FEB 1 – NOV 8 | Spellings of Gravitas
Jeff Alan West: Spellings of Gravitas
February 1 - November 8, 2020
The works of art in “Jeff Alan West: Spellings of Gravitas” are inspired by and depart from the graphic forms of typography, calligraphy, and handwriting. The exhibit is made up of works that are abstractions of invented character forms and assembled into combinations of expressive languages we are not quite able to read, but speak nonetheless to our current personal, social, civil, cultural, and political contexts. The compositions refer to the contemporary structures and experiences of communication; our conversations, public pronouncements, blog posts, and tweets. His work in digital prints and painting is a product of a back and forth creative process using both traditional manual tools, such as pencil and brush, and digital image tools, like Illustrator and Photoshop. As in his design and illustration practice, working with both spontaneity and structure allows him to rapidly explore many variations and possibilities.
His artistic process is influenced by his background and career of 30 years as a graphic designer and illustrator. Graduating with a Masters of Art in Art - Sculpture from San Jose State University in 1979, he entered the digital age working as a production artist and graphic designer at Apple Computer Creative Services starting in 1983 just as the Mac was being introduced. Later he worked with Adobe for the premier rollout of Illustrator, becoming one of the first illustrators nationwide to adopt the software. He has since returned to his fine art roots and is an emerging artist. Selected current works have recently been accepted into the permanent collections of the Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts, Fine Art Museums of San Francisco, the Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula, the Crocker Art Museum, and the Triton Museum of Art.
SEPT 19 – JAN 3 | Theodore Wores, Under the Californian Sun
Theodore Wores: Under the Californian Sun
September 19, 2020 – January 3, 2021
Theodore Wores was not only an important California Impressionist, he was also a vital preserver of a passing time. His works from the early decades of the 20th Century are a reminder of the beauty of our region and state, and an encouragement to see the vestiges of the beauteous nature that still peeks out, if we are prone to look and see.
Floral covered fields catch our view outside the window on the train into Silicon Valley. Parks and tree-lined streets still burst into bloom with springtime blossoms, and one can still glimpse the coastal dunes of the Bay by merely turning one’s back on the urban sprawl just over our shoulders. In this way we can still experience the beauty of our past, an experience enhanced even more by the paintings of Theodore Wores.
This exhibition features 23 paintings by Theodore Wores, from the City of Santa Clara’s collection, which the Triton Museum of Art maintains and preserves. Please join us for this enchanting look back at the spectacular natural vistas of California’s past.
OCT 24 – JAN 17 | Chun-Hui Yu, Poetic Sentiment, Chan Spirit
Chun-Hui Yu: Poetic Sentiment, Chan Spirit
October 24, 2020 – January 17, 2021
Chun-Hui Yu’s art is an integration of philosophy, painting, and calligraphy, with nature, poetry and Ch’an (Zen) serving as vital sources of inspiration. Her art evolves from a meditative process of personal reflection, and embodies three principal themes: Chi-yun, the inner spirit or living energy of the brushstroke itself, radiating from the ink left by the brush; Yi-jin, the feeling evoked by the physical form or subject matter; and Yi, an essence that transcends the ordinary. Her ink paintings, which include many abstract landscapes, are a contemporary reinterpretation of the classical Chinese art form. The unfolding landscapes serve as metaphors for the artist’s own search for spiritual meaning in common with and reverence for the natural world.
Chun-Hui’s paintings have been exhibited extensively in China, Taiwan, and now the U.S. She currently teaches Chinese Brush Painting and Calligraphy at San Jose City College.
SEPT 19 – JAN 17 | Pop, Funk, and Just Plain Fun!
A Permanent Collection Show (various artists)
September 19, 2020 – January 17, 2021
Pop Art emerged in the early 1950s as a challenge to the traditions of fine art by including imagery of popular and mass culture, such as advertising, comic books, and mundane mass-produced cultural objects. It began as a revolt against the dominant approaches to art and culture and traditional views on what art should be. Young artists felt that what they were taught at art school and what they saw in museums did not have anything to do with their lives or the things they saw around them every day. Instead they turned to sources such as Hollywood movies, advertising, product packaging, pop music and comics for their imagery.
Often associated with Pop Art, but not necessarily derived from it, is Funk Art, an American art movement that was a reaction against the non-objectivity of Abstract Expressionism. An anti-establishment movement, Funk Art brought figuration back as subject matter into painting, rather than limiting itself to the non-figurative, abstract forms that Abstract Expressionists such as Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko were depicting. The movement's name was derived from the jazz musical term “funky,” meaning passionate, sensuous, and quirky.
Both of these traditions continue, as seen in the works of this exhibition from the Triton Museum’s Permanent Collection, by the artists
Roy De Forest, Kelly Detweiler, Don Fritz, Margaret Keane, Clay Vorhes, and