Aurora is a story of a celestial voyage: inspired by NASA satellite footage, Richard Clarkson Studio sought to create a collection that captures the feeling of flying through space and witnessing the Aurora Australis as it dances above the earth. Drawing from a palette of delicate greens, fuchsia, and blues, the design mimics the elegant melange of colors emitted during the phenomenon through translucent lights, opaque blacks, and clouded resin panels. Comprised of a chandelier, linear suspension, pendants, sconces, and desk stand, the new Aurora Collection is Richard Clarkson’s most ambitious lighting endeavor yet, allowing for use in a multitude of settings that range from residences to museums and large-scale event installations.
Released ahead of the rest of the collection, the sconce, pendant, and tabletop iterations each consist of two flowing shapes of resin, a dynamically animated LED light source, and an aluminum, matte, black reflector. With six different shapes and four color options, both the sconce and the pendant are adaptable to a number of different contexts.
For those interested in a minimal design, the studio offers a clear version of the resin panels, along with the standard options. It recommends overlapping differently hued panels or requesting custom colors for those who want a more vibrant and unique piece. The flowing shapes of each panel also are able to be rotated independently of each other, allowing them to take on subtle changes in form. When installed in larger spaces, the lights should be placed in clusters of three or more.
Shop the full collection on Richard Clarkson Studio’s site.
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On June 30, Bunch Auctions’ 20th- and 21st-Century Fine Art Auction draws together a remarkable selection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, and media art by influential contemporary artists. The 278-lot sale is derived from two private collections and offers a variety of American, European, and South Asian works.
The headliner of the auction, Nina Chanel Abney’s “Untitled (Black Soap),” is a massive, 19-foot triptych and was the first the artist sold in a gallery. The piece comes from Stephen Heighton, the noted collector of American Maximalism who was the co-founding pioneer of some of New York City’s most iconic queer hotspots, including Barracuda, Elmo, and Industry. He was a prolific collector and curated several Manhattan gallery exhibitions, in which he revisited themes of sexuality and sexism, along with the history and perceptions of race. In a 2009 interview, Heighton described “Untitled (Black Soap)” as “the most politically charged work (Abney’s) ever done. She depicts white people washing themselves with black soap to atone for their guilt over slavery.”
The collection also includes Abney’s “Brothers in Blood,” which depicts a young gang member alongside his two canine companions. He has a 187’ tattoo on his arm, representative of Section 187 of California’s penal code defining the crime of murder. Like many of Abney’s other works, it carries political, racial, and religious undertones.
Other works available are Brooklyn-based artist Eddie Martinez’s “Voluptuoso Plant,” which is lively and raw, applying a bold use of color and texture by use of oil, acrylic, and enamel elements. Teetering between abstraction and representation, Martinez expressionist techniques are reminiscent of his earlier dabblings in graffiti and street art. An 18-panel assemblage titled “War in Motion While Systems Intensify, In Chaos We Become,” Andrew Schoultz’s work is dense with political and social commentary, illustrating the confusion and turbulence of our era. The piece is heavily layered with representations of natural disasters, war, and impending destruction.
The second collection of the auction is a robust assortment of international art, with a particular focus on South Asian works, from Albert Lawrence Borden. Having traveled the world as a purchaser in the textile industry, the collector has lived in Brazil, Egypt, and Hong Kong and has been a frequent visitor to Pakistan. One striking piece from Borden’s collection is Dominique Salvador’s hyperrealist portrait titled “Ecuador Anonymous.” Salvador not only excels at creating a photo-realistic representation but also at capturing her subjects’ personality, spirit, and soul through her imagery.
Bunch Auctions’ 20th- and 21st-Century Fine Art Auction will be online starting at 12 p.m. EST on June 30. Learn more and register to bid at bunchauctions.com.
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RISD CE Online summer programming includes classes for adults and teens, credit-bearing courses, and the new Advanced Program for High School Students.
