Fine Arts Department Faculty Exhibit
August 18 to 28, 2014
Alexander Levin (1961-2013)
Memorial for Betty M. Wilson and Art Exhibition
A celebration of life honoring artist and former College instructor, Betty Wilson, will take place on what would have been her 94th birthday. Betty died in her home in Ross, February 20.
A prolific artist, Wilson created over 150 works of art, with incredible range of color and style. Her work was shown at the Burnaby Art Gallery in British Columbia, Canada, Mill Valley City Hall, Marin County Fair, and frequently at the Marin Society of Artists. Throughout her years at College of Marin, she contributed works to many of the annual faculty shows and was very proud of her one woman retrospective shows in 1998 and 2008.
The gallery will be showing a collection of her paintings for a one day exhibition.
Donations in her honor may be made to the College of Marin Art Department or the Marin Society of Artists.
COM Students Show
Alumni Exhibit Celebrates the Work of Four Emerging Artists
The alumni artists—Barbara Obata, Mary Huntsman, Evan Hobart, and Malena Lopez-Maggi—all studied art at the College and return at different places in their professional careers.
Obata, who combines sculpture and performance into a hybrid drawing practice that explores and celebrates the power of mark making, earned a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM, and a master’s degree in Fine Arts from Mills College in Oakland.
Huntsman, who has a bachelor’s degree in Biology from UC Berkeley and later studied sculpture with Carole Beadle at College of Marin, uses traditional and modern materials and techniques to express ideas of sanctuary, strength, fragility and journeys. Imagery often reflects her biology background.
Hobart draws inspiration for his work in ceramics from the surrounding environment and a desire to create narrative, thought provoking works. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from Humboldt State University and a master’s degree in Spatial Art from San Jose State University where he also taught ceramics. He is a teacher and artist in residence at the Mendocino Art Center.
Lopez-Maggi is a graduate student at Mills College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Studio Arts. She works with multiple mediums and is most intrigued by the intersection of art with other disciplines and the materiality of light and color.
Agathe Bennich – Selected Works
The Intimate Diebenkorn: Works on Paper 1949–1992
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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