in East Gallery is the 2017 Left Coast Awards Exhibition,
showcasing work by Christine Atkinson and Tyrell Collins, award
recipients chosen by 2017 juror Susan Sayre Batton, Oshman Executive
Director of the San Jose Museum of Art.
It's not easy to
describe Atkinson's works. They begin as photographs, but morph
into more ephemeral experiences. The artist is intent on exploring
the edges of transition where color and light meet, "creating
a dialogue between color as absorbed energy and color as reflected
light." Says Atkinson, "I am interested in where colors
touch, where they combine, and where they cancel each other into
neutrality. This is a physical alteration, a change in the wavelength
of light, a change in energy." Sounds abstract, but her works
have great presence and physicality as well as beauty.
Tyrell Collins likewise
works with color and transitions, in her case with colored pencil
on black paper. She calls this body of work Quantum Entanglement.
These pieces are very meditative, sometimes pensive, and have been
compared to works by Mark Rothko in their simplicity and gravitas.
Philosophically, her approach encompasses the dark aspects of life
while letting the depth of color shine through in a natural, authentic
celebration of life. Again, harder to describe than to relate to
when you see the work, which has an endearing immediacy.
Sanchez Art Center
is located at 1220 Linda Mar Boulevard in Pacifica, about a mile
east of Highway 1. Following opening night, the galleries are open
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 1–5 pm, or by calling in advance to
set a time, through May 20.