Hot off the press!! Wunderlust opening at Kukui Grove & more stuff…
New! Wunderlust postcard book soon available thru this website: keep in touch! In the meantime, you can e-mail me to order one!
Coming very soon: Freshy fresh new website design by Adam Prall with a new store so that you may buy the artist’s books, cards and prints directly.
Wunderlust: The Keepers’ Tale opened on November 7th at Kauai Society of Artists Art Space in Kukui Grove on the island of Kauai. Remaining on exhibit thru December 30th, the next exhibit will open December 15th at Koa Gallery, Kapiolani Community College, Honolulu, HI.
Following are pictures of the Kauai opening; thanks to everyone who joined us to make it such a crazy, fun event!
To see an individual picture at a larger size, just click it. If you’d like to see all of the thumbnails at a larger size, go here.
Wunderlust opening at Maui Arts & Cultural Center
The Eggman Cometh
Ali finds Eggman waiting behind the luggage ramp.
Aimee, Eggman and Quinn at the MACC opening of Wunderlust
If you are in the NYC area June 7th, Bay Area phenomenon, Heather Wilcoxon, will be opening her 2nd solo show at Brenda Taylor Gallery with 4 new small (but wicked) paintings of mine in the back gallery! Please check it out, the show will be up until July 7th.
I will be teaching an encaustics painting workshop on Maui in early August, with an open lecture for the brave on the evening of August 4th.
The month of October will find Time/Space Gallery in Hanapepe, Kauai filled with my new "Fuzz and Fury" exhibit.
November 30th I will be in Honolulu to give a talk titled "In the Sally French Studio: Fuzz and Fury on Kauai", at HISAM (Hawaii State Art Museum) for their luncheon lecture series.
January 2008 will open a solo show at Balcony Gallery, Kailua, Oahu and Summer 2008, Maui Arts and Culture Center will be the site of the inaugural exhibition (yet to be titled) of a 3-D installation by myself and truly strange Chris Reiner!! (this is going to be FUN!!)
feel free to email me for further info,
Sally French at The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu
The Contemporary Museum at First Hawaiian Center
Tenth Anniversary Exhibition
October 13, 2006 through January 30, 2007
Click here for full article from tcmhi.org
Punchy 'P.R.I.N.T. news' exhibit is truly hot off the presses
By TITUS O'BRIEN
SPECIAL TO THE STAR-TELEGRAM
Posted on Sun, Mar. 26, 2006
Artists' prints are sexy. There is an almost fetishistic pleasure in their outdated tactility. Visceral, evocative and subtle, the processes usually considered fine art printmaking are antiquated relics, case studies in the history of European image making going back any number of centuries. A vague, undefined nostalgia is always at play in the making and viewing of prints, even as the processes are pushed and updated.
The viewer's experience echoes the artist's: It is layered and mediated. An artist who normally might work alone with brush and paint, chisel and stone, or screen and mouse, is suddenly in need of a master craftsperson to baby them through touchy processes. A gesture that might normally be immediate and final goes through five iterations before the finished print rolls out the other end of the press. This often results in unexpectedly dense complexity and inspired collaboration.
Since 1993, the University of North Texas' Print Research Institute of North Texas in Denton has been hosting visiting artists and assisting them in the creation of bodies of print works. Six of these artists are featured in "P.R.I.N.T. news," a punchy show currently at Fort Worth's UNT artspace FW gallery. Among the best known are James Surls and Enrique Chagoya. Displayed next to one another, they form a nice contrast: Surls' cosmic/shamanic incantations of the transcendentally natural, against Chagoya's hilarious and vivid religio-political allegories.
Paul Booker is the youngest artist in the show, and while I applaud his attempt at a sculptural solution and a novel approach, the results seem insubstantial compared with other works here. Both titled Blue Rectangles, his two pieces don't add up to more than the sum of their lazily scribbled and pinned-together parts.
The L-shaped gallery is divided by gender, and the women create an engrossing dialogue on the other end. Gladys Nilsson seems to work happily outside of current trends, using nostalgic possibilities as she works on top of old childhood photographs. I thought of Red Grooms, Shel Silverstein and Maira Kalman, all artists who conjure and re-explore the depth and magic in a child's experience.
Sally French, too, uses childhood imagery, but with an edgier bite. Her series using a windup mutant duck toy as motif are as unsettling as they are playful. They demonstrate how the most mundane objects can become totemic, like Mike Kelly's scary stuffed toys on blankets, or Paul McCarthy's Pinocchio masks.
