in East Gallery is the 2018 LCA Awards Exhibition, showcasing
work by Tracy Child and Pouké Halpern, award recipients chosen by
2018 juror Claudia Schmuckli, Curator in Charge for Contemporary
Art and Programming at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. The
two pieces shown above are the works that won these artists their
own shows this year.
Tracy Child's oil
paintings have a depth and emotional appeal belied by her images
of everyday things—peppers, cars, palm trees, scenes with people.
Her masterly use of color reverberates throughout, giving her subjects
substance and gravitas. In the midst of the joy of such rich and
vibrant colors, Child's subjects become larger than life, almost
statuesque. This is indeed paint used well! As the artist says,
"Art, Color and Beauty are key elements of life in any culture.
I try to paint the beauty I see in my life."
In contrast, Pouké
Halpern's acrylic paintings are not quite hidden under layers of
white overwash, giving a slightly ghostly appearance. One wonders,
is it there? Where did it go? Did I dream that? The artist calls
her approach to art subterranean, meaning that she begins a work
without an intellectual construct, and follows the thread of her
muse. Interestingly, she begins these works by filling the canvas
with bold, rich colors, working the paints with abandon and joyousness.
Then, as she says, she reaches a point where it is too much, and
then begins the process of calming the scene down by adding in the
softness of white.
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.