Thursday, August 30, 2012


"Art is Business"

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Revitalizing the Soul and the Neighborhood through Art

"Art is Business" repost for Theaster Gates Art Place, written by Tim Halbur

"..The project is part of a larger intervention in the community by visual artist and urban planner Theaster Gates, whose art has been included in the Whitney Biennial, the New York Armory Show, and the Inax Ceramic Museum of Japan. In addition to his arts pedigree, Gates has a master’s degree in urban planning and a passion for revitalizing neighborhoods like Grand Crossing."

Built in 1888, this once-vacant house
on the South Side of Chicago
has been renovated inside and out
to serve as the Library and Archive
House, holding a collection of art and
architectural books.
Credit: Propellerfund

Two-story building on South
Dorchester Street is being renovated
to serve as the Black Cinema House.
All rights reserved Rebuild Foundation

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Anknuepfungspunkle "Connecting Points" After Conversation

"Art is Business"

Thursday, August 23, 2012


"Art is Business" by Marianna Buchwald


Eine Künstlergruppe aus Chicago kommt dieses Wochenende nach Syke. Es ist schon lange geplant in Syke neue Werke entstehen zu lassen, - in gewissem Sinne ein Symposion.

Kurzfristig hat sich ergeben, daß diese Künstlerbegegnung auf der Hofstelle von Elsa Töbelmann und Henning Greve in Schnepke stattfinden soll.

Die Initiative kommt von Marianna Buchwald, die in Syke durch die Aufführung des Scharniertheaters schon bekannt ist. Sie hatte letztes Jahr und dieses Jahr die Regie bei den Aufführungen im Kreismuseum geleitet.

Renee Baker "Letting Go" 2012 Self Directed Residence

Dieses mal geht es bei ihrer Initiative um den Austausch von amerikanischen und deutschen Künstlern, die sich zum Abschluss in Berlin treffen werden.

Bei dem Schnepker Künstlertreffen wird Marianna Buchwald malen, genauso wie Alpha Bruton, die expressiv, mit kräftigen Farben arbeitet. Alan Emerson Hicks ist bekannt für seine durchlässigen Gebilde, fein modellierte Objekte, die alle aus Plastikabfällen entstehen. Als Vierte der Gruppe aus Chicago ist die Violinistin Reneé Baker mitgekommen. Sie ist nicht nur Musikerin und Komponistin, sondern auch Schriftstellerin und Malerin.

Weitere Informationen sind unter folgender der Webadresse zu finden:

Marianna Buchwald, and Henning Greve our host in Skye
Aus diesem Anlass sind Besucher herzlich eingeladen, am Sonntag den 19. August, von 15:00 bis 18:00 Uhr, den Künstlern bei der Arbeit zuzusehen und sich mit ihnen zu unterhalten. Außerdem besteht dabei die Möglichkeit sich den großen Ausstellungsgarten von Elsa Töbelmann und Henning Greve, mit den Wind - und Bewegungsobjekten an der Schnepker Str. 9  (Syke - Schnepke) anzusehen und durch das Gelände zu spazieren.

Alpha Bruton, in Hannover Germany, "VSN" 2012

Mehr über Alpha Bruton findet sich unter

Eigene Aufnahme für die Presse

Weitere Informationen zu den Künstlern lassen sich unter der Webadresse:
Alan Emerson Hicks, "Bird In Flight" Wanderlust Sculpture

Über Alan Emerson Hicks habe ich folgenden Text aus dem Netz heraus kopiert:
Alan Emerson Hicks was born in 1964. He was born and raised in the Chicago area. Alan's work focuses on a social commentary through and about the disposal of trash today.
“My artwork is about transformation. I collect plastic commonplace objects and societal detritus, bottles, grocery bags, caps, hangers, video tape and use them to make sculpture. I want the viewer to see the objects of their everyday lives anew, hopefully changing the way they dispose of these items…My work is a commentary on what our society views as important and unimportant,” says Hicks.
He attended Lindblom Technical High School and received a Bachelor's of Fine Art Degree from Illinois State University. While Alan was in school he studied sculpture with regards to multi-media formats, woodworking, metal smithing, drawing and printmaking. Once he graduated, Hicks began his career as an artist and worked with a variety of mediums until he found the passion of turning trash into a social commentary on society's views of what is important and what's unimportant.
Mariana Buchwald, in Hannover Germany 2012
Elsa Töbelmann und Henning Greve in Syke

