RADIANT SPACES: PRIVATE DOMAIN
September 10, 2004 - October 16, 2004
Track 16 Gallery is pleased
to present RADIANT SPACES: PRIVATE DOMAIN, an exhibition of paintings,
drawings, and sculptures created by more than sixty California
artists with developmental differences. This unique, comprehensive
collection of work may be considered "self-taught," "outsider," "eccentric," "naive," and
even "visionary." Curated by Elena Mary Siff, the exhibition
features artists Tammy Brakens, Noah Erenberg, Michael Bernard
Loggins, Donald Mitchell, Greg Pelner, Deveron Richard, and Judith
Scott, among others. The exhibition runs through October 16,
2004, with regular gallery hours Tuesday through Saturday from
11 to 6 P.M. The opening reception will take place on Friday,
September 10, 2004, from 6 to 8 P.M.
RADIANT SPACES: PRIVATE
DOMAIN presents artists
working in the tradition
of Art Brut. Jean Dubuffet
who coined the term "Art Brut" in
the late 1940s, stated
that "creativity in its purest forms means
rejecting all models..." [Art Brut includes] works executed by
those immune to artistic
culture in which imitation
has no role; in which
their creators take
all (subjects, materials,
style, etc.) from their
own individuality and
not from the base of classical art or stylish trends. The artists
in this exhibition have found the means to express challenges
in their lives, and it is their individualism and separation
from mainstream ideology and methodology which brings their work
to public attention. In the U.S., there has been a tradition
of recognizing and appreciating the outsider artist, with institutions
such as the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore and magazines
such as RAW Vision dedicated to the genre.
An exhibition catalogue co-published by Smart Art Press and the Irvine Fine Arts Center [edited and designed by L.A. Weekly art critic Doug Harvey] will feature an interview with Princeton art historian John MacGregor, who since 1985 has devoted himself to researching and writing about psychiatric art. It will also include an article by Cheryl Rivers, who has written extensively on self-taught artists, and an essay by Doug Harvey.
In conjunction with the exhibition, our event series, Track 16 Nights, will continue on Friday nights at 7:00 P.M. The first on September 17, features a concert by the Kids of Widney High, and the second, on September 24, a panel discussion will take place with the directors of the ECF Art Center, L.A. Goal, and the director of Kids of Widney High. Other events to be announced.. Admission for each event is $5.00, and reservations are required, as seating is limited. For more information, please visit our website at www.track16..com.
RADIANT SPACES: PRIVATE DOMAIN will also be on view at the Irvine Fine Arts Center from September 12 to October 23, 2004. The opening reception will be on Sunday, September 12, 2004, from 4 to 6 P.M. Regular museum hours are 9 A.M. to 9 P.M. Monday through Thursday, and 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, call 949.724.6880. RADIANT SPACES artist Greg Pelner will be teaching a workshop on how to create silver foil sculptures at the Santa Monica Museum on Saturday, October 2, from 2 to 5 P.M. Please visit www.smmoa.org for more information.