FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 22 September 2, 2006
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 22, 7pm
1225 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
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C. Gregory Gummersall, “#6-C24-2”, Acrylic/Collage on Canvas, 40” x 30”.
3rd Annual Summer Showcase To Feature 13 California Abstract Artists
Hermosa Beach, Calif. Each year Gallery C explores the power of numbers with its annual summer showcase. This year, 13 artists come together to bring “13” to life, highlighting the best of California abstract art. “13” will open to the public on Thursday, June 22, for a group exhibition that features a myriad of contemporary abstract sculpture and painting. The exhibition kicks off at 7 p.m., with an artist's reception and will feature live Brazilian music, summer-inspired refreshments and gourmet hors d’oeuvres. “13” will remain on display through September 2, 2006.
“13” California Abstract
Ab·stract is considered apart from concrete existence; artistic content depends on internal form rather than pictorial representation.
Slide of hand, smear of paint, dripping line, antagonizing shape and sympathetic form. Blink. Does it take shape? What do you see? The image is like a Rorschach inkblot - the eyes see what they want to see, the mind complies. The accommodating mind envisions sculpture, works on paper and works on canvas. The artists in “13” drip, assemble, collage, laser and cast, challenging old ideas of their genre and reinventing abstract artistry. The number that is a reflection of human fear of the unknown is ultimately an element of abstraction itself, that there are 13 artists -- is inevitable.
“13” artists include Guillermo Bert, Brudian, Joshua Elias, Stephanie Gardner, C. Gregory Gummersall, James Hill, Jon Kraczyk, Michael Moon, Terrell Moore, Geraldine Neuwirth, Gary Palmer, Grace Short and Roger Weik, all of which embody the new California abstract.
“13” Artist Highlights
C. Gregory Gummersall’s acrylic/collage on canvas is a study in dripping shapes. The color achieved using acrylic is unmistakable of the medium pure color plastination richly and boldly applied. The shapes are aggressive, playful, even phallic with their unapologetic drips flowing out of them, completing their form. In some of his works, the forms peek out from layers of applied paint and collage, others are circles and other infinite shapes combined with the written word and aspects that betray the source of his collage/mixed media materials.
Terrell Moore is a multi-talented artist who works in photography, mixed media and painting. Hedonistic images emerge from beneath a blistered surface of resin, lacquer, varnish, spray enamel all intended to obscure the vanquished tableau. The title of the series, “Skins,” speaks to the leathery texture of the surface of each work, rippled and wrinkled in neutral fleshy, warm and earthy tones.
Brudian’s interest ranges from architecture, to art, to poetry. His “architectural paintings” are large scale in the 20 feet in length vicinity and consist of mylar, architectural elements (stairs, beams, buildings, walls, outlines) are layered until a dense multi-storied canvas emerges. His love of poetry by American greats such as Emily Dickinson, Maya Angelou and Robert Frost mixed with philosophical, architectural texts are weaved into Technicolor® blues, reds, yellows and oranges - expansive canvases sometimes with a stark landscape or architecture design.
A comprehensive artist information sheet is available upon request.