John and Linda Friend Art Gallery
Art Exhibitions and Lectures 2013-2014
Please contact the gallery director, Niclas Kruger at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
What a Relief
Contemporary and Experimental Woodcuts
By: Sheryl Seltzer
December 4, 2013 - January 15, 2014
Artist's reception and lecture: Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. in the John and Linda Friend Art Gallery in Grimm Hall.
Relief Printmaking is one of many techniques used in fine art printmaking; it has a long history dating back to the 10th century in China and has been an ongoing practice of artists throughout art history. Today, printmaking in general, and relief printmaking more specifically, are being used in exciting new ways to produce unique and stimulating and beautiful art for our times. Relief printmaking is a practice where a plate (usually linoleum or wood) is cut in such a way to reveal the desired image by inking its surface and then transferring that image to paper. The work I am showing here is all done using wood.
My art practice consists of making paintings, woodcuts and monotypes and monoprints. In the past year I have begun to use the wood plates I cut as elements in larger or more complex monoprints. So rather than use the plates to edition a series of identical prints, I am using them in various combinations to produce singular expressions. My paintings and my prints inform one another as I work toward producing work that is sincere and exciting and beautiful.
I consistently use elements of the natural world as my subjects, sometimes rather literally, but increasingly as vocabulary for expression of the patterns, energies and rhythms we experience in the world both externally (visually) and internally (emotionally, experientially, physically, spiritually) as we live our lives.
I live and make art and teach in Laguna Beach, California. I welcome visitors to my studio to see my work as it progresses and to learn more about the possibilities of relief printmaking. I will be joyfully teaching this upcoming semester at Concordia University.
Watercolor mixed media paintings
By: Rachel Leising Soo
October 30 – December 4, 2013
Artist's reception and lecture: Wednesday, November 6, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. in the John and Linda Friend Art Gallery in Grimm Hall.
The paintings in this series were produced by examining memories, perceptions and personal relationships. This examination was a visceral and instinctive experience shaped by recent travels and significant life altering events.
The climates, vegetation, and landscapes of California, Malaysia, and Vietnam provided a palette to draw from. Motherhood has changed the way I view my female identity. The process of creating artwork has given me pause in life’s busy schedule for contemplation.
And to that notion, I have tried to depict the emotional awareness of abundance with the many blessings in my life—my two sons, my husband, my love of creating and expressing through the process of making art.
The origin of this series of paintings can be traced to a daily artist’s journal. I experimented with watercolor washes, and drawing with ink, colored pencil or charcoal. A few of these images led me to begin an exploration of a similar style and a combination of media on a larger scale. I allowed specific personal events or emotions to guide my color selections, forms, and strokes. Painting in a gestural manner with watercolor and India ink onto the paper created a feeling of spontaneity. I responded to these initial watercolor forms by segmenting the painting. The last step included drawing with ink to manipulate the composition. White/negative spaces were used to affect the balance of the paintings, as these areas act as major forms within the compositions.
About the Artist:
Rachel Leising Soo received a B.F.A. in Commercial Art at Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska and an M.F.A. in Integrated Visual Art, at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Soo is an associate professor and co-chair of the Art Department at Concordia University, Irvine, California.
Harmony of Pencils and Water Colors
New Paintings and Drawings
By: Cheryl Cotman and Arnold Starr
September 25-October 30, 2013
Artists' reception: Wednesday October 2, 2013, at 7.00- 8.00 p.m. in the John and Linda Friend Art Gallery in Grimm Hall.
Cheryl Cotman Artist Statement:
Cheryl Cotman received a B.A. in Biology from Reed College and a M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts. Her work deals with science, and the hidden side of nature it reveals. An unusual method is involved. She becomes immersed in the concepts and methods of her topics, sometimes going so far as to engage in basic research, in search of an artistic direction or interpretation.
The results often have a singular esthetic quality, combining a sense of the naggingly familiar (reflections of nature) and the strange (images of type never before seen). Her art has the potential of allowing the viewer to experience the presence of science in worlds outside its normal boundaries, as in how discoveries in the brain sciences affect the way we view human nature.
Through her art she interprets essential concepts in a book, “Big Brain: The Origins and Future of Human Intelligence” which has been translated into Greek and Japanese and featured in popular magazines. Cotman’s drawings have appeared in numerous scientific publications and meetings and were featured in a prominent monograph. Her work is part of the Creative Arts Agency collection and her larger works have been shown at various museums and galleries, including Norma Desmond Productions, the JoAnne Artman Gallery, Oceanside Museum of Art, the Beall Center, Track 16 at Bergamot Station and the Basel Art Fair. She is also a member of West Coast Drawing whose focus is to show that drawing, in all its diversity, is an end, not just a means, as valid an art form as oil on canvas, fresco, carved marble or contemporary quirks.
Arnold Starr Artist Statement:
I am both an experimental neurologist and an artist. In fact, I started to do watercolours of nerve cells while in medical school and then switched to outdoor scenes. I found that while I could perceive the scene artistically, portraying its essence was a challenge. During the past two years I have been working with rocks and water. They are natural companions and a challenge to paint. I emphasize particular features of the harmony with vivid colors. I want the viewer to work and think, and come away with a smile.