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Art exhibit explores post-minimalist terrain

Posted: May 20, 2011 2:36 p.m.
Updated: May 20, 2011 4:00 p.m.

This month, the College of the Canyons Art Gallery will present the group exhibition "Obsessive Reductive" featuring the work of five diverse artists who have created a collection of abstract paintings and sculptural wall reliefs which each explore a rich, post-minimalist pictorial terrain.

The gallery will open the exhibit and host an artist's reception and discussion from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 26. The exhibit will run through Thursday, June 23. Admission is free.

"While at first glance many of the exhibition's works appear to share the same cool, detached quality that characterizes much minimal work, upon closer examination all these pieces are clearly made by hand," said Art Gallery Director Larry Hurst.

"However, the resulting imperfections don't hinder the result, but in fact are essential to its effect, with each handmade surface giving the work a warmth and depth that belies its formal rigor."

The exhibition, "Obsessive Reductive," is co-curated by COC art department faculty member Michael McCaffrey and artist Peter Barrett, who is one of the five artists who will also have work on display.

Other participating artists include:

Peter Barrett
This artist works principally in painted reliefs - paintings that edge into the third dimension without becoming fully sculptural. He creates hybrid forms that push painting into the third dimension without giving up its essential nature.

Cecilia Biagini
This artist's shim pieces use off-the-shelf materials to create playfully elegant forms that transcend their humble origins.

Peter Fox
This artist lets gravity pull his paint toward the floor as he applies it to the picture surface, intervening as it drips, to create fascinating intricacies where hand, accident and physics all contribute.

Heather Hutchison
This artist's work displays a meticulous use of materials, and a balance between the hard-edged (plywood, plexi) and the liquid (wax, paint) elements in her work, which allows her to wring a startling variety of experiences from just a few elements.

Miki Lee
This artist uses a deceptively simple device: non-repeating colors defined by undulating contours. The varied results show just how much energy can spring from adjusting a few parameters.

"This exhibition will offer viewers a cutting edge experience, as they witness first-hand some of the techniques that contemporary artists use to explore color, shape and material, and investigate new artistic possibilities in the process," McCaffrey said.

The College of the Canyons Art Gallery is open 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Visitors unable to visit the gallery during these hours are welcome to call (661) 362-3612 to make a viewing appointment.

All gallery exhibitions and related events are free and open to the public.

College of the Canyons is located at 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia 91355.


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