Reception, 6 – 9 pm, continuing:
Ongoing through January 14, 2018,
Kurt Fishback is a well-established photographer who has documented over 100 artists, primarily male, in his early career (mid-60s-2007). He has worked tirelessly to document 71 female artists from 2008 onward in California, based on suggestions by contemporary female artists, curators, and collectors. His series includes emerging, mid-career, and well-established artists in their studios such as Hung Liu, Paula Wenzl Bellacera, Squeak Carnwath, and Ruth Rippon.
Corporeal: Paintings by Mark Gleason
January 9-Feb. 25, 2018; Reception: Jan.12, 6-9 PM
Artist Mark Gleason’s figurative paintings exist in a world of dramatic tension. His subjects are often shown at the moment of danger, or potential threat, is most evident. Children play with knives, birds start fires, and mankind lives in a type of dreamscape. Ever present is the artist’s interest in gesture, and paint itself, as he moves the paint around his canvases with care. For the artist, choosing to paint the figure stimulates in the viewer a powerful response, “We may feel a certain itchy sense of satisfaction or dissatisfaction in our own bodies. Moods may get tangled. We respond to specific marks and the way that they were made: here violent and here graceful.” Gleason’s paintings evoke an amazing sense of identification with place, subject, and at times, with the suggested narrative, through his mastery of painting.
Maria Winkler: Now Playing
January 5-28, 2018; Reception: January 12, 6-9 PM
Maria’s Vintage Toys and Games Series reference the playthings from the 40s and 50s that many of us remember, and continue to enjoy. As a child whose family frequently moved, Maria always kept her toys close, as they provided a sense of consistency and comfort. Later on, she sought out the same classic wind-up toys, marbles, and other games that she played with as a child for her collection and to depict them in this series.
She describes her work as multi-layered, initially attracting you to the surface treatment through her handling of colored pencil. As the viewer examines the pieces, they discover other meanings behind the strategic placement of toys and games. Her subject matter both represents her passion for collecting toys and speaks of better times to her viewers, evoking nostalgia for the joyful past.