Andrea Rosenberg's two works are like a luscious marriage of Cy Twombly and Ellsworth Kelly, combining the former's gestural abstraction and smart compositional sense with the latter's perceptual contour drawings of flowers and plants. They are lovely.
All three of these women are of the same generation, later in their careers, and I appreciated the rigor and solidity of their offerings here. The exhibition demonstrates nicely how this type of residency and collaboration can result in exciting and surprising subversions of expectation. I hope we continue to see follow-up shows of other visiting artists.
Through April 26
UNT artspace FW, 3400 Camp Bowie Blvd.
(817) 735-0205, www.art.unt.edu/print
Titus O'Brien is an artist and writer living in Dallas. He teaches visual art at the University of Texas, Dallas. firstname.lastname@example.org.
French Swallowed by Giant Chicken Butt-hole!!
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Artist, Sally French, tragically lost her head while traveling in Honolulu
recently with Illinois artist, Chris Kahler. It has been reported that the
two colleagues were standing outside of the Varsity Theatre, when French
suddenly flew backwards grabbing her head just before it disappeared into a
pulsating Giant Chicken Butthole. Kahler, viably shaken, described the
We had a brilliant meeting of creative minds at Penland School of Crafts, www.penlandschoolofcrafts.com 5th session, this past July/Aug. My class, Contemporary Encaustic Painting, was filled to the brim with most wonderful collection of expertise and warm hearts. I love you all!! Check out the pics here: (Click images to enlarge)
I also had a wonderful time this past Spring in Denver, CO with Artist/Teacher, Deb Rosenbaum at Denver School for the Arts. Her class of HS artists showed me just how the Talent plays in Denver, as they found things to do with wax that I hadn't even imagined could be done. Watch out NYC, here comes Scott and his generation of crazy wall-scratching balls-to-the-wall drawings and paintings! Aloha, gang, keep in touch!
In August, on the way home from Penland, I traveled to Charleston, Illinois, to attend the opening of Sinister, in which I have several large paintings and 12 small drawings, at the expansive Tarble Art Center, Eastern Illinois University. Sinister is curated by the always-moving, never sleeping, (but not late) Chris Kahler www.kahlerart.com. I had the pleasure of staying with Chris, his wife, Yuki and one-year-old daughter, Grace. The highlight of the opening was meeting mixed media artist, Alex Jovanovich and painter, Laurie Hogin. Check out Laurie's fab work: www.littlejohncontemporary.com/hogin/
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In September, Chris flew out to Kauai to jury Art Kauai, the annual Kauai Society of Artists exhibit www.kauaisocietyofartists.org, and lecture on Oahu. I enjoyed hosting Chris while Yuki stayed with her sister in Cali.
This past summer, also brought me to Oahu where I taught Encaustic Painting for a week at Kapi'olani College, for the Center Your Arts Program developed by Koa Gallery director, KCC Painting Instructor and artist, David Behlke. Honolulu artists Mary Mitsuda, Mary Farkash, Simone Berlin, Sabra Sethstein, Ria Keltz, Myra Kent, Debbie Young, Marie Kodama, Lisa Naito, Elsha Bohnert and Jordan Ross made me feel at home! Thanks to Simone Berlin and Mary Farkash for hosting me, and that incredible dinner party at Sabra's beautiful home.
"Gak Rabbit" is currently being exhibited at Madison Center for the Arts in Madison, Georgia, and a showing of some new Bad Kitties can be found included in "Bad Kitties, 3-eyed horses and..." at Balcony Gallery, Kailua, Oahu, through November 5th. I'm honored to be showing with Kandi Everett, Jo Rowley, Roy Venters, Cora Yee, Elsha Bohnert, Ginny Walden and Joey Chiarello. Balcony Gallery is the latest hot visual arts spot in the islands. Check it out: www.thebalconygallery.com.
Flash! In the Works:
Turnrow, an arts and literary biannual journal published by Turnrow Press, University of Louisana at Monroe, will be featuring my art in their upcoming winter edition. Editor, Eric McNeil, is currentlly selecting images for eight full pages of my artwork! Check out their website: http://turnrow.ulm.edu/ What a beautiful publication!
This winter on Kauai will bring more encaustic painting workshops in my studio, refer to Workshops for dates and I will be teaching in New Mexico in August of 2006.
I am currently working on Bad Kitty t's and undies for my clothing tag: Scorched. Something will be offered through this website by the Big Xmust, 2005. ..so stay tuned and...
stay warm, stay inspired and come to Kauai, if you must.
that's news for now, sally