Gallery Talk with 'Caesura' Artists Melinda Smith Altshuler and Doni Silver Simons
Monday, January 28, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PST)
(photo: Doni Silver Simons and Melinda Smith Altshuler)
5:15-6:15pm Docents available to discuss the site at the Marion Davies Guest House
6:30-8:00pm Gallery Talk and slide presentations
Caesura - the breath between: Clouds and Tides
Artists Doni Silver Simons and Melinda Smith Altshuler have created work for Caesura that are inspired by both the title and the seaside location of the gallery. In this Gallery Talk, the artists consider the question of how their ideas and specifically these works developed. From concept to final piece, both artists discuss their personal process, delving into the connections between Clouds and Tides to elucidate the visual experience of their work.
Melinda Smith Altshuler is a California native who has shown internationally, nationally and locally. Some of the countries she has shown in include; Italy, France, Germany, Costa Rica and Korea. Her work is included in private and public collections such as Dal Campo d’Osservasione, Italy, Laguna Art Museum Laguna, California and Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporaneo San José, Costa Rica and Self-Help Graphics, Los Angeles, California. Her most recent exhibitions include SO CLOSE AND YET SO FAR, at Mount St Mary’s College, José Drudis-Biada Gallery, Los Angeles and CAESURA, THE BREATH BETWEEN at the Annenberg House Community Gallery, Santa Monica. Altshuler is a visual artist whose studio work addresses the many conditions of translucency and light through site-dictated installation, sculpture, photo-based projects and collage. Different translucent conditions are created through different translucent materials while light as well as shadow defines the spaces and allows for a view beyond the first reading. The California Light and Space Movement of the 60’s as well as Italian Arte Povera movement can be seen referenced in Altshuler’s choice of materials. Paint medium without color and the translucent tea-stained paper of tea bags and the use found materials have become an idiosyncratic signature. melindasmithaltshuler.com
Doni Silver Simons is an international painter, installation and performance artist living and working in Los Angeles. Silver Simons accumulates ritualized markings and deconstructs fibers to record our existential paradox: the dissolution of time coinciding with the accretion of memory. Ultimately, Silver Simons’ work is one of contemporizing ancient themes. Her work unwinds the clock, returns the tapestry to the moment of its weaving and strips time bare to expose the magnitude of humanity’s impact. Silver Simons most recently exhibited at the Museum of Art in Ein Harod, Israel, and the Wolfson Museum in Jerusalem, Israel. Her work is currently being exhibited Alchemy in the Projects Room at the Loft at Liz’s, Los Angeles, in Caesura at the Annenberg Beach House, Santa Monica, and at the Gotthelf Art Gallery, La Jolla. She is represented regionally by Shulamit Gallery in Venice, CA. Silver Simons earned her BA in Studio Arts from University of Pittsburgh, and holds a MFA from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions at LACE Gallery, Los Angeles, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Tate Modern in London. A recipient of numerous grants and commissions, Silver Simons' work is included in many private and public collections, including the Mishkan Le Omanut in Ein Harod, Israel, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the University of Michigan Museum of Art at Ann Arbor, and the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C. donisilversimons.com
This Gallery Talk is in conjunction with:
Caesura (November 8, 2012 - February 8, 2012)
Curated by Maya Lujan
Artists: Doni Silver Simons | Julia Schwartz | Melinda Smith Altshuler | Aleve Mei Loh | Airom Bleicher
A caesura is a pause, gap or gesture used to emphasize the formal metrical construction of a line. From conceptual and material explorations of these pauses arises a tendency toward abstraction and a deep focus on the mystery of in-between states. Each of the six artists in this exhibition advance different painterly and sculptural issues in the liminal realm of the caesura.
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