Hollywood & Wine Experience
A treasured subject for the artist, LUDVIC has passionately painted and sketched portraits of Marilyn Monroe.
LUDVIC: The Marilyn Paintings
Portraits of the Goddess
A treasured subject for the artist, LUDVIC has passionately and innovatively painted and sketched portraits of Marilyn Monroe since the 1980's. These revealing studies of the legendary goddess, suggest an innocence transformed to legendary status.
In this exhibit you will see the versatility of techniques employed by the artist to encapsulate his impressions of Marilyn. From monumental large-scale oil paintings to more intimate works on paper using watercolor and gouache, the artist encapsulates all that is Marilyn -- from her vulnerable innocence to her powerful prowess as movie legend.
Through these labors of a lifetime, LUDVIC expands the conventions of portraiture. As the artist says, he "paints people from the inside out," remaining unconcerned with a subject's superficial details. It is their soul and spirit that he is most interested in, using color and texture to arrive at the result. His paintings offer a reflection of the fragility of Marilyn's soul and the strength of her spirit. LUDVIC's work on the subject of Marilyn is unequaled, painting the same subject in widely divergent styles.
Ludvic's Marilyn paintings have been exhibited adjacent to the Kodak Theater for three Academy Awards, and were featured in the 2010 Marilyn Remembered exhibit at The Hollywood Museum, Hollywood, CA
Ludvic's paintings will also be on view at the 2012 Marilyn Remembered exhibit at The Hollywood Museum, Hollywood, CA in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Marilyn Monroe's death.
Wine Barrel Artists-in-Residence
A Collaboration with ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
This Summer's Wine Barrel Artist-in-Residence program is dedicated to celebrating the work of artists from ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. The program's goal is to present art and artists in a way that engages and enriches the public while revealing the creative process through an open studio and exhibit of their work each weekend. Each artist will be in the lobby painting a wine barrel with their interpretation of the "Hollywood & Wine" theme. The finished wine barrels will be on display all summer and auctioned off at the end of summer benefitting ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. The featured artists are:
Friday, May 25 – Sun, May 27
"How can I capture the way we experience manmade space, specifically while driving? Trying to answer this question, I consider dualities such as speed and stillness, the eternal and the temporary, use and abandonment.
My work is driven by geometric forms that create planes and walls of negative shapes, swooping lines that bend and point, creating caverns deep into pictorial space.
I seek to fragment each the landscape, evoking a visual construction of roads, structures, and pathways. To capture a feeling of movement and velocity, a place where the silhouettes of bridges, overpasses and buildings inspire abstract imagery."
— Rossitza Todorova
Rossitza Todorova is an internationally exhibited artist. Her artwork is in the permanent collections of at the University of Arizona Art Museum in Tucson, Arizona; Nevada Museum of Art in Reno Nevada; the Painting and Sculpture Museum in Istanbul, Turkey as well as numerous private collections.
Todorova received her Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2005 and is currently a Master of Fine Arts Candidate in Painting and Drawing at the Herberger Institute for Design at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, where she teaches Beginning Drawing and 2-D Design.
Friday, June 1 – Sun, June 3
"The majority of my research is observed or recorded from life and usually depicts a person or people. As human beings we contemplate and interact almost everyday. Moments in time and relationships can often define who we think we are.
So why not just take photographs?
Painting and Drawing are two outlets of expression that I can speak directly for. The finest brushstrokes, luscious gestural marks, layers of transparent glaze that create depth, it's everything for me.
Life can be short and difficult. Thus, I rely on the complexities of irony, propaganda and optical illusion to capture the moments of enlightenment."
— Ben Willis
Ben Willis is currently a Masters of Fine Arts Candidate in Drawing and Painting at Arizona State University where he teaches Drawing and Color Theory.
