Thursday, May 10, 2012
May 2012 Updates
I am pleased to announce that my digital drawing Hermione was accepted into The Butler Institute of American Art's 76th National Midyear Exhibition, juried by well-known Florida painter, Gregory Strachov. It will be on view in Youngstown OH from June 24 to September August 19. This exhibition showcases the best in realist art every summer. My 2006 solo exhibition of digital drawings persuaded Lou Zona, the director of the Butler, to allow digital art and photographs into the show for the first time in 2008, and my drawing Sheepscot River Trees was awarded First Prize by the juror, artist Don Eddy, and accepted into the museum collection.
I am in the process of publishing a new digital drawing called Dark Pool (first image at the top), which was accepted into this year's "Community of Artists" show, curated by Executive Director Katherine French. The show opens June 3 and runs till August 5 in Framingham MA. Katherine French was recognized by the New England Chapter of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) for curatorial excellence in 2007 and was named Best Curator of Locally Made Art at the 2010 New England Art Awards.
Dark Pool shows a quiet body of water streaked with the reflections of the trees that line both banks. The black-and-white drawing features a strong contrast between sunlight and shadows which gives the drawing a metaphysical aura, and the presence of the near bank in the foreground and the opposite shore in the background are meant to suggest a process of transition. The drawing is printed on canvas and presented stretched and framed, which I have come to favor because the absence of a barrier of glass and mat add immediacy to the viewer's experience of the image. It is part of my Big Pixel series, so of course the pixels are visible and add to the texture.
Two early digital drawings, Meridiem and Quarry Hill Afternoon, will be part of the ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community show "Environments." This exhibit focuses on works highlighting the built environment in the context of nature and will go live online in May.
Fifteen photographs of my virtual immersive art installation "Acquarella: After the Apocalypse," which was on view all of April at Split Screen Art Installation in Second Life, curated by Dividni Shostakovich, will be included in a show in the Detroit Metropolitan Area (specifically Utica, MI) from May 28 through June 24. The Billboard Art Project is a very cool initiative on the part of a nonprofit Virginia organization to take over roadside digital LED billboards and turn them into free public art venues for 24 hours or more. Local and international artists provide a break from everyday advertising with larger-than-life art in glowing colors on an electronic canvas that morphs every 6-10 seconds. In case you are local, this particular billboard is in Utica, facing west and can be seen by traffic traveling east bound on Hall Rd (M-59). The billboard can also be seen from a parking lot shared by Muldoon's Restaurant at 7636 Auburn Road and the Utica Fire and Police Department.
The Billboard Art Project is constantly looking for new artists, so I encourage all artists to check out their site: http://billboardartproject.org
For details about the show I am in, click here: http://billboardartproject.org/cities/detroit.html.
DIGITAL ART: Martha Jane Bradford
Web Site: http://www.marthavista.com/
MJB Blog: http://marthajanebradford.blogspot.com/
VIRTUAL ART: Alizarin Goldflake (Metaverse avatar of Martha Jane Bradford)
YOUTUBE VIDEOS: http://www.youtube.com/user/AlizarinGoldflake
Anza Borrego Oak:
Acquarella:the Fable ( a Chantal Harvey machinima)
Requiem for Fukushima Daiichi:
The Mysterious Forest:
The Winter Bear: