Artists are driven to create. Some are quite methodical, set time for their creativity on a regular basis and tend to work in series as they explore new methods, colors or techniques.
Others work in episodic bouts, often becoming obsessed with a particular technique or color, or the creation of a specific idea. Both have a drive to create and both produce quality finished work regularly. This is what defines an active, professional artist. It is not a hobby; it is a driving force.
In this month’s show, What’s Happening Now, Topanga Canyon Gallery is highlighting this constant, dynamic process through the pieces shown. All of the works in What’s Happening Now are new, and have not yet been shown publicly
By stating that as the theme of the collection, the artists are offering viewers the opportunity to be conscious of this aspect of the creative process for each artist. It will also inform viewers about what to look for from the artists in coming months.
Some have been working on a new technique or style and are ready to reveal a piece in this show. Some have been experimenting with size. Some have picked up new materials and created pieces unlike any work they have shown before.
Idelle Okman Tyzbir, whose metal and multimedia sculpture has been a highlight in the gallery, is presenting a piece entitled When the Hot Wind Blows. Those who have appreciated her work in the past will immediately see a difference due to its light, ephemeral feel.
“I am using less structure, so it has a more fluid feel. In addition, I created small glass bits, drilled and inserted them into the section with wire,” she explains.
Lois York has a different approach. She is facile in a variety of mediums but has recently focused more on new narratives and visions than different techniques.
“My new work refers to mystery and spaces,” she says. “Traveling leaves impressions in our subconscious, whether or not we snap the photo. Getting back into my studio, what is appearing on my canvas are memories of places of exploration, shapes of spaces, and feelings of being there.”
This show is a celebration of the art of creativity, and what happens when artists open their minds to change
Some artists will let the viewer experience the work without defining it. Guests can ask about the work at the Artists’ reception, October 5.
What’s Happening opens Friday, October 4, and runs through Sunday, October 27.
Topanga Canyon Gallery is an artist-owned mutual benefit corporation. It is located at 120 N Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga CA 90290. For more information: (310) 455-7909; TopangaCanyonGallery.com. October Gallery Hours: Wednesday 2 p.m.– 6 p.m.; Thursday 2–6 p.m.; Friday 12–8 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.– 6 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.–3 p.m.