Stanford Art Spaces
October 2, 2009 to December 3, 2009, Stanford Art Spaces features this exhibit:

Keith Gaspari
Colored Pencil Drawings
William Harsh
Paintings
Mitchell Johnson
Paintings

Arrete de me Chercher © 2009

Colony © 2009

Laholm © 2009


This exhibit is located on the Stanford University campus, primarily in the Paul G. Allen building (C.I.S.). The building is open 8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. A directory is available at the reception desk.

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

Keith Gaspari
 
10% Confluency © 2009

Keith Gaspari’s art is a reflection of the world as he sees it, filled with beauty, elation, sadness and awe. It is a world whose inhabitants crave a sense of belonging yet often remain disconnected from all that surrounds them and, consequently, each other. Kaleidoscopic chaos is tempered by sublime order.

“Using pencil as my medium and paper as my canvas I peel away the subjects’ façades to reveal their hidden truths – informed by their experiences, perceptions, and relationships with the world and fellow man. By exposing this layer of allegory I challenge the viewer to examine and connect with the beings that lay bare before them. Forms found within a subject’s skin reveal gentle clues, guiding the viewer on a path of discovery. Every glance turns another page. The colors reflect the subject’s emotional and spiritual essence, and they embody my perception of life, an entirely limitless spectrum that is provocative, thrilling, and sometimes alarming. The resulting work reveals a journey for me and my audience through a world of colorful chaos filled with energy, vitality, and true narrative complexity.”


For more art by Keith Gaspari, click here.




William Harsh
 
Summer's End © 2009

The foundations of William Harsh’s work are a life-long habit of drawing and the great tradition of painting. His small impromptu sketches are like private maps into unfamiliar territory, while his paintings are inventions derived from imagination and memory, impelled by what he reads and sees.

“I begin by rapidly drawing, until lines, shapes and colors in thick and thin films of oil paint suggest the liveliness of emergent and evolving forms. Drawing circulates energy, and colors create a pervasive mood as things are moved, altered, or removed. What survives this improvisation becomes a new thing to contemplate — something like a living culture that causes unexpected, fruitful mix-ups in representation. One day, for example, I started with the legs of a table but finished with a ‘beast’ that retained table-like qualities, a creature that Darwin might have missed, both alive and extinct, lumbering across the canvas when it was arrested and pinned down, though not in a drawer of a natural history museum.”

Visual forms freed from convention can behave the way words do when repeated over and over, losing their sense and become liberated sounds, freshly perceived. This confusion of forms becomes a  “whole thing” — as determined as a climax community in nature — an ensemble in a state of dynamic, sustained equilibrium. The resulting picture is a dream or hallucination of a timeless present, a dismantled monument to life.


For more art by William Harsh, click here.




Mitchell Johnson
 
Open Heart Open Mind © 2009

Mitchell Johnson’s paintings are about color and how it continually deceives us. He considers a painting to be finished when the colors and shapes all feel locked together and meaningful, not random.

Born in South Carolina, Johnson grew up in New York and Virginia. He studied painting at Randolph-Macon College, The Washington Studio School and Parsons School of Design in New York City. He was strongly influenced by his teachers Paul Resika, Leland Bell, Larry Rivers, Nell Blaine and Robert DeNiro, all students of Hans Hoffman. In 1990 Johnson moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to work for Sam Francis. Since 1990, Johnson has peregrinated between his studio in California and his favorite villages in Italy, France and Bornholm, Denmark. Johnson’s paintings are in more than 300 private collections and numerous museums. He has had solo exhibitions in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Santa Fe, Scottsdale and Milan. Two monographs are published on his work: “Mitchell Johnson” (Terrence Rogers Fine Art, 2005) by Peter Campion and “Mitchell Johnson Doppio Binario” (Musei Senese, 2007) by Marilena Pasquali.


For more art by Mitchell Johnson, click here.



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