By Erica Goss
San Jose Contemporary Art Examiner
June 29th, 2009 4:45 pm PT
Mert Carpenter Photo
The art of Donna Orme, Feng Jin and Glen Rogers is featured through August 7 at the Los Gatos Art Museum. These three artists’ work appear in a group show that includes both floors of the museum. On the first floor, sculptor Feng Jin’s female torsos, this series in mirror-polished steel, as well as his ribbon-like abstracts, juxtapose Donna Orme’s colorful monoprints and monotypes.
In her artist statement, Donna Orme says, “I allow obscure thoughts and feelings to emerge into forms and colors which are then expressed in art pieces. The works incorporate an interplay of space, color, circles and lines. The composition of my work is contemporary in feeling. Producing nonobjective art requires that one be articulate about the simplicity or complexity of line.” In “Orange Loops,” (cast acrylic monotype, poured acrylic) vivid red-orange explodes at the borders, framing the abstract black, white and gray shapes that wind into the center. The gray shapes are cloud-soft, floating between the harder reds and blacks. Feng Jin’s glittering torsos echo the metal plates used to create these monotypes and mono prints, giving them a hard edge.
On the museum’s lower level, Glen Rogers’ large canvasses blend with Jin’s softer sculptures, Rogers’ strong feminine shapes complementing Jin’s torsos and full-length female nudes. Rogers’ paintings and monotypes, which feature highly textured backgrounds and curved shapes outlined in black, red and mahogany, balance the slightly irregular, idealized look of Jin’s sculptures. “My work is accessed not ?through the intellect, but rather the heart or subconscious mind. As I work the surface of the plate or canvas and access this ancient iconography, I feel an affinity ?with those who have come before me,” she writes. The earth tones she uses complement the textual finishes of Jin’s torsos, evoking ebony, oak, marble and granite surfaces, most notably in “Secrets of the Field.”
In an interview with Stacey Louiso of Attribute Magazine, Jin stated, “I love stainless steel. It has a tendency to ‘fight back’ before yielding to form.” He uses an “open-minded” sculpting technique, starting with sheet metal, often without any drafts or sketches, and free-hand cuts, rolls, bends, hammers, heats, grinds, and welds. The final finish ranges from natural to various patinas. The shapes of water drops, moon and heart can be found on most of Jin’s pieces, and, as his brochure states, “All the figures are one-of-kind, just like women in this world.”
Los Gatos Museum, located at 4 Tait Avenue, Los Gatos, CA 95031, is a small gallery that offers an intimate art experience. “Three Visions” imbues the small space with energy, inviting the viewer a close and personal encounter with each piece.