Gregg Perkins, Mont Blanc Double Negative, 2013, Photogravure and etching printed on Somerset Satin, edition 7, published by Bleu Acier.


Gregg Perkins: First There is a Mountain

Vernissage: Friday, November 21, 2013, 6:30-9PM

Exhibition: November 21 - December 21, 2013



Bleu Acier is pleased to present First There is a Mountainan exhibition of recent paintings, prints, and videos by University of Tampa professor Gregg Perkins. The starting point for this exhibition is a photograph of Mont Blanc by the Swiss aerial explorer Walter Mittelholzer. Perkins has played upon and created multiple narratives inspired by Mittelholzer's journeys and his desire to map the world through exploration.

Opening:  Thursday November 21st 6:30 -9 PM
in presence of the artist

Thursday November 21st:
Gallery talk @ 7:00pm
by Petra Kempf, a New York based Architect
and Urban Designer.

Thursday December 5th: Gallery Talk @ 6:30pm
by Alison Powell, Curator of books at Oxford Exchange in Tampa, Florida
reception to follow

Thursday December 12th: Gallery Talk @ 6:30pm
by Donald Morrill, Dean of Graduate and Continuing Studies, University of Tampa, Tampa, Florida
reception to follow

Thursday December 19th: Gallery Talk@ 6:30pm
Aaron Walker, Assistant Professor Film and Media Arts, University of Tampa, Tampa, FL
reception to follow



This exhibition marks a new paradigm for Bleu Acier. We will be marking our territory with a different approach to how we dialogue with our community. Bleu Acier will exhibit mid career and established artists with whom we work in print. The prints will be shown within the oeuvre of the artist. Lectures and readings will be organized in order to place and connect the work to a context, which is both contemporary and active. For more information or images please contact Erika Schneider: 813.215.0622 or erika@bleuacier.com


Gallery Hours during exhibition:  
Saturdays: 11-5 PM
Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays: by appointment.



109 West Columbus Drive | Tampa, Florida | 33602
www.bleuacier.com | erika@bleuacier.com




Exhibition Essay




From left to right: "Hailie Selassie" and "Mont Blanc I" & "Mont Blanc II"



From left to right: "Walter Mittelholzer's route to Ethiopia," (digital print and ink) "Double Mountain," (photogravure) and "Haile Selassie 1934" (digital print)


From left to right: "Wireframe I," "Wireframe II," "Wireframe III," and "Walter Mittelholzer's route to Ethiopia"


"Mont Blanc 1935," Photogravure


"Mont Blanc, 360 rotation" High Definition 3D animation culled from ASTER GEM data, 20 min loop


"Mont Blanc I" oil on linen


"Mont Blanc II" oil on linen


"Summit," cast bronze on polished copper


"Untitled: Wireframe" woodcut prints












Steve McClure, Untitled (Stage), 2012, Stone Lithograph hand printed on Magnani. Edition: 7  12 5/8 X 17 in.


Steve McClure: Mentiri

Vernissage: Friday, April 19, 2013, 5-8 PM

Exhibition: April 20 - May 18, 2013



I was in Montreal for the first time in 1991, and I discovered a church known as the Sailor's Church: Notre Dame de Bon Secours. I was in front of the subject of Steve McClure's work. I didn't know Steve at this time, but the subject of the work is not the artist; the subject is in front of him, or behind him, or above him; the subject belongs to his memory, it belongs to the collective memory where it can be shared by everyone; the subject is the two apples on a plate in front of Paul Cezanne.

Montreal is a city of fishermen from a time when boats were more useful and more dangerous than carriages. Montreal of the 18th century was a city of fishermen's widows, lost boats, stories of ship wrecks; the culture of disappearance.

That church was the home of all those lost hopes, all those tears, and of all that fear in front of a sea who eats its men and their boats. Hundreds of beautiful small ship models were suspended from the ceiling of this church; like leaves on the branches of a tree, with their names inscribed on the side, like little baby boats in a maternity ward.

I was struck by that vision that reappears now, in front of the work of Steve McClure, exhibited in the space of Bleu Acier in Tampa. MENTIRI, is, as you know, the infinitive of the Latin to lie, and because I am French, I will share with you a phrase of the great French writer, Nicolas Boileau (1636-1711), who said: The art of lying in a loud voice, while telling the truth in a whisper.

With some drops of ink and a glass of water, Ships in a Box of Cardboard are the ultimate vision of our common tragedies. Homes, ghosts, ships, and hopes appear and disappear suddenly under the brush and the talent of Steve McClure. His play within the appearance and disappearance of the form-subject has deep roots in his artistic technique.  The way we transform each aspect of materiality, gives the artist the keys to the sense of his personal language. Nothing is less stable than water and ink together; it is a strange love affair, an event in perpetual progress to which we are invited.

The same with the Stage of the Opera House, an empty stage of course, with empty seats as well; the only reality of that kind of space is in its architecture. The presence of a strong and rich architecture underlines the fragility of the fiction, of the dream, of the hope, and of the belief, just as in a church. Aristotle has taught Steve McClure in a very distant past that nature abhors a vacuum and Steve uses this vacuum as a lie to create because to lie is to imagine.

Apologize, Pull Out Your Eyes, is the title of one of the series of work exhibited at Bleu Acier. I like the work of Steve because he leaves me the place to inscribe my own story, and that is the unique target of an authentic work of art.

Dominique Labauvie
Tampa, April 7 2013



Steve McClure lives and works in Brooklyn NY.  He is a graduate of the University of South Florida in Tampa. Steve received a Visual Arts fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and an Editions Residency from the Lower East Side Print Shop in NYC. He has exhibited nationally in the U.S. and his work is part of private and public collections, among which are The Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg and the Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Greensboro, N.C


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. For more information or images please contact Erika Schneider: 813.215.0622 or erika@bleuacier.com


Gallery Hours during exhibition:  
Saturdays: 11-5 PM
Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays: by appointment.



109 West Columbus Drive | Tampa, Florida | 33602
www.bleuacier.com | erika@bleuacier.com







Dominique Labauvie, Message in a Bottle, 2012, Forged Steel, 41 X 48 X 11 in.


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 INC. 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.


For more information or images please contact Erika Schneider: 813. 215. 0622
erika@bleuacier.com

Open by appointment






Thom O'Connor, Morning Trees V, Polymer gravure, 8-1/2 x 11-3/4, Edition 30


THOM O'CONNOR: Polymer Prints

Opening Reception Thursday Febraury 7, 2013, 5 to 9 PM

Exhibition: February 8 – March 3, 2013


BLEU ACIER INC.
is pleased to present an exhibition of the polymer gravure print work of Thom O'Connor.

Thom O'Connor started his career as one of the first Tamarind Master Printers with June Wayne. In 1962, parallel to his personal studio practice, he shifted towards education starting his thirty-eight year career of teaching lithography at S.U.N.Y. Albany. This is where I met Thom in 1979. He was my mentor during graduate school, and without him, I would not have fallen in love with stone lithography, discovered fully my passion, and chosen my career as a Master Printer. He was the first artist that I collaborated with, the master figure who through passion, devotion, and professorship guided me through one of the hardest periods of my life. During those years Thom's work as a colorist was exceptional and invigorating and made lithographs that were very hard to print. It is quite interesting for me to have this opportunity to exhibit his print work 32 years later that are polymer intaglios and for the most part black and white. Didn't Degas state at the end of his life that if he was to redo everything, it would be in Black and White?

As a fine art print publisher and gallery that exhibits mostly abstract imagery, one might ask why am I showing this work? The reason came from a discussion that I had with Thom recently, around one of Bleu Acier's notorious coffees, concerning the DIA Beacon's Sol Lewitt Wall Drawings, Agnes Martin paintings and Fred Sandback sculptures. Looking at his prints I realized how much the structure of his images comes from this minimalist thought process about the marking of space. Now, when I think back to the subject matter of the work; to the figures, the objects, and the landscapes; all mundane parts of our universe that serve as the ultimate subjects to make art and to communicate a structured environment: the most important aspect of O'Connor's vision.


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. For more information or images please contact Erika Schneider: 813.215.0622 or erika@bleuacier.com

Gallery Hours during exhibition:  
Friday and Saturday February 8/9: 10-5 PM;
Sunday, February 10th, 1-4 PM.
As of February 11th:  Saturdays 10-5 PM; Thursdays/Fridays by appointment.

Saturday February 16, 10-1 PM
Sunday February 17, 10-1 PM


109 West Columbus Drive | Tampa, Florida | 33602
www.bleuacier.com | erika@bleuacier.com









BLEU ACIER INC. 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 emerging, mid-career and established artists from the US and Europe, with an emphasis on Contemporary French Artists.


