December Art Report

Reed Applegate has been busy this fall, curating a show to commemorate the centenary of John Ayres, and arranging a show at the 1078 Gallery to celebrate other collectors.

The show of works by the late John Ayres is at the University Gallery in Trinity Hall, an exhibit that spans his years as a productive artist from the 1930s to the 1960s. Ayres founded the art department at Chico State and was its chair from 1946 to 1967. In the main gallery there’s an impressive group of watercolors inspired by historic buildings Ayers saw while on a sabbatical in the mid ‘60s. The structures depicted pulsate with an energy barely contained by delicate, but sharply etched lines. I was most drawn to “Bramall Hall,” which was done in 1968. Located in Cheshire, Bramall Hall is considered one of the finest examples of Medieval architecture in England. Ayres chose to present only the oldest part, which dates from the 14th century and has an elaborate geometric façade. This show will be in place until December 18 and is located on the Chico State campus next to Meriam Library.

The other show curated by Reed is at the 1078 Gallery, which contains art work from the collections of Shari and David Hopper, Pat and Richard Macias, Gwen Curatilo, Dorna Anderson, Idie Adams, Alan Carrier, and Reed’s own collection.

Probably because they’re somewhat shocking images, two works struck me particularly: One is from the collection of the Macias, Charles Lindner’s “Untitled, 2002,” two stark white shot-gunned metal panels. The force of the blasts scored the metal randomly and shaped it to some degree so that it has an air of calm after violence. Another work that fascinates among the 35 others is “Chubby Bunny” by Abby Murray, from the collection of Idie Adams and Alan Carrier. A sculpture, about five feet tall on its pedestal, carved from styrofoam and tinted bubble gum pink. It has no face below its floppy ears, but it does have a little pearl necklace and a rose-colored apron. It reminds me of anime and of those kitschy items you can get at the House of Rice, but then again, it might be a bit of domestic irony. This show will be on the walls until November 29. The 1078 Gallery is located at 820 Broadway, and is open from Thursday through Saturday from 12:30pm to 5:30pm.

The aforementioned David and Shari Hopper have also curated an exhibit at the Turner Print Museum titled Together/Divided: A Couple Curates which will be in place until December 13. David is a much admired glass artist. As notes to the show state, the Hoppers met at San Jose State in 1968 and have been together ever since. There are 30 prints in this show with an emphasis on abstract compositions, but there are also a number of examples of realism, including one print by Janet Turner. One print I admired was an embossed serigraph with the title “Go-A” by Japanese printmaker Haku Maki who lived from 1924 to 2000. The black and white Go pieces pop from the surface of the print in a pleasing minimalist pattern. The Turner Print Museum is located on the ground floor of Meriam Library and is open Monday through Saturday from 11am to 4pm.