“Esoteric Explorations”
Desiree Engel, Jean Fitch Jones, Mildred Kouzel
November 2 – December 30, 2007
Receptions: November 10, 6-9 p.m.
December 8, 2007 from 6-9 p.m.

Gallery 57 Underground
Contemporary Fine Art
In the Arts Colony, 300 S. Thomas St. (basement), Pomona, CA 91766
Media contact:  Mervyn Seldon (626) 919-1297
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Gallery hours: Friday-Sunday, 12-4 pm

57 UNDERGROUND, a contemporary art gallery in downtown Pomona , will present an exhibit of new works titled “ESOTERIC EXPLORATIONS”. The artists showing in this exhibition are: Desiree Engel, Ceramics/Raku; Jean Fitch Jones, abstract paintings; and Mildred Kouzel, mixed media collages.

Desiree Engel, "Cabbage Bowl", raku fired ceramic, 9" x 9" x 9".

Desiree Engel:

Most of my work has been based on shapes and colors I find in nature and in everyday life.  I have worked in diverse media such as oil painting, watercolor, printmaking, mixed media, handmade paper, clay and glass. At this time I am mostly concentrating on ceramics because I enjoy the immediacy of clay and the many possibilities of working with it.

One of the qualities I like is that the final look of a piece is somewhat out of my control as it warps when subjected to the high firing temperature. I also like to experiment and look for new ways of using the material. This body of work is raku fired, which means the after firing in the kiln the pieces were placed into fire in a covered container. The smoke from the flame then gave it its own unique and unpredictable look.  I have taken the process one step further by combining conventional glazes with the raku process and am excited about the new direction this has taken me.

Jean Fitch Jones,  "In the Spirit of the Medicine Man”, acrylic on canvas, 5' x 4'.

Jean Fitch Jones:

My abstract paintings are explorations of color, harmony and proportion, which allow viewers to search within themselves and find their personal images or interpretations in my art works.

As an artist I focus on bringing the Eastern world and Western world together on canvas.  To this end I use bold, gestural painting strokes of Western abstract expressionism along with a delicate, almost dance-like line of Eastern calligraphy. I enjoy creating this marriage of male and female style in art.

Mildred Kouzel, "Globe V", mixed media on wood, 18" x 24".

Mildred Kouzel:

My main body of work has for some time been mixed media wood reliefs using the Greek vase as a format for making analogies of ancient and contemporary culture.

The works in this exhibit are part of a new and different body of work that I am developing. The “Globe” assemblage is a bird’s eye view of layers of time affecting the landscape.  The newest series are two-dimensional paintings on canvas incorporating collage.  My focus is on our changing contemporary environment.

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