To Freeze the Shifting Phantasmagoria: Five California Painters

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Emily Davis Adams
Lisa Adams
Yoon Lee
Kara Maria
Leah Rosenberg

October 24 – December 14, 2019

To Freeze the Shifting Phantasmagoria investigates the diverse strategies emerging in contemporary painting. Highlighting work by California artists, the exhibition reveals an energized proliferation of an age-old media that has been influenced by digital technology, the history of abstraction, installation art, as well as social and political concerns.

Artist Panel Discussion and Exhibition Reception:
Thursday, October 24, 5:30-7:00 PM
Rowland-Taylor Hall (PAC 134)
Followed by a reception in the gallery

Emily Davis Adams explores the effects of light in her series of what appear at first to be color field paintings. In fact, the works are meticulously rendered representations of fabricated realities. Working from small stage sets made from construction paper and then photographed, Adams plays with ideas of perception in our digitally saturated world. Adams majored in studio art at UCLA’s School of Art and Architecture, and received a B.S. in environmental policy from University of California, Berkeley, and her M.F.A. from the New York Academy of Art. Currently, she teaches at Sonoma State University. Her works have been exhibited nationally at CB1 Gallery in Los Angeles, George Adams Gallery, New York, and New York Academy of Art. She has received multiple fellowships, awards, and residencies, including Dumfries House Fellowship and Residency, United Kingdom; post-graduate fellowship, New York Academy of Art; and the Terra Foundation for American Art Residency, Giverny, France.

Lisa Adams is an artist and painter based in Los Angeles, California. Her dream-like paintings present a refracted reality, incorporating familiar elements of graffiti, rundown buildings, and exuberant vegetation into dystopic environments of saturated colors. Apart from her practice as an artist, Adams is also an independent curator, who in 2000, co-founded Crazy Space, an alternative space that exhibited both local and international artists and was located in Santa Monica. She received a B.A. in painting from Scripps College in Claremont, California and her M.F.A. from the Claremont Graduate University. She is the recipient of the Fulbright Professional Scholar Award, the Brody Arts Fund Fellowship, and the Durfee ARC Grant. Adams work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally at the Eli Broad Corporate Collection, the San Jose Museum of Art, the USC Fisher Museum of Art, the Long Beach Museum of Art, the Edward F. Albee Foundation, the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, and the Laguna Museum of Art.

Yoon Lee digitally develops her compositions bringing together diverse imagery culled from popular media, sketches, and architectural photographs, which is then filtered and manipulated. Her paintings incorporate a dynamism of movement verging on chaos, along with an illusion of deep-space. Lee combines her technology-inspired abstractions with detailed handwork, ultimately recreating her digital compositions through a labor-intensive process. Unlike the sense of speed and spontaneity implied in the finished work, her actual painting process is slow and meticulous. Yoon Lee, originally from Busan, Korea, is a San Francisco based artist. She received her B.A. in Visual Arts (Studio) from the University of California, San Diego in 1999 and her M.F.A. in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2005. She was awarded the Eureka Fellowship through the Fleishhacker Foundation and a Pollock Krasner Foundation Award.

Kara Maria’s work considers political topics such as feminism, war, and the environment. She borrows from a broad vocabulary of contemporary painting, blending geometric shapes, vivid hues, and abstract marks, with representational elements. Her most recent works include miniature portraits of disappearing animal species, focusing attention on the increased rate of extinction caused by human activity. Enveloped in vibrantly colored environments of swooshes, star bursts and splotches of paint, Maria’s delicately rendered creatures are simultaneously visible and invisible. Kara Maria is originally from Binghamton, New York and currently lives and works in San Francisco. She received her BA and MFA from the University of California, Berkeley. Her work has been exhibited in many museums and galleries throughout the United States, including the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno; the Cantor Center at Stanford University; the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, Texas; the San Jose Institute Contemporary Art; and the Katonah Museum of Art in New York.

Based in San Francisco, Leah Rosenberg employs color and process as a central focus of her practice, which includes painting, sculpture, printmaking, food, and performance. In her carefully considered juxtapositions of color, form, flavor and arrangement, Rosenberg evokes human emotion through a process of accrual layering. Her vibrant and textural works reflect how our experiences and memories collect. For this exhibition, the artist will be reconfiguring an installation produced during her Recology residency in 2018. Rosenberg received a BFA from Emily Carr Institute in Vancouver, British Columbia in 2003 and went on to receive an M.F..A from the California College of the Arts, in San Francisco, in 2008. Her works have been exhibited both nationally and internationally at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco; Art Moves, Poland; the Sarasota Art Center in Sarasota, Florida; and the Golden Pavilion, Hamburg. She is the recipient of the Irvine Fellowship through the Lucas Artists Residency Program, the Kala Fellowship and was awarded the Pro Arts 2×2 Solo Show in 2015.

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