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‘Identities’ Figurative Painting at Sarah Wiseman Gallery (until 25 March)

Monday, March 6th, 2017

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Image: Henrietta Dubrey’s Clean (Courtesy of the artist and Sarah Wiseman Gallery)

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Sarah Wiseman Gallery is proud to present the spring exhibition ‘Identities’ featuring the work of four prominent women painters Clare Bonnet, Toni Cogdell, Henrietta Dubrey and Veronica Wells.
In a diverse, exciting exhibition each of these artists explores a range of themes within figurative art; from personal histories to the influences of fashion and media. All four have a shared theme of seeking personal authenticity through their work, by exploring common and relatable experiences as artists and as women.

‘This exhibition didn’t start out as an exhibition of women’s art exclusively. We wanted an exhibition of contemporary figurative painting, and the four artists that came to mind just happen to be women.’

Sarah Wiseman, February 2017

It’s an undeniable fact that women’s issues are under the spotlight in recent months, so this exhibition is at a poignant moment in time. Throughout history, women’s artistic achievements have been far less well acknowledged than their male counterparts. However, with major solo exhibitions at Tate from artists like Marlene Dumas, Yayoi Kusama and Georgia O’Keefe; and at Modern Art Oxford, Jenny Saville, Barbara Kruger and currently Lubaina Himid, it seems that finally, women’s part of the story of art is taking its rightful place.

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Trickster in Flatland – Linda Lindroth at Simon|Garvey

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

The Simon|Garvey Gallery is pleased to present Trickster in Flatland – An exhibition of large scale photographs by Linda Lindroth that pay homage to an age of U.S. domestic manufacturing and art historical icons. The show will feature spatially transformative photographic work examining vivid ephemera produced during the height of domestic manufacturing in the United States. Although not dominant, the work intentionally possesses subtle environmental and political undertones. As the artist states: “… they hang as testimonies to a subservient industry, one now diminished as production moves to global markets only to return to us shrink-wrapped and encapsulated in plastic.”

Exhibition: March 1 – April 8, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 2, 6 – 8pm
Reception for the Artist: Thursday, March 16, 6 – 8pm

Driven to Abstraction at Susan Eley Fine Art

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Susan Eley Fine Art is pleased to announce the opening of Driven To Abstraction, an all-women exhibition featuring paintings and works on paper by Caroline Blum (Window on Haight Street 2017 above),  Lori Ellison, Dana James, Melanie Parke and Lizzie Scott. The exhibition has been guest curated by Caroline Blum, a New York based abstract artist, and her husband David Reisman, a writer with Frieze Magazine.

The idea took shape for Caroline after reading recent criticism of mainstream museums and galleries for exhibiting more men than women. In response, Caroline chose to make a curatorial statement and feature five strong women painters. Making connections through social media and in galleries, Caroline identified a group of artists, leaders and innovators in contemporary abstraction, who would shine both individually and as a group.

Driven to Abstraction will be on view March 1 – April 13, 2017

OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday, March 1, 6-8pm

Elisa Contemporary Art – “Through her Eyes: A Southern California Perspective of our World”.

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Elisa Contemporary Art is pleased to present “Through her Eyes:  A Southern California Perspective of our World“. This two-woman show features Southern California Abstract artists Kimber Berry and Stephanie Cate. The show runs through May 25th.

The artists interpret the universe in art – revealing their impressions of our environment on earth both naturally created and impacted by our human interactions, as well as our surrounding planets.

The exhibit will include two series by Kimber Berry  – Liquid Landscapes and Plastic Gardens. (Thank You for the Magic Carpet Ride 2014- featured above) Berry’s work represents the intersection of technology, nature and humanity.  Her paintings are boldly colorful, in constant motion and multi-dimensional.  She masterfully integrates cut and layered digital elements imposed on paper and vinyl with pure paint creating a dance between the virtual world and the organic universe.

Emerging Los Angeles artist, Stephanie Cate, takes  traveling far into space…approximately 390 million miles…and more precisely to the planet Jupiter.  The exhibit will feature the Europa series, both paintings on Wood Panel, and studies on paper.  This series is based on the moon, Europa and Cate’s fascination with this planet, it’s structure and the potential for life.

Time / Frame – Sharon Katz and Véronique Sunatori at Studio Sixty Six (23/Feb – 25/Mar)

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Studio Sixty Six presents Time / Frame –  Sharon Katz and Véronique Sunatori an exhibition running from 23rd February to 25th March.

“Staging in the sense we are talking about is a kind of framing; in theatre, the stage is the frame that allows us to make sense of what is to follow – that the execution wasn’t really an execution, that the newlyweds aren’t really married. While not a part of the performance itself, the frame is what allows us to see it as a performance.”

Chris Fleming & John O’Carroll, The Art of the Hoax, 47

Sharon Katz and Véronique Sunatori, two artists at disparate points in their lives and careers, explore the themes of temporality and materiality through their contrastive but complementary works.

An accomplished animator and filmmaker, Sharon Katz brings her mixed media work incorporating pages of encyclopedias, ink, paint and found objects to the exhibition. Katz’s works depict movement and action, merging the stasis of her painted frames with the vitality in her work, notable in String Theory, where the tennis player yearns to engage below the glass with the ball, finding itself in a “perpetual state of suspended animation.” Katz has only recently begun working with paint and its role in her work varies within each piece – from background to foreground, from heavy touches to light. Also recently designing sets for theatrical production, Katz is cognizant of the ways in which each work becomes a storyboard, a natural extension from animation.

Véronique Sunatori, currently working towards her MFA at York University, creates works that offer alternative perspectives, as can easily be seen in her series of severed and modified frames, effectively reintroducing the “staging” of artwork as the art itself, albeit disjointed from its original purpose and appearance. Sunatori also incorporates her identity, born to a Japanese father and Québécoise mother, to her Portraits series, wherein she has drawn over the glass covering photographic portraits of the artist, and her Skillfully series, which references traditional Japanese wood and paper screens. For Sunatori, invoking sculptural forms allows for her work to breathe conceptually and both asks for and offers up alternative points of view.

Staged together in the juxtaposing space of the gallery, the performativity accomplished through the two artists’ works is present, provoking debate on the functionality of staging and framing and, indeed, of a suspension of disbelief.

Text by Rose Ekins, Curator

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