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Fifty Years of Wire: Elizabeth Berrien’s Journey of Exploration-A Retrospective
August 11 to September 30
August 11 through September 30
A young student’s life was changed forever by the art teacher’s words: “Take this wire and mess with it!” Struggling for years, Elizabeth Berrien applied her love of basketry, weaving and other textile arts to gain control and fluency with the wire. She developed her unique, very personal textile technique of wire sculpture. Evolving it to museum level quality by the 1980’s, when few people were aware of wire sculpture and its validity as an art medium was very much in question.
In the ensuing decades, Berrien accepted myriad public and private commissions, and received dozens of top worldwide awards including a Clio, Obie, Cannes Gold Lions, and international Best of Show awards.
The artist constantly expands her repertoire. From the dragons and unicorns of the 1960’s, she expanded to explore and embrace tigers and wolves, birds of prey, humans, botanicals, microbes and spacecraft... no end in sight.
Dual Nature: Porcelain Vessels and Paintings by Shimo
August 18 to October 28
Shimo is an artist who defies categorization. His talent at bridging media, style of painting, and cultural modes of expression is visually apparent in his exhibition, Dual Nature.
Born and trained in both traditional Chinese Ink and Western style oil painting in China. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Shanghai University. He has held a teaching position at the Shanghai Institute of Visual Art for months out of the year. His work is represented in the public collections of many institutions, including the Crocker Art Museum, the Sacramento Convention Center, the National Art Museum of China, the China Art Museum, the Liu Haisu Art Museum; the Ningbo Museum, the Shenzhen Museum, among many others. In his professional life, he has organized multiple exhibitions of art at his eponymous gallery in Sacramento, in addition to maintaining an active artistic practice as a painter and ceramic artist in both countries. He has shown his works internationally, including in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Ningbo, Shenzhen, New York, Sacramento, Taiwan, Japan, and Indonesia. Shimo has resided in Sacramento, California since 2003.
His current body of work pairs his elegant, porcelain vessels with gestural paintings of lotus flowers. Using highly prized clay “Gao Ling Tu” from Jingdezhen, where Chinese potters for centuries have crafted and fired their blue-and-white ware, Shimo first throws his large vessels on a wheel. He then joins several different forms together by hand. Afterward, he carves them to be extremely thin, in order to emphasize porcelain’s natural translucence. The spare, geometric shape of his vessels relies more on a modernist tradition of simple forms, rather that the elaborative silhouettes of Chinese vases.
With a broad brush and cobalt blue oxide, Shimo paints wide field of blue on his vessels. His expressive adaptation of paint and gesture to convey emotion relates to an interest in New York Abstract Expressionist style of painting of 40s and 50s. He alternates his abstraction with more naturalistically portrayed branches, birds, lotus buds and little fishes. Such expressions of beauty function as symbols replete with cultural and spiritual significance. The lotus grows up pure and resilient from the murky waters that surround it, showing the purity of Buddhist doctrine in the face of earthly temptations.
In his paintings, Shimo blends specific natural motifs seen in the three-dimensional pieces, with larger area of ink washes, punctuated by a few touches of white, pink or red. He often mixes his own pigments from natural materials, and his known for creating ‘Ji-Mo’ (multiple layers), or a rippling surface due to the accumulation of dripping ink on paper.
In all, Shimo’s current work in porcelain and on paper /canvas is part of his ever evolving practice that merges ancient traditions with a contemporary sprit.
William Ishmael-Wholeness and Fragmentation
August 25 to October 28
“…to some extent, it has always been both necessary and proper to man, in his thinking, to divide things up, and to separate them, so as to reduce his problems to manageable proportions … .. the notion that all these fragments are separately existent is evidently an illusion, and this illusion cannot do other than lead to endless conflict and confusion.” from David Bohm, physicist, in “Wholeness and the Implicate Order”
William Ishmael has been an artist for the last 30 years, beginning with watercolor landscapes and progressing to large abstract works and art installations utilizing latex paint, sand, active rusting on steel plates, organic materials, and the natural elements of the weather to achieve the weathered, multilayered effects on many of his works.
William has exhibited widely including multiple shows in Sacramento, as well as galleries in Palm Springs and Lexington, Kentucky.
William’s accomplishments include being named Sacramento Art and Business Council’s “Artist of the Year” for 2011 and, in 2014, having his 9 foot by 12 foot work “Wholeness and Fragmentation” accepted by SMAC for permanent installation in the Sacramento County Administration Building.
All of the works are an effort to convey that sense of the wholeness being broken up into fragments… fragments which are beautiful in their own right, but can readily be seen in a larger context, and have greater meaning as a result.
The steel plates, the mirrored surfaces, as well as the sets of smaller canvases constituting a larger picture all intended to raise the awareness of this thesis in the viewers mind.
October 6 to December 3
Designed to celebrate artistic creativity on the North Coast, and heighten the awareness of renewable resources in the art making process, each artwork in this juried exhibition is made from 100% recycled materials…reclaimed, reused, recovered, secondhand, salvaged, anything un-new!
HAC Members Exhibition
November 3 to December 30
The Annual Humboldt Arts Council Member Show is a juried exhibition designed to highlight the fabulous art being produced by HAC Artist Members. As always, this exhibition is eclectic, surprising and enjoyable.
20 Years: The Victor Thomas Jacoby Award
December 8 to January 27
Victor Thomas Jacoby was a local artist whose medium was French tapestry. He was internationally renowned for innovation in his field. When Jacoby passed away in 1997, he left a generous bequest to set up a fund with Humboldt Area Foundation, which would support visual artists and craftspeople, and encourage the exploration of new ideas, materials, techniques, mediums, images, and excellence. Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Victor Thomas Jacoby Award and view the work of over 20 artists that the award has supported. The works of these grantees will be showcased along side Jacoby's tapestries and sketchbooks from the HAC Permanent Collection.