HONEYBEEJennifer Angus, Terry Arena, James Griffith, Betsy Lohrer Hall, Lauren Kasmer,
Nancy Macko, Sarah Perry, Sonia Romero, Laura Stickney
January 19 - February 11, 2016
Reception: Thursday, January 28, 7-9 p.m.
Artist’s Event, "Bees Are Fuzzy" with Lauren Kasmer: Tuesday, February 2 at 1 p.m.
Without the buzzing of the bees from flower to flower, necessary pollination for regeneration of plants would diminish drastically. This delicate dusting fertilizes the crops that feed the animals and humans of the entire world. In turn the vegetation creates the oxygen we breathe and nurtures and anchors the soil we farm. In recent years news media has covered story after story concerning the mysterious vanishing population of bees. Whether this decimation is due entirely to use of pesticides or if it is a more complex chain of events in which human folly plays a central role, the result is more than slightly alarming. These tiny creatures are fundamental to the success of the planet in terms of continuation of life as we know it.
The nine artists who comprise the Honeybee exhibition at El Camino College Art Gallery celebrate this miraculous insect and all it represents.
Jennifer Angus utilizes Victorian iconography of hair wreaths and waxen memorials to commemorate the beauty and endangerment of the bee.
Terry Arena presents detailed renderings of the insects drawn on food tins and repurposed materials, reminiscent of botanical drawings of a bygone era.
James Griffith exhibits paintings in tar on panel, with images of bees alongside large polychrome oil paintings of bees in colorful flowers.
Betsy Lohrer Hall presents a mixed media installation that explores the concepts of interconnectedness and exchange, utilizing both imagery from the bee hive and names of people who are connected to the artist.
Lauren Michele Kasmer exhibits a multi media installation, UV, that examines the symbiotic relationship between man, bees and vegetation. The installation centers around a video with sound composition. Additionally, Lauren Kasmer will present an interactive event that includes bee related food treats on February 2 at 1 p.m. in the gallery.
Nancy Macko shows digital images of the flora that the honeybees carefully attend through their dance of pollination. Macko has worked with bee imagery for more than two decades.
Sarah Perry presents mixed media sculptural works in which the bee symbolically appears in imagery that varies from the birth of the queen within the hive to the warm and somewhat ominous glow emanating from a honeycomb laden heater in I, For One, Welcome the Insect Overlord.
Sonia Romero presents an acrylic and block print image of a nude woman lusciously hosting bees, who appear to be attending to her as to a large blossom.She accompanies this painting with two Bee Pile works that incorporate printed images of bees.
Laura Stickney’s Beekeeper etchings represent the mystery of time, transformation, sunlight and sweetness. LS The figures, clothed in beekeeping gear, look deeply into nature and symbolically collaborate with natural forces.
If you have witnessed the molten beauty of a swarm of honeybees hanging from a tree branch, likely you heard and saw the humming productivity and felt sense of somnolent danger. Please do not call the pest control folks, if you come upon a swarm, but rather, contact the Agricultural Department who can connect you with a proper beekeeper who will carefully contain and move this hive to another location where it can thrive. These creatures are essential to the well being of this planet.
Susanna Meiers, Curator
Sonia Romero; Bee Pile; Mixed media: 43” x 31”
James Griffith; La Brea Bee; Tar on Panel: 7” x 5”
James Griffith; Pollinators 1; Oil on Canvas; 30" x 40"
Nancy Macko: Sunflower (Helianthus Annuus); Archival digital print mounted on white Sintra and faced with Plexiglas, 38 ½” X 40”
Sarah Perry; Queen Bee; Mixed Media; 15” x 11” x 8”
Jennifer Angus; Remembrance; Mixed Media Installation;