PRESS RELEASE August 17, 2009
FORM AND FIGURE AT 57 UNDERGROUND GALLERY
57 Undergound's September-October show, "Form and Figure," features new paintings by Mervyn Seldon and Yi-Ii Chin Ward. The exhibition opens on September 11 and closes on October 31 at 300 S. Thomas Street, Pomona. On September 12 and October 10, visitors are invited to attend the artists' receptions from 6-9 p.m. (no charge). The gallery will also be open for art walks on Last Saturdays, September 26 and October 31, from 6-9 p.m. and during regular hours, Fridays through Sundays, from noon to 4 p.m.
Mervyn Seldon's new paintings play with forms and symbols. Semi-abstract in nature, her new work places real objects within imaginary symbols, humanizing the symbols and investing the work with a sense of play. She loves the interplay between curves and rectilinear shapes and the conversations among almost complementary colors. Seasonal changes suggest the brilliant shades in her spring and summer paintings and her browns and golds in cooler months. Implicit in her work is the notion that symbols emerge from such natural forms as vines, leaves, or fruit. Her paintings, in acrylic on canvas, also express a quirky sense of humor in unexpected juxtapositionsn of the imaginary and the real. A resident of West Covina, Mervyn Seldon has studied in Chicago, Paris, and New York and holds an M.F.A. degree from California State University, Fullerton. A former book editor in Asian studies, she has also worked in educational and arts administration.
Yi-Ii Chin Ward's figurative art starts in the studio, with models and poses. But it ends in a place that is not figurative. In a world of disembodied form. A model's form might be said to go up in smoke or, perhaps, to turn into bubbles. This is a purely subjective world, the message of a human form mixed into the mood of a room passed through the interior world of the artist. Another thing to watch: how masterfully she uses squared off charcoal. A line that starts sharp and thin, delineating some part of the body, may suddenly billow out, then fragment into discrete particles while swooping down, and then suddenly return to thin. Done in a single gesture. This is most evident in her short studies. Her work is thus about both figure and form. Mrs. Chin Ward was born in Taipei, Republic of China, and resides in Moreno Valley. After high school in the suburbs of Manila, she earned her B.F.A. from Mount St. Mary's College in Brentwood, CA., thus absorbing both Chinese and European traditions.
57 Underground, a nonprofit artists' gallery with a focus on contemporary fine art, is an active participant in the Pomona Arts Colony of 32 galleries and open studios.
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