June All-Media Exhibit
June 6–July 2, 2012
For this month's show program, click HERE.
Tamil by Shanthi Chandrasekar, winner of the Urquhart Award
Juried by Mark Cameron Boyd
Juror’s Dialogue with Erica Fortwengler
Juror Mark Cameron Boyd knew he would see good work when he came to jury the June 2012 All-Media Exhibit at The Art League Gallery. “The Art League has great instructors – that generates good work.” What he didn’t know is how he would begin to whittle down his selections – choosing the good from the good. It came down to “looking for the magic.”
Boyd was looking for innovation – either innovation of materials or innovation of concept. He wanted to encounter that indescribable pizzazz, surprise.
Many of the unselected works, although “technically good,” were lacking innovation and a unique point of view. Boyd found himself thinking, “That’s beautiful, but…” it was missing that something extra.
Boyd emphasized how important innovation is to creating successful work. “Push yourself and your materials outside of the box, outside of your comfort zone, and take a risk. You may discover a new direction or something new about yourself as an artist.” He noted that he saw many strong abstracts with great texture and palette knife work.
Best in Show, the Urquhart Award, was presented to Shanthi Chandrasekar for “Tamil.” “This piece has a commanding atmospheric presence, persona. The way in which the texture merges and fades in and out of the symbols is intriguing and mysterious. The luminous color, hue, and varied textures are just wonderful.”
Boyd awarded honorable mentions to three abstract works (“Red” by Fabiano Amin, “MM:S5:I” by Cecelia Kalish, and “Oil Can Series #3” by Gail Spencer Saour). “You can really tell that these artists have pushed themselves outside of their comfort zone. These pieces all have great texture, color, line, and movement.”
“Life is Colorful” by Trupti Vakharia captured an honorable mention because of its unique, traditional technique (rangoli, sand painting) yet abstract quality of design. Boyd was struck by the honesty Carol Kennedy revealed in her piece “Come the Callas,” another honorable mention recipient. “This artist was not afraid to reveal her process and to show her second guesses.” And, Boyd was immediately taken by the humor of Trinka Roeckelein’s “Kneeling Warthog.”
Mark Cameron Boyd taught for The Art League until 2008. He now teaches at the Corcoran College of Art and Design. Boyd received his BA in Art from the University of Arkansas and his MFA in Painting from the University of Maryland, College Park. He has shown at the Corcoran, the Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington, DC, the Athenaeum in Alexandria, and the American University Museum at Katzen Arts Center. Boyd is currently working on an exhibit at the Katzen Arts Center titled, Readymade@100, an exhibit in 2014 in honor of the 100th Anniversary of Marcel Duchamp’s first sculpture composed of a “ready made” bicycle wheel atop a stool. Boyd’s own work focuses on text “as a language for painting.”