Patricia Sweetow Gallery is pleased to welcome artist's Gail Wight, Sid Garrison and Terri Friedman in Unspecified. On view will be solar burned drawings from Gail Wight, color pencil drawings from Sid Garrison and fictional landscapes on plexiglas from Terri Friedman. The exhibition opens Thursday, June 2nd, going through July 16, 2011. Reception for the artists is Thursday, June 2nd, 5:30 - 7:30pm.
Terri Friedman's recent landscape paintings capture the fluidity, transparency, and reflection of water using paint, while addressing the overwhelming and unpredictable power of water to both support and destroy life. Influenced by early Japanese and Chinese landscape painters, Friedman morphs her poured landscapes of cliffs, trees, rivers, and lakes, layering them, miming the density and fragility of our ecosystems. By using Plexiglas, acrylic medium, and saccharine palettes, these plastic landscapes play with the struggle and contradiction between the natural and the artificial.
Terri Friedman exhibits with Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Santa Monica. Friedman's work has been reviewed in Artforum, The Washington Post, LA Weekly and Sculpture magazine.
Sid Garrison's drawings are incrementally layered with colored pencils, which he applies with such precision as to defy any discernable mark. Drawing with pencils for over 20 years, Garrison has perfected his visual language of overlays, smudges, and mark-making, building color and form that find their balance in unplanned compositions. Each work on paper-board follows it's own course, as Garrison describes it, "a call and response", resulting in varied palettes and forms, within and between each work.
Sid Garrison's recent exhibitions include An Exchange with Sol LeWitt, A2-part exhibition by Cabinet and Mass Moca; Danese, NY, and Knoedler and Co., NY. His work is included in private and public collections.
Gail Wight will present a series of 6 drawings that were plucked from the annals of scientific experimentation. With wit and humor, Wight sets our imaginations in motion, in this instance, Gail came upon spider studies conducted In 1948, by a German pharmacologist, P. N. Witt, who experimented to see the effects of drugs on spiders. The drugs administered were LSD, Mescaline, Chloral Hydrat, Caffeine, Benzedrine, and Marijuana. The results of his experiments - spiders get stoned, and spin webs reflective of their altered state! NASA also wanted to test the effects of spiders on drugs, thus in 1995 they replicated the German study with similar results - spiders get stoned, with the added dimension that web detection might be a good method of drug detection - so keep those drugs safely tucked away from spiders! Anyway, fast forward to our Stanford Professor, Gail Wight, who decided to replicate the altered webs on vellum, with the aid of a magnifying glass and the sun. Thus sat Gail, under her persimmon tree, with floppy hat and gloves, following the sun, rotating around the tree, slowly burning the spider web drawings on the vellum. You can bet there were many a spider hovering in the tree above.
Wight's confidence in conceiving projects that conflate art and science is just the beginning of her genius. Her humor, elegance of craft, immersion of concept, seduce the unsuspecting viewer into dialogue with hard and soft science, albeit fictionalized science. The supreme hierarchy of investigation required by technology, biology, zoology, psychology and all the -ologies acts as artistic fodder for Wight's acrobatic, elegant reformulations. The exquisite drawings of spider webs are studies for larger works which will be exhibited at UC Botanical Gardens, hortus catalogi/biblio nature in 2012.
Gail Wight is Associate Professor, Stanford University, Department of Art & Art History, and Director of Graduate Studies in Studio Art, and Experimental Media Arts. Upcoming one-person museum exhibitions include Beall Center of Art & Technology, Irvine and Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge. Her exhibition history includes many university and museum shows including Rosenberg Gallery, New York University, New York, NY; Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA; Betty Rymer Gallery, School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL; Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA; San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA; Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS; Cornerhouse, Manchester, England; Lincoln Center, New York, NY; Sol Koffler Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University, Providence, RI.
Residencies include Artist-in-Archeology Residence, Stonehenge, Salisbury, UK; SymbioticA Artist-in-Residence, School of Anatomy & Human Biology, University of Western Australia; Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Artist-in-Residence, Como, Italy; Mutter Museum Artist-in-Residence, Philadelphia, PA; The Meaning of Miniscule, Center for Probing the Nanoscale, Stanford University and Art & Technology Center/Albuquerque High Performance Computing Center Artist-in-Residence, Albuquerque, NM.