Sant Khalsa: Prana: Life with Trees

May 16, 2019

Hardcover
178  pages
7.5 x 9.25 inches

ISBN: 978-0-9998452-6-4

$45

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Sant Khalsa is an artist and activist whose projects develop from her impassioned inquiry into the nature of place and complex environmental and societal issues. Her artworks create a contemplative space where one can sense the subtle and profound connections between themselves and the natural world.

The subject of trees has been a focus in Sant Khalsa’s creative work for nearly five decades. Prana: Life with Trees is the first in depth survey of Khalsa’s intimate connection with trees – her explorations, observations, perceptions and interpretations. Her unique perspective is expressed through a style that encompasses the documentary, subjective and conceptual. Her work evokes a meditative calm to what we often experience as a chaotic and conflicted world.

Khalsa is concerned with both the micro and macro aspects of forests: what is seen and unseen; historical, scientific and spiritual; and personal and universal. She is mindful of our symbiotic relationship with trees and forests, grounded in the life-sustaining connection through the breath (exchange of carbon dioxide and oxygen). Her beautiful, distinctive and sometime disquieting works express the cycle of life (birth, life, death, and rebirth), the destruction and memory of the forest, as well as the promise of new growth.

The book includes her earliest landscapes (self-portraits and photographs of orange groves); images of trees from her three decades photographing in the Santa Ana Watershed and other locations in the American West; and mixed-media sculptures and installation works inspired by her research on air quality and life-changing experience planting more than a thousand trees in 1992 as part of the reforestation of Holcomb Valley in the San Bernardino Mountains. In her recent color photographs, we witness the fruits of her activism, a healthy, thriving and hopeful forest eco-system.

Sant Khalsa’s artworks are widely exhibited internationally, collected by prestigious museums including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Nevada Museum of Art and Center for Creative Photography in Tucson and published in numerous art books and periodicals. Khalsa is a recipient of prestigious fellowships, awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, California Council for the Humanities and others. She is a Professor of Art, Emerita at California State University, San Bernardino and resides in Joshua Tree.

UC Berkeley Arts + Design Showcase: Issue 03 2019

March 27, 2019

Paperback
160  pages
7.5 x 9.25 inches

ISBN: 978-1-7326992-3-6

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Issue 3 of Made at Berkeley gathers outstanding creative work by UC Berkeley undergraduate students with stunning texts and images on nearly every page. From the visual arts to film to the performing arts, from the literary arts to architectural and industrial design, the book features the achievements of top students in their respective fields. These works demonstrate the discipline of particular art forms—painting, theater, poetry—as well as the vibrant ‘mash-up’ of cross-disciplinary experiment. Described in the voices of the students who made them, the collection exemplifies and advances the innovation and creativity of UC Berkeley.

Theseus: Vincent Desiderio on Art

May 24, 2018

Hardcover
164 pages
5 x 8 inches
30 Illustrations

ISBN: 978-0-9993153-7-8

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“No editorializing takes place here. There is no fluff. Yet the two men leap from artist to artwork, from observations about narrative structure to biology to the manifestation of surfaces. It is humorous, deadly serious, and very encouraging to witness; the Apollonian and Dionysian impulses can coexist. This conversation demonstrates the joy of an intellectual and poetic exchange between two artists who share a knowledge of the deep concerns of art making in all its myriad forms.”
– Excerpt from review by Matt Ballou, in NeotericArt

This book features an artwork by legendary American painter Vincent Desiderio along side and an in-depth interview conducted by artist Daniel Maidman in Desiderio’s Sleepy Hollow Studio on the occasion of his 2018 solo show “Theseus” at Marlborough Gallery in New York.

Desiderio is known for large, complex paintings which embrace both classical representation and the intellectual history of modernism and postmodernism. Among artists, he is also well-known for his fierce engagement with the ideas and methods that animate the history of visual art.
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KIMBERLY BROOKS: Fever Dreams

May 11, 2018

Hardcover
133 pages
7.5 x 9.25 inches

ISBN: 978-1-7326992-1-2

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This book chronicles shift in practice from figuration to abstraction in the paintings of Kimberly Brooks using the last five years of painting against the backdrop of her works on paper spanning her career.  The book is published in conjunction with Mt San Antonio College. Beautiful color images, essays by Michael Wilson and Shana Nys Dambrot, and an Interview with curator Fatemeh Burnes fill this compilation.

