Opening May 7th - Habitat - a group show at Park LifeApril 21st, 2010
Park Life Gallery presents
A group show featuring the artwork of Charlie Callahan, Jeff Canham, David Muller, Jeff Manson, and Serena Mitnik-Miller.
Opening Reception Friday, May 7, 2010
May 7 – June 6, 2010
Habitat displays residue collected, constructed, remembered and imagined by five artists whose lifestyles weave carefully chosen elements conceptualized in an idealistic environment. Through painting, drawing, and sculpture the work seeks to join imagined landscapes with details of day-to-day neighborhood living and the allure of the natural world.
Charlie Callahan’s infatuation is with the global diversity of sea urchin exoskeletons, once loosing their protective needles naturally resemble mandalas. He paint’s and reconstructs primitive ocean forms like starfish as examples of cymatic evolution or results of cosmic and interference frequencies seemingly invisible to us. Charlie currently works from his studio in Petaluma.
Serena Mitnik-Miller executes her painting with watercolor on paper, employing transparent, repetitive shapes in vivid colors that reference nature specific to habitats at the edge of the sea. Mitnik-Miller associates these colors and geometries with organic vocabulary and palette, most importantly its complex dynamic. The paintings become increasingly disorienting with layered internal space and vortex like sensibility shifting the image beyond the paper. Serena works in many mediums, including photography, printmaking and sculpture. Serena currently lives and works near the ocean in San Francisco, where she runs her own venture, General Store.
Jeffrey Manson works in multiple disciplines including sculpture, drawing and light projection. He is primarily interested in the ephemeral architecture of driftwood shacks and the colorful characters that inhabit them around the beaches of his Northern California home. He has collaborated with many rock bands and shown work at Smokey’s Tangle, Mollusk Surf shop and the Farmer and Cook Gallery.
David Muller lives at Ocean Beach and divides his time between making a home with his wife and baby daughter, running a small restaurant, and filling in the cracks with art, nature and music. His visual art depicts real and imagined glimpses of personal nostalgia including sacred objects, familiar landscape, utopian escapism and abandoned architecture. These images are woven together by the implied narrative of the places where purpose and dreams collide.
Jeff Canham’s colorful, typographic compositions showcase his skills as a fine artist, graphic designer and traditional sign painter. From art directing Surfer Magazine to learning the traditional craft of sign painting at New Bohemia Signs, his juxtaposition of old and new methods have evolved to form the backbone of his work today. Jeff currently resides in San Francisco, California
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