For Geoffrey Krueger, these works represent a new height in his skill as a master of composition, creating works that combine the dramatic beauty of California landscape with perfectly placed graphic elements that challenge the viewer to re-approach the idea of contemporary impressionism. The focus of Krueger’s work is the rapidly disappearing, from the orange groves and eucalyptus trees of Irvine to the hillsides flanking the 133 Highway, Krueger captures scenes that often no longer exist. Through his paintings the artist is, in a way, attempting to apply a sense of permanence to an ever-changing land.
Jorg Dubin too has chosen to portray a landscape in transition, offering different perspectives on the El Toro Marine Air Station in Irvine California with the same warmth and detail he applies to his portraiture. Although very much in keeping with Dubin’s style these works represent a dramatic departure from the content of his other works that predominantly feature larger-than-life personalities rendered within soft scapes of texture and color. By shifting the focus from the
human figure to a local landmark, abandoned and yet caught in a whirlwind of prospective planning and redevelopment, Dubin has drawn attention to the life-span of inhabited landscapes and how for them, not unlike Krueger’s eucalyptus trees, change is eminent.
Saturday November 22 will also be the Peter Blake Gallery Holiday Celebration. Continuing in its support of the local community, the gallery is working with many of the boutiques and restaurants located on Ocean Avenue to celebrate this premiere location within Laguna. On the 22nd, many establishments will remain open to join in the festivities.