Upcoming/Current MANDEM Art Shows:Artists’ League Summer AnnualMay 16 - July 11, 2014 (Tallahassee, FL)Museum of Fine Arts / Juried Group ShowMANDEM’s Medusa, Her Word Against His won first place! This exhibition of regional artists was juried this year by Amanda Karioth Thompson, the Acting Director of COCA (Council on Culture and Arts). The Museum of Fine Arts is located at the corner of West Tennessee and Copeland Streets. Visit the Museum of Fine Arts online for more information about exhibits, parking, and hours. Steel City SteampunkJune 6 - September 13, 2014 (Pueblo, CO)Hoag Gallery / Juried Group ShowThe Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center in Pueblo will be converted into “Steampunk Central Station” this summer with everything from fashion and tea dueling, to authentic Victorian clothing and century-old artifacts to explore the art, history, and culture of Steampunk. The Steel City Steampunk art show was juried by author Jeff VanderMeer (co-author of The Steampunk Bible). Get more information on the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center Website.(Show Title TBA)August 8 - 16, 2014 (Atlanta, GA)Thomas Deans Fine Art / Group ShowMANDEM will be part of a summer group show at the beautiful Thomas Deans Fine Art gallery in Atlanta. More details are coming soon.DragonCon Art Show 2014August 29 - September 1, 2014 (Atlanta, GA)Grand Hall West of the Hyatt Regency / Juried Group ShowDragonCon is the largest science fiction, fantasy, and pop-culture convention of its type in the world, with crowds of over 52,000 people. Competition to get into the art show is intense, with some of the most influential contemporary fantasy/sci-fi artists in attendance, and we are honored to be in attendance Labor Day Weekend, 2014. To learn more about DragonCon, visit their website.NEXUS: SECAC 2014 Juried ExhibitionOctober 8 - 11, 2014 (Sarasota, FL)Art Center Sarasota / Juried Group ShowThis juried exhibit, judged by Dr. Matthew McLendon, Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art at The Ringling Museum, is accompanying the 70th annual Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) in Sarasota, FL. In addition to showing work in the juried exhibition, we will also be presenting our paper Medusa, from Ovid to Cixous to ‘Once Upon A Time’ as part of the Wicked Women in Art session at the SECAC conference. SECAC is a non-profit organization that promotes the study and practice of the visual arts in higher education on a national basis. Learn more on their website. POP Femme Sugar Coated Strange 2014October 3 - 31, 2014 (Santa Fe, NM)POP Gallery / Invitational Group ShowPOP Femme features the Women of New Brow Contemporary Art creating works beyond mere whimsy, often dark and mysterious and taking cues from old masters and religious icons while referencing the ancient myths of feminine power. Internationally acclaimed artists include Carrie Ann Baade, Tammy Otis, Zoe Williams, Phresha LeVandale, Stefanie Vega, Marie Sena, Kristen Margiotta, Julie Zarate, and Lea Barozzi among others. Visit Pop Gallery’s Website to learn more.Anne Rice Tribute AuctionOctober 3 - 31, 2014 (Santa Fe, NM)POP Gallery / Open Invitation Group ShowRunning simultaneously to the POP Femme Sugar Coated Strange exhibit, this tribute show of small art works inspired by Pulitizer Prize winning Author, Anne Rice, will be an auction with 100% of the proceeds going to Southwest C.A.R.E. Center, which was established in 1996 and has been a model of excellence in the treatment of care for people living with HIV. Visit Pop Gallery’s Website to learn more.(Photo - Her Brother’s Keeper: Rupture.)

Upcoming/Current MANDEM Art Shows:

Artists’ League Summer Annual

May 16 - July 11, 2014 (Tallahassee, FL)
Museum of Fine Arts / Juried Group Show
MANDEM’s Medusa, Her Word Against His won first place! This exhibition of regional artists was juried this year by Amanda Karioth Thompson, the Acting Director of COCA (Council on Culture and Arts). The Museum of Fine Arts is located at the corner of West Tennessee and Copeland Streets. Visit the Museum of Fine Arts online for more information about exhibits, parking, and hours.
 
Steel City Steampunk
June 6 - September 13, 2014 (Pueblo, CO)
Hoag Gallery / Juried Group Show
The Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center in Pueblo will be converted into “Steampunk Central Station” this summer with everything from fashion and tea dueling, to authentic Victorian clothing and century-old artifacts to explore the art, history, and culture of Steampunk. The Steel City Steampunk art show was juried by author Jeff VanderMeer (co-author of The Steampunk Bible). Get more information on the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center Website.

