CURRENT EXHIBITION | APRIL 2016
MAIN GALLERY & STUDIO ONE: ABSTRACTIONS
CORRIDOR GALLERY: mDAC Kids and Youth
GALLERY HOURS: M-F 9-5PM; SAT 10-5PM & BY APPOINTMENT
May 6-26 Figures and Faces Submissions due April 8.
June 3-23 Science, Technology & the Future of Art Submissions due May 6.
Opening Reception: First Friday, April 1, 5:30-8PM
with an Artist Talk Series: 7:10-7:30PM
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
In April 2016, the Pacific Art League gallery showcases the impulse toward simplification, fragmentation, and distortion of the visual world in representational art that is the hallmark of abstraction.
An artist’s stylistic departure from naturalistic depiction has proven to be an important wellspring of expressive vitality. Abstraction has exerted a powerful influence over modern art history, yet artists have always used the appearance of the world as a starting point for their own imaginings. This exhibition presents artworks in a diversity of media that grapple with form and content to explore and question the boundary between representational and nonrepresentational art.
Rather than arbitrate that distinction, the gallery exhibits works that demonstrate developing and mature stylistic approaches to the perennial question of visual fidelity.
Richard H. Alpert | Alsier Angeles | Kat Bergman | Kevin Bjorke | Servane Briand | Gary Coleman | Brian Corral | Taryn Curiel | John Duncan, Six-FiveStudios |
Harriet Garfinkle | Julie Hayward-Trout | Xuan My Ho | Luis Hurtado-Sanchez | Susannah Jackson | Judy Kramer | Oleg Lobykin | S. C. Lowe | Dan Lythcott-Haims |
Lynda Malavanya | Dan McLean | Zora Neuhold-Huber | Brad Orsburn | Jim Potterton | Deborah Plumley | Mona L. Safai | Simone Sarmet | Christopher Sawyer |
Curt Schauer | Craig Sereda | Marina Smelik | Daniel Streck | Linda M Tashker | Dan Woodard
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Leah Lubin (b. 1951, Haifa, Israel) is an artist, novelist, poet, and instructor (currently on hiatus) of abstract painting at the Pacific Art League of Palo Alto. She grew up in England and enrolled in the Barnet College of Art of London University at the age of 17. She has lived and worked in the United States since 1979, and has internationally exhibited in numerous galleries. Leah Lubin has juried exhibitions, organized the Beat Museum Annual Poetry Festival, and continues to publish new literary work. Of her visual art practice, Lubin writes, "My paintings and drawings reflect shapes and forms, both abstract and realistic, that I find in nature on Earth and in the cosmos. I use these elements as a springboard into my philosophy of visionary art and literature. The work reflects my interest in seeing beyond our normal vision into the metaphysical aspect of the universe. I express my ideas of current and future interactions of conscious and unconscious energy, and the human life."
ARTISTS TALK SERIES
During our opening reception, four artists exhibiting in Abstractions will be introduced by the Pacific Art League gallery manager to give brief artist talks on their artworks dealing with environment and abstraction. Speaking artists include:
On Thin Ice (2016)
From the series Global Warming
Fused glass with pattern bar, belt sanded, sand blasted, kiln polished
Part of a series on global warming, this piece represents the melting ice cap and the changing ocean tides. A pattern bar forms the ocean tides, layers of tack fused white opal glass form the melting snow pack. The edge is belt sanded. The face is sand blasted and kiln polished to create the satin sheen enhancing the image of melting snow.
Bristlecone Spirit (2016)
Archival pigment print photograph
When I make an image, my intent is to convey to the viewer my visualization of the scene. My subjects are mostly taken from nature, a result of my lifelong love of the outdoors. But other subjects catch my eye – buildings, forms, patterns, colors. Whatever the subject, I want to present the viewer with a print that expresses an interpretation of time and place, that conveys a feeling for the subject, not just a reproduction of the scene. My images are both color and black and white, captured using both film and digital cameras. All of my work is printed digitally using archival materials. My philosophy is to do a minimum of image manipulation in the field or in printing, making allowance for the fact that the camera does not capture exactly what the eye sees.
What Lies Beneath; Tails, Treasure and Trash (2016)
From the series Underwater Impressions
The beauty of our marine ecology is being destroyed by man made waste.
Industrial Waste (2016)
Acrylic on wood panel
A special thank-you to our exhibition installation volunteers, Craig Sereda and Deb Maufer, and our First Friday volunteers, Kenneth Chun, Gina Keydeniers, Robert Rivera, Ana Vacas, Karen Olsen and Adrienne Felt. We couldn't do it without you!