The Intimate Diebenkorn: Works on Paper 1949–1992
September 30 – November 14, 2013
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Fine Arts Department Faculty Exhibition
Rubbings – Drawing on the Past
By Bill Abright
This is a retrospective show of 15 large format drawings from two periods of concentrated work in 1990 and 2005 by College of Marin Fine Arts Professor Bill Abright. The exhibition title is “Rubbings- Drawing on the Past” and refers to Bill's method of starting the drawing by rubbing a graphite stick over the worn plywood texture of his studio floor.
Bill Abright Artist Statement
The twist of an individual’s imagination is one trait that accounts for our different perceptions of reality. As a child I would fall asleep seeing faces in the wood grain wallpaper of my bedroom. Throughout my education artists who were unique in their approach to creating unusual and somewhat dark work inspired me. From the writings of Edger Allen Poe to early monster movies, I have always been interested in the things of Art and life that are mysterious and unusual. Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights and Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s inventive portraits, Leonardo da Vinci’s grotesque faces and the bold expressions of Francisco Goya made it clear to me that “Art” does not have to be tame stuff. I was attracted to the surrealist Max Ernst for his use of Frottage (rubbings), Salvadore Dali for his melting atmospheric landscapes and to Francis Bacon, for his gutsy emotionally twisted portraits. In college I became interested in psychology, the Rorschach inkblot test, caves, and Maurits Escher’s reversals of space and form.
For the last 38 years, I have been teaching Art and producing ceramic sculpture in an abstracted figurative style. As a respite from my clay work, I have periodically returned to my roots in drawing.
This retrospective exhibition represents two periods in which I have concentrated exclusively on drawing, 1990 and 2005.
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