Stanford Art Spaces
December 10, 2004 to February 10, 2005, Stanford Art Spaces features this exhibit:

Richard Godinez
Paintings
Masako Miki
Paintings and Drawings
Stephen Osborn
Paintings

Sisters of the Occupation © 2004

Thought Filtration I © 2004

Fertile Fields © 2004


This exhibit is located on the Stanford University campus, primarily in the Center for Integrated Systems (CIS). The building is open 8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. A directory is available at the CIS reception desk.

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

Richard Godinez
 
Beneath, Between, Beyond © 2004

One historical function of the Representational project - the tradition to which I cleave - is to take the measure of oneís society, to assume a distanced and critical position in relation to oneís social milieu. Yet there is an inherent treachery to the act of Representation, for to represent is in some sense to wield power over that which is represented. Rather than utilizing Representation to exercise such ascriptive authority over mutable subjects, I engage in Representation to better understand them, not to claim some ďtruthĒ about them, but to interrogate such assertions as to their sum. My work, then, is not a refutation of the Representational project as such, but a recuperative gesture towards what I take to be its native purpose and implicit compact: a sober and honest accounting of contemporary realities.

A disturbing aspect of much contemporary art is its tendency to universalize experience, which is, in reality, First World experience. Through the combination of images from varying sources (art historical, mass media, pop culture, etc.) referencing various ideologies, diverse historical moments, and sundry social and cultural phenomena, I attempt to move beyond this parochial perspective and engage with experiences and histories which are not my own but belong to humanity in full. For the sake of a broader humanism I reject the pat certitude and smug indifference that notions such as patriotism foster. My concern is to train a sensibility that makes possible a true pluralism: one that acknowledges our common dignity and humanity.




Masako Miki
 
Pile V © 2004

My work is inspired by the everyday; observations of objects, events, and experiences. They are the intimacies and the complexities of life such as emotions, perceptions, ideas, intellect, human conditions and interrelationships. The process allows me to reflect on the essence of the everyday. Through Explorations of these subjects, I intend to suggest a sense of connections by juxtaposing seemingly unrelated objects, marks, and patterns. Ultimately, within the visual vocabulary, I wish to decipher the unknown from the known.


For more Masako Miki art, click here.




Stephen Osborn
 
Green Valley © 2004

I just flat out love to paint, and that is the message Iím trying to convey - to share my joy in a visual dance with the viewer. Itís really not all that complicated - just joy. Iím very intrigued by the natural beauty of abstract patterns in nature and landscape. I twist and push and pull them a little just for the fun of it.

Stephen Osborn is a full-time painter, sculptor, and print maker who lives and paints in the Bay area and Europe. He has had a long and successful career as an award winning graphic designer and illustrator. Over the years he has won several gold medals in the New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Western Art Directors Annual Exhibitions and many Awards of Distinctive Merit and Awards of Merit in these and other shows. Communication Arts Magazine has written a long article profiling his work. His clients have included Apple Computer, Applied Materials, Bank of America, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Raychem, Robert Mondavi Wineries, Sunset Publishing Company, PG&E, Visa and Trimble Navigation.


For more Stephen Osborn art, click here.



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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