Core Elements, an exhibition of figurative sculpture by Richard Dieterich with the planted sculpture of Jennie Strobel, runs April 5th through June 1, 2014.
Richard Dietrich works figuratively in cold cast mixed metals and steel. The contrast between his materials and his subjects evokes the durable strength and beauty of human form. The focus of this work is the sensuality of the raw materials he uses.
Dieterich grew up in Boulder, Colorado. He received his B.A. in Art History from the American University of Paris with a concentration on African Art and worked in African Art galleries in Paris and New York. His background is an eclectic one. He has worked as a Master Brewer, and as a Green Builder. For the past two decades he has lived and worked in Northern California.
Jennie Strobel's work is in live, planted sculpture, and living walls. After career of mosaic, stained glass, acrylic and watercolor painting, sculpture, sewing ,mixed media collage and photography, she began fusing it all together in landscaping and plant design.
Strobel began her career in the nursery industry in 1997 and started working with Sloat Garden Center in 2002. She has held a wide range of positions from nursery manager, product buyer, visual merchandiser and garden designer for the Sloat Garden Design Department. She leads the container design program, is a frequent seminar speaker on various topics ranging from edible landscapes, table-top living arrangements, and terrariums and has led a series of container design workshops at the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers.
vision/color/love February 1st to March 30th, 2014.
Please join us for an opening
reception Saturday February 1st, 2014 from 5-8pm.
Showing artists: Nicole Cameron, Richard Dieterich, Sherry Petrini and Nick Wildermuth.
Nick Wildermuth's neon saturated still lifes, depict tabletops that are crowded with foods, products, books, plants, and flowers. The scene which emerges from Wildermuth's canvas is not a severe one which reflects on the significance of these items, but more rewardingly, evokes a secret world where playful and colorful inanimate characters live to the fullest in a haphazard existence of abstracted and colorful backdrops and living spaces.
Nicole Cameron's symbolic, metaphoric, and surrealistic paintings takes the heart as its subject. The work on one level, is an exploration of the heart as a metaphoric connection to love. The surreal nature of her expressions, and the anatomical heart exposed outside of it's natural element give added layers to this work suggesting Cameron has much more complicated and complex relationship with her subject.
Richard Dietrich works figuratively in cold cast mixed metals and steel. The contrast between his materials and his subjects evokes the durable strength and beauty of human form. Pieces in this new collection have a quiet devotion to a serene inner emotional life, which lifts the heart.
The colorful, spontaneous and oftentimes humorous paintings of Sherry Petrini are firmly rooted in her vision of courageous spontaneity. The pure joy of her pieces are in the whimsy of her subjects and her ability to capture in each, a unique exuberance. Petrini's work kindles the kind of glee experienced with a triumphant refusal to color within the lines.
Motion + Rest December 7th - January 26th, 2014.
Please join us for and opening reception Saturday December 7th, 2013 from 6-9 pm.
Showing artists: Douglas Yee, R. Dean Nyberg, Richard Dieterich, Camille Esposito, Brian Evjenth, Sandra Cohn and Amy Stock
San Francisco artist Douglas Yee is an abstract and figurative oil painter. He creates intense personal moments, masterfully creating sensations of the past and of the present, sparking the viewer’s senses not only visually, but also ethereally. Fairfax artist R. Dean Nyberg’s art begins with finding the right piece of wood. Destined for landfill, Nyberg gives these native cast-offs new life by bringing out the inherent beauty of the wood’s grain and texture, while incorporating it’s flaws into the piece’s overall design. Richard Dieterich sculpts in a cold-cast process, combining a mixture of recycled atomized metal powders with a hard matrix material, allowing in-studio casting from his Fairfax home, without the use of a foundry. Dieterich uses embedded river rock in some pieces, and recycled steel for his mounts. As an environmentally conscious sculptor, he works to keep his process and results close to nature. A Marin native, Camille Esposito’s work is intuitive. A lifetime of Marin landscapes and it’s nature are deeply imbedded in Esposito’s work, and her art provides a window into her emotional connection to this land. Brian Evjenth, a Bay Area native as well, draws also from his connection to the wilds that surround us here in the bay area, intensely guided by the local animals that guide his spiritual journey as an artist. Evjenth ‘s paintings combine animal and primal energies to human conscious awareness. Marin’s Sandra Cohn, begins her work where Evjenth’s ends, in the realm of the spiritual subconscious. She transforms this fascination with consciousness into sculptural works which merge the human form with recycled machinery. The results are delightful moments of spirituality in the vast machine of life.
BreathingLight October 5th through December 1st, 2013.
Fairfax artist Sandra Cohn’s work Integrates sculptures with salvaged rusted metal pieces and written word. The resulting work is a study of movement and interaction, an invitation to shift perspective and experience altered frames of reference. Cohn assimilates old pieces of broken necklaces, fabric, paper and even rose petals from her garden into her work, often using surplus home improvement materials which evokes an aesthetic of beauty that arises from damaged, discarded, or commonplace elements.
Cohn’s art reflects a lifelong personal and career interest in the area of human consciousness and the study of brain function and how it affects our understanding of reality and the metaphysical. Her work in the field of neuropsychology at UCSF in the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, included treatment of patients with intractable epilepsy, brain diseases, stroke and brain tumors. This fascination with brain functions and consciousness drives her work forward into a deeper inner discovery of the consciousness of spirituality and the vast mystery of life. Cohn’s work is inspired by the fine line between what we experience in our daily life, how it informs our understanding, and that which is largely invisible to our eye but still within the grasp of our hearts; that line between life and what lies beyond.
An opening for BreathingLight will be Saturday, October 5th from 6-9 pm. Please join us, we'd love to see you!
August 17th through September 29th, 2013.
Oakland artist Bob Stang’s work is a repository of culturally shared images which when recombined, recomposed and recontextualized allow for new insight and interpretation. Stang is drawn to imagery of the American West, to settlers, cabins, fences, stumps and all of the trappings of a provisional life. While these images are outward illustrations of self-reliance and yearning for freedom, they also imply a more tenuous relationship to the land: doubt and restlessness.
Sunila Bajracharya, born and raised in Kathmandu Nepal, she earned her BFA in fine art from Fine Art College in Nepal. She was a founding member of Kasthmandap Art Studio since until 2006. She now resides in Fairfax, California. Bajracharya’s works center around the human figure. Her figures, which range in medium, are full of compassion, emotion, gravity and magic. Her exploration in medium contributes to the beautiful humanity of her work. Her wire mesh series captures the polished smooth outer façade of her subject, with the hard rigidness of its interior life, while her metal sculpture pieces evoke the strength and resilience of the organic body.
Richard Dieterich, a Fairfax resident and a MINE gallery staple, works figuratively in cold cast mixed metals and steel. Dieterich's work, which is influenced by the Wabi Sabi philosophy, draws on themes of fragmentation, and the imperfectness of his medium. The contrasts between the raw strength of his materials and his serene and graceful subjects evokes the duality of the human form.
An opening reception for Unframed Freedom will be from 6-9 pm, Saturday, August 17th
Finding What Remains May 18th - June 17th 2013
MINE artists explore the simple beauty of what is discarded.
Works shown by:
Come help celebrate with an opening reception from 6-9 pm, Saturday, May 18th at the MINE