Carrie Lederer Solo Show at Sanchez Art Center
Plus Rag Tag Quilters and Art Guild of Pacifica
The Sanchez Art Center presents The Daily Entwine: Musings and Meditations on Earth—Painting, Collage, and Cyanotype, a solo show by Carrie Lederer, curated by Phil Linhares, retired Chief Curator of Art at the Oakland Museum of California. The exhibition opens with a public reception on Friday, July 13, 7–9 pm. At 4 pm on August 12, the closing Sunday of The Daily Entwine, Carrie Lederer will talk about her work as part of Sanchez Art Center’s ongoing series of Artist Talks, which are free to the public.
For over twenty years Carrie Lederer has been making work that relates to life forms in nature and her relationship to the natural world. Lederer’s exhibition The Daily Entwine includes painting, collage, and cyanotypes that depict her interest in the nexus of observing nature and art-making. Like a naturalist’s journal, this current body of work features pieces and parts of nature used to create images that are both abstract and narrative. Lederer works with real and constructed nature, and her work is a response to textures, sounds, form, and movement found in our natural world.
For Lederer, the science of fractals and patterns of chaos are particularly important to the work. A fractal is a complex geometric figure made up of patterns that repeat itself—each time on a smaller scale, and each smaller version is referred to as a “self-similar” form. Her artworks are a response to these natural wonderments. About her work Lederer states: “I’m drawn to nature’s intrinsic capacity to create and reproduce pattern—as both a source of imagery and working process for my own art. The work conveys the order beneath the confusion found in these two worlds—the garden and universe—both of which are astounding, surprising, and full of daily discovery.”
Lederer earned a degree in sculpture at Michigan State University and has exhibited nationally, in the Bay Area, New York, and Chicago. She is the recipient of the prestigious Fleishhacker Foundation Eureka Award, and in 2006 was commissioned to create a public art installation in the lobby of 101 California Street, San Francisco. Her work was featured in the New American Painting catalogue, and in Found Object Art published by Shiffer Publications. Upcoming this fall she has a solo exhibition at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara.
The East Wing exhibit, Impromptu, features a selection of quilts by Rag Tag Quilters, ranging from small wall hangings to full-size quilts selected by curator Tama Blough for their liveliness, originality, and use of color. A variety of techniques are represented, including traditional piecing, paper piecing, appliqué, folded piecing, thread painting, and embellishment. The quilts are primarily made using machine methods, with some handwork as well. The quiltmakers of Rag Tag are Joyce Goode, Janet Mednick, Laureen Neilly, Julie Scribner, and Judy Woodfill of San Francisco; Juna Carle of Sonoma; Merrilyn Scott of Novato; and Tama Blough of Pacifica.
In the West Gallery, the Art Guild of Pacifica presents a group show, Tell Me A Story. They say that every picture tells a story. In this case, it’s a picture, a sculpture, a collage, or any other artistic medium that Art Guild members have used to tell their stories.
All three exhibits open Friday, July 13, with a reception for the artists from 7 to 9 pm. Thereafter the galleries are open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1 to 5 pm, through the exhibits’ closing day, August 12. Sanchez Art Center is located at 1220 Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica, California, about 1.5 miles east of Highway 1 and the Pacific Ocean. For more information, call 650-355-1894 or visit www.sanchezartcenter.org.