BODY ELECTRIC: sculpture, painting and drawings

Group Exhibition: BODY ELECTRIC

Opening September 5th, 6-9pm

On view through September 22nd


Michael Angelo Caci

The love of the body of man or woman balks account, the body itself balks account,
That of the male is perfect, and that of the female is perfect.
The expression of the face balks account,
But the expression of a well-made man appears not only in his face,
It is in his limbs and joints also, it is curiously in the joints of his hips and wrists,
It is in his walk, the carriage of his neck, the flex of his waist and knees, dress does not hide him,
The strong sweet quality he has strikes through the cotton and broadcloth,
To see him pass conveys as much as the best poem, perhaps more,
You linger to see his back, and the back of his neck and shoulder-side.
from “I Sing the Body Electric” by Walt Whitman

The Emerald Tablet sings the Body Electric in September, with sculpture, painting and drawings that celebrate the supple and magnificent physicality of the body; the body caught in the act: dancing, resting, loving; the symmetry of form, gracefulness of shape and expressiveness of gesture. We sing the body as the very essence of the soul: energy caught in quick sketches, finely rendered oil paintings and bronze sculpture.

To be in motion is to be filled with life, and this fleeting energy has been captured, in brevity of line and paint, by this month’s artists:

Michael Angelo Caci, a Seattle-based artist, spent his formative years in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. He developed an early interest in photography inspired by his fascination for science and the visual intricacies of color and light. While initially investigating this world through photography, a move to the west coast and an encounter with formal instruction in drawing, printmaking, panting and sculpture at the University of Washington he expanded his range of media. Rather than working solely in one area, the artist began experimentation with synthesizing digital and traditional methods into a singular and often laborious process.

Now residing in Berkeley, California, Olivia Chen was born in Taiwan and moved to Toronto, Canada at the age of fourteen.  She received her first BFA in Architecture from Ryerson University and her 2nd BFA in Fine Art Painting and Drawing in 2012 at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. She has been in group shows with Pacific Art League in Palo Alto, STUDIO Gallery in San Francisco and Garden Gallery in Half Moon Bay.  She also received a “Specialty Award” from the Academy of Art University and will be featured in North Light Book’s competition Strokes of Genius 5 : Best of Drawing / Composition, 2013.

Cameron Chun’s focus as an artist revolves around painting and drawing the human figure and painting landscapes, which has become an important interest and pursuit over the last several years. He is intrigued by how color and light fall on a form and is continuously challenged by its fleeting nature when painting from life. He finds it a worthy pursuit. Cameron is currently a part-time lecturer in the Animation/Illustration department of San Jose State University. Prior to teaching, he was a digital artist in the video game industry, contributing to notable game titles for consoles and PC. He attained a BFA from Art Center College of Design and an MFA from New York Academy of Art.

By the age of 13, Aram Larsen had designed two cartoon characters for the Garfield show and one for the Howie Mandel show, Bobby’s World. He has attended two semesters at the Isomata: Idylwild School of the Arts. He has studied dance and music under Menlo Macfarlane’s guidance in the arts and performance group The Black Valley, of which Aram is a charter member. He has been featured artist in Possibilities art magazine, featured on the cover of SeeSaw Poetry Journal, and illustrator for Galaxy Science Fiction. Aram has had a number of one-man shows as well as group shows with The Black Valley and the Grass Valley Graphics Group.

Della Heywood come from Vancouver B.C. and has lived in Northern California since 1980. She studied painting, drawing, etching and printmaking, sculpture and photography at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. She’s created everything from murals for Starbucks to book illustrations, and is also a professional web designer. Della identifies as a spiritual artist and seeks to bring into view what is hidden. Major influences include William Blake, Odilon Redon and Ben Shahn, The Impressionists, Maxfield Parrish, Van Gogh, Roger Van der Wyden and Giotto and Bosch, as well as the Canadian Group of Seven, Tiffany, Galle and LaLique, Hiroshige, Hokusai, and all of the artists who were a part of the Japonsime movement.

Born and raised in Hungary, Tibor Simon-Manzula has worked in Dubai and traveled Asia; the people he’s met on the way have inspired his current work. Tibor’s wife and friends are often figures in his paintings, though they are not recognizable individually. He arranges the compositions so that each person is viewed from above; this aerial perspective gives the viewer a unique viewpoint: abstracted figures could be anyone or anywhere to signify that the human story is not unique but universal. Tibor studied short film composition at Szellemkép Free Film School, has a BFA in teaching drawing and mathematics, and recently received an MFA in painting from Academy of Art University.

Jeffrey Zygmunt sculpts a true and vivid representation of the world around him.  Focusing on the human form, he has recieved prominent commissions to create both portait busts and full figure sculptures in a variety of sizes.  Jeffrey graduated from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and studied at the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy, with an emphasis on sculpture.  While at each academy, he took every opportunity to fully explore the arts of drawing, painting and sculpture.  His work is built on an understanding of prespective, anatomy and composition to create works that are authentic and emotional.  Jeffery Zygmunt resides in Northern California, where he continues to sculpt and teach.

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