As you read this, one of the most extensive and unprecedented museum collaborations that has ever occurred in this country is taking place in Southern California. Under the auspices of the Getty Research Institute and the J. Paul Getty Museum, a comprehensive survey of Los Angeles art from 1945-1980 called â€œPacific Standard Timeâ€ is being shown in more than 60 of the regionâ€™s museums and cultural institutions and still more private galleries like this one. (For more information, see the spectacular 330-page eponymous catalog.)
The five artists we are exhibiting in â€œIMPACT: Emotions of Colorâ€ are another generation of artists influenced by the light and environment of Southern California. They are heirs to both the â€œlight and spaceâ€ and â€œfinish fetishâ€ movements, but each has found a unique way to build upon and continue to evolve those traditions. I hope that our show will offer South Florida art enthusiasts a taste of two key elements in â€œPacific Standard Time.â€
Five mid-career California artists will exhibit together for the first time in â€œIMPACT: Emotions of Colorâ€ opening Friday, Mar. 2nd at ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries in downtown Coral Gables.
Each of their unique abstract statements evolved from the extraordinary art matrix of Southern California in the 1960s, sometimes called the â€œLight and Spaceâ€ movement. Stimulated by a heady mix of the surfing culture, glossy finishes on custom hotrods and motorcycles, and new materials from the local aerospace industry, those earlier artists were inspired to produce their abstract, often minimalist works by the regionâ€™s natural phenomena of surf, shorelines, skies, desert landscapes, and a sprawling metropolitan area pulsating with freeways, peppered by billboards and glowing with neon.
The artists represented by â€œIMPACT: Emotions of Colorâ€ essentially cite the same influences from natureâ€”with an updated global perspective. It is no coincidence that Casper Brindle, Ned Evans and Andy Moses are dedicated surfers; the sportâ€™s flashing excitement can be felt in their art. Atmospheric phenomena are among the influences found in the paintings of Lisa Bartleson and Suzan Woodruff.
Gallery owner and director Virginia Miller notes that â€œIMPACT: Emotions of Colorâ€ will offer art enthusiasts an opportunity to experience the contemporary works of outstanding Southern California artists deeply rooted in that regionâ€™s Light and Space movement through June 2012.
Greater Miamiâ€™s longest-established contemporary fine art gallery, ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries is located at 169 Madeira Ave., in the downtown Coral Gables business district. For more information, visit www.virginiamiller.com or call 305-444-4493.
Image: Ned Evans, Ukiah, Acrylic and Mixed Media on Canvas, 41 x 41 inches, 2009Thank you for using Soul Of Miami!