(Show Title TBA)
August 8 - 16, 2014 (Atlanta, GA)
Thomas Deans Fine Art / Group Show
MANDEM will be part of a summer group show at the beautiful Thomas Deans Fine Art gallery in Atlanta. More details are coming soon.

DragonCon Art Show 2014
August 29 - September 1, 2014 (Atlanta, GA)
Grand Hall West of the Hyatt Regency / Juried Group Show
DragonCon is the largest science fiction, fantasy, and pop-culture convention of its type in the world, with crowds of over 52,000 people. Competition to get into the art show is intense, with some of the most influential contemporary fantasy/sci-fi artists in attendance, and we are honored to be in attendance Labor Day Weekend, 2014. To learn more about DragonCon, visit their website.

NEXUS: SECAC 2014 Juried Exhibition
October 8 - 11, 2014 (Sarasota, FL)
Art Center Sarasota / Juried Group Show
This juried exhibit, judged by Dr. Matthew McLendon, Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art at The Ringling Museum, is accompanying the 70th annual Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) in Sarasota, FL. In addition to showing work in the juried exhibition, we will also be presenting our paper Medusa, from Ovid to Cixous to ‘Once Upon A Time’ as part of the Wicked Women in Art session at the SECAC conference. SECAC is a non-profit organization that promotes the study and practice of the visual arts in higher education on a national basis. Learn more on their website.
 
POP Femme Sugar Coated Strange 2014
October 3 - 31, 2014 (Santa Fe, NM)
POP Gallery / Invitational Group Show
POP Femme features the Women of New Brow Contemporary Art creating works beyond mere whimsy, often dark and mysterious and taking cues from old masters and religious icons while referencing the ancient myths of feminine power. Internationally acclaimed artists include Carrie Ann Baade, Tammy Otis, Zoe Williams, Phresha LeVandale, Stefanie Vega, Marie Sena, Kristen Margiotta, Julie Zarate, and Lea Barozzi among others. Visit Pop Gallery’s Website to learn more.

Anne Rice Tribute Auction
October 3 - 31, 2014 (Santa Fe, NM)
POP Gallery / Open Invitation Group Show
Running simultaneously to the POP Femme Sugar Coated Strange exhibit, this tribute show of small art works inspired by Pulitizer Prize winning Author, Anne Rice, will be an auction with 100% of the proceeds going to Southwest C.A.R.E. Center, which was established in 1996 and has been a model of excellence in the treatment of care for people living with HIV. Visit Pop Gallery’s Website to learn more.


(Photo - Her Brother’s Keeper: Rupture.)

Nonbinary Review #1 features brand-new cover art by MANDEM.Allerleirauh, Thousandfurs is a mixed media painting/collage with encaustic.
NonBinary Review #1 is available through Zoetic Press as a free download from the iTunes store, and brings you 35 re-interpretations of classic fairy tales.
Zoetic Press is the first publisher to produce works using Lithomobilus, an exciting new e-reader platform that can deliver an expanded narrative experience, from author notes and side narratives to fully nonlinear works, collaborative works, and critique and commentary in-context, without the reader ever having to leave their book.
Download Nonbinary Review #1 for free!

Nonbinary Review #1 features brand-new cover art by MANDEM.

Allerleirauh, Thousandfurs is a mixed media painting/collage with encaustic.

NonBinary Review #1 is available through Zoetic Press as a free download from the iTunes store, and brings you 35 re-interpretations of classic fairy tales.

Zoetic Press is the first publisher to produce works using Lithomobilus, an exciting new e-reader platform that can deliver an expanded narrative experience, from author notes and side narratives to fully nonlinear works, collaborative works, and critique and commentary in-context, without the reader ever having to leave their book.

Download Nonbinary Review #1 for free!

Equivalent Exchange, the first piece in our Scarification series, showing at the Museum of Fine Arts in Tallahassee, FL.

This piece is a mixed media collage/sculpture, using wax, oil and gouache paints, antique medical texts, and original images/paintings.

MANDEM Wins First Place at Museum of Fine Arts Exhibit

Tallahassee artist MANDEM won the first place award for the painting Medusa, Her Word Against His at the Artists’ League Summer Annual exhibition at the FSU Museum of Fine Arts. MANDEM is the art name for Maize Arendsee, a Florida State University graduate student and instructor in the Art Department, and Moco Steinman-Arendsee, who work collaboratively. MANDEM has been widely exhibited locally and nationally, as well as having art featured in over 100 publications.

