Darril Tighe’s watercolors explore abstraction as a means for expressing a range of emotions through color, layering of washes and choices about composition. Tighe’s complex color combinations suggest a quality of translucence and evoke a state of reverie and reflection, through which the viewer is momentarily transported, and then returns, enriched.
Taking inspiration from Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem “As Once the Winged Energy of Delight,” Kathleen Thompson’s recent work emphasizes the vibration of color. Combining references to flowers and natural elements with the use of fluorescent paint, Thompson’s work is not just an abstraction of nature but a bridge to a timeless place.
Matthew Mullins’s large scale watercolor paintings feature private collections, archives and storage facilities, mostly associated with the natural sciences. Fascinated at the amount of material they house, Mullins envisions these spaces as giant curio cabinets housing the souvenirs of people and experiences we’ll never know.
Opposites attract. We yearn for stability and security, but our desire for variety and adventure invites risk. We know that setting goals and sticking to them will get results, yet we give in to the pleasure of breaking rules we ourselves have deliberately crafted.
Body of Light features the stunning photography of Jean-Paul Bourdier, Professor of Architecture at UC Berkeley. Bourdier's colorful images of painted bodies in a desert landscape are a combination of painting, photography, sculpture, body art, land art, performance, design, gymnastics, dance, and acrobatics.
Craig Nagasawa’s paintings examine the complexities of departures, asking viewers to consider such questions as: “What do we experience when someone leaves this world; how can we visualize such moments? Is it possible to create a liminal space in a painting where we are suspended between memory and the present?”
Chris Ashley is an artist, writer, and educator who lives and works in Oakland, California. In addition to his paintings, Ashley is known for his multi-year drawing project, which uses HTML tables to make browser-rendered images posted daily on his blog, Look, See.
The Townsend Center is pleased to have Ala Ebtekar’s striking diptych, “A Breath of Air” on display for the 2009 spring semester. Born in the United States to Iranian parents, Ebtekar was raised in both Iran and the U.S. As a young teenager he joined the K.O.S. (Kids of Survival), working with artist Tim Rollins on collaborative artworks involving groups of urban youth.
Plug-in Pavilion, Valparaíso, Chile features the award-winning architectural designs of René Davids, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, and Taylor Medlin, MA student in Architecture. The work in the exhibition comes from Medlin and Davids’ entry to the 43rd Central Glass Architectural Design Competition, which won first prize out of 733 international entries.
Portals is an exhibition of small watercolor paintings and relief prints by Julie Oppermann. In her work, Oppermann borrows imagery from textile patterns, wallpaper designs, and other decorative arts. The collage of these elements creates intimate dreamscapes—drawing the viewer into an imaginative world of colors, patterns and shapes. In all of the paintings, colors, lines and forms come together in unexpected ways.