Discovery Series: Local Texture
February 9 - March 2, 2018
Christine Muratore Evans
Feb 9th, 5:15pm
with Reception to follow 6:00-7:00pm
Please join the artists as they share their motivation in making art and techniques in this brief artist talk and answer questions from the audience. Free and open to the public.
The Discovery Show Series was created to showcase regional artists who are relatively undiscovered by the community of Chico. We, the jurors, did not start out with a theme in mind when selecting bodies of work, rather, we chose those whose work would, when shown together, create a cohesive exhibition. What draws these five artists and their pieces together is their use of texture. There are no radical statements, no political content, no social commentary, but rather a focus on the quotidian; the everyday experience.
John Crowe Ransom, an American poet and critic referred to the 'how' in poetry as Local Texture; the use of vocabulary, phrasing, expressions, idioms, imagery, metaphor, rhyme and meter. Like the elements of line, shape, space, form, value, texture, and color in art, Local Texture is the character of a work of art. It cannot be dismissed or subjugated by the 'what' or subject matter. It is the vehicle that delivers meaning and sometimes it is the ride itself.
Art is not just about beauty. Some art is created to focus on ugly things, or an ugly subject. Art is not only self expression, it can generate new ideas and it can be used to examine perceptions about life experiences, culture, relationships and identity. Art can be therapy, life enhancing and healing. Through color, patterns, and texture there can be a meditative reprieve from grief and allows us to reflect on patterns of our own internal world. It is a nonverbal form of communication that can be self revealing, help in dealing with anxiety, and can be empowering.
Lisa Freeman-Wood, CAC Vice President
Cameron Kelly, CAC Gallery Director