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Manhattan Beach Library
1320 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, California 90266
Method Movement Memory Artists June Edmonds and Pamela Smith-Hudson in conversation with Jill Moniz
Live Music by Brian Hudson and Benjamin Gilmore
Light refreshments and wine provided by Critic's Choice
*Co-sponsored by the City of Manhattan Beach
Method Movement Memory — Artwork for this exhibition is on display at two locations — the Manhattan Beach Art Center (1560 Manhattan Beach Boulevard) and the Manhattan Beach Library (1320 Highland Avenue). The exhibition is an exploration of the seemingly unrelated. Each artist comes from a vastly different experience and history yet they converge on an intuitive plane.
June Edmonds' vibrant, confidently impasto circles of radiant color are like controlled bursts of psychic energy, caught at various points in their unfolding; often cropped like a snapshot, offering a momentary, fragmentary glimpse of a much larger system and process. Citing the remarkable and rich ideographic Adinkra symbol system of the Ashanti, Edmonds' description of her work as «a doorway to memory» also reinforces its visual similarity to the dot-paintings of the indigenous Australians – the longest continuous visual art tradition operating in the world today. In the Circle/Curve Series, June explores how color, repetition, and balance can serve as conduits to spiritual contemplation and interpersonal connections. She is drawn to the shape and function of the circle because of its rich array of cultural and historical associations.
Pamela Smith-Hudson’s early influences derived from growing up in Southern California with the Art Poetry and the vibrant Punk scene of Los Angeles. Her unique vision was cultivated by exploring different cultures and artistic disciplines, which was nurtured by Pamela’s participation in UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Culture; her creative process is intuitive and spontaneous. Pamela applies a variety of techniques in her work such as printmaking, encaustic painting and mixed media drawing. Currently inspired by nature, she incorporates earth tones, texture, and the earth’s natural topography into her work.
Nicholette Kominos takes much of her inspiration from abandoned places like vintage amusement parks and miniature golf courses. She creates shapes that recall the feeling of nostalgia and deterioration without the literal representation of the spaces that triggered the work. There is a sense of whimsy about these pieces that hint at a function that may have been lost and forgotten over time. Nicholette is intrigued by the contrast of manmade objects to the nature they inhabit. Even if the only natural element is the air and light around the piece, they interact with and change an otherwise all too rigid and geometric structure. Her work evokes the feeling of familiarity and sparks memories while intriguing the imagination.
June Edmonds received her M.F.A. from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and San Diego State University. She also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine.
Pamela Smith-Hudson studied Anthropology, World Art and Culture at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is currently an instructor at Otis College of Art and Design.
Nicholette Kominos studied at Southern Illinois University in Studio Art and Psychology. She also has a Post Graduate diploma in Classical Greek from Trinity St. David, University of Wales, Lampeter, Wales, U.K.
More information at citymb.info/exhibition
Photograph by Dennis White