Anderson + Shiokava + Uttech
January 31 – February 29, 2008
On Thursday, January 31, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, Stremmel Gallery will host an opening reception for an exhibition of new works by three artists, Danäe Anderson, Kenzi Shiokava, and Tom Uttech. The show of paintings and sculpture will continue through February 29.
Danäe Anderson’s work is a visual journal, an improvisational choreography that reflects her engagement of the conscious and unconscious to “document and honor daily life, loved ones, the self, the ordinary, memory, objects, language, ritual and play.” She draws upon images from her own life, narrating in an iconographic style that is playful, dreamlike, and intuitive. She received her BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts in 1978 and her MFA from San Jose State in 1988. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant and a WESTAF/NEA Regional Fellowship for Visual Arts.
A graduate of Chouinard Art School Los Angeles in 1972, with an MFA from Otis Art Institute Los Angeles in 1974, Kenzi Shiokava creates sculpture from discarded wood, railroad ties, telephone poles, beams and other woods. Shiokava strives to work these materials, which have already been shaped by the elements in their original environment, without losing their natural qualities and vitality. He creates forms “not by imposing a preconceived configuration but by interacting within the structure so that the medium’s own life history becomes the determinant of the final form.” He says he strives “to keep each work as natural as the medium itself yet to exist in another realm, exuding emotion and spirituality.”
Tom Uttech has been described as merging nineteenth-century notions of the ideal landscape with aspects of surrealism and realism to create his unique vision of Wisconsin’s North Woods. The primeval qualities of that untamed area have inspired him to produce a great body of work whose elaborate iconic images range from the region’s wildlife, both real and from local native legend, to the Aurora Borealis of Wisconsin’s northern sky. Uttech’s work may be found in the collections of numerous museums across the country, winning various awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts Award in 1998.
The show will continue through February 29. Stremmel Gallery is located at 1400 S. Virginia Street. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm, and Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm. For more information, contact Stremmel Gallery at 786-0558.