"Artworks are the virtual traces of a ceaseless process of becoming." -- Henri Focillon

"THESE HANDS" call for entries

"THESE HANDS" call for entries
Click photo to view details of newest CHRISTINE TARANTINO project.

FLUX-USA welcomes visitors from over 40 countries daily. Artists, curators, and other arts leaders who wish to contribute to this blog, please contact me. tarantinochristine@yahoo.com


September 2012

Christine A. Tarantino - Hjuler BROTKATZE collaborations on exhibit at FzKKe Gallery, Germany, Sept. 1 - 30, 2012. http://fluxusa.blogspot.com/2012/09/brotkatzen-exhibit-opens-sept-1.html

With the Blood of a Daylily - Poems & Drawings by the Homeless Poet by Christine A. Tarantino, published by Words of Light:

THESE HANDS PRAY FOR GERONIMO, a visual poem of American Indians, by Christine A. Tarantino, published by Words of Light:

Christine A. Tarantino's ECDYSIS, snake skin artist book exhibited with 99 other book artists in Italy, curated by Maddalena Castegnaro. http://fluxusa.blogspot.com/2012/09/mirabilibrimostra-internazionale-di.html

Christine A. Tarantino, Sign and Language Group Exhibit, Open Stal, The Netherlands.

Christine A. Tarantino series of 40,"Being Human" published by Redfoxpress, Assembling Box #20, Ireland.

RED LIPS - What is Your Version for Me? by Christine Tarantino is published by Words of Light now available in print or eBook formats. New version includes ALL 42 artists from 13 countries plus additional text and images by Christine Tarantino.

August internet art exhibit @ CHRISTINE TARANTINO COLLECTION features artist STEVE RANDOM. http://christinetarantinocollection.blogspot.com/2012/08/steve-random-usa.html

WORDS OF LIGHT BOOKS, Art Publications By Contemporary Artists, new blog offering various format books published by Christine A. Tarantino. www.wordsoflightbooks.blogspot.com

Christine A. Tarantino/Words of Light publishes THE SKY EMBRACES THE GREAT WORLD by Walter Festuccia. http://www.lulu.com/shop/walter-festuccia/the-sky-embraces-the-great-world/paperback/product-20294750.html

Christine Tarantino, "Instant Person 1 & 2", self-portraits with Polaroid Camera for POLAROID MADNESS, project of Franticham, Ireland. On-line exhibit and exhibition Kassel, Germany during the DOCUMENTA 2012.http://wordsoflightart.blogspot.com/2012/02/no-426-instant-person-1-2.html
Exhibition "INSTANT PEOPLE"250 polaroid self-portraits by 175 artists from 22 countries.11.– 23. Juli 2012 Zur Eröffnung der Ausstellung am Mittwoch, dem 11. Juli 2012 ab 19 Uhr möchten wir Sie und Ihre Freunde herzlich in denKasseler KunstvereinWerner-Hilpert-Straße 2334117 Kassel, einladen.

Christine A. TARANTINO, "Ecdysis" artist book exhibited at Villa Excelsa, Sannicola, Italia. Curator, Maddalena Castegnaro
Opening night: http://fluxusa.blogspot.com/2012/07/naturalia-animalia-artist-book-exhibit.html

July internet art exhibit @ Christine Tarantino Collection features Anna Banana, Darlene Altschul, & John Mountain.

"THESE HANDS" call for entries, newest project from Christine TARANTINO.

June internet art exhibit @ Christine Tarantino Collection features Antoni Miró.

"Fear No NewNew Art" artist book published by Redfoxpress, Assembling Box #19, Ireland.

"E-mail Between the Artist & Her Lover" artist book exhibited Villa Giulia, Italia. Curator Marisa Cortese.

"WHO AM I?" artist book exhibited Mostra Internazionale, Italia. Curator Virginia Milici.

"RED LIPS of Christine Tarantino", art booklet by Bruno Chiarlone published in Italy. http://fluxusa.blogspot.com/2012/05/red-lips-of-christine-tarantino-by.html

May internet art exhibit @ CHRISTINE TARANTINO COLLECTION features artist RYOSUKE COHEN.

