Personal-Travel-Photo-Review: observing the symmetry of temple structures in Beijing, Guangzhou, and Xi’an, China, 2010.
Personal-Travel-Photo-Review: the defensive wall of Xi’an, China, 2010. If you ever get the chance to bike the 8.5 mile wall of Xi-an, do it. (That’s me on the bike) Originally constructed in 618 – 907ce, (modified 1368-1644) it is one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world with elegant corner guardhouses. They have an annual festival on its ramparts consisting of colorful cartoon characters. Inside the wall is a mix of modern and ancient neighborhoods, including ancient temples and one of the oldest Muslim quarters in China because it was on the silk and spice roads. Xi-an is also the home of the Terracotta-Warriors. Fascinating place!
The China tourism bureau had just completed the new Disneyland-like attraction outside Xi’an when I arrived to see the terra-cotta warriors in 2010. There are three airplane hanger size enclosures to view the site, as well as a large museum. The site is not fully explored, and there is much to do to preserve what’s left. Most notably, the warriors brightly colored paint fade immediately upon contact with air, so the archeologists only excavate sections at a time while they test new preservation methods. The amazing thing is, that there are many other burial sites like it nearby. Like
Cairo Egypt and the Giza Plateau, it is an area of oversize funeary complexes, and ancient history we in the west barely comprehend.
In 2016 I pushed myself to present a wide spectrum of art with a total of 33 regional shows. These exhibits included painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, video, and augmented reality (AR.) By saying “yes” to opportunities I managed an art-opening on average every 11 days. Some were duplicates, like the three openings at different locations around Seattle for my Beard Video projections with Center on Contemporary Art.
The resulting effort produced multiple reviews, articles, covers and mentions in print and on-line media. I also went broke and was hospitalized but it was worth it to press my limits of endurance and break new artistic ground. There are upcoming shows and other new projects in the works for 2017, yet I will not likely repeat the ambitious experiment again. I have other personal and professional goals set for this year.
Already in the works is my involvement in a start-up company featuring Augmented Reality art and apps for small business. This project emerged from an AR show in May with Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle. A few of us from the show decided to join forces. Our first app is nearly complete, customers are interested, and a VC funding-round is about to begin. It is certain to be an interesting ride.
In the meantime there are currently still five shows up in which my latest 2016 artwork can be seen.
In Everett, WA, through Jan 20:
and in Astoria, OR:
As crazy as 2016 was for many, It is my hope that you find yourself safe and secure in the new year.
I am included in a traveling exhibit presenting Augmented Reality works of art. A 3D model was created from an original painting and stored in the cloud. The artwork is viewed using a mobile device while observing printed material containing the trigger. The trigger is linked to the 3D image which is anchored to the postcard and rendered in real time. The diagram above shows the printed postcard including the original art, the view of a mobile user, and a screen capture of the artwork in action. Exhibition catalog through Center on Contemporary Art
Phoenix-Eagle, acrylic and oil on canvas, 2016
“I am honored to be part of Im’ago Primordialis. A special two month exhibition of international Visionary artists presented at Krab Jab Studio in Seattle, July 9th – September 3rd, 2016.” -Jeff Mihalyo
July 9th, September 3rd, 2016
Opening Reception Saturday, July 9th, 6 – 9 pm,
Artist Talk at 7:30 pm
Krab Jab Studio
5628 Airport Way South, Ste 150
Seattle, WA 98108
Mystery has been banished; everything must be defined. And yet, while analytical thought bestows many gifts upon civilization, we remain insatiable. As if the unknown, itself, is the very ferment of community, humility, love….and life.
Embracing mystery as a source of inspiration, Fantastic Realists from around the world present this exhibition of visionary art.
Featuring works by Brigid Marlin, Peter Gric, Roku Sasaki, Tomasz Alen Kopera, Steven Kenny, Liba W. Stambollion, Igor Grechanyk, Amanda Sage, Miguel Tio, Autumn Skye Morrison, Susannah Martin, Andrew Gonzalez, Otto Rapp, Forest Rogers, Jean Pronovost, Benjamin Vierling, Jeff Mihalyo, Don Farrell, Yvette Endrijautzki, William Fahey, Bryan K. Ward and Martina Hoffmann. Additional works by HR Giger, Ernst Fuchs and Robert Venosa. Curated by Don Farrell.
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As my Abstract Alternatives show at Dendroica Gallery in Seattle comes to a close this week I would like to thank all those who made it a success. Especially proprietor Martha Dunham, writer Russell Smith, PR-man Steven Vroom, and writer Elisa Mader for her review in Cincinnati’s arts publication AEQAI.
During the next week I open three more shows.
On Thursday May 12, The Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) presents artists working with augmented reality in a show titled CoCA Pop-Up (AR)t. My contribution in this group show is a AR version of my painting Suitors. A companion book has been published including all the work from the show and is available for $20 from their web site.
Opening in Astoria Oregon on Saturday May 14 at RiverSea Gallery is a solo presentation titled East is West. The oil paintings are a collection of new and older works that span 15 years. I was invited to show at RiverSea as one of the artist who worked on the mural restoration of the landmark Astoria Column.