Julia Rosa Jones
Friday, June 8 – Sun, June 10
"My art begins with my family. As I interact with my family I observe the relationships and personalities that seem to define those that are closest to me. When beginning a piece of art I allow the painting or drawing to grow and shift beyond the limits of reality and perspective to emphasize the emotion of the artwork.
Through the human form I am able to capture personal or observed experiences and interactions of daily life. I am interested in portraying the interaction my figures have within my paintings as well as the interaction my paintings have with the viewer. By painting my siblings, I explore the idea of individuality within relationships. This is especially significant to me as I am one of ten children in a very close-knit family. Constant comparisons by others and myself among my similarly looking and talented seven brothers and two sisters cause me to question our individualism. By recalling past memories and observing present interactions within my family, I have created a body of work that utilizes imagery, narratives, and personalities of my family."
— Julia Rosa Jones
Julia Rosa Jones is currently a Masters of Fine Arts Candidate in Drawing and Painting at Arizona State University where she teaches Drawing.
Sarah Q. Rowland
Friday, June 15 – Sun, June 17
Sarah Q. Rowland is primarily interested in the home as the center of family life: the stage for life's milestones and mundane routines. In both mixed media paintings, drawings and installations, she uses the walls and objects of the home as a site for the accumulation of memory and history. This accumulation includes layering the illusion of interior space, repeating patterns and textures, and creation of positive and negative space. These rooms are sparse yet familiar. This ambiguity reflects the way we bring our own memories of home to where and how we currently live. Ultimately, the home stands as a living history of both presence and absence.
Born in Southern California, Sarah Rowland's early experiences working with textiles, layering pattern, and fabric inform her image construction. She holds a BA in Art and Art History from Stanford, an MA in Teaching from Chapman University and is currently completing an MFA in Painting from ASU. Rowland works primarily in encaustic and has exhibited work throughout the US, including California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Texas and Arizona.
Friday, June 22 – Sun, June 24
Jacob's work focuses on altered perceptions of place, culture, and identity built on the assimilation and homogenization of indigenous peoples. His work reexamines varied documentations of Native Americans through printing processes that hold on to stereotypical ideas and how they have affected the culture of the native people. Using bookforms and prints as a symbol of western knowledge and the linear mind, Jacob deploys them as a vehicle to challenge new perceptions of Native Americans.
Jacob Meders is a member of the Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria, California. He presently lives in Phoenix, Arizona. He graduated in 2007 with his BFA in painting and a minor in printmaking at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia and in 2011 received his MFA in printmaking at Arizona State University.
Meders has exhibited his work in Agents of Change An Exhibition of Artist' Books with a Social Conscience in Gallery 31 at the Corcoran, Washington DC, Something Old, Something New: Nothing Borrowed Recent Acquisitions from the Heard Museum Collection, at The Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ, Illustrious at The Heard North Scottsdale Museum in Scottsdale, AZ and Transcending Traditions at Mesa Contemporary Arts in Mesa, AZ. His work is collected by major universities and other institutions in the Untied States and internationally. The Berlin Gallery at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ currently represents him.
Friday, June 29 – Sun, July 1
"My love of animals, and the kinship I feel to them, has always been a large part of what makes me, me. I have always felt a connection with animals that is hard to describe, yet for me, powerful and authentic. I feel that same kind of passion for my art so connecting my love of animals and my passion for art was a natural progression. When I paint animals, the humanity they represent for me is essential. I believe humans and animals are not separate but instead follow interweaving paths. Throughout history animals and humans have had a complex yet powerful relationship and in my most recent work, I have been focusing on exploring every aspect of that relationship. What is domestic, what is wild, what makes human, and does gender play any important roles? These are just a few questions I hope to investigate within my work."
— Ally Glowacki
Ally Glowacki was born in the town of Olney, Maryland. She receiving her Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting and Drawing from Salisbury University and is currently pursuing her Masters in Fine Art at Arizona State University where she teaches Drawing.
