The Biennial Project is pleased to announce an open call to artists worldwide for Biennial Roadshow Marfa 2014 - an online juried competition and screen digital presentation.

If your rousing work is selected it will be shown on our very busy website and in a blog posting reaching over 3,000 art world movers and shakers.

Best of all - your art will be presented as part of a giant screen digital display at The Biennial Roadshow Marfa 2014 Hoodang* and Gala (that is a reception for you non-Texans) being held at world-renowned El Cosmico, the coolest gathering spot for trend-makers in the art-world Mecca of Marfa, Texas.

This glittering shindig is being held on Friday April 4th, 2014 - where all selected art work will be seen by the contemporary artists and artisans who inhabit or visit this Western hamlet and by The Biennial Project’s massive entourage who will be in Marfa that entire week. This is better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. Much better.

The Jurors will be the members of The Biennial Project - plus a special celebrity guest juror to be announced.

marfablog2Now, you may ask  - why Marfa, Texas?

Well for those of you who might not know – prepare to get all fired up, because this tiny town perched on the high plains of the Chihuahua desert is nothing less than an art’s world station of the cross, like Art Basel in Miami, or Documenta in Germany.

It's a blue-chip arts desmarfablog5tination for the sort of glamorous scenesters who visit Amsterdam for the Rijksmuseum and the drugs.

It all started when the acclaimed minimalist artist Donald Judd left New York City in the 1970s for this dusty dot of a town. He wanted to escape the art scene he claimed to disdain.

With the help of the DIA Foundation, Judd acquired an entire Army base, and before he died in 1994, he filled it with art, including light installations by Dan Flavin and Judd's own signature boxes. Now it’s a whole creative community.

An extremely fashionable and well-connected creative community. A creative community that needs to see your work.

How can you turn down a shot at fame and fortune like this? You might get so rich you can eat fried chicken all week! More chicken any man ever seen!

The potential for exposure is enormous! You’ll be running with the big dogs here.


It’s a no brainier…we want you to enter! We want the world to see your creations. We want you to be celebrated and wealthy. You must enter!!! You can be as happy as a boardinghouse pup if you do!

Once again all selected work will be displayed on our website gallery and in a blog posting that reaches an audience of 3,000. Your work will also will be included in a digital art display to be shown at The Biennial Project's Biennial Roadshow Marfa 2014 Hoodang and Gala.

In addition, the artist who is bestowed the title of Marfa Town Marshall (The Grand Prizewinner) will have a solo gallery show on our website, and a solo blog posting of 15 pieces or his/her work to our on-line audience of over 3,000.

Go to and click the ENTER NOW link or simply click this link:


APPLICATION DEADLINE: All application materials must be submitted by 12pm EST February 14th, 2014.


**For you behind-the-times urbanites, a hoodang is defined in the Urban Dictionary as "a party, festival or celebration. This word is used in the southern region of the USA to describe informal get-togethers that involve dancing and playing the fiddle such as hoedowns and lynchings. EX "Hoowee! Boy, that sure was a fun hoodang!" "Which one? The dance, or when we hung that guy for lookin at our women?""There are so many, I forget which one." "both: HOOOWEE!". Or “Hoowee! Boy, this sure will be a fun hoodang! We’ll get all gussied up and paint the town and the front porch then shoot out the lights. You can throw your Stetson over the windmill!!”



What happens in The Venice Biennale stays at The Venice Biennale

So the Venice Biennale 55 is officially closed. What happened there will now only be a memory. You will always hear people talk about that person whose eardrums shattered because didn’t wear their plugs during Konrad Smoleński loud-as-shit bells at The Polish Pavilion. You will have to decide if it was 3 or 23 naked artists running down Calle Avvocat and around the diners at Acqua Pozza restaurant in Campo Sant Angelo. Someone will have to figure out the truth behind the stories of people adding their own garbage to the organized chaos of Sarah Sze’s piece at The American Pavilion. The Venice Biennale 55 has only been closed a few days and art lovers world wide are already turning the tale of how much free Koskenkorva vodka a certain young American in a bow tie drank at the opening party for the Finnish Pavilion. How far Justin actually power puked will always vary in our collective memories. All we can verify is that the band Phantom, was great at the reception and that Justin made it home safe if not sound.

We, The Biennial Project felt that we should maintain some decorum and respect towards this gigantic art world event and not influence(or jade) your opinion of it until it closed. Only now is it truly safe for you to watch our reactions. Witness a video montage of some of the experiences The Biennial Project had during the opening week of this year’s Biennale. Fact or fiction is up to you now…..Rumor has it somebody saw an actual painting.

