Art Exhibition Closing Reception: Macro | Micro: Site to Psyche

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Avenue 12 Gallery
05:00 PM
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Join us for the closing reception of our exhibition: Macro | Micro: Site to Psyche, Sunday November 12th, 5-7pm. Featured artists include: Elizabeth Ashcroft, David Avery and Beth Davila Waldman.
Beth Waldman:
"My art considers site, community, material and experience through paintings, collages and public art projects. Inspired landscape and the expansion of the idea of home as place, my work explores a site’s economic, political and social contexts through architecture. Using my own photography as source imagery, my paintings and collages are constructed through a subtractive process of realism, shifting perspectives with color fields and negative space to speak to the way we experience and register life. The fractured quality of my material and line constructions attempts to pervade intersections of past and present experiences."
David Avery:
"We seem to live in an age where words, images and objects have been looted of meaning. So I have come to think of the etchings I make as being miniature Rorschachs, acting upon the experiences and senses of both the careful viewer and the artist. Even a simple nursery rhyme, once you start picking at it, will reveal layer upon layer of associations and further meanings. And so, I find myself both consciously and unconsciously striving towards images receptive to being endowed with meaning, those able to engender a capacity for receptivity to the mysterious and the ambivalent."
Elizabeth Ashcroft: 
The Dissected Library is the title I have bestowed upon my ongoing series of altered books. I find the literal board-paper-thread-glue-ink-word essence of the book offers a unique platform to cut into, build onto and burst out of in both two and three dimensional forms. The process is quite intimate, not unlike the reading of a book, where pages are touched, pierced, cut and sewn; words scanned and considered. There is something deeply satisfying about physically carving into the depth of a book; about taking an existing work of art and giving it a new context; about bringing together found words and images from disparate sources and to orchestrate them intonew creative relationships. The duality of the book as both a visual object and a conduit for ideas is a source of constant inspiration. I use every facet of the book as a building block to create both wall and freestanding sculptural pieces. In the Open Bookseries, I peruse the pages and choose words and phrases to cutand fold and spill out of the permanently fanned open book leafs – my own form of editing if you will. An opportunity to create a new fluttering narrative of randomly chosen segments of someone else’s story – not a formal narrative but one where one’s eye flicks among the words, finding unique links between the strips, and thus in turn, connecting and reconnecting into subsequent narrative tiers. In addition to the essence of the word play, their physical presence creates interesting spatial relationships, patterns and shadows. In the Word Garden series, I've culled words from within the books and brought them out of the book to hover on slender stems like flowers growing in a garden of ideas. Themes are variously inspired by the book titles, words that catch my eye again and again, a phrase that randomly forms as the culled words lay in juxtaposition to each other on the word palette….I like the tension as they float above the surface alongside small patches of color that thread their way among, beside and around the words adding visual melody while their shadows create ever changing patterns below.
The Puzzle Book series are composed of discarded library books donated to me by the Francisco Middle School librarian. Many of these out-dated books had covers of primary colors - I found myself especially drawn to the many shades of red and those with vintage patterns. I proceeded to cut them into pieces and then repurposed them as building blocks to form abstract configurations.


  1. Avenue 12 Gallery 1101 Lake Street, San Francisco, CA