Curated by Torrey Cook of Artists Republic Gallery in Laguna Beach, Women of the New Contemporary is a KILLER exhibition opening this weekend. I am so excited to be painting a mural with some of my best friends (and favorite artists) Nancy Chiu, Yevgeniya Mikhailik and Suzanne Walsh. We will be painting during the reception, so feel free to come say hi and enjoy the show.
From the press release:
RIVERSIDE, Calif. – (February 15, 2016) Artists Republic Gallery is proud to present an exhibit of works by 30 female artists which will open later this month at La Sierra University, serving as one of the largest shows to date for the 32-year-old Brandstater Gallery. Curated by Artists Republic owner Torrey Cook, the show will include another first for the school - 5 site specific murals around the University’s Visual Arts Complex.
“Women of the New Contemporary” will open Sun., Feb. 28 with an artist’s reception 5 – 8 p.m. The exhibit will run through March 17. Most of the gallery exhibit will consist of paintings along with a few prints, photographic works and sculpture, including installations from artist Martha Rich and photographer Deanna Templeton. Martha Rich will showcase a selection of her “speech bubbles” - large text bubbles that were cut from wood and painted with brilliant text. The bubbles capture for eternity bits and pieces of colorful conversations that one might accidentally overhear while going about the day. Martha has said that this fun and approachable style was a reaction to the harsh and serious attitudes she encountered while working towards her MFA.
Deanna Templeton will unveil selection of photographs from a long-term project she has been working on making portraits of girls that she visually feels a connection with… who somehow reminded her of her own experiences growing up. Deanna pairs the images with excerpts from her journals from when she was a teenage girl. The work, titled “What She Said,” are portraits that look at modern day youth culture and are also a look back to her own teenage years.
The remainder of the artists are contributing work that has been poignant to them at some time in their careers. Most of the work will be available for purchase by the public. The broad display will feature the works of artists from around the United States, as well as England and the Netherlands. Approximately half of the artists are from Southern California, and eight artists will arrive in the coming weeks before the opening to paint the murals. Murals will be completed by Martha Rich, Casey O’Connell, Velia de Iuliis and Zio Ziegler. There will be a collaborative mural painted by local Southern California artists Jennie Cotterill, Yevgeniya Mikhailik, Nancy Chiu and Suzanne Walsh.