TRAC2019 will include an excursion to see four shows – the first, curated by Suzanne Bellah at the Carnegie Art Museum is The Imaginary. Next, we go on to see The Illusionists, in the Blackboard Gallery at Studio Channel Islands, curated by Michael Pearce. The trip continues to CLU’s beautiful campus to see an exhibit curated by Joseph Bravo, Border Paintings by Rigoberto Gonzalez in the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art (there will be a reception there, and a short lecture about the exhibit by Bravo.) and Method and Process: Words by Michael Obermeyer and Christopher Slatoff in the Kwan Fong Gallery, curated by Rachel Schmid.
At CLU we will also enjoy the work of ten sidewalk artists who have made fabulous imagery on the concrete pathways on the walk across campus.
The TRAC Invitational show will be held in the hotel, including works by our competition winners and conference participants.
Thanks to our partner galleries for their participation! We couldn’t do this without you!
Pathos Along a Contemporary Frontier: Border Paintings by Rigoberto Gonzalez – William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art
Born in 1973 in Tamaulipas Mexico, Rigoberto Gonzalez is among the most accomplished painters currently practicing in the Rio Grande Valley. Gonzalez received his B.F.A. from the University of Texas at Pan American and earned his M.F.A. from the prestigious New York Academy of Art. His artwork has been exhibited by museums in Sweden, Norway, Mexico and throughout the Southwest United States. Rightly lauded for the technical virtuosity of his Neo-Baroque style painting, the artist is most widely known for the provocative content of his work which often depicts disturbing imagery born of the cultural and social context in which the artwork emerges. More…
Inspiration can be an elusive muse for an artist, and is often seen as pitted against hard work. When both are combined we are witness to the stunning results of human output. This exhibition presents the skill and gift behind two artists’ work in two separate genres: sculpture and painting. More…
The Illusionists – Studio Channel Islands Blackboard Gallery
Works by F. Scott Hess, Richard Macdonald, Sandy Yagi, Bryan Larson, Mark Gleason, Conor Walton, Pamela Wilson, Regina Jacobson, Guy Kinnear, Boris Vallejo, Julie Bell, Roger Dean, Vince Natale
Imagine a fantastic world. Anything is possible in it, anything can be made manifest. The difficulty is to share these things with other people – how do we describe unreal things? The art in The Illusionists gives us a window into the imagined worlds of the artists who made them – and what amazing worlds they are – some are dreamlike, some are frightening, some are bizarre. All of them are painted and sculpted in a way that makes them believable. More…
Curated by Suzanne Bellah
The Imaginary, exhibiting art that co-mingles realism and the imagination, is directly inspired by The Representational Art Conference’s exploration of the relationship between imagination and 21st-century representational art this year. It attempts to give substance to the mental investigation of imagination’s role in representational art by sharing current samples of work by 23 remarkable Southern California artists who have been enfolding an imaginary approach into their handling of traditional genres. Their blending of ingenuity and masterful technique heightens viewers appetite and admiration for contemporary representational art. More…
Chalk Art Festival for April Fools Day
Professional artists participating in the Chalk Festival for April Fools will focus their creations on the theme of imagination, the same idea being explored during The Representational Art Conference that Cal Lutheran is presenting from March 31 through April 4 in Ventura.
Escalera, one of the festival’s headlining pavement artists, has made a 25-year career out of street painting and teaching others to produce chalk art. She has won awards for her street paintings throughout California, in multiple states and in Mexico and Canada. She coordinated a street-painting venue in Xi’an, China, before the 2008 Olympics. Escalera creates works in multiple styles including Madonnari classical artwork reproduction, which dates to 16th-century Italy, as well as trompe l’oeil and 3D anamorphosis, which make works seem to jump off the pavement.
“I do not mind that the work is temporary. It seems to be part of its beauty,” Escalera said. “Life really isn’t about permanence anyway. Nothing is permanent or even static. Everything is constantly changing all the time.”