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Seager Gray Gallery, Mill Valley, presents Material Matters, 2018 - their fifth annual exploration of the interaction of artists with their materials. This year’s exhibition includes works by 20 artists working in wood, graphite, book pages, ink, clay, resin, plastic, thread, photography, textile, bronze, steel, paper, wire, limestone, glass, oil and acrylic media. With its gratifying variety of artistic expressions, this exhibition has become a yearly favorite in the Bay Area. The exhibition runs from March 1 to April 1, 2018. There will be a reception for the artists on Saturday, March 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. A full color catalog of the exhibition is available through the gallery.
The artists included are Robert Adams, Gale Antokal, Renee Bott, Joe Brubaker, Lisa Clarke, Diane Tate DallasKidd, Susannah Hays, Andrew Hayes, Linda V. Hubbard, Guy Mayenobe, Neil Nenner, Avihai Mizrahi, Emily Payne, Alexander Rohrig, Jane Rosen, David Ruddell, Jane Springwater, Helen Stanley, Linda Connor and Sanjay Vora.
The works of Israeli artists Neil Nenner and Avihai Mizrahi in corten steel and paper are fresh from their exhibition “On the Edge” at the MUZA Eretz Israel Museum in Tel –Aviv. Diane Tate DallasKid’s Mammoth, created with knotted linen thread and acrylic paint is a dramatic and moving presence. French artist, Guy Mayenobe’s kinetic mechanized machines, reminiscent of Jean Tinguely are calibrated to rhythmically explore form moving through space. Master sculptor Jane Rosen, loving nothing more than drawing on form, shape-shifts one material to appear like another, getting as close as she can to the true nature of her subject matter. Andrew Hayes’ Plane Study is presented in nine small 3 x 3 inch steel squares is like a musical “Themes and Variations” composition where each work explores different topographies – convex, concave, ridged and grooved, the overall composition a pleasing study in form.
Photography in collaboration with painting is not seen often, but good friends and artists Linda Connor and Helen Stanley collaborated after a trip to Ledakh in northern India. Connor’s incredibly powerful sepia photographs are then colored and embellished by Stanley using layers of oil glazes. The results are astonishing capturing in full measure the sensibilities of each of the artists.
Master printmaker and artist Renee Bott uses text-lined pages as the armature for her paintings. With human stories concealed beneath opaque lines, she superimposes images of bucolic landscapes based on landscapes found in antique engravings. She offers these images not as a way to forget our history, but as a way to honor the healing power of nature as in Nature's Justice, with text taken from john powell's: Racing To Justice - about racism and how implicit bias affects us all.
Joe Brubaker’s large carved head, Enrique is inspired by the oversized busts and partial figures in marble in the Metropolitan Museum. With his crown of building materials and his solid straightforward gaze, he is given a touch of glory by the addition of gold leaf, the crowned king of “everyman.” In contrast, Robert Adams’ Arlo and Woody give a nod to American folk art traditions.
Artist Lisa Clarke strives to create complex, intelligent, and magical worlds out of clay, metal, resin, ceramic and plastic recycled materials. The women in her pieces are surrounded by danger, represented by grasping claws, menacing foliage, tentacles, fangs. Their innate bond with nature is represented by little birds whispering in their ears, lending their vigilance. Dignified and steadfast, each woman is poised as perceptive of the surrounding threats, unintimidated and wise.
Emily Payne’s works in wire and book boards, Gale Antokal’s graphite drawings on Yuki paper, Alexander Rohrig’s multimedia sculptures of wildlife and Sanjay Vora’s veiled paintings with their sense of memory round out the exhibition along with the fabric landscapes of Benicia caught in multiple mediums by Linda V. Hubbard.
The focused interchange of all of these artists with their materials allows them to arrive at new expressions, increasing their visual vocabulary and thus their communication with the world.
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