BLOW UP II: Inflatable Contemporary Art was organized by Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC BEGINNING APRIL 3
Boom Bloom, features sculptures by Nikki Renee Anderson and paintings by Renee Robbins that explode, reconfigure, and blossom. Biomorphic compositions multiply, shift, and drip inside a candy colored otherworld. Themes of growth connect the works in rhythmic blooms at either the beginning or the end of natural cycles. Hybrid forms simultaneously evoke so many different things such as cells, botanicals, or the human body. While drawing from the familiar, invention and a whimsical sense of play characterize the work. The ornamentation and saturated colors present ideas to lure, entice, and attract. The artworks consider standards of beauty, impermanence, and notions of femininity through a push pull tension. Layers of attraction and repulsion manifest on the micro and macro scale in tandem like a daydream.
Artwork: Left: Nikki Renee Anderson, Sugar Flora 3 (detail), ceramic and acrylic, 21″ x 8″ x 8″, 2018. Right: Renee Robbins, Sanctuary (detail), 40″ h x 60″ w, acrylic on canvas, 201
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Mike Slaski’s artworks lean toward the dry and analytical with an occasional touch of wit. For the artlab, Slaski fills the space with structural systems based on geometry and built in wood.
Artwork: Mike Slaski. Wheel, 2021. Poplar.
Join KAC Deputy Director and Curator, Tami Miller, on Zoom for a live tour from artlab artist Mike Slaski’s studio. Learn more about the artist and his process, see additional work, and ask questions during this virtual evening event. Learn more and register here.
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Following KAC’s exhibition: Artists as Influencers: Pathways in Glass, the KAC Members’ Show continued to consider pathways between artists, media, and meaning with the theme: Inspired by…. An integral part of the artistic process, inspiration is the spark that shapes new creative endeavors. Whether the evolution of an entire field as techniques and skills are passed from instructor to student (demonstrated in the Pathways in Glass exhibition), or the growth of an individual’s work as they are influenced by their surroundings, inspiration creates momentum for the artist and helps make meaning for the viewer.
Inspired by… showcased the work of KAC’s member artists and the people, places, and objects that influenced that work. KAC member artists were invited to display one artwork created within the past two (2) years that addressed the theme. All media were accepted and artists of every skill set encouraged to submit in this annual celebration of local talent.
Enjoy the artwork in this close-up slideshow of the full exhibition! Find additional links, artist chats and videos in KAC’s Facebook page archive.
Please note that inspiration can take many forms. While we often think of inspiration as a lightbulb, a bright and shining moment, many artists are also inspired to process or respond to a challenging or traumatic experience with their art. The artworks in this slideshow deal with both positive and negative inspirations. Remember that you can always choose how much time to spend with each work of art. It’s okay to be emotional and it’s okay to skip through slides that make you uncomfortable. We hope this will be a space where you can engage bravely, empathetically, and critically with art.
Artist Jennifer Zona is best known locally as a ceramist, teacher, and manager of KAC’s ceramics studio. She is also a serious weaver. Zona created an entirely new installation of dynamic, woven structures to premier in the artlab. Watch Zona’s virtual gallery tour on Facebook.
In the 1960s, glassblowing moved from the factory floor of industry into the artist’s studio via the Studio Glass movement. This evolution shifted perceptions of the medium and birthed generations of artists working and innovating in glass.
Artists as Influencers: Pathways in Glass features a personally selected roster of 12 artists by guest curator and founder of Water Street Glassworks, Jerry Catania. Catania’s impact on education and the arts in this region was immense. It was his desire to demonstrate the value of mentorship within the glass community, and its significance to the evolution of contemporary glass art through this exhibit. In honor of Jerry, a selection of his sculptural glass will also be displayed.
Herb Babcock, Brianna Barron, Tim Belliveau, Raghvi Bhatia, Percy Echols, Mundy Hepburn, Justin Hunting, Wes Hunting, David King, Charles Manion, Theresa Pierzchala, Kait Rhoads, Cassandra Straubing, Edgar Valentine, Eli Zilke; plus an honorary selection of artworks by curator Jerry Catania.
At this time, Krasl Art Center’s galleries are available for individual households to visit by appointment only. Find the most up-to-date hours, admission information, and safety policies under the Visit tab.
Learn more about the work on view during special tours, artist talks, and other virtual events. All events require advance registration. To register, explore Adult/Teen Classes, Tours, & Kits under the Education tab.
UNDERSTANDING ART TOURS
Understanding Art is a custom tour and art project developed for school children (K-12). Students have a unique art experience in the galleries and studio with each exhibition. While virtual learning, enjoy this Understanding Art Video for the exhibition Artists as Influencers: Pathways in Glass. Learn more about UA tours by clicking here.
*The exhibition is on-view thru January 24, 2021.как получить быстрый займ онлайнзайм омскекапуста как оплатить займ
For many, recent shelter-in-place executive orders have significantly affected how and why they create art. As part of an intimate group exhibition, KAC’s artlab gallery showcases select regional artist projects that have been created as a result of the 2020 executive orders for shelter-in-place.
- Innovations in materials due to limited access to supplies
- Shifts in content or concepts as a direct result of shelter-in-place
- An increase in time available to devote to artistic practice, resulting in new work
THIRD THURSDAY: SHELTER-IN-PLACE VIRTUAL PARTY
Join artists from the Shelter-in-Place exhibition in a virtual Zoom party during the first Third Thursday of the season on September 17! Mix a craft cocktail, hear stories behind the work, gain insights into the artistic process, and celebrate our community’s ability to overcome challenges with creative talent! Advance registration is required for this free virtual event. Participants will receive a link to join the Zoom tour upon registration.
Third Thursdays happen every month! Watch and discuss film clips, hear first-hand accounts from artists, or engage in a conversation about the art on view in KAC’s galleries – check out other Third Thursday events here.
In addition to the artists whose work is in KAC’s artlab, more regional artists are featured in this special Shelter-in-Place Online Exhibition. You can enjoy samples of each artist’s work from afar in this virtual exhibit! Find additional links, artist chats, and videos on KAC’s Facebook page.