Monday, June 30, 2008
Each film needed to be completed in 48 hours flat and each storyline needed to include the following Elements:
Character: Walter or Wilma Western, Repair Person
Prop: an urn or container with a deceased's ashes
Line of Dialogue: "What's the password?"
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Julian Cooke and Catherine Zhou performed at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday for a special edition of Introductions broadcast live from Flashpoint Academy's studios in Downtown Chicago.
Julian is a senior vocalist at Jones College Prep and Catherine is a 13 year old pianist from Hyde Park. Catherine recently won the Sherwood Conservatory Scholarship Competition in May and performed some Prokofiev, Chopin, and other gems for the piano. Julian said that his love of opera music has only really developed this past year, which makes his remarkable talent as a vocalist all the more remarkable.
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Thursday, June 19, 2008
Sunday, June 08, 2008
June 21 – July 19, 2008
Nicola Von Senger Gallery is proud to present Terry Rodgers’ newest work, The Fluid Matrix of Bounded Latitudes (2008). Rodgers (b. 1947, Newark, NJ, USA) is a skilled draughtsman steeped in the tradition of figurative painting whose meticulously rendered works have caused quite a stir in recent years. His larger-than-life tableaus impart us with what at first glance appears to be an insightful view into affluent society - a scene exuding luxury, beauty and sex. But a closer look reveals the cracks in this illusory glamorous world and we’re confronted with the underlying tension and discontentment within the scene. In the artist’s words: “I’m trying to paint a picture of the fiction that our culture lives.”
The paintings play with our collective perceptions of success and happiness – half-naked models suggest a generic, provocative availability as do the photos in fashion magazines with which we’re confronted daily. Rodgers’ scenes are choreographed with such intensity that the overflow of stimuli has a nearly unmasking effect. Status symbols abound yet the painting still emanates a peculiar emptiness and yearning; the figures gaze obliquely in the distance, renouncing eye contact with the viewer and thus leaving no opportunity for communication. Rodgers does not attempt to pass judgment on his subjects, rather, through his precise observations and incisive recreations of the scene, he leads the viewer to come to his own conclusions. It is precisely this perceptible sensibility which the artist affords his models that lessens the cynical streak in his work.
While well-known personalities of the glamour world appear repeatedly in Rodgers’ fictitious VIP parties, Rodgers also finds many of his subjects on the street. Beginning with photography, then carefully orchestrating the images on the computer before painting, Rodgers brings figures from different milieu together in a single, complex scene. The dense compositions characteristic of his paintings amplify the feeling of a hyper-realistic universe populated by icons of our world. Rodgers’ compacted, intensive paintings formally allude to the Old Masters like Rubens or Tiepolo and take part in the long tradition of reflecting current social phenomena through art.
“This painting, with its flowing drapery, intertwined figures and complex rhythms, sets a very modern scene in a visual matrix that ties together physical, emotional, social and hints of the historical aspects of our world. In its very complexity and energy it suggests the fluidity and turbulence that characterizes both our lives and the movement of history.But the key to the painting is the conundrum of “Bounded Latitudes.” First, it refers to where this is all happening, latitude merely referring to a location. But then the other meaning of latitude is freedom, liberty, license. As always, we operate within innumerable boundaries. Our vision of freedom is a fiction. We are only, and can only, live freely within the constraints that we take in from our culture.” Terry Rodgers, April, 2008
Translation: Elaine Vogel Keller, May 2008
For further information and images please contact the gallery: email@example.com
Friday, June 06, 2008
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
FLASHPOINT ACADEMY HOSTS HUGE EVENT FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL LISA MADIGAN & FIRST SCREENING OF NEW FILM PRODUCED BY FLASHPOINT ABOUT LISA'S FIRST 10 YRS
HAT COMMENTS INTRODUCING LISA MADIGAN FILM
I want to welcome all of you to this exciting night for Lisa and for Flashpoint. We built Flashpoint to be the most visually exciting, creative and collaborative digital environment in the United States and, as you’ll see as you walk around later, we think, by virtue of a lot of hard work and attention to detail, and very little sleep, that we have succeeded beyond even our wildest imaginations. So we’re very proud to have all of you with us here tonight.
But what really struck me as we interviewed many of you sitting in this room and assembled the film that you are about to see for the first time tonight is that this same story is also Lisa’s story:
She’s creative in her approaches and imaginative in her problem-solving
She’s collaborative in everything she does – no one else I know gets along with virtually everyone – and I’ve never found a person to say a nasty word about her
She’s attentive to the largest and the smallest concerns of every constituency that she serves - of which there are many.
And, last but not least, she’s someone who is fun to be around, but also serious and supportive and THERE when you need her.
She has been a great colleague and there for us at every school and each time we’ve needed her assistance. I couldn’t be prouder to call her my friend as well.
So, for many of us, this film has been a labor of love and a chance to give back to Lisa a little bit of what she has so generously given to all of us over the last 10 years.
We hope you like it.
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