Untitled Document

Water Works

In Conjunction with the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art (ViCA)
in association with the Sam Francis Foundation

July 5 through Aug. 17

Featuring works by:

Dark Bob, Fatemeh Burnes, Sam Erenberg, Kio Griffith, Gloriane Harris, Juri Koll, Barbara Kolo, KuBO, Jayme Odgers, Kirk Pedersen,
Kate Register, and Karrie Ross

Curated by Juri Koll
With Catalog Essays by Peter Frank & Shana Nys Dambrotz

The artists in this show use watercolor, inks, and other liquid media for a variety of reasons - some love the risk of not being able to alter the result once it hits the paper. Others have a more formal reason for the process. Some use the medium as a contemplative, almost reverential experience, or for "quiet meditation or being present in the moment" , as Shana Nys Dambrot says. All these motivations inspire these works, and engage the audience with the here and now, regardless of when the work was completed.

Many of the artists have been influenced in some way by Japanese Sumi painters or modern artists such as Sam Francis. As a special feature, original Sam Francis works will be on view during the opening at The Porch Gallery, in Ojai, California.

The show will be accentuated by a series of events encouraging the playful, improvisational risk -taking that liquid, water, and pigment allow - not just a show, but an uninhibited, bold, color- filled experience.

Let's get wet!