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Doors open at 7 p.m. No assigned seats - first come-first served. Potluck. Entrance from the parking lot. Free parking.
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Our good friend Eric Merrell represents a fascinating branch that is rooted in the venerated California Plein Air school, yet he is taking it in his own exciting direction. Following in the footsteps of a great California Plein Air painter and CU friend Daniel W. Pinkham, Eric approaches his canvases as poetry in compositional organization of color masses. Eric is condensing his contemplative subjects -- be they nature's vast expanses or intimate still lifes -- to their core overall forms, while delivering them in moment-specific color harmonies.
The key to this ability is Eric's rigorous plein air observation and the practice of a hardcore field painter with sharpened aesthetics.In his compositional designs and arrangements Eric explores command of mood through skillful color harmonization and application of textures, making a significant step from plein air landscape and into a category of independent visual language.
It's a joy to observe the development of this exciting, dedicated and authentic young talent who proves himself time and again within the direction of his own artistic path.in ART we trust!
David A. Leffel, Portrait of David Kramer, 1977, oil on canvas, 30 x 25, collection of Cindy Kramer McSweeney
Classical Underground is exceptionally proud to showcase the legend of American representational realism David Leffel with a preview of the groundbreaking retrospective exhibition of his work at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art.David Leffel is one of the lonely few great pillars that preserved the bridge of the representational tradition in the United States in the second half of the 20th century. David is certainly one of the most important influences for the entire powerful generational resurgence of realism in contemporary American art at the beginning of 21st century."Leffel's powerful realism arises from his commitment to understanding and capturing the flow of light. He does not paint things, but light falling and flowing over objects. By treating light as a vital force, he gives his paintings the feeling that they are infused with life" said Michael Zakian, Director of the Weisman Museum.The exhibition is the first major retrospective for the 84-year-old artist, who in the 1960s broke with mainstream abstraction by reviving the art of the Old Masters. Approximately 50 paintings from the past 50 years will be featured - showcasing portraiture, still lifes, and landscapes of this revered artist, author and teacher."I planned the David Leffel retrospective to follow immediately after an exhibition of work by Andy Warhol," said Zakian. "The parallels are fascinating. They were born only a few years apart and both worked as commercial illustrators in New York in the 1950s. The difference is that Warhol went on to reuse images from advertising to create Pop Art. Leffel wanted an art of greater depth and substance and chose to dedicate himself to revive forgotten techniques and learn to paint like the Old Masters."David A. Leffel: The Mastery of Light - A RetrospectiveMay 14 - August 7, 2016Frederick R. Weisman Museum of ArtPepperdine University24255 Pacific Coast HighwayMalibu, Calif. 90263in ART we trust!
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Joseph Todorovitch is one of the bright figures of the new representational expression in contemporary Art.The body of Joseph's new work shows off the current state of his continuous drive to develop his impressive technical abilities. Exploring the new expressive possibilities in presenting the human figure and expanding its visual language is part of a wider movement of taking the tradition-based approach to the next step.The technically fluid, expressive tools merging tonality, color and shape - reflecting the perceptional and cognitive developments of our generation - is an inherently contemporary expression of contemporary visual cognition.We see the emergence of a new stage in developing tools for expression of reality, why I call it Novorealism - a specific stylistic search within our period of visual expression that is only beginning to unfold.In Joseph's work you have a rare opportunity to glimpse the inner workings of this super-advanced visual lab.in ART we trust!
Classical Underground is happy to welcome two formidable emissaries of the rich contemporary representational talent of San Francisco.
Alicia Ponzio, returning to Classical Underground, is one of my absolute favorite visual artists of our time. True sculptors are as rare as rare gets and Alicia's works are exquisite. Her extraordinarily manifested, real and raw Form Sense combined with authentically expressive gesture gives the use of the human figure as visual language its true soul. It represents everything I prize the most across all classical visual platforms - painting, drawing or sculpture. Like in any serious Art, her viscerally modeled material does not imitate life, but re-creates it in her given medium. Her every new work only reinforces my opinion, fully satisfying the sense and thought and makes us crave to see more. A true High Art indeed. We are extremely fortunate that Alicia is bringing to Classical Underground the debut of two figures from her most recent work, The Echo Chamber. Enjoy and study it!
"Moonlight Sonata, Portrait of the Artist's Father", Oil on Linen, 52" x 60"
The doors open at 7 p.m. and music starts at 8 p.m. Unassigned seating. Potluck. Directions and address are below:Justin Hess, making his first CU showcase, is following in the footsteps of the Classical Realism School of the Florence Academy of Art in Italy, where he studied for six years. In San Francisco he operates a popular private teaching atelier, JHess Studio, and shows at the prestigious John Pence Gallery. Justin brings his love and knowledge of the classicist techniques and methods into a group of paintings depicting the introspective moments of music making. One of the works adeptly captures his father in the intimate setting of music reading with his guitar. Love of Music and Art is what unites us all and makes our vivacious friend a natural Undergrounder. Paintings, sculpture, music - can't get much better than that!in ART we trust!
Our Founding principle is Clarity of Intent.
We feel THAT what is missing the most in today’s world. In great debate weather ART has a future in a commercialized world of ours, we say ART is the Future.
It has to be ART, though true and pure, to make it through. Gone is the tiring age of fake, pump and pretense. Gone are the murky waters. All else stripped – ART stands in all its naked Relevance.
We believe in ART. Not as just another way of making a living, but as the very Way of Life.
We are the Underground and we stand in a subversive opposition to all and every accepted tacitly way the commercially driven society treats ART. We consider ART being a form of ultimate subversion in a greed-glorifying world and we argue a singular importance of ART outside commercialism and corrupt institutionalism within the society in crisis.
ART shall bring back what bankers had stolen from the society – the common purpose being anything else other than militant, blatant greed.
We are Classical and we stand on the shoulders of combined labor and sacrifice of cultural giants humanity managed to produce despite all its shortfalls and who were able to surpass all constraints of time and fads of the moment. The essence of their timeless creations, which is pure and true ART, stands as final testimony to in-suppressible powers of human spirit bearing extreme relevance to our time.
We stand in firm belief in fresh vitality and visceral strength of Classical, Humanistic in nature, content, philosophy and worldview for our truly modern audiences and viewers.
We are there to support and to amplify the voice of anyone across disciplines who we think is instrumental in this process.
With the Clarity of Intent we will find new ways ART can sustain itself and expand in these troubled times as Artists - some of true Heroes of Society - shall be able to enjoy the fruits of their intense, hard labor and sacrifice which is a pure Labor of Love. To that end we all work and contribute in a collaborative spirit in name of ART and Friendship. We will do everything to share ART and spread the word, as ART is the ever-flaming torch in a society facing Storm.