Gallery Bergelli is presenting New Voices – New Visions – a group exhibition featuring new work by Bay Area artists: Eliza Bui, Teymur Guseynov, Ivy Jacobsen, Li Ma, Jeff Snell, and Marie Van Elder. This exhibition opens on March 14 and continues through April 17, 2013. The reception will be held on March 23, from 4-6pm with the Best of Show Award presentation at 5pm.
Li Ma is originally from Fuzhou China. She is currently working on her MFA in Painting at the San Francisco Art Institute. Her work is a diorama of an imaginative world where landscape and cityscape blend into each other in an atmosphere of balance and harmony. The pictorial structure and cheerful colors borrow from Buddhism, Taoism, traditional Chinese paintings and Asian architecture. The setting is based on the traditional Chinese garden, which provides a panoramic view of space, a sense of timelessness, and uncovers the hidden relationship between human and cosmos.
Eliza Bui, is a recent graduate of San Jose State University's Pictorial Art program. Inspired by Bay Area Figurative Movement artist Diebenkorn, Bui developed a very strong interest in composition in her artwork. She uses various 2D materials such as graphite, charcoal, oil paint, and silk screening. Bui’s interest is in the representation of distances. Distances can refer to landscapes, the outreach of a possibility, moving mountains, or in actual miles. Her artwork shows the limitlessness between representation and abstraction, composition and space.
Teymur Guseynov’s focus is on painting and ceramics, although fundamentally different from one another, working with oils, as well as with clay, fascinates him as an artist. Open to experimentation, he lets the subconscious guide him, the results are often unexpectedly satisfying in creating representational semi-abstract works with subtle hints of symbolism that in one way or another echo his inner world. He is currently a senior undergraduate art practice major at UC Berkeley.
Marie Van Elder starts with the visually familiar and translates the seen through the personal lens and touch, infusing it with psychological undertone and quiet contemplation, using references such as media images, girlhood memories, teen culture, fairy tales, fashion, old masters paintings, collage etc…to explore endless possibilities of figurative painting.
Ivy Jacobsen strives to create a place of magical realism in her landscapes, balancing magical elements with real world rendering of flora and fauna found in our natural world. She uses oil paint, bronzing powder, earth pigments, acrylic paint, resin, and other mixed media on canvas and birch panel in creating her paintings. They are composed of many thin layers of glazes slowly built up over time. Through the multiple semi-transparent layers all the colors are visible creating a glowing depth of field. By painting the trees and plant forms in between the layers of glazes the forms begin to occupy various spaces in the foreground and background, further creating the illusion of depth.
Jeff Snell’s paintings unite traditional landscapes and popular culture as vigorous abstract rhythms. Working with brush and spray, Snell uses expressive gestures that incorporate a variety of forms found in nature and elements of urban flair. The organic qualities of his subjects vacillate from flora to fauna, and the natural position and order of a landscape is challenged in an unruly microcosm. His paintings radiate an energy and excitement that engage the viewer and offer a glimpse of nature's inner sanctum.
New Voices – New Visions is made possible in part by the generous support of Lori Saia Odisio of Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty, the Women Leadership and Philanthropy Council of Dominican University of California, and Stanly T. Gray of Meridian Surveying Engineering Inc.