Cheryl Kline, “Dancing Oracles” (Main Gallery)
February 2 – March 26, 2006
“Drawings” (Front Gallery)
February 2 – April 2, 2006
Opening Reception for both:  Thursday, February 2, 7-10pm

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Cheryl Kline, “In Light of Rhapsody”, 2005, oil on linen, 44 x 104”.

Main Gallery
Cheryl Kline

Bodies in flux, eroticism in motion and a touch of hedonism come to life at Gallery C with its new exhibition DANCING ORACLES opening February 2nd.  Displaying a “body” of work in which artist Cheryl Kline channeled her primal instincts and utilized her own body to create expressive pieces that visually pulsate off the canvas.  The exhibit will be kicked off with an artist’s cocktail reception on February 2, 7–10 p.m.  The evening’s festivities will feature the impassioned creative dance by Desert Sin.  This dramatic and dazzling dance group, which embodies the origins of Middle Eastern dance, has become known for their traveling production, “Musee des Femmes.”

In her DANCING ORACLES series, Kline uses her body to achieve stunning psychological effects. Applying paint to her nude body, she places herself onto a painted surface. Affecting a variety of posses, she follows the impulses of her mind to release innate energies. Hence, her physical body becomes the primary vehicle for expression. By continuing to work the surfaces, she allows her creativity to explode into visions previously undivided. As in In Light Of Rhapsody, figures pulsate with life. They dance and float like sacred earth goddesses from a mythic past. Ritually ascending and transforming, they evolve and metamorphose into strong physical presences. By adding a projective dimension, Kline expands the sensation of pictorial space.

In Shroud, Kline varied her process by wrapping her painted body in fine linen. The linen was then attached to a wooden board where she continued to layer and distress the surfaces. The resultant image resembles an aged skeletal imprint, like a discovered remnant from the past. Dense layering adds to a visual mystique between figure and ground, conjuring a pentimento transude from ancient civilizations in a series of inventive monoprints, Kline uses a form of psychic automatism by placing body parts directly on the plates.  Kline’s richly layered surfaces and subtle color harmonies are rooted in Renaissance aesthetics, the result of intensive classical studies. She studied old masters at the Atelier of Jan Saether at the Bruchion School of Realist Art in Los Angeles. She then attended the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy where she studied figurative classical art. Her studies are reflective in her blending of deep earth tones with blues, reds, oranges and yellows. The chromatic buildup, fused with layers of glazes, imbue her works with a romantic old world aura. Ultimately, Kline’s consciousness, through transitory figures, take the artist and viewer on an emotional journey not soon to be forgotten.

DANCING ORACLES will be on exhibit in the main gallery until March 26th.  Also on display in the front gallery, DRAWINGS, featuring works by various artists from February 2 through April 2, 2006.

Sharon Allicotti, "Samantha Seated", 2005, charcoal
and conté crayon on toned paper, 41 x 29 1/2".

Front Gallery
Group Exhibition

Leave the traditional definition of drawing at the door as Gallery C prepares to open its latest group exhibition DRAWINGS on February 2nd. Innovative and breakthrough concepts of this most traditional and basic craft are explored in this pioneering exhibition. Gallery C Executive Director Nancy Silverman-Miles gathers a group of artists that are redefining the field in this classic medium. The exhibit will be kicked off with an artist’s cocktail reception on February 2, 7–10 p.m.  Artists in DRAWINGS include Lola Del Fresno, Jennifer Celio, Joseph P. Gerges, Sharon Alacotti, David Trulli, Nathan Rohlander, Leigh Salgado, Michael Sokolis, Kiel Johnson, Jessica Curtaz.  

DRAWINGS encompasses the unique style of the California artists and their ability to continually innovate a medium. The subjects in this inventive exhibition are stark, hyper real, surreal, apocalyptic and humanistic. Their tools are ink, pencil, charcoal and graphite utilized on vessels such as paper, wood and masonite. According to Silverman-Miles, “It was the artist who stretched to the depths of this medium, who explored it and made their own definition that caught my eye. DRAWINGS is about challenging what we think a drawing is supposed to be.” In the categorical “isms” and labels associated with art, the general acceptance is painting and not painting. The California artist, ever reactionary and evolutionary of the cultural makeup that is unique to the state, transcends and probes the creative pistons that feed the California art scene and recreate what has been traditionally labeled “a drawing.”  

The artists in DRAWINGS are varied in their style and approach. For example in Jennifer Celio’s To Whim, she creates a landscape in the manner of Chinese artists circa 1000, with its soaring cliffs, craggly rocks and intensified, exaggerated scale. Off Ramp, is an apocalyptic view of the banal of a nameless cityscape: nondescript, ordinary urban decay. Both are expertly crafted in graphite on gessoed wood panel. Artist Kiel Johnson’s style is imaginary, surreal with a hint of boyish emotion. Johnson’s drawings on board are sketchily precise with skeleton like figures of shapes and jutting lines. Intensely tied to contemporary culture with a comical, free spirit, the viewer lives in the world Johnson has created with a childlike curiosity. Jessica Curtaz has taken the concept of “drawing” to an entirely other dimension. Lowly coiled wire is manipulated by the artist’s eye to be rendered elegant, but not before it twists back to a clumsily synthetic form.  Curtaz, inspired by this base inorganic material, treats it organically to form natural poolings of the material.

DRAWINGS will remain on view at Gallery C from February 2, 2006 through April 2, 2006.  Also on display in the main gallery, DANCING ORACLES, featuring expressive oil on canvas works by artist Cheryl Kline from February 2 through March 26, 2006.

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