Kimberly Brooks integrates figuration and abstraction to explore a variety of subjects dealing with history, memory and identity. Exhibitions include Mom’s Friends, Technicolor Summer, The Stylist Project, I Notice People Disappear, Brazen and most recently Fever Dreams at Mt San Antonio College (2018). Brooks paintings have been showcased in numerous juried exhibitions with artist curators including Chris Burden, Mira Schor and Museum curators from the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Her work has been featured in or as covers for books from publishers including Bloomsbury, Hachette, Rizzoli and recently the featured subject of Brazen, A Collection of Paintings and Poetry by Griffith Moon. Her work has received international press and she was recently a featured artist for the National Endowment for the Arts.  Also an educator, Brooks teaches workshops around the country including at Otis School of Art and Design in Los Angeles and The Anderson Ranch Art Center in Colorado. She is the recipient of the Franklyn Liegel Award for Teaching excellence.

Brooks was born in New York, NY and grew up in Mill Valley, California. She received a BA from UC Berkeley in Literature and studied painting at Otis Art Institute (now Otis College of Art & Design) and UCLA.   She lives and works in Los Angeles.

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Kimberly Brooks integrates figuration and abstraction to explore a variety of subjects dealing with history, memory and identity. Exhibitions include Mom’s Friends, Technicolor Summer, The Stylist Project, I Notice People Disappear, Brazen and most recently Fever Dreams at Mt San Antonio College (2018). Brooks paintings have been showcased in numerous juried exhibitions with artist curators including Chris Burden, Mira Schor and Museum curators from the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Her work is the featured subject of Brazen, A Collection of Paintings and Poetry by Griffith Moon. Her work has received international press and she was recently a featured artist for the National Endowment for the Arts. Also an educator, Brooks teaches workshops around the country including at Otis School of Art and Design in Los Angeles and The Anderson Ranch Art Center in Colorado. She is the recipient of the Franklyn Liegel Award for Teaching excellence. She was born in New York City, raised in Mill Valley and works and lives in Los Angeles.

UC Berkeley Arts + Design Showcase: Issue 02 2018

May 1, 2018

Paperback
186  pages
7.5 x 9.25 inches

ISBN: 978-0-9998452-3-3

$20

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UC Berkeley Arts + Design: gathers outstanding creative work by UC Berkeley undergraduate students with stunning texts and images on nearly every page. From the visual arts to film to the performing arts, from the literary arts to architectural and industrial design, the UC Berkeley Arts + Design: features the achievements of top students in their respective fields. These works demonstrate the discipline of particular art forms—painting, theater, poetry—as well as the vibrant ‘mash-up’ of cross-disciplinary experiment. Described in the voices of the students who made them, the collection exemplifies and advances the innovation and creativity of UC Berkeley.

Oil Painting Safe Practices, Materials & Supplies: The Essential Guide

May 1, 2018

Written and Illustrated by Kimberly Brooks
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The Essential Guide: Oil Painting Safe Practices Materials & Supplies is a culmination of years researching the best and safest materials for oil painting by artist Kimberly Brooks. Oil painting practices need not be complicated and are often misunderstood and produce unnecessary exposure to toxic chemicals. Simple explanations and lists of mediums, canvas types, paint brands and brushes are accompanied by simple illustrations created by the artist.

Kimberly Brooks is a professional exhibiting artist and award winning teacher who on occasion conducts workshops around the country including at the Otis School of Art and Design and the Anderson Ranch Arts Center.

Memory & Identity: The Marvelous Art of Betye, Lezley & Alison Saar

March 26, 2018

Hardcover
94 pages
7.5 x 9.25 inches
55 Illustrations

ISBN: 978-0-9998452-1-9

$39.95

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Betye, Lezley and Alison Saar have created some of the most powerful, important and deeply moving art in our contemporary world. Their compelling works forge idiosyncratic constructions of social memory and personal identity, as well as the cultural histories underlying them. All three Saars assemble two- and three-dimensional works based on unexpected juxtapositions of form and content. They deploy the flotsam of material culture, from discarded architectural components (old windows, ceiling tiles, wall paper) to domestic detritus (washboards, buckets, shelves) to historic photographs and printed fabrics.

