Marin Museum of Contemporary Art presents a National Show displaying all forms of media that represent new directions and fresh voices this summer. This show includes 45 artworks from around the nation and will be on exhibit from May 31 to July 13. The opening reception will be held on June 7 from 5 to 7pm.
The juror for this year’s exhibition is Catharine Clark. Ms. Clark has been the Director/Owner of the Catharine Clark Gallery since 1991 which has garnered critical attention from several notable publications. She has been a member of the San Francisco Art Dealer’s Association since 1994, and the Yerba Buena Alliance since 1997. She also serves on the board of ZER01: The Art and Technology Network and is an advisory board member to: SF Recycling & Disposal, Inc.’s artist-in-residency program, and San Francisco Arts Education Project.
This year’s exhibition includes artists using a wide variety of mediums from glass to 3D printers to Swarovski crystals. Gail Postal from New York uses graphite, colored pencils and Swarovski crystals to create her mixed media portrait entitled "Erin". "I am attempting to re-create the feeling of old Japanese hand-tinted photographs." says Postal, whose figure includes a figure whose face is rendered in graphite but is robed in bright vibrant hues. Caryn Blum describes her whimsical sound machine drawing "Cha-Ching-A-Ling" as "producing rhythm and movement as your eye navigates through the drawing. It can be a slow aesthetic dance through visually packed, micro-imaginary worlds that give a beat to the accumulation of objects, and a pleasurable escape. " Mira Woodworth submitted a poignant glass piece entitled "Return to Sender". Using a lost wax glass casting process, she creates a haunting glass foot atop a Korean-era crate used to ship rifles to the USA. She is an award-winning glass artist whose work has been featured in juried shows and invitationals. Her innovative designs have been published in Art Jewelry Magazine as well as in a comprehensive survey, "Sculpture and Design with Recycled Glass."
There are also several artists from Florida in the exhibit. McArthur Freeman’s piece, "Column" integrates technology into the traditional. "Synthesized from bits and pieces of multiple sources, these hybrid forms are as much about the loss of identity as they are about constructing new ones. Disembodied, reinvented, appropriated, and decontextualized, the resulting forms are sometimes beautiful, grotesque, humorous, or sensual." says Freeman. In Bianca Pratorius’ "Aither" she says, "The soft forms I create from felt revolve around the process of hand cutting the felt into very organized ladder type pattern which seems to dissolve into organized chaos upon installation. The forms are never preconceived, but are created spontaneously upon installation by letting the inherent sensuality of the material express itself." Artist Rich Smukler has a life-long passion for art and photography as demonstrated in "Pinball Soldier". He states that "While his cutting edge passion for graphic design has earned him accolades and awards for innovative style, his genre as a fine art photographer encompasses photo-realism to abstract graphic design."
This contemporary collection of pieces also includes installation work, ceramics, and much more. The Marin Museum of Contemporary Art is located at the Novato Arts Center at Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Drive, Novato, California. Hours are Wednesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Call 415-506-0137 for more information.