August 20 - September 15: From the Studio and Burchfiled Penney Art Center Buffalo NY

“The Last Tree” exhibit at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center in Buffalo is a success.  I arrived in Buffalo September 1 after a three-day drive from St Petersburg. During the holiday weekend, I met several times with the Chief Curator to discuss installation and prints layout and video placement. Installation began September 6 with completion September 8. The opening reception was the afternoon and evening of September 9. The Last Tree, coupled with Charles Burchfield and Jozep Bajus exhibits, attracted over 1,000 patrons to this lovely series of galleries across from the Albright-Knox. A pix of The Last Tree exhibit follows along with a first blurb from the Gusto Section of The Buffalo News. More information on show can be seen at https://www.burchfieldpenney.org/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/

Prior to leaving for Buffalo, I was busy refining the gallery layout of the 194 stump pails and single “last tree” within the installation as well as selecting the accompanying prints and drawings. This included reframing several of the works and subsequent packing and shipping of these smaller works.

Additionally during this period, I welcomed Creative Pinellas staff (Barbara St Clair, Elizabeth Brincklow and Carlen Petersen) for a studio visit.  It was an informative and pleasant afternoon (I trust from both sides) with discussions of our mutual directions as well as the thriving art scene in the Greater Pinellas area.

The Last Tree" installed at the Burchfield Penney Art Center Buffalo NY September 9 - February 2017

The Last Tree" installed at the Burchfield Penney Art Center Buffalo NY September 9 - February 2017

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July 11 - 15: From the Studio

• Artist participant of 4- person show on climate change met with Gallery Dealer in NYC to discuss the proposed exhibition. He expressed interest and promised to get back in the next few weeks. Sent proposal to another venue.

• Continued work on update of video for "The Last Tree".

• Started to frame drawings for "The Last Tree" exhibition.

Study for The Last Tree No. 4

Study for The Last Tree No. 4

Study for The Last Tree No. 3

Study for The Last Tree No. 3

Study for The Last Tree No. 5

Study for The Last Tree No. 5

Study for The Last Tree No. 6

Study for The Last Tree No. 6

July 4 - July 8: From the Studio

First: So delighted to receive the first payment! Thank you Creative Pinellas!

•  Most of the week was designated to work on the proposal for 4-person exhibition (includes me and 3 artists from NYC) on climate change and the environment. Spent30 hours or more on the text/design/layout of the 18-page proposal. We are finally done! The first proposal went out tonight to a gallery dealer in NYC that expressed interest.

• Scheduled studio visit with curator for next week.

• Worked on update to video for "The Last Tree"

June 27 - July 1: From the Studio

• Close to finalizing proposal for our 4-person exhibit about the environment and climate change. Had meeting with co-curator to discuss missing elements and venues for submission. Plan to submit next week to NYC venues. Continue research on possible venues.

• Two more drawings for the Luna Window series are in progress.

• "The Last Tree" installation exhibition dates are finalized for showing at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. Link to listing in upcoming exhibitions: https://www.burchfieldpenney.org/exhibitions/exhibition:09-09-2016-02-26-2017-the-last-tree-babs-reingold/

The Last Tree, 2010 - 2016, Silk Organza, cheesecloth, chiffon, rust, tea, human hair, encaustic, wool, string, thread, 193 pails, clotheslines, clothespins, and video with music by Lin Culbertson. About 25w x 45d x 13h feet.

The Last Tree, 2010 - 2016, Silk Organza, cheesecloth, chiffon, rust, tea, human hair, encaustic, wool, string, thread, 193 pails, clotheslines, clothespins, and video with music by Lin Culbertson. About 25w x 45d x 13h feet.

Drawing of "The Last Tree", 2010. Several drawings of the installation along with details of the stumps will be included in the exhibition.

Drawing of "The Last Tree", 2010. Several drawings of the installation along with details of the stumps will be included in the exhibition.

"The Last Tree", Detail of stump

"The Last Tree", Detail of stump

"The Last Tree", detail of stump

"The Last Tree", detail of stump

June 20 - 24, 2016 - From the studio

• Drawing for new “Luna Window” series finished.

"Study for Luna Window: Ladder No 18"

"Study for Luna Window: Ladder No 18"

• Continued discussions and editing of statements and proposals for new exhibit on the environment in conjunction with three NYC artists. (Details noted in first June report)

• After much discussion, research and thought, declined invitation to Detroit exhibition titled “Big Sculpture.”

• Final showings of current NYC showing in Tribeca and arrangements for packing and shipping of work.

• Applied for showing at sculpture venue in New York City. Submitted 15 images of past work, plus two in-progress studies of sculptures for consideration. Here are a couple of the completed works submitted.

"Luna Window: Ladder No 14" 2016- Rust and tea stained silk organza stuffed with human hair, encaustic, string, thread, yarn, old nails and old window About 96h x 108w x 144d inches

"Luna Window: Ladder No 14" 2016- Rust and tea stained silk organza stuffed with human hair, encaustic, string, thread, yarn, old nails and old window
About 96h x 108w x 144d inches

"Luna Window: Ladder No 16", 2016, Silk organza, rust, tea, human hair, encaustic, string, thread, yarn, old nails and old window About 96h x 93w x 60d inches

"Luna Window: Ladder No 16", 2016, Silk organza, rust, tea, human hair, encaustic, string, thread, yarn, old nails and old window
About 96h x 93w x 60d inches

• Researched various artists’ grants for future funding of exhibitions.

•  Worked on study of new outdoor sculpture installation and initial discussions with curator for its showing.

