“Leap of Faith” Featuring International Mixed Media Artist Randy Brennan and Neon Sculptress Lisa Schulte
September 6, 2012 – September 30, 2012
Opening Reception: September 6th, 2012 from 6-8pm to coincide with Laguna Beach ArtWalk
Please RSVP: 949.510.5481 by September 1st, 2012
JoAnne Artman Gallery
326 N. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 92651
Contact: JoAnne Artman
Web site: www.joanneartmangallery.com
Open Wed-Sunday, 11-5 & by appointment;
A Leap of Faith
…When the transition happens, one moves directly from one state to the other, never possessing both qualities….
JoAnne Artman Gallery is pleased to welcome both Randy & Lisa to our gallery this Fall!
Born May 7th 1963, Randy Brennan’s interest in art began in grade school and continued to grow through alternate studies in design and architecture. Randy’s art has never been bound by a single style or category. With an artistic reputation of broad style and talent, his art knows no boundaries. Through observation, poetry, culture, and travel, Randy’s body of work continues to grow. Like the Fauvists (French for “wild beasts”) of the early 1900s, one of Brennan’s preferred styles of painting boasts clean lines and vibrant hues, countered with illustrative images of blimps, planes, and flowers; Americana motifs found within his painted collages.
"I am inspired by many countries, cultures and architecture. All expressions of light, scents and textures continuously impact my work. I can spend six weeks on a painting, but the magic doesn’t happen until I nail it with a patina, that’s when the sparks fly. The whole painting comes together,” Randy Brennan.
Lisa Schulte has worked with neon lights for thirty years as an industrial designer and artist. She uses neon as a "way to tell a story, show the shapes and communicate feelings." Neon is a unique and remarkable medium. It does not operate at a 2D or even 3D level. It is multi-dimensional alchemy. It is light extracted from air – and manifested into form. One could say that working in neon is akin to bringing sky to touch ground – harnessing the spiritual to the earth.
“These neon pieces have evolved out of my personal struggle to move from darkness back into the light and to recreate my voice as an artist. Light -- dazzling, soft, dappled, and dripping from every surface and in every person, finally found its way back to me. Neon--extracted from the air, abundantly found in the universe, yet elusive on earth, is giving new vibrancy to my life, my art, and self again. To bend light, manipulate it, control it, and make it beautiful, when you once had the fear that it would never return to you, is truly a gift. My inspiration comes from the world around me and the transformative quality of light in and on land, sky, sea, and city,” Lisa Schulte.
All of our artists’ work will inspire, provoke, engage and mesmerize.
JoAnne Artman Gallery is located at 326 N. Coast Highway in Laguna Beach and is open Wednesdays-Sundays from 11-5, and by appointment. Visit the first Thursday from 6-9 pm of any month to coincide with the Laguna Beach Art Walk. Street parking is available directly in front of the Gallery as well as the Downtown Parking structure located at Glenneyre Street. Take a stroll through the galleries and studios. See art come alive in North Laguna!