August 11, 2011
WTVG-TV'S INTERVIEW WITH AMY GILMAN ABOUT PILL SPILL
WTVG-TV, 08/11/2011

WTVG-TV'S INTERVIEW WITH AMY GILMAN ABOUT PILL SPILL
WTVG-TV, 08/11/2011

Toledo Museum of Art, Glass Pavilion, Toledo, July 15th – September 30th, 2011, Pill Spill

Beverly Fishman’s “Pill Spill” at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Glass Pavilion is a floor installation of more than 120 unique glass capsules ranging from 6 to 15 inches. Sited in the glass enclosed cavities running along the front of the building and the side of the lobby, the installation was created to activate the unique architecture of the pavilion, which was designed by Tokyo-­based SANAA, Ltd. and opened in 2006.

For more than two decades, Fishman’s largely abstract work has explored our relationship to science and medicine in a variety of different media. Mixing optical patterns with vibrant colors and representational elements taken from pharmaceuticals and scientific imaging systems, her paintings, sculptures, and works on paper raise questions about the relationship between technology, our bodies, and our minds.

“Pill Spill” treats the Glass Pavilion as a “body” by releasing capsules into the curved glass hollows between its walls, which the installation transforms into an architectural circulatory system. The capsule is used as an abstract module through which constantly changing color and pattern combinations are created. By their position on the floor, these fragile objects also contest the preciousness of their materials; and their strewn and accumulated configurations help blur the boundaries between interior and exterior spaces.

This new body of work was created as part of the Toledo Museum’s Guest Artist Pavilion Project (GAPP). Fishman was selected as the 2010 artist in residence and worked collaboratively with the Glass Pavilion's Staff of artists to execute her vision for the pills and their installation.

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January 17, 2017
Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts
J. Willard Marriott Library
The University of Utah, 01/17/2017

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will host the art exhibition Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts, Jan. 20-March 3.

Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five continents. Five faculty members from the U’s Department of Art and Art History are members of the collective, Sandy Brunvand, Beth Krensky, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Snapp and Xi Zhang.

Globalocation derives from “Globalocational Art” — a concept used by the Artnauts to refer to their exhibitions in international venues. It is the mission of the Artnauts to take art to places of contention, and this anniversary exhibition is a sample of places where they have been and themes they have addressed.

“The Artnauts could not exist without the commitment of the artists in the collective to a common vision of the transformative power of art,” said Rivera. “The Artnauts make their contribution with art that hopefully generates a dialogue with an international community on subjects that are sometimes difficult to raise.”

Krensky, associate department chair of the Art and Art History Department, had the opportunity to travel with Rivera in Chile as part of an Artnauts project, working with mothers who were searching for their children who had mysteriously disappeared during a time of political unrest.

“When I travelled to Chile in 1998, George and I spent an afternoon with the Mothers of the Disappeared, and the meeting changed my life,” said Krensky. “It was from that moment on that I placed a picture of them on my desk to look at every day. I was so moved by what they each had lost — a son, a brother, a father — and yet what remained for them was a deep, deep well of love. They were fierce warriors and stood up to the government to demand the whereabouts and information of the people who had disappeared, but they lived within profound love.”

The 20th anniversary exhibition at the Marriott Library is a retrospective of the traveling works the Artnauts have toured around the globe. The exhibition will be located on level three of the library. The opening reception is open to the public and will be held on Friday, Jan 20, 4-6 p.m. Rivera will speak at 4 p.m.

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