While in-person openings have been slowly coming back, bG Gallery hosted a clever opening reception for its 8th annual color themed show, “Spectrum Gestalt.” Art lovers were asked to attend the opening at different times based on their love of a specific color. View this fantastic group exhibition thru July 5, 2021.
Photographer Tim Truby will have five images in the group show. As a landscape photographer, he spends 2-3 months shooting each year. “Mesa Arch, in Canyonlands NP is one of the truly iconic shot locations in the Southwest,” said Truby. Catching the sun rising over this legendary stone arch above a thousand foot cliff is difficult for any photographer, however, Truby was up to the challenge. In addition to staking out a space extremely early in the morning to ensure a tripod position, shooting directly into the sun is not an easy task.
“Cameras don’t have the dynamic range for all that light.” explained Truby. “My solution was twofold. Hiding the sun’s core behind the arch stopped sky and shadows from being blown out. Plus I combined bracketed images to pull in more dynamic range. It’s a trick your camera phone does as well (but behind the scenes). The camera can’t come close to how the eye ‘sees.’ But with a bit of camera magic,” continued Truby, “Mesa Arch has its sunrise ‘glow.’ And the viewer can explore the shadowed cliffs and canyons far below.”
Gallerist Om Bleicher marveled at the results…“Tim has captured some magical moments in fantastical places. He has an impressionists touch to color and light poured through a photographer’s lens.” https://www.tim-truby-photography.com
Juri Koll is another artist whose work has moved Bleicher. “Juri created abstractions around a depiction of a handshake. With the onset of Covid the handshake became taboo, originally stemming from political origins this series took on new meaning in our desire for connection.” Juri Koll, founder of VICA has collaborated, with Om Bleicher many times – as an artist and a curator. “bG Gallery has a wide-ranging, eclectic and solid ground of artists and are always pushing boundaries. It’s an honor to show and work with the gallery.” https://www.veniceica.org/juri-koll
Barbara Kolo’s has exhibited with bG Gallery for the past nine years. Her painting Radiance (part of her Luminosity series) was originally inspired by Josef Albers’s square series. “In this painting, I use hard edge abstraction and a harmonic range of warm colors to create depth and dimension to my work. The use of ‘dots,’ which always appears in my work, is represented my a sphere that is the darkest element and focal point.” https://www.barbarakolo.com/
Mimi Herrera-Pease will have an artwork titled Ignited in the show. It was inspired by an experience she had back in August of 2020. Her Santa Cruz community was put on alert due to a terrible wild fire. “The skies were smokey brown with black, raining ash. As the sun set, the color of the sky was eerie yet beautiful.” Thankfully, her house was spared, while 86,500 acres burned and 911 homes were destroyed in the surrounding areas. “It was terrifying to think that I could loose everything. The piece captures the visual spectacle and the feelings associated with uncertainty and fear that I experienced.” https://www.mimiherrerapease.com/
Pamela Mower-Conner will be featuring an artwork titled Artemis, which is part of a series on mythology. The artist has already completed additional works in the series… Chiron, Circe, Pan, Medusa and Cernunnos. “Pamela is a creative surrealist who is prolific in her creations and it is always fun to see how her work adapts to creative challenges,” remarked Bleicher. https://www.pamelamower-conner.com/
Bleicher added that seeing the show come together is always rewarding. “The color theme allows us to branch out of the usual gallery focus and explore a wider range of styles and artworks than usual.”
On view: June 12- July 5, 2021
What: 8th Annual “Spectrum Gestalt”
Where: bG Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave #A2, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: (310) 906-4211