April 28 – July 7, 2012
Curated by Meg Linton and John David O’Brien. Poets selected by Graduate Writing Chair Paul Vangelisti.
Meticulosity features the work of 11 Southern California based artists and 3 poets who work in genres ranging from painting to installation and ceramica and digital formats. Artists: Tanya Batura, Hilary Brace, Eileen Cowin, Linda Hudson (faculty member), Gegam Kacherian, Sandeep Mukherjee ('96), Ross Rudel, Linda Stark, Arthur Taussig, Elizabeth Turk, Samira Yamin. Poets: Guy Bennett, Dennis Phillips, Martha Ronk
The title Meticulosity references both the technical/formal approach of the artists and the spiritual focus of their creative efforts — their tenacity and continuity. The premise for Meticulosity is that these artworks are created in a meditative mode or through a trance-like process, and that the painstaking exactitude expressed by these works is intended for the viewer to perceive along with the work's conceptual values. We connect that visual meticulousness to a sense of the ineffable or that which is beyond words, and to the meaning of beauty.
Our interest is in bridging the way in which the conceptual and the visual seem to have diverged. The thoughtfulness (a conceptual dimension) of the geometric underpinnings in a Piero della Francesca painting such as “The Flagellation” are not in any way contradicted by the meticulously beautiful surfaces he has painted (a purely visual dimension). As curators, our self-appointed task was to avoid preclusions on either side of this divide. We are presenting exceptionally thoughtful artwork where the visual acuity is as important as the originating idea, and have selected a variety of genres to underscore the plurality of our point of view.
—Co-curators Meg Linton and John David O’Brien
This project is sponsored in part by the Otis Board of Governors, and supported in part by the Pasadena Art Alliance.
Opening Reception with live music by MUSE | Saturday, April 28, 4 6pm
Tour with Co-curators Meg Linton and John David O'Brien and the artists | Saturday, June 9, 11am
Reading with poets Guy Bennett, Dennis Phillips, and Martha Ronk | Saturday, June 16, 2pm
Workshops were offered through Continuing Education.
Introduction to Woodcarving with Ross Rudel Saturdays, June 2-August 2, 2–6pm
Paper-Cutting with Samira Yamin Sunday, June 3, 10am–4pm
Writing for Artists with Samira Yamin Saturdays, June 2-August 4, 10am–1pm
About the Exhibition
Meticulosity (2012) / $25 / Available on Amazon.com and in Gallery
Softcover / 76 pages / 35 color plates / 7 X 10 inches
Produced by: OTIS Ben Maltz Gallery
Exhibition curated by: Meg Linton and John David O'Brien
Exhibition dates: April 28 - July 7, 2012
Introduction by: Meg Linton; Essay by: Meg Linton and John David O'Brien; Poems by: Guy Bennett, Dennis Phillips, Martha Ronk
Description: Group exhibition of 11 Southern California based artists and 3 poets who work in genres ranging from painting to installation and ceramic and digital formats. Artists: Tanya Batura, Hilary Brace, Eileen Cowin, Linda Hudson, Gegam Kacherian, Sandeep Mukherjee ('96), Ross Rudel, Linda Stark, Arthur Taussig, Elizabeth Turk, Samira Yamin. Poets: Guy Bennett, Dennis Phillips, Martha Ronk.