What happens at The Venice Biennale stays at The Venice Biennale, sort of….

More Shit we liked The Venice Biennale 55

Sometimes we, The Biennial Project, get so caught up in the lives of being an artist, or caught up in the organized mind of being artists we forget to share with you some of the stuff we have already written about. Here is a review we did of some of the art we saw at The Venice Biennale 55 in June of 2015. Yes, too late for you to actually see it, but hopefully you can get a sense of it from our look back……Here is some of the shit The Biennial Party and our entourage liked when went to Venice Biennale 55 during the opening week.

In this blog we will talk about the art works, not hockey, of our countries of heritage, Latvia and the Czech Republic.

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The little country of Latvia became little engine that could because the
whole entire city of Venice were impressed with their Pavilion entitled
North by North-East. This site-specific work  explores the artists'
relationship to the natural and ever-shifting man-made world. The project
also investigates the concepts and conditions of identity, uncertainty, and
the 'in-between.
Kriss Salmanis' presented a large tree that swings upside down from
the ceiling, creaking from the sheer force of movement and slowly dropping
limbs to the floor. We saw this tree hit one or two inattentive people in
the ass as well. It also smelled divine. A good place to pass gas if you
have to while touring the Biennale. Too many Biscotti can be a bitch on your
digestive track. We ought to know. We spent plenty of time covering up our
human odors at the Latvian Pavilion.
Kaspars Podieks hung  large-scale black-and-white photographic  and video
portraits of residents of Latvian village of Drusti standing emotionless in
the snow. Podieks feels strongly about Drusti. He is active in the social
and political activities as a member of its town council. Looking closely
the perspectives seem a wee bit askewed somehow floating above the
landscapes (much like Latvia and The Biennial Project). That is because he
hangs his subjects from a crane. Oh those Latvians!!

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On a personal note we had a great time at The Baltic Bash, or Latvian
reception. Two of The Biennial Project's entourage  are of Latvian descent.
This stoke of cultural luck caused quite the stir with Eric Hess being
interviewed by Latvian news and Markus Blauss resembling Kaspars Podnieks.
The gene pool in Latvia isn't that big.  Anyhow with the insider genetics
mixed in with the abundance of Janu siers (caraway cheese) Bauskas Alus
(Latvian Beer) all of the members of The Biennial Project and our vast
entourage started to feel Latvian. So Latvian in fact that when it was time
for the actual presentation we sort of forgot to step out of the way and we
posed for photos and answered press questions. What a pleasure to be Latvian
for an afternoon. Eric said what he liked best was that everybody smelled
like his grandmother which he now realizes is from her daily consumption of
Latvian beer and cheese. No wonder she was always singing.

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In addition to the two Latvian in our touring group  we had three Czechs. Bo
and Sonia Domkarova were born and raised in Kolín, Czech Republic.
Kolín is a town in the Central Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic some 55
kilometres (34 mi) east from Prague, lying on the Elbe River. In spring 2005
a new automobile factory was opened in Kolin by the TPCA consortium on the
northern edge of the town. It employs 3,000 people.
Also included in trio of Czechs is  Anna Salmeron who Czech by years of
Its really not a party without one or two rowdy Czechs. We had

In the Giardini we fell in with Czech artist Zbynek Baladrán. Our new friend
'Z' presented a film entitled 'Liberation or Alternatively'. In this flick Z
conceptualizes the relationship between the mental map of Venice, in his own
critical reading of the collected material and the context of the Venice
Biennale as an institution. Subjective comments of the montage of images
take the viewer through distant and close, personal, social and political
contexts of Venice as a contemporary art centre, without which the Biennale
would not be what it is - a joyous apocalypse of meanings and values. This
is exactly how the Biennial Project experiences Venice. No wonder we are all
somewhat Czech. Zbynek was so cool that he didn't even get too pissed at us
when we went to grab his photo when he was taking a much needed cigarette
break after a full day of press interviews and parties.


Announcing the Biennial Roadshow!


                                  (Rootless Cosmopolitans hit the road again!)

Attention Unindicted Co-conspirators and Fellow Travelers!

The Biennial Project  - never content to rest on our ever more sizable laurels - is just tickled to announce an Intensely Cool New Thing!

In the "off" year from our infamous Assaults on the Venice Biennale, we are going to host Biennial Exhibits in a series of Super Fun Art Locales that we have always wanted to visit.

