN LITTLE – 3rd of Five Exhibitions in West Texas Triangle Opens Friday

Ken Little

Photo by Cathy Cunningham

This Friday, June 13th, the Museum of the Southwest in Midland opens the third of five exhibitions in the West Texas Triangle featuring the artwork of Ken Little, who received the honor of being named the 2014 TEXAS STATE VISUAL ARTIST – 3D in a public ceremony sponsored by the Texas Commission on the Arts in Austin last year.

KEN LITTLE, was born in Canyon, Texas, received his B.F. A. from Texas Tech University and M.F.A. from the University of Utah. He has been a professor of sculpture at UTSA since 1998. As the 2014 featured artist of the West Texas Triangle, his work is being presented in Abilene, Albany, Midland, Odessa and San Angelo between May and November this year.

The West Texas Triangle is a collaboration between five art museums in West Texas. Besides the Museum of the Southwest, the group includes the Ellen Noël Art Museum in Odessa, the Grace Museum in Abilene, the Old Jail Art Center in Albany, and the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts.   The exhibition schedule is as follows.

shoe-bearThe Grace Museum:  May 8 – August 9
The Old Jail Art Center:  June 7 – September 7
Museum of the Southwest:  June 13 – August 24
Ellen Noel Art Museum:  TBD
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts:  July 10 – November 7

TTU Alumni present Useful Pictures in New York

Frameshift
6/12 – 7/20
Denny Gallery
261 Broome St.
New York, NY.

In 2011, National Geographic published a study that projected an estimated 105 billion photographs would be taken annually by Americans by the year 2015. The impact of digital technology on photographic processes and the current kamikaze of image sharing are two of the driving concepts behind useful pictures, a curatorial team and “artist-run investigation”* based in Brooklyn, NY and founded by TTU School of Art alumni Zach Nader (MFA Photography, 2011) and Grant Billingsley (MFA Painting and Sculpture, 2011), working along with artist Eric Shows (MFA University of Wisconsin-Madison – 2009).

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Erin O’Keefe, Much Ado, 2014

On Thursday, June 12th, the exhibition Frameshift, curated by useful pictures, opens at New York City’s Denny Gallery. Each of the six artists featured in Frameshift complicate the photographic process and “resist the finality of arrival and perfect replication advertised by the technically produced image.”** For example, photographer Barry Stone translated the binary data of a photograph into text that he then edited and retranslated to produce a distinct image. Erin O’Keefe combines objects and architectural elements to stage a photograph that compresses a multiplicity of angles and perspective points into the two-dimensional picture-plane of the photograph.

Among the billions of photographs taken this year, Frameshift hones in on a few that reveal something to us about the nature of photography as a medium and the creative processes to which it can be subject, as well as the layers of reality in which we exist in the post-digital age.

 Frameshift will be on view June 12th – July 20th at Denny Gallery. Join the curators and artists for the exhibition’s opening on Thursday, June 12th from 6-8pm, or for a gallery talk on Saturday, June 14th at 3pm.

Recent Communication Design Graduates On Winning Team in National Competition

Conner Drew and Stephanie Bradford during May's Communication Design Senior Portfolio Exhibition.

Conner Drew and Stephanie Bradford during May’s Communication Design Senior Portfolio Exhibition.

Stephany Bradford, of Wolfforth, and Conner Drew, of Austin, are two recently graduated Communication Design students who, as seniors, were on the creative team for Bullet Advertising, Texas Tech University’s student advertising team.  Competing in the final round of the 2014 American Advertising Federation’s National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC) in Boca Raton, Florida on May 28-31, the Bullet Advertising team took Third Place, representing their district against the top teams from fourteen other US districts.

The 19-member team created a campaign for this year’s sponsor, Mary Kay Cosmetics. The campaign hopes to attract a younger clientele to the brand.

After their first-place win in the district 10 competition, the student team was ranked second of the eight teams in the country as they went into the finals competition.  See more about the team here.