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Exhibition Series: Wild Nature
Exhibition Curator: Vasanti Lackner
Dates: October 2009 through March 2010
Chris Hood: October 10 – November 11
Claire Jackel & Robert Minervini: November 14 – December 9
Ruth Hodgins & Kit Rosenberg: December 12 – January 6
S. Patricia Patterson & Izumi Yokoyama: January 9 – February 10
Group Show of Participating Artists: February 13 – March 10
Openings: Every 2nd Saturday, 7-10 pm
Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday:12 pm-5 pm, or by appointment. 323.788.9187

Pehrspace Gallery, 525 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

Pehrspace Gallery is pleased to present Formal Gardens. Wild Nature, a series of solo and two-person shows curated by Vasanti Lackner. The exhibits address the disparate art worlds of San Francisco and Los Angeles, two cities that are surprisingly insulated from one another despite the fact that only a short distance separates them. The series showcases seven Bay Area artists whose work bridges the aesthetics typically seen in either city.

The title of the series, Formal Gardens. Wild Nature, originates from a quote by Walt Disney in which he states, “I don’t like formal gardens. I like wild nature. It’s just the wilderness instinct in me, I guess.” The irony is that Disney found his strength in the containment of his own imagination. His creations embody the perfect balance and convergence of work ethic and play, and the result is something that defies either extreme. Similarly, Formal Gardens.Wild Nature investigates the integration of opposites, and the sometimes-surprising results of this interaction.

The subtleties of each artist are revealed through juxtaposition, enhanced in relation to one another. Yet the opportunity to exhibit in a series of one and two-person shows, rather than as one large group, allows breathing room for both artist and viewer.
The series is intended to introduce work that might otherwise be confined to its place of origin. While it is not uncommon for bay area artists to participate in group shows in Los Angeles, the task of securing a solo exhibit can prove daunting when venturing out of one’s community. Although they share the experience of a San Francisco art education, Lackner chose the participating artists because “the essence of each individual’s work, the unique flavor, which transcends style, is not specific to any one place. The work presented holds its own regardless of location.” 


S. Patricia Patterson

Verge Gallery and Studio Project presents Magic Window, a group exhibition of Contemporary painting. Featuring 11 Sacramento and Bay Area based artists, Magic Window encompasses a wide breadth of work that exemplifies the diversity of painting today.  From Patrick Marasso’s masterfully recreated oil paintings of candid photographs and Gale Hart’s politically based abstract figurative work, to Andrew Patterson-Tutschka’s formal exploration of urban landscapes and S. Patricia Patterson’s large scale watercolor glimpses of Americana, Magic Window promises something for everyone. Artists include David Fiveash, Jacob Fossum, Gale Hart, Cynthia Horn, Rhia Hurt, Patrick Marasso, Robert Minervini, S. Patricia Patterson, Andrew Patterson-Tutschka, Gina Tuzzi, and Sara Wanie.

The exhibition runs from November 12 through December 19, with an opening night reception and Holiday Party on Thursday, November 12 from 6-10pm. Two Second Saturday receptions will accompany the show on November 14 and December 12, also from 6-10pm.

Verge Gallery + Studio Project
1900 V St. Sacramento, CA 95818


S. Patricia Patterson