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image: Paul Higham, DATA Sculpture
ART SHAPE MAMMOTH is a non-profit organization with the mission to cultivate and perform arts research, education, and dialogue by supporting the development of artists and by connecting them with new communities.  
 
We facilitate:
- An Artist Representation Program with thoughtfully curated exhibitions, residencies, and visiting artist opportunities
- A Cross-Cultural Exchange Program exhibiting artists across continents
- ONE Arts Center Gallery and workshop space in Vermont
- Visitor Center Artist Camp near-wilderness residency in the UP of Michigan
- Traveling Experiential Workshops in Metal-Casting and Ceramics
Objects of Satisfaction
at Vermont Studio Center
image: Chris Collins, Circle

Objects of Satisfaction
Vermont Studio Center
Gallery 2, 80 Pearl Street Johnson VT
 
April 3rd - May 1st, 2016
Artist Reception May 1st, 2-4 pm
Information here.
 
In 1790, Immanuel Kant released his Critique of Judgment, a groundbreaking philosophical text that attained such influence on aesthetics and modern art that scholars and artists continue to interpret, reference, and debunk it over two hundred years later. For contemporary artists who live and create in the rapidly changing art world, it is remarkable that remnants of Kant’s theories still pulse and punctuate discussions about artistic meaning and experience today. Situated in this contentious legacy, ArtShape Mammoth along with our Vermont partner, ONE Arts, is proud to present our first exhibition at the Vermont Studio Center this April. Objects of Satisfaction is an exhibition that invites the interpretation of what may be called ‘impossible objects’ and the related mystery of how we experience art. Kant was a philosopher of the ‘play’ between imagination and understanding, and in this spirit the show toys with a Kantian perspective, adding a dash of irreverence and a few subtle jokes for those among us prone to speculate about form, objectivity, and the unique pleasure of beauty. 
 
image: Jennifer McCandless, Circle

What is the Object of Satisfaction?
 
Objects of satisfaction evoke a feeling that, though pronounced, may not be totally understood. It isn’t the nature of such works to call for a rational, categorical, or otherwise measurable response. The show instead strives to exhibit objects that seek an emotional response, a tacit or underlying internal reaction to the art rather than a logical understanding. While an art Object and its aura, traditionally understood, may inspire the viewer to feel a sense of deeper purpose, the Object of Satisfaction has no concrete literal purpose apparent to it. And yet, neither is it a mere indulgence in the realm of random or chance meaning. 
 
Kant was interested in beauty as something that provokes and enables a unique event of knowledge. The show likewise strives to expand the traditional concept of beauty to include artworks that elicit reactions stemming from a certain place within the viewer. The world of experience is structured and dynamic, and there is an aspect to this phenomenon that cannot be proven but only felt. According to existential philosopher Karl Jaspers, “thinking is the act of relating a given intuition to an object…there is no thinking without an object.” Each piece in the show invites the viewer to feel it, to actively contemplate it, with the idea that by contemplating an aesthetic art object in a free, spontaneous manner, our minds can explore something deeper. There is always more to learn, especially at the intersection of old revolutions and new experiments.
 
Curated by Margaret Coleman
Much appreciation to Dr. Christopher Yates, Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, for his editorial comments and support on this exhibition. 
 
image below: Christopher Thompson, (in)security: flesh & stone
Modern Maturity
Fay Stanford at ONE Arts Gallery

image: Fay Stanford, Changing, 2014 

Modern Maturity 
Work by Fay Stanford

One Arts Center 
72 N Champlain St, Burlington, VT 05401


May 6 - 29, 2016
Opening Reception May 6th, 6-9pm


Old age has been called another country. I’ve got my passport—I’m on Medicare—and I expect someday to be a full time resident.

My parents, of course, have preceded me. They are eighty-eight and eighty-seven years old and they live 1000 miles away in separate assisted living encampments. My sisters and I visit when we can and help with driving and doctors. My mother is in a dementia home—not just another country, another planet. 

I am investigating old, old age by poking at it with this long stick called art making. The trick will be in how gracefully I can manage my own transition, given the chance, to this not-so-far-away land of unforgiving terrain.
 


Art Shape Mammoth returns to
Garner Arts Festival
Installations, film, sculpture and paintings by David Alban, Alex CostantinoAubrey RoemerJennifer Shepard, Kristen Tordella-Williams, and Katie Urban

GARNER Arts Festival celebrates visual & performing arts with contemporary exhibitions, installations, open studios and performances throughout 14 acres of pre-Civil War industrial spaces. Immerse yourself in a “History of Haverstraw” exhibit and listen to oral histories of residents in celebration of the Town of Haverstraw’s 400thAnniversary. Live performances include theatre, a music lineup and for the first time in GARNER history – aerialists! 

