— The long standing Crocker-Kingsley has moved to Blue Line Gallery. This year features a special award to feature award winners at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA. Work will be selected by juror: Michael Duncan, corresponding editor for Art in America.
The Kingsley Art Club’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce that we are forming a new partnership that includes both the Crocker Art Museum and Blue Line Gallery in Roseville for their biannual show. It will open in on November 17, 2012 run through January 5, 2013. Reception Nov. 17th 7-9pm .Award winners will be exhibited at the Crocker Art Museum from February 3rd – May 5th, 2013.
The show was first juried in 1940, a tradition that continues to the present day. Past exhibitors have included many premier names in American and California art, including Robert Arneson, Kathryn Uhl Ball, Elmer Bischoff, Fred Dalkey, David Gilhooly, Ralph Goings, Gregory Kondos, Roland Petersen, Mel Ramos, Ruth Rippon, Fritz Scholder and Wayne Thiebaud. This year we will be showing 75 works of art.
BEST IN SHOW II Adon Valenziano Valenziano’s piece “Odocoileus Chehulia” is one of a number of pieces referred to by the artist as “biometamorphs.” He draws a great deal of inspiration from forms found in nature, but rather than simply mimicking those forms, he reimagines them as entirely new creatures — inhabitants of an alternate dimension, perhaps, where evolution has run an entirely different course than the one were familiar with. With this particular piece, the artist also pays tribute to the work of a certain studio glass artist.., if you think you can tell us who, give it a shot in the comments section below!
1ST PLACE If Patrick Donovan Donovan’s painting “Craigslist 41″ 15 one in a series of several, the models for which were all recruited through ads posted on Craigslist Rather than asking each model to pose in person, Donovan worked from photographs and created a final piece that is itself a commentary on our increasing reliance on images in place of experience. Although the subject is rendered skillfully and in great detail, he appears to be nothing more than a series of printed pages taped together to make a larger whole, a metaphor for our increasing propensity to substitute image and simulation for real human interaction in a world ruled more and more by digital communication.
2ND PLACE Tom Gehrig The First of Five Attempts to Attract a Mockingbird” is exemplary of Gehrig’s creative process, in which the landscape is painted first and treated as a starting point and inspiration for a continuously evolving narrative, and the characters are much like actors on a stage. They enact condensed dramas of human experience through their interactions with the landscape and a variety of theatrical props. The surreal, dreamlike landscape of “Mockingbird” draws us into the emotional content of the narrative, but the scene is split in two by a mockingbird song displayed both in musical notation and as a sonogram — drawing us away from the realm of intuitive thought and back into the world of science and reason.
3RD PLACE If Andrew Gawel Andrew Gawel’s “Upper Room (Jerome at the Coast)” is an enigma or sorts — it is at once a portrait of a man of royal bearing in a stiff-collared suit, and a tranquil scene of rolling sand dunes and rushing waterfalls. The central figure, perhaps the Jerome mentioned in the title, wears a neckpiece that flows gently into the landscape to become something more of a river or stream, and the folds of his collar blend neatly into the cascading sands behind him. His dog, recognizable only by his lolling tongue and the texture of his nose, seems to emerge from the landscape itself. Gawel’s subtle suggestion of forms and rejection of conventional foreground/background considerations are what makes “Upper Room” such a standout piece.
MERIT AWARD // Ellen Akimoto Ellen Akimoto received her BFA from Chico State University in December of 2011, and is already well on her way to success in the art world. “Pair: Head Under Chin” is a life size paper cutout piece created with oil, graphite, and gesso, and is one of a number of cutout pieces created by the artist since 2011. Akimoto is interested in the everyday drama of human relationships and societal pressures, a concern that is evident in the emotionally charged figures she creates. The formal tension between the figures in “Pair” and other works is amplified by the artist’s tendency to leave some areas virtually devoid of color, creating figures that are at once solid and ghostlike in nature.
HONORABLE MENTION // Katy Drury Anderson Anderson’s “Womb with a View” is eight feet wide and was felted, sewn, and constructed entirely by the artist over several months using a variety of methods. Having worked as an Obstetrical nurse for several years, Anderson became interested in the similarities between the reproductive needs of plants and human beings. “Womb with a View” features felted sculptures of six different tropical plants, each of which represents a different reproductive state. Desire to conceive, potential for conception, immaculate conception, over conception, sterility, and lack of desire to conceive are all represented here. Can you guess which flower represents each state?