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Geometrics Guest curated by Jules Maeght September 10 to November 13, 2015
Creative Growth Art Center, Oakland’s celebrated studio and gallery for artists with disabilities has a flourishing, decade-long history of collaborating with the French Art Brut and contemporary art world, and is honored to highlight their upcoming project with San Francisco (via Paris) gallerist and printmaker Jules Maeght and his partner and wife Amélie Maeght. The Maeght family’s nearly century-long legacy of nurturing and promoting artists’ work via the lithographic print takes shape at Oakland’s Creative Growth gallery with the exhibition Geometrics and the launch of three new illuminating limited edition prints. Studio artists Maureen Clay, Carlos Fernandez, and Dan Miller were invited by Maeght to create artwork for this edition, which places its focus on geometric abstraction. The edition of 50 lithographs are printed by master printmakers in the ARTE-Maeght studio in Paris, on the same renowned 1904 press used for historic collaborations with artists such as Joan Miró, Alexander Calder and Marc Chagall.
Geometrics, curated by Jules Maeght, includes a selection of work from the Creative Growth printmaking studio alongside the new print editions. Maeght shares, "What struck me was the process of creating through repetition (Dan Miller and Maureen Clay for example have a repetitive process through points, phrases, words or sensations). I was especially drawn to the repetition of symmetrical forms which became the backbone of the exhibition."
Line, shape, color, and form take precedence over figurative representation in pieces like the origami-inspired etchings of Charles Esseltine, the structured, striped “curtains” by Susan Janow, and the hybrid digital/silkscreen illustrations by Carlos Fernandez. Accompanying this printmaking presentation are photographs by French photographer Arnaud Gaertner, whose photos have documented this international collaborative process and the evolution of the lithograph edition in its entirety.
Exhibition Opening: Thursday, September 10, 2015 Press preview: 11:00 AM and by appointment Members opening: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Public opening: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Creative Growth Art Center 355 24th Street, Oakland CA 94612 510-836-2340 x20
Jules Maeght looks at works by Dan Miller, Dan Miller paints nearby Photo: Arnaud Gaertner
Maureen Clay begins work in the studio on her plate prototype Photo: Arnaud Gaertner
Carlos Fernandez sources imagery for preliminary plate designs Photo: Arnaud Gaertner
Dan Miller lithographs on the press at ARTE-Maeght studio in Paris Photo: Arnaud Gaertner