Thursday, August 29, 2013

New Media Combinations at Berkeley Art Center

Image: Lia Cook, Facing Touch (detail), 2011. Cotton rayon hand woven, 54 x 51 inches.

Magnolia directors Donald and Era Farnsworth and longtime Magnolia collaborator Rupert Garcia are among the artists featured in "New Media Combinations: Traditional - Digital," opening September 6, 2013 at the Berkeley Art Center.

Other participating artists in this promising show, which "showcases compelling work by contemporary artists investigating multiple solutions to mine and combine the potential of traditional and digital technologies," include Kim Anno, Rebeca Bolinger, Lia Cook, Bella Feldman, Talia Green, Elisabeth Sher, and Jeannie O'Connor.

An opening reception will be held from 6-8 pm on Friday, September 6th. Two weeks later, Rupert Garcia will hold a public dialogue with professor John Zarobell about "art, process, and the Bay Area's contemporary creative climate" on September 21st at 4 PM.

Donald & Era Farnsworth - Reflection III 2004. Jacquard tapestry, 75 x 54 inches.

Artists in the show will also participate in a panel on October 26 where attendees will have more opportunities to hear about the inspiration and processes behind each work.

For more details on this show and visiting information, please check the Berkeley Art Center website. Admission to the non-profit Art Center is always free, so don't miss this show!

Art by Donald and Era Farnsworth from Magnolia Editions

Art by Rupert Garcia from Magnolia Editions

Monday, August 12, 2013

Photos: Chuck Close at Guild Hall

Chuck Close and author Regina Weinreich with Close's
Self Portrait (Yellow Raincoat), a 2013 tapestry published by
Magnolia Editions; photo c/o Huffington Post

Regina Weinreich of the Huffington Post and Amanda Gordon of Bloomberg News attended a special preview of Chuck Close's current show at Guild Hall in East Hampton on Friday night.

Lou Reed with Chuck Close's 2012 tapestry Lou, published by
Magnolia Editions; photo by Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

The exhibition was also attended by friends including Lou Reed, Robert Storr, Eric Fischl, April Gornik, Alec Baldwin, and Sienna Shields. Weinreich recalls that:
Sienna, one of Chuck Close's recent subjects, her head larger than life on Hahnemuhle rag paper, told me Chuck likes to tell the story of James Turrell spinning him around in his chair to get the full effect of his neon light art in the reconfigured Guggenheim Museum's rotunda.

Chuck Close - Sienna (3/4 View), 2012
archival watercolor pigment print on Hahnemuhle rag paper
75 x 60 in. Edition of 5

For the full story, please visit the Huffington Post & Bloomberg.

Reed and Close with Close's 2012 tapestry Lou, published by
Magnolia Editions; photo by Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

More art by Chuck Close from Magnolia Editions