Hence, the title - The Biennial Roadshow.

(Get the play on Antique’s Roadshow? Aren’t we just the cleverest and the meta-est?)

As we anticipate it, for future Biennial Roadshows, anyone who wants to can suggest a destination, but for the first one we have already picked a place.

The place is Marfa, Texas.

Yes, Texas.

OK, we will admit that the idea of Texas freaked us out a little at first too.

But as we hear it, it’s super beautiful out there, and we’ll be traveling as a large group to one of their artiest towns, so we’re thinking we may get out alive.

After all:


and more:

Why Marfa is a Really Cool Place that Cool People Already Know About

We’ll have more info soon about how to apply to get your important work included in Biennial Roadshow Marfa, but for now we want to offer the opportunity for a select small group to travel with us.

We can check out super cool spots, see art, make art, re-enact the Last Supper in the dessert, and generally make our parents proud. And you know that you can trust us because you’ve touched our perfect body with your mind.

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When are we going you ask?

The week of March 30th thru April 6th, year of our lord 2114.

Where are we staying you ask?

Only THE coolest place ever – check it out!

THE Coolest Place Ever - El Cosmicobobby

Yep, we thought you’d agree that there could be no cooler base camp from which to partake of the bounty of Marfa. Did we mention that they have hot tubs?

And that on Friday April 4th The Biennial Project and El Cosmico will host the best party in town to celebrate the opening of the Biennial Roadshow Marfa exhibit?

OK, by now you either realize that this is the coolest thing ever, or you are considering reporting us as spam.

If you are in the cool kids group, and are in the mood for a road trip, let us know.


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Sh*t We Liked at The Venice Biennale 55 by Eric Hess


imageSo it’s been a few months since we, the Biennial Project attended the glamorous preview week of the Venice Biennale.

Only now have we recovered from our hangovers, washed the glitter from our private parts and sorted out our brains from the overwhelming visual stimulus that is The Venice Biennale.

We realize that the art show closes in a month and that many of you still haven’t made plans to go.

TBP are procrastinators too and generally we catch shows the day they close like you.

The Biennial Project thought maybe if we shared with you just a little of what we liked of what we saw of the ‘Superbowl of Art’ we could get your asses in gear to go see the assemblage of creations located in Venezia for the next month.

It would be impossible to cover all we loved in one article so hopefully there will be follow ups leading right up to the closing day.

We loved Turner prize-winning artist Mark Leckey, ‘The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things’. At first we thought this was the sub-theme for the whole Biennale. Somewhat fitting don’t you agree? But it was just some more art mixed in with the other art. Whatever, we liked it. Plus it was from England like our dear friend Tom Estes.


The Russian Pavilion floored us. And that’s not only because they had a big old hole in their floor. Despite the injustices Vladimir Putin signed into laws against gays in Russia this past summer, we have to say we can separate all that bullshit and still enjoy The Russian representation of this year’s Biennale. Actually the artist Vadim Zakharov, addresses the injustices in today’s Russian society in his piece Danae. Hopefully he doesn’t end up in jail.

In Greek Mythology Danae is impregnated by Zeus who appears to her as a Shower of Golden Rain.

It seems as if pissing on one another was a cheap thrill even in ancient times. Anyhow, our buddy Vadim demonstrates this by dropping 200,000 gold coins continuously from 2 stories up through a hole in the floor (the vagina for those of you who need this spelled out) to the basement.

Only female visitors are allowed on the bottom floor with an umbrella to protect them from the golden shower (of coins, not urine you perverts). A really, really sexy man with a well-fitted suit drops these coins on the women. Around him is the phrase ‘Gentlemen, time has come to confess our Rudeness, Lust, Narcissism, Demagoguery, Falsehood, Banality, and Greed, Cynicism, Robbery, Speculation, Wastefulness, Gluttony, Seduction, Envy and Stupidity."

So what Mr. Zakharov is really doing is acknowledging the fact the Russian society is segregated and treats different groups of people, in this case different genders, in different and unfair ways. Though this doesn’t directly address the outright gay torture the Russian government is inflicting on their gay population, Eric, of The Biennial Project, got a raging boner from the good looking Russian men yelling at him and would let them pee on him any day of the week. Thank you hot Russian men for not eating your asparagus, and fuck you Putin you fucker.

Another Artist we liked a whole lot was WILFREDO DIAZ VALDEZ, who represented Uruguay at THE URUGUAY PAVILION.

