Metamorphosis: MarinMOCA Member Show
January 17 - February 22
Opening Reception: January 17, 5-7 p.m.
Not only artistic change can be defined by metamorphosis, but also life, personal or political changes. Marin Museum of Contemporary Art artist members fill both the Main Gallery and the Ron Collins Gallery with art depicting the various paths of transformation. Artists are given freedom to interpret this theme as defined by their art and experience.
Some of the MarinMOCA artist members sharing their perspectives and artist techniques are Doug Wilson, Sanda Manuila and Ayris Hatton.
Doug Wilson titled his piece ’Specimen‘. He says, ”It is ceramic stoneware that has gone from mud through fire to stone, and bears the scars of human contact.“ This work is about five feet wide and its ten separate pieces make up the overall shape. Doug likes to create larger scale and multi-component ceramic artworks and also makes paintings. He has previously taught ceramics and has shown his work throughout Marin.
Both Sanda Manuila and Ayris Hatton look to the butterfly for inspiration. With a very different interpretation, each artist created beautiful works of art. Manuila’s piece ”Je Reviens“ is an oil painting on canvas, which was developed very slowly, applying paint and glazes, layer after layer. By adding multiple impressions of light, Manuila created an inner landscape from which exude an allegorical quality. The image of the butterfly unveils the story of transformation. The painting is done in a classical style, but cropping the image to show only a part of the Monarch gives it a more contemporary feel. Manuila says that butterflies remind her that ”we are all on a long journey of the soul, encountering endless turns, shifts and experiences, times of vulnerability, moments of miraculous growth. Metamorphosis is the magic that insects teach us.“
”Candle Glow“ by Ayris Hatton is purposefully kept simple featuring a lit candle with butterfly. She underpaints the form and composition then takes on the challenge of applying color in the correct value. Finally glaze is applied to enhance the color and deepen tones. Hatton draws parallels between the danger and destruction of a butterfly to a flame and the danger and destruction that is happening to nature around us. ”As I paint, I become aware of the miraculous complexity of a simple object. The object as well as the act of painting are complex, quiet, and yet profound. The process becomes a metaphor and the painting becomes a symbol for the simplicity and stillness I seek in my life.“ says Hatton.
Irregularities of Attention
December 6 - January 11
Reception For the Artist: December 6, 4-7 p.m.
The Marin Museum of Contemporary Art at Hamilton Field in Novato will present DEBORAH SULLIVAN: IRREGULARITIES OF ATTENTION, featuring the work of Bay Area artist, Deborah Sullivan. Sullivan employs a rich symbolic vocabulary that explores concepts such as home, temporality, technology, nature, and spirituality. The broad universality and appeal of such concepts is filtered through Sullivan's unique artistic voice in mixed-media artworks characterized by a gritty texture from which faint images emerge, inviting viewers to experience each piece patiently and carefully. This dynamic exhibition will include 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional artworks, some containing photographic images that, as Sullivan puts it, serve to “bridge past and present.” There is in Sullivan's work a vulnerable, yet brave exploration of self, but her deft juggling of personal journey with universal themes results in a body of work that tells a relatable, almost stream-of-consciousness story about struggle and triumph, fear and comfort, loss and love.
Of Deborah Sullivan’s work Lonner Holden a Bay Area Poet says, “In recent works presented by MarinMOCA, Deborah Sullivan bridges past, present and future with her two and three dimensional constructions using both cameraless and electronic images, combining the detritus of life in the last two centuries with relic elements from the BIG BANG.”
Deborah Sullivan is a San Francisco Bay Area photographer and mixed media artist. She was born on the East Coast, and has a B.A. in Fine Arts from Rutgers University. She has recently participated in Bay Area solo and group shows at the O'Hanlon Center for the Arts, Falkirk Cultural Center, and MarinMOCA, where she was awarded Second place. She also participated in a national exhibition at the Encaustic Art Institute in Santa Fe, NM, where her work has been included in the permanent collection.
Ron Collins Gallery:
Yin and Yang: Enrique Goldenberg
and Beryl Miller
Beryl Miller and Enrique Goldenberg are polar opposites in their approach to creating art. This exhibit titled “Yin and Yang” explores and celebrates their differences in approach to art processes and visual solutions.
Beryl Miller's paintings are informed by emotions using colors, lines and shapes intuitively transformed into abstract paintings. Her creation emerges quietly during this manipulation of visual elements resulting in a synergy of soulfulness and dynamism.
Enrique Goldenberg is an artist with a rigor for creating things with meticulous methodologies. He explores his visual language base on his experiences as an Engineer creating art that is precise yet infused with playfulness and wit. His repertoire of paintings and sculptures explores a variety of concepts and media that delivers surprise and delight.
Legends of the Bay Area: Squeak Carnwath
November 1 - November 29
Dialogic Presentation: November 8, 4-5 p.m.
Reception for the Artist: November 8, 5-7 p.m.
Bay Area Artist Legend Squeak Carnwath turns the mundane into thought-provoking art. Marin Museum of Contemporary Art is proud to exhibit works from Squeak Carnwath, one of the leading California artists of the last thirty years. This exhibition runs from November 1 - 29th. Squeak has received many prestigious awards and has been turning the mundane into thought-provoking art since 1972. You are invited to hear this renowned artist present a free and informal dialogue to discuss her work collaboratively on November 8 from 4-5:30pm.
Squeak’s collage esthetic is inspired by everyday activities and thoughts and are layered and removed and overlayed. The text, patterns, and identifiable images in her paintings carry such meaning and is meant to slow the viewer and bring thoughtfulness. Her paintings are both a thing and an action, physical and also mental. Squeak Carnwath is very bold and transparent as her inner-thoughts are depicted on canvas. Living in the present is a powerful discipline and Squeak refuses to let the everyday moments pass by without notice.
Born in Pennsylvania, she moved to the Bay Area in 1969 and enrolled at California College of Arts and Crafts (CCAC), Oakland (now California College of the Arts). While there she studied with Viola Frey, Vernon Coykendall, Arthur Okamura, Charles Gill, and Ron Dahl. She received her MFA and began teaching and exhibiting around the Bay Area. Numerous awards have been granted to her including the Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art (SECA) Award from San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, two Individual Artist Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Award for Individual Artists from the Flintridge Foundation. Currently Carnwath is Professor Emerita at the University of California, Berkeley and she lives and works in Oakland, CA.
Art by the Inch goes WILD
A MarinMOCA Fundraiser
October 11 - October 25
Reception: October 25, 5-8 p.m.
The talented artists of MarinMOCA will be creating a fabulous 100-foot mural inspired by the theme “gone wild”. Guests are invited to come select their favorite section to cut out and take home. The mural will be sold for $1.00 per square inch and guests can choose any section or size they like. This year, artists have drawn inspiration from rescued animals at the San Rafael-based wildlife rehabilitation center, WildCare, which will be represented in the mural. A silent auction will also be available for browsing.
Art by the Inch is an unusual and fun way to experience local art while fine-tuning your artistic eye to purchase that perfect piece. This evening supports the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art’s ongoing exhibitions and community events. MarinMOCA is a unique museum that merges the talent and leadership of artists with the qualities of a museum.
