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2525 Michigan Avenue
Bergamot Station D-3
Santa Monica, CA 90404
April 24th, 2012 - May 19th, 2012
Opening: April 28th, 2012 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

santa monica/venice
Tues-Sat 11-5
mixed-media, realism, surrealism, abstract, figurative


Featuring Artists: Anne M Bray, Katherine Kean, Betty Sheinbaum

April 24, 2012 - May 19, 2012

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 28, 2012, 5-8 p.m.
Conversation with the Artists: Saturday, May 12, 2012, 3 p.m.

Pattern Recognition II, Anne M Bray
For the past six years, Anne M Bray has been designing prints for an intimate apparel company which has led her to re-examine her pattern-based work. In Pattern Recognition II, Bray showcases mixed media monoprints on paper and large canvas banners developed over thirty years ago. The inherent repetitive nature of the silkscreen process forms a structure for multiple overlays of abstract marks. Her scratches and scrawled marks appear almost as if written words, but instead result in a conceptualized language.  Combining the forces of quick gesture, spontaneous marks, and patterned lines, Bray’s work evokes a sense of both calm and vitality.

Murmuration, Katherine Kean
Kean’s Murmuration depicts the exhilarating, liberating, and often mystifying experience of watching birds flock together in complex loops, figures, spirals, and other choreographies. “Whenever I interpret nature on canvas, I often look up to admire the patterns of cloud and rain in the sky. Sometimes it’s the birds I notice, the way in which they fly from place to place during their pre-roosting ritual, growing in strength and numbers with each to and fro,” writes Kean. To capture the intricate grace of the flock’s aerobatic maneuvers, Kean paints the birds, glazes them over, and repaints. The result: an occasional wing, beak, or tail that stands out amidst the chaos of the flock’s fluctuating movements, and an image that questions the mysterious border between perception and understanding.
99% & Counting, Betty Sheinbaum
Painting a portrait is the intimate process of “getting to know you, getting to know all about you.” It is a wonderful way to be in touch with a single person.  But besides merely painting a portrait, Sheinbaum enjoys watching people: what they do, their relationship to one another and their activities. She watches people’s lives through their hearts and souls and translates that to canvas.