Artist reception: January 28 / 5-7 PM
Though our calendars tell us Spring is March 20th, in other places around the world, there are numerous celebrations and customs that occur, from late January through early February, signifying the end of winter, fertility, prosperity, and longer days. Illuminate brings together the work of ten artists around themes of light and the coming of spring.
Ceramic artists Devorah Canter, Colette Crutcher, Natasha Dikareva, Maile Iwanaga, Shelley Simon and Barbara Vanderbeck have each created multiple works specifically for this show. The sculptural pieces serve as lanterns, candleholders or candelabras. They are both painstakingly hand built as well as wheel thrown, varying widely in size and styles ranging from whimsical, to industrial.
Qire Kiki Ching paints in layers of oil. Imagery, pattern and symbology seem to simultaneously appear and dissolve as we view them. Ivy Jacobsen creates a mystical atmosphere, in layers of oil paint and resin. She balances a sort of magic realism with the natural world. Leslie Lowinger is showing from her series,” Objects to Reduce Anxiety.” The large floral pieces are a combination of etching, embossing, drawing and hand painting. Adele Shaw is painting in both encaustic and acrylic, referring to her pieces as water portraits that are all about atmospheric light.
This show was co curated with San Francisco artist Ann Miller. It was she that sparked the idea that involved the creation of ceramic candelabras, bringing together a number of ceramicist to participate. Thank you Ann.
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