2nd Friday ArtAbout Art Exhibitions
Twelve, month-long exhibits are presented each year at I-House, most with an international theme. Opening receptions are held on the second Friday of the month from 6-8pm. The public is invited to attend at no cost. Please see the I-House calendar for art exhibitions, receptions and other art display information.
Artists interested in exhibiting their art should contact the Art Committee Chair, Jeffrey Granett, at (530)756-1362, or fill out the I-House Art Show Application and submit the form and a sample of your work to the Art Committee during their next quarterly meeting (Contact Jeffrey Granett for the next date).
Exhibit Duration: Friday, June 8- July 9, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, June 8th, 2018, 6 – 8 pm
Where: I-House Lounge and Community Room
Artist Group Name: Artists Speak
Artist Group Member Names: Emily Gu, Laura Rivera, Jean Young, Carlos Warren- Rossi, Allegra Watson, Joyce Tse, and Sophia Fort
“Artists Speak: Defining the Self” will be showcasing the work of young artists based locally in Davis. Each artist’s work is meant to explore topics that help define who they are and express the many ways diversity manifests itself within the individual. Through a unique range of mediums, colors and forms, the artists delve into themes such as: mental health, ability, spirituality, race, gender, self-representation and personal identity.
We are a group of passionate artists who work at the Culture C.O.-O.P. and attend the
University of California, Davis. As aspiring designers and artists, we work in a variety of
mediums and have unique styles that pertain to our varied backgrounds and aesthetic appeal. As a collective, we strive to address inequity by celebrating diversity.
Individual Artist Biographies:
Emily Gu is graduating senior at UC Davis majoring in Sustainable Environmental Design and Economics and minoring in Sociology. She is also a painter whose main mediums include acrylics and ink, and she was born and raised in the city of San Francisco. On the side, she does a handful of graphic design and typography. As a child, Emily was fearful and quiet. However, because her mother and grandfather were largely creative and artistic individuals, she inevitably grew to encompass similar characteristics. As time passed, art became an even greater part of her identity and a mode of expression. Her great respect for the environment and landscape inspires much of her work. Surroundings filled with objects, sounds, and feelings that are dynamic and powerful are reflected in her depictions. It is her belief that people “find themselves” in the environment they are in, and this reflects itself in the way they carry themselves.
Laura Rivera is a mixed media artist utilizing materials such as cardboard, acrylic paint, oil paint,oil pastel, and miscellaneous fabric. These materials are reworked to depict overly saturated depictions of everyday drag in daily life. The artwork serves as a portrayal of navigating domestic life through a queer lens.
Jean Young is an artist from Southern California who focuses on femininity, Asian American identity, and queerness. Growing up in the San Gabriel Valley, they have been surrounded by many Chinese and Taiwanese cultures, giving them a large Asian influence in their works. Their work focuses much on self-identity, especially through a queer and Asian lens. They aspire for others to be able to relate to their work through shared experiences.
Carlea developed an interest in art from an early age. Due to her shy nature, she had difficulty communicating with others solely through words, so art became her form of communication with the outside world. It existed as a way to openly express her feelings, emotions and beliefs, since images have a lasting impression on people and are easier to understand than words alone. As a senior majoring in art at UC Davis, she enjoys dabbling with all forms of painting and drawing, especially with charcoal. Currently, she is interested in creating art surrounding topics in religion, specifically drawing attention to the aspects religions share, rather than their differences to promote understanding in the community.
Allegra Watson is an artist and aspiring landscape designer. Raised in San Jose California, she was inspired by her family history of artists and the natural environment around her. Many of her artworks are inspired by nature and as well as the strong women that were present in her life. Throughout her time at Davis, she has created sculptures, jewelry, paintings, and drawings as a part of her art minor and personal projects. She enjoys painting portraits and the accessibility of watercolors. In addition to drawing inspiration from people and the natural environment, she strives to address issues of equity, especially women’s rights, through her artwork.
Joyce Tse is from Los Angeles, California. While studying environmental design in college, she discovered her passion for promoting sustainable practices in her surrounding community. Her art is a channel for expressing her feelings and sharing personal experiences which her words cannot effectively communicate. Through her art, she hopes to empower individuals undergoing hardships to pursue their goals without sacrificing mental stability and happiness.
Sophia Fort began drawing during her childhood as an activity while eating breakfast, but later took advantage of the outlet to express her angst during puberty. She is currently a senior at Davis Senior High School and works mostly in acrylics or ink. Her drawings have evolved over time to be more formal and symbolic with conscious creation rather than abstract ideas. She is in the process of creating works that relate to how humans view fate and the relationship different Americans have with the country, while making use of bright colors and clean lines, despite the melancholy topics the pieces ventilate. Sophy hopes to work with watercolor and oil more in the future, and to continue art on the side during college.
Upcoming Exhibit: “ABC: Art By Committee”
Exhibit Duration: Friday, July 13- September 10, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, July 13th, 2018, 6 – 8 pm
Where: I-House Lounge and Community Room
Artist Group Name: I House Art Committee
Artist Group Member Names:
Members of the Art Committee participating (in reverse alphabetical order) and the nature of their contribution to the show are:
- Eunyoung Yoo (paintings)
- Mary Wu (watercolor paintings of nature)
- Chris Shackel (watercolor paintings, exploration of visualizing language)
- Frank Roe (photographs)
- Anne Lincoln (oil paintings on wood, landscapes)
- Sharna Hoffman (minimalist three dimensional paintings)
- Jeffrey Granett (collages: cut print pieces of linocuts and drypoints, subjects variable)
- Sheila Cordrey (water color paintings)
- Ray Borton (photos of animals flowers and the sea)
- Nicki Bohm-Berglund (Acrylic abstractions)
“Twilight” Ray Borton