On Thursday May 19, Black Lab Gallery in Everett presents a group show curated by Anne Grgich titled Archaelogies of the Extraordinary Everyday. Black Lab Gallery is Everett’s newest art spot. Recently I presented travel photography for their two-month inaugural exhibit which closes this weekend as well.
For me these three exhibits will end the streak of 15 opening in as many weeks. The show storm was a challenging run that also put me in the hospital with stress related symptoms. My health is fine yet I discovered my limits. Although I have a few more shows opening in the year ahead, I will look forward to a change of pace in the coming months. My next missive in early August will announce my inclusion with a special exhibition of European Visionary artists.
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Have a great summer!
Opening April 14. 2016, Dendroica Gallery presents “Abstract Alternatives” – new work by Jeff Mihalyo, a Seattle-based artist. Known for his mastery of multiple mediums and styles, Mihalyo’s current exhibit is a series of black and white abstract drawings using interlocking natural shapes and fractal patterns.
This new set of drawings offer formalist compositions that showcase the surrealist elements in the pieces. Each composition uses depth and focus to convey subjects in dimensional space without representationalism. Like electron microscope images of alien objects, these compositions present worlds made from ideas as much as interwoven shapes.
Mihalyo’s international art career spans over a quarter of a century, and he is known for creating everything from large-scale fantastical flowing and glowing landscapes (sometimes including levitating cities) to video installations where his bearded visage overpowers the screen, to cast-paint objects.
Exhibit Review by Cincinnati arts journal ÆQAI:
So far it¹s a year characterized by a rolling series of deadlines. The events listed bellow is a sap-shot of the last 10 days.
My six foot painting “Pyramid” was on the cover of the fist issue of Enzyme Arts Magazine and coincides with a nine page article about my work and studio practice. The magazine is available as a download and print-on-demand. For more info http://www.enzymemag.com/
The original 20-foot OK Hotel bar mural was installed at the Royal Room for the OK Hotel Family Reunion. The event celebrated the venue’s cultural legacy by compressing fifteen years of Seattle music history into four days. The OK Hotel closed in 2001 due to the Nisquallie earthquake, but the reunion drew people from around the country to attend and/or play music at something like a high school reunion for Seattle’s Grunge era. Many recordings are already available on Youtube.
So far it¹s a year characterized by a rolling series of deadlines. The events listed bellow My submission to deploy Nitinol (memory metal) structures resembling mid-century modern architecture in a cul-d-sac arrangement for Giant Steps opens March 3rd at Seattle¹s King Street Station. The exhibition is also a competition for an artist residency on the moon. Fifty artists/artist groups compete for $10k and will be selected by a committee of scientists. Winner announced at the opening. More info at http://www.giantsteps.space
I will be presenting a selection from my Beard Video project in three locations with Seattle¹s Center on Contemporary Art (COCA). Also opening March 3rd. COCA 35 Live is an exhibit in three locations celebrating 35 years of contemporary art with a member show including 185 artists. More info at: http://www.cocaseattle.org/
My unconventional travel photography including image-manipulations, composite photography, and in-camera effects will be included at Black Lab Gallery’s inaugural group exhibit opening March 17th. More info at: http://www.blacklabonlinegallery.com/
A new body of abstract drawings will be on display at Dendroica Gallery opening April 14th. More info at: http://dendroica.gallery/
What a Year!
My 2015 artistic adventures began with a February exhibit of cast-paint egg assemblages at Shoreline City Hall in north Seattle. It was followed by a large event in May at Axis gallery that coincided with a 5-page artist-feature in Weave Magazine (#5). Simultaneously, exhibit artwork was printed on the cover of Seattle’s arts tabloid The Stranger. Two weeks later a second article in The Stranger covered the history of my OK Hotel bar mural that was completed in 1999. A third feature by City Arts Magazine presented an exposé of this artist in the studio.
My work was included in two themed group shows at Linda Hodges Gallery, and also as a twenty-year survey at Ida Culver House. In October a compressed version of my ongoing Beard Project video was selected for inclusion in 12 Seconds-Max at The Factory. All three shows happend in Seattle.
I also joined two galleries. Dendroica Gallery located on Capitol Hill in Seattle, and RiverSea Gallery in downtown Astoria Oregon.
In late summer I worked with a crew of artist to restore the Astoria Column, in Astoria Oregon. The restoration of the 140 foot tall historic landmark by Italian artist Attilio Pusterla was originally create in 1926. We finished the project just before winter weather began, and the official unveiling will occur in the summer of 2016.
During the early months of 2016 I will present three shows of new works in abstract drawings, composite-photography, and narrative painting. This fall I will be included in the international visionary exhibit concurrent with the Seattle Art Fair. Presently in the works are an on-line magazine-feature, an Augmented-Reality publication, and more. There are exciting creative adventures in the year ahead. Look for more information in future announcements by adding yourself to my e-mail list at Mihalyo.com
Thank you for following along and for your support.
Have a safe and happy New Year!