For more information or images please contact Erika Schneider: 813. 215. 0622
erika@bleuacier.com

Open by appointment







Dominique Labauvie, Venus Walks, 2012, 113 x 144 x 68 inch, steel




Dominique Labauvie, Galileo's Moons, 2012, 85 x 128 x 42 inch, steel

Dominique Labauvie: A Gift From the River

Thursday June 21 2012 from 5 to 9 PM

Open Saturday June 23 from 2-6 PM and by appointment

Bleu Acier is pleased to invite you to the presentation of two new large-scale works by Dominique Labauvie. A serendipitous introduction between Labauvie and the Structures Superintendent of the rehabilitation of the Columbus Drive Bridge led to the gift of a certain amount of used and weathered Carnegie steel dating from the construction of this Bridge in 1925, during the development of the city of Tampa. Always interested in the relationship between history and its materials, Dominique continues his research with a twist. This steel has piercings that create a pattern of moments of rupture between the positive and negative spaces, provoking the musical timing of vision. Labauvie's hand cut and forged steel sculptures evoke sleek subliminal manifestations of organic forms. Their frontal stature and linear calligraphy allow weightlessness; a sensation that is rare in sculptural tradition and that has become Labauvie's signature.

In 2010, Labauvie, for his solo exhibition at The Tampa Museum of Art: "Musical Lines in My Hand" created "Suspended Skylines", a 23-foot wall sculpture. His work is part of numerous public and private collections, among which are the Runnymede Sculpture Park, Woodside, California; the Museum of Decorative Arts, Paris, France; The National Collection of Contemporary Art, Paris, France; The Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, Fl.; The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Fl.; The Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, Mass. and he has been commissioned over a dozen monumental sculptures for both the private and public sector.

Born in Strasbourg, France, Labauvie studied Art History in Strasbourg before deciding to consecrate his life to sculpture.

Dominique Labauvie would like to thank Archer Western Contractors/The Walsh Group for their generous gift of steel and to the State of Florida for the Individual Artist Fellowship that contributed to purchasing the tools needed to make these large sculptures.



BLEU ACIER INC. 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 emerging, mid-career and established artists from the US and Europe, with an emphasis on Contemporary French Artists.


For more information or images please contact Erika Schneider: 813. 215. 0622
erika@bleuacier.com

Open Saturday June 23 from 2-6 PM and by appointment












L’Arabesque

Neil Bender, Elisabeth Condon, Hervé DiRosa, Dominique Labauvie, Fréderique Lucien, Pierre Mabille, Philippe Richard, Peter Soriano, Michelle Weinberg, Voshardt/Humphrey

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, February 11, 6 to 9 PM

February 12 – March 27, 2010


L’Arabesque, the theme of this group show, is in homage to this exceptional moment of the opening of the New Tampa Museum of Art which will be an efficient tool of culture for our city; and to their first exhibition dedicated to the prints and drawings of the French artist, Henri Matisse whose use of the arabesque was monumental and important within the history of art. Matisse was one of the last Modern artists to become a master of graphic writing. So important that contemporary artists are still thinking Matisse within the context of their thought and process.

L’Arabesque is a high expression of elegance. There cannot be arabesque without visual grace and refinement. Elegance is transversal in its nature and in the nature of culture and can be descriptive of fashion, architecture, visual art, performance, music and movement. One of the most difficult positions in ballet is the Arabesque. The arabesque entered into art as floral and geometric patterns in architecture. Very present in Arab mosques, Islam prohibited the representation of the figure. Arabesque becomes the visual replacement of the human being with environmental imagery.

The artists chosen for this show have something in common that has to do with different forms and visions of elegance. Linear elegance, the propulsion of the line in space is the propulsion of an idea in space. The line carries the thinking and can transform it visually into form, color and narrative.

Pierre Mabille, Philippe Richard and Fréderique Lucien are mid-career French artists, who work within a complex reductive abstraction of their environment heavily dependent on color. Mabille has reduced his formal world to one universal shape that he pushes to infinite possibilities reconstructing the compositions through scale and color. Lucien abstracts organic forms working largely within the tension and balance of positive and negative space. She injects emotion with color or the absence thereof. Richard’s work is based on point, line and color. The structure of his space is what informs his work; often questioning the support and its surface. Humor and narrative are what drives Hervé DiRosa’s work. His spontaneous style is similar to that of tribal storytellers.

Peter Soriano is a sculptor. His conceptual work is structured on memory, time and space and how the factors of time reposition this memory and how this can be translated into image. The watercolors have this cross reference within them; part portrait of an object or being we are sure we have seen, part fantasy of something we are not sure we have ever seen. Dominique Labauvie’s sculpture is about the elegance of drawing. His sculpture, often referred to as drawing in space, carries this spatial refinement as part of its territory. This refinement is transversal in the drawings.

Elisabeth Condon’s recent paintings offer us gesture as landscape and with it the mixture of Chinese multiple perspectives and Western traditions of space into a vision of a cultural wanderer. Investing her time between east and west informs her narrative rich in color and image. Michelle Weinberg’s work invests a narrative space more in the here and now. Working between her urban narrative and its immediate environment, she constructs a contemporary folklore using a wealth of form and color. Neil Bender is also a story teller but using an historical approach to and knowledge of process to narrate contemporary culture in the making. His vivid collages depict tales of gender and existence.

Robyn Voshardt and Sven Humphrey are collaborative artists whose recent work is within video and the photographic image. Earlier in their career they worked on marking as image and their repetitive vocabulary and systems research in drawing is often rediscovered in their moving images.

This is the first presentation by Bleu Acier of the work of artists Michelle Weinberg of Miami and Philippe Richard of Paris France.


BLEU ACIER INC. is an active fine art print publisher, print atelier, gallery and live-in loft that functions at the intersection of private and public space where art and the city keep company. Bleu Acier exhibits works in all disciplines by emerging, mid-career and established artists from the U.S. and Europe.


BLEU ACIER INC.
Bleu Acier is open Saturdays 1 – 5 PM and by appointment

For further information contact Erika Schneider
109 West Columbus Drive Tampa FL 33602
813. 272. 9746 | bleuacier.com

Above:

1 2 3
4 5 6
7 8 9 10


1. Elisabeth Condon, Nocturne, 2009, 65 x 110 inches, acrylic on linen

2. Peter Soriano, Untitled 2000,
Watercolor/paper 12 ¼ X 9 in.

3. Neil Bender, Female, from diptych, 17 X 11 in. collage/paper

4. Voshardt/Humphrey, 2004, Step and Repeat, Watercolor on Paper 30 X 22 in

5. Dominique Labauvie, 1997, Hokusai’s Mirror, Forged Steel,

6. Pierre Richard, 2009, Untitled, 11 X 15 in, gouache on paper

7. Michelle Weinberg, 2009, Corporate Headquarters, gouache on paper 60 X 40 in.

8. Frederique Lucien, "Lilies for Joan I" 1998 silkscreen on tracing paper12 X 12 in.

9. Herve DiRosa, Les Arbres de Floride, 2008, Hand painted Lithograph, 22 X 30 in.

10. Pierre Mabille, 2009, Untitled, Soft Pastel on paper, 22 X 30 in.








VICKY COLOMBET
TERRE DE BRUME

Works on Paper

OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY November 6 2009 6-9 PM

November 6 through January 16 2009


Bleu Acier is proud to present TERRE DE BRUME, a solo exhibition of new works on paper by French artist Vicky Colombet. Colombet’s images are working within the Minimalist genre, but, with inspection and practice looking they use the reductive and repetitive aspects of Minimalist thinking but seem to do much more than strip themselves of all formal elements. The mysterious space she builds with her marks suggests a respiration, a breath across the surface of the paper. It is as if the surface of her support has captured a fleeting moment in the life of nature. In her exploration of abstraction, the natural world becomes the reason of her imagery, and the definition of her process. Colombet’s drawings are mappings of her intellectual relationship with image making and the landscape is the geography of her thinking.

Vicky Colombet is working on a series of etchings published by Bleu Acier. Several of the working proofs will be exhibited for the opening.

The artist will be present for the opening reception.

BLEU ACIER INC. is an active fine art print publisher, print atelier, gallery and live-in loft that functions at the intersection of private and public space where art and the city keep company. Bleu Acier exhibits works in all disciplines by emerging, mid-career and established artists from the U.S. and Europe.


BLEU ACIER INC.
Bleu Acier is open on the first Saturday of each month from 2 – 6 PM in conjunction with the Ybor Art Association Art Walk and by appointment.

For further information contact Erika Schneider
109 West Columbus Drive Tampa FL 33602
813. 272. 9746 | bleuacier.com


At left: Colombet, 2009 From Les Tres Riches Heures: Winter, 6 X 8 in., oil and alkyd on linen






DOMINIQUE LABAUVIE
d’Acier et de Poudre

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday May 23, 2009 6 to 9 PM

May 23 - July 25, 2009


Bleu Acier is pleased to present d’Acier et de Poudre [of Steel and Powder] an exhibition of new steel sculptures and pastel drawings by the French artist Dominique Labauvie, from May 23 through July 25, 2009. This will be Labauvie’s fourth solo show at the gallery.