Among MarinMOCA muralists are Joan Nelson, Julia Ross, Linda Mueller, Will Gothers, Susan Schmidt, Colleen Johnson, Sarah Gorman-Brown, Kathleen Lack, Mary Beth Taggert, Harriet Burge, Beryl Miller, Nancy Nelson, Suzanne Merviss, Joel Yau and Donna Wallace-Cohen.
ONLINE Silent Auction
The ONLINE silent auction will run from Oct 14th - Oct 23th, closing on October
23th at 9pm. Get a sneak peak of all the items and start your bidding early. But
it doesn’t end there...FINAL BIDS are made the night of the fundraising events on
Oct 25th starting at 5pm in Gallery 2 at MarinMOCA.
> Visit Online Silent Auction
Keeping with the theme, Art by Inch Goes WILD, guests are encouraged to dress wildly elegant for this one-of-a-kind event. That could be anything from a wildly wicked costume to a wickedly marvelous headpiece to just wearing animal print for the evening.
The best attire to wear is a fun attitude of joy and giving.
See you there!
Ron Collins Gallery:
Explore another world through this exhibit by Maija Peeples-Bright
October 11 - October 25
The Life & Art of Maija Peeples-Bright:
The Spirit of Woofdom
Video & Talk, October 11, 4-5:30 p.m.
Marin Museum of Contemporary Art presents a special limited-time exhibition by Maija Peeples-Bright. This exhibition runs from October 11-25th, coordinating with the Art by the Inch Fundraiser. Maija is an internationally known artist who has been showing since 1965. Her work transports you to a world full of colorful and charming animals called “beasties”. You are invited to the artist talk and film screening on October 11 from 4-5:30pm of The Spirit of Woofdom: The Life and Art of Maija Peeples-Bright.
The animals, which populate her work throughout the sky, mountain, meadow, garden or edifice, are a familiar yet ever evolving element she uses to create a total piece of art. Her passion for learning and soaking up everything around her, Maija says, “lets me bring pathos or pun, light or darkness, new or familiar into a total work that changes with shadow and sun or the mood of the viewer and lifts the mind in to my beloved "EWEniverse".
Maija is a truly inspirational artist. She was born in Latvia in 1942 and saw the horrors of war as she and her parents had to flee to a refugee camp in Germany. It wasn’t until she was eight years old that a relief agency found a sponsor for the family and they were brought to California to work on a farm until the debt was paid. As a child, Maija wanted to learn, explore,experiment, listen, look and enjoy the world around her. In her third year of college at UC Davis, she took an art class that launched her into her art career. She had stepped into the middle of the California Funk Movement. After getting her Masters, she was married and purchased a house in San Francisco. Maija cheerfully painted their home inside and out. It was known as the “The Rainbow House” and became the gathering place of such notables as Robert Arneson, William T. Wiley, Peter VandenBerge, David Gilhooly and Roy DeForest. Then in 1965 her first exhibit was at the Candy Gallery in Folsom, CA, and thus began her career. In addition to showing in local museums and galleries, her art is shown in permanent public and private collections around the world.
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.
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”
Motion/Emotion: MarinMOCA Member Show
July 19 - August 24
MarinMOCA, located in Novato, California, is an organization comprised of over 150 artist members, and the unique talents of those members will be showcased in the upcoming exhibition entitled Motion/Emotion. The theme Motion/Emotion explores the interplay between motion and emotion, as represented in internal or external landscapes. The artists dove into what moves them and then projected that onto canvas, paper, or sculptural forms. Join us at the opening reception on Saturday, July 19th from 5 to 7pm to see this stunning exhibition.
MarinMOCA artist members work in a variety of media, from acrylic and oil paint on canvas, to watercolor on paper, to encaustic (wax), to photography, to sculpture of all types. Artwork in the show includes Elise Cheval’s monotype print, “Blue in Blue” which combines water-soluble media and inks. An abstracted piece by Margo Reis shows bicyclists in motion in her painting titled “Canyon Ride”. Reis says that “the exciting unpredictability of what can happen when pigment and papers meet on the canvas continues to hold my attention and to delight me.” The same energy and improvisation is also found in the swirling acrylic composition called “The Universe” by Meg Reilly.
With something for every viewer, Motion/Emotion is an excellent opportunity to explore some of the latest works of art by local artists. The juror for this show is Chester Arnold, Bay Area Narrative Painter and Faculty at College of Marin. The Motion/Emotion: MarinMOCA Member Show will run from July 19-August 24, with an opening reception on July 19th from 5-7pm.
Also on display is the Olompali Outreach Exhibition in the Ron Collins Gallery. The Olompali People (TOP) is a non-profit volunteer support organization for Olompali State Historic Park. TOP is dedicated to preserving and restoring the cultural and natural history of the park, as well as enhancing educational and interpretive programs. You are invited to see their historical exhibit and meet some of the artists at their reception on Saturday, July 26th at 3pm.
Summer National Juried Exhibition
May 31 - July 13, 2014
Reception June 7, 5-7pm
Marin Museum of Contemporary Art presents a National Show displaying all forms of media that represent new directions and fresh voices this summer. This show includes 45 artworks from around the nation and will be on exhibit from May 31 to July 13. The opening reception will be held on June 7 from 5 to 7pm.
The juror for this year’s exhibition is Catharine Clark. Ms. Clark has been the Director/Owner of the Catharine Clark Gallery since 1991 which has garnered critical attention from several notable publications. She has been a member of the San Francisco Art Dealer’s Association since 1994, and the Yerba Buena Alliance since 1997. She also serves on the board of ZER01: The Art and Technology Network and is an advisory board member to: SF Recycling & Disposal, Inc.’s artist-in-residency program, and San Francisco Arts Education Project.
This year’s exhibition includes artists using a wide variety of mediums from glass to 3D printers to Swarovski crystals. Gail Postal from New York uses graphite, colored pencils and Swarovski crystals to create her mixed media portrait entitled "Erin". "I am attempting to re-create the feeling of old Japanese hand-tinted photographs." says Postal, whose figure includes a figure whose face is rendered in graphite but is robed in bright vibrant hues. Caryn Blum describes her whimsical sound machine drawing "Cha-Ching-A-Ling" as "producing rhythm and movement as your eye navigates through the drawing. It can be a slow aesthetic dance through visually packed, micro-imaginary worlds that give a beat to the accumulation of objects, and a pleasurable escape. " Mira Woodworth submitted a poignant glass piece entitled "Return to Sender". Using a lost wax glass casting process, she creates a haunting glass foot atop a Korean-era crate used to ship rifles to the USA. She is an award-winning glass artist whose work has been featured in juried shows and invitationals. Her innovative designs have been published in Art Jewelry Magazine as well as in a comprehensive survey, "Sculpture and Design with Recycled Glass."
