The Dichotomy of Art
January 4 - January 27, 2013
Opening Reception: First Friday, January 4, 6-9pm
Artist Talk: First Friday, January 4th 7-8pm
Lisa Alonzo Jonathan Blair James Gayles Ruth Tabancay
Joyce Gordon Gallery presents "The Dichotomy of Art", an attempt to examine the interdisciplinary practices among artists, not just of their interchangeable artistic media but also the cross sections of their careers.
In 1976, an art program at Columbia College of Chicago was created to examine and explore the interdisciplinary use of techniques from across the fine, performing and multimedia arts. This diverse media approach previously existed as pedagogies of multi-academia challenged each perpetual field of study, usually for the purpose of reaching a mutual task. This later became a method for art students to expand their use of diverse techniques that explore and push the boundaries for new future terrains of art. "The Dichotomy of Art" pushes these boundaries even further by examining the artwork of four predominantly Bay Area artists whose interdisciplinary practice involve tools commonly used by professionals in the white and blue-collar sector of society that consist of commercial graphics, culinary arts and microbiology.
Lisa Alonzo is a Northern California mix-media painter currently residing in Alameda, Ca. After two years of studying design at Cal State Long Beach, she received her BFA in Fine Art from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2008.
In creating the image, I mimic the pixels I see from the image onscreen using a pastry tip normally used for decorating cakes. I make a "fondant" base out of molding paste and as the "frosting" I apply thousands of very saturated dots or starbursts in a pointillistic manner.
Lisa Alonzo "Baad Vibes" ©2012 18"x36" Acrylic and Molding Paste on Canvas
Jonathan Blair was raised in Monterey, Ca. and received a BFA in Painting from California College of the Arts. After getting his degree, he relocated to Los Angeles and was employed by Disney Studios for a number of years and became an artist for other major studios in Los Angeles while creating commission work as well. After fifteen years, Blair returned to his hometown of Monterey, where he continues to concentrate on his art.
As a trained illustrator and painter, Jonathan works in a variety of mediums but always came back to painting and admits his "Iconographic paintings" are garnishing the most attention these days.
James Gayles is an International artist and art instructor residing in Oakland, Ca. Gayles attended Pratt Institute in New York, where he studied under renowned painters Jacob Lawrence and Audrey Flack. He simultaneously pursued careers in both fine and commercial art. As a commercial artist he established himself in New York as a Graphic Designer and Illustrator, becoming Assistant Director of Graphics at NewsCenter 4, NBC-TV. At NBC he won a television Emmy Award for design and illustration.
James Gayles has lived in Oakland, Ca for over 30 years and has worked as an Illustrator for the Bay Area News Group. Gayles has recently focused his attention on his fine art, commissions and watercolor workshops at the Richmond Art Center in Richmond, Ca. and other places in the Bay Area.
Berkeley resident, Ruth Tabancay works with a variety of fiber and textile media. With a life-long interest in biological sciences, she majored in Bacteriology at the University of California, Berkeley, then worked in hospital laboratories for two years before pursuing a career in medicine. After earning her MD degree at the University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco, she worked in private practice of Pediatrics for eleven years before deciding to leave her medical practice to study at the California College of the Arts. After several years of studio classes she was startled to realize that her work contained the formal elements that she had once studied under a microscope. Images referencing bacteria, viruses, fungi, and human cells and tissues were in some way expressed in her pieces.
"Though I no longer use a microscope to study micro-organisms and human tissues, I continue to be fascinated with the aesthetics of magnification. With the scanning of electron microscope I now examine some of the materials that I currently use: fiber and cloth. For this set of weavings, I received training to operate the Hitachi TM-1000 Scanning Electron Microscope at the University of California, Berkeley, and made dozens of micrographs of commercial fabrics."
Ruth is currently a member of Mercury 20, a contemporary art gallery in Uptown Oakland. Her work is in the collection of the Oakland Museum of California.
Ruth Tabancay © "Leisure Suit 239X" Handwoven Jacquard Cotton, rayon yarns 13" X 11"