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CANCELLED - Art Exhibition: Mare Vitalis

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  • Manhattan Beach Art Center
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Senior and Scout House Community Center Gala
Volunteer Appreciation Event
Older Adults Health Fair
Family Camp Out

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Mare Vitalis
Exhibition Schedule: January 17th through March 22nd
Opening Reception:
January 17th from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

The importance of the sea in maritime communities is evident in the work of three painters: Alex Weinstein, Wendy Stillman, and Marlene Sanaye Yamada. Their work spans from abstract to representational, and the idea of ocean is represented through specific cultural references, philosophical theories about nature and beauty, and the physicality and motion of water.

Wendy Stillman’s work features layers of paint inhabited by figures and symbols relevant to her life. Her reference to 80’s surf culture, ala Peter Webb aesthetics and Basquiattian methods of painting, invokes the ocean as an essential source of maritime city-life and culture.

Marlene Yamada explores the physical nature of water as liquid. Working with watery paint, Yamada allows the material to flow over the canvas and guide her through this physical process of painting. Although Yamada never overtly references the ocean, her process almost symptomatically creates water-like images.

Alex Weinstein’s paintings are reductive representations of water. His nearly monochrome works limit the picture plane to just water and sky. Each of his works is self-described as being a ”slowburn,” and he invites the viewer to take time and allow the work to shift in one’s mind. Weinstein’s work pushes into the realm of the sublime, and he pays homage to artists like Mark Rothko, Casper David Friedrich and Giorgio Morandi.

untitled, 2010, oil on canvas diptych 60 x 76 inches   Metamorphosis, acrylic on canvas, 48x60  Surfer by Wendy Stillman

Gallery Information:
Manhattan Beach Art Center (MBAC)
1560 Manhattan Beach Boulevard
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 802-5440

Wednesday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Closed on Monday, Tuesday, Holidays and for Installation/Deinstallation

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