2020 LEFT COAST
Sanchez Art Center
Annual Juried Exhibit
April 10 – May 17, 2020
Reception: April 10, 7-9pm
1220-B Linda Mar
Pacifica, CA 94044
Friday – Sunday, 1-5pm
By Appt: (650) 355-1894
The 2020 "Left Coast" Annual Exhibition at Sanchez Art Center was juried by Carin Adams, curator of art at the Oakland Museum of California. Over 1,000 entries were submitted by artists that live and work on the western coast of the USA.
Tom Gehrig's work, Reconnoitering Site 1: Connecting To Constellation Virgo,
was selected for the show. Measuring 44" x 44", this multi-media oil painting is both beautiful and fascinating. An airplane appears to emerge from an epic cloudbank, giving canopy to a bucolic landscape. But what's really going on?
Upon closer inspection, there's evidence of human activity. Off the beaten path is a small Coleman lantern threaded to a stone sculpture and a suspended singular branch. In classic Gehrig style, the painted string merges with a real wire that's mounted as an assumed suspension apparatus to the wood frame. In its totality, this composition is pleasing to the resting eye, while also pulling the viewer into the landscape itself—spurring one's own imagination.
ABOUT THE JUROR
Carin Adams is the Curator of Art at the Oakland Museum of California. She led the 2016 exhibition Yo–Yos & Half Squares: Contemporary California Quilts, which featured the work of Rosie Lee Tompkins alongside other San Francisco Bay Area quilters from the Eli Leon Collection. More recent projects include a site-specific commission by the Los Angeles-based art collective FriendsWithYou and the special exhibition J.B. Blunk: Nature, Art & Everyday Life.