THELMA SADOFF CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Event Calendar

Jun
23
Thu
Tom Lundquist: SciFi Jumbo
Jun 23 – Aug 6 all-day

Exhibition will be on display from June 23, 2022 –  August 6, 2022

“Science fiction can be a great source of fun for people who make pictures. Though the subjects need to be reasonably rendered, all requirements for recognizable environments, scaling, or any object’s reason for being may be tossed over your shoulder.

I watched a set of interviews with the actors and FX artists who were bringing Dr Who into the contemporary world in 2005. When they explained that it was a children’s show, I realized that this genre could be exciting (even alarming) without being vicious or horrifying. That was intriguing and a dozen ideas grew out of it.

Why do they need to so big? I had just finished doing a 96 image print series where everything was “poster size.” Changing the scale would prevent me from just repeating those posters with a different set of characters. Since I owned a big printer, I decided to let it roar.

Everything in this exhibit is produced through some form of digital modeling and/or digital painting. I turned to computer imagery after spending much of my youth making elaborately detailed drawings. The ability to create much more complex images was an irresistible enticement and I was willing to put aside traditional drawing values to do it.
I live in Los Angeles, California and teach part time at Santa Monica College.”

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Galleries are free to view:

Monday – Friday: 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 3 pm
Closed on Sundays

 

Aug
11
Thu
Mayuko Ono Gray: 諸行無常_This Too, Shall Pass
Aug 11 – Sep 24 all-day

Exhibition will be on display from August 11, 2022 – September 24, 2022.

“Reflecting a life which is both culturally Japanese and American, my graphite drawings hybridize influences from traditional Japanese calligraphy combined with Western drawing practices and aesthetics. Ejected out of Japan at the age of 18 with full of curiosity and no fear, swallowed by America, nearly dead, my works emerge from my experiences of displacement, immigration, deportation, love, trauma, the crush of motherhood, failed relationships and other meaningful encounters with the unknowable. My current works investigate and examine the unknowable through both images and proverbs.

Growing up in Japan, every Saturday afternoon was spent with my Sensei, a calligraphy master who would assign words for each of us to practice. We would spend hours producing copies of the Sensei’s sample. The goal was to imitate the sample, paying attention to the line quality, the varying speed, the pressure and angle of the brush movement. The handling of the brush had to become rhythmic and graceful.

At high school age, in preparation to entrance exam to art university in Japan, I had to take private lessons to learn drawing with graphite and charcoal practicing techniques such as chiaroscuro and sfumato. Saturday afternoons were then spent at a Western style art studio with pedestals, still lifes, and white marble copies of Roman busts instead of tatami mat calligraphy studio sitting on the floor. The fluid ink was replaced with malleable graphite and ephemeral charcoal. The wet immediacy of calligraphic line was replaced with illusionistic volumes meticulously rendered. Instead of going through dozens of rice papers in a session, one sheet of high-quality cotton paper was given to work on. But I never applied to college there.

 

Traditional Asian art-forms have often integrated word and image, and my interest and practice also follow the path in my unique way. In my current works, I mostly use images of persons, animals, and still lifes captured in my banal daily experiences. A Japanese proverb accompanies each work, spelling out the hiragana and kanji, characters intertwine to create a single line which has only one entrance and one exit. The calligraphic line begins at the top right and ends toward the bottom left of the page, following traditional Asian writing. The single line going through a pictorial plane is a metaphor of a life: one entrance as birth of physical body, and one exit as death and loss of physical body, and all the complicated experiences during existence between these two.”

For more information about the artist click HERE!

Galleries are free to view:

Monday – Friday: 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 3 pm
Closed on Sundays

Sep
29
Thu
Lizz Stringfield: Cognitive Environment
Sep 29 – Nov 12 all-day

Exhibition will be on display from September 29 – November 12, 2022.

“Blending the vernacular of snapshot, landscape, and scientific photography, my work uses perceptual trickery to subvert visual expectations. By manipulating the readable information through unique lighting conditions, digital collage, and elements of drawing, an image remains open– familiar yet new.

Environmental Cognition, Cognitive Environment, and Coruscate are segments of a collection of photographs focused on human and environmental interactions as collaborations. Balance in nature is maintained through ever-moving relationships between biotic components (living) and abiotic components (nonliving). Psychically, humans are transitioning from a man-dominates-nature perspective to a person(s)-as-part-of nature approach to the world around us.”

For more information about the artist click HERE!

 

 

Galleries are free to view:

Monday – Friday: 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 3 pm
Closed on Sundays

Paho Mann: “Paho Mann”
Sep 29 – Nov 12 all-day

Exhibition will be on display from September 29 – November 12, 2022.

