Art exhibit to open in Gallery

March 29, 2007
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720,

Ted Kerzie's and James Turrell's art work shares a sense of light that viewers will see at California State University Bakersfield's Todd Madigan Gallery during an exhibition April 5 through May 12.

The two friends and pilots will be featured in "Light Pilots: Ted Kerzie & James Turrell," an art exhibition displaying Kerzie's recent paintings alongside Turrell's First Light portfolio consisting of all 20 aquatints, a process which uses the application of acid to create forms that have a wash drawing effect.

The prints reconstitute Turrell's late 1960s prismatic light projections within the more traditional processes of etching. Turrell shapes light itself into transformative experience while Kerzie's paintings are luminous, layered symphonies of color, that generate a nuanced field of light one can almost enter.

The exhibition honors Kerzie and his long-time service as an artist and a teacher to CSUB and the Bakersfield community. Kerzie is a painter and has been a professor of art at CSUB for 30 years. He retired as chair of the Art Department last year and is currently in the early retirement program at CSUB.

Turrell works wonders with light as well and is considered by many in the art world as one of the world's most important living artists. He is best known for the monumentally ambitious and sublime Roden Crater, a project located near Flagstaff in the Painted Desert of Arizona, where he has spent more than 30 years reshaping and tunneling into a volcano to bring celestial phenomena to viewers' immediate experience.

Turrell's light, aperture and sky space installations are in major museums and private collections across the globe. He aims to use light to reveal the nature of our seeing, and it is in our seeing that art happens.

Kerzie's paintings are being lent by the artist, and the James Turrell First Light prints are being lent by the Cousin's Trust, a private collection.

During the run of the exhibition, the Todd Madigan Gallery will be open Tuesdays through Thursdays 1 to 6 p.m., and Saturdays 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free, but a daily parking permit costs $2.

A reception for the exhibition will be Wednesday, April 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the gallery. Admission, food, drink and parking (lots B and C) will all be free.

Please check for more information, or call (661) 654-2238.