Art Center is pleased to present the arresting minimalist works
of Helge Ternsten in a show titled It Is What It Isn’t.
The opening reception is on Friday, March 3, from 7 to 9 pm. Music
for the reception will be provided by Blue City Jazz with Julie
and Brian Novak-McSweeney.
Helge Ternsten is
a self-taught artist who has collected other artists’ works for
many years. He quotes his close friend, mentor, and supporter, the
late Paula Z Kirkeby, who often said, "You scratch a collector,
you'll find an artist." Ternsten showed work at Kirkeby’s Palo
Alto gallery, Smith Andersen Editions, and has also exhibited at
George Krevsky Gallery in San Francisco, and at both Sanchez Art
Center and Oceana Gallery in Pacifica.
Ternsten’s work is
fascinating. The show is titled after one of his works, It Is
What It Isn’t. At first glance
a piece may look fairly simple, but when you look closer, you realize
there are edges under the edges, changing what might have been a
two-dimensional painting into more of a sculptural piece that still
looks like a painting. The artist describes his recent work as "minimalist,
three-dimensional, and mostly white," but with "something
happening on the edges or inside." Ternsten quotes John Cage,
the great minimalist composer, who once described some famous all-white
paintings as "airports for lights, shadows and particles,"
thereby establishing an enduring understanding of the works as receptive
surfaces that respond to the environmental conditions of their display.
Ternsten’s works are indeed ever-changing in response to light and
shadow, and what looks simple in actuality has great depth as you
look at it from different vantage points.
To learn more, come to the free Artist/Curator Talk
by Helge Ternsten and Jerry Barrish
on closing Sunday, April 2, at 3:30 pm.
Sanchez Art Center
is located at 1220 Linda Mar Blvd in Pacifica, about a mile east
of Highway 1. Following opening night, the galleries are open Friday,
Saturday, and Sunday, 1–5 pm, and by appointment, through April
2. For more information: info@SanchezArtCenter.org
or call 650.355.1894.