June 13-June17: from the studio and show in NY

Images of current show at Tibeca Loft in New York "Luna Window: Recent work" - May 18 - June 24th. I will be in New York next week sitting the exhibition. Several appointments are scheduled with curators to see the show.

"Luna Window: Ladder Nos 12, 14, and 16" 2016, All are made of rust and tea stained silk organza stuffed with human hair, leather, cheesecloth, thread and various string and yarn, fabricated old windows.

 

"Luna Window: Ladder No 14" 2016, Rust and tea stained silk organza stuffed with human hair, cheesecloth, thread, various string and yarn, fabricated old window. About 96h x 166w x 60d inches

"Luna Window: Ladder No 14" 2016, Rust and tea stained silk organza stuffed with human hair, cheesecloth, thread, various string and yarn, fabricated old window. About 96h x 166w x 60d inches

"Luna Window: Ladder No 16" 2016, Rust and tea stained silk organza stuffed with human hair, leather, cheesecloth, thread and various string and yarn, fabricated old window. About 93h x 60w x 80d inches

 

Statement for "Luna Window"

In 1940, public housing was constructed on the former 35-acre site of Luna Park, Cleveland’s answer to Coney Island. The housing project, Woodhill by name, was the city’s largest. I moved into Woodhill at age fourteen, white, Jewish and for all wants and purposes, isolated.

“Luna Window” is a series of exhibits that expose the irony of fantasy amusements descending into a wretched reality. It is a narrative of broken homes, broken dreams and the despair of one within a prison, trapped by fear, pressed against the window unable to escape and peering at a society of which one is not a part.

The ladder rails, rungs and protrusions are constructed of stained silk organza and stuffed with human hair, which I collect from beauty salons. The diversity of hair from anonymous donors, with their individual DNA’s, place each donor in an environment not of her/his making. It is not a far reach to consider those donors suffering the same predicament in real time.

What is frustrating is the lack of solutions to the predicaments of current project residents, particularly children. What is the secret, the plan that enables the multitudes to break the mold in the thousands of public housing complexes across our country? It’s not simple, obviously.

Luna Window communicates my internal discussion. Like Petah Coyne, I opt for more gut and less conceptualization. Heartfelt is her comment: “I do think of them (my sculptures) as an extension of myself, it’s like pulling off my skin.”

Taken a step further, many of us have a “project” instilled memory – be it shame, guilt or remorse – that resurfaces from time to time as we present an alternative face to the world through a window.

The Luna Window Series as well confronts my humanity, and the habitat I occupy.

June 1 - 11, 2016 - Art/Studio activities

• Discussions w/Pinellas Creative director and blast to 3,100 email, Facebook and Twitter lists re awarding of $5,000 Creative Pinellas Rapid Return grant. Facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154862268917802&set=a.460368667801.242674.581507801&type=3&theater

• Follow-up mailing of prior exhibit materials to NYC museum curator after May NYC meeting.

• Follow-up and emailing of materials and photo’s to Burchfield Penney gallery curator for Fall 2016 exhibition of “The Last Tree.” View video for this exhibit and revision notes.

• New drawing for “Luna Windows” series.

• Investigation of iron/plastic/glass casting sources and budgets for new series titled: “Hair Nests.” Emailed one foundry for quote and researching others.

• Discussions and writing of statements and proposals for new exhibit on the environment in conjunction with three NYC artists. Pieces under consideration are from the new “The Last Tree: Squared.” Working on the final drawing which is part of the work.

• Discussions with curator of Detroit exhibition titled “Big Sculpture” and research of the exhibit prior to approval of inclusion. Sent images of sculptures under consideration

• Discussions and appointments set up with various persons re current NYC showing in Tribeca in advance of my June 21st trip to NYC.

Babs Reingold

Venezuela-born American artist Babs Reingold creates alternate ambiguities with her wall art and installations, focusing on beauty, poverty and the environment.  Her work continues to explore the nature of poverty and the environment, its barriers and its escape. 

Ms Reingold, formerly a Jersey City resident, has an extensive showing history in the New York-New Jersey area. Her most recent showing was in the “The Nature of Things,” this spring at the The Drawing Rooms, Jersey City. Concurrently this year, she exhibited at Rutgers, New Brunswick, and St Petersburg, FL. 

Ms Reingold’s recent St Petersburg showings include “Measured Life” at the Museum of Fine Arts, where, in conjunction with the exhibit, she spoke to museum patrons. The Museum also displayed one of their recent Reingold purchases in the well-received “Marks Made: Prints by American Women Artists”. The Newark Art Museum additionally counts Reingold in its collection, the work chosen after her showing in a New Jersey Arts Annual.

Forthcoming is Ms Reingold’s sprawling installation, “The Last Tree,” which will exhibit at Buffalo’s Burchfield Penny Art Center in September. “The Last Tree” is an environmental installation, which debuted in 2013 at the ISE Cultural Foundation in Soho Ms Reingold’s solo shows include galleries in New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Savannah, St. Petersburg and Buffalo.  She has exhibited in numerous group shows in these cities as well as Long Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Florida, Pennsylvania and New York. Other museum shows include those in Jersey City, Buffalo and Tampa. She has works in countless private collections, including Savannah College of Art and Design. Awards include those from Whitney’s Barbara Haskell, patron awards from the Directors of the Albright-Knox Art Museum and an Atlantic Center for the Arts residency. Among curatorial activities, Reingold with Grace Roselli co-curated “Voyeur’s Delight” at Franklin Furnace, which motivated religious picketing at the White House. Ms Reingold received a MFA from SUNY-Buffalo and BFA degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art.