SHINE: 2014 Professional Artist Fellows
The exhibition at The Collaborative entitled SHINE will present the work of this year’s artist fellows - Margie Darrow, Jeff Foye, Jessica Kondrath, Annie Stromquist and Kurt Simonson. These local artists represent a unique cross-section of the Long Beach artist community. Together their work spans a broad variety of media, including video, photography, painting, mixed media, dance and wood cutting. The variety in background and artistic practice emphasizes the diversity for which Long Beach is known.
Nature, history and counter culture inspire Darrow’s artwork. In thebreadth and scope of her art remains a common thread - the underlyingdesire to tell a factual story of the earth’s inhabitants and theirtransitory etching upon it.
For the past six years Jeff Foye has been making video and performance work in collaboration with Gordon Winiemko under the name JEFF&GORDON. Foye’s artwork engages with the social customs and cultural idioms that underlie both how we distinguish ourselves as individuals andhow we relate to each other in the social sphere.
Kondrath’s choreography is primarily derived from the musical score. Her works craft a visual representation of the music so that the work may be experienced both visually and aurally. She creates movement that is both beautiful and awkward at once, utilizing counterpoint to illuminate the visual presence of elasticity within the body. Kondrath's work also investigates and seeks to bring awareness to the relationship between audience and performer.
Stromquist’s mixed media on paper explores the human conditionthrough a poetic lens. Her images are abstract and minimalist withempty space used as an active presence. The scale, typically small,reflects a desire to create images whose evocative power unfoldswithin an intimate viewing context.
Simonson’s photography is a lyrical and strange family album, a collectionof photographs that speak to his search for home, a journey tofind a sense of belonging, a sense of place and ultimately a deep desire
to find a connection to family and community. His body of workrevolves around the tensions and questions that surround this search.
The opening for this exhibition is scheduled for Saturday, February 1, 2014 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. The exhibition runs through March 22, 2014.
The Collaborative, a public art project of the Arts Council for Long Beach and the Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA), presents exhibitions that raise awareness of both emerging artists and innovative approaches to art. This unique partnership is made possible with the support of Lyon Communities, Gallery 421 and the City of Long Beach.
The Arts Council for Long Beach was established in 1976 by the City of Long Beach to respond to the needs of the growing local arts community and to develop cultural resources. As the city’s arts agency, it functions as a private 501(c)(3) organization. The Arts Council’s missionis to foster creativity and culture, enlivening communities and enabling a thriving economy. ACLB’s vision is the vibrant arts scene makes Long Beach the premiere destination for residents, businesses, students and visitors. The Council receives annual city support, as well as support from individuals, corporations, foundations and other governmental entities. For more information including dates and locations of future board meetings, visit their website at: www.artslb.org.