Four Pillars

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Four Pillars
Curated by: Johnny Sampson

765 Saint Clair St. Ste B
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
December 9th, 2009 - January 9th, 2010

orange county
Tues - Sat 1-8 PM


WIRED Magazine and Rado Switzerland present


Exhibit By Artists Jane Bauman, Robert Brown, Joseph Hawa and Jim Jenkins

Opens At The Box Gallery On December 12, 2009


WIRED Magazine and Rado Switzerland, in conjunction with The Box contemporary art gallery, proudly present works by artists Jane Bauman, Robert Brown, Joseph Hawa, and Jim Jenkins. This collection will open at the Costa Mesa gallery on Wednesday, December 9, 2009, from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM. The exhibition will run through January 9, 2010.

WIRED Magazine and Rado Switzerland present a special reveal and exhibition opening at The Box gallery.  Together for the first time, these four pillars of the contemporary Southern California art community will present their work in an inimitable exhibition that explores unique and unusual concepts of design and material.

The evening also promises an unveiling and auction of a special commission piece by Robert Brown as well as hors d'oeuvres and gifts provided by Rado, WIRED and splitends salon. Please RSVP at

Southern California artist Jane Bauman’s interest in the “ability of art to transform the detritus of modern life” leads her to manipulate oil, enamel, and aluminum to create her semi-sculptural works.  Her luminous, layered paintings often employ unusual industrial castoffs (such as discarded lithography plates) for their canvases.  With humor and restraint, design and detail, Bauman’s symbolic abstracts are both challenging and inviting, while simultaneously invoking something beyond consciousness.

Accomplished ceramic and metal artist Robert Brown exploits art deco, pop, and many other contemporary movements to achieve his signature creations.  Manipulating metal, ceramic, raku glazes, glass, canvas, stone, and wood, Brown creates alluring pieces that reflect a fascination with the mysterious and sometimes sinister elements of the psyche.

Painstakingly precise and intricate, Santa Ana based Joseph Hawa’s sophisticated white on white sculptural paintings explore texture and the dramatic dance between shadow and light to form his geometric, abstract, and representational masterpieces.  Urbane, yet undeniably human, his work elicits emotions as pure as his color palate.

Jim Jenkins employs both language and whimsy to create his kinetic sculptures.  Jenkins’ works convey a delicate intimacy of choice and emotion while the interactive elements add another dimension to the exhibit as the viewer is invited to “play” with each piece and become, in some ways, part of the art work.  It is his ability to merge art and experience that bestows his pieces with such a resonance with the human condition and the sublime.