Ehren Fritz Gerhard
Friday, July 6 — Sun, July 8
Landscape painting feeds my desire for an enriched sense of place and pride in my ecological surroundings. I find that awareness is an ever more valuable tool in focusing on the intensity and spirit of natural ecosystems.
Ehren Fritz Gerhard was born in Indiana, Pennsylvania, received his Bachelor of Art from Florida Gulf Coast University, and is pursuing a Masters in Painting and Drawing at Arizona State University with a Teaching Assistantship in 2-Dimensional Design.
Friday, July 13 – Sun, July 15
Zetterberg's paintings address the complexities and mysteries of the mind and our relationship to the natural world through metaphor and symbol. Zac Zetterberg further describes, "My investigations aim to understand the human fascination with what is too small to see and what is too big to comprehend. In my paintings and drawings I utilize technical skill, perceptual multistability, instinctive subjectivity, and imagination to create something unfamiliar that straddles the periphery of rational thought. It is my intent to present the viewer with questions about the foundational, formative, and transformative forces that give form and movement to the universe and the infinite potential of our phenomenal consciousness."
An Illinois native, Zac Zetterberg received his Bachelor of Fine Art from, Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois, and Masters of Fine Art from Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. His work has been exhibited widely throughout Arizona, including solo exhibitions at the Harry Wood Gallery in Tempe, and the Eye Lounge Gallery in Phoenix, Arizona. Zetterberg's work is greatly influenced by his travel to India, where he researched Indian miniature painting and classical sitar music. Zetterberg currently teaches at Arizona State University.
Friday, July 20 – Sunday, July 22
Ed Kennefick received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Northern Arizona University 1988. In 1995 he received a developmental grant from the Arizona Commission of the Arts as well as a tuition grant to study with Fritz Scholder in New Mexico at the Santa Fe Institute of Art. Ed's work has been on exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum, M.A.R.S. Artspace, Modified, Monorchid Studio, the Ice House, and the Tempe Center for the Arts. His work was also featured in American Art Collector Magazine.
He is currently pursuing a Masters of Fine Art Degree in painting at Arizona State University and resides in mid-town Phoenix with his daughter and two cats.
My current work focuses on intimate familial connections and explores ideas about family, loss, and mortality.
Friday, July 27 – Sun, July 29
"My work is an investigation of the significance of both the tangible and intangible moments of everyday life. Where the tangible refers to a presence in a physical environment and the intangible refers to the subjectivity associated with thought. In my most current work I am using the relationship of light and dark to create the distinction between and the tangible and intangible. Where the lit forms are representative of the physical space and the blackness a representation of the mental space. The light and dark together form a co-dependent and co-significant relationship that allow the paintings to function pictorially, as does the presence of tangible and intangible aspects of everyday life. My work and process involves moving through spaces that are familiar to me or that I interact with on a daily basis – whether it is a commute from one point to another or simply walking through my neighborhood."
— Jake Fischer
Jake Fischer was born in Phoenix, Arizona and is currently an MFA candidate in the Arizona State University Drawing and Painting program. His work is primarily two-dimensional and he uses traditional mediums including charcoal and oil. Jake has shown his work throughout the state of Arizona and including exhibitions in Flagstaff.
Elysia Holland Michaelsen
Friday, Aug 3 – Sun, Aug 5
"Having been raised in a highly structured environment, I am fascinated by the decay process and its ability to overhaul the structural integrity of a once orderly place. These disrupted systems are left in a state of transition; parts of the previous whole acting and reacting with each other; creating organic rhythms with heavy, rigid geometric shapes. My systematic upbringing lends itself to the abstraction of these chaotic environments. I assume the role of a surveyor of the space, providing navigational tools, barriers, and concealing and revealing layers of information; improvising a new order in these fractured establishments, generating new relationships and hybrid narratives."
