Circle in the Square
The obvious unifying motif for these diverse Southern California artists is the circle, or to be precise, the circle in the square. Kim's mixed media works create seemingly elastic circles out of string, while Sironi's Glass Curtain installation is made up of rigid antique optometric lenses and her paintings hide broad circular forms in the detailed application of paint. Van Hook has spent several years contemplating and building upon Giotto's rumored "perfect circle" and Kolo paints huge canvases that depict the forms and shapes of the natural world using the tiniest of colorful, round stipples of acrylic paint. Walker invites the viewer to participate in her artwork by adding, removing, or repositioning circular vinyl pieces. But beyond the circle theme, their work demonstrates a shared interest in perception, light and color. What the viewer perceives when viewing the work up close is very different from what can be seen at a distance. Our perceptions of how certain materials should behave are shattered, as when Kim's tightly coiled natural brown string takes on unexpected reflective properties. We are forced to perceive the world according to the artist's desire, as in the case of Walker's layers of transparent vinyl in varying hues and Sironi's Glass Curtain, which magnifies, telescopes, and otherwise distorts whatever is seen through it (often her own paintings or the work of other artists). Certainly their approach to the artistic process is similar; inherent in all the work is a certain meticulous, tenacious commitment to method and form. The viewer senses the temporal in these works of art and can easily imagine the hours spent welding lenses, the painting of each circle or dot, the cutting of each piece of vinyl and the slow winding of string.
The Brand Library Art Galleries is also pleased to present dancers Liz Curtis and Martha Carrascosa in an interactive performance with artist Cheryl Walker's Circle in the Square exhibition installation. In the artist's own words, the installations Waterfall IV and Windows on the World "evoke an underwater environment as a place for growth, renewal, and transformation. Transparent materials in a transparent process, together with light and movement, reveal the evolution of an interactive experience." In the center of the Skylight Gallery, a 15 foot waterfall of layered, transparent, multi-colored vinyl hangs from the elevated space. At the far end of the gallery, in the four large arched windows, repositionable, translucent vinyl, colorform shapes are adhered to create a stained glass effect. At the opening reception, dancers Curtis and Carrascosa from the renowned Glendale College Dance Department will animate the gallery by penetrating the space of the waterfall and by moving between the waterfall and the windows. As the dancers interact with the artwork by adhering vinyl colorforms to the windows, viewers will be invited to participate in the creation of the stained glass window effect by adding and moving overlapping translucent colored shapes.