I was so impressed with the Joyce Cutler-Shaw's show at the Athenaeum. I had only seem small amounts of her work in group shows and of course, the public art in the Mission Valley Library. But this is a chance to see new exciting works and the older books in the Athenaeum collection as well. Wow, the first thing I saw was the small room, still human size but covered with large scale photo of tree branches and brush. Then a series of 3-D layered photo works. And finally the really exciting brain scan video work. The most likable thing was how these videos still functioned as paintings or low relief sculptures but then they also move like kaleidoscopes.
Joyce Cutler Shaw - large walk in book
Joyce Cutler Shaw - 3-d layered images
Joyce Cutler Shaw - Being Rose
I feel very sentimental about this show of Lois Stecker., our beloved and much missed friend of all visual artist in SD. This is a lovely chance to see some of her works but also the works in her private collection. This was an opportunity to obtain a little bit of her to keep her spirit close by.
Lois Secker silent auction sale of her art and her art collection
What Comes to Mind: Joyce Cutler-Shaw’s art exhibit combines nature, science at La Jolla’s Athenaeum by Lonnie Burstein
the past 40 years, Joyce Cutler-Shaw has been exhibiting her drawings, artist’s
books and installations at museums and libraries around the world. The artist,
who has called La Jolla home since 1959, is currently showing an impressive
selection of her slide-out, large-format and “tunnel” books at La Jolla’s
Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in “What Comes to Mind: Nature-Human Nature
and Visual Translation.”
the Jan. 11, 2013 opening, more than 100 art-lovers gathered to admire the
exhibit, which continues from the main gallery into the North Reading Room and
includes a 10-foot-tall walk-in book that super-sizes an image from
Cutler-Shaw’s original “Garden of Wild Birds and Grasses.”
more permanent, version of this piece is on view at the gateway to Stonecrest
Village, a housing development in San Diego, in the form of a pair of steel
sculptures expressing the artist’s concern with the interplay of natural
landscapes and built environments.
subjects are human identity and the natural world,” she wrote in an artist’s
statement. “My themes are evolution, survival and transformation: from reptile
into bird, from mammal to human, and from human, perhaps, to humane.”
who is artist-in-residence at UCSD School of Medicine, is fascinated with
anatomy, and the exhibit includes a small sample of her “Alphabet of Bones,” a
unique calligraphy inspired by her detailed drawings of the leg bones of a
the most captivating works here are four wall-mounted tunnel books, framed by
her own brain scans, that invite the viewer to contemplate a loop of videotaped
“memory pictures” within; it’s the artist’s way of showing how the brain
accumulates images from the past, becoming a storehouse of personal and cultural
on display are “Limbs and Trunks,” three-dimensional drawings underscoring the
connections between humans and trees, and “What Shall We Do When the River Runs
Dry,” wall-mounted slide-out books that act as a visual meditation on the
dwindling supply of our most precious resource, water.
are encouraged to open drawers and peer into cases to discover some of the
artist’s interesting but lower-profile works.
is not Cutler-Shaw’s first show at the Athenaeum, which has a number of her
pieces in its permanent collection and was part of a four-library retrospective
of her work in 2003. But it’s a show well worth seeing:
Comes to Mind” will give you plenty to marvel at and think about.
YOU GO• What: ‘What
Comes To Mind: Nature/Human Nature and Visual Translation’ by Joyce
On view 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 10 a.m.
to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays to Feb. 9. Closed Sundays, Mondays.
Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St., La Jolla
• Website: ljathenaeum.org