As a child growing up in California of the 50s and 60s, Greg Miller’s visual memory was formed by the billboards, advertisements, and pulp fiction covers that saturated popular culture. In his mixed media paintings, Miller draws on the graphics and context of the landscape of his youth to create contemporary works of Americana. Through layers of paint, paper, and fragmented images, Miller creates work that excavates and expands upon popular culture. Considered a “neo-pop” painter, Miller’s work builds upon the often iconic nature of past advertisements and ephemera. Gilman Contemporary Monday-Friday 10-5 Saturday 11-5
Artist Reception for Kelly Ording at Gilman Contemporary
Join Gilman Contemporary in toasting Kelly Ording and her exhibition “A Bright Side.” Meet the artist and enjoy the exhibition. Thursday, July 8th 5-7 pm
Kelly Ording~ A Bright Side Exhibition at Gilman Contemporary
Gilman Contemporary is pleased to announce “A Bright Side” an exhibition of works on paper and canvas by Oakland, CA artist Kelly Ording. From muted tones to vibrant colors, pen and ink drawings to paintings, Kelly Ording intentionally pushes the limits of minimalism and representation. She separates her paintings between abstracted landscapes and geometric abstractions, the former being intuitive and the latter being more intentional. The landscapes pull their palettes from the natural world, while the geometric pieces give Kelly the freedom to use bright and exuberant tones. Each piece begins with a dyeing process, setting up a composition based on the natural result of this process. Some papers or canvases are dyed by hand with large watercolor brushes and others are dip-dyed. Kelly’s process mimics natural occurrences, like the tides and the unstoppable passing of time which she constantly contemplates. “The past year has undoubtedly challenged our understanding of the passing of time. My paintings explore the marking of time and question how one is able to register time in a visual way.” Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday 10-5 Saturday 11- 5
Steve Wrubel~ Rodeo Exhibit
Photographer Steve Wrubel’s “Rodeo” series captures the spirit of the bronc and bull riders of the American Rodeo. Each photograph removes the pageantry and chaotic backdrop of the rodeo ring, allowing Wrubel to focus on rider and animal showcasing a synchronized dance. Exhibit located at Gilman Contemporary. Monday through Friday 10-5, Saturday 11-5.
Why Photography? A group exhibition
“Why Photography?” is an ode to our passion for photography and the wide range of techniques and styles this medium allows. One of the greatest powers of photography is the ability for an image to give the viewer a new perspective on how we see, and experience life. Fine art photography has continued to evolve technically and visually since its inception in the 1830s, and our artists in this exhibition demonstrate the vast scope of this art form. From the iconic fashion imagery of Melvin Sokolsky, and the intimate still-lifes of Jefferson Hayman to Laurie Victor Kay’s large-scale digitally altered landscapes and Charles Kay Jr’s lenticular photographs that let you travel to multiple cities at once, this exhibition explores how photography can transport you to new places. Fine art photography is something we have enjoyed sharing with our patrons since first opening the gallery and our passion for collecting the medium has not diminished. The visual escape this medium provides has only amplified our love and our desire to share it.
Gilman Contemporary – February Exhibits
Joanne Freeman “Color as Form” New York based painter Joanne Freeman’s works on paper and oil paintings are vibrant and filled with an innate sense of space and form. With a nod towards bold, simplistic mid-century media, Freeman’s gouache and aquatints utilize monochromatic color to convey the nuances of geometry. These paper pieces often embrace a single unadulterated color, compelling us to further examine the shapes Freeman creates. In comparison, the pigment in her oil paintings is more translucent, revealing the soft texture of the linen. Her fluid and gestural application creates a sense of transitioning light and color as forms undulate and emerge from the background. Color as Form is Joanne Freeman’s first exhibition at Gilman Contemporary. Holly Miller “Disconnected Connections” In her exhibition Disconnected Connections, Holly Miller’s work explores the physical connection between shape, line and color. Acrylic paint is punctuated by linear embroidery adding a subtle sculptural element to the canvas. Miller’s hand is visible in the pencil marks that frame her application of paint, subtly shifting the way we encounter the role of the artist. This exhibition features paintings that can be two parts of a whole or separate entities, creating a thread of connection and disconnection.
Deck Your Walls
This holiday season Gilman Contemporary celebrates artists who have spent the last year exploring and developing their art in new and intriguing ways. Our exhibition, will explore the power of evolution, with a focus on abstract art, in a time of uncertainty. New to the gallery is Arizona artist Mayme Kratz. Walking the dusty, hot landscape collecting seeds, bones and other odd bits that most might overlook, Kratz forages materials for her work. Her walks reveal the fragile ecosystems and strange beauty of the Southwest. She then layers this detritus in colored resin, transforming the humble materials into lyrical compositions. Italian painter, Marco Casentini conceived a new style during his quarantine in Milan. In his latest paintings, Casentini has introduced layers of dense grids or stripes over his signature overlapping planes of color. Painted on the metal surface of composite panels, the intricate linear work of Casentini’s compositions vibrate with color while still revealing the color forms beneath. Craig Mooney’s newest paintings of cityscapes are based on memory and understanding of the valleys and canyons created by monumental buildings. There is a romantic quality to this new work, each piece is created with an atmospheric lens that is almost dreamlike. …