There are also several artists from Florida in the exhibit. McArthur Freeman’s piece, "Column" integrates technology into the traditional. "Synthesized from bits and pieces of multiple sources, these hybrid forms are as much about the loss of identity as they are about constructing new ones. Disembodied, reinvented, appropriated, and decontextualized, the resulting forms are sometimes beautiful, grotesque, humorous, or sensual." says Freeman. In Bianca Pratorius’ "Aither" she says, "The soft forms I create from felt revolve around the process of hand cutting the felt into very organized ladder type pattern which seems to dissolve into organized chaos upon installation. The forms are never preconceived, but are created spontaneously upon installation by letting the inherent sensuality of the material express itself." Artist Rich Smukler has a life-long passion for art and photography as demonstrated in "Pinball Soldier". He states that "While his cutting edge passion for graphic design has earned him accolades and awards for innovative style, his genre as a fine art photographer encompasses photo-realism to abstract graphic design."
This contemporary collection of pieces also includes installation work, ceramics, and much more. 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. Call 415-506-0137 for more information.
Laura Lee Fritz “New Narratives”
True to the style she has become famous for, Novato quilting artist Laura Lee Fritz once again fills her canvas (or quilts in this case) with tales from life about us. This new body of work, never seen before, brings a new twist. Laura dyed her own fabrics in ways which break apart the "ingredients", then spent time reading the resulting designs to learn what stories they seemed to be telling. These are the tales and images illustrated by her signature continuous-line quilting lines. Among her other accomplishments, Laura is author of five books published by C&T Publications, a leading quilting book publisher, and she has a workshop on Railroad Avenue in Novato.
Randy Pottenger “Beside Herself”
For this exhibition, the majority of works on display by Randy Pottenger are a combination of ceramic and textile elements based on marine coral and plant life. The involved process of ceramic sculpture requires many steps of problem solving and often it is that journey to the finishes product that Randy enjoys the most. Getting her hands involved with the medium creates joy that is reflected in her artwork. "In clay, I also find the potential for playfulness, the surprise, the juxtaposition of ideas that can take on a life of their own as real objects." says Randy. However when the structure and time issues of clay become overwhelming, she turns to the color and immediacy of paint often as a siren song. She finds the ability of the medium to convey the power and nuances of emotion very intriguing.
Among her other accomplishments, Randy helped found Indian Valley Artists of Novato which later became the Art League of Northern California and has been a community art advocate for Novato since 1991. She has taught ceramic classes through the MarinMOCA educational program as well as privately.
The 5th Annual Altered Book/Book Arts Exhibition and Fundraiser
April 19 - May 24, 2014
The Altered Book Show/Silent Auction includes over 100 Bay Area Artists who use discarded books to create unique “book art objects.” The bookworks are offered in a Silent Auction for five weeks, closing with a Live Auction where they are auctioned off to the highest bidder.
The Altered Book Show opens with a reception at the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art on April 19 from 5 to 7 pm. Juror Donna Seager will give a talk about her lifelong love of the book at 4pm preceding the reception. The show closes on May 24 with a Live Auction Closing Party, 5-7:30 pm.
A concurrent exhibition in the Ron Collins Gallery will feature selected works from the San Francisco Center for the Book (SFCB), a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering the joy of books and bookmaking as well as the artistry, history, and continuing presence of books in our culture as an important medium of self-expression. SFCB offers workshops, public programs, exhibitions and an artist in residency. More information about SFCB can be found at their website, sfcb.org.
Emerging Artists of the Bay Area
March 8 - April 13
Opening Reception March 8, 5-7 p.m.
Panel Discussion with Juror Kenneth Baker
March 29, 2-3 p.m.
The Marin Museum of Contemporary Art in Novato, California, will present Emerging Artists of the Bay Area, an exhibition featuring the work of emerging artists Justine Frischmann, Al Grumet, Carl Heyward, Phillip Hua and Jennifer Kaufman.
The selected works includes two site specific installations created for the exhibition: a 20 foot mural by Phillip Hua, and a wall drawing by Jennifer Kaufman which spans two rooms. Phillip Hua’s mural uses images of nature that are digitally composed, printed, and then painted onto separate sheets of financial newspapers. The newspapers will yellow and degrade, hinting at the fragility of our natural and economic climates.
Jennifer Kaufman’s installation will be created with tape which she will use directly on the walls and ceiling of the museum. For this installation she will create a drawing that responds to the history, architecture and location of the museum’s 1934 building that once served as the administrative headquarters of Hamilton Air Force Base. Kaufman’s work is temporary, and will only exist for the duration of the exhibition.
Al Grumet’s work is inspired by the objects and imagery he collects while wandering. The work consists of the 2D components and related 3D installation elements that combine to form narratives about the human condition. He incorporates objects manipulated physically and digitally. Carl Heyward also brings together disparate images in his collages. His work fractures images and reinvents them as new realities. He draws on a wide variety of images, from bud light packaging and receipts to world leaders and newspapers. The resulting compositions are engaging commentaries on history, culture, and mortality.
Justine Frischmann's works strike a quieter, but no less powerful note. Her work oscillates between chaos and composition, mixing traditional high value methods like layered oils with throw-away contemporary materials such as fluorescent spray paint. In neon fluoro sprays on panel wiped out by pale scumbles in oil, Frischmann performs a kind of reverse vandalism, revealing a preoccupation with light obscured and revealed, and an interplay between struggle and stillness, cancellation and reconstruction.
The work will be presented in both galleries of the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art March 8- April 13, with an opening reception on March 8th from 5-7 p.m. There will also be a panel discussion with the juror, Kenneth Baker, and the five participating artists on March 29th from 2-3 p.m.
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 and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Visit our website: http://www.marinmoca.org or call 415-506-0137 for more information.
MarinMOCA Member Show “Re/Vision”
January 18 - February 23
Opening Reception January 18, 5-7 p.m.
The Human Experience
December 14 - January 12
Opening Reception December 14, 5-7 p.m.
Ning Mercer Woodcut Talk:
December 28, 2-3 p.m.
Ning Mercer will explain the process of creating woodcut prints with a slideshow at MarinMOCA from 2-3 on December 28. Free to the public.
MarinMOCA presents THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE, artwork by Bay Area artist Ning Mercer. It includes her work in oil paintings and woodblock prints, as well as sculptures and drawings, with a focus on her passion and interest in our human stories. The images in the show are from her personal encounters with people of different walks of life and culture, thru her day-to-day experience and her travels around the globe. Whether it is innocent children at play, or grownups going about their lives, she finds her artistic inspirations from our human experience as a whole. Ning Mercer will be at the opening reception to share her "behind the scene" tales of each of her work.
Art and art making has always been part of Ning Mercer’ life. From making figurines with mud found in her schoolyard to becoming a professional artist, it has been a long and fruitful journey for her - a journey of growth, of understanding, and of appreciation of our human spirits. To Ning Mercer, the world of art making allows her to stretch and to grow both as an artist and as a living being. "It teaches me humility, humanity, and honesty. Life’s beauty is everywhere – by seeing, by feeling, by listening, and by smelling. I am truly lucky to be in a profession where everyday I get a second chance to better express this beauty with my artwork, hoping that others can share it with me."
Ning Mercer’s studio is located in Mill Valley in Marin County, California. She is currently represented by Gallery Diamante in Carmel. Her artworks have been included in exhibitions by Oil Painters of America, California Art Club, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Pacific Art League, Studio Gallery in San Francisco, among other art institutions. More information about her work can be found at www.ningmercer.com.
