BEAUTIFUL PLANET / in celebration of nature
Elizabeth Bloom, Garrett M. Brown, Lorraine Bubar, Lauren Evans, Candice Gawne, Ellen Giamportone, Carol Goldmark,
Robin Hinchliffe, Margaret Lazzari, Betsy Lohrer Hall, Kenneth Ober, Ann Page, Deborah Patterson, Carol Saindon,
Anne Scheid, Laura Stickney, Victoria Veedell, Pat Warner, David Jordan Williams
January 20 - February 12, 2015
Reception: Thursday, January 29, 7-9 p.m.
David Jordan Williams; Uranis in the Grass; Digital Media
Margaret Lazzari; Near the Surface; Acrylic on Canvas; 36"x29"
Kenneth Ober; Yellow Green Grassland; Acrylic and Oil on Canvas; 34"x63"
Lauren Evans; Ring; Raku ceramic; 76" in diameter X 8" Deep
|In a time when one might well despair the demise of the planet, as we experience global warming, biological species extinction, drought and more, it seems also of great importance to simply stop, observe, and revel in the extreme beauty that remains. Perhaps in so doing we can be further encouraged to take steps towards preservation of the utterly remarkable natural environment that exists on planet earth.
The nineteen artists in Beautiful Planet celebrate the natural world in a multiplicity of ways that ranges from drawing, painting, photography, digital media, and poetry to mixed media installation, relational aesthetics and neon sculpture.
- Elizabeth Bloom exhibits expressive portraits of her garden, signifying the diurnal shifts in Southern California light, in oil on canvas.
- Garrett M. Brown shows lyrical abstractions of roses, water, land and light, in acrylic on construction paper.
- Lorraine Bubar exhibits intricate paper cutouts celebrating the diversity of life forms on earth.
- Lauren Evans presents a monumental wall installation with circling raku-fired ceramic cormorants.
- Candice Gawne shows luminous undersea life forms in neon (glass with Argonne gas).
- Ellen Giamportone exhibits two photographic images of flora demonstrating two very different ways of looking at nature-one a macrocosm of "Flower Trash", the other an iPhone shot of silhouetted forms in urban landscape.
- Carol Goldmark explores the metaphysical relationship between flowers and flesh in her rich oil on panel paintings and graphite drawings of decaying blooms.
- Robin Hinchliffe lends poetry to Beautiful Planet with her affecting haiku, related to the four seasons.
- Margaret Lazzari's exuberant oil on canvas abstractions, dealing with density of matter, luminous voids and movement, are based on her observation of landforms, water and sky. - M. Lazzari
- Betsy Lohrer Hall presents an experiential piece in which she will dedicate 4 consecutive hours at 5 intervals over the duration of the exhibition, to being outdoors, technology free. Each interval will focus on one of the 5 senses. Viewers are invited to do the same. A space within the gallery will serve as a site for display of what the artist and viewers collect, discover and produce and as a forum for exchange.
- Kenneth Ober's rhythmic pinstripes in oil on canvas converge into fields of undulating grass.
- Ann Page presents mixed media collage and 3-D rapid prototype objects that seem to invent new biological species as well as bearing reference to those already present here on planet earth.
- Deborah Patterson presents dream-like photo collage from digitally manipulated, sheer, layered photographic images of nature.
- Carol Saindon exhibits elegant photomontage grid of black and white images of waves in water.
- Anne Scheid presents a drawing in graphite and lithographic crayon, imaging the constant exchange of energy that exists between humans and the forces of the earth.
- Laura Stickney exhibits images of beetles, pods and bracts described in oil on repurposed Polaroid film carriers.
- Victoria Veedell presents small works in oil that evoke the dense fog and muted light of the San Francisco Bay Area.
- Pat Warner exhibits striking large-scale paper cutouts of cherry and plum trees in bloom in Japan.
- David Jordan Williams presents one exquisite digitally manipulated photographic image (see announcement) accompanied by other straight-up color photographs.
Carol Saindon; Turbulence #6; Digital Photomontage; 27"x35"