The MUSE: Ruth Weisberg & F. Scott Hess

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The MUSE: Ruth Weisberg & F. Scott Hess
Curated by: Scott Canty

5504 West Crestridge Road
Rancho Palos Verdes, California 90275
October 26th, 2012 - December 30th, 2012
Opening: October 26th, 2012 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

beach cities/south bay
Mon-Sat 10-4; Sun 1-4
muse, palos verdes, Weisberg, hess, photography, digital, video-art, performance


“The MUSE”, Featuring Artists Ruth Weisberg and F. Scott Hess Exhibiting at the Palos Verdes Art Center

The Palos Verdes Art Center / Beverly G. Alpay Center for Arts Education presents The MUSE - an exhibition in response  to the  Palos Verdes Art Center’s exhibition: “L’aura borealis: 100 Way To Look At The Muse”. Gallery Three will feature artists Ruth Weisberg and F. Scott Hess. This exhibition is curated by Scott Canty, PVAC’s Director of Exhibitions, and was designed to bring a differing perspective to deepen the audience’s understanding of the Muse.  The exhibition opens October 26, 2012, and runs through December 30, 2012, at the Palos Verdes Art Center, Promenade on the Peninsula, 550 Deep Valley Drive, Suite 261, Rolling Hills Estates. Galleries are open Mondays through Saturdays 10am-4pm and Sunday 1-4pm. Members’ opening reception is scheduled for Friday, October 26, 5-7pm, with a special dance performance by Lissa Resnick, No Strings Attached Dance Company, at 6pm.  

            Artists are inspired by many wonderful things in this world, from sunsets to the human form. All possess the beauty and wonderment that inspires us all.  Ruth Weisberg states, “not only did the Muses inspire they also defined the categories of knowledge.” This subject has been close to Weisberg’s heart. Her own art has been involved with the classical idea of emulation. Rather than copying form an admired source, she has aimed to bring classic narratives and personifications back to life. Casting family and close friends as the embodiment of her ideas, she has asked them to reenact resonant scenes from art history. Featured work Weisberg honors with work of 19th Century French artist, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot and his use of the Italianate Muse.

            The concept of the muse is the artist’s inspiration to create. Mythologically, muses are female, as is the muse for F. Scott Hess. Hess’ muse is no beautiful lady because that is not what compels him to paint. Hess’ featured work is created with a muse that has dominated his life since age seven, after his parent’s divorce – the psychological hole that his muse emerges. That void is related to death, and to ultimately being alone in the universe. Hess states, “as our lives are short, my muse gains heft from that incessant ticketing of the clock.” 

            Also exhibiting, L’aura borealis: 100 Ways To Look At The Muse, an exhibition meant to explore deeply what inspires an artist to create. Guest curator Bondo W. Wyszolski, inspired by South Bay resident Laura Orr, organized a collection of portraits, paintings, sculpture and a video as a suite of images, each one bearing a cargo of visual poetry. The Muse continues with special programs throughout the exhibition including art history talks, conversations with the artists and a muse-inspired workshop – all held at the Palos Verdes Art Center.

The Palos Verdes Art Center, a non-profit community organization celebrating its 81st anniversary, has provided the South Bay with visual arts education, exhibition and outreach programming since 1931. For more information on all Palos Verdes Art Center events, please call (310) 541-2479 or visit: