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Ruth Pastine: Transcendent Boundaries @ Cabana Home, Santa Barbara

PRESS RELEASE

February 10, 2011 - March 26, 2011

 

Cabana Home, in collaboration with Edward Cella Art + Architecture, presents a solo exhibition of color field paintings by Ojai based artist Ruth Pastine.  Entitled, Transcendent Boundaries, the exhibition presents a selection of work spanning 1997-2008, revealing the subtleties, intensity, and resonance of the artist’s comprehensive perceptual investigations over the last decade. Inspired by distinct and contrasting light conditions that evoke psychological impact and emotional depth, Pastine’s color field paintings are invested in the perceptual experience of color, light, and temperature.  Many of the works featured were created in Ojai, subsequent to her relocation from New York City in 2001.

Working serially on several paintings simultaneously, Pastine attends to the interaction between color, structure, and perception defined within series of finite systems, that paradoxically offer the essential parameters but limitless possibilities.  Suspending preconceived notions about visual experience, Pastine investigates the mercurial shift of warm and cool color identities.  Employing complementary color systems to set up visceral contrasts, the artist explores the inherent tensions, convergences and reconciliations of these oppositions though color itself.

Working serially on several paintings simultaneously, Pastine attends to the interaction between color, structure, and perception defined within series of finite systems, that paradoxically offer the essential parameters but limitless possibilities.  Suspending preconceived notions about visual experience, Pastine investigates the mercurial shift of warm and cool color identities.  Employing complementary color systems to set up visceral contrasts, the artist explores the inherent tensions, convergences and reconciliations of these oppositions though color itself.

With their visually arresting surfaces, vibrantly present and ephemeral, Pastine’s paintings appear to perceptually pulsate, shift, and shimmer beyond the boundaries of the canvas.  Likewise the exhibition, featuring works from different series created by the artist over a decade, offers an exuberant display of color and its ranges of structures and temperatures that begin to reveal the very boundaries that Pastine transcends with each subsequent series.

Ultimately, Pastine draws our attention to her systematic process of painting, which transforms materiality through a disciplined work ethic into optically immaterial experiences.

Ruth Pastine received her B.F.A. from Cooper Union in New York City in 1987 and received her M.F.A. in painting from Hunter College in 1993.  Her work has been exhibited nationally, most recently at notable Gallery Sonja Roesch in Houston, TX and Brian Gross Fine Art in San Francisco.  Based in Ojai, California, Pastine received two solo exhibitions at the highly recognized Nathan Larramendy Gallery. Recently, Pastine was awarded a commission to create an installation of works for both lobbies of Ernst & Young Plaza in Los Angeles and will have solo exhibitions at Peter Blake Gallery in Laguna and Scott White Contemporary Art in San Diego.

Ruth Pastine’s, Transcendent Boundaries, is the sixth in an on-going sequence of exhibitions organized by gallerist Edward Cella of Edward Cella Art + Architecture in collaboration with Caroline and Steven Thompson, principals of Cabana Home.  Through regular presentation of new and notable contemporary artists in Santa Barbara, the ongoing series seeks to open a dialog between artists and collectors in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and beyond.

RUTH PASTINE: TRANSCENDENT BOUNDARIES
EXHIBITION RUNS: February 10, 2011 through March 26, 2011

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, February 10, 2011 6:00 to 8:00 PM

EXHIBITION PROGRAM:
Gallery Talk by Ruth Pastine: Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 10:30 AM

WHERE: CABANA HOME
111 Santa Barbara Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
HOURS:  Monday through Saturday, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM