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The Folk Tree presents “bODy pARts”\, an exhibition focusing on human anat omy and physiognomy as vehicles through which to explore issues such as bo dy image\, beauty\, identity\, nature\, science\, violence\, and the bizar re. The public is invited to a reception for the artists on Saturday\, Aug ust 28\, from 2 – 6 P.M.
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This invitational includ es steel sculpture by Michael Amescua\, 3D mixed media by Patricia Anders\ , mixed media paintings by Winifred Brewer\, ceramic sculpture by Beverly Crist\, wood sculpture by Kenneth Goldman\, acrylic painting on wood and ti n respectively by Nancy Romero and Joel Nakamura\, fiberwork by Dinah Sarg eant\,  assemblage by Dan Van Clapp\, and knotting by Darlyn Susan Yee.\n
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Some of the objects on display comment on concepts o f beauty and traditional gender roles\, as in the collaged paintings of Br ewer and Crist’s ceramics.  Amescua fabricates over-sized steel milagro s referencing the religious charms used for healing and as votive offe rings throughout Latin America.   Romero addresses physical pain and illne ss in her disconnected body parts created from cutout and painted wood\, b ut also recalls the joys of breastfeeding in another piece.
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The human tendency towards violence\, mankind’s foibles and thi rst for power are all rich sources for the disturbing and darkly humorous assemblages of Van Clapp. Van Clapp’s studio is an “arsenal” of found obje cts\, waiting to become part of his provocative tableaux.  He comments\, “Like Monty Python and Mash\, my work is a satirical spoof of deadly serio us themes — a fun house mirror reflecting the absurdity of our popular cul ture construction of war and patriotism.”
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Anders s hows "pop surrealist"\, edgy\, slightly grotesque\, and somewhat Tim Burton esque figures.  The artist describes the process by which she conceived of pieces for this show\, “I woke up at 4:30 in the morning…First I thought of hybrids and then I thought about Dr Frankenstein\, sewing together part s to create a person/creature and decided\, that would be my approach.”\n
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The human body and its individual components are po werful visual symbols\, and each artist represented in this exhibition int erprets the theme in fascinating and unique ways.
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DTEND:20100925 DTSTAMP:20141030T180138 DTSTART:20100828 GEO:34.141858;-118.150831 LOCATION:The Folk Tree\,217 S. Fair Oaks Ave \nPasadena\, CA 91105/91101 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:bODy pARTs\, Michael Amescua\, Patricia Anders\, Winifred Brewer\, Beverly Crist\, Kenneth Goldman\, Joel Nakamura\, Nancy Romero\, Dinah Sarg eant\, Dan Van Clapp\, Darlyn Susan Yee UID:118901 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20100828T180000 DTSTAMP:20141030T180138 DTSTART:20100828T140000 GEO:34.141858;-118.150831 LOCATION:The Folk Tree\,217 S. Fair Oaks Ave \nPasadena\, CA 91105/91101 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:bODy pARTs\, Michael Amescua\, Patricia Anders\, Winifred Brewer\, Beverly Crist\, Kenneth Goldman\, Joel Nakamura\, Nancy Romero\, Dinah Sarg eant\, Dan Van Clapp\, Darlyn Susan Yee UID:118902 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR