On the Road to Trona

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On the Road to Trona (Low Tide), 2005 Oil And Graphite On Canvas Over Panel 48 X 42 Inches © Image courtesy of HBAC, Private Collection
On the Road to Trona

538 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
October 17th, 2009 - December 20th, 2009
Opening: October 16th, 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

orange county
(714) 374-1650
Tue-Thu 12-8; Fri 12-6; Sat 12-5; Sun-Mon Closed
Gallery Admission is free through the generosity of the Huntington Beach Art Center Foundation


The Huntington Beach Art Center is presenting an original curated exhibition opening in the main galleries, entitled, On the Road to Trona. This contemporary solo exhibition features 12 paintings, nine works on paper and one sculpture by Los Angeles based artist Kelly McLane. The exhibition will feature works from 2002 through 2009 and include many works on loan from private collections.

Influenced by culture, travel, and nature, McLane’s paintings contain the immediacy of drawings with rich vibrant impasto, creating classic textures.  Her detailed passages are drawn and integrated through paint.  Endless layers of information and resolutions appear and recede through addition and negation. Spaces harmonize and clash with color and mark making to literally define subject matter within ecosystems of tempo and mood.

McLane continually works on individual drawings in conjunction with paintings.  She says, “Often a body of drawings orchestrates the narrative passages that literally continue into the process of paintings.” On the Road to Trona will include works on paper that bridge several of McLane’s series of paintings, while exploring the narrative elements and hypothetical situations of identity.

Kelly McLane will present an informal walk through and discussion of the works in the exhibition on Wednesday, October 28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  This special presentation is free and open to the public.

The artist was born in Wenatchee, Washington and received her M.F.A. from University of California, Davis. She currently resides in Caliente, California and maintains studios in Caliente and Los Angeles, California. She is in numerous public and private collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and UCLA/Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.

The exhibition opens with a reception scheduled for Friday, October 16 from 7 to 9 p.m.  The artist will be in attendance and the reception is free and open to the public.  The exhibition continues through December 20.

A special event entitled, Art for Lunch, is scheduled for Tuesday, October 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  The public is invited to bring their lunch, a couple of friends and join the Huntington Beach Art Center staff to view the exhibition.  Beverages and desserts will be provided for free.