Just Like Everyone Else – Currents @ Jamie Brooks Fine Art

By Roberta Carasso

-1Artists deal with human issue just like everyone else, except, being visually-minded, they make their thoughts accessible to all who can appreciate their meaning. Katie Stubblefield is drawn to that moment when things shift, the cliff hangers of life when events suddenly are no longer the same. Working with various artistic disciplines, her metaphors embrace imagery inversion from methods of horizontal and vertical processes. The final canvas captures a movement with no direct destination, a sense of uncertainty. Tom Dowling observes that when he lived in Italy he saw aspects of himself that did not appear in his home base. His paintings combine the ambiguity of two and three-dimensions, and in a few works he places a rod in front of the canvas to add a distinct line that seems to separate and guard the image behind.

           Jane Bauman and David Michael Lee each honor their late fathers. Bauman represents her Dad’s love of plants and her love of him by digitally printing scenes from famous gardens and placing over the reproducible photographs a painted Rorschach image as she marries technology with one of a kind traditional paint. Lee uses black hemp fabric his father left him as sources for his art. He sculpts each canvas rounding out its bulging surface while painting living shapes and patterns that seem to breathe in and breathe out existing in their hemp world. Yevgeniya Mikhailik uses clay board to find hidden white lines within an image. While in others she paints thin black lines on the image. Her concern is memory of places and her many relocations in life. Finding and adding lines are her way of describing her need to continuously restructure life to relate to new places.  John Scane entitles his body of work “Houses.” It is about remembering people he met at various ages, like the different personalities of houses where assorted people lived. He looks at relationships through color, shape, brush strokes, texture, palette knife and scraping. The painting relationship symbolize the many relationships that come and go and the memories of various people. Scane’s work gently invites the viewer in, drawing us into a world of subtleties where his palette becomes a well to dive into and explore one artist’s personal view of life. Ann Marie Rousseau searches all types of gestures of lines. Endless investigations continuously excavates new forms of linearity. Her lines are getting more expressionistic, converging into rope-like depictions of a chalice, a cup and stem, having endless references. Apparent too are the many hand and body movements that go into her large drawings, sweeps of muted color, and graceful choreography that convey a compelling energy that radiates from her energy and her linear works of art to us.

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The show runs until 11/20
Curated by David Michael Lee.
15% of all proceeds benefit  the Coastline Art Gallery at Coastline Community College.
The artists included in the show are:

JANE BAUMAN

MATTHEW CHAVARRIA

JORDAN CHRISTIAN

TOM DOWLING

CHRIS GWALTNEY

DAVID MICHAEL LEE

LELAND MEANS

YEVGENIYA MIKHAILIK

CATHY MOREHEAD

ANN MARIE ROUSSEAU

JOHN SCANE

TIM SCHWAB

KATIE STUBBLEFIELD

2967 Randolph Avenue, Unit C • Costa Mesa, Ca 92626Email: j@miebrooks.com

Phone: (949) 929-4143

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