Another painting in MANDEM’s Medusa series (Medusa, In Her Sunday Best) recently won a Juror’s Merit award at the LaGrange National XXVIII Biennial exhibition in Georgia.

The 2014 Summer Annual exhibit was juried by Amanda Karioth Thompson, the Acting Director of the Council on Culture and Arts for Tallahassee/Leon County (COCA). Thompson had this to say about Medusa, Her Word Against His and why it was selected for the first place award:

"Aside from the fact that it is technically marvelous, this painting is challenging and imbued with dualities. I see a woman who is at once extremely vulnerable and invincible. Her posture is self-protective and though she’s clearly been through trauma, she survives. Confronting viewers with her cuts and bruises, she asks us to consider our own hard fought battles. She is a survivor, not a victim. There’s no doubt that this experience will be transformative and it seems she’s contemplating exactly how that transformation will manifest itself. This piece resonated with me. I try hard to remember that we’re all fighting some type of battle. You can either be destroyed or empowered by your struggles, it’s your choice."

MANDEM’s mixed media piece “Equivalent Exchange” was also selected to be part of the exhibit.

The Artists’ League of the FSU Museum of Fine Arts was formed approximately two decades ago and is responsible for numerous exhibitions and events throughout the year, including the Summer Annual and the Arts and Antiques Fair at the Museum, as well as exhibits at LeMoyne Center for Visual Arts. Thompson, who regularly curates exhibits for COCA’s Art in Public Places exhibits, was enthusiastic about working with the Artists’ League for this show. “This exhibition is perfect example of the diversity that’s prevalent in this group. With artists working in a wide variety of mediums, styles and subject matter, this exhibit has something for everyone,” said Thompson.

The Summer Annual runs from May 16 through July 11, 2014. The FSU Museum of Fine Arts is open Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm, and is located at 530 W. Call Street in Tallahassee, FL. Visit http://mofa.cvatd.fsu.edu for driving directions and other visitor information.

Visit MANDEM online at MythpunkArt.com, or join them on Facebook (facebook.com/MANDEMik) or Tumblr (mythpunkart.tumblr.com).


A version of this story was also published by the FSU College of Visual Arts, Theatre, and Dance: http://new.cvatd.fsu.edu/2014/05/mandem-mfa-studio-art-15-wins-first-place-at-mofa-exhibit

"Congratulations, You have been accepted to participate in the 2014 SECAC Exhibition in Sarasota, FL…."

We are thrilled that Her Brother’s Keeper: Domestication has been selected for this show! (Only 27 artists made the cut.) In addition to showing work in the juried exhibition, we will also be presenting Medusa, from Ovid to Cixous to ‘Once Upon A Time’ as part of the Wicked Women in Art session at the SECAC conference.

SECAC (Southeastern College Art Conference) is a non-profit organization that promotes the study and practice of the visual arts in higher education on a national basis.

http://www.secollegeart.org/

Juror’s Merit Award - LaGrange National XXVIII Biennial Exhibition.
As published in the FSU Department of Art News:

Two students from FSU’s Studio Art MFA program, MANDEM and Annie Donovan, each won a Juror’s Merit award at the LaGrange National XXVIII Biennial exhibition.

Juried by Annette Cone-Skelton, the President/ Founding Director of The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA), the LaGrange National featured 115 works that had been selected from over 1,100 national submissions. The exhibit ran from February 21 to April 18, 2014 at the LaGrange Art Museum in LaGrange, GA.

MANDEM received the Juror’s Merit award for the mixed media painting “Medusa, In Her Sunday Best,” and Annie Donovan received the Juror’s Merit award for the artist’s book, “Fabrication.”


Upcoming MANDEM Art Shows…

Artists’ League Annual Salon

May 16 - July 11, 2014 (Tallahassee, FL)

Museum of Fine Arts / Juried Group Show
This exhibition of regional artists was juried this year by Amanda Karioth Thompson, the Acting Director of COCA (Council on Culture and Arts). The Museum of Fine Arts is located at the corner of West Tennessee and Copeland Streets. Visit the Museum of Fine Arts online for more information about exhibits, parking, and hours.

