Opening Reception, Friday, July 12
PVAC Members Only Pre-Opening Reception and artist introductions, 5-6 p.m.
General Public Opening Reception, 6-8 p.m.
Located at the newly renovated Palos Verdes Art Center
5504 W. Crestridge, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275
Galleries are open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 - 4 p.m.
The Palos Verdes Art Center/Beverly G. Alpay Center for Arts Education proudly presents ENCORE, an exhibition that brings one back for another experience in the newly renovated galleries of the Palos Verdes Art Center. The exhibition will include unique works, in several different media, allowing the audience to experience the full perspective of a creative experience developed by the curator, and to focus on more of the contemporary issues facing artists today. Exhibiting seasoned artists will exhibit side by side with young emerging artists to create a dynamic visual relationship. Galleries are open to the public from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 1 – 4 p.m. Sundays.
Exhibition artists include: Lita Albuquerque, Abel Alejandre, Joe Biel, Michael Flechtner, David Fobes, Nancy Macko, Antionio Muniz, Jorge Oswaldo and Jamie Scholnick.
Lita Albuquerque is an internationally renowned installation, environmental artist, painter, and sculptor. She has developed a visual language that brings realities of time and space to a human scale, and is acclaimed for her ephemeral and permanent art works executed in the landscape and public sites. In this exhibition, Lita will exhibit several prints from her Beekeeper 2006 series. The photos are taken from a video in which individual pixels that make up the image of the beekeeper separate and move out into space, dissolving the solid form into its constituent parts, spread until the entire wall is covered in a sea of slowly moving pixels, then reverse direction, heading for their original position.
Abel Alejandre immigrated to Los Angeles in 1975 from Apatzingan, Michoacan, Mexico. In this experience Alejandre experienced leaving one land for another - having to constantly redefine what it means to be a person, a man, a part of a community. This became the central theme of his work. The ideas of love, desire, and identity are constants, consuming me and dictating both the form and the content of what I create. Most of Alejandre’s work is graphite on paper, canvas or wood.
Jorge Oswaldo employs a variety of mediums in his practice to achieve a hyper-expressive style. He designs and produces original works using a vector-based format. Ideas are outputted using self-adhesive vinyl, automotive paint, and various printing techniques. The works evolve from a simple idea into frenetically arranged and calculated explosions of shape, line and color. Methodically stitching the tapestry of his own ideas to the familiarity of an ever changing social landscape he creates work that instantly gratifies the viewer through a seduction of logos.
Joe Biel is interested in charged human situations. This interest is reflected through various means; sometimes by portraying a particular moment or event, but more often by showing the moment before or after an action which is only partially named or specified. He is more interested in the suggestion of narrative possibilities than in clearly resolving linear narratives, though it seems important that certain details (i.e. gestures, expressions, clothing, and object types) remain quite specific.
Neon artist, Michael Flechtner, creates two and three dimensional neon art. Recently he is working on public and private commissions. Flechtner also facilitates neon work for other artists, specializing in complex animation and intricate neon bending. His public works can be seen in Tokyo, Los Angeles and Minneapolis. Flechtner states: “My work reflects a fascination with the symbols of language, technology and how they influence popular culture. I describe animals, machinery, etc. and utilize various forms of language. The various “components” inhabit my internal landscape. I bring forth and arrange this highly idiosyncratic material to create pictograms, ideograms and rebuses, surely the effects of my unconscious”.
Since 2006, David Fobes, has made an attempt at “piercing” the veil - searching for moments and gateways through the veil and to a higher state of self-realization, taking glimpses into another universe of phenomenon we cannot “understand” but probably experience on a daily basis. Fobes is hopeful that the viewer will experience what he calls the “trigger events” in the work. These usually occur peripherally and unexpectedly. In this body of work, Fobes has been able to manifested his work in both two dimensional “paintings In this exhibition, various works have been executed in duct tape, enamel paint, house paint and collage
Throughout the career of Nancy Macko she has had an enduring love and use of photography in her artistic practice. Currently, Macko immersed in a world called intimate spaces. Since 2005 she has been developing a body of purely photographic work that takes the viewer into a space of light, air and unfamiliar textures. The images are erotic and sexy, poignant and tender, sometimes abject and unsettling --challenging the viewer to experience an image that is not easily defined by familiar landmarks or visual cues. In this work Macko is looking at beauty, aging, intimacy and subtlety-- characteristics that are expressed by subjects in nature. Having distilled her concerns to the most direct method of recording them she finds that the camera as a simplicity tool seems to function on multiple levels of understanding and observation. Using a handheld macro lens to shoot nature subjects from my garden at close range, the images are then realized as large scale photographic works.
Painter Antonio Muniz, interested in fumage, a surrealist technique in which impressions are made by the smoke of a candle or kerosene lamp on a piece of paper or canvas, studied the works of Roberto Matta and Wolfgang . Antonio has always been curious and intrigued about the concept of multi-dimensional - the way the smoke constantly changes its form in any given space and in such an unpredictable fashion. He feels it is the perfect medium with which to explore this genre. By taking the idea of fumage and incorporating it with thought he begins to access and manipulate his own form of multi-dimensionality in a conscious manner. Antonio takes the essence or vibration of the smoke and deconstructs the elements to give it form and capture its multi-dimensionality
For the past few years Jamie Scholnick has been using discarded polystyrene packing material as her canvas. She uses this material as a way to dialogue and reflect on consumerism and the temporal nature of life itself. The complex design and precision with which these packing materials have been fabricated and then discarded becomes an apt illustration of our nearsighted existence. Scholnick states: “They mark our specific place in time. had their genesis through a workshop I conducted i
ENCORE was created to celebrate these artists who continue to influence the next generation.