Movement and Music:
Art by Kathleen Lack and Christine Stewart
November 23 - January 12
Opening Reception November 23, 5-7 p.m.
Legends of The Bay Area: Robert Hudson
October 12 - November 17
Opening Reception October 12, 5-7 p.m.
Artist Talk: October 19, 2-3 p.m.
The exhibition features a variety of Hudson’s work, including sculptures, ceramic pieces and drawings. As one of the progenitors of the West Coast assemblage movement, Hudson is well known for his use of disparate everyday objects including everything from an ornate heating grate to a broken enameled sink. The work can appear to be an unruly mix of elements at first glance but soon reveals itself to be a carefully ordered interlacing of textures, color and geometric forms.
Robert Hudson has an exhibition history that spans more than 50 years. A long-time Bay Area resident, he was an integral part of the San Francisco Funk Art movement in the 1960s and is a contemporary and longtime friend of Richard Shaw and William T. Wiley. Hudson currently resides in Cotati, where he continues to create works in his studio. Even his older works are continually evolving, as he often goes back and changes or adds new elements to the original sculpture.
Hudson has a deep understanding of his materials, and he combines discarded artifacts to create visual harmonies that make unexpected visual sense. We can see the shapes playing off each other in his sculptures, as in his piece Crosscut, where the line of triangular saw blade juts out in stark contrast to the smooth curves of spirals, rods, and spheres surrounding the base. He also engages the viewer in a bit of sleight of hand, as materials are not always what they seem to be. His piece, Blue Rope Jar, fools the eye by including a rope actually made of porcelain instead of fibres.
Despite the fact that some of the materials he uses are heavy or industrial, the resulting sculptures have a lightness that is expressed both in tone and composition. Hudson’s work has a signature wit that infiltrates all the media he works with, and leaves the viewer with a smile.
Hudson’s works are included in the collections of the SF MoMa, NY MoMA, Whitney Museum, Los Angeles County Museum, Smithsonian National Gallery, deYoung Museum, DiRosa Preserve, Chicago Art Institute, The Art institute of Chicago, and the Stedelijk Museum inAmsterdam. He has taught at several California art institutions including the San Francisco Art Institute, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of California at Davis, and the California College of Arts and Crafts.
This LEGENDS OF THE BAY AREA exhibition was made possible with the assistance of the Patricia Sweetow Gallery.
Fall National Juried Exhibition
August 31 – October 6, 2013
Reception: August 31, 5-7 pm
Marin Museum of Contemporary Art presents a National Show on Photography that represents new directions and fresh voices within the genre. This show includes 50 artworks from around the nation that integrated photographic processes and materials.
Many of the artists represented move fluidly through old and new processes, incorporating conventional darkroom techniques and digital manipulation in the creation of their works. Simon Pyle’s work pushes at the edges of digital media’s capabilities by displaying a jpeg image evolving and degrading as it is resaved 262,144 times in his piece Grandpa Back from the War. C. Wright Daniel’s work is camera-less, but uses the paper and photographic chemicals to create abstract prints of crumpled planes. MarinMOCA member Christie Stewart’s work incorporates flash bulbs and other miscellaneous photographic equipment into thoughtfully assembled grids. Other works include 22 year-old San Francisco artist Chantel Beam’s photo entitled Girl Gang, which integrates fashion photography and narrative portraiture, and LA artist Douglas Ito’s photo of a lone milk jug is emblematic of the isolation and empty promises of a consumerist culture.
The juror for this year’s exhibition is Jessica Brier, curator and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. As Curatorial Assistant of Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), she has assisted in organizing exhibitions including Francesca Woodman (2011), Jay DeFeo: A Retrospective (2012), and South Africa in Apartheid and After: David Goldblatt, Ernest Cole, Billy Monk (2012). Independently, she has organized exhibitions at the Wattis Institute of Contemporary Art and Park Life, in San Francisco, and Headlands Center for the Arts, in Sausalito. She has contributed writing to Art Practical (artpractical.com), art on paper magazine and SFMOMA’s blog, Open Space. She holds a BA from New York University and an MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts.
Ms. Brier will give a talk on her process and the themes of the show on September 21, at 6 pm at MarinMOCA.
Bird & Flower: Poetic Paintings
by Wu Tianyu
August 31 – October 6, 2013
Reception: August 31, 5-7 pm
Marin Museum of Contemporary Art’s upcoming exhibition, Bird & Flower: Poetic Paintings by Wu Tianyu will bring Chinese Painter Wu Tianyu’s work to North America for the first time.
This exhibition of large scale ink paintings on rice paper is a significant milestone in Wu Tianyu’s career as he explores and innovates on the journey of popularizing traditional Chinese culture and art forms. The artist incorporates the styles and subject matter of traditional Chinese painting, but purposefully re-weaves their grouping and composition into contemporary works of art that emphasize purity of form. He unites elements such as snow, foliage, and birds with modern aesthetic theory to yield something truly inventive. Using bold saturated color, he juxtaposes organic and geometric elements to create works that are both riotous and ordered. He eschews conventional compositions and lets the leaves and blossoms become designs and patterns, blurring the line between representation and abstraction.
This exhibition will be a part of MarinMOCA’s participation in Asian Contemporary Art Week, a collaborative event from the Asian Contemporary Arts Consortium that celebrates and promotes Asian contemporary arts and design practices throughout the Bay Area, taking place September 19th through the 25th.
Out of Order:
MarinMOCA Artist Members Exhibition
July 20 – August 25, 2013
Reception: July 20, 5-7 pm
Juror: Robert Allen of the Robert Allen Fine Art Gallery in Sausalito, CA
Join us for the opening reception on July 20th. Our Member Artists will be working with the theme "Out of Order." The exhibition challenges ideas about expected progressions and compositions by deconstructing, rearranging and re-configuring its subject matter in unexpected ways.
Summer National Juried Exhibition
June 01 – July 14, 2013
Reception: June 1, 5-7 pm
Juror: George Rivera, Executive Director and Senior Curator, Triton Museum of Art
Altered Book and Book Arts Show
April 20, 2013 – May 25, 2013
Reception: April 20, 5-7 pm
April 20, 4-5 pm, Opening talk with Mary Austin of the San Francisco Center for the Book
April 26, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Spoken Word Event featuring Marin Teens in collaboration with the Marin County Free Library
May 10, 6:30-7:30 pm, Juror Talk by Donna Seager of the Seager Gray Gallery
May 25, 5-7:30 pm, Live Auction Closing Party
Come see the work of over 100 Bay Area artists who make use of old, discarded books to create unique “book art objects” including collage, mixed media, handmade artist books, book sculpture, jewelry, book boxes, hanging mobiles and “altered books”.
This popular show opens Saturday, April 20 with a reception 5-7 pm
All works are offered in a 5 week long SILENT AUCTION running from April 20 through May 25. Show closes with a Live Auction Closing Party on Saturday, May 25 (5-7:30 pm)
100% of the proceeds go to support MarinMOCA’s programs and activities. Don’t miss this eclectic, highly creative show. It is full of whimsy and humor as well as some serious art work by many well known Bay Area artists.