Christine TARANTINO, "RED LIPS FOR DALAI LAMA" exhibition @ INviso, Padiglione TIBET, Associazione
Sal Viana frazione Saliana Pianello del Lario (CO)curated by Ruggero Maggi. http://fluxusa.blogspot.com/2012/04/inviso-padiglione-tibet-cura-di-ruggero.html

April internet art exhibit @ CHRISTINE TARANTINO COLLECTION features artists Daniel C. Boyer and Richard Canard. http://christinetarantinocollection.blogspot.com/2012/04/daniel-c-boyer-richard-canard.html

Christine Tarantino, "NEWNEW ART Mono-Prints" published in
"Franticham's Fluxus Assembling Box Nr 18", Redfoxpress, IRELAND.

DODODADIANI featured this month in internet art exhibit at
Christine Tarantino Collection. Dododadiani internet art exhibit.

RED LIPS Project: What is your version for me? Send to:
tarantinochristine@yahoo.com or RED LIPS, Box 121, Wendell, MA 01379 USA
"Sometimes I need red apple. Sometimes I need red
Nam June Paik
Your RED LIPS art modification will yield online documentation, mailed
documentation, and potential publication. Please include a mailing address with
your submission.

Christine Tarantino, "Better Together: Harmony; Radiance; Consciousness; Evolution",
International Mother Language Day Art Exhibit, Kathmandu, NEPAL, by invitation of Rafique Sulayman, Curator.

Christine Tarantino, "Flux-USA Gallery of Stars with Lucy Chew Intervention" http://wordsoflightart.blogspot.com/2011/12/no-403-flux-usa-galaxy.html
exhibited in Group Show: Fluxfest Chicago 2012 (Chicago, USA) FROM THE ARCHIVE Mailart and Fluxus from the archives of Fluxus/St. Louis. Opening reception Chicago Art Institute, Joan Flasch Library.

February online art exhibits from 'The Christine Tarantino Collection' features Belgian artists Guido Vermeulen and Gerson Wenglinski. http://christinetarantinocollection.blogspot.com/2012/01/guido-vermeulen-and-gerson-wenglinski.html

Christine Tarantino, "RED-BERRY Series" published in "Franticham's Fluxus Assembling Box Nr 17", Redfoxpress, IRELAND.
http://wordsoflightart.blogspot.com/2011/05/no-377-red-berry-stained-series.html http://www.redfoxpress.com/ass.box17.html

FAX Exhibit, The DeVos Art Museum, Michigan, USA, curated by Ribas; organized by The Drawing Center and ICI, NYC. TARANTINO "I of the EYE-FAX", asemic writing series: http://wordsoflightart.blogspot.com/2012/01/no-416-i-of-eye-fax.html

Wooden Postcard Exhibit, Stehekin Post Office, Stehekin, Washington, USA. Work by Christine Tarantino: http://christinetarantino.blogspot.com/2012/01/outgoing-wooden-postcards-mail-art.html

Christine Tarantino, "PhotoBooth" work published in new book, "Photobooth Performances" by Ginny Lloyd.

Christine Tarantino, Mail Art and Video Performance at Galleriea Terre Rare, Bologna, Italy, January 28 - February 8, 2012. Project of Maurizio Follin, Italia. http://fluxusa.blogspot.com/2012/01/no-commercial-potential-phaze-ii-show.html

Christine Tarantino, RED LIPS for Dalai Lama, collage exhibited at Venice Biennial Tibet Pavilion – Palazzo delle Esposizioni Sala Nervi - Torino, project of Ruggero Maggi, Milan, Italy.

Christine Tarantino exhibited at Foundation IK New Year Celebration Exhibit "I WISH", The Netherlands, by invitation of Ko de Jonge.

The Christine Tarantino Collection, newest Christine Tarantino art blog started on January 1, 2012. Showcasing selected works from my 20 year collection of works on paper from artists around the globe.

Christine Tarantino-Hjuler BROTKATZE Collaboration exhibited at GALERIE "Offenes Atelier D.U. Design", Austria, Barbara Rapp, Curator.



