The final art exhibition in the Critics Series at artspace brings together three artists, each initially chosen by a different critic for a solo show during the past two years. These artists are shown together for the first time in a thematic exhibition curated by Robert L. Pincus, PhD, the organizing critic for this series. The works will include some seen in the solo exhibitions and others made since those original shows were presented.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6
5:30 PM - 8:00 pm
Appetizers and Cash Bar.
Musical Entertainment by Julieann Banks
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Winner, BEST OF SHOW 2011 Impromptu Exhibition chosen by Art Critic Robert L. Pincus. Rachel Stuart-Haas is a painter who works in acrylic, pen & ink, watercolor and more. Critic Robert Pincus describes her work as, "Art that rewards sustained viewing having an element of mystery or inexplicability to it." Haas studied painting at the Marchutz School in Aix en Provence, France and later would earn her BFA in Design at the Kansas City Art Institute. She received the CA Annual Award in 1999, a Louie Award International Winner in 2001 and a Shreveport Artist Fellowship winner in 2005.
Winner, BEST OF SHOW 2013 CRITICAL MASS Exhibition chosen by Art Critic, Lauren Buscemi. Joshua Chambers’ style has often been described as illustrative and illusive. With a love of theatre but a quiet nature, Joshua's work echoes the philosophy of absurdist playwrights and deconstructed sets. Receiving his Master of Fine Arts from Louisiana Tech University in 2009 and his Bachelors of Art from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma, Joshua's work has been published in New American Paintings, Creative Quarterly, and Studio Visit Magazine. Chambers work can currently be found in permanent collections in the Lessadra Gallery in Bulgaria and Osage Gallery in the Gilrease Museum of the Americas.
Chambers lives in Bossier Parish with his wife Leigh Anne and their daughter Sophia and is currently a teacher for the Talented Art Program of Bossier Parish Schools.
TAFFIE CRAGON GARSEE
Winner, Visual BEST OF SHOW 2014 CRITICAL MASS Exhibition II chosen by critic, Susan Larsen. Taffie Garsee likes to point out her snarky and sarcastic tone when she speaks or refers to an unrefined attire in her daily life. She contrasts her life with her art: "When I paint, I take time to make sure my work is as perfect as I can make it look, within the limitations of my abilities." Taffie uses artwork to convey scenarios in human existence, from the perspective of something smaller, to prompt the viewer to take away the nature of a situation rather than the politics of it. "Sometimes my art gives others a new perspective of me. And perspective is everything. I want others to see things from my perspective…"
Critical MASS History
Three years ago, the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Rocco Landesman, made a visit to Shreveport to announce a major grant award that would jumpstart the planning and vision process for Shreveport Common. In an effort to ensure that the National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman would “see” the Northwest Louisiana Arts Community, a last minute Exhibition opportunity, IMPROMPTU, was created at artspace. During the series, IMPROMPTU critic Robert L. Pincus, Ph.D, met with area artists who urged that a system of formal critique could advance professionalism in the Arts in Northwest Louisiana.
The Shreveport Regional Arts Council submitted a successful grant to the NEA to produce a two-year Critics’ Series inspired by the success of the artspace IMPROMPTU Exhibition and subsequent conversation. Returning IMPROMPTU critic Robert L. Pincus, PhD has selected highly regarded critics who will each provide progressive reviews of the exhibitions and artists within this series. As curator of the series, Robert L. Pincus will oversee efforts to encourage national coverage of these exhibitions and the Critics' Series.