Opening Reception: Thursday, May 15, 2014, 6 – 8 pm
The paintings and mixed media work in Surface Sounds is dominated by a repeating linear focus with a strong vibrational presence. Horizontal, vertical, inward, outward, and conglomerated forces suggest to psychologically pull the viewer in different directions. The artists combine the orderly and known with an inspiring rebellion. Op art, Cubism, and Minimalism have all influenced these artists. The impact of the work in this show holds an internal, contemplative space while calling out to the masses.
Tom Brydelsky’s syntheses of encaustic and archival photographs on panel explore movement and exposure. His new work for this show reveals a constantly shifting focal point between shadows, figures, and pattern. The encaustic merges and envelops the surface, transforming a two-dimensional surface into texture and spatial complexity. His work has been in solo exhibitions at Tinney Contemporary, TN; Gruen Gallery, Chicago; and Walton Art Center, AR. Collections include Hecksher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY and William Patterson University, Wayne, NJ.
The bold and defined linear paintings of Gian Garofalo have a striking impact and strong voice. Process, color, and material influence his work. There is an orderly presence, which is set off kilter with subtle shifts in color and tonal choices. His exhibitions include Gruen Galleries and Tojo Gallery, Chicago; Longview Gallery, Washington DC; and Red Rooster, NY.
Charles Christopher Hill’s luscious surfaces, multiple layers, and organized space give a majestic beauty and philosophical depth to his paintings. In between the bands of color lay intimate areas of secret hues. The perceived spatial edges hold an intricacy that unfolds over time. Hill holds his MFA from UC Irvine and has been included in numerous exhibitions internationally including solo shows at
Leslie Sacks Contemporary, CA; Galerie Andreas Bruning, Dusseldorf; Rocket Gallery, England; l’Espace Champagne, France; Galleria Del Cavalino, Italy; Gallery Krebs, Switzerland; and Richard Demarco Gallery, Scotland. His work is in collections at Museum of Modern Art, NY; Guggenheim Museum, NY; Musée des Beaux Arts, France; Total Contemporary Art Museum, Korea; and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others.
Mitch Jones paints varying tones and thicknesses of stripes over collages of vintage documents, legers, and pages from books and encyclopedias. He is concerned with their shifting importance, connection to knowledge and meaning over time. It is as if the history has merged with a new language made from color and structure. His exhibitions include Andrea Schwarz Gallery, CA; Costello Childs Contemporary, AZ; Trudy Labell Fine Art, FL; Monterey Musuem of Art, CA; and Palm Springs Desert Museum, CA.
Antonia Marra’s prismatic paintings literally change when viewed from different perspectives, like a linear hologram. His work unfolds as it is seen from all sides. It creates an optical shift and gives his work a multi-dimensionality that teeters on the three dimensional with maintaining its two dimensional status. Born in Italy, exhibitions in Frankfurt, Cologne, Berlin, Karlsruhe, Shanghai, Munich, Dubai. Museum collections Museum Explora, Frankfurt; Ritter Museum, Stuttgart; ZKM Karlsruhe; and Mart Roveroto, Italy.
Calmness and strength persevere in Hadi Tabatabai’s constructions with thread and panel. The illusion of flat space is deconstructed as the orderly lines of thin thread are stretched taught from edge to edge. A detailed journey of process, repetition, beauty, elegance, and tension is told in his work. Tabatabai was born in Iran and lives and works in San Francisco. He received his BA in Painting from San Francisco Art Institute in 1995. His solo shows include Peter Blake Gallery, CA; Danese, NY; Inde/Jacobs, TX and group shows include Bartha Contemporary, UK; Galerie Kim Behn, Germany; Kemper Art Museum, MI; Gallery Dora Bassi, Italy. His work is in collections at the Berkeley Art Museum, Colby College Museum of Arty, Lannan Foundation, and Progressive Corporation among others.