Sunday, March 28, 2010

John Clendening, Josephine Vandergun, Camey McGilvray March 30 – April 24, 2010

Reception: Saturday, April 3, 5-8pm

Painter John Clendening is showing his "Chinatown Market" series at TAG Gallery.

Although Clendening's exhibit consists of new paintings, his idea for this series started thirty years ago in New York City in Chinatown where the artist was inspired by trips through streets where New Yorkers buy fruit and vegetables from Chinese vendors selling from sidewalk carts.
In addition, he is showing some works from his "Apple Orchard" series, which also started around thirty years ago. As with the Chinatown Series, the Apple Orchard paintings were inspired by visits to special locations. Clendening traveled through Virginia apple country to places like Serryville, Madison or Winchester where the orchard farmers sit crates and bushel baskets on the sides of county roads. However, none were actually painted in plein air -- Clendening says every painting in the apple series was painted in the studio from real apples.

Sculptor and painter Josephine Vandergun grew up in the Netherlands where she attended several art academies. She went on to study painting in London for two years before moving to California in 1998. That's when she developed a passion for sculpture after working with master sculptor Jonathan Bickhardt who encouraged her to discover different and new materials like acrylic, sand, marble, and iron casting, in addition to traditional bronze.

Vandergun's sculptures explore the beauty and emotion of the human figure with captivating results. Vandergun's works have been shown at galleries in West Hollywood, Santa Monica, the Netherlands and Spain.

TAG Gallery will be exhibiting wood and metal sculptures by Camey McGilvray.

McGilvray studied at St. Lawrence University, The Art Students' League, the New School in New York City, and at the University of the Americas in Mexico City. Her work has been exhibited in galleries across the country including Pen and Brush Gallery in New York City, Schomberg Gallery in Santa Monica, and the Frederick Wiseman Gallery of Art in Malibu, and she co-founded the Abbot Kinney Art Gallery in Venice, California. Her sculptures are featured in a movie to be released later this year: "The Truth is Always Complicated."

Using wood and metal to create abstract, contemporary sculptures, McGilvray's work is evocative rather than representational and relies on shape and placement of the component pieces, shadow, color and texture to convey a story or emotion. Using multiple components that are geometric, abstract or figurative McGilvray creates a product that requires the viewer to go beyond the parts to see the whole.

For example, "Bride Descending a staircase (Homage to Marcel Duchamp)" includes all of the characteristic features of McGilvray's sculpture: components that are geometric, abstract, and figurative. The inspiration for this piece is Duchamp's 1913 avant-guard painting "Nude Descending a Staircase" in which a graceful movement of the figure emerges from apparent chaos. Like the painting, McGilvray's goal is to use the array of shapes and colors to create a coherent pattern which tells a story and evokes feelings from the viewer.

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