Winter Exhibition 2004
600 Townsend Street, San Francisco
January 8 - March 2
Juror's Statement by John Toki
Over a century ago, California attracted individuals with pioneer
spirits. A diverse mix of cultures and values brought people together
to share life experiences, artistic skills, trades, and political
beliefs by shaping and building a state which reflected an image
of freedom of expression and opportunity.
In the current Pacific Rim Sculptors Group exhibition, entitled
"California Dreaming," a group of artists mirrors a
great sense of freedom of expression courage, tradition, and experimentation,
as in the spirit of the early pioneers. A wide range of aesthetic
diversity is expressed through the art with feelings of passion,
love, joy, pain, and hope.
Some of the highlighted works are: Ralph Holker's abstract ceramic
totem, "Stele V," making reference to a mythical ancient
culture, and Peter Hier's "US 101," a textured spiral
vortex black rubber tire sculpture expanding on the inherent beauty
of plant forms. "Winged Victory," a larger than life
spiritual guardian fabricated with palm fronds and red pigment
by Susan Harvest, communicates a modern day deity, while Ellen
Vogel's sculpture, "Interconnected," address the subject
of dwellings set into a chilling white winter storm, providing
a poetic statement about shelters and mankind. The reality of
war is expressed in "Modern Man Cup and Saucer" by Susan
Peterson. A gas mask attached to the side of a cup is a painful
reminder of the human condition. "013" by Timothy Rose
is a colorful metal mobile stretching in space and dancing in
a lyrical way. "Stone Flower #7," a bold alabaster piece
by Zahava Sherez, includes more formal aspects of sculpture, rounding
out the show.
The overall quality of the art work submitted was outstanding,
with subject matter ranging from whimsical, abstract, machine-like
and political, to those with sexual, spiritual, and humorous content.
Works in the exhibit push formal art traditions, especially through
the use of color, subject matter, combined media, and experimental
use of materials, enhancing the expressiveness of the sculptures.
This year's Pacific Rim Sculptors Group exhibit, "California
Dreaming," is a dream come true.