We didn’t only like Willy simply because he is kind sweet man with a kind sweet family.

We also didn’t just like him because he gave us a free autographed book or that he invited us to participate in the next Montevideo Biennial.

No, we weren’t even overcome with him simply because his son-in-law is an extremely hot looking, masculine type of Latin Man we all think about when we masturbate.

No - all these reasons were outshined by his incredible sculptures, which were made of found wooden objects modified and made into pieces that seem to impossibly balanced work with unexpected folds and joints.

He studies wood and the human interventions that have transformed it into utilitarian artifacts - at the same time examining how wood and utilitarian objects evolve. He dissects and observes the organic qualities inherent in the wood and its relationship with light—the role of photosynthesis and the effects of the passing of time—at the same time that he contemplates the historical and cultural contexts through which wood is transformed into artifacts for several uses.

Speaking of Uruguayan hotties (I mean aren’t we all always talking about the scrumptious men of Uruguay), we really enjoyed work by artist Martin Sastre - a perfume ad for his scent ‘U from Uruguay’.

At first we felt a little uncomfortable being that we, the Biennial Project, were in Venice to do our own European launch of our scent ‘Star of Venice’.  But then we figured, imitation is the best form of flattery and all he was doing was borrowing our totally original idea and making it his own.

Where our perfume breathes personal artistic success in the creative world, Martin’s fragrance leans towards social activism in the Art World.

Also he had the pretty cool idea to auction off ‘U From Uruguay’, also known as “Pepe's Perfume”.

“Pepe's Perfume” is made with the essences extracted from the flowers grown by the President of Uruguay – “Pepe” – aka José Alberto Mujica Cordano. President Mujica is an icon and global representative of Uruguayan culture. A former guerrilla fighter and member of the Broad Front coalition of left-wing parties, he has been described as "the world's 'poorest' president", given that he donates around 90 percent of his $12,000 monthly salary to charities to benefit poor people and small entrepreneurs. Of the funds raised by Pepe’s Perfume, 90 percent will be designated to the creation of the first National Contemporary Art Fund in support of Latin American artists.

See, not only are Uruguayans irresistibly sexy, they also smell good, and they have the same socialist values we The Biennial Project aspire to.

This is the ad for U From Uruguay featuring the titillating and provocative artist Martin Sastre.

More importantly here is the ad for Star of Venice


We were also psyched to see the work of Albert Oehlen.

We’ll tell you more about it later, but right now our typing finger needs a little rest.

And we wanted to end this particular post about our discoveries in Venice on a special positive note.

We were very, very happy to see the lovely lady of Charles Ray’s “Fall ’91” again.

We had first stumbled across her, in all her power suit brilliance, in LA in the early 1990s - while on some sort of psychedelic drug (or two).

Now we know we that we really did see her. It wasn’t a mind trick (a common a side effect of hard drugs).

She really exists.

Damn. Venice rules.



The Biennial Project


Who won the 2013 ArtVenice Biennale’s l'Invitation Palme d'Or?

The Biennial Project, as everybody knows, travels in the rarified circles of the World’s Most Elite Artists.

So when we set out to choose the artist who would be honored with the coveted l'Invitation Palme d'Or to participate in the 2013 ArtVenice Biennale, we obviously had a lot of great art to pick from.

We thought about Pussy Riot, friends of ours who have been shaking things up a bit recently in Mother Russia.

But upon considering the difficulty that they might have getting their work to us, we decided to limit our search to artists who are not currently confined to work camps.

This narrowed down the competition somewhat, but still left a lot of impressive art in the running.

But it was clear that there was one artist whose work just had to be part of our Biennale.

We are so very proud to announce that our friend Francisco Bassim was been chosen to receive the 2013 ArtVenice l'Invitation Palme d'Or.

We met Francisco at the 2011 Venice Biennale where he was was representing his country – Venezuela. (Did we mention that we have cool friends?)

In a Biennale in which there was some jaw-droppingly strong work, Francisco’s installation stood out.

Both artistically and politically au courant, brave, honest, gorgeous, sure to piss off the folks at the Vatican among others – Francisco is the total package.

And then there’s his work. Exactly the same. So damned cool.


