Laura VanDuren and Carol Aust June 7th-July 19th 2014
Opening Reception June 7th, 7-9 pm
Artist talk with Laura VanDuren and Carol Aust
Saturday June 21st, 7-9 pm
After the artist talk and Q and A…
This is your invitation to tell a story. Share your ease or struggle. What observations have you made throughout a lifetime of moving, replanting yourself, starting over in a job or whatever you may have experienced that relates to belonging and identity? Informal open floor.
Artist talk @ 7pm Spoken word 9pm.
“I long, as every human being does, to be at home wherever I find myself.” — Maya Angelou
Belonging, an exhibit featuring the work of Laura VanDuren and Carol Aust. Through sculpture and paintings, the show explores identity, home and our relation to it.
Laura VanDuren’s sculptures and installation explore stories about our perception of home, with work you can actually get inside. Visitors are invited to write on the inside of the installations, thus becoming part of the art.
VanDuren has been sculpting with clay for the past twenty years, however in the last few years she has returned to her “steel” roots by welding and casting in iron, bronze and aluminum. Her mold-making adventures have led her to experiment with casting with resin, sugar, salt and any other medium that will cooperate. She is one of the founding members of Mercury 20 Gallery in the Oakland Art Murmur district.
Carol Aust works in acrylic on canvas and wood panels from her studio in Oakland, California. Her figurative paintings are emotionally-charged narrative fragments infused with mysterious tension and secrecy. She often places her figures in precarious environments where anything could happen.
Carol Aust’s work expresses the human need for connection and belonging and the difficulty of achieving either.