bG Gallery Bergamot Station presents “Beasts and Trees, Cities and Seas” a two person exhibition featuring bodies of work from artists Suzanne Unrein and Gay Summer Rick. Both artists juxtapose the natural world against human existence, reminding the viewer that they, too, are a volatile organic entity. An opening reception will be held Saturday, October 4th from 6-10 PM. The Show will be on view through October 21st.
Gay Summer Rick’s new series “City and Coast,” depicts urban habitats vibrating alongside Southern California’s ephemeral coastline. The dynamic relationship between the two environments is heightened by the artist’s choice of palette knife instead of brush. Her distinctive painting style creates an arresting color field in which the city’s sharp edges dissolve into the impressionistic embrace of sand, sea and sky. Rick’s ultimate intention: to transcend the visual by evoking the emotional experience of a place.
Suzanne Unrein stages glorious confrontations: man and beast, beast and beast, the dual nature of man and the beast within – even the artist’s floral still-life paintings hint at the battle between life and decay. Confident, expressive brushstrokes and a rich color palette follow line and composition in a loose interplay of the abstract and the representational. Underlying the tense beauty of Unrein’s work is a common theme: creation and destruction are the consequence of being alive.bG Gallery (Bleicher/Gorman)