Thursday, March 24, 2011

Picked RAW Peeled: Becky Guttin at Mesa College

Becky Guttin: Above US Only Sky

This elegant exhibition beautifully displayed shows off the skills and her vision of Becky Guttin. Guttin traditionally uses a mix of natural element combined with industrial waste. Her message of recycling and respect for the earth resources is expressed on a very human scale in this show as opposed to the many large scale sculpture installation she has made world wide. We don't often see her work in San Diego where she lives and works. On view are works on paper with a calligraphy of marks in mixed media taking them into the realm of paintings, trees growing houses from their branches, metal stripes woven into the canvas sheeting and my favorite, a giant garden tool as a base for one of her miniature houses. We see tiny houses made from multiple materials an all hung on filament, rows of houses on shelves and larger versions in human scale. None are mistaken for real homes, but instead symbolic of a sort of essential need we all have. Most works are for sale but the minies range from $50 to $75 so almost anyone can afford to start a collection with Becky Guttin handcrafted limited editions.

San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery
(7250 Mesa College Drive , D101, SD 92111)
Show until April 13 More info: 619.388.2829

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