Meticulosity features the work of 11 Southern California based artists and 3 poets who each work in various genres ranging from painting to installation and ceramica and digital formats. Artists in the exhibition: Tanya Batura, Hilary Brace, Eileen Cowin, Linda Hudson, Gegam Kacherian, Sandeep Mukherjee, Ross Rudel, Linda Stark, Arthur Taussig, Elizabeth Turk, Samira Yamin. Poets: Guy Bennett, Dennis Phillips, Martha Ronk. Poets selected by Paul Vangelisti
The title Meticulosity references both the technical / formal approach of the artists as well as the spiritual focus of their creative efforts, their tenacity and continuity. The premise for Meticulosity is that these artworks are created in meditative mode or through a trance-like process and that the painstaking kind of exactitude determined by these works on different orders is something these artists want the viewer to perceive along with the conceptual values. We connect that visual meticulousness to a sense of the ineffable, or that which is beyond words, and to the meaning of beauty.
Our interest is in bridging the way in which the conceptual and the visual seem to have diverged. The thoughtfulness (a conceptual dimension) of the geometric underpinnings in a Piero della Francesca painting such as The Flagellation are not in any way contradicted by the meticulously beautiful surfaces he has painted of the scenes of the Flagellation (a purely visual dimension). As curators, our self appointed task was to avoid preclusions on either side of this divide. We are presenting exceptionally thoughtful artwork where the visual acuity is as important as the originating idea to the process of its creation and have selected a variety of genres to underscore the plurality of our point of view for this project.
This project is sponsored in part by the OTIS Board of Governors, and supported in part by the Pasadena Art Alliance
Events in conjunction with the exhibition, all free and open to the public:
April 28, 4-6pm: Opening reception, with live music by MUSE
June 9, 11am: Tour of exhibition with the curators and artists
June 16, 2pm: Poetry reading by Guy Bennett, Martha Ronk, and Dennis Philips
Offered through Otis Continuing Education; for more info and how to register, contact: 310.665.6850, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.otis.edu/ce
Introduction to Woodcarving with Ross Rudel – Saturdays, June 2 - August 4, 2-6pm
Paper-Cutting with Samira Yamin – Sunday, June 3, 10am-1pm
Writing for Artists with Samira Yamin – Saturdays, June 2 - August 4, 10am-1pm
An Exhibition Catalogue, available June 2012, features an essay by co-curators Meg Linton and John David O’Brien; full-color reproductions of the artwork in the exhibition; and a poem each by Guy Bennett, Dennis Phillips, and Martha Ronk.