Skidmore Contemporary Art presents two solo exhibitions…featuring the art of Daryl Gortner, and Nina Jun.
See image: Daryl Gortner, High Five, 2015, oil on canvas, 48″ x 36″

Here is some info about artist Daryl Gortner from Skidmore Contemporary Art’s website.

Humble but visually striking things inspire my photorealist paintings. Some of the objects that fascinate me are brightly colored coffee cups, lollipops wrapped in cellophane, a gumball machine, patent leather high heels, salt and pepper shakers, and marbles in a mason jar. I celebrate the extraordinary beauty of the ordinary objects in our everyday lives.

I am especially drawn to objects that both have intense color and offer the opportunity to paint reflections. Glass, metal, patent leather and plastic present fascinating mirrors of things around them. I get almost as much pleasure painting the ephemeral world of reflections as painting the still life objects themselves. If you look very carefully, you can almost see me in them.

In the paintings I enlarge the object many times beyond actual size so that you can lose yourself in a gumball, or the shine on the heel of a shoe. Because of the amount of detail in my work, a single painting can take up to a month.

Art is a universal way to communicate. It is the way I communicate with the world.

Kelly Bertrado
July, 2015

Here is some info on Nina Jun…

One day, as a mylar balloon slipped from her hand and drifted up into the sky, Nina Jun reflected upon the fleeting happiness the balloon had initially brought to her and the subsequent loss she experienced as the balloon escaped. In recognition of this transient happiness, Nina recreated the mylar balloon in ceramic, imbuing the balloon with a permanence, and raising it to the status of an object of art.

See Sat-Dec12-Skidmore-NinaJun-Galaxyimage: Nina Jun, Galaxy ORFL, 2015, glazed ceramic, 15″ x 15″ x 7½”

With her first ceramic balloon, Nina Jun realized that her interest in space, balloons, and the human desire to fly could converge within her sculptures. The abstract patterns with which Jun decorates her balloons allude to the space formations she finds beautiful for their random yet orderly organization, merging galaxies, exploding stars, and vivid colors. Within the balloons, Jun uses dots to represent galaxies and butterflies for constellations. Her sculpture Laniakea is in fact a group of galaxies, while Supernovae is an explosion of stars, and Interstellar, a merging of galaxies.

Jun has enjoyed a great deal of international recognition as an installation and sculpture artist. Upon graduating with an MFA in sculpture from California State University, Long Beach, Jun has exhibited her works in Art Fairs across Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Miami, Toronto, London, Singapore, Hong Kong and Korea.

Kelly Bertrado
July, 2015

Enjoy an art talk with Nina Jun on Saturday, January 9 at 11:00am

On view: November 28  – January 9, 2016

What: Opening reception
Where: Skidmore Contemporary Art, Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Avenue, B-4 Santa Monica, 90404
Phone: 310-828-5070