ONE ABSTRACT PAINTER, ONE PORTRAIT PAINTER,
AND ONE SCULPTOR BRING THREE UNIQUE VISIONS
TO PALOS VERDES ART CENTER
3 Artists, 3 Perspectives, an exhibition focusing on three artists who offer different perspectives and approaches to art making and communicating their personal experiences in how they see this world will open on Friday, February 24, 2012 at the Palos Verdes Art Center, The Promenade on the Peninsula, 550 Deep Valley Drive, Suite 261, Rolling Hills Estates. The exhibit will run through April 22, 2012. Galleries are open Mondays through Saturdays 10am-4pm and Sunday 1-4pm. Members’ opening reception is scheduled for Friday, February 24, 2012, 5-8pm hosted by The Associates.
3 Artists, 3 Perspectives Exhibition , curated by Scott Cany, PVAC’s exhibition director, will feature three Los Angeles based artists: Quinton Bemiller, Alexandra Wiesenfeld, and David B. Jang. Bemiller’s paintings reflect our lives. Daily we encounter both the unexpected and the predictable. We make choices based on experience but endure circumstances that are beyond our control. Day by day, our lives play out. Similarly, his paintings are created in layers of subsequent events that unfold into stories. These stories are not literally rendered but are alluded to poetically through color and form. Spatial effects, sensations of time and suggestions of physical environments exist in his paintings. Bemiller creates scenes that live in his imagination, yet are inspired by the naturalism and reality of our world.
Alexandra Wiesenfeld grew up firmly entrenched in the European painting tradition -- daughter of a realist painter Force-fed the Old Masters, she knew no better way to revolt than to embrace the German Expressionists, and resent the ‘brown’ paintings. At 18, Wiesenfeld left for Los Angeles, a city she views as a huge organism made up of details so extreme and opposite, they can never blend. Here she started painting and had much to chew on: her father’s art, the European Masters, and her love for expressionistic painting and the LA art scene, which was the antithesis of the European tradition. Her art is an amalgam of all three influences. Wiesenfeld’s painting process reflects these thoughts, with layers existing upon layers, no necessarily congruent, yet informing each other.
A large part of David B. Jang’s work is to utilize materials and object-making to articulate the contradictions inherent in the everyday. Jang’s process can be described as an exacting, fanciful, even obsessive re-appropriation of common materials in which he deconstructs, re-programs and re-constitutes industrial and commercial cast-offs to reveal new relationships between the object and the viewer. Most of us see the objects he works within their most ubiquitous form as a potato chip bag, a remote control, Styrofoam cup, FAX machine, trimmer line, etc., but coded also into every object and material are its life’s instructions. As Jang examines the continuum of the object, he begins to discover hidden subtexts. Jang’s work explores these subtexts to reveal the hierarchies within which objects and materials operate, the social orders they sustain or subvert, and the relationships they facilitate. Jang finds this art-making process to be self-revelatory. It is empirical, yet open-ended, and in this way, his work ultimately seeks organic discovery, not forced conversation.
Also showing, A Student Perspective Exhibition – a group exhibition of artwork by Palos Verdes Art Center students of all ages! Juror for this exhibition is Scott Canty, PVAC’s exhibition director. This exhibition will include all types of artwork including painting, drawing, printmaking, and ceramics.
Now in its 80th year, the Palos Verdes Art Center has served southwestern Los Angeles County since 1931 with a full range of visual arts programming and community art classes. PVAC offers a variety of exhibitions of artists from Southern California and artists from international art scenes. The exhibition program incorporates various artists from different educational and ethnic backgrounds. The exhibition program is a catalyst for our educational programs - working with youth from the Southern California area. The primary goal of the Exhibitions Committee is to promote Southern California art through the exhibition of works by both emerging and established artists. For more information call (310) 541-2479 or visit www.pvartcenter.org