No matter where you are, what your skill level, or how much time you have this summer, RISD CE Online has a course for you. Programs include weekend workshops, multi-week sessions, credit-bearing courses, and the new Advanced Program for High School Students. Choose from 130+ online courses with time commitments ranging from three hours to eight weeks.
RISD Summer Programs credit-bearing courses are now online. Students will have access to renowned RISD faculty and the personalized instruction needed to advance their creative practice and create a substantial body of work in a short amount of time. All courses offer three credits and run for six weeks.
Creative adventures in a range of visual arts and design disciplines await adult students at RISD CE Online—from courses and workshops for personal enrichment and professional development to focused certificate programs. For teens interested in art and design, CE is offering online classes in animation, fashion design, and even art school prep. Classes can be taken on an individual basis or as part of a teen certificate program.
The new RISD Advanced Program for High School Students offers high school students the opportunity to access intensive, collegiate-level classes as they work toward a college application portfolio. This online program is offered in two distinct four-week sessions for students completing grades 9-12 and offers an immersive and expressive curriculum informed by our rapidly changing world.
The summer term starts June 22, 2020.
For more information on RISD CE Online Summer Courses, visit ce.risd.edu.
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Online Jewelry Design and Marketing Certificate at Pratt Institute School of Continuing and Professional Studies
Pratt Institute’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) provides high-quality credit and non-credit courses and programs to adult learners in a variety of subjects for educational advancement, career change, and enrichment.
Advance your jewelry practice this summer in the Jewelry Design and Marketing Certificate at Pratt SCPS. Take your career to the next level with three essential courses that enable you to create more effectively and deliver your designs to the marketplace with distinction. The following courses are being offered online this summer: Finding Your Voice: Branding, Marketing, and Creating Your Unique Presence in the Jewelry Industry, Computer Aided Design and 3-D Modeling for Jewelers, and Jewelry Design + Development.
Join Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings to fast track your small business and advance your skills. Explore the fundamental building blocks of design and marketing with accomplished jewelry industry professionals.
Visit the Pratt Institute School of Continuing and Professional Studies website to learn more and register for upcoming courses.
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For three electrifying weekends in 2012, 2014, and 2017, Dlectricity brought thousands of people into Midtown Detroit to experience 40 luminous projects by local, national, and international artists. This ambitious nighttime festival is back again with an expanded footprint, September 25-26, 2020, to transform Detroit with site-specific installations of light, video, performance, sound, interactive engineering, and nonconformist architecture. From lasers and 3D mapping to dance performances and large-scale video projections, we want to see what you create. We challenge you to animate historic buildings, activate the streets, generate engagement—the cityscape is your canvas. Now is the chance to show Detroit—and the world—what you can do!
Dlectricity will present a wide range of outdoor installations, performances and activities. We are looking for contemporary art projects that transcend traditional understanding of public art to transform the Woodward Corridor into a spectacular nighttime landscape. These temporary, site-specific artworks can include:
- Light installations
- Video art
- 3D video mapping projections
- Multimedia installations
- Interactive and community engaging technology
- Artificial intelligence and robotics
- Works that utilize mobile platforms (smartphone, tablets)
- Performance (art, dance, theatre, music)
- Talks and workshops
- Kid-friendly and/or educational experiences
- Creative and/or interactive marketing experiences for the festival
- The unexpected
Info session: Saturday, February 8, 2020, from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD). This event will be live streamed.
Open call guidelines and other details can be found at Dlectricity.com.
Deadline to apply: March 3, 2020, at 11:59 p.m EST.
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Spring 2020 Info Sessions
Courses begin January 27
School of Visual Arts, Division of Continuing Education
From one-day workshops to semester-long courses, take the opportunity to immerse yourself and be inspired.
Courses are available in the following areas:
- Art & Activism
- Film and Video
- Fine Arts
- Illustration and Cartooning
- Professional Development
- Visible Futures Lab
- Visual and Critical Studies
- Visual Narrative
About School of Visual Arts
School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for seven decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, dynamic curriculum and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprising 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 35,000 alumni in 100 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world. For information about the College visit sva.edu.
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