Sunday, August 19, 2012


I am exploring Germany by way of the Euro-rail, my journey started on July 23rd, where I boarded the  train from Frankfurt, to Ramstein. Since 2009 I have visited the Rheinland-Pfalz, Center for Documentation and Exhibition of the History of the US Americans in the Rhinelnad Palatinate, this years exhibition focus is on Mein Ami, 60 ea of U.S. Air Force in Rheinland Pfalz, 1952 to 2012.

African American performers touring Germany 1960's Archie Bell
The installation gave me some ideas on how to present a research project I am working on for the African American Historical and Cultural Museum in Fresno California, and Fresno Public Library Genealogical Society. Several desk are stationed around the museum for visitors to journal, and record their voice to history.

 I also visited the garden dedicated to President John F. Kennedy, before boarding the city bus to Kaiserslautern where I stopped in on an art gallery, to chat with a couple of artists. While working in my studio in the village of Meinabach I finished art I started in 2011, which concludes my series.

On Sunday September 19th I will be making my way to Sype to the studio of Rolf Schuetzez, ATelier ARtefact, to join Marianna, Renee, and Alan for a intensive self directed residency, creating artwork for exhibition in Pankow, and for Chicago Artists Month 2012. I am also commissioned to create four works of art for the Chicago Modern Orchestra Project by Renee Baker,images I sketched during 2011 Create Fest, at the Brown Rice in Chicago.

2011 VSN

Joining the Wanderlust Chicago-Berlin 2012 project for an installation in Pankow,
Aug 23. 7pm at a public library in Wilhelmsruhe * in East Berlin
Aug. 24 - 25 afternoon and evening exhibition and presentations at Flotte Lotte, these events are organized by our artist friend and curator Renate Brummer in Wilhelmsruhe

The Berlin Art Club is aimed to be a "house of art" a home for all artists, visual artists and performance artists, a place for art lovers of all genres.

BAC is planning to have individual exhibitions of renowned artists and galleries from the Art-space of planet earth to come to Berlin. The BAC is the current front of a number of activities concerning the presentation of art and artists.

Extraordinary situations require extraordinary measures!

Berlin Art Club 2012 will happen in September 3 - 11th, 2012. I will be displaying artwork created as part of my Vibrational Sound Narratives, representing the Phantom Gallery Chicago Network's first participation in the Berlin Art Club's annual exhibition featuring 100 international artists.

Dee Alexander, and Nicole Mitchell, AACM Tribute 2007

AACM Tribute to Fletcher Henderson 2007

Smaller work will be on sale in the bac store, and a PowerPoint presentation which will show all 139 pieces which are for sale on

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Pipelines and Borderline​s Fotios Fzemenides

"Art is Business" by Fotios Fzemenides

Howdy y’all, I certainly hope summer has been treating everyone well. If anyone feels like seeing some art, I will have work at the following exhibitions:

Atra Mors, by artist Fotios Fzemenides

My new print “Atra Mors” will be shown for the first time as part of the touring print exhibition: Pipelines and Borderlines: People can’t drink oil! From August 17th until August26th at Expressions Graphics in Oak Park with an opening reception this Friday from 6-9:30 pm. On Saturday the 18th at 2pm, one of the participating artists, Rene Arceo, will give a talk about the history of political printmaking in Mexico.

