What happens to us as human beings when we face the uncontrollable vastness and chaos of nature? Kant says, The mind feels itself set in motion in representation of the sublime in nature. This movement (may result in) an alternating repulsion and attraction by one and the same object.
Is it, then, the role of the artist to represent, mediate and thereby contain the vision of the infinite so that the viewer can approach the concept of the transcendent?
What are the scenes of nature that elevate the mind… and produce the sublime sensation? Not the cheery landscape or the flowery field but the hoary mountain, the solitary lake, the aged forest and torrent falling over rocks. – Hugh Blair, lecture notes from 1783.
El Camino College Art Gallery presents Landscape of the Sublime in which ten artists explore transcendental territory in a broad range of media, scale and attitudes.
Brace presents black and white photographs of luminous clouds
and mysterious views of caves within clouds. (Brace is represented by
Craig Krull Gallery in Santa Monica, where she shows both drawings and
walking, breathing, 2005
brush drawing, acetate, ink, basswood, acrylic
Becoming Something #6, 2005
and argon gases, neon crackle tube, animator
Twenty Four Trees
Abashiri, Hokkaido, Japan, 2005
weeds (detail), 2004
pronto plate (litho) on Gampi paper
|Victor Raphael and Clayton Spada|
Solar Currents, Biosphere, and Ecliptic Plane from the Zero Infinity collection, 2006
pigmented inkjet on Moab Entrada paper
The Ancient, 2005
charcoal and pastel on paper
wood and paper scroll
Inside Outside, Outside Inside (exterior), 2006
Inside Outside, Outside Inside (interior), 2006