Morean Arts Center Upcoming Exhibits

Please see our Artist Opportunities page for more upcoming exhibitions.

 

 

BASK: 20 Years

October 12 – 26, 2019  (opening reception October 12, 5 to 9pm)

This exhibition is a 20 year retrospective of the artist known as Bask.

Bask is the moniker of one, Ales Bask Hostomsky, who along with his parents emigrated from Czechoslovakia to Florida and began to soak up America’s popular iconic imagery along with the sun.

He quickly began to notice similarities between the communistic iconic propaganda from his youth and the consumer advertising of his teens. Bask soon discovered that they were simply two sides of the same coin. Each vying for our short-lived attention spans, all the while selling us (or telling us?) anything and everything from Marxism to McDonalds.

Seeking conspiracies—and finding them embedded in the popular iconography of the mass media, Bask began painting bold, media-critical broadsides to assuage his fear of being manipulated. A fear cultivated in a repressive regime had now returned, but to the most unlikely and safest of places—the American living room.

The artist’s richly textural work imbue his “anti-iconic,” sometimes satirical worldview with an undercurrent of dark emotion. His canvases are the city’s flotsam and jetsam of industrial and consumer decay. Combining his graphic skill with his trademark multi-layered applications, Bask builds up the surface only to break down the image. “My art is a type of deconstruction,” says Bask, “I try to focus on the imperfection of things, rather than their unachievable perfection.”

JUJMO: ROYGBIV

October 12 – 26, 2019  (opening reception October 12, 5 to 9pm)

Hailing from Tampa, JUJMO is a muralist and illustrator with an affinity for playing with color. She loves to explore various motifs found in Japanese folklore and enjoys the company of animals, especially dogs. This is her first solo exhibition. 

Kodi Thompson: XYZ

October 12 – 26, 2019  (opening reception October 12, 5 to 9pm)

Kodi is a ceramic artist originally from Pennsylvania who recently relocated to St. Petersburg. His latest works stem from previous two-dimensional surface designs influenced from skateboarding, graffiti, architecture, and other life experiences. The surfaces have been cropped into abstract compositions and plasma cut from steel to become dies which clay can be forced through. Totaling 36 in all, the dies are a symbolic personal alphabet rooted in his past. Clay is extruded through these shapes, resulting in geometric columns that can be cut, altered, and reconnected. References from his past are disguised in plain view from the extruding process, becoming a completely new and infinite set of forms to be interpreted.

Daniel Lloyd-Miller: Scenes of Transformation

October 12 – 26, 2019  (opening reception October 12, 5 to 9pm)

St. Pete is a changing city and while many artists both in town and visiting for SHINE will leave their indelible mark on the city’s walls this year, Lloyd-Miller’s primary efforts will be to capture and explore the more ephemeral feeling of St. Pete itself. This exhibition is a collection of paintings ranging in size that best describe his experience and exploration during this time. Lloyd-Miller’s goal is that, as a mirror provides a likeness of the truth, so too will his paintings portray the zeitgeist of this city during this time of plenty.

 
 

BEHOLD: 2019 Holiday Show & Sale

 

November 9 – December 29, 2019  (opening reception November 9, 5 to 9pm)

Our annual sale of artwork by our member artists! Come find something for everyone on your holiday shopping list, in a variety of styles and price ranges. Includes ornaments, stockings, functional ceramics, paintings, photography and more. 

Art of Valor Exhibition

 

November 9 – December 29, 2019  (opening reception November 9, 5 to 9pm)

The Morean Arts Center has partnered with James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital to offer glassblowing to military patients and veterans as part of a community-based arts program. The inception of Operation: Art of Valor began at the Morean Glass Studio & Hot Shop March 18, 2018, with a mission to serve the military and veteran population through structured, hands-on learning that focuses on improving cognition, social interaction, physical dexterity, teamwork and confidence.

This exhibition features work created in the program, as well as photographs and video of the artists in action. 

Terry Brett: Iconic Renaissance

 

November 9 – December 29, 2019  (opening reception November 9, 5 to 9pm)

Inspired by his travels to Italy, Terry Brett delved deep into religious iconography, frescos, mosaics and gold leaf.  With scored clay on canvas and applied fresco images, Terry’s subjects range from the spiritual to the mythical.  

I AM

 

January 11 – February 28, 2020  (opening reception January 11, 5 to 9pm)

I Am… is a group exhibition that proposes a new way to further overcome the relative uselessness or ineffectiveness of prejudgment. It proposes to reveal through the lens of a multitude of photographers from various parts of the globe what can be possible in the growing dispersion and development of the human race, images that transcend boundaries and belief systems. Curated by D. Dominick Lombardi  Pictured: Liz Guarracino’s portrait of Sunday Ray

Perri Neri: Past Tense; Present.

 

January 11 – February 28, 2020  (opening reception January 11, 5 to 9pm)

Perri Neri (MFA Pratt, BFA University of Tampa) creates expressive large-scale figurative paintings. In her latest body of work, she is “finding ways of thinking about what it means to exist without progress. It starts with a moment, a laugh, a scream, an election…and using the whole of art history as the proverbial cliff, I jump, trying to make relevant my present state of being, before the final thud.”