March 2011: Carnivalé
March 9 - April 4, 2011
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 10, 2011, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Awards presented at 7:30 pm
Juried by David Page
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by Susana de Quadros
Juror’s Dialogue with Erica Fortwengler
Artist and instructor David Page had never juried for The Art League before, but when he came to jury the March 2011 Carnivalé exhibit, he knew he was going to find diverse work, and that he would have a humbling task before him.
Page hoped to see a variety of lively, energetic work and his expectations were met. He was most interested in the “communication of energy.” When jurying an exhibit, Page first looks for the artist’s personal vision in the work. He is attracted to works with freshness – whether it is in the style, medium, or subject matter. He also wants to be moved by the work – to experience some sort of emotional/psychological shift. In this case, he wanted to experience “delight.”
Page stated that some of the works weren’t selected because he felt they were cliché in subject matter. Other unselected works had technical flaws, problems with execution, or unresolved elements in the piece.
Page gravitated towards works with expressive mark making, which is present in his selection of award winners. He felt that there was too much travel/documentary photography submitted. “With as accessible as the world is today, is the exotic really that interesting anymore?” He felt that the three-dimensional work was not particularly strong, with much of the work being too formulaic.
The Jane McElvaney Coonce Award for contemporary realism was awarded to Jacqueline Saunders for “Dreaming of Rio.” “It’s not labored, it’s fresh, the surface is exciting, and the use of space is strong,” Page stated. The Evelyn Turner Award, which is awarded to an abstract work, was presented to Susana de Quadros for “1/2 Untitled.” “This artist used the medium well, I like the mark marking, and the sense of abstraction,” remarked Page.
South African-born, Baltimore-based artist David Page is known for producing ominous yet elegantly constructed objects made from leather, wood, and canvas. Page is on the faculty of Towson University and the Corcoran School of Art. His work can be viewed at www.davidpageartist.com.
To view the complete Awards List, please click here.
To view the complete Show Program, please click here.
Carnival is a festive season that occurs immediately before Lent, with the main events usually occurring during February. Carnival typically involves a public celebration or parade combining some elements of a circus, mask and public street party. People often dress up or masquerade during the celebrations, which mark an overturning of daily life. Carnival is a festival traditionally held in Roman Catholic and, to a lesser extent, Eastern Orthodox societies. It is celebrated all over the world.
Over time, it has become a holiday that celebrates rebirth and ones cultural roots. Many types of imagery are associated with Carnivalé celebrations, including masks, bright colors, natural objects (such as bones, grasses, beads, feathers and shells) and extravagant costumes.
In honor of this joyous event, artists are invited to submit works involving bright colors, images of natural objects, and symbols signifying rebirth and rejuvenation, and other interpretations of “carnival” combined together in a celebration of life.