In this new group of work Labauvie uses the repetition of form to capitalize his space. The sculptures and drawings presented propose a minimal conception of image insistent upon groups of form that keep the viewer engaged within the context of the image. Within the past year he has renewed the abstract quality of his work. The sculptures are more raw, more geometric, less concerned with the lyric descriptive of his environment. The interplay with their surrounding space and the viewer is immediate; their monumentality evident.

The pastels are more involved with the surface of the forms. Inherent in the medium, Labauvie works with layers of pigment, which offers him the possibility of interpreting in two dimensions the spatial elements of the relationship that the sculptures conduct with their environment.

Dominique Labauvie has exhibited extensively throughout Europe. His first solo exhibition in New York, "Turning Point", at Haim Chanin Fine Arts recently ended with great success. In April of this year Labauvie was awarded the Gottlieb Foundation Award.

BLEU ACIER INC. is an active fine art print publisher, print atelier, gallery and live-in loft that functions at the intersection of private and public space where art and the city keep company. Bleu Acier exhibits works in all disciplines by emerging, mid-career and established artists from the U.S. and Europe.


BLEU ACIER INC.
Bleu Acier is open on the first Saturday of each month from 2 – 6 PM in conjunction with the Ybor Art Association Art Walk and by appointment.

For further information contact Erika Schneider
109 West Columbus Drive Tampa FL 33602
813. 272. 9746 | bleuacier.com

At left: Dominique Labauvie, Thunderstorm, 2008, Steel, 83 X 53 X 24 in.






STEVE MCCLURE
MY BUST BOOK

OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY MARCH 20, 2009, 6 - 10 PM

Artist talk with Steve McClure at 7:30 PM

Exhibition continues through May 2, 2009


A portrait is a portrait for so long as the sitter is alive, but once he and his generation have disappeared, the portrait becomes a picture.
Paul Valéry

What he came to see was that as the kinfolk in their fading stills could have no value save in another’s heart so it was with that heart also in another’s in a terrible and endless attrition and of any other value there was none.
Cormac McCarthy, The Crossing

Bleu Acier is pleased to present MY BUST BOOK, a solo exhibition of Steve McClure’s recent work on paper.

McClure appropriates for this work historic photographic portraits of women. The work inspires meditation on the relationship between the visual image and the viewer. In historic portrait galleries, think Chateau of Versailles for example, the viewer holds parallel positions of voyeur and observer of history, as these portraits of a certain cast of nobility, speak to us through the visual metaphor of the subject’s beauty, heroics, achievements, clothing, their background, social status and environment. For McClure the face as subject reveals part of the past and something of expectation, but delivers an immediate present exempt from time. In his series of monotypes Portrait of a Lady with a Hat, McClure used photographs taken by Theodor Horydczak in Washington D.C. dating from 1941 as the reference. Presented in series, these images use repetition and precise narrative details to evoke both detachment and involvement, as well as distance and sympathy, within the artist’s sense of reality and awareness of the artificial.

BLEU ACIER INC. is an active fine art print publisher, print atelier, gallery and live-in loft that functions at the intersection of private and public space where art and the city keep company. Bleu Acier exhibits works in all disciplines by emerging, mid-career and established artists from the U.S. and Europe.


BLEU ACIER INC.
Bleu Acier is open on the first Saturday of each month from 2 – 6 PM in conjunction with the Ybor Art Association Art Walk and by appointment.

For further information contact Erika Schneider
109 West Columbus Drive Tampa FL 33602
813. 272. 9746 | bleuacier.com


At left: McClure Ink on mylar: for the direct gravure project; "My Bust Book" 2009




Peter Soriano, Untitled, 2005, ink/paper, 18 X 20 in.


Dominique Labauvie, JV 14, 2001 From the Homage to Jules Verne series 2001 - 2003, 11 X 15 in.


Robyn Voshardt/Sven Humphrey, Tangle 6, 2006, ink on paper, 16 x 12.5 in.


Elisabeth Condon, 2008, Charcoal/Saunders, 22 X 30 in.


Kim Anderson, Double, 2008, Graphite/paper, 6 X 4 in.


New York/Tampa, Signatures d’Artistes: Dessin
(Artists Handwriting: Drawing, New York/Tampa)

OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY OCTOBER 3, 2008, 6-9 PM

OCTOBER 3 TO NOVEMBER 22, 2008


Bleu Acier is pleased to present New York/Tampa, Signatures d’Artistes: Dessin
(Artists Handwriting: Drawing, New York/Tampa)
.

This is the first in a series of exhibitions, starting with drawing as "signature."  Bleu Acier has invited artists from Haim Chanin Fine Arts of New York as a component of this exhibition.

Drawing is the most direct and immediate manner for an artist to express an idea and create an image. There is no way to hide behind a line. Intellect travels from a personal space into the public realm of the page. Many contemporary artists use drawing as a primary media or significant part of their oeuvre - not simply a preparatory step to painting, printmaking, sculpture or installation. Drawing allows the artist to freely investigate materials and technique, and to rapidly accelerate an idea - thereby providing the viewer with a dynamic record of an inspired thought as it unfolds.

Artists' Handwriting: Drawing New York / Tampa
is constructed around the following artists:

Neil Bender
Gregory Green
Steve McClure
Kim Anderson
Joe Griffith
Brian Taylor
Elisabeth Condon
Max Neumann
Peter Soriano
Pierre Mabille
Voshardt/Humphrey
Dominique Labauvie
Herve DiRosa
Vicky Colombet
Dominica Sanchez
Eduardo Santiere
Harvey Tulcensky
Claudia Scalise
Theo Wujcik




BLEU ACIER INC. is an active fine art print publisher, print atelier, gallery and live-in loft that functions at the intersection of private and public space where art and the city keep company. Bleu Acier exhibits works in all disciplines by emerging, mid-career and established artists from the U.S. and Europe.


BLEU ACIER INC.
Bleu Acier is open on the first Saturday of each month from 2 – 6 PM in conjunction with the Ybor Art Association Art Walk and by appointment.

For further information contact Erika Schneider
109 West Columbus Drive Tampa FL 33602
813. 272. 9746 | bleuacier.com









NEIL BENDER
RANDY
Paintings, Drawings and Prints
Main Gallery

OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY APRIL 26, 2008, 6-9 PM

JUDITH STURM
NEW WORK
Paintings, Drawings and Prints
Project Space


Bleu Acier is pleased to present Randy, a solo show of recent Paintings, Drawings and Prints by Neil Bender in the main gallery. Randy is both an adjective and a proper noun.

Italians are also less inclined to moralize. (If an Italian politician had been caught with a prostitute, a leading magazine wrote recently apropos of http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/s/eliot_l_spitzer/index.html?inline=nyt-per Eliot Spitzer, there would have been bipartisan calls for a new law against wiretapping, rather than insistence he step down.)

-"The Atheist Urging Italy to Get Religion”, Rachel Donadio, NYTimes Week in Review, April 6, 2008

Hands transcend sexual orientation; hands have no gender… Hands are hot. Hands are versatile. Hands can rub you right and fill you up. Fingers can find the G-spot and the prostate better than anything else can…The next time you meet someone for the first time, and she (or he) extends a hand to you, think of the possibilities.

-"An Expert's Guide to Hand Jobs for Men and Women", Tristan Taormino, Village Voice, February 26th, 2008

…If all bodies were interchangeable–a dominant trope in pornographic writing—then social and gender…differences would effectively lose their meaning." - Toni Burlap, art historian, 2006 Whitney biennial catalog

As Boucher said: “I detest the natural world because it is too green and poorly lit". The aim of the work is to seduce and give pleasure through imagery that is social and accessible, that loves the idea of surface as a way of picturing honest yet mischievous belief systems. The work is a communicative device that takes imagery that is exploited by our popular culture and forms a new interface for open dialogue, with an interest in pleasure, sensuality, and black humor as the starting points. These objects are loved, are fighting for love, and are asking for your love. They are warm, they are amped-up, and they are at work. The surface is where subject and object merge. This fragmentation is a stage for the viewer to create his or her own theatrics.

The project for 'Randy' at Bleu Acier is a salon of pleasure attempting to resist moralization but failing gloriously. The salon-style arrangement of Café Pink is meant to echo the decadence of Versailles and the hanging arrangements at the Musee Conde in Chantilly, the Palazzo Ducale in Venice, and the Pitti Palace in Florence. Pictures are arranged without hierarchy; therefore the viewer can make the connections between the images.
The large-scale oil 'Contemporary Still-Life Options' is an attempt to bridge numerous gaps, the most prominent being the academic distance of painting from the actuality of experience.
Also on view will be a collection of cut-paper drawings in the form of garments, collectively titled ‘Randy’s Closet’ for the exhibition. The iconic depictions are spaces for the projection of numerous political and sexual anxieties.

