Random & Reason: How We Make Art
Thought. Emotion. Perception.
Three artists take viewers on a journey through their creative process, where the seed of an idea becomes a compulsion. This exhibit looks at the roles intention and serendipity play, as well as methods and tools the artists use to access and transform their concepts into art. Public opening is Saturday, March 6, 11 am to 7 pm. Members preview Friday, March 5, 11 am to 4 pm. The exhibit
continues through March 28, 2021.
Michael Connor is best known for his abstract paintings. His work examines the relationship between form and fluidity. Born in Minneapolis, Michael attended the Minneapolis School of Art before moving to California where he worked as a Creative Director in the Silicon Valley advertising industry. Following a near-death experience, his body of work took on a lucid form of storytelling. His non-linear narratives illustrate his experience navigating what he candidly describes as “going somewhere else.”
Lisa Lauer uses large-scale landscapes and figurative work as vehicles for exploring metaphysical concepts. Starting with words and phrases collected from dreams, conversation, literature and scientific journals, she creates a visual translation that may take the form of elegy, commentary or imagined myth.
Patrick Ellis for years held to a film aesthetic akin to Group f/64’s “straight photography” and avoided most digital processing. But on the Mendonoma coast he found himself constrained by a landscape already well documented by others. This forced him to seek alternate approaches, and freed him to delve deeper into photo manipulation and abstract forms.
Members Preview March 5, 11 am to 4 pm.
Public opening Saturday, March 6, 2021, 11 am to 7 pm.
Exhibit continues through March 28, 2021.