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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Place Your Bets on Who'll Win 'The Abstract' Art Exhibit

Posted on Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 8:55 AM

click to enlarge Fish - KATHRYN ARNOLD
  • Kathryn Arnold
  • Fish

Art exhibits have no winners. Except when they do. And this one does. Or, it will. Which is to say, you don't know who the winner is. Until you do. Welcome to "The Abstract," a show at Sandra Lee Gallery that includes Phil Linhares, chief curator of art at the Oakland Museum of California, as a juror. How does this show have a winner? Read on:

click to enlarge Flowering Branch - KATHRYN ARNOLD
  • Kathryn Arnold
  • Flowering Branch
The gallery solicited works from California artists and received materials from more than 350. It was limited to two-dimensional art, but the gallery reports getting works in multiple media and subject matter. Susan Bolen's Fish, for example, is an acrylic work that includes, well, fish, in addition to a lot more. Using rich primary colors, she mixes scale and perspective to create a scene that includes the medieval, the biblical, the early American, and the apocalyptic.
click to enlarge Wipeout - JESSICA EASTBURN
  • Jessica Eastburn
  • Wipeout
Kathryn Arnold, meanwhile, in Flowering Branch, renders in oils barely discernible plant life that evokes de Kooning and Pollock. Jessica Eastburn, in Wipeout, uses gouache to piece together an abstract work that could be plucked from a Rod Serling dreamscape.

The exhibit opens today (Wednesday), and at a reception on Thursday, June 9, the organizers will reveal the winner, who will be awarded a solo exhibition at the gallery.

So now you know. Except, you don't, really. Yet.

"The Abstract" runs June 1-27 at Sandra Lee Gallery, 251 Post (at Stockton). Admission is free.

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