Week of 9/23
Shalini Patel describes Boston-based multimedia artist Maria Molteni’s work as being “made possible through simultaneous devotions: from beekeeping to the Shakers, basketball to punk she cultivates her own complex approach to research and practice through an intuitive sense of spatial and psychic purpose." (Source)
T H E E G G A N D T H E E Y E
Maria Molteni is in town from Boston installing “L’œuf et L’œil” (The Egg and The Eye) at The Residential. She is showing paintings and sculpture using the material and visual language of tennis to explore perception, perversion, boundaries, and surveillance.
L’œuf is said to be the origin of the English term "love” in tennis because eggs resemble a zero in three dimensions. Players are tied at l’œuf or love at the beginning of a game. The latin alphabet grapheme Œ is playfully referred to as e dans l’o (“e in the o”) or o et e collies (“o and e glued”) by the French. Other words that employ Œ include cœur (“heart”), sœur (“sister”), œuvre (“work”), and œil (“eye”).
In recent years, tennis players who doubt the vision or judgement of a line umpire may turn to a system called “Hawk-eye” to verify a disputed call. A notorious match in the 2004 US Open between Serena Williams and Jennifer Capriati, in which Serena lost a match due to a high number of unfair line calls, was a game changer for implementing the system as standard protocol. Hawk-eye technology closely surveils the game of tennis via 6 or 7 cameras positioned to track the trajectory of a moving tennis ball from different angles. The recorded information is then triangulated and combined to create a representation of the ball’s contact with the court. Taking ball skid and compression into account, this image never resembles the spherical tennis ball we all know. Instead, the simulated impression favors the contour of an egg.
This direction is inspired by many years of playing competitive sports and the times Molteni watched, in awe, as her mother seamlessly pulled spare tennis balls from under her skirt (not unlike a laying hen). The particular hawk-eye imagery that informs these works were pulled from the Serena vs Venus Williams match that she had the privilege of attending with her mother at the 2015 US Open.
Meet Molteni at the opening Thursday September 23 from 7 - 9 PM, located in the Crane Artist Lofts in Downtown Des Moines. More info.
T H U R S D A Y :
4 PM - Gyan Shrosbree: Walk-In Closet
Grand View University: Prairie Meadows Gallery
6:30 - Finding Vivian Maier + Commentary with Ann Marks Des Moines Art Center
7 PM - Maria Molteni, L'oeuf et l'oeil The Residential
F R I D A Y :
5 PM - FALLING SEASONS Art Glass Zanzibar’s
5:30 PM - Mind Travelers’ Aquarium // Aquarium Tour + Reception Iowa City
S A T U R D A Y :
10 AM - Art Harvest Tour 2016 Ogden
2 PM - DSM Feminists in the Arts: Meeting #2 Des Moines Social Club
6 PM - Artist Reception: Alexis Dwyer Ames
S U N D A Y :
10 AM - 46th Annual Octagon Art Festival Ames
10 AM - Art Harvest Tour 2016 Ogden
O P P O R T U N I T I E S ***new***
Market Day Black Friday Applications DEADLINE September 23
Center for Afrofuturist Studies 2017 Residencies DEADLINE September 30
***Ballet Des Moines Artist-In-Residence DEADLINE October 7***
Iowa Arts Council Project Grant DEADLINE November 1
COMMUNITY PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE: STREET PHOTOGRAPHY DEADLINE November 15
Bemis: Art, Empathy, and Ethos : Thematic Residency DEADLINE December 1
Heidi Bartlett will conduct a performance art workshop called Seeing & Being based on La Pocha Nostra live art lab techniques created by Guillermo Gomez-Peña, a prolific Chicano performance artist, writer and educator. It is a 2 hour intensive on performance art with a focus on the human body as a site for creation, reinvention, memory, activism and healing. She will place particular emphasis on the relationship between the human body and the space (Moberg Gallery) where they will be working. The attendance for the workshop is $5 and limited to 24 participants. Sign up here.