Fall National Juried Exhibition
August 30 - October 5
Opening Reception August 30, 5-7 p.m.
Marin Museum of Contemporary Art presents a sampling of contemporary art on a national scale with its upcoming Fall National Exhibition. The show includes established and emerging artists working in steel, plastic, acrylic and fabric. Artists from all over the country applied to be included in the exhibition, and the artworks selected by the juror will be on exhibit from August 30 to October 5.
The juror for this year’s exhibition is Betti-Sue Hertz. She has been the Director of Visual Arts at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts for five years. Previously she served as the curator of the contemporary art at the San Diego Museum of Art (SDMA) from 2000-2008 and was the director of Longwood Arts Project, Bronx, New York from 1992-1998. She co-organized (with Lydia Yee) Urban Mythologies: The Bronx Represented Since the 1960s (1999) for the Bronx Museum of the Arts.
The exhibition includes a colorful piece by Margaret Withers titled “Sudden Prosperities of Sunlight”. She used gouache, vinyl paint, ink, watercolor on paper to communicate her creativity. Withers believes “that creativity is a primary language that we are born with and is the means by which we communicate our creative impulses.”
Alex Moses’ “Ark” does not employ color, but instead relies on a monochromatic palette to echo and critique what society values and teaches in his sculpture featuring a modern-day ark populated by cultural icons such as Big Bird and the Hamburglar.
Xiao Fu speaks of the impact an environment has on its residents’ emotions in this piece, “Hiding”, made of steel wire. She states, “My goal in creating art is to allow a viewer the opportunity to observe contemporary social constructs from a distance, providing them with a new perspective.” Her life size wire sculpture suggest a human form consumed by swirling inner emotions.
These pieces are among the 50 artworks included in this stimulating show, which opens with a reception to be held on August 30 from 5 to 7pm. Admission is free.
Running concurrent with the Fall National Exhibit is MarinMOCA’s First Annual Juried Member Exhibit titled “Rising Tides - Shifting Boundaries,” juried by artist and environmentalist Mary Eubank.
Rising Tides - Shifting Boundaries
1st Annual Juried Member Exhibit
August 30 - October 5
Artistic Response to Global Matters on Display at MarinMOCA
MarinMOCA’s First Annual Juried Member Exhibit titled “Rising Tides - Shifting Boundaries” is set to open August 30th. The theme of the show invites an artistic response to global warming and climate changes, and issues regarding physical and/or economic survival and adaptability, populations of life forms, food /water sources, and emotions relating to these concerns. A committed environmentalist herself, artist Mary Eubank is the juror for this show. She has been the Director of the Project Space Program at Gallery Route One since 1983. The exhibit will be open from August 30 to October 5th, with an opening reception on August 30 from 5 to 7pm.
The emotional and thought-provoking nature of the theme has brought out some truly great artwork from the artist members at MarinMOCA. Janet Bogardus describes her piece, “High Tide”, as a study of “flow, change, and instability, counterpointed by the human desire to contain and control our environment.” Her mixed media piece has a layered, textured presence due to the use of materials such as a bee and remnants of a wasps nest.
Elaine Larson’s collage piece “Waterworld” asks “how fish can survive in a world where there is an unacknowledged conflict between currently conceived roles of worker, provider, story-teller, businessman and the sustainability of plentiful, beautiful, life-giving waters?” says Larsen. This piece was created using innovative collage techniques that avoid liquid adhesives.
Barbara Crow’s acrylic painting, “Flood Plain”, uses a process of many layers of painting and scratching to allow the base coat of black to appear to drawn on top. Crow chose this piece for its suggestion of an environment inundated by water and flooding. She states, “The watery precariousness of living near a river as I now do is a threat in so many places as I see the news of more flooding and the effects of global warming around the world.”
The public is invited to attend the exhibition and its opening reception. This exhibition runs concurrent with the Fall National Exhibit and is located in the Ron Collins Gallery. The Marin Museum of Contemporary Art is located at the Novato Arts Center at Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Drive, Novato, California. Hours are Wednesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Visit MarinMOCA’s website: http://www.marinmoca.org or call 415-506-0137 for more information.
Janet Bogardus, “High Tide”
Elaine Larsen “Waterworld”
Barbara Crow “Flood Plain”