Natural Selections, Channel Islands, Postcards From the L.A. River
Wednesday, July 22 - Saturday, August 15, 2009
Artists' Reception: Saturday, August 1, 5 - 8 pm
Ellen Starr - Natural Selections
Ernie Marjoram - Channel Islands
Carole Garland - Postcards from the LA River
Ellen Starr is drawn to Nature for many reasons. First, she finds it spiritually refreshing. Its endless variety stimulates her emotionally and intellectually. As an artist, she loves the challenge of organizing its visual complexity. The patch of sunlight on a leaf, the silhouettes of purple shadows, the crisscross of stems and branches, the jumbled forms of a pile or rocks - these are elements that she can manipulate. She tries to balance various compositional components - line, shape, dark, light, texture, color - to create an equilibrium that satisfies her aesthetic sense. Her canvas provides an alternate reality where she can pursue this quest.
Ernie Marjoram's work in the entertainment industry, designing and drawing fantasy environments for theme parks, computer games and animation backgrounds as well as sets for films and television, has allowed him to indulge his fascination with faraway places, other cultures and other times. "I'm a storyteller. I derive great satisfaction in creating the illusion of three dimensional reality on a two dimensional surface such as capturing the appearance of wet pavement, transparent glass or of the setting sun." Marjoram enjoys variety in his work and cites many artistic influences from the classics to the high contrast comic book art of Frank Miller. The exhibition includes original cityscape paintings of Santa Monica Pier, Palisades Park and 3rd Street Promenade as well as landscape paintings inspired by a recent camping trip to Santa Cruz Island. Ernie will also be hosting two public art events. The first on Thursday August 6th at 7pm, a conversation with the artist on Travel Sketching: Tools & Techniques using personal sketches from Europe and on Sunday August 9th at 2pm a live Oil Painting Demonstration.
Carole Garland body of work titled Postcards from the LA River captures some 50 miles of it as it threads through the city, now as a flood control channel, once as a tumultuous river that periodically overflowed its banks, devastating Los Angeles neighborhoods. In 1938, after a major flood, the Army Corp of Engineers was brought in to corral the river. This since marginalized river has been exhumed by Friends of the Los Angeles River (FOLAR) and others who re-imagine the river's future. Carole Garland, enthusiastic about its reinvention, went to the river and from her travels sends back "Postcards from the LA River." These visual greetings range in subject from birdwatchers to horseback rider to transmission towers. In mood, from the poetic to the frightening ugliness of a concrete wilderness. They reflect our carelessness: graffiti-lined river canyon walls and trees that shed plastic bags -and our great care: remarkable sculptured gates and river gardens, pocket parks and bicycle paths.
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