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Current Exhibitions

December 3-28, 2014

First Friday Opening Reception: Friday, December 5, 2014, 5:30-8:00 pm


IN THE MAIN GALLERY

Stacey Alickman: Humpty Dumpty

For the past several years, Stacey Alickman's practice has been to layer oil paint over extended periods of time, often applying and then removing it. At some point, the physical aspect of the paint asserts itself and she no longer controls the outcome. "The paint wills itself into a composition that is not about my ideas but something hopefully more transcendent. Lately, I am simply more open to the possibility of not knowing what the work is about until the surface has been broken over and over again. The reemergence of the surface is a process of putting back together, with nothing coming back together right. A painting I can live with is one whose results couldn't have happened in any other way." The exhibit title, Humpty Dumpty, is a reference to her way of working.

This exhibit shows Alickman exploring nuanced kinds of textures, not just impasto and ridges but something else, something that also expresses the perception of texture. She finds new inspiration by sanding through layers of paint, building up new shapes while allowing previous layers to re-appear. She fearlessly develops her paintings for the purpose of 'breaking' them, that is, to get the paint off its canvas. Once the paint is free of its support, she uses both the back and front of these chips; they become the raw material for what will become future bodies of work.

Stacey Alickman, Flim Flam

Stacey Alickman
Flim Flam
Oil on canvas
61 x 61 inches
2012

Stacey Alickman, Lost Year

Stacey Alickman
Lost Year
Oil on canvas
48 x 42 inches
2014


IN THE CENTER GALLERY

Rhonda Smith: And There Was Matter

Rhonda Smith's paintings are satellite-like views of the motion of the phenomenal world, seen through its underlying material: microbial movement, atomic, tectonic, planetary, migratory, and tidal. The mystery of the seen and the unseen act together in wildly diverse scales of time and space. Smith is fascinated by the constant exchange, the idea of disruption, of always being on the cusp of chaos. This becomes for her both expression and process.

"My daily perspective of my physical environment is narrow: I perceive it as solid, stable, and visible. My sense of time is personal. How to integrate what I know otherwise of a parallel and more compelling dynamic world? This 'other' unseen world consists of constant movement on scales ranging from nano to tectonic to astral, a series of continual and accumulating actions and reactions. Likewise the rates of speed from atomic to glacial are difficult to comprehend."

As the artist tries to understand more of this unseen world in her paintings and drawings, her sense of connection to it expands. Sometimes she can imagine our origin from starry matter, the long line from the Big Bang to the genesis of the earth and us. A feeling of wonder and relationship emerges, displacing her otherwise egocentric view.

Rhonda Smith, Electron Madness III

Rhonda Smith
Electron Madness lll Then and Now
Oil on panel
46 x 76 inches
2014

Rhonda Smith, Two Seconds After

Rhonda Smith
Two Seconds After
Liquid graphite, ink and gouache on paper
8.75 x 22 inches
2014

Rhonda Smith, Brainwave

Rhonda Smith
Brainwave
Liquid graphite, ink and gouache on paper
15 x 13 inches
2014


IN THE MEMBERS' GALLERY

ROSE OLSON: Keeping It Together

Rose Olson, Nightforest

Rose Olson
Nightforest @ Bay
Acrylic on maple veneer
10 x 10 x 2 inches
2014

Rose Olson, Nightforest

Rose Olson
Column (left) and Deep (right)
Acrylic on maple veneer
8 x 8 x 2 inches each
2014

 


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