Gallery Route One exhibitions: Linda MacDonald, Steven Hurwitz, Group Show, Hungry Ghost: Stories of Longing and Resilience.
Opening September 29th New Solo Exhibitions of Artists Linda MacDonald & Steven Hurwitz, and Guest Curated group show featuring Susan Almazol, Reiko Fujii, Kelsay E. Myers, Natalie Sacramento, Cynthia Tom, Irene Wibawa, Maggie Yee. Center Gallery Linda MacDonald: Worlds Within, Painting the Redwood Giants Project Space Hungry Ghost, Stories of Longing and Resilience With artists: Manon Bogerd Wada, Reiko Fujii, Kelsay E. Myers, Natalie Sacramento, Cynthia Tom, Irene Wibawa, Maggie Yee The Annex Steven Hurwitz: Conversations with the Night, New Photographs. September 29 – November 5 Opening Reception: Saturday, Sept. 30, 3 – 5 PM, Artist’s Talk, 2:30 – 3 PM Talking Story, Artists’ Panel Discussion, Saturday, Oct. 14, 5 – 7 PM Closing Celebration: Sunday, Nov. 5, 2 – 5 PM Gallery Route One is pleased to present two solo exhibitions by Member Artists: Linda MacDonald’s Worlds Within, on view in the Center Gallery, takes a close look at the hidden life of old-growth redwoods in her oil and watercolor paintings; Steven Hurwitz explores place and darkness in his new series of photographs, Conversation with the Night, displayed in the Annex. In the Project Space seven Asian American Women Artists consider chronic heartache and prescriptions for resilience in the exhibition Hungry Ghost, curated by Cynthia Tom and Maggie Yee. ________________________________________ In the Center Gallery Worlds Within, Painting the Redwood Giants is an exhibition of oil and watercolor paintings by Artist Linda MacDonald. These detailed, intimate works take a close look at the interiors of the Redwood, California’s state tree and a symbol of survival. MacDonald photographs, sketches, and paints as she walks among these ancient trees. The finished works reveal under-appreciated wonders of minuscule habitats, surrounding environments and the history of human interaction with this amazing species. MacDonald grew up in the Bay Area and attended San Francisco State University for her BA and MFA. She has exhibited locally and internationally in group and solo shows. Her work is in the collection of the Museum of Art and Design in New York City; The International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska; and the Mendocino County Museum. She maintains a studio in Willits, CA. In the Annex Conversations with the Night is an exhibition of new photographs by Steven Hurwitz. Viewed as a single work, or as ten discrete images, Hurwitz’s archival laser prints reveal places that seem to float in a sea of darkness, accentuating the individuation of the light. Hurwitz studied with Mishi Itami and George Kuchar at the San Francisco Art Institute in the 1970s. His stint as a clothing designer in the 1980’s informs his current formal aesthetics. In the Project Space Hungry Ghost, Stories of Longing and Resilience features the work of seven Asian American woman artists: Manon Bogerd Wada, Reiko Fujii, Kelsay E. Myers, Natalie Sacramento, Cynthia Tom, Irene Wibawa, and Maggie Yee. Working in multiple mediums including sculpture, painting, installation, photography and text, the artists works communicate examine unresolved personal struggles, aiming to heal and transform through acts of courageous storytelling. Their stories explore grief, silence, ethnicity, gender and race discrimination, adoption, internment, and forced migration, revealing family and cultural patterns. The concept of a “Hungry Ghost” typically refers to lost spirits roaming the earth burdened by unmet needs and desires and is present in many Asian cultures and religions. The exhibition considers these “Hungry Ghosts” as they appear in the lives of the artists as well as in relation to contemporary America where the specters of racism, sexism, homophobia, and economic inequities continue to surface in the public consciousness – at times subtly, at times violently – haunting individuals, families and communities across cultures. The exhibition is meant to spark personal storytelling and conversation to address and release past trauma, while creating compassion and a sense of “oneness” instead of “otherness.” Hungry Ghost offers a culturally rich environment in which to unearth and share these stories. Curated by Cynthia Tom and Maggie Yee, all the artists are members of the Place Collective, a group of artists and facilitators engaged in an ongoing series of healing and transformative workshops culminating in art exhibitions in answer to the question, “If I had a place of my own, what would it be?” Hungry Ghost is presented as part of Gallery Route One’s Far From Home Series, an annual exhibition of work by artists living in North America who are of foreign birth or are the adult children or grandchildren of immigrants.