Art and Design in London
Art Forum is a speakers' series featuring notable artists, designers, art historians and art critics from around the world who come to campus to present their work and ideas in an open forum. Admission is free and open to undergraduate and graduate students as well as the general public.
Past Art Forum speakers have included notables such as Chakaia Booker, Will Cotton, Aziz + Cucher, Inka Essenhigh, Judy Fox, Roxy Paine, Ursala Von Rydingsvard, and Seymour Chwast.
For further information and/or to confirm a scheduled date, call 973-655-4074.
THURSDAYS 6:00 p.m.
Location: Montclair State University; Calcia Hall 135
Open to the Public; Admission is free
Jan 19 - Introduction to course and syllabus
Qian Qian is a creative director and designer based in New York City. Born and raised in China, educated in the UK, Qian currently works at R/GA, leading and making advertising campaign work for Samsung as an Executive Creative Director. Prior to R/GA, he’s worked at Deutsch, CP+B, AKQA and McCann. While doing advertising, he keeps practicing graphic design and illustration for lesser known clients and personal projects. His work has been recognized by Cannes Lions, D&AD, One Show, Art Directors Club, and Webby among others, and exhibited internationally.
Completing creative marathons requires limber, buoyant legs and excessive stamina. At a solid 5 foot 7 inches tall Chris has the creative legs of a pigmy elephant combined with the speed of a full-sized adult cheetah (without the balance). Chris's design career began at the ripe old age of 5 when his mother provided him with a budget to decorate his bedroom to his liking. He has since maintained the philosophy that what he sees in his head he should attempt to manifest, no matter how hard, and always on a budget (for the most part).
IMPORTANT FACT Feels that watching Nicolas Cage movies purifies the soul while connecting one's subconscious with the cultural zeitgeist. Especially Bangkok Dangerous.
Diogo Pimentão was born in Lisbon, Portugal. After living in France for 9 years, Diogo Pimentão moved to London in 2012 where he has lived since. Pimentão is particularly interested in drawing as a genre that he activates through performative gestures and abstract protocols. Therefore, he does not view himself as a draughtsman in the classical meaning of the term. Rather he develops experiments of inscription, layering and surface more than he draws, using iconic materials like graphite, graphite deposit, adhesive tape and paper. Even though his works are often monochromatic, the surface of the paper or of the wall becomes a delicate, albeit metallic, texture. The artist thus allows the drawing techniques to go beyond its traditional confines and expand in multiple shapes, often tri-dimensional and sculptural. Drawing, his studio practice notwithstanding, is thus used on a real scale, to probe, explore and alter the exhibition space. The process at the heart of his creation abolishes the boundary between drawing, sculpture and performance.
Pimentao ’s work has been featured extensively and internationally. 2016 shows include: Solo show, Grão Vasco Museum, Viseu, PT ; Summer Guests Callouts Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon PT; CAAA, for the triennial of Architecture, Guimarães, PT; 3/1/1, Zak Branicka gallery, Berlin, DEU; Baixo as fronteiras, (part 2) MACE Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Elvas, Colecção António Cachola, Elvas, PT ; Abaixo as fronteiras, MUDE Museu de Design e de Moda, Colecção Francisco Capelo, Lisboa, PT; “Formal Meeting”, (Carte blanche Diogo Pimentão) Until Then gallery; Paris, FR; Group Show, Galeria Cristina Guerra, Lisbon, PT; Parmi les floraisons du ciel incertain, FRAC Alsace, Sélestat, FR
Peter Saul (American, b.1934), is a painter and printmaker celebrated for his satirical commentaries on political, social, and historical events in American history. Born in San Francisco, Saul attended the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco and received a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis. Saul began his career during the height of the Abstract Expressionist movement. While he appreciated the aesthetic of this painterly style, he did not share a belief in the existentialist themes that supported the work. Instead, the artist created his own unique rhetoric, painting humorous figures using bright colors, controversial subject matter, and animated, often grotesque forms that grabbed the viewer’s attention. His commentaries on American culture contributed to the formation of proto-Pop, a predecessor to the Pop movement that would later dominate the art scene in the 1950s and 1960s. From 1956 to 1964, Saul lived throughout Europe, an experience that influenced his development as an artist. In Paris, Saul met the Surrealist painter Roberto Matta (Chilean, 1911-2002), who would influence his own Surrealist aesthetic. He was also introduced to the American art dealer Allan Frumkin, who would go on to represent the artist for more than 30 years. The breadth of subject matter in Saul’s work has ranged from scenes of World War II and the Vietnam War, to commentaries on the Civil Rights and Feminist movements, to depictions of the artist himself attacked by the forces of the world around him. One of his most famous series, Vietnam (1966), embodies the chaos and deformities that typify his Figurative scenes, giving the viewer a sense of the disdain he felt for the war in Southeast Asia. Throughout his long career, Saul has been most admired for his ability to adapt to the ever-changing tastes of the art world, without losing site of his fearlessly unique aesthetic. He has exhibited internationally and throughout the United States. A retrospective of his work in 2008 traveled to the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, and the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans.
