Andrew Rogers, a leading contemporary artist based in Australia, is primarily a sculptor.Â His large works may be found in plazas and buildings around the world.Â He is also the creator of the worldâ€™s largest contemporary land art undertaking.
Derived from an early sculpture, the Rhythms of Life project is composed of 47 land art structures, which can be found in 13 countries and on 7 continents.Â The project is the result of 13 years of work, and the collaboration of 6,700 people from around the world.
The work is particularly unique in that Rogers has incorporated a great civic vision.Â The structures represent a process, and local collaboration.Â At many sites, a common Rhythms of Life piece is not far from a work that is local and unique to the community it represents.
For the first time, images of these works are on exhibition at the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, California.Â 68 large scale photographs of Rogersâ€™ Rhythms of Life project will be on display at the gallery until May 28, 2011.Â You can also view the work online at www.andrewrogers.com/landart.
I haven’t been posting on the Eco Art Blog recently; as I’ve said before, others are doing a better job at that than I have the time for. Also, the end of grad school has piled on a lot of time-consuming activities, like mounting a thesis show.
But I am happy to announce a new project I’m working on at the 18th Streets Arts Center in Santa Monica, California. It’s called Fine Art 626-394-3963, and I’m inviting you to call or email me to talk about art and what you want from artists and the institutions that show art work.
Pioneering Interdisciplinary Artist Rachel RosenthalÂ Celebrates Her 83rd Birthday, A New Book,Â And Announces New Performance EnsembleÂ At Track 16 Galleryâ€™s Cultural Event of the Year
â€œRachel Rosenthalâ€™s Birthday Bash 83â€
LOS ANGELES, CA â€“ Los Angelesâ€™ own living legendÂ Rachel Rosenthal has a lot to celebrate this November! The interdisciplinary performer, animal activist, master teacher, and iconic artist will be honored on Saturday, November 7, 2009, with the cultural event of the year â€“ â€œRachel Rosenthalâ€™s Birthday Bash 83.â€ From 7:00 to 11:00 p.m., Track 16 Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, California will host the occasion, which will celebrate Rosenthalâ€™s 83rd birthday, the release of her upcoming bookÂ The DbD Experience: Chance Knows What itâ€™s Doing!, and will announce her Companyâ€™s new performance troupe,Â TOHUBOHU! Extreme Theater Ensemble.
In honor of the 83 years Rosenthal has spent on the planet, the event will feature an exhibit and silent art auction of the highest caliber. The auction will include 83 abstract, conceptual, and representational â€œportraitsâ€ of Rosenthal in a diverse range of media by exceptional established and emerging artists including a number of art world legends such asÂ John Baldessari,Â Mike Kelley and Robert Rauschenberg*. Admission will cost $25. Tickets will be available online through Rosenthalâ€™s site and at the door on the night of the event. Track 16 Gallery is located at 2525 Michigan Ave. Building C1, Santa Monica, CA 90404. For more information on the venue, please call 310-264-4678 or visitÂ http://www.track16.com. For more information on Rosenthal and this event, please call 310-839-0661 or visitÂ http://www.rachelrosenthal.org.
In the past 25 years, Rosenthal has presented over 35 of her own original performance pieces â€“ thought provoking works centered on humanityâ€™s place on the planet. According toÂ Artweek Magazine, â€œRosenthal defines what differentiates quality performance art from mundane theatrical exercise…she took us into her reality, and for that brief and precious moment, she altered our vision of the world. This is what great art can and should do.â€
Rosenthalâ€™s long-awaited book,Â The DbD Experience: Chance Knows What itâ€™s Doing!, a mix of memoir, philosophical musing, manifesto and teaching manual, will be published this fall byÂ Routledge.Â DbD (Doing by Doing) is Rosenthalâ€™s signature brand of improvisational theater. This is the first time she has written about her teaching methods. In the 168-page book, she explores improvisational theater and its relationship to life, offering a blow-by-blow account of what happens in Rosenthalâ€™s 32-hour DbD weekend intensive workshops. Throughout the book, she describes the processes and exercises she invented and developed over the last fifty years. Routledge, a global publisher of academic books, journals and online resources in the humanities and social sciences, will release the book in the UK this October, and in the US in December 2009.
