Hoffman Gallery Show August 2022: Featuring the works of ALXSw, George Wilson, and Kopali Serna

August 4-28 | 1:00-5:00pm
Thursdays through Sundays
Opening Reception August 6 | 3:00-5:00pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts | 594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita

ALXSw – “Studying martial arts introduced me to Shodo and Zen traditional works. I’ve been deeply impacted by studying the use of empty space in the works of Zen Reishis. Additionally, the placement of an artist’s chops (the red seals) are the final balancer of a composition. Like most 2D arts the first works of a student of Shodo (the art of the brush) are precise, structured, predictable as identifiable kanji or phrases, as with realism in western painting; the orange in a bowl is predictably recognizable. There is no strain or inquiry required to extract any particular meaning.”

George Wilson – “I paint watercolors, soaking the paper, sometimes on both sides and applying washes of color and tone wet on wet to create atmosphere and form. As the paper dries I add detail and structure using sketchbook and memory as source material. I like to paint the shapes of birds and sea stacks; the vertical staccato of old river pilings, the wake of ducks on the river.”

Kopali Serna – This series explores the story of a hearth that lay frozen for generations but has undergone a time of thawing and regeneration. I conceptualized the series from my perspective as a self-taught indigenous artist, at one point separated from my traditions through the impact of colonization, but now intuitively and joyfully rejoined.

The gallery is free and open to the public.

To learn more about the August exhibit, visit https://hoffmanarts.org/events/august-2022-gallery-show/