SELECTED WORKSStephen Pentak, Robert Kingston, Nancy Sansom Reynolds & Introducing sculpture by Gail Schneider
February 07, 2013 - March 28, 2013

Susan Street Fine Art is pleased to present an exhibition of SELECTED WORKS; featuring paintings by Stephen Pentak and Robert Kingston; wall sculptures by Nancy Samson Reynolds; and pedestal pieces by San Diego sculptor Gail Schneider.  All four artists have been selected for the serenity, complexity, and high levels of craftsmanship found in their work.

Stephen Pentak’s experiences while fly-fishing around the world have provided a captivating source for his broad water river paintings.  At first these paintings appear to evoke memories of the pristine American wilderness, a theme that has fascinated artists since the early 19th century.  On closer inspection, however, it is clear that Pentak has imbued his landscapes with the lessons of modernism—exploring form, composition, color, and the manipulation of pigment, resulting in what the artist calls “the wedding of surface and subject.”  Pentak’s pursuit is conducted intellectually as he balances the underlying tensions between idyllic subjects and modulated compositions.  The saturated surfaces of his oils are initially deceptively smooth, but reveal trowel marks and broad brushstrokes—the result of mixing wet-into-wet paint directly on the wood panel support.  Pentak’s subjects range from the broad expanses of the mountains, forests, and lakes of his native upstate New York to forgotten parcels of land trapped between busy highways.  Pentak continues to push landscape painting beyond conventional realism into the realm of conceptual abstraction.

Pentak received his BA from Union College in New York and his MFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University.   He is Professor Emeritus of Art and a past Associate Dean of the College of Arts at Ohio State University and the author of Color Basics and Design Basics published by Wordsworth.  He now resides and paints full time in New York’s Hudson Valley.

Robert Kingston’s work has always arisen from an earnest search for resolution in a range of gestures, movements, and erasures.  The appearance and meaning of the resolution has developed over the years in the meandering progression of the creative process.  Kingston’s current chapter of work continues his investigation into the possibilities of paint.  The labors are personal, but also come from a place of acutely studied history of art, design, and music.  Notions of Cy Twombly and Paul Klee, among others, slightly register, but while Kingston embraces this history, his paintings remain clearly contemporary, considered, and decidedly personal.  Similar to a musical composition, Kingston slowly creates his paintings by building on and modifying motifs applied in previous layers.  He embraces improvisational gestures and incidents of dripping and streaking paint.  Among this rich layering and smudging are fits and starts of lines, doodles, and sketches.  This action occurs in so many layers, that some images are barely perceivable, giving us insight into Kingston’s thought process and leaves you searching for more clues. – Maruta Taube

Kingston, born in Sungei Gerong, Indonesia, is a full time artist living and working in Los Angeles.  He received his BFA from California State University Long Beach and his MFA from Claremont Graduate School in Claremont, California.

Nancy Samson Reynolds’ wood sculptures poetically convey fluid motion.  Sweeping curves and rippling contours activate her abstract forms with a sense of growth and change.  “My work is about nature from the inside out,” explains Sansom Reynolds.  “It’s about concentric growth that builds outward.”  Wrapping plywood around space, the artist shapes cavities and passageways that are both mysterious and uplifting.  What is so remarkable about these graceful constructions is that they defy the very material of their construction.  Sansom Reynolds sculpts all her organic forms from the same, flat, manmade substance—plywood, a pressed composite of wood chips and glue.  The pieces are not carved, but painstakingly amassed from individually cut elements that are stacked and glued.  Once assembled, each structure is vigorously sanded to create a smooth, continuous surface.  Through this process, the laminates and irregularities of the wood remain clearly visible. “I’ve pushed the material to places where it’s not supposed to go,” the artist maintains.  Her tilting, swirling shapes beckon us to suspend belief in the material world.- Deborah K. Dietsch

Reynolds received her MFA in sculpture from George Washington University in Washington, DC and has exhibited throughout the United States for 35 years.  She currently lives in Arizona, where she divides her time between her studio and teaching as an Adjunct Professor at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ

Gail Schneider’s debut at Susan Street Fine Art features sculptures from her most recent mixed media body of work.  She eloquently combines glazed clay and carved tree branches, creating a relationship between the human form and the organic forms in nature.  These figuratively inspired pieces are influenced by the stories and myths of sudden human transformation, where one can change into a tree or meld into one’s environment, whether due to danger or a cast spell.  Her pieces are also inspired by the growing disconnect that humans have with nature and the spirit and universality of life.  She looks to earlier cultures as an example of how to see the connection between living things in this world.  Schneider states that “When I select a branch to use, I try to see the forms growing out of it, as I imagine Paleolithic artists might have done when they carved animal heads and figures from found pieces of wood and bone.”

Schneider studied at UC Berkeley Graduate School, then moved to New York where she exhibited a diverse body of work over a period of 16 years.  Now a resident of San Diego, her main focus is currently ceramics.  In addition to her exhibition at Susan Street Fine Art, Schneider is presently featured at the Cannon Gallery’s Juried Biennial in the Carlsbad Library through March 9th.

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2012, VIII.VIII

Stephen Pentak

48x78"

Oil on Panel

2012, IX.VII

Stephen Pentak

48x48"

Oil on Panel

2012, X.VII

Stephen Pentak

33x88"

Oil on Panel

2012,VIII.VI

Stephen Pentak

34x76"

Oil on Panel

2012, IX.III

Stephen Pentak

28x64"

Oil on Panel

Recuerdo, 2011

Robert Kingston

60” x 48”

Acrylic on canvas

Achaean, 2011

Robert Kingston

48" x 36"

Acrylic on canvas

Untitled, 2011

Robert Kingston

60" x 48"

Acrylic on canvas

Untitled, 2009

Robert Kingston

24" x 20"

Acrylic on canvas

Stratus Vellum

Nancy Sansom Reynolds

40x17x16"

Laminated plywood, aniline dye

Pale Arc

Nancy Sansom Reynolds

32x35x9"

Laminated plywood, aniline dye

fist arm 1

Gail Schneider

Clay, carved wood, cast cement base

leg foot 5

Gail Schneider

Clay, carved wood, cast cement base

leg foot 3

Gail Schneider

21.5x6x3.75"

Clay, carved wood, cast cement base

2012, 9.1

Stephen Pentak

26x41"

Oil on Paper

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