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Museum Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Thursday until 8 pm
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Atrium Restaurant Hours: Monday through Friday, 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Admission: $5.00 per visitor / Museum members, students, children 12 & under FREE
Los Angeles Printmakers Society 19th National Exhibition
Saturday, September 15 Saturday, October 27, 2007
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 4, 6 9 PM
The Los Angeles Printmaking Society is once again sponsoring a print competition and exhibition open to printmakers in the US and Canada. The juror is Archana Horsting, the Executive Director and co-founder of Kala Art Institute, a 30-year old non-profit organization that provides state-of-the-art studio space and equipment to working printmakers and digital artists. She has served as a Site Visitor for the National Endowment for the Arts and as a panelist for the California Arts Council. LAPS is also pleased to have as our honoree Ynez Johnston and present highlights from her long and outstanding career in printmaking.
There will be a minimum of $3,000 in awards. The last LAPS National garnered over $5,000 in prizes and purchase awards. Most of the prize winning prints will become the property of major museums and collections in southern California. An illustrated catalog will be published. In addition, accepted artists will become full members of LAPS. All print media are included, with the exception of traditional photography, off-set reproductions, or reproductions of art originally produced in another media. The exhibition will run from September 15 to October 28, 2007, at the Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, California.
September 15, 2-4pm
Donor Awards reception
Opening reception and Riverside Art Walk
October 4, 6-9pm
George Burwick: Fragile
Thursday, September 6 Saturday, October 27, 2007
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 6, 6-9 PM
The Riverside Art Museum is pleased to present “Fragile,” an installation in the first-floor alcove spaces of the museum, by Riverside-based multimedia artist Georg Burwick. “Fragile” opens to the public on Thursday, September 6 2007, with a reception during First Thursday Art Walk, 6-9 p.m., and will be on view until Saturday, October 27.
In his work Burwick addresses concepts of time, space, and memory, employing modern pictorial technologies such as photography and video in installation contexts. Burwick actually reflects upon the nature and history of these technologies, examining the interaction between image, perception, and reality the way photographers, filmmakers, and videastes have since the introduction of their respective media. In his reflections, Burwick brings our attention to the space that exists between us and the screen the distance over which the image is projected, and the distance between our sensate reality and our own optical and mental “projections.” He thus challenges us to re-examine commonplace objects and situations and our relationship to them.
A graduate of Pitzer College in Claremont, Georg Burwick received his MFA at the University of Chicago in 2001. He has exhibited widely throughout the United States. At present he is Director of Digital Media for the new University of California Riverside ARTSblock, the complex of university-run art centers located on Riverside’s downtown Promenade, including the California Museum of Photography, the Sweeney Art Gallery, and the forthcoming Culver Center for the Arts. The Riverside Art Museum is thus especially pleased to be presenting a valued colleague in the downtown Riverside art scene as well as a dynamic young multi-medialist.
FACES FROM THE BLOCK
An exhibition of linoleum prints and blocks by Jesus Cruz, Jr
Thursday, September 6 Saturday, November 10
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 6, 6-9 PM
“Faces From The Block,” an exhibition of linoleum prints and blocks by Jesus Cruz, Jr. opens September 6 at the Riverside Art Museum.
The prints are created with the traditional technique of carving blocks of linoleum with knives, which are inked and run through a press, leaving a copy of the carved block’s image on the paper. “He’s the master carver of Riverside,” said Jorge Fernandez of Division 9 Gallery, where Cruz has displayed artwork in prior exhibits. “I enjoy the contrast of his black and white prints, because they show so much detail.”
Although he works in a traditional medium, Cruz’s work has a very modern look, one that sits well at the intersection of contemporary graphic design and tattoos, albeit with a nod to indigenous motifs.
Cruz’s style is immediately identifiable by his use of thick lines and solid fields of paint, often combining figurative and abstract elements with a woodblock-cut appearance. The prints in the exhibition include faces of alternatively beautiful and tough women and men from around the neighborhood in both natural and contorted expressions.
In opposition to the many artists who pass on their artistic traditions to their children, Cruz was inspired to first create linoleum prints when he saw the artwork his son produced in classes at Riverside Community College. In 2002, he signed up for the printmaking course and has been hooked ever since.
Having retired in July from a 33-year career teaching elementary school, Cruz is now dedicating his time to creating his artwork. As a teacher, Cruz had used pen and ink to make illustrations for his students. The transition from paper to printing block has been a natural one for him.
This is Cruz’s first solo exhibition. “Faces From The Block” remains on view at the RAM until November 10.