Friday, March 15, 2013

This Verdant Weekend, Mar. 15th-17th

Bleu Acier Presents:
Dominique Labauvie
Off the Ground: Two Decades of Table Sculptures
Vernissage: Saturday March 16, 2013, 7- 9 PM
Exhibition: March 16- April 7, 2013

Scale holds an immense place within a sculptors practice and their relationship to material, surface and space. In the history of sculpture, the artist always worked with and within an intimate relationship to the ground. The sculpture as statue created a complete codependency esthetic between the image, the ground it stood upon and its direct environment. The statue was to be viewed in the round, a gift to the viewer to be able to look from all angles. This was a defined rule given to sculpture as statue. The only exception to the rule was the relief and bas-relief.

One of the first contemporary sculptors to take sculpture off the ground was Sir Anthony Caro. His table sculpture was made in direct response to this obsession of always placing pieces on the floor. Caro included the table's edge within the design of his sculptures in order to imply that the pieces were made for this particular space and not to stand on the floor or to be considered as a preliminary model for larger floor pieces. This is really one of the major issues in contemporary sculpture. How to define a small or medium sized work as a completed idea within a thought process and not for it to be considered as a preliminary idea for a larger piece?  Is it possible to consider the work as a complete work and still be able to imagine that if the occasion arises, the possibility to make it bigger?

Dominique Labauvie works in this register.  He works his images within an innate feeling of scale. He works on the cement floor of his studio, drawing with pieces of steel, slowly building the form with line. He uses chalk to mark the memory of the sculpture's development as he re-forges and re-cuts the pieces of steel.  Labauvie loves life size, his size and bigger but not everything works at that scale. Since his process is a give and take: continually adding and subtracting until the image rises off the ground into space, the piece's size and scale are a direct result of the complicity between artist and process. The monumentality of several of the smaller works can lead the viewer into thinking that they could be projects for larger pieces. Others seem to be completely serene and complete in their table environment.  Dominique Labauvie's specificity is that his sculpture is often defined by its formal frontality, something it shares with drawing in defying the third dimension.

Living in Tampa, FL, since 1998, Dominique Labauvie was born in Strasbourg, France. He studied literature, philosophy and art history at the University of Strasbourg before deciding to become a sculptor. In 1987, Labauvie entered the prestigious Gallery Maeght with which he had eight acclaimed solo exhibitions and published several catalogues. His work is part of numerous public and private collections, among which the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL; The Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL; The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL; Runnymede Sculpture Park, Woodside, CA; the Museum of Decorative Arts, Paris, France; The National Collection of Contemporary Art, Paris, France; The Public Collection of Contemporary Art of the City of Paris France; the Foundation Maeght, St. Paul, France. Dominique Labauvie has been commissioned to create more than a dozen monumental sculptures for both private collectors and public art projects in France and in the US.

Bleu Acier is a Fine Art Print Publisher with an atelier that functions as a collaborative and contract studio owned and operated by Erika Greenberg-Schneider, and the show room exhibits works in all disciplines with a concentration in works on paper and prints by mid-career and established artists from the US and Europe, with an emphasis on Contemporary French Artists. Bleu Acier continues its commitment to bring International and National mid-career and established artists to Tampa.
Gallery Hours during exhibition:
Saturdays: March 23, March 30, 1-5 PM
Sundays: March 17, March 31, April 7 from 2-5
and by appointment.
For more information or images please contact
Erika Schneider 813. 215. 0622 or
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Docent Tour at FMoPA 

 Sundays at 2:00pm
Join FMoPA docents for an insightful & educational
tour of the exhibition:

A Couple of Ways
of Doing Something:
Photography by Chuck Close
Poetry by Bob Holman 
 FMoPA Book Club Meeting
Saturday, March 16th at 11am
Meet at Sono Cafe
Instant: The Story of Polaroid 
 Photography Event in Tampa
at the Straz!

Birds of Paradise
Presented by Tim Laman
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 7pm


Florida Museum of Photographic Arts

400 N. Ashley Drive, Cube 200
Tampa, Florida 33602




Cube at Rivergate, 2012 © Chip Weiner

by William K. Zewadski, Esq.
& Robert "Pancho" Sanchez
Friday, May 17, 2013 - 7pm
Members FREE, Not-Yet Members $10 
A Couple of Ways of Doing Something Poetry Reading/Book Signing
by Bob Holman
Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 7pm
Members FREE, Not-Yet Members $10

 Upcoming Workshops:
Photographic Art Appreciation
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 7pm  
Monday, April 1, 2013 - 7pm
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 7pm
Monday, April 15, 2013 - 7pm
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 7pm
Upcoming Safaris:
Downtown Bridge Light Safari
Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 7pm
Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 7pm
Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 9am
Kids Photography *NEW*:
Elements & Principals of Design in Photography
Saturday, April 13, 2013

Visual Rhythms of Lines & Patterns in Photography
Saturday, April 27, 2013

Looking Though the Lens:  How Pictures Tell a Story
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Identifying Elements of Art Through Photography: 
Color & Contrast
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Photo Camp for Kids:
(details & website links coming soon)
 3D Photographic Work of Art
June 17-21, 2013  11-15 year olds
June 24-28, 2013  7-10 year olds
Pin Hole Camera Fun!
July 15-19, 2013  11-15 year olds
July 22-26, 2013  7-10 year olds


Dodie O'Keefe: A Colorful Life @ Florida Craftsmen - Her life and art will be celebrated at a fiesta at Friday, March 15th, from 5:30-8:30 PM. Free. At 501 Central Ave.

A celebration of the life and work of artist Dodie O’Keefe, a painter, designer, illustrator, and stylist who worked in just about every media. Paintings, jewelry, and wonderfully embellished textiles will be featured.
This exhibition celebrates the life and work of Dodie O’Keefe. Dodie wasn’t simply an artist (there was nothing simple about her), she was a walking work of art. Her sense of style, color and design were evident in everything she did (and wore!). So many of her artist friends and acquaintances benefited from her generosity of spirit and ideas. Her critical eye was sharp and insightful and she wasn’t shy about voicing her opinions. If she liked you and/or your work, she was on the lookout for you– Thinking of other artists you would like, people you should know, opportunities you should know about.

Gulfport Art Walk - A low intensity event with more crafts than art in a beautiful setting, away from all the usual noises. It makes for an enchanted evening at 6 PM on Sat. march 16th. In Gulfport. Free. 329 Beach Blvd.

5th Annual Chalk Walk - 50 Chalk and plein-air artists in this 3-day sidewalk art (literally) extravaganza. Music, FOod Trucks, Blue Moon beer, Starts @ 5 PM Friday, Mar 15th, 10 AM Sat & Sun. Free admission. 1621 Snow Ave. Hyde Park, Tampa.

Sebastian Coolidge Unveils - His new mural Sat. Mar. 16th @ The NY Cafe, 6630 Central Ave. Free.

Jack Kerouac Night @ Flamingo Bar - This actual Kerouac hangout is having a fundraiser to help maintain JK's home in St. Pete. Music by Ronny Elliot, Terry Plummer and John Jenkins. Spoken word by the Brad Moorewood Poets. Free admission. Sat. March 16th, 7:30 PM. 1230 9th St. N. St. Pete. (these are great local events).

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