Thursday, September 28, 2017

Artist Spotlight: Pam Douglas -- SIGHT

Pam Douglas, One, Acrylic, rope, silk, wood, 36 x 48"
In SIGHT, an exhibition of new work by Pam Douglas, she uses transparencies and reflections to reveal multi-layered perspectives of our times. SIGHT evokes the courage to see what is happening.
Pam Douglas, Witness, Mirror, ink, sawblade on plexi, 14 x 32"
Douglas has enjoyed the metaphysical realms of vision in past works, and with this exhibition she continues her interest in the circle as an embrace of “oneness.” Amidst current national challenges, she felt these times call for boldness. That led her to images of women crying out in darkness, oil derricks spewing oil, the unflinching gaze of a woman inside a round saw blade, and the line from Thoreau beneath another work: “The question is not what you look at, but what you see.”
Pam Douglas, The Question Is Not What You Look At But What You See,
Ink, acrylic, silk, paper, mirror on plexi, 38 x 34"
Art critic Shana Nys Dambrot wrote: “Pam Douglas is steeped in the magical way assemblage creates meaning. But she also excels at using paint, light, and line to create thematic compositional elements of powerful abstract narratives. Motifs of landscape, stylized abstraction and portraiture, and elemental forces of earth, water, and air are depicted and embodied using Plexiglas, rope, machine parts, and newsprint, as well as rich colors and mirrored surfaces. The works in SIGHT share material interests with her previous bodies of work, but for this series she has chosen those elements with increased specificity because their message has intensified as a response to society’s troubles. SIGHT evokes ideas about perspective and perception, truth and spectacle, evidence and witness, and includes both physical and metaphysical sensory experiences.”
Pam Douglas, In a Dark Time the Mind Begins To See, Ink, acrylic, mirror on plexi, 14 x 47"

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 30, 6 – 9pm
Artist Panel Discussion: Saturday, October 7, 3pm

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Current Exhibition: Pam Douglas, Joe Pinkelman, Marion Wood

Tuesday, September 26 – Saturday, October 21, 2017

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 30, 6 – 9pm
Artist Panel Discussion: Saturday, October 7, 3pm

Pam Douglas – SIGHT
Pam Douglas, Forecast From the Deep, Ink, string, acrylic on plexiglas, 55 x 43”
Joe Pinkelman – More China
Joe Pinkelman, Cloud #1, Porcelain, 26 x 19 x 19”
Marion Wood – Gravity
Marion Wood, Off the Grid, Acrylic on canvas, 72 x 60"

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Artist Spotlight: Elyse Wyman's Positive From Negative

Elyse Wyman, Kick, Cast Aluminum, 41 x 32 x .5"
In art as in life, a slight shift in perspective can transform negative into positive. While creating the positive shapes for the sculptures in her previous show, Elyse Wyman noticed the remaining negative shapes were intriguing in their own right and reserved them for future inspiration. In the spirit of recycle, reuse, renew, those raw pieces evolved into new sculptures, retaining some of the shapes and characteristics from the previous artwork, but emerging as something distinctly novel in her new show, Positive from Negative.
Elyse Wyman, Evolutionary Venture - 2S Recycle, Cast Aluminum, 9 x 8 x 5.5"
Wyman utilized the negative shapes born from earlier sculptures of the female torso to create positive sculptural forms cut and carved from Styrofoam. She then buried them in sand and cast them in aluminum. As she dug the sculptures from the hot sand, she noticed that an unforeseen surface pattern had spontaneously emerged from the path of the molten metal. 
Elyse Wyman, Winged Defeat, Cast Aluminum, 9 x 6 x 5"
Intrigued with the reticulated patterning, she ventured further, making pencil and wax rubbings on paper and employing gold leaf to further reveal and enhance the shapes and patterns. With this exhibition, the negative has transformed into positive.
Elyse Wyman, Undulation, Gold leaf on paper, 45.5 x 35"
August 29 – September 23, 2017
Artist Panel Discussion:
Saturday, September 23, 3pm

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Artist Spotlight: Diane Rudnick Mann's ...Continued

