The SCAD Lacoste painting students had a great time during the vernissage, showing and discussing their artwork. Each day seemed to bring new exhibition possibilities, so it’s a good thing the students were in peak performance mode for the entire quarter. Of approximately 200 paintings made this term, we exhibited over 120 of them in multiple spaces around the village: of the twelve exhibition galleries seven of them were ours, and we had work in two other galleries as part of collaborative projects.
The photo above shows about half of the crew just as we arrived in the village. We got there early so we could be sure all paintings were level, do some last-minute sweeping and to ensure the galleries were ready for the flow of visitors. Left to right: Jonathon, Jordan, Claire, Jessica, Laila, Ana, Blaie and Kenzie.
Blaie Bandy had a solo exhibition in Olivier Cave 1 (above). Above are three of the works in the exhibition. The two paintings in the second photo sold within the first 30 minutes of the exhibition. Two collectors argued over who had first seen the painting on the right, and ended up agreeing on who would buy which painting. Both paintings were with their new owners by the end of the day.
Olivier Cave 2 (above) had a two-person exhibition of work by Kenzie Jarman and Jessica Locklar, a combination of drawings, collages and a mobile that hung from the ceiling. Sales in this room were good too: Kenzie sold some of her collages and Jessica sold multiple drawings.
Olivier Cave 3 (above) had work by four artists, namely Collin Richard and Yoonyoung Jang (left to right, top photo), Megan Reiley (second photo), and Ana Alvarado (the fourth photo). The third photo shows a close-up of Yoon’s compelling combination of tight realism and detail with blocky silhouettes.
The front room of the print lab (above) provided an impromptu gallery when we had an overflow of excellent work to show. This space had a group show of work from Landscape Painting–some of which took quite an experimental approach to landscape and autumn colors, as can be seen in some of the more abstracted works by Ana Alvarado and Chelsea Ford. Also included in this gallery were works by Justin Finnegan, Claire Carswell, Kenzie Jarman, Jordan Lichtman, Yoonyoung Jang, Mieke Liu, and Ty Derrousseau (whose large and gorgeously lush landscape can be seen in the last photo above).
The seven photos above show the works in the back Print Cave, a massive space with very high ceilings. We reserved this space for larger pieces, such as the object-oriented Source Rhythms series by Laila Kouri (top photo), Cindy Conrad’s Doubt/Belief triptych (second photo, with detail photos following), and Jessica Locklar’s haunting and beautiful painting on an antique door, which was one of about five or six artworks Jessica sold (sixth photo). In the seventh photo, directly above, Laila Kouri shows off her enthusiasm during a moment of rest in the print lab, right before the doors opened.
In the Olivier Lounge (above) the painting students showed work as part of their collaborative project with Professor Patti Taylor’s fashion marketing class. More information about that can be found here, but the above images show a few pieces from the quarter-long collaboration.
In the Studio 3 Gallery (above) we had one wall to ourselves, and installed a grouping of pictorial approaches to the landscape that ranged from realistic to abstract to performative. The above works are by Jordan Lichtman, Ty Derousseau, Collin Richard, Justin Finnegan, Ana Alvarado, Mieke Liu and Jonathon Shannon. Jonathon’s painting, at bottom right of both images, not only depicts a rainy landscape but was actually painted in that rainy landscape; the rain falling on the painting gave the acrylics an interesting watery look.
In the Blue Gallery we showed work from the Travel Portfolio class (above images), consisting of around 30 framed drawings and watercolors, and the travel journals themselves. We kept three journals over the quarter: one for more finished works, one for on-the-go sketching during field trips, and another for brainstorming. At the end of the quarter everyone collaged the best of their work into a final book/portfolio, with archival paper and a nice cover.
The photos above show works by Felisha Cachucho, Ana Alvadaro, Katie Reid, Kuhane Blackburn, Mike Daley and Jessica Hernandez. The final photo, directly above, shows Ty Derousseau enjoying his gallery attendant duties.
The above panorama photos show the layout of Studio 3 Gallery, our largest space. The theme of the vernissage was “Light, Balance, Complexity”, so we used that theme for the group show in this gallery: situated near the top of the hill with amazing views of the valley, the light in the gallery is amazing; we spent most of a day arranging a complex curatorial arrangement that included all the painting students’ works intermingled by theme, balancing out the three complex walls with two less-complex, more quiet walls. The result was a spectacular art space that exhibited light, balance and complexity. Detail photos below:
The west wall of the gallery with a range of landscape approaches by Reese Riley, Chelsea Ford, Ana Alvarado, Justin Finnegan and Ty Derousseau.
On the right are three of Jordan Lichtman’s five “gibberism” paintings, about the difficulty of communication. All five gibberism paintings had sold by the end of the exhibition.
Since two of my three classes this term involved landscape or space in one way or another, there were plenty of approaches to the representation of environments. This wall exhibits works by Collin Richards, Reese Riley, Justin Finnegan, Claire Carswell, Kenzie Jarman, Megan Reiley and Jonathon Shannon.
This wall (one of the more sparsely-installed “quiet” walls to balance out the more complex walls) shows work by Reese Riley, Jonathon Shannon and Laila Kouri.
An example of Jonathon Shannon’s “reversism” paintings, in which he inverts the geometric aspects of human-made and organic structures as a response to the cascading effects of technology on our understanding of–and relationship to–nature.
One of Collin Richards’ three micro-ecologies, from a series called Dissociation.
Small landscapes by Ty Derousseau (left) and Chelsea Ford (right).
A collage on an antique door, by Kenzie Jarman.
Landscape paintings by Justin Finnegan and by Megan Reiley.
Above, a highly saturated and lush landscape by Ana Alvarado
A wall installation of works by Allie Sherman, a series of impressionistic drawings of an abstract structure. Nearly half of these works sold by the end of the day. Some of these works sold to a couple of art collectors who were on their way back from the Venice Biennale, and who claimed that our vernissage held its own in quality against anything they had seen on their travels. They bought works by Allie and by Kenzie, and plan to install their new acquisitions next to a Picasso painting and a Fragonard painting they have in their collection.
Above, a closer photo of Jordan’s gibberism paintings. The two on the right sold to one collector, the other three sold to various other collectors.
Once the weather cleared up we took advantage of the amazing balcony and exhibited some paintings out there: two of Jordan’s gibberism paintings and three of Ana Alvadaro’s pixelated impressionist landscape close-ups. In the photo above Ana stands proudly in front of two of her masterworks.
Above: Claire Carswell in front of some of her skyscape series. Claire’s work sold well, with four or five paintings on their way to new homes by the end of the exhibition.
With artwork in nine galleries total, we had to take rotating shifts to make sure each space had an attendant. First shift at the Studio 2 Gallery was covered by Justin, Chelsea and Claire.
Part of the crew, at the end of a long and fantastic day of art viewing, exposure, sales and discussions. Left to right: Jordan, Chelsea, Megan, Allie and Cindy. Thanks to everyone for their hard work, and to all those who visited!