"Variability of Knowing"
643 Project Space
643 Ventura Ave. Ventura, CA 93001
Opening December 7th 6-9pm
Curated by Kristine Schomaker
In 2004, Terry Arena began making detailed renderings of bees inspired by colony collapse disorder (CCD). While researching the environmental crisis of the loss of bees, the process of searching inspired new installation work. The vastness of information available with the advent of technology is awe-inspiring yet can be misleading at times or redundant without clear resolutions. Working in repetitive themes, “Variability of Knowing” is the representation of that search.
Arena’s drawings are made on repurposed food tins and are often arranged in metaphorical “swarms”. In addition to the drawings she uses bell jars as a vehicle for exhibiting many of her drawing models. The bell jars refer to Victorian taxidermy curiosities, but also to their use in gardens to keep seedlings warm. Bell jars are protectors of living and dead objects. Arena has also incorporated magnifying glasses as part of this installation. Aside from the literal use of magnifiers as tools to see, their linked repetition suggests the process of information gathering and how understanding is forged, sometimes to no end. Using a range of processes to explore CCD and the acquisition of knowledge, Arena’s work considers the complex web of relationships between information, human, and bee.
Growing up in the agriculture rich areas of Southern California Arena was very aware of the effect nature can have on culture. One of her most recent projects, “Symbiotic Crisis”, deals with the plight of the bees and the ancillary effects on the environment and society. The first three iterations of this project were shown in the back of a box truck to reference the transporting of the bees nationwide to pollinate crops. Working within the tradition of still life, Arena draws on prepared metal surfaces with graphite and installs the drawings in clusters reminiscent of bee swarms. Her work has been shown at Thinkspace Gallery, Culver City the Museum of Art and History, Lancaster and the Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard. She currently lives and works in Ventura, CA.
“PRESS ON” – by the Inkspots of San Buenaventura
A collection of new works by Ventura County’s only printmaking group.
WHAT: 11th Annual exhibition of new works on paper
WHERE: 643 Project Space, 643 Ventura Ave. Ventura, CA 93001
WHEN: Artist Opening Reception November 2,2018 5:00-8:00pm Exhibition Dates: November 2 through November 30, 2018
The public is invited to attend the Artists Reception: November 2, 2018 5:00—8:00 p.m.
During the First Friday ArtWalk; There will be a FREE DRAWING for the Inkspots 2018
FOLIO (10 original prints) at 7 p.m.—ALL are WELCOME!
Gallery Hours: Saturdays, 1:00—4:00 p.m. November 3, 10, 17 & 24;and by appointment
The inkspots of San Buenaventura are a group of artists dedicated to creating original prints using
a variety of techniques including etching, collagraph, linocut, monoprint, monotype, woodblock,
and digital manipulation.
“Press On” exhibit will include the works of artists Christina Altfeld, Beverly Decker, Virginia
Furmanski, Rosemarie C. Gebhart, Judy Gibbs, Bay Howell, Tiger Huang, Colleen M. Kelly,
Sandra McCullough, Inés Monguió, Leslie Plimpton and Monica Wiesblott. Their individual
styles are as unique as the artists themselves.
These artists hail from Ventura, Ojai, Summerland, and Santa Barbara—with some members
participating in additional organizations such as the Los Angeles Printmaking Society, the
California Society of Printmakers, and the Santa Barbara Printmakers.
The inkspots present their annual group exhibition at 643 Project Space each November. In
addition to their work in the gallery, the inkspots collaborate on an annual folio or book project.
The folio this year will include a limited edition print by each artist and will be offered for sale.
There will also be a FREE drawing for the inkspots 2018 Folio and this will take place at the
Opening Reception on November 2nd (during the First Friday ArtWalk) at 7:00 p.m.
Maryrose C. Mendoza
Alluding totheDIY (or "do-it-yourself") aesthetic,D.I.Filipinx is a group show presenting seven contemporary Filipino-American artists—Aaron Dadacay, Cirilo Domine, Tala Mateo, Maryrose Cobarrubias Mendoza, Christine Morla, Chris Sicat, and Maria Villote—whose works share a handcrafted, self-sufficient approach to artmaking, as well as sensibilities that are perhaps inherent in the cultural roots of the Philippines, where invention and creativity are day-to-day constants.