Steel City Steampunk
June 6 - September 13, 2014 (Pueblo, CO)
Hoag Gallery / Juried Group Show
The Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center in Pueblo will be converted into “Steampunk Central Station” this summer with everything from fashion and tea dueling, to authentic Victorian clothing and century-old artifacts to explore the art, history, and culture of Steampunk. The Steel City Steampunk art show was juried by author Jeff VanderMeer (co-author of The Steampunk Bible). Get more information on the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center Website.
 
DragonCon Art Show 2014
August 29 - September 1, 2014 (Atlanta, GA)
Grand Hall West of the Hyatt Regency / Juried Group Show
DragonCon is the largest science fiction, fantasy, and pop-culture convention of its type in the world, with an attendance of over 52,000 people. Competition to get into the art show is intense, and we are honored to be in attendance Labor Day Weekend, 2014. To learn more about DragonCon, visit their website.

MANDEM’s Mississippi Ammut appears on the cover of ELJ Publication's Taste:2013 anthology.This is going to be an amazing collection, sampling their published writers from 2013!
Keep up-to-date on the pending release of this volume over at ELJ Publication’s Facebook Page.

MANDEM’s Mississippi Ammut appears on the cover of ELJ Publication's Taste:2013 anthology.

This is going to be an amazing collection, sampling their published writers from 2013!

Keep up-to-date on the pending release of this volume over at ELJ Publication’s Facebook Page.

The working title for this pair is Equivalent Exchange.

Materials include (in no particular order) antique books and medical journals, crinoline, embroidery hoops, metal wire, encaustic, and oils. Among the collage materials there is also an original MANDEM painting.

We have been nominated for the 2014 Steampunk Chronicle’s Readers Choice Awards! If you like what we do, show your love by visiting the website and choosing MANDEM under Best Artist/Illustrator.

VOTE FOR MANDEM HERE.

April First Friday - MANDEM in Tallahassee, FL

In the Tallahassee area? MANDEM has a very busy upcoming First Friday (April 4, 2014). All three of your options start at 6pm.

  • "Divinity as Culture" (One-night Exhibit)
    621 Annex (Railroad Square, Tallahassee, FL)

    An art exhibition of multiple platforms and mediums exploring the identity of the artist in consumer culture and post-enlightenment. MANDEM will be premiering brand new work at this special one-night event.
  • "Creative Tallahassee" (Public Reception)
    City Hall Art Gallery (300 South Adams St., Tallahassee, FL)

    Celebrate the skill, talent, ingenuity and creativity of some of the most exciting artists in the Big Bend area. Highlighted in this multi-media show is the work of many well-known and emerging local artists. This highly-anticipated annual juried exhibition features more than 60 paintings, drawings, photographs, textiles, and sculptures.
  • "Pixels" (Public Reception)
    LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts (125 N. Gadsden St., Tallahassee, FL)

    A group show from the Tallahassee Digital Artists’ Guild. Come check out our regional digital art scene.

Medusa, Her Word Against His, in progress. This is a mixed media painting on canvas (54”x36”); we are currently working in oils.

In Greek mythology, Medusa was turned into the snake-haired Gorgon by the goddess Athena as punishment for being raped by the god Poseidon. Our Medusa series examines gender and the monstrous Other.

moderneden:

It’s your LAST Day to catch #TheGrotesque at the gallery! We’re open til 6 pm, stop by before the show comes down or check out the works online: http://www.moderneden.com/collections/grotesque

Limited edition prints, made to commemorate The Grotesque, of MANDEM’s The Usury of God (Translating Theotokos) are available from Modern Eden Gallery online. 

moderneden:

Tomorrow kicks off the last week to view #TheGrotesque at the gallery! Included in the show is this beautiful piece by Mandem: Mythpunk Art Noir along with many other amazing works of dark beauty."The Usury of God (Translating Theotokos)"36 x 48 inches© 2014Transmedia Painting (Oils, Pigment Inks)More info here> http://www.moderneden.com/collections/grotesque/products/the-ursury-of-god-translating-theotokos

moderneden:

Tomorrow kicks off the last week to view #TheGrotesque at the gallery! Included in the show is this beautiful piece by Mandem: Mythpunk Art Noir along with many other amazing works of dark beauty.

"The Usury of God (Translating Theotokos)"
36 x 48 inches
© 2014
Transmedia Painting (Oils, Pigment Inks)

More info here> http://www.moderneden.com/collections/grotesque/products/the-ursury-of-god-translating-theotokos