July Painting Salon
- Tuesday, July 25, 2017
- Royal Nonesuch Gallery
Royal Nonesuch Gallery in Oakland were are hosts this months as we enjoyed lectures from artists Woody Othello and Ivy Haldeman.
Woody Othello was our first presenter and a recent CCA grad who spoke with candor and humor as he led us through his imaginative ceramic works that depict the inner lives of fictional characters he refers to as "festers" as well as everyday objects which he anthropomorphizes, such as a pot with ears.
Othello's sculptures pull from our insecurities and their emotional aftermath, leaving us with a tongue-in-cheek look at what it is to be human. They are at once grotesque and delicate, with "festers" inhabiting bloated ceramic bodies yet lovingly dressed in real clothes. Woody had us laughing as he retold personal stories that inspired specific works. It was hard not to find moments of empathy in his very candid and witty approach to art making, where a life-sized ceramic form somehow touches a very real nerve.
During the break we took some time to soak in the Ivy Haldeman paintings on view as part of her solo exhibition on view at the gallery. A fun compliment to Othello's work, these large-scale paintings in acrylic on canvas, depict sensuous, anthropomorphize hot dogs reveling in their luscious buns. Haldeman's draftsmanship carries equal weight to her wit and the paintings are a treat to see in person.
Since we were surrounded by the work, Ivy chose to talk about influence and observations pulled from art historical imagery. Through the perspective of the female gaze, sexuality,and humor, Ivy showed images ranging from Japanese prints to the tomb of Pope Julius II. It becomes clear that Haldeman's hot-dog figures are subtly rife with gestures and mannerism pulled from the pages of art history.