PETER HILLER & NANCY GENN
Meditation on Color and Form
May 29th — July 10th, 2015
CLOSING WINE RECEPTION added July 10 at 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Meet and greet and have a treat with artists Nancy Genn and Peter Hiller.
Meditation on Color and Form, an exhibit of recent photographs, sculpture and paintings by Nancy Genn and Peter Hiller, opens Friday, May 29th at the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts. A reception for the artists will be held Friday, May 29th from 5 to 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. A conversation with the artists about the process of their work will be held Saturday, May 30th at 3 p.m. in the gallery.
Meditation on Color and Form focuses upon how shape, texture, line, light and color are all balanced and considered not as merely descriptive flourishes, but as essential, striking forces themselves in both photography and painting.
Nancy Genn’s paintings reflect her own relationship between abstraction and representation, the titles evoking a sense of place rather than specifying its absolute parameters. The paintings and sculpture, which may include calligraphy, pencil marks, bits of an architect’s topographical map and Persian script, allude to a narrative while refusing to tell only one tale. Her abstraction paintings provoke visceral responses — they are reminiscent of landscapes, seascapes or cityscapes, but reach for something beyond a facade or blue horizon. The active visual fields draw the viewer in, allowing us to become part of her experience, as the experience simultaneously becomes our own. Ms. Genn has exhibited at the Fresno Art Museum, the Mills College Art Museum and the Kala Institute in Berkeley, among other venues. She lives in Berkeley.
Selected from photographs taken over the past year, Peter Hiller’s work spotlights 14 studies of surfaces and straddles the line between representation and abstraction, revealing how ordinary objects often serve as a departure for an artist’s abstract vision–or, alternatively, how an artist’s abstract form may subtly suggest recognizable elements. In his recent work, Hiller uses photography to transform rusted, scarred and peeling paint into delicate compositions, isolated into lush dry points, a la Jackson Pollock. Like the abstractionist, Hiller deftly drips and spatters a graceful arabesque of form, space, light and texture. Mr. Hiller has exhibited at the Chadron State College, Mari Sandoz Center. Chadron, Nebraska, Westmont Museum of Art. Santa Barbara, Ca. and the National Steinbeck Center, among other venues. Peter Hiller lives in Carmel.
Information: (831) 624-7491. The exhibit can be seen Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment, through July 10th, 2015.
The Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, Fourth and Guadalupe, Carmel, CA (831) 624-7491.