“I am a lens-based artist and educator working in Dallas, Texas where I am as Associate Professor of Art at the University of North Texas. My creative work has been exhibited locally and nationally. I am proposing a solo exhibition of a new lens-based project addressing perception, memory, and shifting values within photography. This project links contemporary digital 3d scanning technology to historic cameras.

In Fragmented Cameras, I use a 3D scanner to scan historic and obsolete cameras from the California Museum of Photography’s collection. By using consumer-grade 3D scanning technology the scans often depict objects as fragmented versions of themselves, almost as if they have exploded. This becomes a metaphor for the constant transition of photographic
technology and the use of new technology to comment on increasingly obsolete formats of historic image-making. By allowing the 3D scans to glitch, I call attention to the way lens-based media only mediates, but never truly represents reality.

This exhibition consists of large-scale framed digital prints. The images are printed in the various aspect ratios of the original cameras that I scanned. For example, an image of a 35mm film camera would be printed at a 2:3 ratio and a medium format camera would be printed square. The physical presence of the work is quite different than the digital file – the shift in scale and size and the abstracted nature of the images offers a visual experience different from the representational nature we often associate with photography or other lens-based media.

With the ever-increasing proliferation of images, there can be an assumption that new technologies can show the physical world in a complete form. Allowing the introduction of glitch and technical failures into my prints highlights the mediated nature of images. The work in one aspect is about the mediation of reality through technology and media – the physicality of the work offers yet another layer in this mediated experience. The exhibition allows for a full cycle from an object, mediated through multiple technologies back to an object again (the framed print), as a way to foster an experience and hopefully thoughts and conversation about the edges and boundaries of photography.”

For more information about the artist click HERE!

Galleries are free to view:

Monday – Friday: 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 3 pm
Closed on Sundays

Nov
17
Thu
Meredith Setser: “Strata Verse”
Nov 17 2022 – Jan 7 2023 all-day

Exhibition will be on display from November 17, 2022 – January 7, 2023.

Meredith Setser is and printmaker and textile artist currently employed as an assistant professor of printmaking at the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis. She studied at both Edinboro University in Pennsylvania and Indiana University (IUPUI campus) for her undergraduate studies, earning a BFA in 1997. She also attended graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she completed her MFA degree in 2004. Meredith has taught printmaking courses as an adjunct instructor at both the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Milwaukee School of Art and Design.

Meredith is an active member of the printmaking community and has attended several conferences, including the Southern Graphics Council Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, where she gave a demonstration entitled “Printing on Unusual Surfaces”. She most recently gave a plaster pronto plate lithography demonstration at the 2008 Mid-America Art conference. Her plaster technique is featured on Friedhard Kiekeben’s site dedicated for nontoxic printmaking, www.nontoxicprint.com.

Some recent shows include the Qijiang International Print Exhibition in South West China, the 12th Annual Washington Printmaker’s Small Print Exhibition in Washington, DC, Folly, a solo exhibition at the Basile Gallery in Indianapolis, and Perform/Install III at the South Bend Museum of Art. Along with teaching printmaking, Meredith has given several workshops and demonstrations in the textile medium of felt making across the United States. She currently resides in Indianapolis with her partner George, 3 iguanas, 4 birds, and 9 tortoises. Although she now lives in the great state of Indiana, Meredith was born in Wyandotte, Michigan and spent much of her childhood here. In spite of her busy work schedule, she still finds the time to vacation annually in Rose City, Michigan, and migrates to Detroit several times a year to catch Red Wings hockey at the Joe Louis Arena.

For more information about the artist click HERE!

 

Galleries are free to view:

Monday – Friday: 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 3 pm
Closed on Sundays

Michael Litzau: Acts of Devotion
Nov 17 2022 – Jan 7 2023 all-day

Exhibition will be on display from November 17, 2022 – January 7, 2023.

“Ritual is described as an established or prescribed procedure for a religious or other rite. In a sense, a ritual is a physical action that affirms ones connection and belonging to a higher being. If one were to devote more time and effort to something, would they be more connected or valued? My artwork embraces tedious techniques and time consuming art making. I utilize a variety of techniques that are aesthetically different but connected in subject matter. In my work I use cross-stitch, hand cut copper and printmaking because they are meticulous and repetitive. The visuals in my artwork are players of the Green Bay Packers. Through my dedication to time consuming processes I am proving my worth as a fan. By spending obsessive hours on attention to detail I elevate my subject matter from a mere image to an iconic level.

Growing up in Wisconsin I was indoctrinated into being a fan of the Green Bay Packers. As I have moved around the country I find that running into a random Packer fan is a welcome connection to another person but also to home. With fellow fans I can talk about how the season is going, last weeks game, or even where they are from. It is human nature to want to be a part of a group. My artwork, in part, is about connections with others over shared interests and experiences.”

For more information about the artist click HERE!

 

Galleries are free to view:

Monday – Friday: 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 3 pm
Closed on Sundays