Art Capsules: The Contemporary Art Scene in Central Florida and Beyond
by Egberto Almenas
Art Capsules: The Contemporary Art Scene in Central Florida and Beyond assembles a collection of short essays covering the contemporary visual arts scene in Central Florida and the inflow of past and present-day streams of creativity from afar. Beautifully designed and handsomely illustrated with representative works by the artists discussed, this volume is a keepsake for those with a keen interest in contemporary visual arts, particularly art connected with Florida. Modern-day artists presented include the mathematically-oriented digital artist Nathan Selikof; Doug Rhodehamel, self-described as someone who “makes stuff” such as paper bag mushrooms and plastic bottle jellyfish; Brigan Gresh, whose visual narrative is born deep within and ultimately offers hope and a promise of transcendence; visual diarist Martha L. Lent, for whom everyday objects celebrate women, domesticity, and traditional American crafts; the evocative surrealist painter Leonora Carrington; and many others. To establish a historical context for the art scene in Florida, the author considers the varied contributions of artists like El Greco, Francisco Goya, Salvador Dali, Maxfield Parrish, and Herman Herzog. These art “capsules” provide a summary of ideas as well as a measure of nourishment for those mindful of the impressive contemporary art scene in Central Florida.
ART / American / General
ISBN: 978-0-9885897-5-9 (print, softcover)
Egberto Almenas, PhD, is a well-travelled former tenured professor and senior research associate in art and literature, and currently a docent at the Orlando Museum of Art. Art Capsules: The Contemporary Art Scene in Central Florida and Beyond is his fifth book and the first chiefly centered on his longstanding passion for American art. His essays often feature worldwide in venues devoted to creative expression and thought. He lives in Central Florida.
Part One: At the Epicenter
Part Two: . . . and Beyond
Part Three: Catalogue Irraisonné
Part Four: Viva Florida 500
Appendix: The Digital Archive of Hispanic Art in Central Florida
“This is an intriguing and beautiful project . . . the subject and writing style are compelling.”
“Your quiet nature masks a strong eloquence and rich, almost Elizabethan English. I find myself reading it out loud to enjoy the consonants.”
“I love these [capsules]. It's nice to finally have something intelligent and well written to read in Orlando.”
“Your scholarly approach to these talents is right on! Thank you for the wonderfully written words!”
“[Egberto Almenas] write[s] so elegantly and . . . has a poetic resonance that . . . I find . . . to be highly compelling.”
“You've done a wonderful job . . . in what remains . . . a cultural and intellectual vacuum, by invoking historical dialecticism. . . . I loved it!”
“The type of writing that we so often miss here in Central Florida.”
“The top-notch catalog [of capsules] tells all and is a marvelous way of re-introducing the relevance of [the local contemporary art scene].”
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