4 Artists/4 Walls

August 21–September 22.  GALLERY HOURS: Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm.  

**CLOSED ON LABOR DAY, September 7, 2015

Press: This Week in Sarasota - 4 Artists/4Walls Video Interview

The Observer - Out of Frame. Artists Illustrate on Basch Gallery Walls

The walls of the Basch Gallery have been transformed by four artists: Dustin Jeungel (west wall), Patrick Lindhardt (south wall and out the door), Nathan Skiles (east wall) and Steven Strenk (north wall.)  Each artist chose one of the walls in the gallery as the ground for their exploration of the exercise of drawing.  They have been challenged by the scale of the room and the dimensions of the walls.  The drawings will only exist for one month and then will disappear. Each artist was free to make decisions regarding subject matter, materials and the impermanence of their creation.  Each of the artists exceeded the expectations of what they might accomplish.  Each wall is extraordinary on its own and together the four approaches energize the room with the creativity of each artist's unique response.

Now that the artists have completed their work it is interesting to reflect on the history of wall drawing.  In the 1940s wall drawings were discovered on the walls of caves in Lascaux, France.  These are believed to be over 17,000 years old and include depictions of animals, human figures and abstract signs.  How coincidental that these four artists have included similar subject matter on the walls of this room.  Drawing on these walls this past week our artists have continued an approach to making art that we can find more recently in Ancient Greece (1500 B.C.E.,) Egypt (1400 B.C.E.,) and Italy (500 B.C.E. -1500 C.E.)

- Mark Ormond, Curator of Exhibitions 

Dustin Juengel, born in Leverkusen, Germany, received a BFA from Ringling College of Art and Design in 2008 and an MA in Fine Art from the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London in 2010.  He currently divides his time between his studio in Sarasota, the Art Center Sarasota where he coordinates their exhibitions and Ringling College where he is teaching Drawing this Fall.  

Patrick Lindhardt graduated from St. Cloud State College majoring in Printmaking with a minor in painting, jewelry and art history.  He received his Masters Degree in printmaking from the University of South Florida.  He is a master printer and the owner of Flatstone Studio.  He is an advisor for Printmaking by Saff and Sacilotto.  He is a member of the Florida Printmaking Society.  He resides in Sarasota and is on the Faculty of the Fine Arts Department at Ringling College of Art and Design where is currently coordinator of the Fine Arts department.

Nathan Skiles was born in Anderson, Indiana. He received his MFA from Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey and his BFA from Ringling College of Art and Design. For his most recent series, entitled Will the Circle be Unbroken, Nathan writes: "my work collages a range of symbolic motifs including heraldry, military and familial fabric patterns, quilting, and folk magic in the form of sacred geometry and Pennsylvania Dutch hex signs to create a repository for diverse elements to co-exist and cross-contaminate in open-ended relationships." 

Steven Strenk was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. Steven moved to Florida to attend Ringling College of Art and Design where he received his BFA. He received his MFA in Painting from the University of South Florida.  Steven is an artist of many mediums ranging from painting to sculpture. He draws his inspiration from his coastal environment along with his sense of playfulness. He is currently a part of the local artist group SARTQ, which is a circle of Sarasota artists engaging the community through unique art experiences. As an educator, Steven teaches drawing at the Ringling College of Art and is responsible for course development including drawing, painting, and sculpture at Booker High School, a Visual and Performance Arts Magnet Program. He lives and works in Sarasota, Florida.


Annual Ringling College Faculty, Staff and Division Instructor Exhibitions

October 2–31, 2015. Opening Reception: Friday, Oct. 2, 5-7 pm 

(Selby, Basch and Willis Smith Galleries)

JANUARY, 2016 

NATURE - Selections from the Basch Collection

January 11 – March 6, 2016

In January of 2016, working with Barbara and Richard Basch, curator Mark Ormond will select approximately 25 works from the Basch Collection of glass that relate to the theme of Nature. The exhibition will include works by Dale Chihuly, Vadlec Ciglar, Laura Donefer, Kathy Elliott, Ben Edoles, Colin Heany and Bretislav Novak.  

(Image: Dale Chihuly. Reduced Wisteria Violet Persian Set with Red Lip Wrap, 1995)

Ticket Magazine - The Studio Art Glass Collection of Richard and Barbara Basch

The Observer: House of Glass - The Basch's Glass Collection



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