POETIC LICENSE COMES TO GRAYSPACE

September 20 – October 27

GraySpace Gallery – America Contemporary Art, located at 219 Gray Avenue in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone art district, is pleased to announce its electrifying new exhibition Poetic License, opening Friday, November 15th. This exhibit features the vibrant works of Dorothy Churchill-Johnson, Anthony Askew and Rod Latham, who make up an eclectic trio mixing surrealism, graphic sensibilities, and neon imbued assemblage.

Rod Lathim’s assemblage sculptures of luminous colors woven into found objects become something beyond the sum of their parts. What could be more poetic than a piano harp reimagined with neon?

Rod articulates, “My works in Poetic License combine found objects that have caught my eye and have clearly spoken to me. The stories that ooze from these objects dictate how I bring them back to life, and at times, deconstruct and re-construct into new interpretations of how they were originally intended to operate.”

With regard to the joy he feels utilizing neon in his work, Lathim goes on to say, “The light of neon is the closest thing I can find to the pure light of love that is offered by the Divine and our ancestors and guides.”

Rod Lathim’s assemblage sculptures of luminous colors woven into found objects become something beyond the sum of their parts. What could be more poetic than a piano harp reimagined with neon?

Rod articulates, “My works in Poetic License combine found objects that have caught my eye and have clearly spoken to me. The stories that ooze from these objects dictate how I bring them back to life, and at times, deconstruct and re-construct into new interpretations of how they were originally intended to operate.”

With regard to the joy he feels utilizing neon in his work, Lathim goes on to say, “The light of neon is the closest thing I can find to the pure light of love that is offered by the Divine and our ancestors and guides.”

Anthony Askew gathers his poetry in several forms of monotypes. He describes his approach in the simplest of terms.

“As an artist and art educator for the last 50 years, I continually hope my work reflects the optimism and zeal that life holds for me.  This new body of work combines strong graphic qualities with painterly expression and poetic sensitivity, for that is my creative intention.”

Viewers will find Dorothy Churchill-Johnson’s larger than life and esthetically esoteric oil paintings intriguing and compelling.

She explains, “Inspiration has always come from closely examining the details of my everyday environment. Things become beautiful in proportion to the attention one pays them. I’ve always tried to synthesize realism with abstraction and other contemporary influences such as pattern, neo-pop, and surrealism”.

Churchill-Johnson goes on to say, “I love to take the tiny details of an ordinary subject and blow them up to a visual extreme. This, you could say, is my poetic license. I strive for beauty in my work because beauty is its own excuse for being.”
Ruth Ellen Hoag, the artist in residence and director of GraySpace, curated this dynamic show and is very excited to see that these three gifted Santa Barbara artists of different artistic expressions being realized in one illuminating take on Poetic License.

This must-see exhibition with glowing neon sculptures greeting guests in the entryway is perfect for the holidays. It runs November 12th through December 28th with the Opening Reception with the Artists, Friday, November 15th, 5 to 8 pm coinciding with the Funk Zone Art Walk.