Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Magnolia at Pence Gallery in Davis, CA

William Wiley - Buddy Dharma at your Surface, 2005
Mixed media drypoint, 83 x 37.25 in.

A unique and thoughtfully curated show entitled "Past Traces" opens on January 26 at Pence Gallery in Davis, CA. The show is entirely comprised of works from Magnolia Editions' twenty years of printmaking:
Printmaking is the physical act of layering visual information. Artists have utilized this quality of the print as a metaphor for the layering of personal and cultural memories that inform their own work, often through art historical allusions. Past Traces explores this subject through prints produced at Magnolia Editions, an established printmaking studio in Oakland, that has played a vital role in collaborating with artists for two decades. Work by artists Robert Arneson, William T. Wiley, Enrique Chagoya, Bruce Conner, Hung Liu, among others, is included.
The show includes a seldom-seen work by William Wiley, Buddy Dharma at your Surface, a seven-foot-tall mixed media drypoint etching; several of Enrique Chagoya's latest editions, including New Illegal Alien's Guide to Critical Theory, a combination of print and painting on multiple layers of plexiglas and amate paper; four editions by Bruce Conner; and many more.

"Past Traces," sponsored by Far Western Anthropological Research Group, runs January 26 – March 5, 2010; there will be a reception on February 12, from 7-9 PM.

Pence Gallery website

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Monday, January 4, 2010

Hung Liu reviewed in Denver Post

Hung Liu - Candles, 2009; oil on canvas, 80 x 96 in.

Kyle MacMillan writes enthusiastically about Hung Liu's recent show "Apsaras" at the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art in this Denver Post review, making the case for Liu's work as a modern continuation of the history painting tradition.