Friday, June 20, 2014

New Contemporaries VII at Meyer Fine Arts, Artists in Residence Walk Through

New Contemporaries VII at Meyer Fine Arts (2400 Kettner Blvd, Suite 104, SD 92101) a special Artist “In Residence” Reception: Saturday, June 14 from 2 to 5 pm with Kim Reasor , Dave Ghilarducci, Bhavna Mehta, Vicki Walsh. On exhibit from Fri. May 9 to Sat June 28 including Shane Anderson, Dave Ghilarducci, Garrett P. Goodwin,  Emily Grenader, Bhavna Mehta, Margaret Noble, Kim Reasor , Gail Schneider , Lauren Siry, Cheryl Tall, Vicki Walsh and Joe Yorty. Free to download: New Contemporaries VII Catalog More info:: 619.358.9512.

Kim Reasor  has an intense interest in the environment and things ecological. Once you know that, you look at her images of garbage and box filled alleys and underpasses in a more poignant way. She is pointing out the waste and over consumption all around us. But she does it with such a eye for light and color that you might not first notice this hidden message. Kim takes photos from moving trains and cars that are self confessed not very professional, but because they are very strongly edited, you would think that she lives in a world none of us have ever noticed. 

Dave Ghilarducci does not make public often the fact that he manufactures all the various part of his highly technically art works from designing the mother boards to milling the plastic. He has a book overflowing with ideas and designs and works on several sculptures at the same time. His works speak for him and the two works in this show were about community and infinite possibilities.

Bhavna Mehta (who was chosen by Marianella de la Hoz as the SD Art Prize emerging artists for 2014) confided that she lets the story unfold as she is drawing and cutting each work. She has only recently started to work large and worked with words in her cut paper art. She admires Vicki and Kim and Dave with their high level of skill and says cutting paper is not hard to learn, but there are various tricks that make her life easier, like moving the paper instead of her hands and using huge quantities of Exacto knife blades.

Vicki Walsh is constantly astonished to be told that people see the art she makes first as portraits. She sees them as landscapes of skin and bones. She does not want them judged as likenesses of the subject. The most recent models have been asked to smash their faces against clear plate glass. This distorts the hills and valleys of nose and mouth. But this distortion that seems so strange to the public and very mild compared to the real bodies she had to portray as a medical illustrator.

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