Inspired by Abstract Expressionists Helen Frankenthaler and Morris Louis along with the connection between color and form connected to inner emotional states explored by Arthur Dove, Floor 3 artist Jeanne Rehrig explores abstractions inherent in natural forms, often but not exclusively basing her color palettes on the original form which provided the initial inspiration.
Nicknamed the ‘Recycling Queen’, a mantle she carries with pride,Floor 4 artist Nga Trinh, concentrate on the themes of environmental stewardship through the use of recycled materials and on illustrating the multifaceted interactions between man and nature, plant and animal, pattern, shape and color. Her Origami also highlights the innate tensions between pattern and regularity of form, irregularity, spontaneity and emotion.
Janet Barnes, showing on Floor 5 categorizes her workas social abstract and people are always the main focus of her work. She gains inspiration from the positive and warm feelings she gets from the world around her: family, faith, traditions, community, live entertainment, and music. With a palette inspired by Jacob Lawrence, her current series, Dinnertime, works are a collection of African-American families gathered around dinner tables- talking, laughing, sharing, and bonding. “Dinnertime gives you your first sense of belonging.” Janet shares. “Conversation from parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles, provided oral history that will be passed down generation after generation.”
Floor 6 showcases the work of Aisjah Hopkins, whose landscapes are inspired by views from the walking paths and outdoor environments of the San Francisco Bay Area. A renowned colorist, Aisjah brings the mood and atmosphere of the Bay Area's parks and shoreline to each piece using confident brushstrokes and a bold palette that bring to prominence wetland streams, marsh grasses and other protected marsh ecosystems.
Each of Floor 7 artist Rudy James Milante’s paintings on display elicits a sense of light and unity in the wake of personal hardship, with the ultimate goal of finding one’s “community” of support. The artist takes pride in using repurposed and industrial materials in these paintings which, in his words, “has added an undeniable rawness of texture and sculpture to emphasize the reflective calm and richness of life around us.”
Utilizing art’s proven ability to influence the psychological state of clients, staff and practitioners in medical facilities this exhibit, in keeping with the over-arching theme of the ‘Serenity’ series, is a key contributor to creating a welcoming environment at UCSF’s National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health. The exhibit covers 4 floors of the Women's Health Center: 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 which each artist displaying a complete body of work on their respective floor.
The public is invited to an evening with the artists on Wednesday, Sept 28 5:30 – 7:30pm.
Exhibit runs through January 10, 2017.
About the ‘Serenity’ Exhibit Series at UCSF:
Since 2007, UCSF Center of Excellence and McKinley Art Solutions have presented artists whose work inspires ‘serenity’ in order to facilitate relaxation, well-being and calm. This quarterly exhibit, curated from a pool of invited and juried participants, is the largest continuous show in the Bay Area focused on promoting the healing capacity of art. The venue, UCSF Women's Health Center, the only nationally designated Center of Excellence in Women's Health in Northern California, is recognized internationally for its expertise in providing comprehensive, specialized care for women's health issues and is recognized as one of the top hospitals in the nation for gynecological care.