Left Coast Annual Opens at Sanchez Art Center
Sanchez Art Center
is pleased to present the 2018 Left Coast Annual Juried Exhibition,
on view from April 13 through May 20. Showing concurrently in the
East Gallery is the 2017 Left Coast Awards Exhibition,
featuring Christine Atkinson and Tyrell Collins. An opening reception
will be held from 7 to 9 pm on Friday, April 13, with live music
provided by Blue on Jazz.
Curator in Charge for Contemporary Art and Programming at the Fine
Arts Museums of San Francisco, served as juror for Left Coast
Annual this year. Juror Schmuckli selected 50 artworks from
the nearly 900 entries by artists from the left coast states of
California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. The works chosen span
a variety of media, from painting, photography, etchings, and archival
inkjet prints to mixed media and installations, both large and small.
The public is invited to hear Schmuckli discuss her jurying process
and talk with the artists about their work on Sunday, May 20, at
a 3:00 pm Gallery Walk.
is the 2017 Left Coast Awards Exhibition, showcasing work
by Christine Atkinson and Tyrell Collins, award recipients chosen
by 2017 juror Susan Sayre Batton, Oshman Executive Director of the
San Jose Museum of Art.
It’s not easy to
describe Atkinson's works. They begin as photographs, but morph
into more ephemeral experiences. The artist is intent on exploring
the edges of transition where color and light meet, "creating
a dialogue between color as absorbed energy and color as reflected
light." Says Atkinson, "I am interested in where colors
touch, where they combine, and where they cancel each other into
neutrality. This is a physical alteration, a change in the wavelength
of light, a change in energy." Sounds abstract, but her works
have great presence and physicality as well as beauty.
Tyrell Collins likewise
works with color and transitions, in her case with colored pencil
on black paper. She calls this body of work Quantum Entanglement.
These pieces are very meditative, sometimes pensive, and have been
compared to works by Mark Rothko in their simplicity and gravitas.
Philosophically, her approach encompasses the dark aspects of life
while letting the depth of color shine through in a natural, authentic
celebration of life. Again, harder to describe than to relate to
when you see the work, which has an endearing immediacy.
Come to the reception
on April 13 to experience both of these strong exhibitions of contemporary
art from the left coast, and to the 3 pm Juror's Talk and Gallery
Walk on May 20 to learn more.
Sanchez Art Center
is located at 1220 Linda Mar Boulevard in Pacifica, about a mile
east of Highway 1. Following opening night, the galleries are open
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 1–5 pm, or by calling in advance to
set a time, through May 20.