John and Linda Friend Art Gallery
Art Exhibitions and Lectures 2016-2017
Please contact the gallery director, Niclas Kruger at email@example.com for additional information.
Concordia Senior Art Exhibition
April 24 - September 6, 2017
Artists' Reception: Tuesday April 25, at 6.30 pm in the John and Linda Friend Art Gallery in Grimm Hall.
We are also proud to announce an additional senior art exhibition this year:
Common Walls Gallery
Orange County Great Park, Irvine
April 15 - May 14, 2017
Opening hours: Saturdays & Sundays: 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.
Opening Reception: Thursday April 20, 5.00 p.m. - 7.00 p.m. in the Common Walls Gallery.
For directions click here.
These two exhibitions highlight work that was produced as Senior Art projects during the 2016-2017 academic year
Hidden in Plain Sight: The Art and Design of the Everyday Object.
by: David Dargatz
March 15 - April 18
Artist's Reception: Tuesday March 21, at 6:30 pm in the John and Linda Friend Art Gallery in Grimm Hall.
“Every object has a story.” David Dargatz is fascinated about the process of design and how things work. He has always loved to draw and build things. He is a former Studio Art major from Concordia University, Irvine.
As a Product and Industrial Designer, he begins by sketching out ideas on paper. Those ideas then move into a stage of sculpting and model making. He develops the physical shape of the object, the form, then there is the opportunity for him to manipulate it and fine-tune it. The process of design is involved in the objects we use in our everyday lives. In design, one must give reason and purpose for what is created.
Graphic Design Student Exhibition
Wednesday Feb 8 - Wednesday March 15.
Artists' Reception: Saturday, February 11, 1 - 2 pm in the John and Linda Friend Art Gallery in Grimm Hall.
This exhibition presents the work of students in Concordia's graphic design major.
Illustration by Layla Accorsi '16
A Collection of Paintings
January 18 - February 7
Artist's Reception: Tuesday January 24, at 6.30 pm in the John and Linda Friend Art Gallery in Grimm Hall.
This body of work is a combination of traditional oil painting practices combined with graphic techniques. The combination of opposites allows me to keep moving forward, reacting to each application. Often using the figure as a starting point I allow the intuitive response of inspiration to take over, leading me in new surprising directions. The piece I start with is often not the piece that I end with, and in that the creative process is born of imagination.
I am intentionally ambiguous of my description of the pieces' deeper meaning and content, I want the viewer to engage and have their own interpretation of the work without any direction on my part. Please enjoy.
In His Image
Created to Create
an Exhibition by Crean Lutheran High School students
November 30, 2016 - January 17, 2017
Artists’ Reception: Wednesday December 7, at 6.30 pm in the John and Linda Friend Art Gallery in Grimm Hall.
The Visual Arts program at Crean Lutheran High School provides a healthy environment for students to cultivate creativity, pursue technical excellence, and see Christ in the world around them. The department is led by faculty members Anna Bloomfield, an alumna of Concordia University Nebraska ‘13, and Concordia Irvine alumna 14’, Leah Jaeger.
Serving over 250 students, each course incorporates a Christian worldview and focuses on the idea that we create because we are created in the image of God.
The work in this show is a study of our department’s theme verse “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27.
Resting Stitch Face
by: Ashley Bowman
November 2 - November 28, 2016
Artist's Reception: Wednesday November 9, at 6.30 pm in the John and Linda Friend Art Gallery in Grimm Hall.
Hoopla is an exploration of hand-knitted mask making. When a person puts on a mask or a separate face he or she is insincere. That person hides her true intentions. Yet, knitted items, especially knitted presents are the most sincere sticky-sweet form of affection there is.
Someone once said a little sincerity is a dangerous thing. We know why.
These works reflect the human paranoia, or perhaps current reality, that we are constantly being watched, judged and critiqued. Something we have become accustomed to in our daily world of reality television and social media. Who can afford to be genuine?
Quick judgment calls are normal. But when time is allowed with each form, one’s initial impression may begin to shift – from creepy to cute, tough to soft, fuzzy to rough. That is where yarn line of comfort and discomfort becomes thin. It becomes difficult to gauge. We adopt the mask and it becomes our true intentions. It is a reality of our world, one that forces us into constant judging,
an urge to identify, and the desire to connect.
Ashley Bowman was born in 1990. She got her BA in Art from California Lutheran University in 2012. She has an MFA in Studio Art from Claremont Graduate University in 2014.
Ashley works primarily in 3D mixed media. Her latest show, Warm Fuzzies, was in 2015 at the Grand Central Art Center. Now, she is working at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana in Visitor Services and also interns in the Collections Department there. She currently lives in Orange.
Making in Time
Paintings, Drawings, and Works on Paper
by Kari Dunham
October 5 - November 2, 2016
Artist's Reception: Tuesday October 18, at 6.30 pm. in the John and Linda Friend Art Gallery in Grimm Hall.
My work is a representation of ordinary objects, interior and exterior spaces, and single or multiple figures in those spaces. I work in gouache, oil, and other drawing media and artworks range in size from large canvases to five by seven inch Masonite panels. My proclivity for re-presenting the banal consistently weaves itself through my work, as does time, memory, and home.
Themes of marking time and memory are integral to the works in this show. I am interested in how making images may propagate memory and serve as a demarcation of time. In "40 Days Forty Sacraments", the works were done daily for 40 consecutive days and subject matter oscillated from quotidian still life objects on minimal white ground to complexly rendered interior spaces. In "Tim and Justin" and "Tim, I’ve been thinking about what you said", the viewer experiences the passing of time through multiple iterations of the figures in space and through the juxtaposition of painting and drawing media. Detailed mark making in pen and gestural mark making in paint parallel the linear time of chronos and the all at once time of kairos..
The places in which I make home, both as the subject matter and the location where the work is made, are also directly connected to my work. This is evident in "40 Days Forty Sacraments", which exclusively depicts my current home—objects that I own, the space as I have arranged it, and in two instances, my own reflection as seen in a window and mirror. And again, in "Pages from a Visual Journal", the work is a record of home, but this time through the eyes of a traveler who experiences home as where she is.
The Human Condition
Oil Paintings of Captured Moments
by Emily Moore
September 7 - October 5, 2016
Artist’s reception and lecture: Wednesday Sept. 14, at 6.30 pm. in the John and Linda Friend Art Gallery in Grimm Hall.
Emily Moore is an emerging artist, born and raised in Orange County, California.
Inspired by the art of her grandmother at a young age, she’s been drawing ever
since. Her true passion is for portraiture, a form that allows her to capture the
subtle nuance of emotion and personality in her subjects’ faces, while also
elucidating the idiosyncrasies that characterize all interpersonal relationships.
Through her work, Moore explores the essence of an individual. To her, the face
is a window into the soul, revealing one’s innermost being - a unique collection
of experiences: moments of joy, trials of the spirit, times of hope prevailing
against the darkness. In her art, she places a considerable emphasis on the
representation of unspoken relationship dynamics and the human psyche.
For her, art is a means of escape from our everyday realities, by which she is able to
both conceive of and craft a world of her own. Since all talents are from God, in
thanksgiving, Emily echoes composer Bach with the words "Soli deo Gloria",
meaning Glory to God alone, in appreciation for her love of art.
Currently, Emily is earning her Master of Fine Arts degree at Laguna College of
Art and Design (LCAD). In years prior, she received her art education at
Concordia University Irvine (BA in Art and BA in Business Administration '13) and
Orange County High School of the Arts.