KHÔRA:
John David O’Brien, Rebecca Ripple, Coleen Sterritt

March 19, 2018

Hardcover
115 pages
7.5 x 9.25 inches
70 Illustrations

ISBN: 978-0-9993153-2-3

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What is meant when using khôra to describe this exhibition, a Platonic concept that explains the space in which ideas exist? In this exhibition space is formed and agitated by the objects, shifting between imagination and reality, the tactile reality of our everyday life re-formed as a fantasy. It is a game that plays with perception. The artists compete with reality by using reality to trigger a new meaning or response as reality ignites each individual’s association with the module that has been created as a new entity. Khôra tickles our sense of, perception of, and association with that object, as if we are on a carousel: with each turn we return to the same place but we are always moving, there is a foundation that remains stable but our understanding of that foundation continues to change with each pass. Sense, perception, and association; these three phases of experience, varying from individual to individual, can be highly subjective. It is individuals’ response to this transformation that takes them through the experience of everyday perceptual genres to what becomes a game of play through imagination.

Khôra orchestrates different forms of materialized fantasy from three different minds in the same space, in order to create a new perception. These artists take common, recognizable objects from our everyday life and put them in a different context; they take familiar perception and twist it into a different universe, a tactile fantasy. The audience is looking at a real creation, but the composition of it removes the object from what it once was. As a painter I know that when the audience looks at a painting they know it is a complete myth. But when this myth becomes three-dimensional in the space and viewers become surrounded by it, all of their senses are alerted by it. It is a fantasy they can interact with, one which pushes them to reexamine reality. It makes the audience want to identify what is being seen, but the transformation is ongoing: there is no one way to look at this exhibition. The artists’ interaction is a compound concept of storytelling, philosophy, and fantasy. The objects move out of personal perception and become exclusive and esoteric.

The exhibition essay by Christopher Miles gives incredible insight into each artist’s work and opens the possibility for the audience to create its own interpretations of it. I hope the interviews with the three artists will provide a different dimension as well. It has been a pleasure to work with Coleen, John, and Rebecca, as I have known these artists as colleagues for decades.

Fatemeh Burnes
Los Angeles 2017

Coleen Sterritt

December 5, 2017

Essays by Cooper Johnson, Carole Ann Klonarides, Sue Spaid
240 pages, hardcover, 7.5 X 9.25 inches, 150 illustrations & photographs
ISBN 978-0-9998452-4-0

$55.00

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Griffith Moon is pleased to introduce Coleen Sterritt, a retrospective catalog published in collaboration with the Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH). It showcases her work over a forty year period and includes an interview with artist Rochelle Botello and essays by Cooper Johnson, Carole Ann Klonarides, and Sue Spaid.

Sterritt’s hybrid sculpture evokes the interplay between nature, culture, and lived experience. Her source materials are pulled from everyday objects and elements. Plaster, tar, pinecones, fishing line, found furniture, and studio refuse are just some of the components she uses to construct and express her richly evocative formal language. Questioning the diverse possibilities of sculpture in both scale and form, her eccentric, abstract structures present strong polarities possessing a resonance at once familiar and obscure.

Her sculpture and drawings have been included in numerous exhibitions throughout the United States and in Spain, Kenya, and South Africa. Prominent public and private collections include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art, L.A., The Crocker Art Museum, Scripps College Collection, Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, NM, Nestlé USA, and The Capitol Group Companies, Los Angeles, New York, & London.

Named a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow in 2016, Sterritt has received other awards and fellowships including: the National Endowment for the Arts (1986), the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program (1994), Art Matters, Inc. (1994), the J.Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts /California Community Foundation (1996) and the COLA (City of Los Angeles) Individual Artist Fellowship in 2007.

Her teaching career began in 1983 and has included noted positions at California State University, Fullerton; Otis College of Art & Design; and The Claremont Graduate University. Since 1998 she has been a professor and faculty coordinator of the sculpture program at Long Beach City College.

Sterritt was born in Morris, Illinois and grew up in Chicago. She received a BFA from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1976 and a MFA from Otis Art Institute (now Otis College of Art & Design), Los Angeles in 1979

 

Brazen, A Painting and Poetry Collection

October 10, 2017

Hardcover Linen, Gold Foil, Dust Jacket
122 pages
5 x 8 inches
24 Illustrations
ISBN 978-0-9993153-3-0

$30

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Four Los Angeles-based poets write and perform original poems inspired by the recent exhibition of Los Angeles based artist Kimberly Brooks.  Brendan Constantine, Rich Ferguson, Luivette Resto and Marie Marandola will be performing at the Zevitas Marcus Gallery at 2:00 PM Sunday Oct 29th where advance reader copies will be available for guests.  The book will be available for release in the spring of 2018.

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