Water Works Show at the Porch Gallery, Ojai
Show up from July 5 – August 17, 2014
Curated by Juri Koll
With Catalog Essays by Peter Frank, Shana Nys Dambrot & John Seed
The artists in this show use watercolor, inks, and other liquid media for a variety of reasons – some love the risk of not being able to alter the result once it hits the paper. Others have a more formal reason for the process. Some use the medium as a contemplative, almost reverential experience, or for “quiet meditation or being present in the moment”, as Shana Nys Dambrot says. All these motivations inspire these works, and engage the audience with the here and now, regardless of when the work was completed.
“I paint watercolors because they are alive, their blending creating another reality that was not planned or expected. The chemistry of the medium is all about water… in the air, time of day and year, how liquid the paint and if the paper is prewet or dry. For me, painting with watercolor is “high-risk” you never know how a piece will turn out. Water, the flow of life and change.”
~Karrie Ross, Los Angeles Artist
Many of the artists have been influenced in some way by Japanese Sumi painters or modern artists such as Sam Francis. As a special feature, original Sam Francis works will be on view during the Opening at The Porch Gallery, in Ojai, California.
The show will be accentuated by a series of events encouraging the playful, improvisational risk taking that liquid, water, and pigment allow not just a show, but an uninhibited, bold, color filled experience. Let’s get wet!
Huffington Post article by Shana Nys Dambrot
The Dark Bob , Fatemeh Burnes, Sam Erenberg, Sam Francis, Kio Griffith, Gloriane Harris, Juri Koll, Barbara Kol,o, Ku Bo, Jayme Odgers, Kirk Pedersen, Kate Register, Karrie Ross
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