CSUB’s Todd Madigan Gallery opens spring exhibit

April 10, 2008
CONTACT:
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, kmiller26@csub.edu or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720, mnewell1@csub.edu
 
California State University, Bakersfield’s Todd Madigan Gallery presents the “oHIRa & NOWling” art exhibit slated to open today, Wednesday, April 10, with a special reception from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the gallery. The exhibit runs through May 10.

California State University, Bakersfield's Todd Madigan Gallery presents the "oHIRa & NOWling" art exhibit slated to open today, Wednesday, April 10, with a special reception from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the gallery. The exhibit runs through May 10.

The exhibit features Echiko and Minoru Ohira's sculptures and works on paper plus CSUB art professor Margaret Nowling's "Stranger in a Strange Land" assemblages.

Michael Johnson, director of the gallery, said, "The Ohiras are each highly sensitive to the materials of which they make their very organic, almost animal-like sculptures and their cerebrally elegant drawings and collages."

Their materials are primarily wood and paper, but also include slate, acrylic paint, thread, graphite and numerous found objects.

"They do not disguise the nature of these materials in any way; textures and colors of the materials being at one with the identity of the sculpture," Johnson continued. "Even when Echiko uses an intense red acrylic paint on densely packed paper sculptures, neither the paper's nor the paint's characteristics seem to dominate; they somehow fuse into a single material, evocative of many things natural and poetic. Minoru's ingenious methods of cutting wood serve not just the requirements of construction but the rich surfaces of his biomorphic forms, a transfusion of plant into animal flesh."

Nowling spent her sabbatical last fall quarter in China. The Red Gate Gallery in Beijing invited her for a two-month artist residency. The time in China inspired her to "reconstruct" her sense of self and informs this new body of work.

She showed the work first this past January at the L.A. Artcore Brewery Annex. "She intends to amuse in all senses of the word," Johnson explained. "The sculptures are quirky, delicate, strange but beautiful and made of found objects, which she modified and painted into poetic assemblages reminiscent of the work of Joseph Cornell, but entirely personal if enigmatic in nature."

The reception this evening is free and open to the public. Food, refreshments and parking in Lots B and C will be free.

During the exhibition, the gallery will be open Wednesdays through Saturdays noon to 6 p.m. Admission is free, but a daily parking permit costs $2.

For more information, please visit the website www.csub.edu/art/gallery or call (661) 654-2238