Following a successful figurative period during which Costas Evangelatos presented significant expositions of his work and figurative happenings in, Athens and Paris, followed by a series of international participations in the cities of Europe, publications of art and lectures on aesthetic issues, he will expose his work in his native island Kefalonia, Gr.
This year, due to the anniversary of the twelve year summer running of the Contemporary art space of Villa “RODOPI” in Argostoli, Kefalonia, the following expositions will take place: “12 years of contemporary Gallery”with a choice of figurative works of the past years which will be open to the friends of art from 2th August until 15th September 2012, while the inauguration of the exposition entitled“ Full Moon Art works” will take place on 31th August during the full moon night.
The customary figurative reception with art performances and actions will follow at the villa’s garden.
by Carolina de Bie
Who am I to contradict a painter that started his life as an artist under the influence of the "strong and clear light" of his native island – Kefaloniá. This light inspired him to make his first drawings and paintings of the nature of Kefalonia and of the ruined houses that were left behind after the big earthquake of 1953 that destroyed the whole island. Evangelatos was born in 1957 and his childhood amongst the ruins had a great impact on him. Seeing the early but impressive works of the 1970s, you can already see his tendency towards the romantic - a bond that would never leave him. Being trained as an art historian myself, I immediately think of this great example of the romantic 'Sturm und Drang' - the painter Caspar David Friedrich - when I see the cathedral-like pine-trees behind a ruin or a firm cross out of thistle between the bushes on the slopes of the mountain Aenos.
But Evangelatos moved on. He moved to Athens and later to New York where he took classes in art history and painting. His style travelled towards the pure geometrical and conceptual; he organised performances, which had to do with "images being filtered through my mind". Also his Body-graphics appeared, anatomical studies that remained – alongside his many outstanding portraits – an important subject in of his work. Evangelatos himself travelled the US and Europe, having exhibitions in many countries, amongst which Italy and France (seven solo expos in Paris).
In 2000, after his parents had died Evangelatos decided to "join again with his island, to organise culture events in summertime". Sensing his Kefalonia again, Evangelatos' inspiration was directed once more towards the romanticism and studies of nature. But the sun, sea and horizon function merely as basic materials for the artist to catch the specific light i.e. the atmosphere of Kefalonia. In these paintings, named Nefelographics/ Nebulagraphics (cloud-descriptions), where many see a clear reminiscence of the English 19th century impressionist Turner, the bright colours of the island appear in sfumato. The 4 elements (water, air, earth and fire) are combined with memories of the past. These memories seem to appear to Evangelatos as women's faces, real ones and from his imagination, with some of their shapes reflecting architectural forms.
Kefalonia has a lot of hidden beaches and lonely places unknown by the common tourist, although sometimes very close to tourist resorts. Those 'spaces' are to Evangelatos a great source of energy, to concentrate and meditate and to cultivate his ideas. They make his mind "travel into the world of art and history". Walking around the island, the artist collects stones and driftwood from the beaches and also uses them as a basic material. With the stones he creates 'mythical necklaces' that will surround the bearer with the great myths of the ancient Ionians. Those of the Mycenean king Odysseus or from the 4 kingdoms that divided Kefalonia in ancient times. On the pieces of driftwood Evangelatos writes and paints with ink, shapes and forms that come from his (subconscious) memories combined with the intrinsic history of the wood. With the wood leading his hand, the painting becomes 'automatic', freeing his imagination. "In a surrealistic way, I try to represent their history, to make it reappear. First I am attracted to the wood by my eye, then the wood will lead my hand because of its lines, they lead me to make its very own image." Here he sounds like Michelangelo, who believed every piece of marble kept its own and only very specific sculpture inside and Michelangelo only had to free it. In more senses Evangelatos feels close to the Renaissance – the earlier mentioned Body-graphics touch the idea of Humanism where each human / body is it's own little universe within the whole.
For 3 months every year Evangelatos resides in his childhood-house in Argostoli, the Villa Rodopi. This strangely rural house in the midst of all the city buildings, holding a big but secret garden with the only grapevine of Argostoli, has become a popular meeting-place for culture-minded tourists and visiting friends.
Anyone who wants to visit Kefalonia, please feel welcome to visit Villa Rodopi in Argostoli. You will meet Costas Evangelatos as your host, to his art and to his island, and he will let you in into the secrets of its power, its 'spaces' of energy.
Address: Villa Rodopi, 7 Mesolora and Byron avenue, Argostoli, Kefalonia,GR
tel. 0030 26710-28501
Open: Wednesday – Saturday, 8 pm – 10 pm.

(Courtesy of Costas Evangelatos)

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