Resurfacing In The Aftermath Of 2020
Jeweler Nell Chandler was inspired by the title. “I thought of the different surfaces I have used in my work and the new techniques and surfaces I have been inspired to try with each annual show. It also represents how we have spent more than a year in a weird and different universe and how we don’t even know the way our lives will be “Resurfaced” once we truly head back in. I found myself revisiting previous surface techniques on my jewelry and for fun I created a couple of paintings on the subject of resurfacing our lives that I’m calling Going Back In.”
For potter Evelyn Ward this past year has been full of changes. “Last fall I underwent brain surgery to deal with a painful facial nerve condition. I am happy to report that the surgery was successful.” Working with clay kept her grounded. “My time in the studio, with its familiar daily rituals, was a refuge and helped to center and keep me focused on the work. Since returning to the studio in February, I feel like I’m resurfacing from those dark, murky waters. My head is clearing, the pain is gone, and I have renewed energy. I am still working with monoprinting but I have been experimenting with layering underglazes and find myself drawn to more subdued colors. I feel like the new work is quieter, using layers to build up a more complex surface.”
For painter Michele Yellin “This past year, during the pandemic, time has stood still. And yet somehow moved on. I lost my mother this year for the third time. First, I lost her to her advancing dementia, then to the lockdown, and finally to her death from Covid-19. I mourn. I paint. I think. I paint. I remember. I paint. I dream. I mourn. I paint. I resurface, back to the light, and I paint.”
Resurface will run both online and in the gallery from May 28 through June 20.
ONLINE opening: May 28th, 12 Noon. CLICK IMAGE TO VISIT ONLINE OPENING.
GALLERY Opening Reception: Friday, May 28th, 6–9 pm.
How the SENSE OF WONDER Exhibit Came To Be
Jeweler Arianna Bara, wood sculptor Larry Favorite and painter Eduardo Lapetina have spent the pandemic thinking about their relationship to the world and their art. This new show is the result of all the time alone in the studio.
For jeweler Arianna Bara the events of these days, filled with both worry and hope, have led to a sense of wonder. “As my world has shrunk, I spend time exploring the smallest worlds I have access to and find a universe in the land of mosses and lichens in the woods, to the bright greens, the textures, the variety of leaves and tendrils. That excitement carries over to the natural beauty found in fossils and stones like Australian boulder opals, which begin as rivers of silica flowing through channels in rock and become beautifully unpredictable in the variety and intensities of their colors. In creating jewelry with these fruits of the earth I hope to communicate that same wonder to the wearer.”
For wood sculptor Larry Favorite this has been an extraordinary year. “Due to the pandemic, I have spent long days in my studio, with only a pile of desert ironwood, tiny bits of turquoise, sheets of sterling silver, and my imagination to keep me company. To produce a finished piece of art I must slow down my breathing, narrow my field of vision and steady my hands. As a result, making my art has the capacity to calm both my body and my mind. These pieces highlight the enduring quality of ironwood, enhanced by a combination of flowing abstract designs and simple images drawn from nature. They are meant to communicate a sense of familiarity, reassurance, and healing. I hope you are as calmed by looking at these pieces as I was by making them.”
Painter Eduardo Lapetina writes: “Forced by the pandemic, I was in isolation, mostly working in my studio. It was an opportunity to connect with the outside world through my paintings. I wanted the present work to be the catalyst to rethink the significance of our future and to stimulate ideas and dialogue. To have a fresh outlook with an explosion of vibrant colors, impactful textures and messages of hope. I want my journey in art to be a natural orchestration of my experiences and emotions.”