Custom Cut: The present and future of micro-manufacturing Opening Reception

Friday at ArtFolk don’t miss:

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.

Opening Reception at Art Folk Gallery, Friday, August 10th
Show Dates: August 11th-25th, Thursdays & Fridays, 12-4:30, Saturday 11-2

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one night only performance by NY artists Justin Cooper and Ross Moreno

Everyone go to this!!!

One night only performance of YETI AND FIREBUSH at the opening night of Justin Cooper’s solo show “thin lines” at beta pictoris gallery:

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.”
-Paul D’Agostino

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Opening Friday: “I Have A Secret Wish…”

Friday, February 17, 2012
5:00pm until 9:00pm

900 13th St. South, Birmingham, AL 35203

“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!

Featured artists:
Valerie Corradetti
Sharon Louden
Grace Mikell
Karen Ann Myers
Marlo Pascual
Gina Phillips
Babs Reingold
Nina Schwanse
Carolyn Sherer
Susanna Starr

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Opening: Jan 27, Matt Wycoff “variations” at Beta Pictoris Gallery

This is going to be a great opening!

Matt Wycoff  


 January 27 – March 3, 2012  
opens Friday, January 27  (6-9pm)

beta pictoris is pleased to announce the opening of VARIATIONS, New York based artist Matt Wycoff’s first solo exhibition with the gallery.  Over the past ten years Wycoff’s work has covered a wide range of conceptual, stylistic and material approaches. 

VARIATIONS  brings together four major works from this period, two text pieces from 2006 and 2007, and two large-scale abstract paintings from 2011.  The works on view are drawn from what appear to be two visually and conceptually distinct bodies of work.  The exhibition is less about the differences between the works, however, and more about the experience of the viewer as they find the underlying themes that tie them together.

In classical music the term variation has come to mean the repetition of a musical theme with modifications of melody, rhythm or harmony.  Wycoff offers his variations in a similar spirit.  Wycoff’s main themes of identity and perception appear and reappear throughout the exhibition as they shift and change in relation to ideas such as poetry, beauty, order, abstraction, death, disaster, monumentality, color and time.  These shadings allow for a depth of experiences.  The works question the distance between the personal and the universal, confuse notions of chaos and order and use the art historical meanings of expressionism, minimalism, pop and conceptual art as tools for building a new aesthetic framework.  As an artist, Wycoff is both drawn toward and skeptical of earlier artistic attempts at universalism and deeply informed by discussions that emerged in the 1970s, 80s and 90s such as the blurring of boundaries between painting, sculpture and installation, and dialogues about deconstruction or pluralism.  Wycoff’s VARIATIONS ask the viewer to reconsider their preconceptions about artistic style, and focus on the ways in which form and content build structures of meaning.

TONIGHT: Dia De Los Muertos!


November 2, 2003

2115 1st Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35233

Dia de los Muertos is a celebration for the dead held once a year in the midst of life. Each autumn, the living invite their dead to join them in a festival of communion-to return home again and, for a few hours, to sit by the hearth and warm their cold bones before returning to the land of the dead.

Birmingham’s annual Day of the Dead Festival is very much a celebration of life and a joyful and beautiful event where we pay homage and respects to our dearly departed by celebrating their lives with music, dance, art, food, spirits, laughter, joy and tears…REMEMBER!

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Willie Cole Lecture at UAB

Thursday, November 3 · 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th Street South

Artlab at the Visual Arts Gallery presents Willie Cole, 2011 Juror for the Student Annual Juried Exhibition. Mr. Cole will present a talk on his works. His visit is a partnership with the UAB Printmaking Program of the Department of Art and Art History and beta pictoris/Maus Contemporary.

The UAB Department of Art and Art History, The Visual Arts Gallery through its artlab editions project, and beta pictoris gallery/Maus Contemporary are pleased to announce a lecture and limited edition print by groundbreaking artist Willie Cole.

Cole will be in residence at the University between October 31 and November 6, working with Professor Derek Cracco and students from the UAB Printmaking program to complete a new, limited edition work, that will be sold to benefit the gallery and the printmaking programs, respectively.

“We are fortunate to have the facilities to undertake such a work, but more importantly we have a dedicated, professional, skilled printmaker in Derek Cracco,” remarked Gallery Director Brett Levine. “Professor Cracco has the ability to work with artists who push printmaking beyond its natural means.”

Cole, based in New Jersey, is visiting Birmingham in part to jury the 36th Annual Student Exhibition at UAB. He will give a free lecture on his works on Thursday, November 3rd, at 6 PM in the Hulsey Recital Hall. “Both Willie Cole and Guido Maus, of beta pictoris gallery, have worked tirelessly to ensure that this project provides opportunities on a variety of levels,” remarked Department Chair Erin Wright.

The Edition will be launched in conjunction with Cole’s exhibition at beta pictoris gallery, which opens Friday, December 9th. “Willie Cole and Bayeté Ross Smith will be exhibiting in raumZWEI, our second gallery,” Guido Maus explains. Information regarding the print will be made available at that time. For now, Cole and Cracco will focus on producing a complex, new, unique work that embodies the innovation and skill of the artist himself, and of the UAB Department of Art and Art History.

For further information about the lecture, please contact (205) 934-0815.
For information about Willie Cole’s works generally, or about his December exhibition, please contact Guido Maus and beta pictoris gallery, (205) 413-2999.

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Opening Thursday Night: PHANTASM

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
Birmingham, AL

Featuring the darkest artwork of:
Daisy Winfrey
Doug Baulos
Alicia Roden
Paul Cordes Wilm
Jennifer Wallace
Jonathan Purvis
Kara Hall
Sean Pathasema
Byron Sonnier
Merrilee Challis
Olga Mendoza
Veronique Vanblaere
Wes Frazer
Rebecca Davis
Brian Francis
Aaron Lockhart
Sarah Heath
James Edward Williams
Sara Cannon
Bo Hughins
Beth Ragland
John Lytle Wilson


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