Monday, November 19, 2018

Current Exhibition: Deborah Decker, Shelley Lazarus, Joe Pinkelman

Tuesday November 20 -­ Saturday December 15
Reception: Saturday, December 1, 5­-8 p.m.

Artist Talk: Saturday, December 15, 3pm

Deborah Decker -- Memory
Deborah Decker, Night Ride, Graphite on Paper, 48 x 105"

Shelley Lazarus -- H2O works
Shelley Lazarus, Ventura Hills, Watercolor, 12 x 21"
Joe Pinkelman -- America
Joe Pinkelman, I Can’t Breathe (In Memory Of Eric Garner), Ceramic, 8” x 18” x 12”

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Artist Spotlight: Damon Reinagle - Hidden Agendas

TAG Gallery presents Hidden Agendas, a series of works by painter Damon Reinagle. Reinagle has been a surreal aficionado, with admiration for the dream-like vistas of Marc Chagall and Salvador Dali. This coupled with his love for the magical swirling colors and imagery of Yoshitaka Amano, has inspired Damon to explore patterns and symbols that evoke decadence and decay, but at the same, joy and hopefulness.

With his doll head series, Reinagle depicts his characters with a classical feel as though the porcelain-like portraits are ageless, yet fragile in nature. Often set against crumbling, depleted architectural facades, the heads suggest that there may be a silver lining after all, with a delicate butterfly or hummingbird about.

Reinagle’s use of a heart as both a romantic symbol as well as a negative shape emerging from tangled thorns, presents the viewer with the dichotomy of good versus evil, growth versus decay. The heart as a suspended mass of molten lava begs the questions, how sustainable is our planet? Will the delicate balance of survival continue to be threatened by man’s greed for materialism or will he wake up to the warnings of over population, climate change and lack of potable water?

The suspended lava heart, the fragile doll heads and the recurring theme of fish out water, all echo nature’s vulnerability to the hidden agendas of humanity.

The show runs through November 17.
Artist Talk: Saturday, November 10th, 3 PM

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Artist Spotlight: Camey McGilvray - Wire World

Camey McGilvray, Boogie-Woogie Dancers, Powder-coated rebar, 70 x 24 x 18"
Artistic concepts are taken down to the wire in artist Camey McGilvray’s latest series, Wire World. In this series of McGilvray’s work, hard-edge rules and line is everything. Starting with the first pen and ink rendering of an idea, McGilvray works and reworks, edits and polishes until the desired effect is achieved. Visual references are simplified and in some cases totally abandoned. Line is then translated into steel wire, welded and powder-coated into a three-dimensional existence.
Camey McGilvray, The Ladies (Picasso Homage), Powder-coated steel, 54 x 48 x 3"
McGilvray’s The Ladies, homage to Pablo Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’ Avignon, is scaled down to essential lines but succeeds in expressing the integrity and concept of the original piece. Wire World functions and exists in this way, further abstracting the abstracted and offering a stripping down to the bare essentials.
Camey McGilvray, Wired IV, Powder-coated steel, 68 x 46 x 3"

McGilvray skillfully uses the visual language of line to give life to what was once only imagined and to indeed create a Wire World.
Camey McGilvray, Rush Hour, Powder-coated rebar, LED, 70 x 38 x 4"
The show runs through November 17.
Artist Talk: Saturday, November 10th, 3 PM