Thursday, September 30, 2010

Daniel Dove, Peter Rostovsky, Charlotta Westergren, and Paul Winstanley, moderated by Colin Gardner at Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum

Friday, October 22, 6 pm
Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Paseo Nuevo Mall Upper Arts Terrace, 653 Paseo Nuevo

smART Salons: In conversation with Daniel Dove, Peter Rostovsky, Charlotta Westergren, and Paul Winstanley, moderated by Colin Gardner
In May 2010, New York Times art critic Roberta Smith re-affirmed, "Few modern myths about art have been as persistent or as annoying as the so-called death of painting." With this reputation, painters continue to grapple with their roles in the context of contemporary artistic practice.  This Fall, Santa Barbara embraces the medium of painting, featuring four prominent painters in exhibition venues around town.  Daniel Dove is the subject of a one person exhibition, Daniel Dove, at Atkinson Gallery at Santa Barbara City College (SBCC), November 5 - December 10; Peter Rostovsky's and Paul Winstanley's work will be on view in Parallax, October 23 - December 19 at the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (CAF); and Charlotta Westergren will be exhibiting new work in Run to Ground, in CAF's Bloom Project gallery, October 23 - December 19. Join Dove, Rostovsky, Westergren, and Winstanley, with moderator Colin Gardner to discuss painting in the 21st century.
CAF presents this discussion in collaboration with the Atkinson Gallery, SBCC, and the Departments of Art at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), and California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo (SLO). FREE

Daniel Dove lives and works in San Luis Obispo, and is an instructor at California Polytechnic University, SLO. By combining observational fidelity with obvious facture, Dove intends to utilize painting’s particular capacity for self-reflection while depicting our contemporary built environment as a site for failed dreams of endless pleasure and security. Dove received his B.F.A. from University of Texas, Austin, TX, and his M.F.A. from Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT.

Born in Russia, Peter Rostovsky received his B.F.A. from Cornell University in 1995 and lives and works in New York City. Rostovsky's paintings reflect on the nature of representation, its meditative character and Painting’s continuing rivalry with its great and alien progeny: the photographic image.

Charlotta Westergren draws inpiration from her native Sweden, from childhood memories to local fairy tales, and is most commonly known for her oil paintings on silver lamé, installations, and whimsical sculptures. Westergren received her B.A. from Barnard College/Columbia University, New York, NY and her M.F.A. at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, Boston, MA.

London-based Paul Winstanley has garnered widespread praise for his paintings, exploring how a photograph conciliates our experience of vision and how the painted world can transcend photography’s supposed neutrality. Winstanley was educated at Lanchester Polytechnic, Coventry, UK; Cardiff College of Art, Cardiff, WAL; and the Slade School of Fine Art, London, ENG.

Colin Gardner earned his M.A. in History from St. John’s College, Cambridge and Ph.D. in Cinema Studies at UCLA before becoming Professor of Critical Theory and Integrative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he teaches in the Departments of Art, Film & Media Studies, Comparative Literature, and the History of Art and Architecture. Gardner is the current chair of the Department of Art at UCSB.

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