On October 1, 2011, The Backstage Beat had the pleasure of attending The Magic is Science Art Exhibit in Decatur, GA. Magic is Science is a semi-annual exhibit by an artist cooperative that focus on the fantastic. In the words of Sam Mitchell, one of the artists, “..,we draw inspiration from science-fiction, fantasy and pop-culture relevant media.” In other words, it is art that geeks will go ga-ga for. How geeky are their influences? The theme of this show was Art Inspired By The Neverending Story.[nggallery id=423]
The idea for Magic Is Science came about when Jason Mallory, Rich Aviles and Sam Mitchell saw the movie Exit Through the Gift Shop.
The event met the organizers goals in so many ways. While Mallory was fearful of an empty gallery, Mitchell said he feared most that it would be bad art, high prices, and pretension. Sycamore Place Gallery was packed with an appreciative crowd and some exciting art.
The professionalism of the artwork is reflective of the work ethics of the artist and how seriously they take their own ‘fun’ art. “Many of us are designers. We have to work on client-based work. It’s a challenge that doesn’t always give you an end product that is cohesive with your original vision.” explained one of the artists, “With Magic is Science, we can create our own original work based on our pop-culture interests that have no limitations.”
The theme was chosen to allow the artist to explore a sense of whimsy and nostalgia. Mallory pointed out that the artists “all love The NeverEnding Story” and was not surprise by the way the audience embraced the visually interesting images and the nostalgia of the evening.
Previous Magic Is Science have featured works inspired by classic video games, Doctor Who, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica and Dragon*Con.
The artist represented were:
- Kristina Ackerman
- Erin Armstrong
- Carla Santiago
- Rich Aviles
- Maria Teresa Garcia
- Mike Klapthor
- Jason Mallory
- Sam Mitchell
The Backstage beat will be there for the next Magic Is Science exhibit in the Spring.
Rain and Fire in Sedona
A rainy day in Sedona? What are we going to do. Everything we have planned is outdoors. I am pretty sure that is why people come to Sedona, for the beautiful OUTDOOR activities, like hiking, biking, Jeep tours, viewing the red rocks and photography.
What to do, what to do.
Oh, I know. I had the privilege of meeting some great artists that work in fire and glass! The perfect indoor activity when your outdoor plans are washed away!
The Melting Point in Sedona, conveniently located across the street for the Whole Foods (two birds with one stone, yeah!), is a group of artist focusing on creating and teaching others how to create as well.
When we entered the facilities, it was like entering a fine arts gallery. So many beautiful works of glass art. Jordan Ford is the general manager and one of the Artists. He came out of the workshop and told us the rules, then brought us into the fold.
We were about to become glass blowers!
Jordan had a love for the natural world from a very early age. He went on to study geology in college but that is when he discovered glass. He currently has Bachelor’s Degrees in both Earth Science/Geology and Visual Arts/Glassblowing.
Jordan says , “It’s the process of blowing glass that drives me. I find the physical act of making glass so overwhelmingly fascinating. I approach most of my work with a consideration for the more classical techniques – it’s the framework that I use as a jumping point for experimentation.”
Not only is Jordan incredibly talented, he is really personable and extremely funny. He made everyone in the room feel at ease and we all often irrupted in bouts of laughter.
Another artist that was helping us is Austin Littenberg. Austin became interested in the art of glass blowing at age 16 after watching a documentary. He spent over 12 years developing his craft and learning the technical precision needed to work at this level.
Austin views the many ways Art presents itself and is in tune with it all, and it shows.
Clearly these two artist love what they do, and I for one am grateful for their expertise and their willingness to show the world their art.
They worked with us to create a beautiful cactus, complete with three flowers, one for each kid, and a Sedona rock like base. We loved the patience they showed and the skill to make us feel at ease. We never felt like we were about to do something we just couldn’t. It felt like we had been doing this before. That is the measure of a true instructor.
Our work of art was complete and we left there feeling accomplished and quite honestly, amazing!
Both Austin and Jordan have remarkable skills but also wonderful comedic timing. They were a absolutely pleasure to meet and I look forward to keeping up with their art in the future.
If you find yourself in Sedona and want to meet some really wonderful people, stop by The Melting Point and say hello! While you’re there, blow some glass!
How could I forget one of them most important things; They have a studio dog! Austin brings his sweet baby girl to work with him and she is an angel! We loved her! Make sure you give her some love when you visit!
Join Us at the 9th Annual Atlanta Arts Festival This Weekend!
Rock & Roll Fine Art Show at Artegon Marketplace
Ron Campbell, Beatles Yellow Submarine Animator & Beatles TV Cartoon Director to Appear Live at the Show Creating Original BEATLES CARTOON PAINTINGS
The “1059 SUNNY FM Rock Art Show & Sale” Features Artwork Created By Rock Stars, Famous Rock Photographs, Album Artwork, Gold Records, Concert Posters, Animation Art & More…Plus a Special Rolling Stones Exhibit in honor of their upcoming concert. All Works Are Available To Purchase
1059 SUNNY FM is welcoming a one of a kind rare Rock & Roll fine art show to the Artegon Marketplace in Orlando, Friday, June 5th – Sunday, June 7th , 2015. The “1059 SUNNY FM Rock Art Show & Sale” is a unique collection of original art, lithographs, photographs, concert posters, gold records, album art and more from the greatest rock artists of all time, plus a live appearance from Beatles animator Ron Campbell. Campbell will be exhibiting his original Beatles cartoon art as well as painting new works at the show. The show is free and open to the public on Friday, June 5 th through Saturday, June 6th from 10am – 9pm and Sunday, June 7th from 11am – 6pm. All works are available to purchase.
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