In the Project Space, Bleu Acier is pleased to present New Works on Paper and Prints by German Artist Judith Sturm. For her second presentation at Bleu Acier, Judith has been working on notebook-sized images of the female body. Her images question the role of women in society and of the intimate versus the social identity of a woman’s body, a woman in her body, the bod'’s private language and the viewer’s interpretation of the body's language. Sturm is a figurative and representational artist whose work fits into the historical tradition of European Figurative Painting. Like Bender her work revolves around the questioning of gender and politics of gender in contemporary society. Both use the representation of skin in defining surface in their images. Both are from the same generation but are of different cultures, countries and of course gender and confront the formal issues of surface, space and paint in relation to their individual specificities of reference and existence. The dialogue created by the meeting of these two visions of image making and painting should be an interesting one.


BLEU ACIER INC.is a Fine Art Print Publisher and Contract Atelier specializing in photogravure, direct gravure, intaglio, stone lithography, relief, large format and exceptional projects.
Several times a year in a salon style format Bleu Acier will continue to open its doors to the public
in order to show recent editions and works on paper. A collector’s group is in the process of being formed in order to enable a yearly subscription to editioned works and a membership for private viewings.


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Gallery Hours: Saturdays 1 – 5 PM and by appt.
For further information contact Erika Schneider
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Top two: Neil Bender, Randy's Closet, 2008, variable dimensions
Middle: Neil Bender, Café Pink
Below: Judith Sturm, Acrylic/gouache on paper, 2008 12 X 12 in. (approx)






Dominique Labauvie
CONSTELLATIONS & ACROBATS
Drawings, Prints and Sculpture

OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY MARCH 14, 2008, 6-9 PM

DRAWINGS AND PRINTS
MARCH 14 TO APRIL 19, 2008


Bleu Acier is pleased to present Constellations & Acrobats, Recent Drawings, Prints and Sculptures by Dominique Labauvie.

Constellations are figurative images defined by groups of stars, first designated by the Greeks as an extension of their mythological tales, and later used by Europeans in the 17-18th centuries as a critical method to navigate the oceans by sight. Labauvie makes marks in his drawings and sculpture with a similar skill - mapping space between points, and creating form out of the tension between positive and negative space.

Titles such as "The Golden Fleece" and "Arcas and Callisto" allude to these figures, but don't literally define his approach. Whether in lines forged from steel or marks made on paper, Labauvie brings forth his own personal mythology of how to define space through these abstract relationships. Rather than constructing narrative or commemorating history like a statue in a defined territory, his work engages in a contemporary dialogue that pushes the boundaries of three dimensions. He allows the viewer to make their own dimensional "map" of reference - depending on their experience of seeing his forms encompassing their given space - and to existentially contemplate his proposed delineations of their environment.

Labauvie equates the act of making sculpture to the tenuousness of the acrobat walking his rope. Jean Genet, in his text "Le Funambule (The Tightrope Walker)," speaks of the relationship of the artist to his material:

"This love-almost desperate, but charged with tenderness-that you must show for your wire, will have as much strength as the metal wire has to carry you. I know objects, their malignancy, their cruelty, their gratitude, too. The wire was dead – or if you like mute, blind, but now you are here, it will live and speak."
(Translated from the French by Charlotte Mandell)

It's a romantic vision of the artist, certainly, but in the conquest of space, the imagination and power of emotion become allies in the quest for an image. Labauvie considers his process driven by this same paradox, "Everything starts within a certain form of disappearance, of loss. It is as if chaos or despair was the centerpiece of the foundation of the conditions necessary in order to generate the occurrence of the right chemistry to start building my work. Then to find the necessary focus and concentration in order to bring the work out of the doubt generated by all this confusion. Like after a war when all the piles of ruins get pushed over to the side of the road. Creation is born out of this kind of discussion.”


BLEU ACIER INC. is an active fine art print publisher, print atelier, gallery and live-in loft that functions at the intersection of private and public space where art and the city keep company. Bleu Acier exhibits works in all disciplines by emerging, mid-career and established artists from the U.S. and Europe.


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Gallery Hours: Saturdays 1 – 5 PM and by appt.
For further information contact Erika Schneider
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Top: Arcas et Callisto, Pastel, Charcoal and Pigment, 2008, 29.5 X 42 in.
Middle: The Golden Fleece, 2008, Lithography, Woodcut on Kitikata, Edition:7; 27 x 36 in.
Below: Peaks, 2007, Forged Steel 72 x 72 x 24 in.









Above: Summit, 2007, Watercolor, Collage 22 X 30 in.
Below: Impending Fall, 2007, Watercolor, Collage 11 X 15 in.


Elisabeth Condon
WATERCOLORS, COLLAGES AND PRINTS

FEBRAURY 9 through MARCH 29, 2008


OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY February 9, 2008, 6-9 PM
IN PRESENCE OF THE ARTISTS

Bleu Acier is pleased to present LIQUID WORLD, new works on paper by Elisabeth Condon. Condon is a frequent traveler who finds aesthetic inspiration in Florida's landscape and Yuan Dynasty scrolls. Arriving in Florida in 2003 as Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of South Florida, Condon shares her time between Tampa and Brooklyn, New York. She is the recent recipient of a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, Florida Individual Artist Grant and residency at The Corporation of Yaddo.

Florida's raking natural light and flora conjures 1960s Los Angeles, the artist's childhood landscape. The potential of a place to exist in two time frames simultaneously led to Condon's interest in Chinese painting and subsequent travels to Taipei and Beijing. Traditional Chinese landscape portrays multiple images of a single environment, which has become a fundamental influence on Condon's work.

The images are often started by a pour, a human and historical gesture of liberation. Poured paint summons impressions and memories of recent wanderings and starts a narrative of making that eventually becomes an image or space. Condon sketches places where she has lived or traveled and incorporates her sketches as collage-like elements. The diverse applications and thought processes evoke the travels of the artist. The artist-wanderer, shaped in the experience of Yuan Dynasty painters, informs Condon's portrayal of landscape as a space for freedom and movement. Through the complex play of marks and virtuosic use of color, Condon invites her viewers to wander with her through multicultural collisions of space.


POETRY SALON
ELISABETH CONDON presents TERRY GODBEY
Saturday MARCH 1, 2008 5 to 7 PM

Terry Godbey's poems have appeared in Poet Lore, CALYX, Rattle, Pearl, The CafÈ Review, Potomac Review and Dogwood. Her chapbook Behind Every Door won Slipstream's 19th Annual Poetry Chapbook Contest in 2006. She is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and has received honors from the Rita Dove, Passager, Mount Dora and Night Blooms Postcards contests. She works as a copy editor at the Orlando Sentinel.

Behind Every Door, by Terry Godbey, published by Slipstream Press, Niagara Falls, NY, 2006.
http://terrygodbey.com/terrygodbey.com


LIQUID WORLD marks a change in the program of Bleu Acier. The gallery will be devoted exclusively to works on paper by artists published through the gallery's print program.


BLEU ACIER INC. is an active fine art print publisher, print atelier, gallery and live-in loft that functions at the intersection of private and public space where art and the city keep company. Bleu Acier exhibits works in all disciplines by emerging, mid-career and established artists from the U.S. and Europe.

Gallery Hours: by appointment
For further information contact Erika Schneider
109 WEST COLUMBUS DRIVE TAMPA, FL 33602 TEL/FAX: 813 272 9746 BLEUACIER.COM






Marie Yoho Dorsey, Love Echo, 2007, Direct Gravure and Hand Stitched Embroidery on Gampi and Kitikata, 24x50 in.


Marie Yoho Dorsey
TALES FROM JAPAN AND OTHER STORIES

Claudia Scalise
PETITS FOURS

NOVEMBER 9 through DECEMBER 29, 2007

Elsa Valbuena and Gaudere Danza
8 PM Friday, November 9, 2007

OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY November 9, 2007, 6-10 PM
IN PRESENCE OF THE ARTISTS


Bleu Acier is pleased to present Tales From Old Japan and Other Stories, Marie Yoho Dorsey's first solo exhibition at Bleu Acier. Dorsey's Japanese heritage is the primary stimulus of her work. A long time practitioner of Ikebana, she draws a continuous source of intellectual inspiration from this practice. Much like Ikebana whose exquisite forms are transient in nature, direct gravure has provided a sensitive tool with which to create the same fleeting forms in ink onto delicate Japanese paper. The elaboration of the image continues with the application of embroidery and sewing. As a result of this process the prints become sculptural images in nature and practice.

