An exhibition of digitally designed, customized and manufactured furniture and housewares by Industrial & Graphic Designer Andrew Thompson and Auburn Assistant Professor Jerrod Wyndham.
Digital fabrication has the potential to fundamentally change the relationship between designer and end-user. Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) machines such as 3-D printers, laser cutters, and CNC routers ignore the economies of scale. The cost to produce one item is the same as the per-unit cost to create 1 thousand, thus enabling customization on a level not dreamt of at the turn-of-the-millennia. Custom cut, through select furniture and other products, explores the early evolution of digital fabrication.
New York based artists Justin Cooper and Ross Moreno bring their unique brand of comedic deconstruction to beta pictoris gallery.
Elements of stand-up, parlor magic, and slapstick comedy are juxtaposed with highly choreographed monologues and wildly unhinged improv creating an experience that is funny, strange, and ultimately thought provoking.
Friday, March 16, 2012 (6-9pm)
A review from Brooklyn, NY based L Magazine of a recent performance:
“[This] all then culminated in a performance of comedic awkwardiana by Ross Moreno and Justin Cooper, who both delighted and confounded their audience with a mash-up of deeply self-aware and self-effacing comedy with quasi-magical tom-trickery, hilariously tragic soliloquies and a rather astonishingly bare-laying finale.”
“Thin Lines” is an exhibition by New York based artist Justin Cooper that explores lines from multiple perspectives. Through drawings, performance and sculptural objects, lines are deconstructed, dissected, tossed around, laughed at, and playfully abstracted. His work is very fluid, moving between mediums and emphasizing their connections by blurring the ‘thin lines’ that separate seemingly disparate practices.
Cooper says of his work:
My work is located in these liminal spaces and positions, dangling precariously between the hinged and unhinged. A relentless cross-pollination of media within my practice marks a restless search for these lines in both formal and conceptual manifestations. Whether drawn, spoken, or objectified, the lines contain an energy that is both earnest and utterly deadpan.
Join us on Friday, March 2nd at Art Folk Gallery for the opening of “Silent Majority”, a exhibition of new works by Birmingham’s own Paul Cordes Wilm. The opening will begin at 5:30 and run until 10pm. The show will run through March 31st.
When I went to The opening of A Dog From Hell at Beta Pictoris Gallery, two pieces really caught my attention. They were Derek Cracco’s “The Space Between.” It was really wonderful to see this work coming from a Birmingham native! I personally really enjoyed these pieces and the extra visual dimension that they gave to emotional disconnect.
In Derek’s own words:
Space Between is an exploration of contemporary relationships filtered through fairy tales and folklore. The two largest works each explore the emotional spaces that exist between couples. They are grounded in the theory of the “Distancer and the Pursuer”. This theory suggests that, in any given relationship, the emotional space between couples is always the same. One person takes on the role of the distancer, meaning that they pull away from the other, and the other pursues. At times the roles switch, leaving the emotional distance between the two exactly two the same, and thereby never allowing their emotional states to meet. The path through the woods is a reference to this never ending journey. These works are constructed with ink jet prints and model train landscapes, creating images that oscillate between a flat, two dimensional surface and the three dimensional hills and valleys created from the landscape miniatures.
"Winter Wonderland" by Derek Cracco - Image Courtesy of Derek Cracco
"Out Of the Woods" by Derek Cracco - Image Courtesy of Derek Cracco
Derek Cracco is Assistant Professor of printmaking and computer graphics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. View more works online at derekcracco.com
“I have a secret wish…” is an exciting group exhibition featuring 10 acclaimed artist from various parts of the US.
On a fundamental level, the exhibition features female artists who create works dealing with the body, but its scope moves far beyond a single theme. Through painting, video, sculpture and photography, the works explore ideas of identity, sexual objectification, physiology, gender roles, etc.
The show runs February 13 – March 9 with an opening reception Friday, February 17th. 5-9pm. Several of the exhibiting artists will be attending so don’t miss this opportunity to rub elbows with some very talented artists!
beta pictoris gallery is excited to announce Clayton Colvin’s first solo show with the gallery
December 9, 2011 – January 21, 2012
opens Friday, December 9 (6-9pm)
From Beta Pictoris:
Birmingham, Alabama based artist Clayton Colvin has developed a practice of painting that is both challenging and seductive. He uses a hybrid of figurative and abstract approaches to create delicate, fantastic, and concrete spaces. The immediate and intimate nature of drawing infuses his linen panels with an hypnotic mix of familiarity and mystery.
The resulting images are skillfully constructed poems, or Burroughs cut-ups, in which the viewer gets pleasantly lost in language.
This exhibition of new paintings — all from 2011 — is titled Space Mountain, and references Colvin’s interest in pictoral space as a subject, and as a model for exploring the structure of experience.
Join us Thursday the 27th at dusk for PHANTASM, an art show presented in the dark. Bring a flashlight and a friend and discover dark themed artwork from some of Birmingham’s favorite artists. Costumes are encouraged!
Thursday, October 27 · 6:00pm – 10:30pm
213 24th Street North
Featuring the darkest artwork of:
Paul Cordes Wilm
James Edward Williams
John Lytle Wilson