GALLERY ROUTE ONE EXHIBTIONS: Steven Hurwitz, All of the Above Eco Echo: Unnatural Selection Mimi Abers, Being and Nothingness
Friday, September 13th through Sunday, October 20th
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 14th, 3 – 5 PM
Artist Talks, 2:30 – 3 PM
Steven Hurwitz: All of the Above
Engaging a strongly multidisciplinary approach in his visceral new exhibit, Steven Hurwitz boldly exchanges the earlier formalism of his photographic work for the curvilinear paintings, experimental drawings and unfettered sculptural forms that represent a captivating new direction. His photographs of midnight urban spaces, for which he is perhaps best known, have given way to colorful wooden assemblages which touch upon the memory of wooden toys from another era, these accompanied by contemplative blue and white paintings that provocatively explore the boundary between peaceful abstraction and a vibrant, kinetic world.
Formally trained in the law, Hurwitz soon responded to the call of art-making by enrolling at the San Francisco Art Institute where he undertook a gamut of studies, from film making with George Kuchar to etching with Michi Itami. Today Hurwitz works in the town of Marshall at his studio, located on a former West Marin dairy. He writes, “I believe everything we make or do as fine artists are self-portraits. And for me, the most interesting tack is into the wind, one of self-discovery; a way to derive some insight as to my identity. I suppose this is a Romantic notion, a modern one descended from an early 20th Century conception of the artist as anti-hero, alone in his or her studio, making singular, non-derivative work of personal relevance.”
Eco Echo: Unnatural Selection
Eco Echo: Unnatural Selection presents an array of artists who respond to aspects
of our ecological environment in unexpected and diverse ways. Each artist is
grappling with some ecological concern, creating echoes which are celebratory,
poignant, beautiful, complex, and provide opportunity for audience examination
and refection. Addressing this manifold of concerns, the exhibit features the work of Anne Beck, Barbara Boissevain, Ginger Burrell, Judith Selby Lang, Richard Lang, Kent Manske, Michelle Wilson and Nanette Wylde.
Technology and the increased scale of our actions has resulted in ecological effects which transcend physical borders, often causing individual entities to lose control of the care and quality of their physical existence, while providing others myriad opportunities for both care taking and/or exploitation.
Scientific paradigms provide many positive outcomes yet these often include harmful and sometimes unacknowledged negative effects, such as monoculture, medical interventions, genetically modified foods, robotics, and pharmaceuticals. These manipulations of nature encircle our planet, and with each minute movement, create waves of both concern and delight, very much like the echoes which reverberate in the lives, if not the minds, of earth’s inhabitants.
Mimi Abers: Being and Nothingness
Gallery Route One is pleased to present an exhibit of kiln cast glass sculptures by Mimi Abers. Receiving an MA in sculpture in the late 1970’s, her current work is articulated through the suggested narratives of imminently human forms, these inspired by one of the most urgently humanistic texts of the 20th century, Jean-Paul Sartre’s 1943 masterwork, Being and Nothingness.
During a desperate time of social chaos, warfare and occupation, Sartre asserted that freedom stands upon foundations of authenticity and engagement, and that in order for an individual to be free, the freedom to choose must remain universally inviolate.
Rereading the post-war existentialists recently, Abers came to realize that their ideas remain relevant and that there is a link between existentialism and Zen Buddhism, as both stand upon the traditional tension between being and nothingness.
Sartre’s ethical perspective of “engagement” (engagée) is, as Abers writes, “…not by obedience to God or by following religious law, but by making moral choices and acting on them in an ethics similar to Buddha’s teaching on karma. This is what my pieces seek to explore through the translucence of glass.”
Gallery Route One is an arts organization located in the town of Point Reyes Station, adjacent to the entry for Marin County’s Point Reyes National Seashore. A regional cultural landmark since 1983, GRO offers not only rotating exhibits by member artists as well as Project Space shows by visiting artists, but also cultivates two community outreach programs: Artists in the Schools and the Latino Photography Project. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. every day except Tuesday.
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