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percepcion II

La realidad mata las fantasías, obra de: francisco bassim, de la serie: CARACAS 666

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Autoretrato de lo inevitable, obra de: francisco bassim, de la serie: CARACAS 666

el cristo desnudo

Descanso luego de la crucifixión,  obra de: francisco bassim,  de la serie: Cristo libre


Cristo de los dos géneros,  obra de: francisco bassim,  de la serie: Cristo libre

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Miranda en Yare, obra de: francisco bassim, de serie: Héroes de la independencia


Mona del barrio con rollos para el bonche de esta noche, obra de: francisco bassim, de la serie: CARACAS 666

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Cristo con polarcitas haciendo picnic con Judas y el Espíritu Santo en un barrio caraqueño luego de la crucifixión,
obra de: francisco bassim, de la serie: CARACAS 666


No importa que tan famosa puedas ser, si lo dejas también serás una víctima,
obra de: francisco bassim, de la serie: Violencia de género

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Cristo fue a El Paraíso, obra de: francisco bassim, de la serie: Cristo libre

mona en espera

Mona en espera, obra de: francisco bassim, de la serie: la mona Lisa

tal vez

No hay principes azules ni reinos de cuentos de hadas, obra de: francisco bassim,
de la serie: Violencia de género


Papa Francisco Videla I y lamentablemente no el último, obra de: francisco bassim


Una mala historia desde el comienzo hasta el final, obra de: francisco bassim, de la serie: Violencia de género


io a lo María Antonieta con polarcita y alucinando, (autorretrato),  obra de: francisco bassim


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io (autorretrato), obra de: francisco bassim

nueva historia 2

?, obra de: francisco bassim,  de la serie: Hitler mon amour 1


Cristo vive,  obra de: francisco bassim, de la serie: Cristo libre

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con el rancho en la cabezao, bra de francisco bassim, de la serie: CARACAS 666


An Art Show with Balls – 55th Venice Biennale

(Editors note: Not everyone can afford to send a correspondent to the Venice Biennale Opening Week, the biggest and trendiest art event in the world – sort of the Olympics of the art world. But because we truly care about keeping you informed – we sent not just one, but an entire troupe of reporters – all wildly talented writers and artists who rented an enormous villa smack dab in the middle of Venice the better to report on all the action. Over the coming weeks, we will share with you their tales of champagne-soaked art and mayhem. Let the games begin:


An Art Show with Balls – 55th Venice Biennale

by Kelly Stevens, Chief Biennial Project Art Correspondent

Art shows are a staple of local community. Museums, galleries, bars and restaurants all have art openings. But nothing compares to the grandeur and scale of an International Biennale – art’s best of the best. The 55th Venice Biennale opened this week in Italy – not California, gang. Countries compete to win the coveted “Golden Lion Award” choosing artwork to represent their country in massive pavilions. It is the World’s Fair of art and you had better go big or go home.

Historically, the art installations at the Biennale are oversized, but this year’s theme, the “Encyclopedic Palace” lends itself to smaller, more detailed works. The theme is about our desire to see and know everything. It’s a real thinking man’s show. Philosophers and inventors from DaVinci to Jung inspired many of the works. I put my reading glasses to good use and settled in to what was certain to be an art experience of a lifetime. I could feel myself getting smarter by the minute. I like to think of myself as an academic, but the truth remains this southern girl is no librarian. I might be found heading to the local biker bar if given the chance. So while the media poured and gushed over the illustrations, scientific drawings, and alphabetic works, I found myself searching for something bigger to rest my weary eyes upon. And then I saw them…..

A real feast for the eyes lay before me. A large set of concrete, ahem… meatballs dangled in front of me as I rounded the corner. UK artist and former teacher, Phyllinda Barlow constructed a rather large scale grouping of balls entitled “Untitled: Hanginglumpcoalblack” which resembles a set of male testicles (at least from pictures I’ve seen in medical books). They literally hung by thick strands of black chains from a 25 foot ceiling, nearly blocking the doorway. Carefully crafted of construction debris, including sand, wire netting, expanding foam, fabric and plaster, Barlow has made a name for herself giving cast off construction material a new life.

As I stared, I realized that in that brief moment, I was nothing more than a naughty school girl posing as an art professional. Big or small, art has a way of transforming us and making us feel emotions we may not have been aware of, and suddenly I had a craving for Spaghetti.

by Kelly Stevens, Chief Biennial Project Art Correspondent

Nice Spice Rack - 55th Venice Biennale

(Editors note: Not everyone can afford to send a correspondent to the Venice Biennale Opening Week, the biggest and trendiest art event in the world – sort of the Olympics of the art world. But because we truly care about keeping you informed – we sent not just one, but an entire troupe of reporters – all wildly talented writers and artists who rented an enormous villa smack dab in the middle of Venice the better to report on all the action. Over the coming weeks, we will share with you their tales of champagne-soaked art and mayhem. Let the games begin:


