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Monday, March 18, 2013

reFresh: Furniture & Fiber

reFresh: Furniture &  Fiber
March 2-April 6, 2013

Zask Gallery
Contemporary Art
550 Deep Valley Dr #151
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
hrs: Tues-Friday 1:15-6pm, Sat 11-6pm, Sunday Noon-4pm

June Diamond "Reserved" (found chair, blades, ) 2013

 Gestation, June, & Reserved
 Steve Nasker & Charlotte Stone
Yu Cotten-well
The current exhibition at Zask Gallery contains artists who work in mixed-media, found objects, and recycled material.  Many of the artists in the exhibit used chairs in their artwork.  From a psychological aspect, chairs in art  have been known to represent parents.  In many cases the artists may be working out personal issues with their parents or family.  June Diamond described "Reserved"(2013) as an homage to the loss of her beloved brother-in-law that she considered one of her anchors.  The "reserved" message can signify a reservation at a restaurant and also a reservation for "the great unknown".  The encased rusted single-edged blades incorporate a sense of time with the rust and the deepening grief that exist with the loss of a loved one. 
In in 1979 when I was in graduate school, there was a movement in Los Angeles that was spreading the word "chair" as a concept.  It was a quasi-chain-letter that promoted an open communication where artists discussed the word "chair" -whispered it, chanted it, drew it, engulfed themselves in it.  Whenever I see a chair I automatically recall that conceptual event. 
This exhibition stimulated my experience. 
Beyond the chairs were found object tableaus created by Ben Zask and John Sollom.  Sollom's piece "Bird Key Holder" is also functional as the title indicates.  These pieces have the inspiration of Joseph Cornell as they focus on a slice of life and a mini-fairy-tale.
John Sollom
Gary Paige (Pallette Chair)
Artists featured:
Yu Cotton-well
June Diamond
Paul Guillemette
Steve Nasker & Charlotte Stone
Gary Paige
Janelle Pietrzak & Robert Dougherty
Andrea Senn-Kitts
Erica Sims
John Sollom
Nancy Voegeli-Curren
Steve Webster
Darlyn Susan Yee
Ben Zask



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