The three new direct gravures are images rooted in traditional Japanese folk tale. The Crane Wife, Love Echo and Stardust are tales constructed within a narrative landscape. There are references to the Japanese author Kenji Miyazawa and tales such as "The Crane Wife", and "The Marriage Ceremony of Two Rocks on the Japanese Island of Saddo".

In addition to these works on paper several new installations will be presented, as well as the first sculpture edition realized and published by Bleu Acier.

In conjunction with ARTE 2007, The Festival of the Latin Americas, Bleu Acier is pleased to present the paintings of Miami based artist Claudia Scalise. Claudia Scalise is represented by the Dorsch Gallery of Miami.

The work featured is from her ongoing series, ìPetits Foursî, which in French is the name given to small beautifully decorated puffed pastries. Claudia Scalise paints the people she knows and the things that she collects. She chose this title as she seeks to share through her painting the richness of the lives and histories of the people and objects she portrays. The images are an inventory of her environment. The paint is used as a tool to describe the natural atmosphere of the subject. Scalise is interested in "the intangible qualities and personal history of the figure or object and its universal aspects". The suggested intimacy of the images allows a very personal relationship of the viewer to the image. The small scale also evokes the Mexican Milagros tradition. Milagros, which means magical, are small religious charms that help bring about well-being and equilibrium in the lives of those who use them for prayer and to the lives of those who are prayed for.

The artist when finished with an image allows the image to also do itís magic when presented to the public thus bringing to the viewer an object (the work of art) which carries within itself a message for the viewer to share, reconstruct or disregard. Magic works in many ways, as does the artistís image.

Especially for the evening of ARTE, Bleu Acier has invited Columbian Choreographer, Elsa Valbuena and her company Gaudere Danza for a one evening performance November 9th at 8 PM.

Gaudere Danza derives its name from the Latin word meaning to rejoice as it is in the process of the work that I : We, find special joy. Gaudereís objective is creation, collaboration and communication through the language of the human body. It is a constantly changing organism. Each project begins with its own particular concept and inquiry. The outcome reveals itself unfolding in layers of movement, images that send us to the interior of our being towards a unique vision of time and undoubtedly to the human condition. The plasticity, sensual precise physicality and poetry contained in each piece show an esthetic vision, which is imprinted by its founder Elsa Valbuena.

BLEU ACIER INC. is an active fine art print publisher, print atelier, gallery and live-in loft that functions at the intersection of private and public space where art and the city keep company. Bleu Acier exhibits works in all disciplines by emerging, mid-career and established artists from the U.S. and Europe.

Gallery Hours: by appointment
For further information contact Erika Schneider
109 WEST COLUMBUS DRIVE TAMPA, FL 33602 TEL/FAX: 813 272 9746 BLEUACIER.COM








December 6-9
Catalina Hotel | 1732 Collins Ave

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Steve McClure, Rec Tent, 2007, ink on paper, 28x37 in.


Steve McClure
RECENT WORK

OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 14, 2007, 6-9 PM
The Artist will be present.
SEPTEMBER 14 through OCTOBER 27, 2007

Bleu Acier is proud to present an exhibition of new paintings by New York based artist Steve McCLURE.
For the past year McClure has been living and working in Provincetown Massachusetts as a recipient of the prized Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship. McClure paints light; the way it draws and reveals form within a given space; the active white space of the image defines the positive space of action. His ink and watercolor images on paper mix precision and atmosphere as if you were a voyeur into anotherís songe. McClure borrows from the artifice of drama and uses these elements to secure a visual narrative that combines different elements from different historical and political eras into one frame. It is here where we can understand his admiration of obsolete photographic treatises and their historical conflicts with painting. He calls his work camera-less photographs and explains that "like photography they use a simple process (ink absorbed into paper) and are informed by chance events like gravity and evaporation." McClure works often in series and sticks close to the photographic format of 4 X 5 inches. His use of historical and political metaphor combined with a brilliant contemporary abstract use of paint introduces the viewer into a mixed ambiance of déja vu and right now.

BLEU ACIER INC. is an active fine art print publisher, print atelier, gallery and live-in loft that functions at the intersection of private and public space where art and the city keep company. Bleu Acier exhibits works in all disciplines by emerging, mid-career and established artists from the U.S. and Europe.

Gallery Hours: Saturdays 12 to 5 PM and by appointment
For further information contact Erika Schneider
109 WEST COLUMBUS DRIVE TAMPA, FL 33602 TEL/FAX: 813 272 9746 BLEUACIER.COM



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Steve McClure, Properties, 2007, ink on paper, 24 x 32 in.








Dominique Labauvie, Le Mangeur de Nuages, 2007, woodcut and monotype on Kitikata, 23.5 x 31.5 in.


NEW EDITIONS
OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY JUNE 15, 2007, 6-9 PM
June 15 through July 31, 2007

OPEN ATELIER VISIT
WITH PRINTMAKING DEMONSTRATIONS:
Saturdays June 16th and 23rd at 2 PM

June 16th Relief Printing with Dominique Labauvie
June 30th Monotype with Debra Jo Radke

Reservations required 813.272.9746
each will be limited to 15 visitors


The artists participating
in the show are:

Neil Bender
Vicky Colombet
Elisabeth Condon
Kim Curtis
Hervé DiRosa
Marie Yoho Dorsey
Dominique Labauvie
Pierre Mabille
Steve McClure
Judith Sturm
Robyn Voshardt/Sven Humphrey
Guests:
Tom Antista
Debra Radke
Brian Reedy courtesy of Brook Dorsch


Bleu Acier is proud to present their new fine art print editions published during 2006 and 2007. For many of the artists - accustomed to working in other media from painting to video - this was their first print project, and first invitation to work on prints at a professional press. This collaborative exploration of new materials combined with the experience of a master printmaker produced a striking range of works.

The painters Neil Bender, Elisabeth Condon, Kim Curtis, Pierre Mabille, Steve McClure, and Judith Sturm each worked on their first series of monotypes. Monotype, which signifies a unique work (not an edition or a multiple) is a combination of painting or drawing and printing. The artist works directly on the surface with printing inks. When the image is built to desired effect, it is run through the press as either a single pass, or a series of "built" layers or multiple passes. Printmaking allows a quality of layers, surfaces and color combinations not found in painting.

Neil Bender works on one-run images and then manipulates them after printing. Elisabeth Condon transforms space and the surfaces of her landscapes and abstract compositions through her intense layering technique. Kim Curtis found equivalents to the editing process she uses in her oil paintings, and Judith Sturm developed a much freer manner of image making through the monotype. Pierre Mabille's conceptually minimal approach to building space grew even more refined within the monotype process.

For the artists Hervé DiRosa, Steve McClure and Vicky Colombet, the idea of collaborating remotely from their respective locales in Miami and New York generated an interest in direct gravure. Direct gravure uses a drawing on mylar made by the artist which is then transferred to a copper plate using the photogravure process. This process generates images that utilize similar marking techniques found within other aspects of the artists' work. The advantage of direct gravure is it allows artists to work wherever they are and send the mylar to the shop to be processed. Often the plates are continued by hand when the artist can visit the shop.

Marie Yoho Dorsey uses direct gravure as a starting point for her unique images which she embellishes with drawing and embroidery.

DiRosa's triptych of the Miami urbanscape has the rich qualities of his ink drawings. Colombet's landscape offers a different spatial reading than that of her suspended pigment paintings. In Steve McClure's monotypes and gravures we discover a different spatial spontaneity than in the paintings.

Dominique Labauvie, who utilizes the relief process for its ability to negotiate positive and negative space in a manner similar to his sculpture, combines woodcut imagery with monotype. Using monotype as the image "ground" allows him a freedom of mark-making that generates very rich and sensual surfaces akin to his pastel drawings.

Robyn Voshardt and Sven Humphrey chose to do a diptych of 3-color woodcuts based on their video "When I Look Up, I Fall Down," presented at the DiVA video fair in New York earlier this year. The artists interpreted video stills onto woodblocks, and ended up discarding the stills in order to be influenced by the direct marking possibilities on the wood. As with other parts of their oeuvre, their drawing space takes over the time-based space making for an interesting perception of movement.

Bleu Acier is also pleased to include several guest artists in the show:

Tom Antista, a photographer and designer from Atlanta, Georgia, completed an impressive series of photogravures here at Bleu Acier. His boxed set of eleven portraits of New York is entitled "ELEVEN."

Brian Reedy, an artist who lives and works in Miami and shows with Brook Dorsch will show part of his woodcut series entitled "Eleventh Hour." With these very stark linear woodcuts, each image is packed with social commentary and humor.

