Please join Patricia Sweetow Gallery for a summer exhibition; guest curated by artist Kim Anno. Everyday Mystics include both emerging and mature visual artists working in a variety of media. Artists include Emily Wilson, New York artist Jeff Gibson, who teaches at California ollege of the Arts, and recent MFA graduates Ricardo Rivera, Sune Woods, Ali Naschke-Messing and Renee Gertler. The exhibition dates are July 8th through August 14th. Reception is Thursday, July 8, 5:30-7:30.
The exhibition, Everyday Mystics presents artists who work in the margins of materiality, movement, light, and image. While the artists work with varied media, including drawing, projected image, photography, installation and painting, all works offer conceptual rigor, elemental and familiar, as otherworldly and surprising.
Ricardo Rivera, received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. The artist will present interactive video and drawing. He relates to the concept of “anamorphosis”, playing with distortion and reflection, using silver as the projected surface. Rivera is also a software programmer, lending his installations interactive aspects.
Emily Wilson, a Bay Area artist presents drawing and painting. In the exhibition will be a series of white bound books with repeated patterns of flowers, also a large work on paper.
Renee Gertler creates a galaxy inside paper bags, with finely pierced holes allowing light to pass. In addition to the galaxy of bags will be imperfect globes made of various materials.
Sune Woods just received her MFA from California College of the Arts. She is the recipient of the Cadogen-Murphy Award, and hails from Brooklyn, NY. In this exhibition Sune will present narrative photographs, harkening African American mythologies. Using her friends as actors, the large-scale photographs spin the viewer into a seductive, complex story.
Jeff Gibson's paintings borrow from a panoply of historical and contemporary painting and design, as well as ethnographic material from North America and Africa. Gibson is a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, as well as sharing his heritage with the Cherokee's. His paintings address questions of "authenticity", how an artist of cultural, ethnic, and racial divergence from the dominant culture, employs a visual language relevant to their own experience.
Ali Naschke-Messing received her MFA from California College of the Arts in 2007. Ali will present an ethereal installation of thread drawn from ceiling to floor, coated with reflective material. Ali will also present a floor work of various objects that will reflect light against the floor and wall.
Terri Friedman describes her work thus, "Using non-traditional materials, methods, and saccharine
palettes, I explore the artificial boundaries between painting and sculpture, temporal and permanent,
abstract and representation." The exhibit will include one sculpture from her current series of work.