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INDEPENDENT PROJECT PRESS Curated by Bruce & Karen Licher,

The Project Room @ Independent Project Press hosts periodic exhibitions of artwork, photography, and installations reflecting the diverse creative talents to be found in and around the Eastern Sierras. The artists retain copyright to all images of their work included herein. All rights reserved. No parts of the contents of this book may be reproduced without the written permission of The Project Room @ Independent Project Press. For further information on any of the work included in this catalogue or to make a purchase please see contact information below. A price list is available upon request for all works shown. Catalogue design by Bruce Licher. g 2018 The Project Room @ Independent Project Press The Project Room @ Independent Project Press 186A Willow Street Bishop, California 93514 USA Phone + fax: 760.873.3600 bruce@independentprojectpress.com www.projectroom.net


THE PROJECT ROOM @ Independent Project Press presents

Transcendental Meditations: The Geometry of Creation a two person exhibit of transcendent art from two of Los Angeles’s prominent minimalist artists:

BARBARA KERWIN

AND

ERIC ZAMMITT

OCTOBER 20TH 2018 - JANUARY 5TH 2019

This exhibit offers a unique opportunity to enjoy the intimate juxtaposition of sublime works by these two contemporary artists. Each artist has mastered their own unique vision and methodology to express deeply meaningful and mysterious concepts through the language of order and geometry. The works of both of these artists are equally and infinitely mysterious, refined, quiet, meditative and transcendental.


BARBARA KERWIN Barbara Kerwin speaks about her paintings as expressing "a love of systems and a catalogue of feelings, nuance and measurement. The paintings mark time and its passage.” The work is labor-intensive, utilizing dozens of layers of paint. The works in this exhibit are part of her Wealth and Benefits series -- works of complex, geometric patterns utilizing the rectangle as a motif applied to her longstanding interest in economic systems. The paintings are created with acrylic, oil, or other mediums such as oil in high-melt waxes, each medium being chosen for how it will fulfill the need of each work. Dr. Betty Brown, the well-respected Los Angeles art critic and art historian, has written that “ Barbara Kerwin creates paintings that point beyond the visible world. They function as quiet meditations on balance, harmony, beauty, and the enduring order of the universe. ” Barbara Kerwin created three Wealth paintings and three Benefits paintings for the Transcendental Meditations: The Geometry of Creation exhibit. According to Kerwin, she "began creating the Wealth pieces during the Arab Spring. Uneasy with the anger caused by the world’s economic conditions, I started making sensual, grid-based paintings that incorporate asymmetric geometries and often include the color gold to signify wealth.” In Kerwin’s words, the Benefits series paintings are "dedicated to those wealthy individuals who use their fortunes to help mankind. Their particular efforts are analyzed and then interpreted into a geometric abstraction that utilizes the trapezoid as a breakout form.” Barbara Kerwin received her MFA in Painting & Sculpture from Claremont Graduate University and has exhibited nationally and internationally. Her works are collected widely, enjoyed in such prominent collections as the Peter Thiel Collection and the Paul Allen collection. Barbara Kerwin’s work can be viewed online at http://www.barbarakerwin.com.


Time Frame acrylic on canvas, 30” x 30”


Grandfather oil in high-melt wax and acrylic on panel, 20” x 20” (online catalog only)


Revolution oil in high-melt wax and acrylic on panel, 20” x 20” (online catalog only)


Habitat - honoring Jimmy Carter acrylic on panel, 20� x 20�


Village For Vets - honoring Marcie Pollier Schwartz acrylic on panel, 20” x 20”


Freedom of the Press - honoring Craig “Craig’s List” Newmark acrylic on panel, 20” x 20”


ERIC ZAMMITT In his own words, Eric Zammitt’s work "alludes to the dynamics and interplay of dual elements; matter/energy, spirit/body, emotion/intellect. It is simultaneously about our gestalt experience of the drama and beauty of creation, and our intellectual fascination with its parts and how they relate to create a whole." According to Zammitt, "one of the ways I find of expressing this interplay is by compounding complexes of patterned color into synergistic wholes. Color and pattern are primal to our history and survival. They touch parts of us that are archetypal, rooted in nature, and infinitely curious. I employ abstraction and minimalism as ways to bypass the literal and go directly to metaphor, emotion, and the ineffable. At the same time, like classical music, which integrates intellect and emotion, the works are based in structure, rhythm, and a form of logic.” The works are often associated with energy fields, music, quantum and string theory, weaving, land and seascapes, genetics, and other similar concepts. In contrast to Barbara Kerwin’s work, which is created via a process of layering of paint and building up of a topographical surface, Zammitt’s wall and sculptural works are made of tens of thousands of solid bits of colored acrylic plastic glued together, then repeatedly sanded and polished. These bits are laminated into cohesive panels through an intensive process of layering, slicing, and reassembly. This process is then followed by wet-sanding and polishing. For Eric "colored acrylic plastic is simply paint, but in solid form, and my “brushes” are the bandsaw, table saw, and glue." Jeff Davis, a writer for the Pasadena Independent, visited Zammitt’s studio last year and wrote eloquently about Eric’s art and process: "To construct the wall works, the towers are sliced into long slats, and again into sticks that can then be arranged into new designs. As you stare at the works, patterns start to emerge: Waves of light, a sense of energy and the DNA double helix are common elements in many of the wall pieces. Others seem to evoke feelings of music, time and digital pixilation even though they are analog (hand built) constructions.” Eric Zammitt’s work is widely exhibited and is collected internationally. His work is included in such prestigious collections as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Art and History in Lancaster, California. Eric Zammitt’s work can be viewed online at http://ericzammitt.com.


Grey Spectral Minor laminated acrylic plastic, 22.55” x 42.25”

D E TA I L : G R E Y S P E C T R A L M I N O R


Standing Grey Spectral Minor laminated acrylic plastic, 8� x 72�

D E TA I L : S T A N D I N G G R E Y S P E C T R A L M I N O R


Eastern Gloaming laminated acrylic plastic, 74.5� x 50�

D E TA I L : E A S T E R N G L O A M I N G


Meta Vertical II laminated acrylic plastic, 3.75” x 72”

D E TA I L : M E T A V E R T I C A L I I


Untitled 1, 2013 laminated acrylic plastic, 11� x 10.5�

Untitled

laminated acrylic p


2, 2013

plastic, 11” x 10.5”

Untitled 3, 2013 laminated acrylic plastic, 11” x 10.5”


Untitled laminated acrylic plastic, 5� x 7�

Unti

laminated acrylic p


itled

plastic, 10” x 6.25”

Untitled laminated acrylic plastic, 4.375” x 11”


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Transcendental Meditations exhibit catalog  

Catalog of available art works by Barbara Kerwin and Eric Zammitt from the "Transcendental Meditations: The Geometry of Creation" exhibit in...

Transcendental Meditations exhibit catalog  

Catalog of available art works by Barbara Kerwin and Eric Zammitt from the "Transcendental Meditations: The Geometry of Creation" exhibit in...

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