FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JoAnne Artman Gallery, (formerly SpaceOnSpurgeon) Presents in the Main Gallery:
Equilibrium: International Artist Rimi Yang and Armenian Artist Martiros Adalian
June 4 - June 30, 2009
Private Reception: Saturday, June 6th, 6-9 pm
Please RSVP: 949.510.5481 by June 1st
JoAnne Artman Gallery
326 N. Coast Highway , Laguna Beach, 92651
Contact: JoAnne Artman
Web site, <http://www.joanneartmangallery.com>
Open Wed-Sunday, 11-5 & by appointment; First Thursday of every month 6-9pm
"Well I do love duality in life. I do not want to transcend it. I just would like to celebrate it and dive into it."-Rimi Yang
International artist Rimi Yang portrays the Yin and Yang of life and its uncertainties. Her emotional work explores the human psyche and its relation in connecting to polar opposites. Yang's paintings are both dramatic yet whimsical showing both Eastern and Western influences. Stylistically, she illustrates an attraction as well as repulsion to abstract expression. Her use of thick painted surfaces applied with gestural brushstroke point to the characteristics of abstraction; the attraction. These stylistic elements are reminiscent of artists such as Diego Velasquez and Edouard Manet. Yang's portraiture is similar to that of Velasquez as both contain heavy use of paint and texture. The same painterly quality is also seen between Manet and Yang.
Rimi Yang portrays the duality of her relationship to abstract expressionism by painting figurative work. Her subject matter is the repulsion to abstract expressionism depicting portraits, landscapes, and still life; all elements of the figurative approach. Her method is loose and spontaneous. Often, monumental sized paintings can be completed within days. She celebrates the moment, the emotion, and materializes it onto the canvas.
"Shen Tusn-Ch'ien, one of old Chinese master painter explains Taoist thoughts about painting...the artist creates 'this wu-wei, not forcing the brush, not thinking discursively, but moving with sensitivity in the moment. In this way, painting becomes a form of meditation, a means of discovering union with tao, an accomplishment evident in the very best art." -Rimi Yang
Haunting and beautiful. Armenian artist Martiros Adalian's work embodies the mystical and majestic. His regal female figures are angelic, Heavenly type beings. Although they are beautiful, the women exude power by confronting the viewer with a straight forward gaze as though their innocence has been corrupted by something much darker. For example, in Adalian's Royal Couple, a monstrous male figure shown as a king overpowers the stunning, unblemished queen as she helplessly hunches into him all while looking at the viewer as if now she has been overtaken by the dark side. His expressive subject matter combined with canvases of colossal proportions engage audiences into searching for meaning behind such weighted exploration of human emotion and the fluidity of movement.
"Fundamentally, I am interested in the human body in all its manifestations. I am concerned not only with the myriad forms and movements of the human figure, but also, as importantly, its relationship with its surroundings, and its response to events and phenomena in nature."-Martiros Adalian
In efforts to achieve these interests, Martiros Adalian works in a variety of media; graphic art, collage, assemblage art, figurative abstraction, etc. Adalian not only produces human figures but flowers, trees, and animals, all the while, integrating them into each other: flowers become humans; humans become trees; animals transform from living to dead. This metamorphosis of movement is the true curiosity of Martiros Adalian, always seeking out the rhythm of life.
"All 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!