Cycles and Spires

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The Holy Ghost, 2013 Paint And Colored Pencil On Canvas 36"48" © JamesWills
Stalagmites, 2014 Tarpaper, Fabric, Wax & Steel Various © elisaberryfonseca
Cycles and Spires
Curated by: Jolene Lloyd

102 W. Matilija St.
Ojai, California 93023
August 23rd, 2014 - September 21st, 2014

Other (outside main areas)
805 640-0151
Thurs.-Sat, 11am-4pm, Sun. 12-4 and by appt.
painting, modern, drawing, sculpture


Cycles and Spires explores the cyclical nature of life and death through continual motion in different mediums. Tall felt spires magically emerge from the ground – sturdy but delicate – they undulate towards one another in a dance of striated color – creating a surreal, treelike landscape. A triptych of large black and white paintings form the Holy Trinity: sub-titled Father, Son and Holy Ghost from traditional Christian doctrine – but here representing the oneness of all life that cycles through spirals of black into white, and eventually, into edges of color.

Sculptor Elisa Berry Fonseca (b. 1982, Iowa City, IA) completed an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Minnesota in 2012 and holds a Master of Arts in Religion and Art from Yale Divinity School and BA from Macalester College. In 2013, her work was chosen for the juried Collector’s Choice exhibit at the Sylvia White Gallery in Ventura, CA. Solo shows have included the Fallout Urban Arts Center, 2012, Minneapolis, MN and Ephemeral Outdoor Installation, 2007, Minneapolis, MN. She was a 2013 recipient an arts grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. She currently teaches as an online adjunct instructor at Pfeiffer University.

“My work is an investigation into my experience of the landscape,” says Fonseca. “The forms I make out of steel or wooden rods and wires are drawings in space, hanging precariously and seemingly in flux. I am inspired by trees in the winter in Minnesota, fall leaves in Connecticut and spring in North Carolina, as well as ocean life, rock formations, pods, stars and fireworks. The energetic gestures I create are the result of my desire to see the landscape come alive, as if these forms were living beings transformed by their encounter with art.”

Painter James Wills was born in Longview, Washington in 1949 and currently lives and works on Whidbey Island in the Puget Sound area of Washington. Wills moved to Eugene, Oregon for studies in fine arts working in sculpture, jewelry, and painting and completed his second BA degree at the University of Oregon. He was accepted into the MFA program in Jewelry design under Max Nixon but chose to study painting under northwest painting master Frank Okada. He also studied painting with Ralph Baker, Jack Portland and other notable northwest artists. His paintings have been exhibited at galleries throughout the United States and at the Galerie MAAS in Rotterdam.