Pacific Art League

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MAIN GALLERY Juried by David Evan Harris from the Institute for the Future
STUDIO ONE Sounds and video installations by artists at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford University

Opening Reception: First Friday, June 3, 5:30-8PM
with an Artist Talk Series: 7:10-7:40PM

The Pacific Art League of Palo Alto ushers in the summer with an exhibition that contemplates the sensory and intellectual connections between science and art. The art world is increasingly inhabited by new media and technologies that expand and change the artist's toolkit. Science, Technology and the Future of Art challenges the division of technology and artistic impulses, favoring a classical interpretation of techne that encompasses ingenuity and craft across media.

In partnership with the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford University, we will also exhibit sound installations and looping video works in PAL’s Studio One.


H. Dogus Akaydin | Kevin Bjorke | Annique Delphine | R S Kagan | Dante Kirkman | Oleg Lobykin | Deborah Maufer | Myrrh | Trudy Reagan | Deborah Schafer | Curtis Schauer | Ed Smiley | Lissa Starnes | Linda Tashker

Fountain 7   | Chalk pastel on sanded paper | 9x12" | $700

Fountain 7 | Chalk pastel on sanded paper | 9x12" | $700

Water: Pastels on Paper
by Hilary Gomes

Corridor Gallery: May 30-June 24

Artist talk: June 3 from 7:10-7:40pm

For the month of June, PAL is pleased to present 20 pastel framed works by Bay Area artist and professor, Hilary Gomes. This work expands on Gomes’s earlier explorations of the symbolic, spiritual, and cultural associations of water. “My interest in water is directly connected to the concept of impermanence. For me, water is a metaphor for the human body and spirit in flux. Water can represent major life cycles in life such as birth, aging and change,” states the artist. Gomes works from photographs taken above pools, fountains, mineral and hot springs. Her meditative process of building the chalk pastel drawings verges on spiritual practice. This exhibition lays a groundwork viewers following Gomes’s artistic trajectory, as she embarks on a three-term professional development sabbatical from Foothill College (2016-17). Forthcoming works of oil pastels and oil pigment sticks on large stretched canvases and panels will embrace abstraction and new spiritual dimensions in her practice.

About the artist

Hilary Gomes was born and raised in San Francisco. She earned her B.F.A. in Painting, Printmaking and Drawing from Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Science in New York City. She also earned a Teaching certificate from Parsons School of Design as well as her MA and MFA in painting from the University of Iowa, in Iowa City, Iowa. She has been a full time Art Professor at Foothill College in Los Altos, CA from 2001 to the present. For more information,

To inquire about the work, contact PAL Gallery Manager Stephanie Amon at


During our opening reception, three artists exhibiting in Science, Technology & the Future of Art 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)

Deborah Schafer

Artist’s statement

The color circle on each print I am creating is generated by data taken by scientists and represents as faithful a translation from the numerical data to printed color as currently possible. The prints serve to visually document the varying colors of the Lake and are time-stamped with year, month, date, and 24-hour time from the moment the measurement was made. Each is overlaid with an original graphite sketch featuring scenery from the Lake. The TERC’s equipment is located at a buoy owned by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and is anchored 500 meters deep in the Lake in California, east of Tahoe City and Homewood (at 39° 06’N 12° 04’W). Currently, hyperspectral radiometers that measure the amount of light leaving the lake at each waveband are positioned at 12 and 5 meters below the surface. The surface color is extrapolated from these measurements.

1402031700 (NASA-JPL Buoy TB3), T.P. | Deborah Schafer | Graphite over archival digital print on cotton paper | 48x48” | $4,700

Bristlecone Spirit (2016)

Linda Tashker

Artist's StatementElectronic components are incredibly detailed and exact objects. Yet they are hidden away from us and gather dust from first use to their final days- final days that are often a satanic mirror image of the spotless white worlds in which they are created. The burgeoning associations and revolutionary politics surrounding these objects have barely been touched by contemporary artists even as the information age accelerates toward the future.

Motherboard (2015) from the series Objective Electronics | Assemblage | 14x16x4" | $600


David Evan Harris is a sociologist, artist and curator. In 2004, he founded the Global Lives Project, a video library of life experience around the world produced by thousands of collaborating filmmakers, photographers and translators. The Global Lives Project has been screened and exhibited as a video installation in museums, galleries, public spaces and schools around the world, including at the Smithsonian, United Nations University, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA). At the Institute for the Future (IFTF), David leads research on the future of media, governance, philanthropy and social movements. In 2014, he became curator of the Future Gallery, an exhibit space in downtown Palo Alto featuring the work of artists from around the world whose work challenges viewers to think critically about the future. As Chancellor’s Public Scholar at UC Berkeley, David teaches about futures thinking, social media and social movements. David’s work has been supported by groups including the National Endowment for the Arts, Adobe Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Long Now Foundation, Black Rock Arts Foundation, Christensen Fund and the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund.


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