Exhibition Dates: July 6, 2011 – July 30, 2011

Opening Reception: July 8, 2011, 7-9pm

Contact: Nancy Resler, art@natsoulas.com

Information: www.natsoulas.com




Bar Shacterman is a local Fair Oaks ceramic sculptor with a diverse, international background.  Born in Odessa, Russia, his family immigrated to Israel when he was 6. It was there he received his first artistic training at the Academy of Art in Tel Aviv. After traveling through Europe, India and a brief stint in New York, the artist and his family finally settled on the West Coast. He describes himself as “‘A Hole in a Flute’ (Hafiz, Sufi Teacher). The images, experience, fascinations that are my life move through me into something new. What I love most about the process is that it takes me to a different dimension – a place that I haven’t visited yet—technically and conceptually. A work of art is meaningful to me when it expands my understanding of the materials I work with and the images and the ideas that live with me.

My interest in clay was originally inspired by traditional Japanese clay work. In many of the traditional works, I could feel the clay expressing itself; Nature forming around green tea. I use a gas kiln and usually fire it at cone 6 to 9. Some of my work, I fire with groups of Artists that use Noborigama (multiple chamber) and Anagama (single chamber) kilns. The unexpected coming together (jamming) of materials, traditions, and ideas to create something new inspires my work today. It is something I am interested in experiencing, creating and evoking in others.”



Stephanie Wickizer has spent several years developing her relationship with observation, determining how this often-repetitive absorption of visual data is internalized.  Overwhelmed by social interaction, an elimination of the human element allows for a concentration on the set, the stage, the environment that houses a mind’s isolated tangents. Whether drawn from the concrete, clouds, patterns in bark or heaps of branches in a damp gutter, practicing selective notation allows for a mythologizing of the mundane. In a similar manner, the work calls attention to traits often applied in feminine art; detail, interiority, natural imagery, miniaturization and layering. The decision then, is to create work unifying several, if not all, of these triggers in pieces that maintain what might be considered masculine effect.

“I wanted to present something intricately forceful; powerful in its overwrought tension provided by bound elements, woven together so tightly the structure becomes obscured, yet penetrable with the tools of time and intent. There is a need to make work that must be read. My interest in these visual complexities led me to Roberto Matta, Lee Mullican, William T. Wiley, Robert McChesney, Jimmy Ernst, Charles Burchfield, Felix Vallotton and Leonor Fini. It was with these artists I felt I had found companions in detail. The artists I am drawn to continually seem to flesh out these ephemeral environments; constructing tangible atmospheres. My belief is in the curation of the internal, external or fantastic; the re-construction of realities in order to orient, understand and enhance perspective and experience.”



Concurrently, the Gallery will produce a group exhibition featuring the works of Edward Gorey, Robert Arneson, William T. Wiley, Wayne Thiebaud and others!