— Elysia Holland Michaelsen
Elysia Holland Michaelsen is a visual artist and educator. Upon receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Plymouth State University Elysia began working for Minnetonka Center for the Arts in Minnesota. She worked both on an administrative level and in the classroom, designing and teaching visual arts classes and workshops for all ages. Elysia has also been an Artist in Residence for eleven community organizations; completing large scale artworks and providing art instruction to underserved populations. She is currently a Masters of Fine Arts Candidate in Drawing and Painting at Arizona State University where she teaches Color Theory.
melissa m button
Friday, Aug 10 – Sun, Aug 12
"Born in 1971, I am a native of Arizona. I received my B.S. in Architecture at Arizona State University in 1994. I returned to ASU in 1998 to pursue an M.F.A. in Painting, where I completed my studies in the spring of 2001. Currently, I am teaching painting and drawing classes as a Faculty Associate in the Herberger Institute of Design and Arts at ASU.
It was through my studies in architecture that I began to explore the delicate balance between the natural world and the way in which life imposes its structure upon it. In many ways my work still encompasses these same ideas. I seek to capture a moment where order/structure and chaos/nature merge with one another revealing an undefined beauty and balance that supersedes the individual and is a part of all things.
The evolution of my work in recent years has also been greatly influenced by my study and travels in China. Spending many months/years immersing myself in the written language, the landscape, and the traditions of their culture. The delicate structures of paper-cutttings, the intricate complexity of wood-carvings and the beautifully layered Chinese ink paintings are but a few of the arts that have visually fascinated me and begun to influence the direction of my own work"
— melissa m button
Friday, Aug 17 – Sun, Aug 19
Cameron Luft is an MFA candidate at Arizona State University. Having worked in the garbage and recycling industry for 10 years prior to beginning graduate school, he intuitively began assembling discarded objects and recyclables onto wooden panels. To create a smooth and polished surface he finishes the work with a slick coat of resin in the West Coast finish fetish tradition.
Luft was most recently a featured artist at the Arizona Biennial 2011 at the Tucson Museum of Art. He has exhibited at Aqua Art Miami during Art Basel week in Miami Beach, FL., and the Affordable Art Fairs in both Los Angeles and New York. He is also an upcoming featured artist in the New American Paintings MFA annual #99 that goes on sale at Barnes and Noble and Borders bookstores. Luft is also a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society.
Friday, Aug 24 – Sun, Aug 26
"The work is about the collision of the real and the imaginary, contemporary people in other worldly environments, using classical portraiture and combining it with my own inventions of a landscape. It is a window to another world and strangely not out of this world. I work with the past, the present and add some spice of retro-futurism, all of it done in the manner of picture making traditionally of European oil painting."
— Dean Reynolds
Dean Reynolds was born in Torrance, California. Prior to moving to Kentucky to attend Northern Kentucky University (NKU) to pursue an undergraduate degree in painting, he worked in local Los Angeles theaters as an actor and technical assistant as well as worked in a French bistro in Santa Monica, CA. He received a BFA in painting at Northern Kentucky University in 2011. While at NKU, he's been the recipient of several Department of Visual Art scholarships and is also in the private collection of well known and respected Cincinnati arts advocate and collector Saad Ghosn. He moved in 2011 to Arizona to attend Arizona State University. There he is a MFA candidate for painting at ASU and has completed his first year. He has been the recipient of the Special Talent Award in 2011 by the ASU Department of Art.
Friday, Aug 31 – Sept 2
"As an artist, I believe the work I create should speak for itself. That stated, I am interested in working with different materials that allow a certain amount of control on my part and degree of chance on the material's part. My goal when I sit down to create a piece is to allow inspiration to flow freely from me. I try to stay true to the creative vision. I lay down a medium, respond and react, and act accordingly. I utilize layering of materials in different ways to show a passage of time and a visualization of process. Thus, the main focuses of my work deals with the actual creative process and the materials I chose."
— Dan Lam
Dan Lam was born in the Philippines, but spent the majority of her life in Texas. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art degree from the University of North Texas and is currently pursuing her Master of Fine Arts degree at the Arizona State University.