Showing in East Gallery is the 2017 Left Coast Awards Exhibition, showcasing work by Christine Atkinson and Tyrell Collins, award recipients chosen by 2017 juror Susan Sayre Batton, Oshman Executive Director of the San Jose Museum of Art.
It’s not easy to describe Atkinson’s works. They begin as photographs, but morph into more ephemeral experiences. The artist is intent on exploring the edges of transition where color and light meet, “creating a dialogue between color as absorbed energy and color as reflected light.” Says Atkinson, “I am interested in where colors touch, where they combine, and where they cancel each other into neutrality. This is a physical alteration, a change in the wavelength of light, a change in energy.” Sounds abstract, but her works have great presence and physicality as well as beauty.
Tyrell Collins likewise works with color and transitions, in her case with colored pencil on black paper. She calls this body of work Quantum Entanglement. These pieces are very meditative, sometimes pensive, and have been compared to works by Mark Rothko in their simplicity and gravitas. Philosophically, her approach encompasses the dark aspects of life while letting the depth of color shine through in a natural, authentic celebration of life. Again, harder to describe than to relate to when you see the work, which has an endearing immediacy.
Sanchez Art Center is located at 1220 Linda Mar Boulevard in Pacifica, about a mile east of Highway 1. Following opening night, the galleries are open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 1–5 pm, or by calling in advance to set a time, through May 20.