Things start out so promising, and then something gets in the way. Nothing goes according to plan. Psychological, spiritual and social difficulties crop up. They are our obstacles. They give us energy or they take it away. They are the friction that propels our way through life.
barriers is an art installation by Bo Petran and Matthew Keller that consists of a series of environments reflecting these obstacles.
Petran explores the energy we may gain from the physical experience of death and destruction. Through the burning of piled wooden planks, he creates a very tangible barrier and a spectacle resplendent of the beauty and elegance of death.
Keller delves into the intangible barriers etched into our psyches through the practice and ritual of organized religion— in his own case, through the Catholic Church. His space, patterned after an altar and confessional, alludes to the emotional walls created by past misdeeds. His barriers are created by the thrill of freedom and maintained by the thrill of shame. Keller’s barriers are cleansed by prayer.
The opening (which is free) includes a performance from former bartender of No. 9 Park, Tyler Jay Wang, of the creation of a cocktail and a conversation on subjects chosen by the artists. Purchase tickets from socialbarriers.eventbrite.com to pass the barrier to this performance.
Exhibition Dates: October 5 – 26, 2013
Opening Reception: Saturday, 05 October, 6-9 PM (free of charge)
Performance by Tyler Jay Wang: Saturday, 05 October, 6-9 PM (by ticket)
Third Thursday Reception/Artist Talk: Thursday, 17 October, 6-9 PM
Masquerade Closing Party: Friday, 25 October, 6-9 PM
Gallery Hours: Fridays and Saturdays 2-6 PM
When two artists live together, what is the impact on their work? Creative Couples, an exhibit organized by Lola Baltzell, seeks to find the answer.
Of the encouragement that can take place in a creative couple, Mark Natale says, “My wife Lola Baltzell is fearless and her creativity is contagious. She inspired me to take my own photography more seriously. Now I am showing my work, which is very exciting.”
Sometimes a partner’s different background can lead a mate in a new direction. Marjorie Kaye, who will be showing with her partner George Shaw, says, “George is a finish carpenter who specializes in restoration, so he encouraged me to include more sculptural elements in my paintings.”
Or both artists may collaborate. Inspired by the writings of Carl Jung, photographer David Weinberg and painter Louise Weinberg began exploring the same house/tower that Jung built in Bollingen, each in their respective medium.
Anna Salmeron & Bo Petran
Lola Baltzell & Mark Natale
Kelly Slater & John Wilkinson
Laura Torres & Pietri Valbuena
Carol Odell & Tom Odell
Louise Weinberg & David Weinberg
Marjorie Kaye & George Shaw
Elisa Hamilton & Andrew Edman
Trish Crapo & Tom Ashley
Courtney Hadden & Michael Dowling
David Piemonte & Terry Del Percio-Piemonte
Charlene Liska & Bart Higgins
Jenny Grassl & Anton Grassl
Margot Stage & David Crane
Jennifer Amadeo-Holl & Tanwin Chang
Dominic Chavez & Silvia Lopez Chavez
Exhibition Dates: April 7 – 28, 2012
Opening Reception: April 7, 6 to 9 pm
Third Thursday Celebration: April 19, 6 to 9 pm
|Artwork by Bo Pertran and Chris Spuglio|