Emerging Artists of the Bay Area

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© Courtesy of Marin Museum of Contemporary Art (Marin MOCA)
Emerging Artists of the Bay Area
Curated by: Kenneth Baker

Novato Arts Center at Hamilton Field
500 Palm Drive
Novato, CA 94949
March 8th, 2014 - April 13th, 2014
Opening: March 8th, 2014 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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painting, drawing, installation


The Marin Museum of Contemporary Art in Novato, California, will present Emerging Artists of the Bay Area, an exhibition featuring the work of emerging artists Justine Frischmann, Al Grumet, Carl Heyward, Phillip Hua and Jennifer Kaufman.

The selected works includes two site specific installations created for the exhibition: a 20 foot mural by Phillip Hua, and a wall drawing by Jennifer Kaufman which spans two rooms. Phillip Hua’s mural uses images of nature that are digitally composed, printed, and then painted onto separate sheets of financial newspapers. The newspapers will yellow and degrade, hinting at the fragility of our natural and economic climates.

Jennifer Kaufman’s installation will be created with tape which she will use directly on the walls and ceiling of the museum. For this installation she will create a drawing that responds to the history, architecture and location of the museum’s 1934 building that once served as the administrative headquarters of Hamilton Air Force Base. Kaufman’s work is temporary, and will only exist for the duration of the exhibition.

Al Grumet’s work is inspired by the objects and imagery he collects while wandering. The work consists of the 2D components and related 3D installation elements that combine to form narratives about the human condition. He incorporates objects manipulated physically and digitally. Carl Heyward also brings together disparate images in his collages. His work fractures images and reinvents them as new realities. He draws on a wide variety of images, from bud light packaging and receipts to world leaders and newspapers. The resulting compositions are engaging commentaries on history, culture, and mortality.

Justine Frischmann's works strike a quieter, but no less powerful note. Her work oscillates between chaos and composition, mixing traditional high value methods like layered oils with throw-away contemporary materials such as fluorescent spray paint. In neon fluoro sprays on panel wiped out by pale scumbles in oil, Frischmann performs a kind of reverse vandalism, revealing a preoccupation with light obscured and revealed, and an interplay between struggle and stillness, cancellation and reconstruction.

The work will be presented in both galleries of the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art March 8- April 13, with an opening reception on March 8th from 5-7 p.m. There will also be a panel discussion with the juror, Kenneth Baker, and the five participating artists on March 29th from 2-3 p.m.

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