Show reception is this Wednesday (January 18) from 5-7 - come check out my work (Rowe Upper Gallery) and painter Andrew Leventis' beautiful work in the downstairs Rowe gallery.
I also want to share with you some of the beefcake magazines that helped shape ManSuch. These magazine covers are difficult to improve upon - they are coy, camp perfection (and quite prescient by the number of ferns on their covers!).
Good gravy, I knew I was out of date, but I last updated this a YEAR ago? Oi. Well, in this past year I've done a few cool things - I've moved from South Bend to Charlotte NC where I now teach full-time in Foundations at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. I LOVE it here. I've also 'finished' my fern series (for the time being), began a new series ("Beefcakes"... more on that later....) and am currently working on the opening of a new, big show here at UNCC, where I have on display about 30 paintings through January.
Been having a great time playing with big new toys (mostly screenprinting & more laser cutting) with lots of help from amazing UNCC students.
Stay tuned for images from the show, hopefully before 2018...
...and we're back in the spring (semester) swing! Excited to be teaching 2D Design in addition to my Drawing classes this semester.
Been in a couple of amazing shows lately, like the ever fabulous Lore Degenstein Gallery Seventh Annual Figurative Drawing and Painting Exhibition, the Rosalux Open Door 11 show up in Minneapolis, Mist Gallery's December Exhibition, the South Bend Museum of Art's Faculty/Student show, and finally Armstrong University's 5th Annual National 2D show. Been making friends with my local FedEx fellas.
Equally exciting is the fact that I've started a NEW SERIES. I don't want to say too much yet, as it's still baby-new, but I've included a teaser image for the series. The series focuses on the hidden 'fern' - here understood to be any (probably fake) potted plant. The actual type of plant is of the utmost inconsequence. These ferns sit in retail or showroom spaces, like bland intruders - something to be looked through, not at. They exist to not exist, like parsley on a plate, but they're ubiquitous to the shopping / browsing experience. Ferns are tangible Musak (or better yet, the Seeburg 1000) of your retail experience. And who ever thought I'd want to paint plants??
In an unprecedented turn of events, I have remained in the same town/job for over 12 months! I'm pleased to be back at Indiana University South Bend for the 15/16 academic year, teaching painting, drawing, and a Capstone class for BFAs.
If you're in the area, check out both my work and the work of my talented colleagues at the Art Gallery at IUSB. I've created an installation (a precursor of great things to come!) from found retail material, vintage grocery signage, and of course, paintings.
I will also be part of this year's Art Prize in Grand Rapids, MI... check me out later this month in Palatte Gallery!
With only 2 more weeks of classes (!!!??), I'm beginning to focus on what should prove to be a pretty excellent summer (no upcoming move means a summer of paintings to look forward to!). Before that, though, a couple of other fab announcements:
I've (finally) joined the land of the social media, and made a Facebook page. I'll be posting lots of edge-of-your-seat excitement on here and on my FB page, www.facebook.com/alessandra.sulpy.artist
If you're in the Pittsburgh area, be sure to check out my painting "Florid" at the Gallery 4 at their 2015 Salon Show.
The 'South Bend Selfie' opening is May 1, from 5-9 pm, where I have 3 paintings up (including "Lost Weekday", which features my new obsession, electroluminescent wire). Check out this write-up with a boob-free detail depiction of my painting:
This lovely blue lady you see is a sneak peek of "Closed", which is forthcoming and, of course, promises to be bright and obnoxious!
Been busy busy busy in South Bend, and with the lovely folks at the South Bend Museum of Art this year! Look for me in the upcoming show 'South Bend Selfie' at the SBAM, open March 21- June 14 with an opening reception on May 1. I'll be showing three paintings - 'Step', 'Slipcover' and debuting my flashing beauty, 'Lost Weekday'.
It's been a while since I've posted; largely because I've been busy at work teaching drawing and painting at IUSB and working on a couple of new paintings - check out Lost Weekday and Hai Karate under new work!
Some of my most exciting news come out of new toys - namely Liquitex spray paint and EL (electroluminescent) wire. Both have opened up my paintings to new, even 'louder' textures - the OPEN sign on Lost Weekday is intended to be viewed with the wire on and glowing, blinking every second. With a big shipment of new and even brighter EL wire on it's way, expect the creation of even more obnoxious paintings!
If you're in the area, check out the always fabulous Susquehanna University's Lore Degenstein Gallery for the Sixth Annual Juried Figurative Drawing and Painting Exhibition, up until December 5. I'm in the show, as well as my talented friends Jen Brown, Lisa Gostev and winner Joel Dugan!
Great news on a few different fronts! First, I'm saying farewell to Winona State University. I spent an amazing year there teaching Painting and Drawing as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, and I'm bummed to leave behind a lot of great colleagues and friends. However, I will be filling in as a sabbatical replacement for Ron Monsma at Indiana University South Bend for the 14/15 academic year, and I'm psyched to join such an amazing figurative art program!
Another bit of great news is that I currently have a show up in Lexington, Virginia at the Nelson Gallery. The show's name is "Store Facades", features (wait for it) recent work from my 'Store Facades' body of work, and is up until July 31st! Thanks to all at the Nelson Gallery for putting the show together!
Photo courtesy of the Nelson Gallery
This morning the 'Store Facades' show came down at the Winona Art Center. The WAC is located in a lovely old church, with tall, colorful stained glass windows that gave my paintings some competition in the bright and radiant department.
Other news - check out Fresh Paint Magazine soon, as I'll be a featured artist in Issue 3!
We had a great opening reception at the Winona Art Center; special thanks to Mary Coughlan for helping me put the show together! It's always great to meet new folks and sink that seed of 'you can do this too' into students.
In conjunction with the show, I held a workshop at the Arts Center and taught a great group some collage and transfer techniques. Most everyone said they were going to have to pick this up as a new hobby, so... VICTORY!
Thanks Mary Coughlan for the opening reception photos. To see more, check out: http://www.winonaarts.org/exhibits/exhibits.html
I'm a figurative painter focusing on louder-than-life store fronts and mid-century street views, re-imagined with surrealistic inhabitants.