Debra Radke, a painter and printmaker who lives and works in Tampa, has been working in monotype at Bleu Acier for the past year and has invented new layering systems for her work. The monotypes have a glowing quality that is very unique.




Robyn Voshardt/Sven Humphrey, When I Look Up, I Fall Down, 2007
pair of 3-color woodcuts on Gampi, 15 x 24 in. each



Elisabeth Condon, Landscape 1, 2007, monotype on white Goyu, 18 x 29 in.



Marie Yoho Dorsey, Stardust 2, 2007, Direct gravure, embroidery, drawing on Gampi, 15 x 34 in.
, each piece is unique





June 8-9 | San Servolo, Venice, Italy

Bleu Acier is pleased to present new video work by Robyn Voshardt and Sven Humphrey at the V|07 Venice Video Fair. This invitational fair, curated by Raffaele Gavarro, is Italy's only fair dedicated to video art. The fair opens concurrent with the preview of the 52nd Venice Biennale.





Dominique Labauvie in his studio, March 2007

Dominique Labauvie
THE IDES OF MARCH


OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY MARCH 30, 2007, 6–9 PM
March 30 – May 12,2007

Bleu Acier is proud to present THE IDES OF MARCH, a solo exhibition of new work on paper and sculpture by Dominique Labauvie. In ancient times the Ides was defined as the time of the full moon and represented the commencement of a new cycle. This title was chosen to symbolize the artist’s choice to work full time in his studio in the United States.

The human figure has entered his new work as a medium for change and development, as well as in reaction to the broader socio-political world climate. The human body is an essential element of his reasoning of space. Though present as an abstract, conceptual and formal element within the past two decades of Labauvie's work, representational forms of the human figure take a more powerful position in the continuum of his oeuvre. New drawings make direct visual connections to the tension and energy in his metal sculptures. Labauvie employs pastels in the subtlest gradations of white to create non-static dimensional spaces on paper and on steel. His sculpture extends these lines into the third dimension, causing the viewer's eye to move around the image as if he/she were watching the artist draw in space.

In 1998 he realized “Over the Cities” a public sculpture commissioned by the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority for The Vandenberg Airport in Tampa.

The artist will be present for the opening reception.




Dominique Labauvie, Gesellen, 2007, Steel and Pigment, 30 x 40 x 2.5 in.




April 26-30 | 350 West Mart Center

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Bleu Acier is proud to open the winter season with CONTROLLED BURN, a solo exhibition of drawings and video by collaborative artists Robyn Voshardt / Sven Humphrey, formerly of Florida and now based in New York. In late 2005, the artists were awarded a Caldera Artist Residency in Oregon, where they made many of the works on view.

Controlled Burn refers to the forestry practice of eliminating undergrowth and invasive species, with the goal of mitigating disastrous fires in the future. The artists used this idea as a point of departure, inspired by a two week stay in a mountainside area decimated by a burn gone way out of control. The resulting large drawings use the the most basic materials derived from trees – paper and carbon-based ink – and the artists' own breath instead of a brush to apply it.

look up

When I Look Up, I Fall Down, 2006,
dvd video/sound projection, dim. variable


This series continues to influence Voshardt/Humphrey's current projects that explore issues of control and intent on an environmental and personal scale: such as controlled growth in urban planning, and the surrender of control over to chance in their selection of materials and process for making art. Also on view in the Project Room is their video projection entitled When I Look Up, I Fall Down, from footage gathered on location in an old-growth forest, with audio composed by the artists. Seen from a disorienting spin, the lush tree canopy no longer offers a sense of shelter, but creates a vortex suggestive of a larger ecological and personal conundrum.

Voshardt/Humphrey have been included in numerous museum exhibitions on the west coast of Florida and the Boston area. Their work is in the permanent collections of the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Tampa Museum of Art, Gulf Coast Museum of Art, and Pinellas County Arts Council. Concurrent with this exhibition, they have another new video in Solos II at Selby Gallery, Ringling School of Art & Design in Sarasota – a 20th anniversary group exhibition featuring artists who have appeared in solo shows at the gallery. In 2006 they were also awarded a Florida Individual Artist Grant and participated in the Bridge and Pool Art Fairs in Miami, as well as Perpetual Art Machine at CinemaScope New York and Miami.

The artists will be present for the opening reception.






Link to video footage of DiVA Streets Installation


VOSHARDT/HUMPHREY VIDEO INSTALLATION
DiVA STREETS in conjunction with the DiVA FAIR, NEW YORK
February 17-24, 2007, 12pm to 8pm
8th Avenue @ 24th Street, Chelsea
Subway C,E to 23rd Street


Bleu Acier is proud to present Voshardt/Humphrey’s new video When I Look Up, I Fall Down in this video container project, one of eight in various locations throughout Chelsea.

Voshardt/Humphrey’s action of transplanting footage gathered from an old-growth heritage forest to a commercial shipping container in the midst of Manhattan reinforces the mental disconnect between nature and its conversion to consumables. Experienced in such a confined, temporal space, the disorienting spin amplifies the larger ecological as well as personal conundrum even more acutely than a white-box gallery context.
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diva


December 7-10
Catalina Hotel & Beach Club


ENTRE CHIEN ET LOUP
OPENING RECEPTION:
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2006, 6-10PM

OCTOBER 7 - DECEMBER 2, 2006


The artists participating in the show are:
Joseph Arnegger
Neil Bender
(top left)
Megan Bisbee-Durlam
David Brody
Omar Chacon
Chalet
Vicky Colombet

Elisabeth Condon
(bottom left)
Kim Curtis
Herve DiRosa
Frederique Lucien
Pierre Mabille
Francois Martin
Steve McClure
Max Neumann
Jovi Schnell
Joani Spadaro
Judith Sturm
Keer Tanchak
Robyn Voshardt / Sven Humphrey
(middle left)
Stephen Westfall
Jeff Whipple
Theo Wujcik
Bleu Acier is proud to open this season with ENTRE CHIEN ET LOUP, a group exhibition which brings together established, mid-career and emerging artists from Europe and the United States to explore different processes and propositions within contemporary painting.

Entre Chien et Loup is a French idiom - which in the literal sense means the difference between the dog and the wolf - and figuratively illustrates the precise moment of the day we call twilight when the sun has just set and the light is non-definitive. Forms, colors and shapes all melt together and the horizon presents new spatial perceptions. The emotional and intellectual limits between the familiar and the unknown are re-defined and the spectator’s visual intelligence is brought to another level. Entre Chien et Loup investigates contemporary artistic thinking and language through the act of painting.
 




METAL
LEATHER
RESIN
WAX:
SCULPTURE

MARCH 15 - MAY 15, 2005

Works by:
Dominique Labauvie
Jean Shin

Hervé Di Rosa
Marie Yoho Dorsey







Top left to right: works by Dominique Labauvie and Jean Shin

At left: works by Jean Shin and
Hervé Di Rosa


During the past several decades a metamorphosis of the third dimension in visual art has been taking place. With performance, installation and time based media gaining ground in contemporary thinking the definition of sculpture in its materiality and dimensionality have been stretched, challenged, and enlarged thus permitting a huge breath of creativity and invention in regard to how sculpture is proposed and understood. Labauvie, Shin, DiRosa and Yoho Dorsey are practicing sculptors from different generations and cultural backgrounds, and exercise the métier of sculptor with different approaches to surface and space. Metal, Leather, Resin, Wax proposes a point of view within contemporary Sculpture-making of this specific transformation of thinking with regard to the act of making sculpture.




Metal: Dominique Labauvie

Metal has been the preferred material of Labauvie for the past decade. His sculpture is often described as drawings in space and several French critics have spoken about his ability to "Draw with Fire." In 1997 he installed Suspended Skyline, a 50 ft long suspend line in cast iron for the city of Paris along the Quai de Seine. For the past year Labauvie has been actively exploring the wall as a support for the sculpture. The four new wall pieces in this show explore the boundaries and push the limits concerning the spatial relationship that exists between drawing and sculpture. The elegance of the metallic line evokes a personal calligraphic style that is also visible in his drawings and prints.








Resin: Hervé DiRosa

Hervé DiRosa is a French painter who brings to life the unique characters who populate his work through the making of sculptures portraying these unique individuals in polyester resin. In America we had Haring, Basquiat, Scharf and graffiti entered the art market. In France we had "Figuration Libre" with DiRosa, Combas, Blanchard and others with DiRosa at the lead. His universe is filled with humor and excitement and his passion for kitsch or "Art Modeste." DiRosa built a Museum dedicated to Modest Art in Sete, France. In August 2006 he will have a show of his work at the Bass Museum in Miami. He shows regularly with the Gallery Haim-Chanin in New York and Louis Carre et Cie. in Paris.