29 Harrison
Oak Park, IL  60304

There is also a Kickstarter campaign to help expand the reach of the project:

My new print from the Heroes/Villains series titled “Tirelessly Toiling Towards Truth” which just showed at Santa  Cruz’s Art League’s Prints Galore!, will be showing in two more exhibitions:

 It is currently showing at Axis Gallery’s 7thNational Juried Exhibition which is running now through August 26th.

1517 19th St
Sacramento, CA95811

 It will also be at the Alexandria Museum of Art’s 25th September Juried Competition that runs from September 21 through November 24with an opening reception Friday, September 21 from 6-9 pm and a gallery talk led by the juror Linda Stein on Thursday, September 27 from 6-8 pm.

Alexandria Museum of Art
933 Second Street
Alexandria, Louisiana71301

Four of my prints will be part of the West Tampa Center for the Arts’ sociopolitical art event called "Common Sense" which is taking place during the Republican National Convention from Monday August 27th through Thursday August 30th.

West Tampa Center for the Arts
1906 N Armenia Avenue
Tampa, FL 33607

My print “Beta Conflagration” will be showing at the St. Louis Artist Guild’s exhibition:
Lay of the Landform August 24th through October 21st with an opening reception Friday, August 24th from 6-9pm.

Two Oak Knoll Park
Clayton, MO63105

Also this upcoming fall three of my prints from the series: “The Four” will be part of Prescott College’s Popular Campaigns and Political Culture exhibition that runs from November 2 through December 7.

220 Grove Avenue
Prescott, AZ    86301

As a note, the prints “Atra Mors” and the series “Heroes/Villains” were made possible by a Community Arts Assistance Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Thursday, August 9, 2012


"Art is Business"

An Art Consulting Limited Partnership

Hi, I just launched my Wordpress blog website,, feel free to offer your input.  Is the site easy to navigate? Tell me how it looks design wise. Does the website sell the service? Would you be willing to do business with this consulting partnership? Would you trust them to deliver a product based on its online presence?

At Any Squared in Logan Square 2012
I believe that great designs are in the details. I also believe that design must support functionality, and vice versa. One cannot, and should not be used to overcome the weaknesses of the other. Design is more than just choosing colors, typefaces, shapes, and images. Good design works to present information in such a way as to support the information it presents.
When I design a website, (blog interface) I’m constantly considering how the site will be built and how it will function. This way, you can be sure that both design and usability will be considered along every step of the way.

Alpha Bruton
Artist/Art Consultant

Friday, August 3, 2012


Curator Piotr ask Greg what is your art about? Tell me how you began your quest to be an artist?
Greg responds:

BIO: Greg Giesking  It was about a girl!

Poetry is like a good woman
i crave to lust-
carelessly loving large.
As a young boy
trying to find a muse
with a deep ambition to change
the world with words.

Words change with age
as i be get'n older-  
imagination leaks.  As i stubble
upon painting with a vengeance.
Within love, support
of family and friends-
that choose to understand
with no regret,  i continue my approach
to find the light in the darkness (love). 
Only than we have nothing to fear.

Cause i will always be a boy
kick'n in the gutter
an empty pop can-
trying to find the, bleached out
pastels of a road home.
Only to kick in a dent.
Not trying to change society
but only to direct  it
towards humanity. 
Love is chaos
love hurts.
Yet love is a constant- 
like breathing.  
It's  everything we need.
So love large and carelessly.
Life is unexplainable, yet we are here. 
As all of us can take a bad turn.

Do a 180-
and realize again-
we be alive.

Piotr Wolodkowicz Curator of Summer Love

Exhibition dates are July 28, 2012 to August 28, 2012 with an opening on 08/10/2012 at International Arts Group Phantom Gallery 4161 N Damen Ave, Chicago Ill 60619.

The International Art Gallery space is a collaboration project between International Arts Group and the Phantom Gallery Chicago Network. This project was created to promote up and coming artists and expose them to curatorial practices in an international gallery setting.

Gallery curators are Piotr Wolodkowicz, Lewis Rice and Alan Emerson Hicks.

For more information please call Piotr Wolodkowicz, at 773- 592- 3442