Artist Reception September 6, 2018 6PM-8PM
Featuring Andy Cunningham and Angela Johal
Also, Special project Turntable Drawings by Jon Fischer.
Part visual art, sound pattern and performance. Come for the experience Saturday, Sept. 15, 7PM-9PM
Exhibit runs through Sept. 29th
In my painting, I aim to create a visual grammar that all people and languages can understand. Paintings should resonate with a quick intuitive understanding and bring joy to the viewer, and this can happen when both the physical and spiritual worlds are given a more equal emphasis.
I paint with striped diagonal or circular bands of color which forces illusionistic space out of my painting. I want the flatness of the painting, color and geometric shapes to be the subject rather than to create false illusions of things like representational art does when it draws from nature or fabricated worlds.
Initially, I spend a great deal of time drawing to come up with a design that is stable and fixed, then use color quite freely and randomly and call my working process “ordered chaos”.
Music plays an essential part of my painting process. Music, like painting, reaches within to react directly upon the emotions. Color vibrates for me on the canvas just like music does in my ears. When I paint, I cannot distinguish between what I hear and what I see, it’s like a blending of the senses.
In school I was taught to establish one focal point, avoid the center at all cost, shoot for the “golden section”, stay away from the edges as not to take the viewer off, and never paint with two’s or even numbers, but honestly, I break each of these rules in most of my work. In my X Series, I divide a rectangular space in four even quadrants, put an X in the center, push the eye outwards and off the edge into infinity with the kinetic rhythm of diagonal bands of color. This process is also echoed in my Emanation and Rite of Passage Series. In Convergence, The Stars Collide, Converging Colour and You Hear the Colours, two worlds converge to create a visual tension and possible main focal point, but there is a release where the viewer is taken to secondary and tertiary areas of interest. This visual rhythm echoes the same rhythm in music.
Angela Johal holds a BFA in Painting from San Jose State University and is represented by David Richard Gallery in New York, NY & Santa Fe, NM, Slate Contemporary Gallery in Oakland, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artist’s Gallery in Fort Mason, Jules Place Art Gallery in Boston.
I have been allowing my work to take me for walks, hikes and wanderings lately, allowing them to guide me through the underbrush to vistas otherwise unseen to me. Sometimes the hikes are difficult but exhilarating. Other times they are spaces for conversations.
My work is about painting. My work is about color. My work is about space, the grid, line, mass, and shape. My work is also about speed in working or the residue of the act of working in a speedy fashion. My work is about composition. My work is about these things as content in the context of making art.
Born in New York, Andy Cunningham currently lives in Sacramento, where he teaches drawing at Sacramento Country Day School. Cunningham studied studio art at California College of Arts and Crafts and UC Davis and holds a Master of Arts degree in Combined Media from Hunter College in New York City. Cunningham’s work has been exhibited widely in the Sacramento region, including Brickhouse Gallery and the Crocker-Kinglsey Art Competition at the Crocker Art Museum; on the East Coast; and in Germany, the Netherlands, and France.