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Hartnell Art Gallery Presents Bold and Spare Two-Part Exhibit

January 25th, 2007

Hartnell College Gallery presents "Thick Paint / Thin Paint: 50 Years of California Abstract Art from Monterey County Collections." The show will run from January 29 through April 19 in two parts.

This exhibit is the most recent in a series of annual exhibitions that examine significant themes and movements in Western art.

Each of the two sections of this show will include approximately 30 works that examine the radical direction American art took at mid-century.

Part I, running from January 29 through March 1, focuses on artists deeply influenced by Abstract Expressionism, a movement most closely associated with New York artists who attacked the canvas with bold gestural strokes of heavy, thick paint. In these artistsí hands, subject matter became the expressive potential of the material itself.

Several artists in this exhibition, including Akio Kobayashi and Joan Savo, show the wide influence of these ideas that, over the past five decades, have spawned numerous stylistic movements united by a fascination with thickly applied surfaces. Enjoy the works of local artists Susan Manchester and Chris Winfield, who use surfaces that are built up in what appears to be an infinite number of thin layers of translucent color, creating mysterious and complex depths.

Part II of the exhibition, running from March 5 through April 19, follows the path set by the Minimalist Movement. While the subject matter continues to be paint and surface, it is now often sparingly applied, and with patterns, grids, and lines. Notable artists whose work emphasizes form and pattern over texture are Oakland-based Rick Arnitz, Monterey artist Kipp Stewart, and David Ligare, who shows an unusual history-based non-representational work, also from Monterey.

The Hartnell Gallery is on the main campus in Salinas with entrance on Alisal Street. The Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.

Admission to the exhibition is free, but there is a $1 parking charge on campus.

For more information, please contact Gallery Director Gary Smith at 755-6791.