Stanford Art Spaces
August 3, 2001 to September 25, 2001, Stanford Art Spaces features an exhibit by three artists:

Robin Cowley
Art Quilts
Paula Menchen
Paintings
Nancy Tector
Paintings





This exhibit is located on the Stanford University campus in four buildings: the Allen Center for Integrated Systems (CIS), Gates Computer Science, Terman Engineering Center, and Humanities and Sciences.    

Most works are for sale directly from the artists. For information, contact M. Grossman, Curator, at (650) 725-3622 or marigros@stanford.edu
Robin Cowley


Dessertigo © 2001


Japanesque Landscape © 2001

“I’m an East Bay artist whose studies since childhood have included art history, color theory, drawing, sculpting, printmaking, and painting. After many years working in the construction design industry, I returned to the art world via textiles. Part of my joy in creating art quilts centers around the touch of the fabric; feeling the “hand” of each piece. When I go through a fabric store, I run a hand over each fabric that catches my eye. The feel is as important as the look.

“I work intuitively and draw inspiration from the world around me and beyond. Source materials include architecture, particularly avant garde Japanese architecture, views of earth and the skies from afar, colors and textures in nature, and music. My quilts use color and space in an abstract manner to engage viewers with their graphic quality, rhythm and humor. In addition to having a strong presence from a distance, all my works offer the viewer a reward upon closer inspection, when the detail and techniques can be better appreciated. My quilts are generally machine pieced and quilted, with hand-appliqued, hand-painted and hand-dyed elements.”

Click here to see additional works by Robin Cowley.



Paula Menchen


Beyond My Red Room © 2001


Red'Scape © 2001

Paula Menchen was born in Essex, England and moved to Los Angeles, when she was two. Having family dispersed throughout Europe influenced Paula’s work from an early age. Following her path of observation and discovery, she received a Bachelors of Arts degree from Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design where she majored in painting and installation art. Her paintings are about light, reflection, and the space that surrounds them.

“I believe that our history and environment heavily affect our personality and alter our perceptions of reality. My art is a combination of ideas, primarily examining human perception, questioning the idea of space, and investigating personal limits and boundaries.” Currently Paula continues to show her work throughout the Bay Area and Los Angeles.



Nancy Tector


Flag 4 © 2001


Marketing Man © 2001

“I create multimedia acrylic works on canvas and other materials, stretched onto a variety of constructed forms, adding additional objects as desired. The images are figurative and feature portraits and words. Sources for these images come from life and from photos. Frequently, these works include sound and light that are triggered by a built-in minicomputer. My goal is to create empathy between the viewer and the works.

“Jasper Johns and Francis Bacon have influenced my technique. Additionally, I am guided by Northwest Indian ancient myths and compositions. I sense a need to redevelop a unity with our environment, as they practiced in their time of glory. My purpose is to draw the viewer in and stimulate a reaction to statements that reflect his/her life experience.

“Very often my pieces are modular and can be assembled in various ways. Recurring themes include flags, children, and boxes.”



Most works are for sale directly from the artists. For information, contact M. Grossman, Curator, at (650) 725-3622 or marigros@stanford.edu
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