Nice Spice Rack - 55th Venice Biennale

by Kelly Stevens, Chief Biennial Project Art Correspondent

Be memorable or be anonymous. That’s the goal of every artist. Biennale artists are no different, but the stakes are higher in Venice. Over 300,000 art lovers will converge on Venice, Italy this summer to visit the 55th Venice Biennale. Over 150 artists representing 88 countries were selected to show by outfitting massive pavilions with elaborate concepts. It’s a challenge to stand out with each pavilion trumping the next. Artists create that lasting impression with extra sensory experiences to make sure they connect with you. First, an eye popping visual show piece; then a film project for emotion, and finally a hands on element to get you involved. This menu has become de rigueur at national art shows, but most artists’ work stimulates only 3 of the 5 senses; sight, sound, and touch. Taste and smell get left to The Food Network. But at this year’s Biennale, my two neglected senses got a rare whiff of attention.

Inside the bunker like pavilion of Latin America, Bolivian artist Sonia Falcone’s exhibit “Fields of Color” is a large spice rack containing dozens of delicately sculpted foot high cones of exotic spices seated atop flat clay terrines. One gust of wind and the entire installation blows away. I held my breath, but not my nose. The beauty of it alone was a lush artistic visual, but oh, the scent... The aroma of smoky cumin, pleasant nutmeg and sweet cinnamon gave me a warm feeling of that early morning market magic before the selling begins.

If a smell can change your mood, it can certainly transport you to another era. By using spices as art, Falcone gave a nod to a time when Venice was the hub of the spice trade, when the spices which lay before me would be more valuable than diamonds. Imagine paying your rent in black pepper. But the addition of smell gave it a deeper dimension. I could smell the history as the fragrance hasn’t changed in eight hundred years. The richness of curry powder and paprika, the crushed cardamom, cilantro and black pepper represented the colors and tastes of the people of the world. It seemed fitting that I was at this international show looking at this artistic spice rack with people from Asia to the Middle East, South America to Africa, all sniffing a shared aroma in our own language. It was as if were at a dinner table, seated together, having been served a fine meal. Now that is memorable.

by Kelly Stevens, Chief Biennial Project Art Correspondent

Grand Prize Winner of The 2013 ArtVenice Biennale!


As our Multitude of Adoring Fans already know, the 2013 ArtVenice Biennale attracted more than 800 entries from all around the world.

The quality of the work was stunning.

Viewing all the amazing work being done out there made our hearts happy to be members of this global Tribe Called Artists.

Choosing from so much great work was a challenge – but it had to be done.

Even harder was choosing a winner amongst so many talented souls – so we kind of wimped out.

We chose two!

Both of the Grand Prize Winners are extremely talented, dedicated to their calling, and doing work that only they could do.

We are excited to share their work with you.

Today we would like to introduce you to  the first of our two Grand Prize Winners - Clint Imboden, a California-based multimedia artist with a diverse catalogue of compelling work.

As good red-blooded Americans, we were first seduced by his gorgeous series of resin-based pieces titled Colors of War. Luscious, candy-colored, lethal. Perfection.

Can we get fries with that?


This series proved to be just the beginning of Clint’s strong and provocative body of work. Feast your eyes on these images from a sampling of his extensive installation history:






And his individual sculptural pieces are just delightfully demented:





Pretty cool, huh? Here’s Clint’s artist statement:

I come to making art with the perspective of a therapist. Just as a good therapist can act as a catalyst for change in a client, good art should elicit a strong reaction in the audience, provoking them to explore the reasons why they've been affected.

I usually find my materials at local flea markets. I start with the artifacts of daily living, things that most people discard or overlook: battered globes, worn shoes, dilapidated tools.  I’m drawn to old materials because they foster purposeful imperfection in my art, an attribute that’s connected to their previous lives. I use them for their connotative, associative or narrative possibilities. My installation work is tactile and handmade; as an artist, I focus on process and on topical, issue-based content.

Viewing my artwork is not meant to be a passive experience; it involves reading, deciphering, taking the initiative to engage physically and psychically with text and objects.  I use materials that challenge my audience to consider multiple references in order to understand the full meaning of a piece. I want people to be caught up in the experience of my work, just as I am, in making it. My goal is to have them come away from an encounter with the work knowing something new about themselves.

 See more of his work in our web gallery devoted to him and him alone:

For even more, check out Clint’s website: