FEATURED ARTIST: JUDY HEIMLICH –
thru AUGUST 31, 2014
FEATURED ARTIST: GEORGE MARLOWE –
thru MAY 31, 2014
I was raised by very artistic parents; my father a musician/bandleader, my mother taught art, dance, and ceramics and my brother, a composer, musician/bandleader. As a child, I loved all forms of art, photography, drawing, painting and music.
Self taught, I find that most days I get up and feel that I just need to do some form of art.
It doesn’t matter if it’s a masque of clay, an acrylic work on paper, grabbing my camera and going out and shooting something or getting on my computer and doing some digital work on one of my existing photos. For me it’s all about the process and the work.
In the mid 1960’s I did a series of paintings similar to my current ‘Patterns’ series and left them with my mother who loved the work and had a beautiful home in Riviera section of Santa Barbara. That home and everything in it burned to the ground in the Monticeto fire and all of that body of art work was lost forever. I decided late in 2011 it was time to revisit that body of work and created ‘Patterns’, a 38 piece collection of works that were inspired by the works of Miro, Caulder and Kandinsky.
In the 1970’s I developed art and craft products for Mattel, Ceramichrome and the art and craft division of General Mills. During my employment at Ceramichrome I got a real education in ceramics, developing a line of once fired ceramic craft products for the mass market called ‘BisqueKits’. For a year I had the honor of working with some of the finest and most highly regarded ceramists in the world. It was an education you couldn’t pay for.
In the late ‘80’s I was re-introduced to ceramics as a friend was taking a ceramics class at a local recreation center and the teacher invited me to stay and create some pieces. That morning I created my first two masques and knew that “masques of clay” were my immediate calling. For the next several years I devoted myself to the creation of ‘masques of clay’. A year later some office space became available with a natural studio in the back. I became totally immersed in masque making and that studio is where I created most of my body of work. In January, 2009, due to the recession, I moved to a much smaller space in Marina del Rey, but so far, I’m delighted with the work I’ve created there as well.
In 2009 I decided to return to another one of my loves, photography and have been working on several series of photographs that depict many of the things that we see and take for granted everyday. One of the series is entitled ‘Textures’ and the pieces are shot in such a way as to let the viewer decide what it is that draws them into the experience. My latest works include a collection of digital photos that stretch me once again to challenge just how far I can go. For me it’s all about pushing my personal envelope to see where the limits of my creativity lie.
In 2010 I met and began working with Robert (Bob) Mackie an amazingly skilled artist and craftsman originally from England and raised in Trinidad. We have been working together ever since on several different and divergent series of projects in Collage, Mirrors of Cloisonné and Ceramic and various forms of assemblage. My latest works are in Collage and Assemblage in Paper, Found Objects, Metal and Wood and I feel are some of my finest works to date.
CURRENT ARTIST: ERIKA BIRD
Illustration & Design
DECEMBER 1 thru FEBRUARY 1, 2014
(below: “Brothers Ocean, Wind, and Trees” from Ocean Myths series)
With professional experience as a sports illustrator, Erika Bird explores nature and physics through her drawings and paintings.
She is passionate about scientific study, science education, and the natural world. She addresses environmental exploitation in her series Ocean Myths, inspired by legends of ocean deities from Micronesia and Polynesia. In Ocean Myths, she brings contemporary ambivalence towards ocean health into contrast with traditional respect for the seas.
Erika enjoys working in multiple media–many of her pieces start as drawings or collages and move into paintings or digital color.
Inspirations include science fiction, science and science education, 80’s synth pop, jazz, improv (other peoples’ improv), and modernist furniture.
Influences include modernists such as El Lissitzky, contemporary graphic designers such as Mike Perry and Simon Page, filmmakers Stanley Kubrick and Hayao Miyazaki, and fine artists Laura Owens, James Jean, and Jorinde Voigt.
Erika Bird lives in Los Angeles and studies Illustration at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.
www.erikabird.com – EB@erikabird.com | E. Bird Studio
OCTOBER 1 thru NOVEMBER 30, 2013
Although photography has been a part of Eric’s life for all these years, his career has been in the film business as a supervising sound editor and sound designer for feature films and television. Heading back in time, he has lent his creative talents to Man of
Steel, Ted, The Book of Eli, 300, The Cooler, Road to Perdition, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, among others. In the late 1990’s, Eric won two Emmy awards for his contribution to two different Stephen King mini-series.
While all the images in this show were shot with his ‘big’ camera, Eric loves taking pictures with his smartphone – mainly because it is always with him. Even when working full time in sound, sometimes more than full time in sound, he still tries to find a unique perspective to photograph the world around him. He likes to think of it as creative cross training.
You can find him on Instagram as sfxeric.
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