BLOCK is pleased to present, Mark, a group exhibit featuring the work of 5 distinguished contemporary artists.
Nelleke Beltjens is from the Netherlands and is currently teaching in Bozeman, Montana. The structures of her sensitive and delicate sculptures and drawings are abstract transformations of personal experiences with landscape, travel, and music expressing both simplicity and complexity.
Hedwig Brouckaert is a Belgian artist whose disturbingly beautiful work uses the body as a motif to explore vulnerability, violence, and contemporary issues of the mass media such as celebrity infatuation, fashion, and obsession with health and cosmetic surgery.
Richard Haley has lived in the Sacramento area most of his life and recently received his MFA degree from UC Davis. His work has sometimes been compared to that of another UC Davis graduate, Bruce Nauman. Richard’s work originates from internal conceptual explorations and expresses a highly personal dialogue---setting up projects and absurd experiments in order to test hypothetical questions.
Casey O’Connor is a Sacramento area artist and Chair of the Art Department at Sierra College in Rocklin. He uses ceramics in traditional and non-traditional ways---as a vehicle for experimental social interactions. He has, for example, placed works anonymously in unusual natural settings, allowing them to be “discovered” and thereby transformed into interactive pieces and objects that encounter the world independently.
Lucy Puls is a nationally respected sculptor and current chair of the UC Davis Art Department. She has recently turned her sculptural sensibilities to drawing. Using her meticulously maintained journals as a conceptual platform, she develops “sketches” by selectively obscuring photographic documents of her environment. Her elegant and sophisticated works explore psychological and social terrain with an alluring ambiguity derived from the tension between what is revealed and what is obscured.