Stanford Art Spaces
December 11, 2009 to February 11, 2010, Stanford Art Spaces features this exhibit:

Mark Engel
Mixed Media
Michael Golden
Anthony Ventura

Kalis Rose (side 1) © 2009 Mark Engel

Firenze © 2009 Michael Golden

Soft Shadows © 2009 Anthony Ventura

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

Mark Engel
The Wake © 2009 Mark Engel

“There are no fixtures in nature. The universe is fluid and volatile. Permanence is but a word of degrees. Our globe seen by God is a transparent law, not a mass of facts. The law dissolves the fact and holds it fluid.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mark Engel’s paintings use abstract and figurative elements such as humans, birds, lines, grids, and geometric shapes to reflect structures in a congested and fluctuating environment. He sets up a tension between movement and stability to reflect a state of transformation. The forms, perceptions, and facts that establish necessary boundaries for an individual life or culture are illusive. They never stay fixed, but are always temporary structures of consolidated energy that absorb and express limited knowing and experience. He believes that the inherent nature of life is a continual movement which seeks to establish, expand, and transform structures in an ever advancing stream for broader, more expanding forms of knowing.

For more art by Mark Engel, click here.

Michael Golden
Vizcaya © 2009 Michael Golden

Michael Golden has been making images for most of his life. At an early age, he realized how enjoyable it is to lose oneself in the world of the imagination. During a lengthy career in advertising and graphic design, he also devoted time to making personal, non-commercial artwork. His current work features individual photographs, as well as montages of original images, juxtaposed and manipulated digitally. With these pieces, he is trying to re-create the powerful impressions made by a particular place and time. He recently began printing a number of these new works on silk, a beautiful material that mimics the fabric of memory, so insubstantial and yet so strong.

For more art by Michael Golden, click here.

Anthony Ventura
Reminiscing © 2009 Anthony Ventura

This exhibition of recent paintings includes expressionistic cityscape scenes that Anthony Ventura developed during the last ten years. His work is a contemplative exploration of the relationship we have with our environment. The rich palette that highlights this work observes the timeless qualities of light that are congruent with the time between dusk and twilight. The work is mindful of the relationship of light and color and its interaction with our environment. It employs an intuitive process by which he renders scenes that are a collage of observations inspired by travels to New York City and images of the West Coast, as well as travels abroad. These paintings are emotionally charged environments, comprised of the layers of association that become attached to the places that are meaningful to us.

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