Exhibition Catalogue

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, transposition, rhythm, 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.