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Artists Wanted: Please vote

I’m motivated again to submit my work to a few shows.  It’s always been a dream of mine to be in a New York gallery. I’ve submitted my work to a collaborative called Artists Wanted.  You can vote on my submissions at http://www.artistswanted.org/mstevens

Artists Wanted is a collaborative project between several New York City artists and creative organizations working to build new lasting opportunities for emerging talent. They know the difficulties of breaking into the professional art world and it is their mission to make this process more welcoming,dynamic and open-ended.

Collectively they have over two decades experience within the New York City art world and their goal is to use their networks and infrastructure to bring undiscovered talent to the forefront.

What do I have to lose but the submission fee.

Powerful stuff: “Women are Heroes” by street artist JR

I was introduced to JR’s work in 2008 when he started work on a project called “women are heroes.”  After reading about this artist in a recent issue of Fast company, I’m still drawn in, happy and troubled by his “women are heroes” project. I can only hope that JR’s recent recognition from the 2011 Annual TED prize goes back to these women. The prize is given to “exceptional individuals” devoted to changing the world. The TED genie grants those prize recipients One Wish to Change the World — as well as $100,000.

JR creates art that spreads uninvited on the buildings of the slums around Paris, on the walls in the Middle-East, on the broken bridges in Africa or the favelas in Brazil. People who often live with the bare minimum discover something absolutely unnecessary. And they don’t just see it, they make it. Some elderly women become models for a day; some kids turn artists for a week. In that Art scene, there is no stage to separate the actors from the spectators. JR owns the biggest art gallery in the world. He exhibits freely in the streets of the world, catching the attention of people who are not the museum visitors. His work mixes Art and Act, talks about commitment, freedom, identity and limit.

Making Her Mark, Serbian Street Artist, Sashka

I am always curious about the work and process of  street artists.  Some of their work is quite beautiful and inventive. TKV is the artist name of Sashka (1988), a Serbian street artist, living in Belgrade. Doing stencil art is a basic need for her: she has to go out and leave her creative marks throughout the city. It’s as essential as eating or sleeping.

Since graffiti – like in most places – is prohibited in Serbia, TKV has to be very careful not to be caught by the police. That’s the reason why Pretty Cool People filmed her in a matter that makes her less recognizable.

Although TKV is extremely concerned with the social situation of her country, this doesn’t mean she loses herself in political slogans. On the contrary: she wants to add something beautiful to the world, she wants to surprise unsuspecting passerby’s and make her fellow citizens smile. Albeit for a moment.

Pretty Cool Crew: Commissioning Editor for SubmarineChannel: Geert van de Wetering, Interview & sound: Jessie van Vreden, Camera: Pierre Rezus, Editing: Jessie van Vreden, Axel Skovdal Roelofs.

What Do You Think?

The image you see below was an outdoor sculpture created by Ogilvy & Mather — under creative direction by Gary Caulfield, Millaty Ismail, and Alfa Aphrodita — which is meant to visualize “speed” and has popped up in various locations across Jakarta. It also happens to share  similarities with a piece by sculptor, Ryan Johnson. See for yourself. On the left is the UPS campaign. On the right is Pedestrian, from 2007:

Artists and Architects Make Hats

I love hats and I’m envious of anyone that can pull them off without looking forced.  A story you may remember in one of my first posts features my grandmother and her four friends who owned a milliner business in 1907.  I created a 3-d piece with American early 1900 vintage hat forms. So you can see why this London exhibit is of particular interest to me.

Hats and architecture may not appear to have anything in common—at first blush, anyway—but architect-turned-milliner Gabriela Ligenza begs to differ. For the London Festival of Architecture, Ligenza and design duo You&Me commissioned several local architects, artists, and designers to produce hats inspired by their visions of London.

'ant hill' by riitta ikonen

In 1849, london hat makers Thomas and William Bowler designed the bowler as a close-fitting hat to protect gamekeepers’ heads from low hanging branches while on horseback. In the following century, no hat would become more synonymous with london itself. American architects austin+mergold have reinterpreted the bowler in a sustainable version. Its recycled corrugated cardboard layers keep the sun’s rays at bay while providing ventilation. At the same time, the hat is both adaptable to the whims of fashion as it can be easily painted in any color.

'A + M bowler. 2010

'A + M bowler. 2010

Last Call For Phone Books

We’ve ask the phone company to stop sending us phone books at our apartment building several times.  Still, we get piles on our front steps.  After seeing what Jolis Paon did with her phone books I may be chasing after them to bring me more.

Artist, Jolis Paon caught my attention recently with her handmade dress constructed out of phonebook paper.

Paons says of the Paper Dress she designed and created for her Creative Processes class, “I pleated, stuck, sewed, and glued everything by hand.”

