There is a Screen | 5/10/14 - 6/15/14

Daniel BairdRyan Lauderdale

There is a Screen is a two-person exhibition uniting Chicago-based Daniel Baird and Brooklyn-based Ryan Lauderdale. Baird delves into historical elements and experiences, confronting hierarchies that are no longer organically attainable. Lauderdale explores a digital realm as a tool to dig up a past that is lost. Uncovering the sublime of the virtual world in relationship to the physical, both artists bring to attention the creation of artifacts.

Opening Reception:
Saturday, May 10, 2014
6:00pm – 10:00pm

Ultra-Deep Field

Opening Reception: October 24, 6-8 p.m.

Exhibition: October 20 – November 14, 2014

Artists: Daniel BairdSarah and Joseph BelknapKatie BellBill CongerLaura DavisAdam FarcusBob JonesHolly MurkersonErin Washington

Curated by Jason JuddUltra-Deep Field is a group exhibition that considers the inadequacy of representing desire, time, and scale by way of hand. Though the artwork spans sculpture, photography, drawing, and video, the pieces posture themselves as self-evident, allowing the literal to be experienced as poetic. In the exhibition, Joseph Belknap lights Sarah Belknap’s cigarette using the sun, Bill Conger stencils an exact replica of a poem written by his 8 year old son, while Erin Washington’s 9 x 12 black acrylic panel documents the process of her hand healing by using her injured hand to draw itself. To this end, Ultra-Deep Field suggests possibilities of how to reorient one’s body with the everyday world that acts upon it.

As Sarah and Joseph Belknap find a way to harness a complex system to have a smoke, Erin Washington asks “why haven’t we seen a photograph of the whole earth yet? The Belknaps and Washington both materialize a new understanding of the cosmic and earthbound from a very local place, themselves. Bill Conger’s lyrical titles amplify a sense of longing and melancholy, which becomes increasingly haunting as more time is spent with each piece: A vintage lighting rod, a smashed wine bottle glued back together, and an exact replication of his young son’s poem. Adam Farcus’s wall poem, in five descending triangles, is a would-be potion that names materials that could be found in the Midwest. Like a materialization from Farcus’s potion, Bob Jones builds work out of humble materials local to him. Jones bounds sticks, rocks, dirt, studio debris with mud, paint, and glue in his studio with the aspiration to offer a link to the mythical through an alchemical change. Daniel Baird uses both found objects and structures he creates to subvert the experience between technological progress and the primitive. One piece includes a rapid prototype, a bird wing, an ejection seat handle, an emergency blanket, a meteorite, and marble dust to name only a few. Katie Bell’s paintings have no plan from the beginning. Though they hang on the wall, the process is about finding the painting within the hunk of plaster. Laura Davis plays with scale, using an image of a necklace  to formally materialize a likeness that proves to be a void. On the other hand, Holly Murkerson’s photographic sculptures reminds the viewer that the photograph is a space they can never enter physically. A desire that you can stand in front of but never be in.

Rockford University Art Gallery, Clark Arts Center / 5050 E. State Street / Rockford, IL 61108

For Aristotle, human beings are political animals who can best achieve some level of happiness within a stable and open political community. But happiness, the standard if misleading translation of the Greek word ‘eudaimonia,’ is not exclusively a form of pleasure or a feeling of personal well-being; it is the state arrived at through the realization of such virtues as courage, justice, and wisdom that are good in and of themselves. Aristotle is careful to point out that external and bodily goods, like affluence, security, and health, are only good to the extent that they support these “goods of the soul.” He writes in 'Politics,’ “Mankind does not acquire or preserve virtue by the help of external goods… and happiness, whether consisting of pleasure or virtue, or both, is more often found in those who are most highly cultivated in their mind and their character

Daniel Baird, ‘Aristotle Got It: The Necessity of Funding Contemporary Art, Even If You Don’t Like It’

The Walrus, October 2012

Northern California photography workshop: Elysian the Workshop

Northern California photography workshop: Elysian the Workshop

By 100layercake

When a creative crew comes together, beautiful things start to happen. Especially in the wedding industry. Sawyer Baird + Danielle Poff combined forces last spring to put on a total dream of a workshop for photographers. Evoking natural beauty + a farm-to-table feel throughout, this hilltop shoot to come from it could totally inspire an elopement, intimate wedding, or even…

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In This Issue: August 2015

It’s officially swimsuit season, and you’re in luck. The August issue of FitnessRx for Women— available now— is our Fat-loss Special! To help you get in your best shape before summer ends, we’ve put together some of the most effective workouts for blasting fat and toning up for summer— along with the latest scientific research on healthy eating, diets, training and more.

We all know that a great set of abs are essential in the summer season. In “Fabulous Flat Abs with IFBB Bikini Pro Callie Bundy” by Lisa Steuer, our cover model demonstrates a great flat abs workout that will help you build your abdominal muscles and sculpt a sexy six-pack. This workout uses a variety of tools and bodyweight moves to hit your abs from all angles and increase the intensity.

In “Bikini Season Blast-off with IFBB Bikini Pros Ashley Kaltwasser & Juliana Daniell” by Jaime Baird, you’ll find a high-intensity, fat-burning program that will really get you swimsuit ready! This it a total body program that produces results because it’s all about less rest with more volume, plyometrics, compound movements, isolation work and combination exercises. With this program, you can shape up in just two weeks, which is perfect if you’ve got a beach vacation coming up. This program also works as a switch-up from your normal routine to really amp up the results, or try it as a weekly challenge in order to boost the intensity of your regular training. No matter how you use the program, you can be sure it will help you blast fat and tone up for summer.

Whether you are on vacation this summer or busy with your normal routine, you need a workout that travels light and gets the job done quickly. This is where bodyweight training comes into play, which has become so popular that it’s been named a top fitness trend for this year. In “Get Ripped and Toned Bodyweight Workout with IFBB Bikini Champion India Paulino” by Jaime Baird, you’ll find 10 unique exercises that will challenge your body and help you burn some serious calories. Get ready to sculpt and burn with this high-intensity circuit.

Glutes and waist workouts are a must for the summer season. In “Tiny Waist and Tight Butt Program with IFBB Bikini Pro Sara Back” by Lisa Steuer, tone up with lunges,  deadlifts, cable exercises and more. Sara is a Finnish Bikini champion who knows all about sculpting award-winning glutes and abs. Whether you need a little extra toning up or just a switch-up from your regular routine, this program is for you— so get ready to tighten up before summer ends!

To help you even further in your summer fitness goals, this month we also have:

• In “Effect of Meal Frequency on Fat Loss” by Brad Schoenfeld, Ph.D., learn the best approach to your diet in order to maximize fat loss.
• In “4 New Glute and Hamstring Exercises You Aren’t Doing” by Nick Tumminello, take your lower body training to a new level with some unique strengthening and toning exercises.
• In “Flat Abs: High-Intensity Cardio Versus Low-Intensity Cardio,” by Michael J. Rudolph, Ph.D., discover the best method for driving fat loss while enabling lean muscle growth.

This is just a sample of the great material you’ll find in the August issue: the best cutting-edge tips, workouts and advice from the experts, as well as scientifically backed research on exercise and healthy eating to whip you into your best summer shape. Get ready to tone up and blast fat before summer ends— pick up the August issue today! http://bit.ly/1J28pJ8