Spring 2017 shows

Material as Metaphor
Exhibition of eleven contemporary artists working in large scale fiber sculpture
May 28 – August 20, 2017
Reception: Saturday May 27, 6:00-9:00
Craft and Folk Art Museum
5814 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 11:00 – 5:00
Saturday & Sunday: 11:00 – 6:00

Origins: Raw and Refined
Two-person show with Rachelle Reichert
April 24 – May 25, 2017
Reception: Thursday, May 4th, 12:30 to 2:00pm (Artists’ Talk at 1:00pm)
MPC Art Gallery, 980 Fremont St., Monterey, CA 93940
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11:00 – 4:00
and by appointment 831-646-3060

Left Coast Annual Awards Exhibition
Two-person show with my friend Andrea Borsuk (coincidentally chosen as winners!)
April 21 – May 21, 2017
Reception Friday, April 21, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica

Lucid Arts Residency Exhibition
April 7 – May 14, 2017
Reception: Saturday, April 8,  3:00 – 5:00 pm
Gallery Route One, Pt. Reyes Station

 

 

Solo show at Don Soker

It’s always with mixed emotions that I encounter the Naked Ladies (or officially Belladonna Lilies) at this time of year. They are indeed a beautiful sight, but mark the impending end of summer warmth. However with the end of this summer comes a solo exhibition of my latest work, which I am excited to show. It is a continuation of And the refinement of their decline which debuted in Tucson at Conrad Wilde Gallery last summer.

August 27 – October 1
Opening reception: Saturday August 27, 4:00 – 6:00
Artist talk: Saturday September 17, 4:30-6:00

Don Soker Contemporary Art
2180 Bryant St. #205, San Francisco, CA 94110
Hours: Friday + Saturday 12:00-6:00 and by appointment
415-291-0966  donsoker15(at)gmail.com

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Barcelona

This was my first time in Barcelona and I was bowled over by the beauty of the city. It is absolutely rich with pattern and embellishment everywhere, even the sidewalks.
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Of course it is the city where Gaudi has many of his works, which are awe-inspiring.

Of course it is the city where Gaudi has many of his works, which are awe-inspiring.


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This includes designs for the sidewalk and lamp posts even.

This includes designs for the sidewalk and lamp posts even.


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There are facades by other designers, who I didn't get the name of, that are equally as ornate and craft-intensive.

There are facades by other designers, who I didn’t get the name of, that are equally as ornate and craft-intensive.


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The tradition of ornate pattern lives on in contemporary designs…

The tradition of ornate pattern lives on in contemporary designs…

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And it even works its way into resourceful new fixes of old fixtures.

And it even works its way into resourceful new fixes of old fixtures.

Even a local famous cemetery has an ornate sense of pattern. Apparently the remains are kept in drawers.

Even a local famous cemetery has an ornate sense of pattern. Apparently the remains are kept in drawers.

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Nice

Nice is like southern california, only it’s the French Riviera so it’s a little more elegant and old.

And another huge difference is that the ocean is like a big lake w/lapping waves.

And another huge difference is that the ocean is like a big lake w/lapping waves.

Here's a spot, la Reserve, where we swam that was more out of the way. Even though it was rocky, it was still like a lake.

Here’s a spot, la Reserve, where we swam that was more out of the way. Even though it was rocky, it was still like a lake.

Here's the view from where we are staying. Did I mention it's sweltering hot? 70% humidity I found out today.

Here’s the view from where we are staying. Did I mention it’s sweltering hot? 70% humidity I found out today.

The food is amazing. Any boulangerie has great stuff. I finally did a delicious Salad Nicoise.

The food is amazing. Any boulangerie has great stuff. I finally did have a delicious Salad Nicoise.

Nice is fairly overrun with tourists, but it's pretty easy to get beyond the density of the town and out into old villages which are completely enchanting.

Nice is fairly overrun with tourists, but it’s pretty easy to get beyond the density of the town and out into old villages which are completely enchanting.


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We also had the good fortune of being taken into the mountain areas to a river where it was easy to walk through the water. Extremely refreshing in the constant heat.

We also had the good fortune of being taken into the mountain areas to a river where it was easy to walk through the water. Extremely refreshing in the constant heat.

Biennale–Central Pavilion

In the Giardini there is a huge pavilion that exhibits work together of various artists. The central pavilion was not as cohesive as the Arsenale, but still interesting.

The work of Elena Damiani (Peru) was riveting albeit subtle. She worked both in collage and sculpture.

The work of Elena Damiani (Peru) was riveting albeit subtle. She worked both in collage and sculpture.

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Coincidentally I also was attracted to a series of graphic drawings from the 70s by Teresa Burga who was also from Peru. Simple ball point pen on paper. Can you make out the Peru 73 in the lines?

Coincidentally I also was attracted to a series of graphic drawings from the 70s by Teresa Burga who was also from Peru. Simple ball point pen on paper. Can you make out the Peru 73 in the lines?

 

Speaking of text, Glenn Ligon (U.S.) had an entire room w/these screen printed canvases in various states of legibility.

Speaking of text, Glenn Ligon (U.S.) had an entire room w/these screen printed canvases in various states of legibility.

 

Tetsuya Ishida (Japan) who worked in the 90s and passed away early, made some stunning surrealistic paintings commenting on Japanese culture.

Tetsuya Ishida (Japan) who worked in the 90s and passed away early, made some stunning surrealistic paintings commenting on Japanese culture.

 

Ellen Gallagher's (U.S.) works of ink and paper were particularly inspiring in their construction. They were like large paintings, but built up of paper including areas of raised covered board. The lined elementary school paper became a watery background.

Ellen Gallagher’s (U.S.) works of ink and paper were particularly inspiring in their construction. They were like large paintings, but built up of paper including areas of raised covered board. The lined elementary school paper became a watery background.

 

As a guerrilla art act, I deposited one of our Rydell catalogs in the book store. : )

As a guerrilla art act, I deposited one of our Rydell catalogs in the book store. : )