Join Me in Venice for the Arte Laguna Prize Finalist Exhibition

I'll be headed to Italy soon, with just enough time to attend the opening ceremony of the Arte Laguna Prize Finalist Exhibition in Venice at the Arsenale.

From the official site:

"The Arte Laguna Prize is exhibiting 125 works from around the world, the finalists of the eleventh edition of the contest, which give us a glimpse into the current state of international contemporary art.

The exhibition is curated by Igor Zanti with the collaboration of ten international jurors who assessed and selected all the applicants... Flavio Arensi, Tamara Chalabi, Paolo Colombo, Suad Garayeva, Ilaria Gianni, Emanuele Montibeller, Salvador Nadales, Fatos Ustek, Alma Zevi and Nav Haq."

Take the Water-bus, 5.2 Line, and get off at the Celestia Stop.


Then I'll be back on a plane on my way back to the (unfortunately much less moisture-laden) desert of Tucson. If you're nearby, come and join the festivities.

Body Language: Figuration in Modern and Contemporary Art

Last night was the opening for BODY LANGUAGE: FIGURATION IN MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART at the Tucson Museum of Art curated by the Tucson Museum of Art's Chief Curator, Julie Sasse. Check out this show if you're floating through Tucson.

It is surreal and humbling to have my work exhibited alongside masters like Goya, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, Miriam Schapiro, George Segal, Robert Colescott, Roberto Matta, Luis Jimenez, and Dennis Oppenheim.

Also a bonus to share the walls with the work of my friends Craig Cully, Joe Labate, Alfred Quiroz, Andy Polk, Larry Gipe, and Peggy Doogan.

Body Language: Figuration in Modern and Contemporary Art will be on view until July 9, 2017.


Arte Laguna Prize

I’m thrilled to announce that I am a finalist for the 2017 Arte Laguna Prize. My work will be exhibited at the Arsenale in Venice from March 25th until April 9th. I am traveling now, so the announcement had been sitting in my inbox and I didn’t even know it. Whether I take home a prize or not, I am flattered to have been selected. I'll know more later and will keep you updated.

You can see all of the finalists here.

A peek at Gallery Project's "Wish List."

Gallery Project's Wish List exhibition opened last night. An old artist pal of mine, Anthony Fontana, attended the opening last night and texted me this image. My work, Horizon Pull (Draw a Line So Long It Can't Be Wrong II), is the projected video in the center of the photograph. Check it out if you can. If you don't catch it in Toledo, the exhibit will also be showing at the Ann Arbor Art Center later in the year.

Nice Mention in Art F City.

Art F City's Paddy Johnson and Michael Anthony Farley reviewed Baltimore's ARTSCAPE Art Fair, here.

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In a passage covering the Ortega y Gasset Projects booth they wrote, "For this project sound artist Joshua Bienko invited 16 artists to produce what appear to be genre-specific riffs for his album Always Already Here. This is the kind of project for which I set my expectations low, not just because there are so many bad tracks produced by artists but because it’s so hard to pull off. This, though, succeeds as art and music. Filled with catchy tunes in a range of styles—eighties girl bands, hip hop, banjo music—most of these riffs joke about anything from art to cats to children. Gary Setzer produces a Gary Numan-type track called Generator in which he sings about the emotional life of an artist. “I have anxiety…What is this that I have made? I have not made anything!” he laments against the bubbly notes of his keyboard."

Those of you that know me, will know that the Gary Numan comparison made my day.


Always Already Here, Vol. 1.

The Brooklyn artspace, Ortega y Gasset Projects, will have a booth at ARTSCAPE, Baltimore's Artist Run Art Fair (July 17 - 19th). Numerous sound works, including two of my own, will be featured there. The works will also be for sale on a limited edition cassette called Always Already Here, Vol. 1, produced by fellow artist and musician, Joshua Bienko. The cassette contains sound works by numerous artists including Bienko, Mel Chin, and many others.

Pattern designed by Lauren F Adams, 2015 for “Always Already Here, Vol. 1,” a mixtape produced by Joshua Bienko.

Pattern designed by Lauren F Adams, 2015 for “Always Already Here, Vol. 1,” a mixtape produced by Joshua Bienko.