Santa Monica ART Exhibit
Wednesday, April 29 - Saturday, May 23, 2009
Artists' Reception: Saturday, May 2, 5 - 8 pm
Lynne McDaniel sees her work as a journey reflecting the sights, sounds and experiences that she encounters in her daily life. She is interested in how things might appear sharply defined, while beneath the surface, lines are softened, edges blurred, colors muted. "We think we are standing on solid ground but things are shifting all the time." Her current body of work titled "Warning Signs" is concerned with what we often neglect or refuse to see, just like the ubiquitous orange cones that seem to appear on every highway. Catastrophe lurks just out of range. Is that a fire in the distance or just a sunset? Brief glimpses that she catches as she goes about her daily life evolve into images that she develops in her paintings.
Painting for Joan Ransohoff is all about exploration. Her new body of "plein-air" paintings captures the vanishing landscape and beauty of California. Her goal is to observe and communicate the perspective, mood, light and texture in the scene she is painting, whether from nature or a simple still life in her studio. This journey is what challenges her and is the source of endless joy.
The current series of botanical paintings by Gary Polonsky are unique in that they are all painted on individually shaped three dimensional "canvases", made up of acrylic media over wire mesh and common household coat hangers. This combination of materials allows for a strong, durable, flexible and light weight painting surface that can be textured, bent, sanded, cut or manipulated as needed. Flowers and orchids were reoccurring theme in his last exhibit of stamp paintings. So it was a natural progression to attempt a leaf painting as his first experiment with the new surface materials.