Tuesday-Friday: 3-6 PM; Weekends: Noon-4 PM
Exhibition curated by Anya Montiel
All That Remains: Material Remembrances in Love and Loss brings together three artists who have expressed reactions to the loss of loved ones through art. For these artists, the process and actualization of art-making renders the evanescent body eternal, memorializing the otherwise apparently absent one(s). Here material acts of artistic production have created remembrance and rebirth in times of mourning These artists present work in varied media—an inflatable, plasticized Buddha; large-scale portrait paintings; and pastel drawings on paper—to respond to the immediacy of death and the pain of loss and to assert connection in the face of mortality. The artists assembled in this exhibition are all Native American from indigenous nations in California, and their works reflect their diverse spiritual traditions and artistic influences.
Rick Bartow’s art is informed by the land and animals of the Oregon Coast as well as Native American transformation stories. A prolific artist, he works in pastel, graphite, charcoal, acrylic, mixed media, printmaking, mask making, and sculpture. His works are often personal, reflecting internal struggles, and incorporating images with anthropomorphic qualities. Bartow is a member of the Wiyot Tribe of northern California and makes his home in along the Oregon Coast in Newport. His work has been shown at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, the Museum of Art and Design, and the White House (“Twentieth Century American Sculpture”). He recently completed a monumental outdoor sculpture for the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.
Judith Lowry is of Hammawi Pit River, Mountain Maidu, Washo, Scottish-Irish, and Australian descent. Her large-scale and vividly-colored narrative paintings, done primarily in acrylic on canvas, portray memories and stories from her family as well as issues of injustices against Native peoples and cultural stereotypes. She has exhibited at the Crocker Museum in Sacramento, the Heard Museum, the National Museum of the American Indian, and the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. A solo exhibition of her work spanning two decades closed in January 2013 at the Pence Galley in Davis, CA.
Lewis deSoto is known for his installations, sculpture, and public art that engages cosmological questions, notions of self, and plays with inherent phenomena. His work has shown at the Columbus Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art- San Diego, the Moderna Museet (Sweden), the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and the Worchester Museum of Art. deSoto transforms spaces into peculiar and provocative worlds through light, audio and video technologies. Born to a Cahuilla father and a Hispanic mother, he has been a professor of art at San Francisco State University since 1988. He recently completed a large site-specific installation “Tahquitz” at the Culver Center for the Arts in Riverside, CA.