In Conversation

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© Courtesy of the Artists and Patricia Sweetow Gallery
Link , 2012 Steel 17 X 16 X 14 Inches © Courtesy of the Artist and Patricia Sweetow Gallery
Yellow River Falls , 2012 Oil On Canvas 10 X 6 Inches © Courtesy of the Artist and Patricia Sweetow Gallery
In Conversation

440 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94612
May 26th, 2012 - July 14th, 2012
Opening: June 2nd, 2012 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM

East Bay
Thu-Sat 12-6; Sun 12-5; 3rd Thu 12-8; 1st Fri 12-9


Please join PATRICIA SWEETOW GALLERY for a special exhibition with sculptor, Robert Hudson, and painter, Cornelia Schulz. The exhibition includes small-scale works from both artists. Exhibition dates are May 26 - July 7, 2012. Reception for the artists is Saturday, June 2nd, 3:00 - 5:30 pm.  Exhibition EXTENDED TO JULY 14, 2012.

Colleagues and friends, Cornelia Schulz and Robert Hudson met as students at the San Francisco Art Institute, were married for a number of years, and have two sons. As contemporaries, they share an aesthetic sensibility influenced by their early affinity with the Abstract Expressionist movement of the late 50's and early 60's. Through the years, the individual evolution of both artists has distilled and refined, as seen in the play between order and chaos, freedom and control, which has remained an underlying foundation in their work. This precarious balance of invention and formal structure makes In Conversation a dynamic and poignant exchange between the artists. As viewers, we are given insight into the commitment and integrity of their individual studio practices.

Born in 1938, Robert Hudson is celebrated as one our foremost American sculptors. He began exhibiting in 1958, and has punctuated his career with collaborations with friends William Wiley, Richard Shaw and William Allen. Hudson attended the San Francisco Art Institute, where he eventually taught for several years before joining UC Berkeley's Art Department as a faculty member.

In 1985, Hudson had a survey exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art His painterly sculptures, complex constructions incorporating found objects, paintings on canvas, and works on paper not only referenced not only the political environment, but also echoed his Pacific Northwest origins.

Robert Hudson is represented in numerous national and international collections. In the San Francisco Bay Area, the diRosa Preserve has 25 Robert Hudson sculptures on view.

Spanning a 40-year painting practice, Cornelia Schulz has spent the last 20 years investigating small shaped abstract paintings. With her current series, Schulz continues with her exploration of intimate junctures in form, surface, color and texture. By bringing her attention to the underpainting of prior years, these constructed paintings become fascinating distillations of intent and incident.

Cornelia Schulz has been exhibiting since 1962 with exhibitions that include the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, University Art Museum, Berkeley, California, and the Hansen Fuller Gallery in San Francisco. In 1973, Schulz began teaching at the University of California, Davis, where twice she chaired the Art Department. In 2002, Cornelia retired with the title of Professor Emeritus. Schulz is represented in national and international collections.