FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Four Solo Exhibitions
Rebecca Rutstein, Thomas Jackson, Lori Cozen-Geller, and Harrison Storms
June 25-July 19, 2008
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, July 5, 2pm-4pm
SYLVIA WHITE GALLERY
1783 Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001
Telephone: 805-643-8300, FAX (866) 207-2506
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Sylvia White Gallery is pleased to present the winners of their 2008 National Juried Exhibition in four solo shows. The artwork of Rebecca Rutstein, Thomas Jackson, Lori Cozen-Geller and Harrison Storms will be on display in Ventura, CA from June 25 to July 19 with an opening reception July 5, 2008.
Rebecca Rutstein, “blocking out the sun”, acrylic on wood, 36" x 36", 2007.
Always a poetic painter, Rutstein's work possesses touches of mysticism amidst the hard science of geology. This Philidelphia based artist references grand underwater vistas, primordial landscapes and geologic forces which become metaphors for interpersonal relationships. These densely layered spaces hover between atmospheric and graphic, linear and volumetric, decorative and organic, solid and ethereal, abstract and real.
Lori Cozen-Geller, “Soul II”, polyurethane over wood, 18" x 18".
Venice, California sculptor, Cozen-Geller's large scale wall and standing works capture the emotions of the heart and mind, placing them into a frozen visual form, captured within space. The dimensions of each piece, along with the color and finish represent the power of the emotion that the piece was born out of, dictating the specifications of how that art is developed.
Thomas Jackson, “American Slice”, Color Photograph, 2008.
Each of Jackson's photographs combine multiple, often iconic, Americana images to create an open-ended visual narratives that reflect the mood and feeling of our era, as well as America's channel-changing attention span and state of mind. These ambiguous, sometimes voyeuristic works deal with recurring themes that explore the human condition, the environment (both natural and manmade), and consumerism. Thomas Jackson is based out of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Harrison Storms, “John's Canyon 006”, 12" x 9", 2003.
Los Angeles painter Storms' latest series of figures, called John's Canyon, deal mysteriously in recreating the anatomically correct, ideally proportioned human specimen. A realistic depiction of a standing figure is literally ground away in his process, leaving nothing but a raw, many-layered smudge that bears an unsettling resemblance to violently abraded skin. As compelling, absorbing and rewarding as this human body can be, Storms seems to suggest, it's always a short step back to dust.