••• Current Show •••
Our Gallery is open Tue from 11 to 3pm, Wed – Fri 11 – 5pm and Sat 10 – 3pm
“In the Detail”
Size Matters in Exhibit of Small Works
Exhibit Dates: December 5 – 28, 2013
Little things mean a lot, especially in the new exhibition “In the Detail: Small Works,” at the Blackboard Gallery of Studio Channel Islands Art Center. Including only art that doesn’t exceed 12 inches in any direction, the juried show opens with a free artists’ reception and awards presentation on Thursday, December 5 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. It closes December 28. Works in the exhibit are of various media, including paintings, ceramics, stone sculptures and mixed media pieces.
Juror: Jim Webb
1st: Judy Winard “Square Peg in a Round Hole”
2nd: Bob Privitt “Speedboat”
3rd: BJ Fan “Stripes”
Keri Bruns “Grandpa’s Farm, Pleasant Hill, Missouri” and “Saturday Afternoon, Point Mogu, CA”
Shannon Celia “Stormy Palms”
Robert Diehl “Bicycle on Steps”
Mary-Gail King “El Matador”
Eileen Maloney “Pansies”
Michael Rohde “Extensions”
Carol Seibold “Freebird”
January 4 – 29, 2014
Thread/Bare Exhibition Opens at Blackboard Gallery
Reception Saturday, January 11, 3 – 6 PM
Visitors to the group exhibition “Thread/Bare” may be surprised to see trees with dangling roots filling a stage and a wall installation with hundreds of fragile clay fragments that seem to float. Running January 4-29, 2014 at Studio Channel Islands Art Center’s Blackboard Gallery in Camarillo, the exhibition includes work by six artists with divergent approaches and materials-Nurit Avesar, Michael Clinite, Elana Kundell, Susan Kurland, Janet Neuwalder and Sigrid Orlet-who thread together boundaries between the recognizable and abstracted as well as explore the power of symbolism and personal revelation. The free artists’ reception is Saturday, January 11 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
An exhibit catalogue with an introduction by Los Angeles-based art critic Shana Nys Dambrot is available, and a free panel discussion about the creative process is on Sunday, January 26 at 4:00 p.m.
Nurit Avesar’s large mixed media pieces combine mono prints of abstracted patterns of water with rust and oil painting. She uses those elements to convey subconscious memories both cultural and personal, as well as the destruction waged by both time and wars.
Sanding, layering and using nontraditional materials in his paints and surfaces, Michael Clinite experiments with mixed media and print making techniques, incorporating monoprints into larger mixed media compositions. Clinite’s intent is to make art that is poetic and stimulates the viewer’s imagination to complete the work.
Elana Kundell’s primary concern is color. Fascinated with the edges of color, its shapes, luminosity, instability and relationships, she compares color to music in its immediacy to experience and emotions, and she often paints to music. Kundell’s paintings are nonrepresentational, but she structures her imaginary environments so the viewer’s memory translates from the ambiguous to the familiar, the abstract to a landscape.
Susan Kurland credits her artistic inspiration to the creativity and bonds of her family of female stitchers. That and a theatre and fashion background are recalled in her use of thread and fabric to “draw” textured abstract pieces. These same connections appear in her feminist ceramic figures, which resemble dressmaker forms. Wrapped in tightly wound thread, they speak to the conflicting constraints with which women deal.
Working primarily in clay, Janet Neuwalder coats, dips and layers natural and industrial materials with ceramic raw materials, then fires them into “contemporary fossils” which invite reflection upon how objects are born and transformed by nature. Her large wall installations, assembled with hundreds of fragile clay fragments, seem to float and reveal the possibility of microscopic worlds usually invisible. Neuwalder’s interest in memory led her to create “fractured drawings” of real and imagined places with negative spaces left open for imagination and dialogue.
Sigrid Orlet’s tree installation references the exhibit title, exposing what is usually hidden beneath the surface. Her sculpture, paintings and mixed media pieces include figurative and abstract elements as well as spiritual and symbolic objects, iconography and text. Orlet’s background in the field of creativity studies included investigation into the complexity of symbol formation, which later became the conceptual foundation for her work.
Tuesday 11 am – 3 pm
Wednesday through Friday 11 am – 5 pm
Saturday 10 am – 3 pm