Season Opening Reception: Sunday, Sept. 7, from 12 to 3 p.m. at 29 Palms Art Gallery
29 Palms Art Gallery opens its Fall Season with a reception this Sunday, Sept. 7, from 12-3 p.m. at the gallery, 74055 Cottonwood Drive, Twentynine Palms. Featured are three exhibitions: Tony Milici, Absurdist Reductionist; Jenifer Palmer-Lacy, Images from the Parks; and a Guild Members Group Exhibition. The exhibition runs through Sept. 28, 2014.
Jenifer Palmer-Lacy has been experimenting with plein-air, luminous landscape paintings for more than 30 years. Most of her landscapes focus on the parks and hillsides in Southern California and often include images of modern architecture. Her initial landscape paintings were developed in support of the movement to preserve Runyon Canyon as a public park in 1984. Over the years she has revisited LA areas -- the Los Angeles River, Elysian Park, Griffith Park -- and has expanded to explore the edges of Vasquez Rocks County Park, Yosemite National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Death Valley National Park, Matador State Beach, and Joshua Tree National Park.
She began using acrylic and luminous paints in the 80s to enhance the views of landscape and create works with dual perceptions of time; the luminous view lasts approximately 10-15 minutes and fades to black gradually, recharging with exposure to light. All of her works are painted on site, sometimes over many years, and replicate her view of the light, spirit, and nature of the place.
Palmer-Lacy’s work is inspired by the drawings of Frank Lloyd Wright and color works of Odilon Redon and Edward Hopper. Palmer-Lacy earned her BA in Art and Masters in Humanities from Cal State University Dominguez Hills. Originally from Houston, Texas, she has lived in Joshua Tree part-time for the past 14 years.
Tony Milici thinks of himself as a kinesthetic reductionist. For his exhibition at the 29 Palms Art Gallery, “Absurdist Reductionist,” Milici presents ceramic sculptures and paintings that focus on the elimination of the unnecessary and push the spontaneity and chance of the mediums. Influenced early on by Abstract Expressionism, his current work is dynamic, gestural, full of energy, and captures a spirit that speaks to universal inner sources. His artwork is the result of an improvisational performance in ceramic and paint. Milici derives pleasure in knowing that humankind has been working with this material for many millennia -- he accepts as much spontaneity as the medium will allow, searches for an honest way to express himself, becomes a physical part of the process of working the clay, and embraces the unknown transformation by the fire. While working on his pots, he paints with the same physicality and automatic expression as he does in the clay.
Milici works in a variety of mediums -- ceramics, painting, assemblage and photography -- and received his BA in Art from Cal State Los Angeles and his MFA degree from Claremont Graduate School. He taught high school and junior college art classes for over 30 years, and, now retired, is focused on doing instead of teaching. He moved to Rimrock with his wife 5 years ago and has designed and built an off-grid home and studio.
The Guild Members Group Exhibition occurs several times during the year, when the 29 Palms Artists’ Guild members are invited to show their art in a group exhibition at the gallery. All visual art media is represented, including watercolor, oil and acrylic paintings, drawing, photography, mixed media, and three-dimensional works. Desert artists who are not yet members of this historic Artists’ Guild are encouraged to learn more about member benefits and consider joining. Information will be available at the gallery reception.
The public is invited to attend the opening reception and meet the artists on Sept. 7, from 12 to 3 p.m. Refreshments will be served, and admission is free.
The 29 Palms Art Gallery is located at 74055 Cottonwood Drive off National Park Drive. The gallery is open 12 to 3 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, call the gallery at (760)367-7819 or visit the gallery’s website at: www.29palmsartgallery.com.
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