Thursday, March 15, 2007

Hans Burhardt Honorary Speaker Spring 2007

Benicia Gantner
March 22, 2007
Purple Critique Room @ 2pm

Benicia Gantner is a California artist, who has shown her work nationally in Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Seattle and San Francisco. Gantner received her M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Printmaking, and continues to develop prints, paintings, site drawings informed by the techniques of the print tradition and an interest in re-framing the landscape painting tradition. Her work was recently included in shows at the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Richmond Art Center, and the Ruth Bachofner Gallery in Santa Monica . Gantner’s work is currently on view in a solo show at Traywick Contemporary in Berkeley. Her work has been reviewed in Artweek, ArtScene, the Brooklyn Rail and and most recently in the San Diego CityBeat . A finalist for this year’s SFMOMA SECA Award, Gantner is currently living and working in San Francisco.

Gantner supplants the conventional landscape with a highly reductive, abstract one, rendering the organic with the synthetic. “I perforate the slick machined surface of vinyl and plexiglas by hand cutting “natural” forms that are often suspended in space, anchored to the carved picture plane only by visual indications of gravity. I define urban culture’s relationship to nature as expertly nuanced artifice, a mediated and highly structured experience. I render natural forms with the self-conscious position of being part of the built environment, acknowledging the romantic view of nature from the comfortable position of shelter, acutely aware that I am engaging artifice with each cut form.”
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About the Hand G. and Thordis W Burkhardt Foundation
The Hans G. and Thordis W. Burkhardt Foundation was established to encourage and support an understanding of art and the art of Hans Burkhardt by providing contributions to museums and art schools. The Foundation intends to carry forward the artist's mandate and legacy to benefit subsequent generations of artists, art audiences and the general public. The Foundation has generously funded this series of visiting artist lectures in the Art Department at California State University, Northridge.

Future Speakers:

Tony De Los Reyes
May 1, 2007
Purple Critique Room @ 2pm

Tom LaDuke
May 15, 2007
Purple Critique Room @ 2pm

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