While the works in D.I.Filipinxvary conceptually and in terms of media, the artists are all driven by process, a sense of exploration, and their own individual ingenuity. Additionally, each artist employs alternative materials to create, build, and exhibit transformation in their pieces.
Multimedia artist Maryrose Cobarrubias Mendoza reinterprets everyday objects to explore cultural perception. Mendoza’s oversized soft-sculptural representation of a comfort food from her childhood also depicts anxiety over “otherness” and class differences experienced during her formative years growing up in America. Alternatively, based on a native traditional Filipino tool, Maria Villote’s sculpture is a non-functional, skeuomorphic coconut scraper conveying multiple meanings.
Works by Chris Sicat and Christine Morla involve the metamorphosis of natural materials. Sicat’s redwood sculptures are obsessively and meticulously covered with graphite using hundreds of pencils per piece. With several layers of graphite, the redwood develops a silver sheen that ultimately endows the piece of wood with new life. Using both natural and man-made found materials, Morla’s labor intensive woven sculptural pieces reflect patterns from indigenous textiles.
Artists Cirilo Domine and Tala Mateo challenge us to view fabric with a renewed perspective. In a continuing series inspired by tectonic plates, Domine uses rocks found in the San Andreas Fault as a guide to create translated compositions in fabric. The intimate panoramic observations of broken lines channel what the artist feels to be momentous cultural dislocations. Mateo uses fabric and peel off mask as materials and employs the process of printmaking to investigate the idea of memory and to negotiate personal space and identity.
About the artists
Aaron Dadacay was born and raised in the bureaucratic capital of the Philippines during the discourse of one martial law regime, a successful presidential impeachment, and two distinct “People’s Power” revolutions. Dadacay explores the sculptural aspect of the human psyche as derived from cultural affiliations and personal mythologies. As a multidisciplinary artist, the term ‘work’ in relation to his artistic practice pertains to the cultural arrangements that form a person’s identity. He has a BA from UCLA.
Philippine-born, American artist Cirilo Dominelives and works in Los Angeles, where he engages the genres of drawing, installation, and mixed media. He received his BA from UCLA and his MFA from UC Irvine. As an undergraduate, he received a Getty grant and interned at the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Venice, CA, where he was involved in all aspects of exhibition design. He is also a curator, a collaborator, and an activist and has worked for the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's Advocate Gallery. Solo exhibition venues includeDeepriverand Commonwealth and Council, and his work has been included in group shows at M&B Gallery, the MAK Center at the Schindler House, Pinta*Dos Philippine Art Gallery, Huntington Botanical Gardens, Plug-In Gallery (Ontario, Canada), and Exit Art in New York.
Maryrose Cobarrubias Mendoza is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in sculpture, drawing, and installation. Mendoza was the recipient of a DCA COLA Award, a New York Art Matters fellowship, and has served residencies at Yaddo Artist Residency, Joshua Tree Highlands, and Air Yosuga in Kyoto, Japan. Her solo exhibitions include: Commonwealth and Council, SolwayJones, YYZ Artist Outlet, and HudsonJones Gallery. Her group exhibitions include: Forum Gallery, SOMA Arts, USC Pacific Asia Museum, University of Hawaii, and PlugIn Gallery. Mendoza is an Associate Professor and Drawing Coordinator at Pasadena City College. She received her BA from California State University Los Angeles, her MFA from Claremont Graduate University, and attended the Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design.
Christine Morla is an interdisciplinary artist and arts educator working in painting and installation. She received her MFA from Claremont Graduate University and a BA from Loyola Marymount University. Christine’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at Art Frankfurt in Germany, Rimjaus Gallery in Mexico City, the Armory Show in New York, Torrance Art Museum, Huntington Beach Art Center, 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, Jaus Gallery in Los Angeles, the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Pinta*Dos Philippine Art Gallery and the Carnegie Museum in Oxnard, among other venues. Christine is an Associate Professor at Oxnard College and Director of the McNish Gallery.
