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'Synesthesia' Manifestations Of Energy, Paintings By Ellen Salk And Sound By Christopher Adler


  • WHEN Ongoing from now until May 5, 2013[days & times]
  • WHERE Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA
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  • AGES All ages
  • COST Free - $8

"Synesthesia" Manifestations Of Energy, Paintings By Ellen Salk And Sound By Christopher Adler
February 2 – May 5, 2013
Opening Reception, February 2, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion With Ellen Salk, Christopher Adler And Sally Yard
April 13, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Pulsating with energy and tension, Ellen Salk’s abstract paintings reference her interest in science, elemental forms, entropy, Minimalism and Abstract Expressionism. In collaboration with experimental sound artist Christopher Adler, Salk has designed an immersive installation that explores the vibrational quality of her images. Designed in response to Salk’s work, Adler’s music heightens the viewer’s senses eliciting a meditative and spiritual experience.

The exhibition opens with a preview reception on Saturday, February 2 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The reception is complimentary for OMA members and $10 for non-members and includes an open bar and creative appetizers provided by OMA’s Culinary Arts Committee.

Working in a ritualistic process that involves layers of calligraphic marks and geometric grids, Ellen Salk’s large scale paintings are full of dynamic juxtapositions. The contrasts of light and dark, organic and geometric, thin versus thick lines, and warm against cool colors create a powerful sense of depth and mystery.

Drawing inspiration from numerous artists, Salk cites the elegant and simplified line quality of Japanese painter and print-maker Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806) as having a direct influence on her lyrical system of mark making.

Salk’s work is also informed by the minimalistic paintings of Agnes Martin, the wall drawings of Sol Lewitt and the gestural intuitive mark making of the Abstract Expressionists.

Many of the new paintings in the exhibition also reference a continuation of her Shaker Loops series that she has been working on for over a decade that involves layers of repetitive gestural marks that evokes a tension between simplicity and energetic movement.

The title of the exhibition, "Synesthesia", reflects Salk’s interest of the simultaneous perception of two or more stimuli, in this case visual and sound. According to Salk, “I imagine the sound interacting directly with the images, with the viewer being drawn from images to sound and back in an experience which will open the senses.” "Synesthesia" in art can be seen in the work of Wassily Kandinsky whose paintings explored the connections or synthesis between color and musical instruments.

In addition to the exhibit join Ellen Salk, Christopher Adler and art critic Sally Yard for a Panel Discussion about the exhibition on Saturday, April 13 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. The talk is free with museum admission and complimentary for OMA members.

"Synesthesia" Manifestations Of Energy, Paintings By Ellen Salk And Sound By Christopher Adler is on display from February 2 – May 5, 2013.

Location: Oceanside Museum of Art: 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA 92054. Google Map, 760.435.3720
Museum Hours: Tuesday - Saturday from 10am - 4pm; Sunday from 1pm - 4pm

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