Rosenthal opened her studio,Â Espace DbD, on Robertson Boulevard in Los Angeles in 1980. From 1980 to 1983, Rosenthal presented performances by many emerging and established performance artists includingÂ Barbara Smith,Â Eleanor Antin,Â Cheri Gaulke,Â Alan Kaprow,Â John White,Â Joyce Cutler Shaw,Â Tom Jenkins, and many others. Rosenthal foundedÂ The Rachel Rosenthal Company as an educational non-profit arts organization in 1989.
Rosenthalâ€™s teaching methods were inspired byÂ Jean-Louis Barrault‘s concept of â€œTotal Theatreâ€ andÂ Antonin Artaud‘s â€œLe Theatre et Son Double.â€ What emerged is a zen-inspired performance aesthetic that integrates text, movement, voice, choreography, improvisation, costuming, lighting, and sets into seismic experiences. She has been nurturing a new troupe of performers that she will introduce to the world as her TOHUBOHU! Extreme Theater Ensemble in January 2010.
Rosenthal has performed in over 100 venues around the world including documenta 8 in Kassel, Germany, The Helsinki Festival, ICA London, The Performance Space in Sydney, The Whitney Museum in New York City, and Museum of Contemporary Art here in Los Angeles. The Pompidou Centre recently included her in its 2006 show Los Angeles 1955-1985. Her pioneering performances have earned Obie, Rockefeller, Getty, NEA and CAA awards, among others.
Rosenthal began her theatrical career in Los Angeles in the mid-1950s as artistic director and performer in her totally improvised “Instant Theater” for its ten-year run. A leading figure in the Southern California Arts movement of the 1960s and 1970s, Rosenthal was a pioneer in addressing feminist and animal rights issues, and was a founder of “Womanspace,â€ a hotbed of feminism.
In 1999, Rosenthal received an Honorary Doctorate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and in 2000 she was honored by the City of Los Angeles as a â€œLiving Cultural Treasure of Los Angeles.â€ Critics have called her “a monument and a marvel” andÂ Richard Schechner, editor ofÂ The Drama Review (TDR), put Rosenthal into the same category as Robert Wilson, Ping Chong, Richard Foreman, Meredith Monk, and Laurie Anderson.
* Thanks to the Estate of Robert Rauschenberg, one of the 83 donated works for the auction is of particular interest. Among the silent auction items is a 1994 Rauschenberg print honoring Rosenthal. This piece is from Rauschenbergâ€™s â€œTribute 21â€ suite of prints â€“ a portfolio that pays tribute to inspirational leaders – 21 artworks, celebrating 21 humans, all impacting themes in the 21st century such as peace, social justice, and a sustainable environment. In the portfolio, Rachel Rosenthal shares company with illustrious world figures such as Nelson Mandela, Toni Morrison, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Carl Sagan, Buckminster Fuller, and the Dalai Lama, among others.
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Saturday, November 7, 2009
“Rachel Rosenthal’s Birthday Bash 83”
Track 16 Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave. Building C1, Santa Monica, CA 90404
310-264-4678 \\\\Â http://www.track16.com
â€œThere is nothing quite like a Rachel Rosenthal artistic materialization. Seeing (her) and experiencing her after-show discussion session firsthand is like sitting for a few minutes with Plato, listening to Rousseau or Jung or Thoreau speak in person. An evening with Rachel Rosenthal will stay with you a lifetime; do it for your future.â€ -Â Entertainment Today
“Rachel Rosenthal — bills herself simply as a performance artist. That’s about as accurate as calling the Taj Majal a house. The woman is a monument and a marvel. She is a force of nature…She is timeless, ageless, gutsy, quirky, exotic, potentially poignant.” -Â Los Angeles Times
“Rosenthal defines what differentiates quality performance art from mundane theatrical exercise…she took us into her reality, and for that brief and precious moment, she altered our vision of the world. This is what great art can and should do.” -Â ARTWEEK