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July 5, 2010 / bergelli

Summer Group Show

July 5 – August 7, 2010
Giancarlo Bertini
Pegan Brooke
Arturo Mallmann
John MaNamara
Andreas Nottebohm
Daniel Tousignant
Tim Weldon

Pegan Brooke – new paintings from River/Sea series
Certain places exert an undeniable impulse to paint them, to try to understand what they might mean through the creative process. These new paintings are inspired by the experiences of sustained reflection upon the Aven River in Pont Aven, France and the Pacific Ocean near Brooke’s home in Northern California. The artist’s intention is to find a way to communicate the fleeting quality of experience and the flowing nature of being.

The smaller paintings reference the river, in a particular moment of its relentless trajectory to the sea. Looking at the river, with all the obstacles, changes in course and detours made me think of how it feels to make one’s way through the complications of life. The larger paintings reference the Pacific Ocean and represent how life at certain special moments can feel spacious, communal, and capable of holding all possibilities. This suggests how life could be and reflects this notion back to us for our consideration.

A longtime resident of the Bay Area, Brooke received her MFA from Stanford University. She has exhibited her work internationally and in represented in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon Guggenheim Museum in New York as well as other fine museums.

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R-38 (left)
oil on linen
18 x 18 inches

S-38
(right)
oil on canvas
28 x 28 inches 

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Arturo Mallmann

“Mallmann depicts expansive dreamlike vistas where small and barely disernable human figures amble across blurred, nearly featurless landscapes. The distant horizons evaporate into bright white light in the center of the compositions. Portrayals of the tiny solitary figures amid the void evoke thoughts of personal struggle, but also liberation.

For paintings here, Mallmann brightended his palette and experimented with various textured surfaces, making for a more visually engaging experience without altering his longtime choice of subject. He built these compositions by applying numerous heavy layers of translucent acrylics between coats of epoxy resin. Laid down more thickly than varnish, the clear resin creates an illusion of depth. Mallmann’s small human figures, painted directly onto a layer of epoxy resin, seem to float in vast open places.” ~ John R. Kemp, Artnews, July 2010

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Familia Perdido Con Perro,

30 by 48 inches, acrylic, resin on canvas, 30 by 48 inches 

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John McNamara – new paintings from the “American Moments” series

This series of paintings investigates bits and pieces of recontextualized american life, that were culled from various mid 20th to early 21st century documentary photography.

John McNamara has exhibited widely and teaches art at UC Berkeley. His work is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Currier Museum of Art, Danforth Art Museum, DeCordova Museum, Fuller Museum of Art, J.B. Speed Museum of Art, MIT List Visual Art Center, Rose Art Museum, Smith College of Art Museum, Tampa Museum of Art, Tucson Museum of Art, Davis Museum and Cultural Center and the Worcester Art Museum to name but a few. He is the recipient of several awards and fellowships including the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship; Massachusetts Arts and Humanities Grants (1980, 1983, 1986, 1989); Awards in the Visual Arts Fellowship 2, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art; and the MacDowell Colony Fellowship.

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Beauty,
oil on panel, 20 x 24 inches 

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Andreas Nottebohm

Nottebohm’s metal works invoke characteristics of sculpture, inviting light and shadow to animate his carefully designed topographies. “Nottebohm’s technique of grinding aluminum with a power sander results in holographic spatial effects that tease the eye and challenge the mind.” ~ Scott Shields, Crocker Art Museum.

Nottebohm’s creative journey and the resulting body of work reflect both an insatiable curiosity about the world and a mastery of classical artistic technique. His work is found in many fine collections including the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the Kennedy Space Center, the Crocker Art Museum, and the Nevada Museum of Art.

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KN-1395, 
oil on aluminum, 30 x 48 inches 

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