Leather: Jean Shin
Jean Shin was born in Korea and lives and works in New York. Her work is full of subtle cultural references from both worlds. One of the most inventive sculptors working in New York today she honors the banal with her intellectual elegance and offers us a space between sculpture and installation. In the "Hide" series, through the accumulation, dissection and reconstruction of worn shoes she initiates a re-birth and new life process for these otherwise very functional items of our life. The Hides offer us an exquisite sense of form and surface. Through this understood absence of the body, the forms evoked by the sculpture remind us of ourselves. Jean Shin shows with the Gallery Frederieke Taylor in New York. I would like to thank Jean Shin and Frederieke Taylor for the loan of Jean Shin's work for this show.






Wax: Marie Yoho Dorsey
Yoho Dorsey, an Amerasian with a strong Japanese heritage received her M.F.A. from the University of South Florida in 2005. She is an advanced student of Ikebana Š the study of traditional flower arrangement, which embodies an intense spiritual commitment and respect to one's place in a given environment. Yoho Dorsey works primarily in object driven installations. She has been inventing a contemporary visual language inspired from the traditional tools of Ikebana within a contemporary visual space. The fleeting surfaces of her installations create a spiritual space of contemplation and memory. For this show she will do a site-specific installation, titled, "Pink," in the project room. Yoho Dorsey has recently installed "Flower Ritual" at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna, Florida.

 





NOIRES – NOIRS
THE BLACK SHOW

Exhibition continues through
December 10, 2005

Works by:
Neil Bender
Elisabeth Condon
Hervé Di Rosa
Marie Yoho Dorsey
Sylvie Eyberg
Robyn Frank
Katty Hoover
Dominique Labauvie
Kalup Linzy
Pierre Mabille
Steve McClure
Mathieu Mercier
Abbott Miller
Max Neumann
Ricky Otto
Ulf Rungenhagen
Françoise Saur
Paula Scher
Peter Soriano
Joani Spadaro
Robyn Voshardt/Sven Humphrey


Top: works on paper by Peter Soriano, Paula Scher and Abbott Miller

At left: video and drawings by Robyn Voshardt/Sven Humphrey and sculpture by Mathieu Mercier

St Peterburg Times review


"Si j'avais a refaire ma vie, je ne ferai que du noir et blanc."


"If I could relive my life I would only work in black and white," Edgar Degas mused to his contemporary Georges Villa in 1906.

Degas was an extraordinary colorist who worked in paint, pastel and monotype, so his comment ignites our curiosity. What exactly did he mean? In Noires-Noirs emerging and internationally acclaimed artists from Europe and the United States investigate Degas' implications in works that use black as a point of reference and departure.

Materially, black absorbs color but is paradoxically considered void – the representation of non-color and non-space – but Black could be considered the most versatile color. Noires-Noirs explores its depths, hues and values, measuring up the differences between gouache, oil, charcoal, photographs, prints and moving images. Extending black beyond physical presence into metaphorical territory, Noires-Noirs examines Black as substance, structure, color and concept.





L to R: works on paper by Hervé Di Rosa, Neil Bender and Steve McClure



Works on paper by Ricky Otto



Works on paper by Robyn Voshardt/Sven Humphrey







ART DE VIVRE: FRANCE
An evening salon in the
series Chance Sightings:
Art by Accident

May 20, 2005

L'Art de Vivre will be devoted to the creation of an exquisite cultural environment. Three professionals of the Tampa Bay Area, Chef Gui, Anthony Silvestri and Erika Schneider propose an evening of special foods, wines, music and art to celebrate the Art de Vivre of France. Chef Gui will prepare specialties all evening, AnSil has created a special musical environment including tracks by Serge Gainsbourg, Jean Louis Aubert, Michel Jonas.

Bleu Acier will present a group show of European and American artists with Pierre Mabille, Dominique Labauvie, Pierre Alechinsky, Neil Bender and others. Wines will be served which will compliment the menu and the ambience. In the outdoor sculpture garden there will be a space set up to play "Petanque" – the French game of "Boules" one of the most cherished social sports of French Culture.

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Selection of cocktail hors d'oeuvres

Steak Tartare
Steak tartare is a classic bistro item. Originally made with horse meat (not tonight, though!), it is served diced finely with shallot, Dijon mustard, herbs and spices. To give it a more contemporary feel, I am serving tonight's tartar in edible cones, mimicking my youth's ice cream cones.

Vichyssoise
Vichyssoise is a cold leek and potato soup. Served cold for the first time at the beginning of the century at New York's Ritz Carlton, its roots are in classic French cuisine. My mother would make the "warm" version of Vichyssoise from scratch at least twice a week during the winter. This is her recipe.

Frites in french newspaper cornet
Ah, the importance of "pommes frites!" Potato is the only vegetable I know that transforms into so many varieties. Frites is kid food. It's fun and convenient. Served tonight in cones made out of French newspaper.

Daube Provencale, served in silver spoons
Sometimes called the mother of all stews, daube is a classic French dish of slowly braised beef, red wine, vegetables, and seasonings. Traditionally, daube was cooked in a daubière, a heavy casserole or pot with a concave lid. Cooking daube is a matter of days. My daube tonight has marinated 12 hours, cooked very slowly for 6 hours. I started it on Monday; finished it on Tuesday night, let flavors infused for 3 days, reheated it slowly in order to serve it tonight.

Artisan cheese board
Artisan describes a cheese made with respect for tradition, environment, and taste. Made by farms or small factories, each cheese served tonight has its own character. A label will describe basic information tied to each cheese. This is a large board of stinky cheese! For cheese lovers and adventurous minds only.

Boursin conceptual tasting
This conceptual tasting of the well-known Boursin cheese is enhanced by a video featuring a TV commercial. In the heart of the 80's, Boursin developed a smart marketing campaign, which emphasized the French culture gastronomic trilogy: bread, wine and cheese. Boursin's tag line was: Le pain, le vin, le boursin (bread, wine and boursin cheese). This slogan caught on so widely that it quickly became an integrant part of the popular lingo. Note that the video projected tonight shows a later commercial featuring a newer, modified slogan, especially adapted to the infamous "Loi Evin," a law forbidding alcoholic references on French TV. The original, 80s slogan became le pain, le boursin, c'est sans fin (Bread, Boursin Cheese, it's endless).

Petits Farcis de Provence

Zucchini, potatoes, red peppers, sometimes eggplant and onions are stuffed with different meats, spices and herbs, and baked in the oven. Look for these bite sized, colorful items. A Provence tradition.

Tartine a la Sardine
The word tartine literally means a slice of bread, typically a baguette, and butter, but its meaning has broadened to indicate an open faced sandwich. My grandmother used to make this quick, delicious tartine when I was very young. Thus, tartine a la sardine is probably one of my first gastronomic experiences.

Salad de Lentilles
Made with lentils from Le Puy, France. This is a popular salad in France. I am serving it this evening in Duralex glasses. Typical of rustic French bars and cafes, drinking red wine out of those is a grass root experience in itself. But these ubiquitous glasses are multi purpose, and using them, as salad bowls is only natural.

Assorted Desserts
A few elegant surprises there.

- Chef Gui Alinat






ART PLASTIQUE
March 18 - April 24, 2005

Works by:
Neil Bender

Pierre Mabille (at left)
Ulf Rungenhagen
Steve McClure

ART PLASTIQUE, which translates as the plastic arts or the visual arts, is a group show exploring the concepts of narrative and surface. The plasticity of the surface in painting and drawing as well as the concept of narrative have been important issues in the thinking of modern and contemporary image-makers. This exhibition explores the manner in which these artists define the narrative through the plastic qualities of their work, allowing the image-making process to create a new and personal space.

Two American and two European artists, these image-makers tell stories through the interactions of drawing, painting, and surface. The techniques explored; oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, pencil, charcoal, and collage, construct the narrative through the plasticity of the surface. These four artists explore the acts of painting and drawing in very different manners with different outcomes for the viewer.

Neil Bender's images thrive on fantasy and sexuality. The use of graphic imagery, color and a thorough knowledge of the history of painting allow him to construct the foundation of his images. The layers of images brought to the surface come into superposition and create a rich, sensuous, and baroque surface and narrative about painting and contemporary existence. Neil is new painting faculty at the University of South Florida.

Pierre Mabille painted lyrical landscapes dense with color. He desired to rethink his space and began reducing the images to the use of signs and symbols. Mabille's next move was to "simplify and purify" his image-making process. One sign became the visual symbol for him to continue telling stories with color, surface and line. Mabille teaches painting at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Nantes, France.

