FRI DEC 09, 2005–TUE FEB 07, 2006
The Volakis Gallery is proud to introduce several new names to the wine region including the first video installation exhibited in the Napa Valley. The installation piece entitled Iodine is a collaborative effort by bay area artists Timothy Cummings and Shane Francis and Aaron Plant from Los Angeles. This installation is being exhibited courtesy of the Catherine Clark Gallery in San Francisco. Cummings work can also be found at the Rene di Rosa collection in Napa. New works by Andreas Nottebohm, Bruce Temuchin Brown, Jung Ran Bae, Heather Gorham and Vincent Serbin will also be on display along with other gallery artists.
Vincent Serbin’s new book entitled, Toward Omega, will be on hand for review. The book is published by 21st, one of the most exclusive fine art book publishers in the world. 21st books are released in editions of 100 copies or less, all handmade and costing thousands of dollars each. The Volakis Gallery will have three titles from the 21st collection for review including books by Sally Mann, Josephine Sacabo and Vincent Serbin. For the serious collector, the last edition of the 21st Master Collection, a complete collection of the entire 21st catalog to date (19 books containing 185 bound and loose original prints) is being offered for sale for $300,000.
Napa Valley artist Bruce Temuchin Brown will be debuting his first mural size copper plate photographs depicting images of a Jungian nature. Archetypal figures culled from the subconscious regions of the mind, hauntingly familiar yet pleasingly disturbing. Other works on display include photographs and paintings by Misha Gordin, Connie Imboden, Brian Oglesbee, Oscar Bernal, Anthony Padovano, Ted Gall, Richard Gariott-Stejskal, Suzanne Sbarge, Stephanie Gardner and Cathy Rose.
Jung Ran Bae, a graduate of CCAC with an MFA in sculpture, will be exhibiting the installation work entitled Cu. In her own words Bae describes the project:
“The objective of this project is to express my personal perspective of certain slang of the female genitalia by bringing to light some of their inherent obscurities through humor and beauty. Part of my motivation for this project also comes from my personal process to liberate myself from the cultural conditioning I received while growing up in my country about sexuality. In my research, I have discovered about 250 slang words for the female genitalia of which I selected 35 to visualize. This is the first batch in an ongoing installation...”
The installation combines fiberglass female figures with ceramic allegorical sculptures depicting the slang descriptions, which are then inserted into the region of the female genitalia. Both humorous and yet visually arresting, the work transforms the derogatory slang references into objects of beauty tempting the viewer into a titillating voyeuristic excursion.