Four artists featured in AVC exhibit, Transient Geometries

A group exhibition exploring how artists investigate series of shapes to create dialogs about contemporary space is the focus of Transient Geometries, appearing in the Antelope Valley College Art Gallery through Nov. 17.

The gallery is located in building FA1 at 3041 W. Ave. K, Lancaster. Shows are free and open to the public. Hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Call for more details, (661) 722-6300, ext. 6215.

The show brings together four internationally exhibiting artists: Matthew Ballou, J. Jordan Bruns, David Eddington, and Lisa C. Soto.

The artists bridge a variety of media to explore tensions between flatness and dimensional structures in shapes, according to curator Christine Mugnolo. These tensions provide a matrix for discussing the fractious experience of contemporary life.

Eddington and Soto quote recognizable shapes from our habitats, investigating our relationship to an industrial and global community, according to Mugnolo. 

Eddington's Water and Power series uses stainless steel panels with grounds perforated for stenciling computer circuit diagrams as supports.  Created with spray paint, tempera, acrylic and oil, the paintings employ a personal visual vocabulary that suggest buildings and perspectival scapes.  The tension between flatness and space, matt surface and reflection, European painting and street art, all suggest a harvesting of shapes and experiences.  

Soto's sculptures reconfigure world maps to create reinvented scenery and modify frontier lines, highlighting the relationship between disparate lands and people.  Countries are delicately cut from paper and strung together or packed in petri dishes, suggesting a conceptual and experiential mapping of our global experience.
Ballou and Bruns explore how the deconstruction of symbolic solids can represent the seismic shifts on the contemporary stage of identity (neurological space). 

Ballou's Quintessence Series uses printmaking, embossing and collage to explore permutations of the dodecahedron, a symbolic form thought by Plato to be the physical shape of the universe.  Through this process of deconstruction and building, Ballou describes his work as "a kind of holding of one state as given while actively conceptualizing a potential or future state." 

Brun's paintings blend oils with enamels in an exploration of dualities.  Organized, three-dimensional constructions disintegrate into flat shapes and then into amorphous spills, blending the unrecognizable with distinguishable imagery.

Gallery shows are free and open to the public. Hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.