MarinMOCA thanks Beso Restaurant, Ravenswood Winery, Tavola Italian Kitchen, and Polly Ann Bakery for their generous donations and support of this event.
3 Bay Area Emerging Artists
March 9, 2013 – April 14, 2013
Reception: March 9, 5-7 pm
The Marin Museum of Contemporary Art in Novato, California, will present AB/NORMAL, an exhibition featuring the work of emerging artists Dan Herrera, Paula Moran, and Aron Meynell, who skew the idea of normalcy through surreal and nostalgic narratives. Together the work conveys the fragile nature of “normal” and how reality's narrow confines are easily upset. Dan Herrera's photographic series Vaudeville uses a combination of 19th Century printing techniques and digital photography to create tableaus of enigmatic science-fiction characters. Aron Meynell's paintings and delicate charcoal drawings are populated with isolated figures in post-apocalyptic surroundings. Paula Moran's detailed and realistic ceramic objects create a life-size replica of the family room from her youth, complete with ceramic couch, beer bottles and burnt cigarettes. Collectively the artists of AB/NORMAL explore the disorientating twists of this uncertain world with impressive skill and a deft mastery of mood.
Dan Herrera wields an extensive vocabulary of photographic process that merges 19th century photography with contemporary digital imaging. As an actively showing artist, his exhibition record includes shows in New York, Los Angeles, and numerous Bay Area venues including the deYoung Museum in San Francisco. He has produced award-winning work in the Annual Tech Art show held in Massachusetts, and most recently his work is featured on the cover of the book No Alternatives: Contemporary Handcrafted Photographs. Hererra currently teaches art and design at American River College and The Art Institute of California, Sacramento - specializing in Alternative Process Photography, and Advanced Image Manipulation.
Aron Meynell was born in Birmingham, England but was a longtime resident of Detroit before making his way to the Bay Area in order to attend graduate school at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. He graduated in 2008 and currently teaches classical figurative painting and drawing in their MFA program. He has had recent solo shows at John Pence Gallery, White Walls Gallery, Shooting Gallery and SafeHouse in San Francisco. The eerie abandoned buildings and snow filled winters environments created in his work relate indirectly to the landscapes that surrounded him while in Detroit.
Paula Moran holds a BA and MFA from San Francisco State University. Her recent exhibitions have included group shows at the John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis, Martin Wong Gallery, 111 Minna, and SFMOMA Artists Gallery at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. The eye-deceiving objects she creates transcend their everyday nature and becomes uncanny witnesses of a memory that is at once made real and surreal. The objects are the unspoken catalyst to story-telling, allowing passage to the past. In her work viewers must question for a moment "what is truly real?" and "what is truly normal?".
MarinMOCA's First 2013 Exhibition Explores Our STATE OF MIND
January 19 – February 24, 2013
Reception: January 19, 5-7 pm
The Marin Museum of Contemporary Art will start off 2013 with an exhibition featuring Artist Member artwork that explores the concept “state of mind.” State of mind can refer to a wide range of emotional or psychological states, including peace, anxiety, happiness, grief, rage, and everything in between. The concept can also refer to a governed area, whether a nation or a territory within a nation. Artworks in the exhibition, therefore, may represent an exploration of the basic concept of a “state of mind,” the artist's personal state of mind, or the mindset of a region, state, or country. The work of MarinMOCA Artist Member Gale McKee, for example, entitled Memory: Palm Desert, 1930, has a nostalgic feel. The slightly blurred image includes a young girl dressed in a hat, scarf, jeans, and jacket, leaning confidently against a saddled horse. The area of the canvas surrounding the figure and horse is relatively empty otherwise, consisting primarily of swirled colors, perhaps clouds. McKee keeps the context vague, making subtle reference to the popularity of photos of children on horses throughout the early to mid-1900s. The subtlety of the work allows viewers to travel back in time on their own terms to an idealized moment in childhood full of color and smiles. MarinMOCA Artist Members work in a variety of media, from acrylic and oil paint on canvas, to watercolor on paper, to encaustic (wax), to photography, to sculpture of all types. The MarinMOCA Collins Gallery will feature the work of MarinMOCA “Stars,” Artist Members who have demonstrated extraordinary volunteer service to the organization. There will be something to please, challenge, and intrigue any viewer! Joan McLoughlin, Director of the McLoughlin Gallery at 49 Geary Street in San Francisco, will serve as juror.
Actuality, Reminiscence, and Fabrication:
New Photography by Deborah Sullivan
December 8, 2012 – January 12, 2013
Reception: December 8, 5-7 pm
MarinMOCA will feature work by Deborah Sullivan, whose unique photographs will be on display in an exhibition entitled “Actuality, Reminiscence, and Fabrication.” Sullivan's photographic images seem like stills from a dream or attempts to recover a faded memory, but she brings them down to earth by adhering them to silk, polyblended materials, linen, aluminum, wood and clay. Their ethereal quality is in productive tension with the emphasis on unusual, and often heavy materials, giving viewers a meditative experience that is all the while grounded in physical presence. Don't miss this powerful exhibition that explores the possibilities of the photograph.
Legends of the Bay Area: David Maxim
October 6 - November 18
Reception: October 6, 5-7 p.m.
Artist Talk: October 6, 4-5 p.m.
The Marin Museum of Contemporary Art in Novato, California, presents LEGENDS OF THE BAY AREA, honoring artists whose exhibition history and dedication to art education and mentoring have left a significant imprint on the local, national, and international art world. This year’s exhibition features San Francisco artist David Maxim. Maxim’s work has been described as “heroic” or “theatrical,” and while those adjectives describe much of the work on display, the MarinMOCA exhibition focuses primarily on the way Maxim’s work engages, suggests, or reveals the human figure. At one end of the spectrum, Maxim’s monumental, non-representational, mixed media paintings take on a bodily presence through their size, often with 3-dimensional components that reach out to the viewer. Other mixed media paintings include mark making and shapes that dynamically suggest the gestures of the human body, for example, a simple combination of rectangles and spheres hinting at a reclined figure. Finally, several of Maxim’s works include 3-dimensional figures extending from the picture plane to crawl across the canvas or participate in a tug-of-war, hanging like marionettes in front of a dramatically painted canvas that provides an emotional tone even as it resists placing the action in a particular location. The setting for the figurative artworks, whether a wall piece or sculpture-in-the-round, remains a mystery for the viewer, although Maxim can’t resist bringing his art historical knowledge to bear on his artwork, as in Blind Leading the Blind, which makes reference to the Flemish Renaissance painter Pieter Bruegel. Figures, particularly the anonymous, faceless ones that populate Maxim's work, stand in metaphorically for philosophical notions of the human condition, and Maxim seems to consciously construct situations that represent common struggles. The figure in The Elusive Thought attempts to cast a net, although the target remains unclear. The figure in A View of the World looks up into space through a framed and vision-limiting screen. Even when pointing to struggles, however, Maxim’s work is classically beautiful, reminding viewers of our connections rather than our differences. It is this deft balance between theatrical expressionism and conscious serenity that makes for an artistic legend.
