This month's featured artist: Robin Apple

Robin Apple (b. 1962) is a clinical psychologist at Stanford University (California). She fell in love with photography as an important creative outlet and vehicle for self-expression.  As a psychologist, she values experimentation, opening oneself to new experiences, physical movement, and expression. As a photographer she is most intrigued by capturing day-day experiences that she […]

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The Main Gallery: Featured Artist

Current Exhibition:
Warped:A distorted all gallery show- Wednesday, January 7 through Sunday, February 8, 2015

Lollypop Girl

Pastel pencil on paper by Ginger Slonaker

Sitting Alone

Digital Art by Jeanne Gadol

Street In Moonlight

Photo on Metal by Robin Apple

Elephant Tree

Photograph by Lynne Auld

Mad Hatters Teacups

Ceramics by Susan Wolf

Kiss Kiss

Photography by Tim Scott

Redwood City, CA – Warped, an art exhibit showcasing The Main Galleryartists Robin Apple, Lynne Auld, Arup Biswas, Patricia Brandt, Pixie Couch, Helga Christoph, Susan G. Fast, Jeanne Gadol, Elisabeth Gomez, Rose Graboski, Tom Haines, Katinka Hartmetz, Diana Herring, Nina Koepcke, Diana Krupka, Shang Ma, Erna Metzger, Terri Wilson Moore, Elizabeth Noerdlinger, Tim Scott, Maureen Suhendra, Ginger Slonaker, and Susan Wolf opens Wednesday, January 7th, and runs through Sunday February 8th.

This first show of the New Year highlights warped creative pursuits and outcomes. From twisted to distorted, bent to bowed, this unique exhibit is sure to be unexpected, surprising and perhaps even a bit unsettling.

The Main Gallery, located at 1018 Main Street in Redwood City, will be hosting a free opening reception with the artists on Saturday, January 10th from 6:00 to 800 p.m.

Here is a small sampling of what you will find at The Main GalleryWarped exhibit:

Presenting an abstract view and angled focus, Photographer Robin Appleblends moments from day-to-day life with color enhancement and texture to create her warped photographic yet painterly images. Apple hopes that “seeing her work stimulates such questions as ‘what is actually happening in the image?’ and ‘how many images make up this one?’’  Satisfaction, Apple says, is achieved when there is “curiosity and intrigue” about the meaning and distortion of her work.

The unique approach of photographer Lynne Auld to the Warped concept expresses different aspects of the word from buckle, deform, and misshape to skew, curve and contort. Auld’s pieces invite the viewer to take a closer look. What is real, and what do we imagine from the visual information each image provides? Auld’s photograph “Elephant/Tree,” is an ambiguous image from nature that usually elicits a double-take from the viewer. The second, “Hall of Mirrors,” is a more literal image, depicting the distorting glass and mirrors at the Palace of Versailles.

This opportunity for digital/mixed media photographer Jeanne Gadol to show her “quirky, humorous side” led her to interpret the Warped show theme as exposing “a side of me and my art not normally put out for all to see.” The side Gadol says “she typically keeps to herself.” When creating art, Gadol describes two steps: “First I let the work evolve and flow in the way my inner self guides me. I then take a more critical look;  making whatever changes and adjustments necessary to move it to a finished state. Skipping the second step, Gadol exposes her warped observations and way of interpreting her subject. In one work, Gadol captures a woman alone with her cell phone to her face. She says that for her “this pairing, for better or worse, is clearly a sign of the times.”

The Warped theme as interpreted by photographer Tim Scott, is work that deviates from a normal style or substance of the typical pieces he has previously produced. Scott’s Warped pieces are more experimental (for emotional effect) with larger grain, unconventional composition, overly augmented colors, and texture. Scott described “striving to not just reflect life and the forms around me but to interpret them.” In Warped, he aims to “push the edge, from documenting life to commenting on it.”

Throwing out manners learned as a debutant, mixed media artist Ginger Slonaker displays work often described as Warped: “shocking, daring, sick, and in your face.” With Slonaker’s artistic style full of hidden iconography and physical distortion, her subjects seen to demand attention whether from screaming or letting  annoyance and irritation seep out, ensuring the viewer will be altered from the experience.

Ceramicist, Susan Wolf
 takes Warped to mean something that is “bent out of its original or intended shape;  a little weird, and certainly unexpected.”
 On the other hand Wolf continues, “it could refer to metaphorical warping, misunderstanding, or deliberate misapprehension: a definition Wolf translates into exhibiting odd sets of cups. Each different and separate” Wolf explains. Some pieces are “even a little warped due to what happened in the kiln” making Wolf’s work humorous and full of individual character.

The Main Gallery celebrates the 2014 New Year by knocking visitors a bit off balance. Please join us for a skewed yet creative all-gallery show entitled Warped.

The Main Gallery, an artists’ cooperative with some 23 members, showcases the work of some of the best local talent in the Bay Area.  The Gallery is located at 1018 Main Street at the corner of Main and Middlefield in the historic yellow Victorian Cottage in Redwood City.  The Main Galleryis open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. For more information, please visit our website at or call The Main Galleryat (650) 701-1018.