JoAnne Artman Gallery is pleased to announce its 2nd Anniversary in Laguna Beach!! In celebration of this event, we will be exhibiting a group drawing show, “Because the World Is Round…,” based on lyrics from the infamous English rock band, The Beatles. Featured will be approximately half a dozen artists, including Barbara Berk and Andrew Myers, and their interpretations of the poetic songs of the sixties. Watch as iconic rock and roll comes to life on paper!
Performance Artist Barbara Berk was born in Chicago, Illinois and has an MFA degree in Painting and Drawing from Pratt Institute, New York and an MA degree in Painting from the Istituto PIo XII, Florence, Italy. Before beginning work for her MA in sculpture from California State University, Fullerton, she spent a year in Oslo, Norway, on a Fulbright grant. While Berk has an extensive background in traditional artistic media, she is mostly known for her performance work which often incorporates some aspect of drawing.
“My drawings and drawing performances are about the physical act of drawing and about drawing as an extension of the body. Many drawings use repetition by taking a simple gesture and repeating it until it transforms into something else. I often use my body's limitations, such as physical endurance, or the reach of my wrist, arms, or legs.” – Barbara Berk
Laguna Beach Artist Andrew Myers has been artistically influenced by European life and culture. Born in Braunshweig, Germany and raised in Ciudad Real, Spain his exposure to modern continental living and classical architecture prompted the universal and classical themes, yet modern design found in his artwork. At the age of 20, Myers applied to the Art Institute of Southern California (now known as the Laguna College of Art and Design); with no previous art training, he was accepted based upon the natural talent his application portfolio evidenced. While these two and a half years of creative training provided Myers with the basic working knowledge of the artistic field, it was his drive, passion, and leap of faith into work as a full time artist that allowed him to cultivate his particular style. Myers blends modern material with classical figurative technique featuring a universal subject matter that is prevalent throughout his work. It is his unification of these three characteristics that results in the innovative and contemporary artwork that captivates viewers.
“As an artist, I strive to grow in the knowledge of art and life, to always push the boundaries of creativity, and to give back the love and passion that has been given to me.” – Andrew Myers.
Los Angeles based Artist David Limrite’s work is a powerful yet lyric interpretation of the human condition. Limrite's current mixed media drawings recreate or reinvent the human figure in both the formal aspects of portraying it and in its ability to convey emotions. Using primarily graphite and charcoal, his paintings combine virtuoso drawing with a cathartic expressionism while hints of color expose a haunting quality of the fantasy of the unknown. His new work focuses on the imagery of mermaids depicting whimsical half human half fish portraits. Unlike typical mermaid representation, Limrite’s creatures seem beautifully disturbed, perhaps at the confusion of their place in existence.
“My creations reflect my interest in the heroic, monumental, solitary figure – alone and at odds or in harmony with themselves and/or the world. I use a static, timeless, iconic figure played against aggressive handling of my materials to create mysterious and intriguing beings. These images suggest individual narratives and exist as energetic, graphic and powerful mixed media artifacts.” – David Limrite
These artists will inspire, provoke, engage and mesmerize. With visual perceptions always changing, peek behind the stories told and you're sure to find the right artistic expression!
JoAnne Artman Gallery is located at 326 N. Coast Highway in Laguna Beach and is open Wednesdays-Sundays from 11-5, and by appointment. Visit the first Thursday from 6-9 pm of any month to coincide with the Laguna Beach Art Walk. Street parking is available directly in front of the Gallery as well as the Downtown Parking structure located at Glenneyre Street. Take a stroll through the galleries and studios. See art come alive in North Laguna!