2012: END OF TIME
December 2012 marks the conclusion of a b’ak’tun; a time period in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar which was used in Central America prior to the arrival of Europeans. The creation accounts of the Maya refer to cycles of creation or world ages. The previous world ages ended after 13 b’ak’tuns, or roughly 5,125 years. According to the Maya Long Count calendar, the fourth world, our world, will have reached the end of its thirteenth b’ak’tun on December 21, 2012.
The end of the fourth world age in 2012 might be accompanied by cataclysmic and transformative events. Will we witness doomsday scenarios in the form of natural disasters triggered by magnetic polar shifts? Astronomical alignments for 2012 place earth in the same plane as the dark center of the galaxy and the black hole that lurks there. Will that change in alignment create a shift in the energy of the cosmos that causes the black hole to begin to feed again? Does the transit of Venus, a rare astrological event, along with a total eclipse of the sun occurring on the last holy day of the Mayan long count calendar, portend the end of the world or the beginning of a new age?
Can there be creation without destruction? Creation and destruction cycles appear in many civilizations in the form of myths and religions spanning the ages in all parts of the world. The end of planet earth as we know it might be triggered by a solar maximum, a collision with another planet, or the arrival of aliens. Perhaps even more fantastic is the notion that the fourth world age might be transformed into the fifth by means of a complete spiritual transformation of the world’s societies and the peaceable dawning of a new age.
As mortals we all face the inevitable end of ourselves in the world. As artists we have the power to create our own visions of what may lie ahead both for the world and ourselves.
September 23 - October 11, 2013
Martha Gault Gallery
102 Maltby Center
Slippery Rock University
Slippery Rock, PA
Astronomers have hypothesized that dark matter, which neither emits nor absorbs light, accounts for most of the total mass in the universe. Together with dark energy, the universe is 95% black.
Printmakers are asked to explore black in all its shades, forms and meanings. The concept is open and the subject is up to you as long as the theme of black is included in the work.
Barbara Westman is an Assistant Professor of Printmaking and Fiber Art at Slippery Rock University. She received a dual MFA in printmaking and fiber art from the Academy of Fine Arts, Poznań, Poland and a BA in Graphic Design from the School of Applied Arts, Poznań, Poland.
New Work 2012
November 9 – December 7, 2012
Fein Art Gallery
519 East Ohio Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM; Saturday by appointment.
This exhibition will highlight the new work of Pittsburgh Print Group members, as well as printmakers throughout the region, providing an opportunity for artists to exhibit work that expresses their own concepts and ideas through printmaking.
Patricia Bellan-Gillen, Dorothy L. Stubnitz Professor of Art, Carnegie-Mellon University
2012: END OF TIME
December 2012 marks the conclusion of a b’ak’tun; a time period in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar which was used in Central America prior to the arrival of Europeans. The creation accounts of the Maya refer to cycles of creation or world ages. The previous world ages ended after 13 b’ak’tuns, or roughly 5,125 years. According to the Maya Long Count calendar, the fourth world, our world, will have reached the end of its thirteenth b’ak’tun on December 21, 2012. [read more...]
Call for Artists: “Printmaking 2015”
August 21 – November 1, 2015
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts 6300 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232
This exhibition is open to all printmakers in the Pittsburgh region.
A printmaking process – relief, intaglio, silkscreen lithography, monotype – must be central to the execution of all entries. Photographs, offset reproductions, or reproductions of artwork originally produced in another medium will not be considered; however, photographs and other digital images may be used as part of the final image but may not stand-alone.
Work must be original and new, created within the past three years, and not exhibited previously at the PCA or within a 150-mile radius of Pittsburgh.
JUROR, KIM BECK
Kim Beck is an Associate Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University. She received her MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design and her BA from Brandeis University. Using images of architecture and landscape, Kim Beck makes drawings, paintings, prints, photographs, books, cutout sculptures and installations that survey peripheral and suburban spaces.
Most recently, her work was part of the 2014 Pittsburgh Biennial at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Her work has been shown widely including on the High Line in New York City, at the Walker Art Center, Carnegie Museum of Art, Smack Mellon, Socrates Sculpture Park, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, and the Warhol Museum. She was recently commissioned to create a new installation at the Indianapolis Museum of Art 100 Acres Park.