More info here
 
Visitor Center
Artist Camp
will be held
August 3rd - 14th, 2016

APPLY NOW!
Go to:
www.visitorcenterartistcamp.com

Deadline for Scholarship Applications: May 15th!
We will gather to make art, share skills, exchange ideas, build community, and examine sustainability in life and in artistic practice. We have several scholarships available and are accepting proposals for presentations related to sustainability in art and life.

People of all creative backgrounds, experience levels, and fields of practice are encouraged to apply. Attendees can choose to take a workshop in Local Clay, Metal Casting, or Seeger's Sawmill, OR propose an independent project that embraces The Visitor Center's rugged setting and adventurous attitude.


www.visitorcenterartistcamp.com
 Mercy Gallery Presents
Ceramic Sculpture Invitational
 
The Sue and Eugene Mercy, Jr Gallery - Richmond Art Center
The Loomis Chaffee School
4 Batchelder Road
Windsor, CT 06095
 
Co-curated by Jennifer McCandless, ASM Artist and Director of Mercy Gallery at The Loomis Chaffee School, and Abigail Wade, Loomis Chaffee '16
 
This exhibition includes work by ASM Artists David Alban, Leslie Fry, Joan Harmon, and Amy Joy Hosterman, and work by ONE Arts Artist Alex Costantino.
 
April 26th - May 29th, 2016
Please join us for the opening reception Tuesday, April 26th, 6:45-8:45 pm
 
Gallery Hours:
M-F 11am -4pm
Sunday 1-4pm
Tues & Thurs Evenings 7:45-9pm
(hours subject to school schedule)
 
More information:
(860)687-6030
 
 
image: John Brickles, Lil' Nemo
ASM ARTISTS' NEWS
Lindsey French will be creating an episode with Radius, an experimental radio broadcast platform based in Chicago, IL.

Radius Episode 73 will be performed, broadcast, and recorded live at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Greenhouse and Plant Research Laboratory on Sunday May 1, 2016 at 5:30am CST in partnership with SoundCamp / REVEIL, a 24-hour radio broadcast that tracks the sunrise around the globe. Proceeding the event, a live audio recording will be released online here. Episode 73 is the first episode of GROUND. GROUND is a three-part, site-specific commissioned radio series that focuses on radio’s direct physical connection to the Earth.

Upcoming Group Shows:
 
imperceptibly and slowly opening
Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA
May 5 - June 18
 
Century Safe Chicago
Roman Susan Gallery, Chicago, IL
Opens May 7, 2016
 
Code/Switch
Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
May 13 to July 28, 2016
Opening Reception May 27, 6-8pm
 
Lindsey will be in residence at the Catwalk Institute May 17 - June 5
In conjunction with Tamisery, Sarah Magida Designs will be at Church & Company in Hampden, North-west Baltimore City, for B-Willow and Whitelock Community Farms Craft Show. Taking place on May 7th, from 11am-4pm, find more info here.
Maureen O'Leary is one of four photographers featured in I'll Be Your Mirror, a popup show at Brooklyn's Wayfarers Gallery. Opening on April 30 with a reception from 7pm-10pm, find more info here and here.
 
“Four artists linked for a decade but dispersed among Los Angeles, Wichita, Memphis and New York connect sky and ground, as well as absent-minded daydreaming and acute empiricism in this exhibition of photography.  The sky is perhaps the world's original reflection, and capturing the passing of light, be it observed through human structures or with human tools, has allowed O'Leary, Phillips, Parker and Robinson to arrive at an everyday monasticism and a synthesis of competing forces.”
 
Aubrey Roemer’s Khamsa, Sadaqa Jaariya - The Refugee Portrait Project, will be on view in IFAC Athina in Athens, Greece, with an opening reception April 8th from 7pm-10pm, and running until May 1st.

Khamsa, Sadaqa Jaariyah (Endless Charity), The Refugee Crisis Portrait Project was created while volunteering at Greek refugee camps, and working on advocacy for refugee relief with government, local, and NGO cooperation. This process was documented with photographs, written prayers, voice memos, paintings, prints, and drawings, with the participation of refugees and aid workers met along the way.

Find more info here and here.

Aubrey’s work can also be seen as part of Facing an Epidemic: a film screening, slideshow and fundraiser taking place at the Bronx Documentary Center on Thursday, April 21st from 7pm-9pm.

This night will kickoff a crowdfunding campaign for a project already giving hope back to the communities that are disappearing from this epidemic. The Legal Services Office Project provides free assistance to the most severely affected communities of Western Nicaragua. La Isla Foundation has collaborated with the Nicaraguan labor rights organization PASE to open this office which directly aids poverty stricken rural sugarcane communities in obtaining social security benefits that provide income for survival and access to specialized medical treatment.

RSVP: legal@laislafoundation.org
Admission is free: Donations to the Legal Services Project are encouraged!
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