haleARTS S P A C E is pleased to present a group show featuring works by Kelly Brumfield-Woods, Ben Junta, and Shula Singer Arbel. An opening reception will be held Friday, January 23rd , from 5-8 PM. The show will be available for purchase through February 4th, 2015.
Kelly Brumfield-Woods is fascinated by visual perception; the science behind it but more the games it can play on us and this is what I explore in my paintings which incorporate hard-edged shapes, bright color, and glitter that is hand-mixed to my liking which will always throw a light shift as a viewer moves around a piece and often a color shift, too.
“The concept of time comes into play. The physical time I spend on a piece, where I have to slow down and accept that there are no shortcuts and there is no rushing (versus life outside the studio, which is very different), and the physical time the viewer spends with a piece. The viewer has choices, from just a glance to the lengthier engagement of moving around a piece (to experience a color/light shift), or the lengthiest engagement which requires staring at one point for at least 30 seconds (to experience the afterimage effect).”
Kelly’s studio is rigorous and precise but once complete and on a wall, she hopes the viewer will spend time to engage and find the joy in the engagement time and time again.
Ben Junta maintains a home base in Los Angeles, California. He works with a variety of media – oils and acrylics, spray paint, stencils, collage, found objects, tree bark, beach sand, clothing, street detritus, photographs, digital media, and written words.
A graduate of Occidental College in Los Angeles, his artistic studies began with Squeak Carnwath at the University of California, Davis, as well as at Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT.
His early works were largely influenced by Mark Rothko and Richard Diebenkorn, and then by his study with the painters Wolf Kahn (in the Hans Hoffman tradition of “push-pull”), Bernard Chaet, and the teachings of Charles Hawthorne and Henry Hensche as studied at the Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown, MA.
Ben also studied with the British painter John Walker, as well as with American still life painter William Bailey. He has exhibited on the East Coast, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Los Angeles, CA, Santa Barbara, CA, as well as at Stanford University and other locations in Northern California.
Shula Singer Arbel is a Los Angeles artist working in acrylic and mixed media. Her work is an exuberant fusion of abstract and representational images; a flattening of form mixed with painterly surfaces. Using bold colors and patterns, she is constantly exploring new territory in her work, evoking the imagination and creating multiple meanings for the viewer. Using a variety of techniques and materials, she creates rich, multi-layered images that evoke landscapes and cityscapes.
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