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Mount Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery Hosts 'Look Around' Exhibit

Nov. 3, 2010 --

WHO:Jodi Bonassi, Carolyn Holden, Gregory Martin, Mahara T. Sinclaire

WHEN: Nov. 2 through Dec. 18, 2010

RECEPTION: Sunday, Nov. 14 from 3 to 5 p.m.

WHERE: José Drudis-Biada Art Gallery, 12001 Chalon Road, Los Angeles 90049

GALLERY CONTACT: For more information, directions and parking, go to www.msmc.la.edu/gallery, 310.954.4360

SPECIAL NOTE: The gallery will be closed Nov. 24 through Nov. 29 for Thanksgiving break.

DETAILS: "Look Around" is a group show of four artists whose disparate perspectives create for an interesting mix of artistic viewpoints. Although each artist in this exhibition presents different subject matters in his or her paintings, one could imagine that even if each artist were to paint the same subject the paintings would differ completely.

Jodi Bonassi captures everyday city life in a series of paintings whose dense composition seemingly pour out from the canvas. The compositions are packed with activity: people getting their hair cut at a barbershop, eating at a restaurant or shopping at a mall. This swirling activity is further energized by the distorted floor patterns she often includes in her works.

Bonassi captures people in everyday activities. She says: "I am a people watcher and look for the deeper meanings behind the words or for the words unspoken that hang in the air."

Carolyn Holden also paints from everyday life, but her artistic viewpoint presents a subject that is more internalized. She often includes people in her paintings that she has captured in mid-thought. The subject matter seems to only serve as a backdrop to the figures who visually and emotionally dominate each canvas. Holden's internalized perspective creates a wonderful counterpoint to Bonassi's exuberant canvases.

Gregory Martin's paintings are notably different from the other artists in this group show with their absence of the figure. His paintings portray desolate landscapes, abandoned buildings and scenes of towns that have seemingly long been deserted. Although figures do not inhabit his paintings, the evidence of their existence dominates his canvases. Martin portrays a past where dreams were made and broken. As an archeologist might bring to light the existence of past civilizations, Martin gives us a glimpse into a more recent past with these works.

Mahara T. Sinclaire's large and brightly colored paintings take the exhibition in another direction. Her highly-stylized canvases portray figures in various states of exuberant expression. Twisting and turning in each painting the figures activate the composition, pulling the viewer in to an Alice in Wonderland-like world culled from the artist's own vivid imagination.

These four painters bring together various perspectives on the human condition filtered through their eyes. In their paintings we see life as it is lived and has been lived through a guided tour by each artist delivering us a wonderful mix of viewpoints.

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