Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Bay Area Currents 2009: Artist Announcment

Dear Artist,

Thank you for applying to Bay Area Currents 2009, a collaboration between Pro Arts and Oakland Art Gallery. We congratulate each of you for what has been an exceptionally strong pool of entries. We would like to share a message from Juror, Kevin Chen:

Selected Artists for Bay Area Currents 2009:

Bert Bergen
Adam Friedman
Daniel Healey
Donna Anderson Kam
John Patrick McKenzie
Stephanie Metz
Billy O'Callaghan
Joan Osato
Elizabeth Pedinotti
Alex Potts
Annie Vought

Bay Area Currents 2009 runs June 23 – July 24. This exhibition marks the beginning of an ongoing collaboration between Pro Arts and Oakland Art Gallery. Beginning with Bay Area Currents 2009, Pro Arts relocates its programming and operations to the Oakland Art Gallery, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland (Entrance on Kahn's Alley). We are very excited about the upcoming transition and welcome you to come celebrate with us at the Artists’ Reception, Thursday, June 25, 5 - 8pm. Thank you again for all your support, David --
David Huff
Exhibitions and Programs Coordinator / Curator

Corpora in Extremis, "Bodies at the Limits"

Grey Wing Gallery, San Luis Obispo Art Center

1010 Broad Street at Monterey
San Luis Obispo, CA. 93401

June 2, - August 2, 2009

Opening in the Grey Wing Gallery on June 2. Corpora in Extremis, features five artists who take figurative drawing and painting in new directions. The exhibition is curated by Gordon L. Fuglie and grows out of his interest in the resurgence of figurative art since 1990. While working at the Loyola Marymount University art gallery in Southern California, Mr. Fugile became aware of a number of artists who using the human figure in new ways. This trend has continued, he says, growing in strength, despite initial resistance to it in the contemporary art world. Corpora in Extremis, Latin for "Bodies at the Limits," is a slice of that trend.

The exhibition features recent work by Joanne Beaule Ruggles, a painter and Emeritus professor of Art, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo; Guy Kinnear, a painter and professor of art at Azusa Pacific University; Peter Liashkov. a mixed media artist from Los Angeles and Donna Anderson Kam a painter from San Francisco; and Trevor Southey, a sculptor from Oakland.

The work in Corpora in Exremis, departs from traditional figurative studies that typically emphasize anatomical adherence. Instead the five artists open up new ways of treating the figure in historical, psychological, spiritual and gendered settings.

Meet the artists at Art After Dark on Friday, July 3, 6-8 pm The exhibit ends on August 2, 2009