Chris Sícatwas a long time Los Angeles artist and curator before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area. He graduated from Otis/Parsons School of Design (BFA) and the New York Academy of Arts (MFA. cum laude). His recent sculptures investigate the natural environment as a platform for process and performance-based art making. Sicat has exhibited his graphite sculptures at Southern Exposure, Intersection for the Arts, Root Division, de Saisset Museum, Palo Alto Art Center and Swarm Gallery in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA. He is represented by K. Imperial Fine Arts in San Francisco. CA. Sicat directed Hatch Gallery (1999 - 2001) in Los Angeles and has independently curated numerous exhibitions such as the Gold Rush at the de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University, the controversial “Rejection Show” which was highlighted on the BBC The World and the upcoming Future IDs at Alcatraz in Fall '18.
Maria Villote was born in Manila, Philippines in 1984 and immigrated to the United States ten years later. Villote lived and worked in the Bay Area, where she received a BA in Art Practice from University of California, Berkeley. She is one of the co-founders/co-curators of Project: One Night Stand (ONS Projects), an ongoing series of site-specific art exhibits that utilize unexpected and unconventional settings/spaces throughout Ventura County. She was also a recipient of the 2012-2013 Oxnard Cultural Arts Grant.
643 Project Space is pleased to present an exhibition of Vestments, Shrines and Altars by artist Leslie Ann McQuaide. In her work, Leslie seeks to honor women by building shrines and creating vestments the embody the power women offer the world community. Working with found materials and discarded articles, she seeks to build structures as direct expressions of love that underlies “All that has ever been created.” According to Leslie, her process is a simple one, “I regularly go to the Ventura thrift stores, most particularly the Coalition Against Household Violence. I wander and wait for stuff to call to me, and when it does I take it back to the studio and never know whether the objects are for a current piece or one in the future.” Leslie never forces the found objects towards each other, rather she allows the enchantment of the materials, old and worn, to show their beauty.
Leslie has been exhibiting her work locally and around California since 2005, and this is her second solo exhibition. Over the past 4-years she immersed herself in her work, spending hours in her studio in Ventura.
Please join us Friday, September 7, 2018, 5-8:00 pm at 643 Project Space, 643 N. Ventura Ave, Ventura, CA for her opening reception.
The exhibition runs from September 7 - 28, 2018.
Gallery Hours: Saturdays/Sundays 9/8-9/25 12-3PM, by appointment 9/8-9/25. Please call 805-644-1349/805-320-8113 to set up an appointment.
643 Project Space is pleased to present an exhibition of paintings by artists Marjorie and Bob Moskowitz. Both are artists in their own right, and they started working collaboratively in 2014. Marjorie is a landscape painter, influenced by artists such as, Diebenkorn, Monet, Klimpt, and Kiefer. Bob is a figurative painter who draws influence from the works of Caravaggio, Velazquez, Eakins, and Lucien Freud. These collaborations are an ironic and humorous look at “Americana,” and when they decided to collaborate on a painting they applied their mutual approach and created an interesting hybrid that only slightly resembled their own individual work. Their paintings develop from their ever-growing collection of photographs they take during their travels between their studios in Maine and California. Taking turns painting their respective areas, they might combine mid-western skies, fields from New England, and even carriage-driving Shriners.
Originally from St. Louis, Marjorie studied painting and drawing at Washington University in St. Louis. She developed into an abstract artist working with paint and mixed media sculpture. She first started painting landscapes during a trip to Italy in 2001. Bob grew up in Philadelphia and attended both the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia and Washington University in St. Louis. Marjorie and Bob met while in graduate school at Washington University. They live most of the year in Southern California, but feel that a change in location shakes up and invigorates their work and keeps it from becoming complacent.
The exhibition runs from February 2 to February 24, 2018.There will be an opening reception Friday, February 2, 2018, 6 – 9:00 pm at 643 Project Space, 643 N. Ventura Ave, Ventura, CA. Gallery hours are by appointment only. Call 805-289-6273 or email M Furmanski to schedule an appointment at firstname.lastname@example.org