David Maxim’s work has been shown throughout California, across the United States, and into Europe. Born in Los Angeles in 1945, he received a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles and taught art history at California State University, Los Angeles, UC Santa Barbara, and Santa Barbara City College before moving to San Francsico in 1976. At CSU Hayward and the San Francisco Art Institute, he taught art history for the studio artist, and in 1979 participated in the exhibition “New Bay Area Images” at the Oakland Museum, solidifying his place in the Bay Area art world. He received an Artist Residency at the Dorland Mountain Colony in the 1980s, and a Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation Grant in the 1990s. His work is displayed at Universities and in private collections in the U.S. and Europe.
Fall National Juried Exhibition
Juror: Renny Pritikin, Director of The Richard Nelson Gallery and The Fine Arts Collection, University of California, Davis
August 25 – September 30, 2012
Reception: August 25, 5-7 pm
Juror Talk: August 25, 6 pm
The Marin Museum of Contemporary Art presents its Fall National Exhibition, juried this year by Renny Pritikin, Director of The Richard Nelson Gallery and The Fine Arts Collection, University of California, Davis. Pritikin selected 40 artworks from hundreds of entries to design an exhibition that reflects the strongest offerings from American artists. The juror requested an open theme, which gives artists the opportunity to enter their best work, and the diversity of artworks will impress any visitor. Two mixed media artworks by artist Monica Lundy explore the ways in which mug shots identify their subjects as criminals long before the due process of law. Titled only by the visible portions of their booking numbers, 0-3559 and 0-3082 represent two women convicted of prostitution in the 1940s. As Lundy explains, the use of both gritty, pulverized charcoal and glittery mica flakes in the artwork represent the "dualities of seduction and ruggedness inherent in the lives of the subjects." A mysterious and sublime landscape by photographer Michael Strong depicts and is entitled Point Lobos, a location on the California coast. The sepia toned silver print captures a combination of haze and sunshine breaking through a maze of barren tree limbs over a patch of ground crackling with dry twigs and leaves. The image is simultaneously breathtakingly beautiful and eerily calm, suggesting a type of isolation some would welcome, but others would fear. Konstantin Zlatev makes peaceful music out of instruments of war with Chifte Kavali (Double Barrel Flute). Zlatev describes the artwork as the “transformation of a shot gun into a harmonious flute that plays music as a symbol of our intellect and humanity. The programmable robot charts and musically depicts the rise and fall of US arms exports.” The artworks will inspire awe with their beauty, and productive discussion from their content and subject matter.
In the Ron Collins:
August 25 – September 30, 2012
Reception: August 25, 5-7 pm
Marin Ventures provides services to adults with developmental disabilities. Our mission is to foster independence and personal growth, and to promote the opportunity for community integration based on individual need. The artworks selected for the exhibition were created by artists from the Marin Ventures Art Studio, which provides opportunities for creative expression, and is dedicated to developing talents and abilities in the arts. For more information please visit www.marinventures.org
HORIZONS: A MarinMOCA Artist Members Exhibition
July 21 – August 19, 2012
Reception: July 21, 5-7 pm
HORIZONS is open to MarinMOCA Artist Members. The theme is intentionally open, allowing artists to enter work ranging from landscape, cityscape, or seascape, to a surreal or abstract mindscape. HORIZONS could also be taken to mean what is “on the horizon,” referring to the future or futuristic themes, or the need to “broaden my horizon,” meaning that one needs to open or be open to greater possibilities.
You are invited to submit one original work not previously shown in a MarinMOCA or Artists of MarinMOCA exhibition. In accordance with the exhibition theme, please submit work completed in the past year. All media is acceptable except video and film. This show is juried for awards only.
Juror: Jennifer Bethke is Curator of Art at the Sonoma County Museum.
In the Ron Collins Gallery:
Jeffrey Sully: Poetic Contours
July 21 – August 19, 2012
Reception: July 21, 5-7 pm
Jeffrey Sully's work stands out for its experimentation with form. His canvases are sculptural and play with our expectations of the relationship between positive and negative space. His color palette runs either extremely hot or extremely cool, with vibrant reds and yellows in one artwork providing productive tension against the blues and greens in another. This deft play with space, shape, and color, however, is only the beginning of Sully's experimentation with form because what is especially striking is his use of line. His paintings take on the feel of a contour drawing, with the shaped edges of the stretched canvases curving in and out in calligraphic fashion and refusing the restrictions of a rectangle. Even as the outside edges suggest sophisticated contour lines, the activity on and within the canvas is equally intriguing, either through cut outs in the center of the canvas, or through expressive brushwork across its flat surface. The gallery wall becomes part of the artwork when it is revealed through a hole in the canvas or fills up the deep curves of a painting's outer edges. Once the viewer gets used to the unusual shapes of Sully's paintings, the artworks take on a somewhat poetic meaning. The paintings seem like letters in a foreign language, or even punctuation marks asking us to pause, to stop, or to exclaim. Sully's artwork titles, with references to Sumer, dust, rebirth, or tide suggest that the artworks are in the process of change, as if they could be remnants of a past and powerful civilization, objects subject to the forces of nature, or gestures toward yet unknown possibilities.
Summer National Juried Exhibition
June 02 – July 15, 2012
Reception: June 2, 5-7 pm
The MarinMOCA National Juried Exhibition series gives artists from across the country the opportunity to show their work at a professional, established venue, and gives visitors to MarinMOCA the opportunity to see a wide variety of artworks by contemporary American artists. We work with jurors familiar with the history of American art as well as trends within the contemporary art world so that artists entering their work know that a skilled and experienced professional, often a curator, critic, or gallery director, will be reviewing and selecting the entries.
Our 2012 Summer National Exhibition juror is Lucinda Barnes, Chief Curator & Director of Programs & Collections, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Barnes joined the B.A.M. staff as Senior Curator for Collections in April 2001, and in 2007 was named Chief Curator and Director of Programs and Collections. Prior to coming to Berkeley, Barnes was E.D. of the Boise Art Museum, Idaho. She served as Curator of Collections at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College, and held senior curatorial posts at the Newport Harbor Art Museum (now the Orange County Museum of Art) and the University Art Museum, CSU Long Beach. Barnes has taught at a number of colleges and universities. She received her B.A. from New York University, an M.A. from Williams College, and Ph.D. (ABD) in Art History at the University of Southern California. In 2008-09 Barnes served as a UC Berkeley Townsend Center for the Humanities Fellow. At the Berkeley Art Museum Barnes has curated and co-curated a wide range of exhibitions, including Joan Jonas: the Shape, the Scent, the Feel of Things (2007), Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection (2008), Human/Nature: Artists Respond to a Changing Planet (2009), Indeterminate Stillness: Looking at Whistler (2010), and Abstract Expressionisms (2012). In addition, Barnes has served as curator-in-charge of major traveling exhibitions at BAM, such as Enrique Chagoya: Borderlandia (2008), James Castle: A Retrospective (2010), What’s It All Mean: William T. Wiley in Retrospect (2010), and Kurt Schwitters: Color and Collage (2011).
Please download the file below for the list of artworks accepted into the 2012 Summer
National Juried Exhibition.