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Alejandro Campins graduated from the Academia Profesional de Artes Plásticas “El Alba” Holguín, Cuba in 2000 and from the Instituto Superior de Arte, Havana, Cuba in 2009. Since then he has multiple solo exhibi-tions at galleries in Spain and Cuba and has been featured in numerous international group exhibitions, includ-ing Q & A the IDB Cultural Center Gallery in Washington, DC (2015); Cuba Contemporaine. Arte de la grande ile des Caraibes, Le Centre culturel du Manoir, Cologny, Geneva, Switzerland (2013); MEETING Havana Cul-tura: CHAPTER I // GULLIVER, at the Freies Museum, Berlin, Germany (2012); Inside confluences, the second edition of Contemporary Cuban Art at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, New Mexico (2009); and Far Far Away, Co-Lab, Copenhagen, Denmark (2008). Campins work was featured at the 11th Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba (2012), the 12th Cairo Biennale, Egypt (2010), and Portugal Arte 10 EDP biennial, Lisbon, Por-tugal (2010). Campins was a finalist for the Farber Foundation’s inaugural Young Cuban Artist of the Year award in 2015.
Judy Pfaff is an American artist, known mainly for installation art. Pfaff has received numerous awards for her work, including a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Award and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2013, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her work is included in MAM’s current exhibition, Matisse and American Art. Program followed by Q&A and reception.
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Commissioned by Peak Performances as part of its new extended residency program, From Scratch, QUIXOTE is a bold re-imagining of the Cervantes classic. With new music by Amy Beth Kirsten and direction by Mark DeChiazza, the team that created Columbine’s Paradise Theater, QUIXOTE lets us experience the mad knight’s hallucinations first hand. A soprano, mezzo-soprano, contralto and four singing percussionists provide the voices inside the old man’s head. This simple and gorgeous production is equal parts storefront theatre and expressionistic opera.
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NIKO MIHALJEVI? is an artist and a graphic designer (Werkplaats Typografie, ArtEZ Institute of the Arts, Arnhem, NL) from Zagreb, Croatia. His artistic practice explores the metaphysical aspects of the everyday, cultural artefacts and language in a variety of media with an emphasis on conceptual sound composition, performance, text, and artist books. In 2016 he received the Radoslav Putar Award (Young Visual Artists Awards) for the best young Croatian artist. He is the founder of the recorded sound initiative "Alluvial Gold". He works as a freelance graphic designer and an assistant professor at Media Design department of University North in Croatia.
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Benjamin Brett’s paintings explore the ambiguity of visual information and the inherent weaknesses of abstraction. Each work depicts a unique environment with its own subset of archetypal objects and motifs. Rather than inviting us into a story or context, these devices function as signs without the signified. Brett disappoints our expectations as meaning-makers. One can almost see the wink hiding within the works–they play at the reactionary impulse to seek, find, and resolve. Displacing notions of frame and boundary and disengaging from narrative, each painting reveals a setting where expectation, interpretation, and translation collide. His work has been exhibited in New York at Ana Cristea Gallery, and in London at BEERS Contemporary, Westminster Waste, Departure Foundation, Blyth Gallery at Imperial College, and the Royal College of Arts, among other venues.
New York based artist Mickalene Thomas is best known for her elaborate paintings composed of rhinestones, acrylic, and enamel. Thomas introduces a complex vision of what it means to be a woman and expands common definitions of beauty. Her work stems from her long study of art history and the classical genres of portraiture, landscape, and still life. Inspired by various sources that range from the 19th century Hudson River School to Edouard Manet, Henri Matisse, and Romare Bearden, she continues to explore notions of beauty from a contemporary perspective infused with the more recent influences of popular culture and pop art. She is represented by Lehmann Maupin in New York, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, and Galerie Nathalie Obadia in Paris.