ON THE ROAD WITH DEWITT CHENG:
CAL STATE STANISLAUS
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California State University Stanislaus Gallery, Turlock, CA: Gina Werfel- Persistence of Vision; Hearne Pardee - Dislocations.
Review and images by DeWitt Cheng: Yes, there is contemporary art in the Valley! California State University Stanislaus at Turlock has a gallery that shows mid-career artists and even publishes color catalogues-- a great perk for local art students, even if few of us city kids will brave the two-hour drive over freeways 580, 120, 5, 205, and 99 to get there. (Nice industrial architecture for Becher wannabes, though.)
Werfel and Pardee are East-Coast transplants who have taught at UC Davis for a decade or so; both were trained in landscape painting, and both are now exploring abstraction. Werfel improvises atmospheric/gestural compositions from random sources like studio knickknacks and her son's old boyhood drawings rather than working plein-air, as in the past; Pardee renders California architecture in a graphic style that seems derived from Expressionism/Fauvism, but he overlays the images intuitively with collaged abstract bars of color that play with our readings of color (per the Bezold Effect) and spatial relationships.
CSUS Art Gallery (the beige-- not white-- cube at left).
Pardee panorama/mosaic of acrylics on paper,
Werfel oils on canvas.
Gina Werfel with Gallery Director and sculptor/teacher, Dean de Cocker.
Hearne Pardee makes a point.
David Smith real McCoy? Probably not; no label, anyway.