Diane Rudnick Mann, Jelly Beans, Pastel, 15 x 15"
Tangible stillness and observation are constant staples in Diane Rudnick Mann’s art practice. Mann’s latest exhibition entitled …Continued delves deeper into the artist's fascination with objects and emotions that often go unnoticed, giving form to that which is taken for granted.
Diane Rudnick Mann, Measuring Spoons in Glass, Pastel, 17.5 x 16.5"
Sharpening and honing her eye for detail and stillness, Mann’s crisp pastel drawings draw from her personal obsession with exactness and precision. The nature of this work pays homage to the idea that objects, people, and ideas have inherent value that is often lost amongst the hustle and bustle of everyday life. To this end Mann is diligent in mimicking her subject’s silhouettes, marking each curvature, groove, crevice, and bruise on her canvas.
Diane Rudnick Mann, Art Deco Perfume Bottle Circa 1950's, Pastel, 17.5 x 15.5"
…Continued exhibits reverence to those things that Mann holds dear. Antique perfume bottles forgotten by time, silverware used for countless family dinners, and heirlooms passed down by friends all serve as muses, with Mann asking the viewer to take time with each piece and make their own subtle, emotional connections to the exhibition’s subject matter.
Diane Rudnick Mann, Sunny Silver, Pastel, 18.5 x 16.5"
August 29 – September 23, 2017 

Artist Panel Discussion:
Saturday, September 23, 3pm

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Artist Spotlight: Carole Garland's I [Heart] LA

Carole Garland, City of Light, Oil on canvas, 12 x 30"
Carole Garland initially shunned Los Angeles when she made the move from Chicago. Disengaging from her environment, the pink stucco bungalows, palm trees at Christmas, and the horizontal city with too much sky, Garland was at odds with her surroundings. Over time however, she came to embrace the nuanced city, its neighborhoods with varied ethnicities and lifestyles, and DTLA: a frisson of drama between its disappearing history and the startling brand-new.
Carole Garland, Downtown From Above, Oil on canvas, 16 x 20"
Garland’s newest exhibition, I [Heart] LA, is comprised of dramatic oil paintings on canvas that capture the essence of Los Angeles and its brief and fragile history. The fleeting changes of downtown as it transitions from abandoned warehouses, forgotten neighborhoods, and broken down Broadway are caught in a kaleidoscope of impressionistic candor and contemporary realism.
Carole Garland, The Rosslyn, Oil on canvas, 16 x 13"
Garland’s large works and cameo paintings remind us of the city’s historic architecture and its Los Angeles River. She bridges the nostalgia for the past and its faded memories with an edgy awareness of the present and the fast-arriving future.
Carole Garland, Raindrops, Oil on canvas, 14 x 11"
August 29 – September 23, 2017 

Opening Reception:
Saturday, September 9th, 5 – 8pm

Artist Panel Discussion:
Saturday, September 23, 3pm

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Artist Spotlight: Kathy Curtis Cahill's Childhood Matters

Kathy Curtis Cahill, The Fort, Photograph, 23 x 27"
Kathy Curtis Cahill’s new exhibition at TAG Gallery presents works from two compelling photographic collections, Memories and Demons and Make Believe. Both use dolls as a stand-in for children in beautiful, life-like scenarios that compel viewers to explore the true nature of childhood. 
Kathy Curtis Cahill, Super Girl Princess, Photograph, 29 x 25"
Make Believe evokes the intense imagination, delight, and vulnerability of childhood play, with charming recreations of dress-up games such as super hero, princess, cowgirl, and doctor and nurse. 
Kathy Curtis Cahill, Moving Again, Photograph, 36 x 44"
Memories and Demons is considerably darker, taking a poignant look at trauma and abuse in childhood. These works are intense, revealing the fragility of young children, and how deeply a fraught home environment affects them. 
Kathy Curtis Cahill, STOP!, Photograph, 44.5 x 36.5"
Cahill uses natural lighting to create her work, carefully casting her dolls and curating her settings. The two collections complement each other, riveting viewers with the flip side of the same coin: childhood can indeed be a magical place, and that magic can weave a wondrous and whimsical world or cast a spell both overwhelming and dangerous.

August 29 – September 23, 2017 

Opening Reception:
Saturday, September 9th, 5 – 8pm

Artist Panel Discussion:
Saturday, September 23, 3pm