Pasadena City College collaborates with the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena ("On The Wall: Murals"), and the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock ("On The Wall: Sculpture"), in simultaneous exhibitions of works executed directly on gallery walls.
"On The Wall: Drawings," features new works by:
J. Michael Walker
Mario Ybarra, Jr.
Jaime Zacarias (aka "Germs")
and a collaborative wall drawing by Gerardo Alvarez, Jose Lopez and Erick Sanchez.
RECEPTION FOR THE ARTISTS: SATURDAY, JANUARY 21, 7 - 9 PM
FEATURED ARTISTS: Karen Kitchel is a representational painter whose work examines contemporary land use, using a multipart format. The expected visual pleasure and familiarity of realist landscape painting is disturbed by a lack of continuity or pastoral content. Fractures in the mythic American Landscape are revealed: a complex grid of property lines, roads, and limitless subdivisions-the literal and metaphorical lines between Real Estate and Nature. Better known for her finely-rendered oil on panel paintings, for the "On The Wall" exhibition she reduces one of her painted works to a black and white summary, repeating the image to result in a potentially endless field of tangled bunch grass. Kitchel has an extensive exhibition history, and her works are in the permanent collections of the Denver Art Museum, the Palm Springs Desert Museum, the Pomona College Art Museum, the U.S. State Department, and the corporate collections of Hilton Hotels and Pfizer, Inc. Kitchel received an M.F.A. from Claremont Graduate University. She has recently returned to southern California after several years of painting and exploration in the Rocky Mountains.
Stas Orlovski's recent work incorporates iconography that has long been associated with nostalgia and sentimentality: full moons, reflecting pools, garden statuary, forests, songbirds, butterflies and flowers. Orlovski draws on inspirations ranging from Russian children's books to Victorian illustrations, from Japanese prints to Dutch botanical paintings in an effort to explore the sentimental image as a vehicle for personal expression and to depict a world of glorious decay. For his site-specific work in the "On the Wall" exhibition, Orlovski expects to employ silverpoint, watercolor and collage. Born in Kishinev, Moldova in 1969, Orlovski's family fled the Soviet Union for Tel Aviv, later moving to Paris to finally settle in Toronto, Canada. Since receiving his MFA from the University of Southern California in 1996, Orlovski has exhibited his work throughout the U.S. with one-person shows in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Chicago. An exhibition of Orlovski's recent paintings will open at Mixed Greens, New York, in February, 2006. His work is in prominent collections including the American Embassy in Brussels, The Progressive Corporation, and the Fine Art Museums of San Francisco. Orlovski has been awarded fellowships by the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Yaddo Corporation and Art Omi. Most recently, Orlovski was a recipient of the J. Paul Getty Trust Fellowship from the California Community Foundation. Stas Orlovski lives in Los Angeles where he is an Assistant Professor of Drawing & Painting at Long Beach City College.
J. Michael Walker is a Los Angeles-based artist whose work is grounded in his decades-long immersion in the rural Mexican culture into which he married over twenty-five years ago. His major series include "The Daily Life of the Virgin of Guadalupe," which has been widely exhibited in the United States and in México, and "All the Saints of the City of the Angels," a project in which the artist researched the several dozen Los Angeles streets named for saints as a way to explore the City's complex cultural heritage. For the "On the Wall" exhibition, Walker plans to execute a work on the gallery walls in sumi ink. J. Michael Walker is the recipient of more than a dozen grants, artist residencies, fellowships, and public art commissions. He has participated in more than ninety-five exhibitions in the United States, México and Korea, including solo shows at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Art at Harvard University; el Museo Nacional de Culturas Populares, in Mexico City; and the Arkansas Arts Center.
Mario Ybarra, Jr. produces art in a wide range of media, including drawing, photography and video. He is currently working on "The Belmont Tunnel Ruins"-a project based on the famous Los Angeles red car train station-turned-graffitti yard and ball game court-for an exhibition in spring 2006 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's LACMA Lab. Ybarra's work has been exhibited throughout North America and Europe, at venues including The Western Front, Vancouver B.C.; Williams College, Massachusetts; The University of Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico; The Rufino Tamayo Museum. Mexico City; the Project, Los Angeles, and the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway. A graduate of Otis Art Institute who earned an MFA degree from the University of California, Irvine, in 2001, Ybarra is also a founding member of the artists' collective "Slanguage," director of the Slanguage storefront art space in Wilmington, California, and a partner in 4-F gallery in Los Angeles' Chinatown.
Jaime "Germs" Zacarias, a native of south central Los Angeles, is a painter and printmaker. After a period of study at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, Zacarias-who signs his work "Germs"-has exhibited work in numerous galleries, principally in Southern California. As the artist puts it, his work includes "narrative imagery, graffiti art, humor and found surfaces," and runs the gamut from simple designs to "insanely complicated."
Gerardo Alvarez, Jose Lopez and Erick Sanchez are three graffiti artists and former probationers who have in the past worked collaboratively with artist (and Pasadena City College ceramics instructor) Keiko Fukazawa. For the "On the Wall" exhibition, the three artists will collaborate on a wall drawing, incorporating their individual backgrounds in graffiti and tattoo design.
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