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SUMMER SOLOS: CHELSEA PEGRAM, YVETTE MOLINA AND AMANDA WILLIAMS
June 22- July 21
Artists' Reception, Friday, June 21, 6:00-8:00 pm
Artists' Talk, Thursday, July 12, 6:00-7:00 pm
Summer Solos highlights the region’s hottest talent through a solo exhibition
opportunity in the gallery. The exhibition showcases three Oakland-based
artists working in painting, graphite drawing on aluminum and mixed media
With the detail of a botanist, Yvette Molina records her surroundings
with delicate precision; each painting contains 15 to 20 layers of paint
that imbues the surface with a dense atmospheric quality. Molina is inspired
by traditional Chinese landscape paintings specifically for their use
of perspective, detail and compressed range of color.
"My work is both a celebration of nature as well as an invitation to
consider its fragility. With patience and detailed observation, I record
segments or moments of plant and sky from my own backyard and surrounding
neighborhood in Oakland, California. I take my subjects from this urban
environment with the express intention of documenting the tenuous existence
of green spaces in our modern world," states Molina.The exhibition includes
both large-scale oil on aluminum paintings and smaller graphite on aluminum
works by the artist.
Yvette Molina was born in Kansas City, Kansas and studied painting at
the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio; the Norfolk Institute of Art
and Design in Norfolk, England; and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Angers,
France. Molina has exhibited at the Ruth Bachofner Gallery in Santa Monica,
the Sanchez Art Center in Pacifica, California and the Legion of Honor
and de Young Art Center in San Francisco.
Chelsea Pegram showcases several site-specific installations created
from such materials as wax paper, plaster, wire, foam, Plexiglas, and
acrylic fiber focusing on the conceptual elements of process-based art
while emphasizing the aesthetic and formal qualities of the composition.
As stated by the artist, "Inherent motion and intermingling textures
are stimulated by the viewer's natural impulse to create order and patterns
amidst seemingly unrelated components. It is this impulse or instinct
which I am most interested in exposing from its most primary to complex
and over-processed moments, extending from the initial visual response,
through the physical sensation of curiosity, excitement and uneasiness,
to the need for superstructures absorbing irregularity out of our day,
thoughts, and experiences." It is through this use of non-referential
materials often installed as points of internal and external struggle
that Pegram solicits the viewer to respond emotionally to people's need
for structure, regularity and habits.
Chelsea Pegram was born in Pasadena, California and studied art at the
University of San Francisco. Pegram has exhibited her work internationally,
including the 30 Sorauer Strasse in Berlin, Germany; Root Division in
San Francisco and has created set designs for performances at 21 Grand
and Temescal Arts Center in Oakland.
For the exhibition Amanda Williams creates a site specific installation
that includes a large map of Oakland and a series of small oil on panel
paintings. The map 'marks' sites of violence in Oakland over the past
year. In the recent past, Williams produced maps of sites both real and
imagined that are associated with uncertainty or instability. It is through
these maps that the artist merges her interest in painting and architecture.
"The paintings will engage in a similar discussion about the limits
or boundaries of identity, self determination and its relationship to
physical movement or lack there of. They will be arranged in a way that
suggests that they are perhaps narrating the lives or spirit of each of
the fallen victims from the map, though they will make no specific references.
Both sides will tackle issues of boundaries, limits, borders, ownership,
authority, territory, freedom and identity," states Williams.
Amanda Williams was born in Evanston, Illinois and studied architecture
at Cornell University. Williams has exhibited her work nationally including
the August Wilson Center for Art and Culture in Pittsburgh; the Yerba
Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and the Museum of Science and
Industry in Chicago. Williams work is held in collections that include
Hennessy Cognac in Cognac, France and Cornell University in Ithaca, New
Summer Solos Press Release (PDF Download)
Image: YVETTE MOLINA, Bougainvillea, 2007, graphite on aluminum, 6x6”