Ulf Rungenhagen is a master of collage. Found images are the way with which he starts his sentences, completes his paragraphs and writes his stories. The ground is often treated by hand as if he were adding personal commentaries to a journal. His main works are 3D installations designed for specific spaces. These paper works compliment the installations. Ulf is the Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Steve McClure an emerging painter who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, and graduated from USF in 1996. McClure defines narrative in terms of landscape. His use of watercolor in the translation of the landscape allows him to interpret and transform the space into a series of phrases, which constitute partial narratives to be brought together by the perception of the viewer. McClure uses the notion of landscape as the fusion of time and history, which at the horizon turns toward the future
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ARENA
An evening salon in the
series Chance Sightings:
Art by Accident

April 1, 2005




Photo: Bjorn Andren

This series intends to provide a meeting ground for different perspectives within the arts, an encounter for new propositions, and an intentional forum in which to consider the intersection of artistic thought throughout the different media and processes considered as art.

This salon entitled ARENA will be devoted to the idea of music and dance as systems for marking space - the parallels and divergences between music, dance and visual art. Dee Moses, principal double bass of the Florida Orchestra and Elsa Valbuena, Contemporary Choreographer and Dancer have been working together for several years creating original pieces focusing on movement and transformation using sound as an important component of the work. The piece they will perform for the salon was created for the particular space of Bleu Acier.

The salon will feature a discussion with the artists after their performance. The accompanying exhibition, ART PLASTIQUE, which opened on March 18th, will serve as an exciting backdrop to the live performance.

Dee Moses has been the principal Double bass of the Florida Orchestra since 1975. In addition to symphony and opera his career encompasses solo playing, chamber music performance, composition and teaching. He presently serves as adjunct instructor of the Double bass at U.S.F., maintains a private studio and teaches master classes. His recent summer affiliations include coaching and performing in the FloriMezzo chamber music festival and serving as Principal Bass of the Musica Viva Chamber Orchestra's inaugural festival. Recently his personal research has brought him back to contemporary composition and performance in collaboration with his wife, the modern choreographer and dancer, Elsa Valbuena.

Elsa Valbuena founded Gaudere Danza in 1982 in her native Cali, Columbia. Since her arrival ten years ago to the Tampa Bay area she has continued to establish her career as a dancer, choreographer and teacher. In 1997 she co-founded and co-directed for five seasons Moving Current, a choreographer's collective. With Gaudere Danza, Elsa's work has been presented in numerous international and national venues and festivals. The continued collaboration with artists in other mediums is essential to her work. She most recently received an Individual Artist Grant from the Hillsborough County Arts Council and a Fellowship grant from the State of Florida.






NEW EDITIONS
with guest publisher
Derriere l'Etoile Studios, NYC

Dec 11, 2004 - Feb 13, 2005

Works by:
Paula Scher
Jovi Schnell
April Gornik
Max Neumann
Sylvie Eyberg (at left)
Elizabeth Peyton
William Mackendree
Elizabeth Murray
Edgar Sanchez Cumbas
Elsa Valbuena
Claudia Ryan
Ricky Otto

Paula Scher
is a principal of Pentagram Design, New York. She walks that fine line between graphic and fine art. Scher uses word as image. We have been working together on the Headline Series – A series of 8 hand painted gravures. "I have long noticed that the news has a specific incessant rhythm and hum, regardless of content. The news always fills whatever space there is to fill; only the decibel level goes up and down. New stories crowd out old stories and no story is ever resolved. After September 11th, the news headlines switched from sex to terror, without missing a beat. This diary and calendar demonstrates the texture of the news." (PS)

Sylvie Eyberg represented Belgium at the 2003 Venice Biennale. She works from found images, which she photographs, crops and mounts with phrases inspired from the image. Her images capture the second between two gestures leaving the viewer's desire to decide the fate of the encounter. Working with Bleu Acier is her first collaborative print experience.

I have been making prints with Max Neumann for over 20 years between Europe and the US. He is one of Germany's important contemporary painters. Neumann's work is not drawn from the narrative and he works in the delicate arena between figuration and abstraction. The story happens between the forms and their relationship to one another on the surface of the image and the atmosphere that this relationship engenders.

Jovi Schnell
is a painter who lives between NY and San Francisco. I met Jovi when we were both Visiting Professors at USF. I learned that she painted enormous murals for museum shows and asked her what was left after the show when the mural was painted over? I proposed that we start a series of prints inspired by these wall works. The prints re-invent on a different scale her mechanical and organic environments that are "pop-inspired and psychedelic in spirit." (JS)

Dominique Labauvie, a French sculptor who has recently installed a 50 foot long cast iron public sculpture "Horizons Suspendus" in the Parc of the Vilette, Quai de Seine, Paris, works by suspending lines in space. Often called an artist who draws with fire referring to his working forged steel, he uses linear elements to underscore elements of the environment he wishes for us to see. Labauvie's prints create a two dimensional reality of their own.

This is the first time Edgar Sanchez Cumbas has ventured into a print atelier. Having long admired his drawings I was excited to be able to work with him. His images originate from the psychological aspects of the human condition. Sanchez Cumbas' prints are composed of layered narratives that evoke the shifting perspective found in early Chinese landscape painting. His sensitive linear drawing in contrast to his dark robed figures set up a fable which engages the viewer to invent the continuing narrative.

Elsa Valbuena, a choreographer who has a long history within contemporary dance has also been involved with photography as a means to portray an image of motion and transformation. Arena is a series of prints using sand as the metaphor for movement.

Claudia Ryan is a painter and printmaker in her last year of the M.F.A. Program at USF. Her linear universe is very powerful and suggestive of a voyage through the history of the world. Ryan's space is other and the other, the viewer, is enticed to come in and voyage with her.

Ricky Otto is a senior B.F.A. painter at USF. His work starts with figurative elements, which set up a narrative and allow him to use color, symbol and line to bring the story to abstraction. Otto has started to use the printmaking media as a complement and companion to his painting.

FROM DERRIERE L'ETOILE STUDIOS:
William Mackendree is an American artist who has spent the last 20 years in Europe. I collaborated on his first prints in Paris in 1986. This new series of prints made in New York, was inspired by this displacement. He wanted "to channel some quality of the old-world expressionist point of view and use it to meditate my new confrontation with this new situation of working in New York." His images isolate and transform everyday sightings into strong symbolic images.

One of the stars of the new figurative painters working in New York, Elizabeth Peyton paints portraits of people in her environment and whom she admires. Her images "cut through popular culture to deliver a shared common experience." (Cheryl Kaplan, db-art.info)

April Gornik is a landscape painter. She paints, draws and makes prints of uninhabited landscapes that are bathed in a poetic environment. In her artist statement she writes, "I am an artist that values above all, the ability of art to move me emotionally and psychically. I make art that makes me question, that derives its power from being vulnerable to interpretation, that is intuitive, that is beautiful." (aprilgornik.com)

Elizabeth Murray is valued as one of the most important contemporary abstract painters. Her images are emotional responses to her environment. She states in an interview with Greg Masters "I always feel like the best paintings, the longer they are, the more tortuous they are, the better they are." (artchive.com)







 


ARS SONOROS:
THE COLOR OF MUSIC
An evening salon in the
series Chance Sightings:
Art by Accident

February 19, 2004
This series intends to provide a meeting ground for different perspectives within the arts, an encounter for new propositions, and an intentional forum in which to consider the intersection of artistic thought throughout the different media and processes considered as art.

This first salon ARS SONOROS: THE COLOR OF MUSIC will be devoted to the idea of music as a system of marking space, the parallels and divergences between music and visual art, and will feature a discussion with guest artist Dee Moses, Principal Double Bass of the Florida Orchestra. Dee will play selections from both classical orchestrations, and his own compositions, while discussing music's role in the artistic arena. The accompanying exhibition of International artists has been selected to support this investigation of music and sound, their way of marking space and to the discovery of artistic transformations, which is the theme of this series. Included in this exhibition are: Dominique Labauvie, Pierre Mabille, Pierre Alechinsky, Jose Maria Sicilia, Matta, Michel Haas, Francois Fiedler, and Max Neumann.

The program:
Tristan Klage (14th century) From Mittekatteriche Spielmannsmusik
Marin Marais (1656-1728) La Provencale
Domenico Dragonetti (1763-1846) Waltz in C major
Giovanni Bottesini (1821-1899) Etude in E minor
Paul Chihara (1938- ) Logs (1970)
Dee Moses Marbelized Memories para solo (2003)
Dee Moses Marbelized Memories para duo (2003)

Dee Moses has been the principal Double bass of the Florida Orchestra since 1975. In addition to symphony and opera his career encompasses solo playing, chamber music performance, composition and teaching. He presently serves as adjunct instructor of the Double bass at U.S.F., maintains a private studio and teaches master classes. His recent summer affiliations include coaching and performing in the FloriMezzo chamber music festival and serving as Principal Bass of the Musica Viva Chamber Orchestra's inaugural festival. Recently his personal research has brought him back to contemporary composition and performance in collaboration with his wife, the modern choreographer and dancer, Elsa Valbuena.