John D. Antone’s solo exhibition, The Home Inside” runs through November 4th.
We pleased to announce that we are hosting a day time coffee and conversation next Monday, October 15th, 2018, 11am -12PM with John D. Antone. Please come out to meet him, view his works and join us in conversation.
Learn more about John tomorrow and plan to join us next Monday morning for a conversation with the Artists.
At what point during your life did you realize that you were an artist.?
Maybe artists are born….??
As I recall checking the “Art Major” box in my college application was the first commitment to being a “professional” artist but much later and in reality rather recently, I realized my purpose in life is to be an artist. Being an artist is related to curiosity in my opinion…..not a job.
How did your experiences at Virginia Commonwealth University and California Institute of the Arts impact your artistic development?
At VCU I decided to study “sculpture” because the Sculpture Department did not restrict sculpture to any working method. Our critiques addressed: concept, intent and effect.
At Cal Arts they talked about the audience….who is our audience? This impressed me. It did not mean commercial audience but who we imagined we wanted to present our work.
Times spent with other students was just as important as what happened in the classrooms. We were very lucky to be alive when there was such freedom.
Was there a particular teacher that influenced you?
Chuck Henry -VCU
John Baldessari – California Institute of the Arts
Deborah Butterfeild – University of Wisconsin
Warren Moon – University of Wisconsin
Hardeu Keck – Rhode Island School of Design, Rome Campus, Italy
How would you describe your creative process?
My creative process is something like play.
What artistic movements inspire you? – They can be visual but also literary movements.
There is not a particular movement although I like art history a lot and literature is amazing. Art is an ancient language that repeats itself so I like to learn from the language of art.
One of my favorite authors is Samuel Beckett……
What is it about bronze that appeals to you creatively?
I like bronze because it is both a liquid and solid.
Describe the lost wax casting process?
- The lost wax process is ancient.
- Basically one makes a form in wax by direct or indirect means.
- Then the wax model is placed in a mold.
- It may be that the wax form need to be broken down into parts and reassembled later.
- This mold with the wax model is heated and the wax evaporates.
- Then melted bronze is heated and poured into the mold.
- Then the mold is removed when bronze has cooled.
- Parts are welded together.
- Then the bronze is cleaned and made smooth to the touch.
- Then color (patina) is applied to the finished bronze by heat and/or chemicals.
When are you working on an idea for a sculpture – how do you begin?
I begin with meditation.
What advice would you give to a young artist starting today?
I would say beware that art is dangerous and ask yourself: If you looked back on your life would you regret not doing what you love?
Please join us for a special weekday conversation with sculptor, artist and current exhibiting artist Maroulla.
TIME: Wednesday, April 18th at 12:30PM
Maroulla’s dedication to her art form – marble and alabaster sculpture is expressed in the focused and passionate nature of her commitment to her art practice. This talk promises to be a engaging and enlightening for all participants. We hope that you can join us “In the Room” with Maroulla! For more about Maroulla’s work visit her ABOUT THE ARTIST page.
We meet on the second level of the Schlesinger Arts Center on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College at 12:30PM. The address is 4915 East Campus Drive, Alexandria, VA 22311
If you are coming from off campus – There is paid parking – 2 dollars an hour – in the garage across the street from the center. We will have light refreshments. We look forward to seeing you!
Our current Fisher Gallery exhibit, Vision, Expression, Impression – Sculptures by Maroulla is on display until April 22nd. Carving in both marble and alabaster, Maroulla present both figurative and abstract works that are timeless in their elegance and beauty.
This show will be open special weekday hours and by appointment.
The Vision, Expression, Impression schedule is as follows
Monday: 12-3 pm
Tuesday: 1-4 pm
Wednesday: 1-4 pm
Thursday: 1-4 pm
Friday: March 17th 12-pm
All other Fridays 1-4pm
The reception is March 24, 2018 4-6PM
Weekend hours will be posted on The FisherArtGallery Facebook and Instagram every Friday COB.
The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus is excited to exhibit a unique sculpture for the fall exhibition season. Susan Hostetler’s Shifting Migration will be on display Sept. 22, 2017 to March 22, 2018. An artist’s reception is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23.
The Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery will display the unique mixed media art exhibition Haunted by Quiet Places by Annie Farrar. The exhibition will be on display from Sept. 22 to Nov. 5 with an opening reception scheduled for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23.
Haunted by Quiet Places is an exploration of the relationship between realism, reality, and our experiences of space and time. The exhibition includes Annie’s two sculpture series Vanitas and Singularities which use mirrors, skulls and sentimental objects that have emotional ties and meaning to present images that both ask viewers to think of the past, future and expansive nature of time.
The Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center is honored to exhibit a series of sculptures by regional artist Wilfredo Valladares in his solo show Unmasked. The show will be on display April 17 to June 4. Wilfredo explained that this body of work explores the interconnectedness of cultures. In creating the series, he used bronze wood, bronze steel, cast iron rolling pins and other materials. The sculptures capture relationships between people and cultures and tell their unique stories.