FIELDS OF COLOR:
NEW WORK BY CHRISTINE
Curated by Heather Jeno Silva
January 2-March 2, 2013
Saturday, January 5, 5-7 pm
The gallery at Left
Coast Books, in Goleta, California (5877
Hollister Avenue), is pleased to announce the opening of “Fields of Color: New Work
by Christine Morla.” A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, January
5, from 5 to 7 pm. This event is open to the general public.
Morla’s work has been
exhibited in several group shows nationally and internationally, but this
one-person exhibition presents the opportunity to view a choice selection of
her “paintings” and offers a preview of an upcoming exhibition at the Carnegie Museum in Oxnard. The Left Coast Books exhibition features
several large works composed of strips of colored paper that are woven into abstract,
flowerlike bursts of color. Mounted on the walls like paintings, but projecting
slightly, the paper constructions are made from the multi-colored packaging
from Filipino snack foods; scraps of candy wrappers are subtly integrated into some
of the compositions.
The resulting images are
unashamedly decorative “eye candy,” but there is a strong autobiographical
component undergirding the artist’s approach, as she weaves the narrative of
her life and identity into the works. A Filipino American, born and raised in Oxnard, the artist explains that her father was a
professional weaver, so she is, in a sense, continuing a family tradition with
her recent works. Using unconventional materials that are intended to be thrown
away (packaging and sweet wrappers), there is an implicit critique of how we
casually discard “waste” in our consumer society, as the artist creates beauty
out of trash.
CHRISTINE MORLA is an interdisciplinary artist and arts educator. Her practice
includes drawing, painting, and installation. Ms. Morla graduated with a B.A.
from Loyola Marymount University and received her M.F.A. from Claremont Graduate University. Her work has been exhibited nationally and
internationally at Art Frankfurt, Germany, Rimjaus Gallery, Mexico City, The Armory Show, New York, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Riverside Art Museum, Huntington Beach Art Center, Raid Projects, Los Angeles and 18th Street Arts Center among other venues. Currently, she
is the Chair of the Art Department at Oxnard College and Gallery Director of the McNish Art Gallery.
Heather Jeno Silva is an art critic and independent curator
residing in Santa
CA. Silva received her M.A. in Art History and Museum- Studies from the University of Southern California in 2003.