Gay Summer Sadow Rick
Beyond Baroque / Mike Kelley Gallery
681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291
September 10- October 4, 2017
Beyond Baroque has deep, historical roots in the value of community building. They have been responsible for supporting Los Angelenos for sometime now. Beyond Baroque is composed of artists, educators, patrons, collectors, businessman and many more. The Mike Kelley Gallery is dedicated to a local boy who made good and then went to heaven. It is characteristic of the acknowledgement and love for dedicated artists.
Venice Beach is known as a creative neighborhood. Art studios were more affordable in the 1960's and 1970's. Some of the artists in this exhibition were around back in those days. All of the artists are defined as fully committed artists to their craft, creativity, and global perspectives. This venue is open to the public and provides an inviting, leisurely way to view artwork with the pride of Los Angeles' regional artists.
Gay Summer Sadow Rick's painting "Heading to Sunset" is drenched with southern California's salmon and mango sunsets near the beach. Sadow Rick calls herself a "palette painter", who rubs the paint into the canvas. The penetrating paint is reminiscent of Mark Rothko's "stained paintings" and Monet's "Haystacks" composed of warm colors produced by the refracted light of the seasons.
Gay Summer Sadow Rick "Heading to Sunset"
Catherine Ruane and Loren Philip contribute to the conservation of our regional plant (flora) and marine life. Ruane's graphite and charcoal drawing, "Minaret I" contains an explosive, gestural drawing hand. The view from underneath the palm fronds adds to the palm tree's larger than life, ubiquitous, so-cal symbolism. Ruane's adroit representation of local, ambient, light emphasizes the beauty and preservation of the palm tree. Loren Philip's painting "Nothing Left to Say" consists of his signature cobalt blue color which is linked to the ebb and flow colors of the Pacific Ocean and the marinas. Philip is a local boy, previous punk rock musician, and surfer who is possibly influenced by the colors along the coastline. His expressionist marks have reflective relationships with his environment.
Minaret I (graphite and charcoal on panel) 36"x 26"
Nothing Left to Say (acrylic on canvas) 36"x 26"
There are several mixed media artists. The fiber piece "Life is But a Dream" by Diane Silver
comfortably melds into the gallery space that emotes familial sentiment. Silver integrates the feminist quilts of Faith Ringgold and nostalgia of Mike Kelley's textile banners. Additionally, Ron Therrio's mixed media wood pieces exuded a Polynesian influence that also was quite at home in the beloved beach town institution.
"Life is But a Dream" linen
Mixed-media wood pieces
"Gangbusters" is appropriately named for the group of experienced and seasoned artists that continue to produce art for arts sake and much more.
"Marina Del Rey" 18" x 18"
"When Pigs Fly"
"Merci" 18"x12" digital photograph