December 3 – December 31, 2015
Van der Plas Gallery’s inaugural annual international juried exhibition, Anthology 2015, is a disruptive poem composed by multiple artists, each illuminating a hidden facet of the human condition. In this era of surveillance, our loneliness becomes even more poignant, as seen in Colin Smith’s haunting noir-ish painting of a man driving a car alone at night. Or the exposed private moment of a featureless naked woman in her boudoir posed suggestively between a princess phone and a jade plant in Jennifer Louise Martin’s Succulent . Fear and anxiety are out in full force through Jeffrey Morabito’s frantic and apocalyptic Feast in the Time of Plague , a Futurist inspired revisiting of Da Vinci’s Last Supper . Angelique Brickner’s ceramic figures, encased in acrylic cubes, explore the barriers that constrain us. A political expression of that theme is seen in Roberto Santino’s depiction of a construction site called Accumulation , of which he says,“the physical environment and the human figure flow in the circulation of capital.”
The past and present intersect in Mandy Cano Villalobos 61 Days , hash marks of pig’s blood on parchment-like paper—the artist’s nod to the elevating power of ritual. There is also something transcendent about Leonardo Cuervo’s surrealistic painting, which recalls Alice in Wonderland, as well as Lynn Arnolds’ abstract, Lion’s Paw , with its celebratory use of color and contrast. There are three other abstract paintings in this show. Wayne Toepp’s North Avenue #2 small oil and shellac of an organic mass joined with abstract striped signals suggest a gps and the junction between man and machine (back to surveillance.) Similarly, Julia Brooker’s graphite and acrylic on aluminum, Forest IV , evokes feelings of being disoriented while urging reflection and all that means. Alcides Rivas’ beautifully textured painting seems to take pure joy in form, color, and material—the phenomes of an artist at work.This exhibition is a celebration of the unique voice within, and the many ways it is expressed.