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Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA)
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Thursday, August 1, 2013
Summer 2013 Exhibitions at Oceanside Museum of Art
Oceanside Museum of Art has four engaging and diverse exhibitions on view this Summer. From abstract paintings by Charles Arnoldi and Minimalist sculptures by Tony DeLap to multiple-narrative paintings by Ernest Silva and inventive sculptures by Jay Johnson, there is something for everyone in your family to connect with and learn more about visual culture.
INTERSECTIONS: CHARLES ARNOLDI
On view through August 25, 2013
Arnoldi is one of the most significant contemporary abstract painters,
sculptors and printmakers of our generation. Emerging out of the booming 1970s
Los Angeles art scene, Arnoldi’s multi-hued paintings are experimentations in
color, form and structure. Intersections present a sampling of Arnoldi’s seminal early stick paintings and
chainsaw wood relief sculptures that brought him immediate acclaim in the early
1970s. Paired with selections from his recent Grids, Arcs, Chainsaw and Case Study series' this exhibition traces the evolution of Arnoldi's career over the last 40 years. Arnoldi’s works are featured in collections of The
Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the
Metropolitan, and the Smithsonian, among others.
TONY DELAP: SELECTIONS FROM 50 YEARS
On view through October 6, 2013
Slightly Cross, 2013
California Minimalist Tony DeLap has sought to challenge conceptions of
abstraction and illusion for over five decades.Featuring a selection of sculptures, drawings, hybrids, paintings and
photographs of noted site-specific sculptures, this exhibition provides a
comprehensive look at this distinguished artist’s long career. Tony De Lap is
recognized as one of the foundational figures in the rise of Minimalism and
Optical Art (OpArt) on the West Coast in the 1960s and 70s and is a recipient of many prestigious awards including
the National Endowment for the Arts highest award for painting. He has
completed seven large-scale commissions for public sculpture in CA including The Floating Lady IV (1976) at the Los
Angeles County Airport and The Big Wave
(1983) in Santa Monica, CA.
VOLCANOS AND FULL MOONS: ERNEST SILVA
On view through September 22, 2013
Between Two Shadows, Deer on Raft, 2001
his metaphoric imagery of deer, lighthouses, water, birds and figures, Silva
derives his inspiration from a variety of sources: family photographs of his
childhood in Rhode Island, vintage story book covers from the 1950s, popular
culture and art history. Interested in the intersection between painting,
sculpture and installation his exhibition reflects a combination of the
three. Silva has been an active force not only in the San Diego/Southern
California art community, but also on a national and international level. His
recent projects have included an installation at the Centro Cultural Tijuana,
Tijuana, Mexico and he has a major long-term project called the Rain House at
the New Children’s Museum in San Diego.
LOOKING FOR THINGS: JAY JOHNSON
On view through September 15, 2013
I Keep Looking for Things, 2010
diversity of Jay Johnson’s chosen media is paralleled in his constant
exploration of new modes of expression that reflect his dry humor and inventive
nature. Working in a wide variety of sculptural media including found and
reclaimed objects, wood, metal, clay and paper, each of Johnson’s works hint at
satirical short stores derived from his imagination and the world around him.Jay Johnson has played an active role
in the San Diego art scene since the 1980s. A consummate craftsman, he is
skilled in multiple media including wood, metal fabrication and large format
printing. Whether designing in a figurative or symbolic approach, his work is
thought-provoking and reflective of the world around him. His work has been
exhibited and collected extensively throughout the United States.
four exhibitions were curated by Danielle Susalla Deery, the Director
of Marketing / Curator at Oceanside Museum of Art.