It’s amazing what you can do with simple resources when creativity is involved. Think of all the phonebooks that go to waste!

Chicago’s Highly Anticipated Public Sculpture,”Eye.”

I love this video created by the Chicago Tribune that follows the creation of the highly anticipated public sculpture “Eye”, from Sparta, Wisconsin to downtown Chicago. The 30-foot eyeball, designed by Oak Park artist/sculptor Tony Tasset is on display from July 7 to October 31.

The “Eye,” modeled after one of the artist’s blue eyeballs, is in the final days of completion in the Loop’s Pritzker Park, at State and Van Buren Streets. Last week (JUNE 21), sections of the giant 30-foot fiberglass sphere arrived in carefully cut, expressway-friendly pieces via truck from their manufacturer, the Sparta, Wis.-based F.A.S.T. Corporation. Assembly on the white of the eye was completed last week and the sculpture’s striking blue iris was put in place Monday. The finished sculpture is scheduled for a public unveiling on July 7.

Original Art, Entertainment and Food

10 Year Anniversary Show

Gallery 360

Opening Reception

Saturday, June 5, 7-10 pm

Show Runs

June 5 – July 4, 2010

3011 West 50th St, Minneapolis (612) 925-2400‎

Please join me for a special evening of art, food and entertainment. Saxophonist Bill Lang will be perched on the roof, appetizers  prepared by Corner Table Restaurant and 10% of the sales from this show will benefit Art Buddies ,  a program which pairs creative mentors with kids from low-income families.

There will be over 20 artists featured including several pieces I will have on display.   A great variety of Minnesota artists, mediums and price points.

absence of transparency-1

Marilyn Stevens, Absence of Transparency, 2009

Peruse The Latest In Local Fashion & Art: May 13, 6-9

Please join me at Gallery 360 where owner Merry Beck seamlessly combines art, design, fashion and craft into one inspiring retail event.  I was thrilled when I met Merry and heard about her vision for the trunk show. It is the perfect venue where my art can be a backdrop with fashion. I have three pieces in this show and hope to be part of their 10 year anniversary event next month.  I would love to see you.

Martha McQuade

Marilyn Stevens, Letting Go of the Words, 2009

Spring Trunk Show Event

Thursday, May 13, 6-9 pm

Featured Clothing Artists: Martha McQuade, Kimberly Jurek, Liz Plambeck & Heather Hambrecht

20% off Sale

Thursday, May 13 through Sunday, May 16

Gallery 360

3011 West 50th St

Minneapolis, MN 55410

Hours: Monday to Saturday 10-6, Thurs until 8, Sunday 12 to 5

Gallery 360 is a contemporary retail gallery located at the corner of 50th and Xerxes in Southwest Minneapolis. Opened by owner Merry Beck in the summer of 2000, this neighborhood gallery is situated amongst an eclectic array of independently owned boutique shops. With exhibitions rotating every six weeks, Merry Beck and her staff are able to recreate the space with an ever-changing collection of local and national talent. The gallery’s tag line “art in every degree”, sums up the extensive variety of fine art and handmade product available within. While representing traditional art media, such as painting, photography, and sculpture Gallery 360 is also known to take an offbeat approach by offering contemporary art jewelry, locally designed fashions, and multi media window installations.

One Of A Kind Stick Sculptures

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum has brought in internationally known environmental artist Patrick Dougherty to create a one-of-kind work inspired by the Arboretum itself.

When: 6:30-8 p.m. May 13

Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum visitor center, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chanhassen

Admission: $10 for Arboretum members, $20 for nonmembers

To register: Go to www.arboretum.umn.edu and click on “Learn pages.”

Ongoing: Dougherty also will be on-site 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. daily through May 21, except for this Saturday and Sunday.

Webcam: To see progress on the “Big Build,” go to the Arboretum’s website.

More info: For more on Dougherty’s work, go to www.stickwork.net.

* Sortie de Cave Jardin des Arts, Chateaubourg, France, 2008. Photography: Charles Crie. *

As reported by a staff writer at the Star Tribune today, the “Big Build” has begun.

Renowned environmental sculptor Patrick Dougherty this week is gathering raw materials and inspiration at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum for his newest creation: A giant and unique outdoor “stick” sculpture that he will assemble over the next three weeks during his “Big Build residency.”

Through May 22, Dougherty and a group of volunteers will collect and weave together tree saplings and forest thinnings into a vision inspired by the Arboretum itself. Dougherty is expected to use about five truckloads of willow branches and tree samplings in the creation, according to the Arboretum.

Dougherty, who lives in Chapel Hill, N.C., will be accessible to the public during the build. “An Evening with Patrick Dougherty” is scheduled for 6:30-8 p.m. May 13 at the visitor center, when he will present a visual tour of other art installations he’s created around the world and share his personal story about how he developed his art form.

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