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Disorderly Construct: Eight Artists Explore Unexpected Edges

26 May 2017 1:00 PM | Anonymous


“Make it darker.” Inspired by the late Leonard Cohen, Santa Barbara artist Nancy Gifford took this sentiment to heart for her latest work. Including paintings like “Heaps of Trouble” (pictured above), Gifford’s contributions to a new exhibit in downtown Santa Barbara explore unexpected edges of her oeuvre. 


Upon visiting the artists’ studios, curators Hugh Margerum and Giulinana Mottin were pleased to discover a wealth of work that extended beyond the artists’ typical styles. This abundance of art—whether it was an exploration of unfamiliar artistic territory, a side project in different media, or an entirely new subject matter—reaffirmed the notion that often the bounds of creativity extends far beyond the familiar, manifesting itself in surprising ways.  It was this idea that became the foundation for "Disorderly Construct," a new exhibit at The Arts Fund Gallery.


Gifford and seven other local artists—painter Hank Pitcherpainter/paperworker Linda Danielsher husband, Karl Petrunak, a painter and videographer; multi-media artist Maria Rendon; photographer Richard Ross, and multi-media artist George Sanders, as well as exhibit co-curator Mottin—were challenged to create work that falls outside their normal practice. The result? A dark, edgy collection of work that will be on display at a community gallery.


An opening reception with the artists will be held at The Arts Fund Gallery on Friday, May 26 from 5-8pm, during the monthly Funk Zone Art Walk. Located at 205 Santa Barbara Street, the Funk Zone space is dedicated to featuring artists of all ages and backgrounds who hail from Santa  Barbara County.


“Disorderly Construct” will be on view at the gallery through July 16. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday-Sunday, from 12-5pm. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

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