FEBRUARY 1, 2020
From the Editor
Twenty-twenty is off to a fast start
Now let's change the world for better with our art!
Your PRS Newsletter Staff
On Sunday February 9th Ruth Waters will host a visit by PRS members to the Peninsula Museum of Art in Burlingame, CA, where Ruth also has a studio in the museum building. There are four concurrent exhibitions:
Other artists's studios will also be open for visits.
NOTE: Remember that these are pot-luck events: Please bring a dish and / or beverage to share with other artists.
Peninsula Art Museum is located at 1777 California Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010. From Highway 101 exit onto Millbrae heading west and turn left at Camino Real. Turn left at Trousdale, the second light and right into the parking lot.
From Interstate 280, exit Trousdale (from the south: follow signs); take Trousdale all the way across Camino Real and turn right into the parking lot.
PRS Members met at the Oakland Museum to see the exhibition "No Spectators: The ART of Burning Man". Some went on docent-led tours and others found their own paths through the museum to enjoy the art and artifacts of Burning Man, including costumes, jewelry, "mutant vehicles", a towering outdoor figurative sculpture and intricate wooden temple structures.
The various works included automated musical devices and interactive magical mushrooms that pulsated and glowed to the delight of all. The exhibition offered a small taste of the amazingly imaginative offerings that inform, mystify and bedazzle the attendees on the playa.
After the visual spectacle, many lingered for a late lunch in the on-site cafe and talked about the art.
Jack Weaver has works in the exhibition Craft Nouveau: An International Fine Craft Competition at Blue Line Arts in Roseville, CA. The selected artists are from 22 states and 3 countries. There is a reception February 15; the show ends March 7, 2020. (See www.bluelinearts.org/craft-nouveau-2020)
Jack's works were described as "reconstructed mandolins remnant of Picasso". Above is "Spinning Psaltery"; below are "Free Bird" and "Harpa Nephra".
The City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs in partnership with Burning Man Project proudly presented a new work by Bay Area artist Oleg Lobykin as part of Playa to Paseo, an initiative bringing art from Burning Man to Downtown San Jose, CA.
Oleg's whimsical fin of a subterranean shark that once decorated the Burning Man playa now amuses pedestrians in San Jose.
Kathleen King's assemblages, sculptures and installations are featured in Aided, Inspired, Multiplied , curated by Natalia Ivanova Mount at Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA. An opening reception will be Friday February 7, 2020, and the exhibition continues through March 6, 2020. (see ProArtsGallery.org, also see KathleenKing.carbonmade.com )
Kathleen transforms found materials through arranging, interlocking, piling, stacking, hanging and leaning. She invites PRS members to contact her (510-701-4620) to arrange a walk-through of the exhibition. (Below is "Strong Ties #1", 2019, painted wood assemblage, 67" H x 48" W x 1.5" D)
Rachel Karklin was the featured sculptor for the month of January 2020 at the Art Space of the School of Visual Philosophy, San Jose, CA. Rachel showed fifteen sculptures in various media, including alabaster, bronze, metal and concrete, and resin, all created over the last ten years.
Stephanie Metz 's solo exhibition InTouch opened January 9, 2020 at the de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA. In the exhibition Stephanie presents her tantalizing and imaginative series of interactive artworks created in alluring wool and industrial felt. This body of work differs from her earlier works in scale (several human-sized objects) and also in the intention for these works to be touched: The visitors' interactions with the pieces enhance and complete the installation.
The works include large, mysterious, chrysalis-like "Hanging Pods" and moveable, stackable, wearable surrealist forms of "Holdables". Stephanie invites PRS members to visit, prepare yourself for serious play and make time to engage with the art.
The exhibition continues through June 13, 2020 and will include an artist lecture on April 30, 2020. (See details at www.scu.edu/desaisset/exhibitions/intouch)
Sculptures by Joseph Slusky will be exhibited along with paintings by Katie Hawkinson in the exhibition Abstract Affinities, curated by Chuck Woodburn at Studio 21 in Santa Barbara, CA. The exhibition opened January 17 and continues through February 28, 2020. (Image right: Zephyr" by Katie Hawkinson; image below: "Gojo-1" by Joseph Slusky; see www.JosephSlusky.com and www.KatieHawkinson.com)
Sculptures from Jeff Key's The Vessel Series will be featured in a solo pop-up show with reception celebrating the 30th anniversary of Sculpturesite Gallery in Glen Ellen, CA on March 1, 2020.
Additionally, Sculpturesite Gallery’s website will feature 25 sculptures by Jeff, curated by Brigitte Micmacker, in an Exclusive On-line Exhibition: Life Vessels from January 31 through March 31, 2020. (See www.sculpturesite.com )
Jeff’s work is primarily constructed of wood and flax and makes allusion to the vessel, a cross-cultural and at times totemic form, that represents human presence and the cycle of life. (Image below is Jeff's "Vessel #86 -- Deténte")
The image below is of Jeff’s wood sculpture, “Vessel #32 —Witness”, which will be on view beginning March 1 in SculptureWalk, Sculpturesite Gallery’s on-going outdoor exhibition.
Text & photos by Charles Stinson
DRAWN TO RESILIENCE
A solo exhibition of works by Laura Van Duren
at San Francisco City College Gallery
Inspired by diagrams in an antiquated medical textbook and using a sewing machine as a drawing tool, Laura Van Duren creates "bodies" of vinyl that she then fills with glycerine soap, then twists and pinches into positions that give the appearance of liquids compressed or flowing under pressure. The process is slippery and uncertain, yielding unexpected outcomes and opportunities for second chance interventions. Some of the pieces are simple, elegant and almost flat wall "drawings" of vinyl, thread and glycerine.
Other pieces include reassembled furniture parts, found hardware, or ceramic forms, even a crutch. The pieces give an impression of something biological that once stirred, or is struggling to do so.
The works effectively convey efforts to contain, adapt and be resilient in response to personal or collective pressure in this increasingly challenging world.
The Newsletter invites you to write and submit reviews of a PRS artist (other than yourself) or of PRS group exhibitions. Send text and images to Newsletter@PacificRimSculptors.org
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Stan Huncilman of Berkeley, CA, worked as a welder and machinist before studying art at SFSU and the San Francisco Art Institute. He enjoys working in metal plus concrete to create his whimsical, lively, colorful and sometimes mechanical or functional pieces. Check out his website at StanHuncilmanSculptor.com
Tara Daly of San Francisco, CA, says that clay is her favorite material because of its versatility and its near infinite capacity to take shape and form. She often experiments with a broad array of other media (fiber, found objects, welded metal), but tends to incorporate them into her clay works. Check out her website at TaraKDaly.com
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