> Download Accepted Entries (PDF)
In the Ron Collins Gallery:
Gloria Matuszewski and Teri Vereb
June 2 – July 15, 2012
Reception: June 2, 5-7 pm
Gloria Matuszewski and Teri Vereb were the 1st place winners of the 2011 MarinMOCA Member Exhibitions, and their work will be on display in the Ron Collins Gallery concurrent with the Summer National Juried Exhibition. Gloria and Teri, though dramatically different artists in many ways, break down images into fragments of color, shape, and line to kaleidoscopic effect. Gloria's quietly meditative compositions harmoniously merge geometric and textural shapes, providing surprises for the patient viewer who takes a closer look. Teri's work calls out to the viewer from a distance with active and energetic lines, strikingly realistic images, and vibrant contrasts in color and value. These artists provide two perspectives on the concept of kaleidoscopic, and are two artists viewers will not soon forget.
3rd Annual ALTERED BOOK AND BOOK ARTS SHOW
April 21 - May 26, 2012
Reception: April 21, 5-7 pm
Talk by Donna Seager: April 21, 4-5 pm
Talk by Lisa Kokin: May 6, 3 p.m.
Live Auction Party: May 26, 5-7 pm
Come see the work of 150 Bay Area artists who make use of old, discarded books to create 150 unique “book art objects” including collage, mixed media, handmade artist books, book sculpture, jewelry, book boxes, hanging mobiles and “altered books”.
All works are offered in a 5 week long SILENT AUCTION running from April 21 through May 26. Show closes with a Live Auction Closing Party on Saturday, May 26 (5-7 pm).
100% of the proceeds go to support MarinMOCA's programs and activities.
Don't miss this eclectic, highly creative show. It is full of whimsy and humor as well as some serious art work by many well known Bay Area artists.
In the Ron Collins:
Marin School of the Arts
April 21 - May 26, 2012
Reception: April 21, 5-7 pm
The Marin School of the Arts is an award-winning arts academy within a public high school setting. MSA offers talented and motivated students the opportunity for professional arts instruction and practice while fulfilling all requirements in math, science, language arts, physical education and other elective programs at Novato High School.
The artists featured in the MarinMOCA Ron Collins Gallery were the winners of the 2011 Marin School of the Arts/Novato High School's Annual ArtFest, a competition for Senior High School students at Marin School of the Arts. The 2011 award winners were offered this exhibition at MarinMOCA to celebrate their achievements and give the public an opportunity to see the incredible work done by young local artists.
The 2011 award winners featured in this exhibition include:
3 Bay Area Contemporary Craft Artists
March 10 - April 15, 2012
Reception: March 10, 5-7 pm
Artist Talk: March 10, 6 pm
Featuring the work of Modesto Covarrubias, Ali Naschke-Messing, and Angie Wilson.
The Marin Museum of Contemporary Art in Novato, California, will present INDEXICAL MAKERS, featuring Modesto Covarrubias, Ali Naschke-Messing, and Angie Wilson, emerging artists whose work dynamically integrates form and content. The exhibition title, a play on the term “Indexical Marker,” refers to 2 key aspects of the work. The artwork is "indexical" in that it points to something else—it directs the viewer's attention to and often becomes a trace of another occurrence or physical object. “Makers” refers to the ways the artists employ craft-based tactics in their artistic practice. To refer to these artists as “makers” acknowledges the historical divide between the creation of so-called "fine" art, and the craft traditions of “making” objects, of “making do” with everyday materials often degraded by art institutions. Modesto Covarrubias utilizes knitting in his performance and installation pieces as a way to investigate psychological and emotional connections to physical environments. His knitting performances produce objects that serve as a trace of the actions of the performer, and his installations often engage the decor and design of a room, bringing attention to aspects of the space otherwise unnoticed by the viewer. Ali Naschke-Messing describes her method as one of extreme “site-responsivity.” Her thread-based installations poetically echo existing architectural forms or subtly chart the daily movement of light and shadow across the wall, ceiling, or floor. Her work is as much about the act of viewing as it is about the intricate form of her installations, as they require a form of patient looking akin to listening to a whisper. While they are definitely a striking beautification of commonness, they also hint at the infinite. Angie Wilson's primary medium is used work shirts, physical traces of anonymous laborers, woven into Persian carpet motifs or other craft objects. Wilson's artwork simultaneously weaves together questions of outsourced craft production, the mass production of the handmade, and the growing importance of re-usable materials. INDEXICAL MAKERS are artists whose conscientious use of materials encourages us to patiently re-view our immediate physical environment, and to be mindful of the makers behind the seemingly simple, everyday objects within that environment.
Modesto Covarrubias is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, currently residing in Berkeley, California. He works in a broad range of media, including photography, video, installation, printmaking, and performance. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at such spaces as the Galleria Civica de Modena in Italy, the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, and the San Francisco Arts Commission gallery. He studied architecture at UC Berkeley, received a BFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute, and received an MFA in Studio Art from Mills College, receiving a Herringer Family Award. Covarrubias's background in architecture influences his performances and installations, in which he investigates the experience of space, and how a space can both alter and be altered by one's mental state.
Ali Naschke-Messing attended the University of Barcelona and Columbia University, earning her BA in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College in New York, and her MFA from the California College of Art in San Francisco. Her work has been exhibited in California, Florida, and New York, and she has served as instructor and guest lecturer at institutions such as the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in San Francisco, CA, CCA, the College of Marin in Kentfield, CA, and in San Francisco through the Valand School of Fine Arts, Gothenburg, Sweden. She is currently an Affiliate Artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, CA, and was an Irvine Fellow at the Lucas Artist Program at Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, CA. Her work explores light, presence, and connection in sculptural form, and she often employs immaterial media such as perception, reflection, and refraction to make site-specific installations. Her work changes in accordance with a given environment, formally highlighting existing structures and forms, while hinting at the intangible.
Angie Wilson was born in Tacoma, Washington and received a BA in Russian from Reed College in 2003, and an MFA from San Francisco State University in 2011. She is currently a Graduate Fellow at the Headlands Center for the Arts and lives in Oakland. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Bay Area and in Oregon, and she has presented lectures on the formal and conceptual concerns in her art at San Francisco State University, California College of the Arts (Oakland, CA), UC Berkeley, and Reed College (Portland, OR). Her work investigates labor, consumerism, and the handmade to question cultural consumption while reflecting on traditions of re-use in the midst of economic crisis. Through repurposing and reconfiguring preexisting materials, she develops a powerful connection between her work as an artist and the anonymous labor of rug weavers and industrial garment manufacturers.
Fresh: New Work by the Artists of MarinMOCA
Juror: Robert Vo, Associate Director, Market Street Gallery, San Francisco
January 21 - February 26, 2012
Reception: January 21, 5-7pm
The first 2012 MarinMOCA Artist Members exhibition will feature new work by our artist members. Visitors will find a variety of artworks and styles, from sculpture and jewelry to photography and painting, and from extreme abstraction to striking naturalism.
Artists of MarinMOCA Exhibition
November 27, 2011 - January 15, 2012
The Small Treasures exhibition features work under 14" with a bounty of creativity and originality. This exhibition of work by the Artists of MarinMOCA includes media ranging from watercolor and oil painting to sculpture and jewelry. The Artists of MarinMOCA generously donate 50% of artwork sales to the organization, helping us to raise much needed funds.
