Steve Seleska

“Uncharted Territory”

 

Exhibition: June 3 – June 30
Reception: Saturday, June 17, 3-6 pm
Open Studios Art Tour:
Saturday, June 3 + 4, 11 am-5 pm

ARK Gallery
2599 Fair Oaks Ave.
Altadena, CA 91001
ark-arts.com
steveseleska.com

(Los Angeles – April 2017) – Opening at ARK Gallery June 3rd, artist Steve Seleska presents his first solo exhibition “Uncharted Territory.” As a study of microscopic environments and fantasy landscapes, Seleska’s work prompts the viewer to consider what is happening in the world on a molecular level that affects our existence. Indicative of the national climate that produced March for Science rallies in 600+ cities worldwide, “Uncharted Territory” speaks to the unprecedented rallying cry to protect present facts, what we can discover as truths, and the lifespans of our natural landscapes.

As we swiftly enter an era that prioritizes commerce over our collective natural health, Seleska explores how fragile eco-systems fail if they are not taken care of. “Uncharted Territory” creates an elusive environment that sits between what can and cannot exist. Blending abstract and natural representation to shift a sense of place.
The dismantlement of National Parks and the abandonment of climate change science coerces our view of the natural world and work that engages it. The original intention of work representative of nature transforms and becomes inherently political.

Drawing from quantum theories and the cosmos down to molecular levels, Seleska’s work reveals the colors, patterns, and palpable textures that can exist, yet are not fully familiar. Created with the mark of fearlessness, his layering reveals how materials and process can be utilized to experiment with priority and dimensionality.

‘Uncharted Territories’ will be a part of the Open Studios Art Tour organized by Open Studios Alta/Pasa/Dena on June 3rd and 4th, 2017.

About Steve Seleska
Steve Seleska is a self-taught painter living and working in Frogtown Los Angeles. He has been exhibiting locally since 2009, recently showing at Walter Maciel Gallery, Torrance Art Museum, Artshare LA, San Diego Art Institute, San Francisco Arts Commission, Prohibition Gallery, South Bay Contemporary, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825.

About ARK Gallery
ARK Gallery is an alternative, artist-run space in Altadena, CA. Ark has work studios, a stage and a gallery/exhibition space. Exhibitions and concerts are curated by Kira Vollman. As a part of the larger Altadena and Pasadena art community, ARK Gallery contributes to the area’s growing rich heritage of cultural appreciation.

 

Terry Arena, Carnegie Art Museum

Terry Arena

Not Just Bees

May 5 – June 10, 2017
Reception Friday, May 19, 5:30-7:30

Carnegie Art Museum Studio Gallery
329 N. 5th Street
Oxnard, CA 93030
Thurs-Sat 11-5 & Sun 1-5
Guest Artist’s studio hours Thurs & Fri 11am-5pm

http://www.caregieam.org
http://www.terryarena.me

(Oxnard, California May 2017) – Carnegie Art Museum Studio Gallery is pleased to celebrate Terry Arena’s spring residency with the exhibition Not Just Bees. During her March 16 – June 10 residency at CAM Studio Gallery, Arena reached a milestone of creating more than 100 graphite renderings as part of her ongoing series “Symbiotic Crisis” (begun in 2014). Inspired by colony collapse disorder and its relationship to agriculture and changes in food culture, Arena’s representational drawings are often installed in clusters reminiscent of bee swarms. The first iteration of this project was shown in the back of a box truck turned into a mobile viewing gallery that was driven to art areas in Los Angeles—a reference to the transportation of bees nationwide to pollinate crops.

For her exhibition at CAM, Arena reflects on various issues that have been charged with the decline of the bee, such as pesticide use and lack of genetic diversity within the hives. She will present clusters of her graphite drawings as well as a collection of never before seen drawings and sculptural works that highlight her process and models. The labor-intensive works are drawn on repurposed metal lids such as mason jar tops and cookie tins ranging in size from 2 ¾ inches to 12 inches.

Terry Arena received her MA in Painting at California State University, Northridge in 2009. Her work has been shown at the Museum of Art & History in Lancaster, CA; The Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard, and at El Camino College in Torrance. In addition, she has had three solo shows of her graphite still life renderings at Sinclair College, OH, Ventura College, CA, and Moorpark College, CA. Her work has also been included in various group exhibits such as Sweet Subversives: Contemporary California Drawings at the Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, City and Self at Red Pipe Gallery, Los Angeles, and Chain Letter at Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Santa Monica. Arena currently lives and works in Ventura, CA.