Exhibitions on view: March 6 – May 1, 2011
Eating Apples in Paradise featuring Macduff Everton, Elizabeth Folk, Nancy Gifford, Penelope Gottlieb, Saul Gray-Hildenbrand, Kimberly Hahn, Cyndee Howard, Hank Pitcher, Warren Schultheis, Steven Soria, Jonny Troyna, and James Van Arsdale
Santa Barbara is a paradise; Disneyland is a paradise; the U.S. is a paradise. Paradise is just paradise. Mournful, monotonous, and superficial though it may be, it is paradise. There is no other. - Jean Baudrillard, America
As early as the 1900’s, the city of Santa Barbara promoted itself and its environs as an idyllic setting. From Pearl Chase’s visions of utopia to the widespread dissemination of the resort destination via the eponymous soap opera and into today’s promotions by the Chamber of Commerce and Conference & Visitors’ Bureau, Santa Barbara has consciously sold and established itself as a modern-day paradise.
CAF dares 12 local artists to take a bite out of the proverbial apple with an exhibition exploring the realities and ambiguities of living in such an Edenic location. Via the artists’ works, this exhibition will reveal the multi-faceted issues of the region, both embracing and critiquing our history, sociology, and current conditions.
Special thanks to: Casa Magazine, Santa Barbara, CA; Chaucer's Bookstore, Santa Barbara, CA; Santa Barbara Independent; Santa Barbara News-Press; Susan E. Bower Exhibition Fund; and Wayne McCall & Associates, Santa Barbara, CA.
Eating Apples in Paradise is brought to you in collaboration with Lotusland’s exhibition, entitled Penelope Gottlieb, Gone, on view from February 26 - April 23, 2011. Docent-guided tours offered Wednesday through Saturday for an admission fee of $35 (adults), $10 (ages 5 to 18), and FREE to children under 5. Reservations are required to view the exhibition and may be made by email at email@example.com or by phone at 805-969-9990.
Bloom Projects: Sarah Cain, Santa Barbara
Los Angeles-based artist Sarah Cain takes painting outside of its traditional canon by using man-made and natural materials to create a tension between abstract, geometric logic, and a rush of fluid, free-form lines. Her canvases become sculptural as they extend beyond their frames to literally push the limits of what a painting can be.
Sarah Cain was born in Albany, NY in 1979. She received her B.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA in 2001 and her M.F.A. from University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA in 2005. Cain is represented by Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA. Her work has been exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach, CA; KN Gallery, Chicago, IL; and the Seiler + Mosseri-Marlio Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland.
Special thanks to: Casa Magazine, Santa Barbara, CA; Brush & Associates, Santa Barbara, CA; Santa Barbara Independent; Santa Barbara News-Press; Susan E. Bower Exhibition Fund; and Wayne McCall & Associates, Santa Barbara, CA.
Macduff Everton; Santa Barbara, California: Sunset Over Foam and Rocks Exposed by Winter Storm; 2010; Epson Archival Print
James Van Arsdale, Blitzed, 2010, detail. Mixed-media installation with looped video projection (8 min. 22 sec.). Dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist.
Penelope Gottlieb, Antignon Leptopus, 2010,
Acrylic and ink over Audubon print, 14 x 12 in.
Sarah Cain, Ray Bans with Slits, 2010,
Unknown dimensions, Courtesy the Artist