GDCA is pleased to announce our November, 2021 Group Exhibition, "Breeze"!
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GDCA is pleased to announce our November, 2021 Solo Exhibition:
Cynthia Ann Swan: "Splash"
"Splash" continues the year-long retrospective, offering new collections of the glass artist's most celebrated series.
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To be dormant is to be suspended or slowed-down for a period of time, to be temporarily inactive or inoperative. Bare branches, twisted and silhouetted in space, represent moments we all experience from time to time; we are alive, yet we are caught in a moment of stillness, awaiting the opportunity to grow again.
Set against morning mist of southern California skies, silhouetted palm trees stand like sentinels at the gates of a new day, welcoming another opportunity to bask in the sun. Since spending the summers of my childhood in Florida, I have always found the tall, slender palm tree to be a beautiful and mysterious figure, looming overhead like some otherworldly giant. After living in the northeast and midwest coasts, settling in Los Angeles meant being reunited with the majestic palm. These two paintings are a bit of a love note to L.A., and to fond memories.
"There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." William Shakespeare, Hamlet
"Each painting is a mirror of nature which I have been blessed to have spent my life studying with all of its astounding mix of patterns and colors. I have also noticed that any time I have approached a canvas with a set idea in mind, it inevitably gets thrown out as the piece takes on a life of its own and evolves into something far more interesting than any ideas I may have had to begin with. This approach for me means letting go of my ego and simply being true to the painting as it is evolving and to myself as an artist..." - Dave Graham
"In 1982, the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries created the term shinrin-yoku, which translates to “forest bathing” or “absorbing the forest atmosphere.” The practice encourages people to simply spend time in nature — no actual bathing required. And it need not take place in a forest. Any natural setting outdoors is good, like a local park, your favorite nearby trail, the beach, a lake. Time spent in nature is good for both physical and mental wellbeing. It is proven to reduce stress hormone production, improve feelings of happiness, free up creativity, lower heart rate and blood pressure, boost the immune system and accelerate recovery from illness. And any amount of time you can spend outdoors enjoying fresh air and sunshine is good.
Once you’ve arrived at your destination, take a few deep breaths and center yourself. Spend a few moments simply observing your surroundings. You could sit and watch how the trees sway in the wind or you could walk around. If you decide to walk, go at a leisurely pace and without a specific destination in mind. It’s important to let your mind and senses wander, explore, and indulge. Focus on what your senses are taking in — whether it’s the scent of clean ocean air or a chorus of chirping birds. The goal of forest bathing is to live in the present moment while immersing your senses in the sights and sounds of a natural setting.
These paintings are are reflections of my own forest bathing experiences." - Karen Hansen
"The series, “CleanSlate”,
is quite different for me. Seemingly void of detail...a departure in style...the true work lies below the surface of each piece. Hidden thoughts and detailed composition are there to be found and interpreted by the viewer. ...
The single piece, “Writer’s Block”, does not belong in a series but stands on its own as an individual statement. Each artist, from time to time, suffers from doubt and fear. I found this piece to be peaceful and restorative... a statement of my resolve to search within my self doubting and present a piece of quiet dignity." - Suki Kuss
"We all know this woman. She is beautiful, but doesn't know it. We see her here, partially covered...vulnerable, yet protected by her own confidence." KM
"F@x Glitch is a painting discussing the role Virtual Reality has in our future. Will we be aware of what we see with our eyes as real or a digital representation? How will we prefer to experience the world- assuming wildlife still exists in our future?" KM
"Green Drop" is a truly abstract piece with notes of a Water fountain that’s lost all control." KM
"Art has the power to stop time and revert you back to an almost childlike sense of wonder and amazement. I am bewildered at the way color and texture can bounce and collide creating an explosion of different emotions and feelings." Dane Smith
Water and glass share sister spirits, transparent, liquid, and constantly flowing. They are beautiful, dangerous, and can never be completely controlled. I am drawn to both by their siren song, and my moods are held captive by their powers.
I am not an earth-tone person, preferring the watery calm of blues and greens. I look for peace near still waters, and joy among the glints and glitters of sparkling streams. Raindrops have been my mantra, and oceans have stirred my fears. I have lived on the banks of an ancient river, loosing myself in it's infinity. Water calls my name.
"Splash" celebrates water's happy side . This bubbly word conveys excitement, energy, and spontaneous fun, and life should be bursting with all of it. From ocean waves to pool parties, this show is all about dancing water, sunny days, and lots of brilliant color. With abstract images that conjure up portals and whisper the essence of the sea,
and bright, whimsical sea creatures frolicking at an ocean swim party, this show invites you to come out and play.
Cynthia Ann Swan