Mary Tuthill Lindheim: Agent of Change
The most comprehensive solo show ever of the life and work of this important Bay Area ceramicist
December 10, 2011 - January 15, 2012
Reception: December 10, 5-7 pm
Curatorial Talk by Heather Murray and Book Signing by Abby Wasserman: December 10, 4-5pm
The Marin Museum of Contemporary Art at Hamilton Field in Novato will present MARY TUTHILL LINDHEIM: AGENT OF CHANGE, featuring the work of the late Bay Area ceramicist, sculptor, and activist, Mary Lindheim (1912-2004). It will be the first museum exhibition of Lindheim’s work since her death, and the most comprehensive solo show ever of her work.
MarinMOCA Executive Director, Heather Murray, will curate the exhibition in close collaboration with the artist’s estate and Abby Wasserman, editor and essayist of the recently published Mary Tuthill Lindheim: Art and Inspiration (Cameron and Company, 2010). The exhibition honors Lindheim, who lived in Sausalito and Bolinas for the last 65 years of her life, not only as an artist but as someone passionately dedicated to social justice.
MARY TUTHILL LINDHEIM: AGENT OF CHANGE encourages the viewer to consider the historical and material importance of an artist who created with a true awareness of the impact an artist can make in and out of the formal art world. Although visitors to the exhibition will likely associate the title with Lindheim’s socio-political activism, the phrase "agent of change" also refers to the physical transformations an artist makes to her/his medium. This is particularly true in the case of a ceramic artist, who transforms earth into art and must understand and employ the chemical transformations of ceramic glazes under the heat of the kiln.
Mary Tuthill Lindheim, a native of New Jersey who spent her youth in Tucson, Arizona, was especially prominent in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, years during which she worked tirelessly on behalf of Bay Area art organizations to which she belonged. An exhibiting sculptor when she began her ceramics studies in 1946, she received a scholarship for advanced research in ceramics in her second semester at the California College of Arts and Crafts. Five years later, she was elected president of the Association of San Francisco Potters. She was concurrently an active leader in the older organization San Francisco Women Artists. Sometimes her dual involvement in art and activism dovetailed, but sometimes they were at odds, challenging her ability to actively promote her own career. She would have it no other way.
A passionate advocate for studio craft (which at the time was not considered a "fine art"), Lindheim contributed to the public discourse about ceramics by publishing in Craft Horizons and Ceramics Monthly. In 1958 she was one of the founding members of Designer-Craftsmen of California, and in 1966 she began years of volunteer work organizing and improving the Sausalito Art Festival. She served many times as juror for exhibitions in Marin and San Francisco as well as out of state, and taught ceramics and arts and crafts classes at the California Labor School and the California School of Fine Arts (now San Francisco Art Institute), among others. Throughout her career she traveled and exhibited extensively, but kept her roots in the Bay Area. Her work is now in the John Magnani Memorial Collection at San Francisco State College, the Bolinas Museum, Crocker Art Museum, Oakland Museum of California, Arizona State University, and Mills College, among others.
There will be a lecture by curator Heather Murray and a book signing by Abby Wasserman on Saturday, December 10, 4-5pm.
MARY TUTHILL LINHDEIM: AGENT OF CHANGE is made possible in part by the generous lending of works and support of her estate, as well as lending of work by Bolinas Museum and the Crocker Art Museum. Additional support provided by the Clay and Glass Artists of California.
Legends of the Bay Area: Manuel Neri
October 1-November 13, 2011
Reception: October 1, 5-7 pm
LEGENDS OF THE BAY AREA is an annual exhibition honoring artists whose contributions helped define Bay Area artistic style. The 2011 exhibition featured a unique selection of artworks by Manuel Neri. The artworks, created in the 1970s and 1980s, were inspired by Japanese figures and landscapes, and range from 2D mixed media drawings to 3D bronze busts and maquettes. Neri maintains his signature style and subject matter in these works, with urgent brushstrokes, gracefully calligraphic female figures, the introduction of bold colors, and the compelling tension between elegant classicism and the energetic record of the artist's hand. This group of artworks is unique, however, in the inclusion of unpopulated landscapes, the use of mixed media on appropriated printed materials, and the clear reference to Japanese culture, resisting Neri's attempts to universalize the female form. These artworks are decidedly Neri in many ways, but they are also a Neri moving toward the specific.
Manuel Neri is well known as one of the driving forces behind the second wave of the Bay Area Figurative movement, employing the female figure as his primary subject against the current of Abstract Expressionism in the 1950s and 1960s, and developing his particular approach to figurative sculpture in the 1960s. He entered the military in 1953, greatly influenced by the time he spent in Korea and Japan. Born in Sanger, California, Neri attended San Francisco City College, the University of California, Berkeley, the California College of Arts and Crafts, and the California School of Fine Arts, working later as an instructor at the California School of Fine Arts, UC Berkeley, and UC, Davis. His work has been shown throughout the United States and in Europe, and he has received numerous grants and awards, including an Individual Artist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, an Honorary Doctorate for Outstanding Achievement in Sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute, and a Lifetime Achievement Award in Contemporary Sculpture from the International Sculpture Center.
6th Fall National Juried Exhibition
August 20-September 25, 2011
Reception: August 20 5-7 pm
Juror: Kenneth Baker, Art Critic for the San Francisco Chronicle.
Presentation by Kenneth Baker about the “Shattered” theme and his selections
for the exhibition.
Saturday, August 20, 4-5pm
SHATTERED, MarinMOCA's 6th annual Fall National Exhibition, was juried by Kenneth Baker, Art Critic for the San Francisco Chronicle. Baker selected 48 artworks from hundreds of entries to design an exhibition that pushes the range of the theme's meanings. The theme's reference to disruption, change, destruction, and splintering gave artists the opportunity to explore the positive and negative connotations of such actions. Panta Rei, a painting by San Jose resident Emanuela Harris-Sintamarian, contemplates the ways that shattering can be productive through the combination of colorful, dynamic shapes that indicate, as its title suggests, everything is in motion. Constant movement and change in the world means that no one thing can be experienced in precisely the same way by different people. Monica Lundy of Oakland explains that her entry, 31298, based on the mug shot of a female inmate from San Quentin, considers how the "correctional facility has a degenerating effect upon the inmate." Lundy deftly connects form and content as her painting about a broken inmate is broken itself, with blots of paint distorting the inmate's face and numerical identity. In addition to pushing the range of the theme's meanings, the exhibition featured a range of media, from paintings to encaustic (wax), digital media, and sculpture.
Streets of Hope: A Glimpse into Africa
Photographs by Keven Seaver
August 20-September 25, 2011
Reception: August 20 5-7 pm
Streets of Hope opens the viewer's eyes and heart to life inside two townships of South Africa, Soweto and Alexandra. The people struggle in overcrowded housing and land, lacking sanitation, water supply and electricity. They are, however, hopeful and resilient and tenacious. For more information on Friends of Alexandra visit www.friendsofalex.org.za.
Keven Seaver Photography creates contemporary photography for corporate, residential and hospitality markets, both interior and exterior. Challenging perceptions by shooting close and big, the object becomes the design. The result is abstract, often provocative, and always striking.