What: “Tree Art” Reception
When: Mar 20, 2 to 5 p.m.
Where: BoxCar Gallery
5905 Sacramento Avenue
Dunsmuir, CA-“Tree Art” by Cheryl Petty exhibition will be shown at a reception March 20 from 2-5pm at the BoxCar Gallery 5905 Sacramento Avenue in Dunsmuir, California. This spring equinox celebration of surreal art features the visual art of Cheryl Petty and the performance art of Iris Credo.
Six new pieces in Cheryl Petty’s new modern abstract style, a fusion of Asian and Surrealistic influences, will be shown to the public for the first time. Taoist poetry is incorporated into two of the works by Han-shan from ‘Cold Mountain’ poems from 8-9th Century. Another pair of paintings was inspired by ‘Approaching Puberty,’ a surrealistic painting by Max Ernst 1921.
“Abstract Modernism and Asian art have a similarity. Neither relies on traditional Western methods of realism such as perspective and shadows. Finding the unifying elements, I like to blend the two.”
Iris Credo will be performing a solo set of original compositions at 4:15pm. Credo’s music is richly melodic and syncopated lounge style, layered with themes on love and inner space and delivered with the velvet intimacy and rawness of a beat poet.
The ‘Horned Dragon’ poem/drawing combines a zen-style free form poem about the feelings, sounds and universal bond between the bonsai artist and the tree when a branch, when cut, emitted a cloud of ‘chi’ which enveloped the two subjects for a brief moment. The drawing and collage based on this poetic experience explore abstract art techniques of collage, frottage and grattage, with sumi-e painting. A dictionary of Surreal terms is at Petty’s website.
Petty says, “I went to Google to find kanji for the title. Kanji are the characters used in Chinese, Japanese and other written languages. The kanji is a strong graphic element even without the word meaning being known.”
BoxCar Gallery winter hours
Sat & Sun 11am – 5pm