Artists we are showing
Mirto Golino works effortlessly with the essential elements of assemblage: common materials, novel juxtapositions, and spare, unforced arrangements – touched with an irreverence that elevates her pieces beyond craft into the realm of art. Mirto (pronounced “Meer-taugh”), who has a BFA in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art has a studio in Berkeley and lives in San Rafael. Her father, John Gerachis, is a watercolor artist in Washington, DC.Mirto does a lot of figures like this one, which I've tried to describe to people who haven't seen them as voodoo dolls or fetishes. But that's not the whole story.
Gene Erickson is such a master of paints and finishes that some people might be reluctant to call his work assemblage, which generally has a bit of a knocked-together look to it. But he also brings a deep understanding of his materials to his work, and an extra artistry that commands respect and wonder. Besides, to refuse to call Gene's work assemblage would be to say that the master Louise Nevelson didn't work in the field, and I wouldn't venture to do that. Some of Gene's painted wooden constructions are reminiscent of Nevelson, but in my opinion they're of equal artistic value. Gene lives and works in El Cerrito.
Reddy Lieb's Twig Light is a fine piece of modern assemblage. She uses reclaimed glass in all of her pieces; the copper wire could be old factory wiring with the insulation burnt off or new wire from a giant roll that she scored who knows where. Reddy's larger pieces confirm that her imagination is always lush and fanciful without ever straying over into the merely cute.Reddy, who has an MFA from the California College of Art. taught recycled glass at Public Glass in SF and the Corning Museum of Glass in New York, and was awarded an artist residency at the De Young in 2008.
Paul Moshammer has a light touch with a variety of found materials, and a well-developed sense of the absurd. He began studying etching and lithography at the Wiener Kunstschule (Vienna Art School) in Austria, traveled extensively in Europe, Africa and Israel, and and joined the Fort Mason Printmakers when he finally arrived in San Francisco. Paul is the studio manager for Creativity Explored, a San Francisco art center for adults with disabilities, where he has taught since 1991.
Arthur Comings has been making assemblages since the 70s, when Bruce Connor included him in his infamous Sam's Cafe show in Berkeley. He shows regularly up and down the West Coast.Anything I show here illustrates what I believe to be the basic elements of assemblage: found objects, raw colors and finishes, and inspired juxtapositions. There are no pleasing repetitions, political statements or comical faces in anything that I do. Instead, I try to position the elements of each piece so that they say something about each other, each of us, and the era in which we find ourselves living. In fact, it would be hard for them not to.
Colette Crutcher brings her colorful, free-spirited aesthetic to a variety of disciplines. I'm exhibiting both ceramics and assemblage in this show, but Colette also paints – both wall-hung work and murals. Many of the constructions in Colette's extensive Tangents series have been sold, but I've been able to bring four of the extant ones together for this show. Her extensive tile work, which can be seen in the 16th Avenue Tiled Steps in San Francisco, is infused with her admiration for Simon Rodia, who built the Watts Towers in Los Angeles.