Magnus Colo: Opening Saturday at Dab Art Gallery

 
Rogue Thought, 2015 Marbled Wood Panel 24" x 24" x 1.5"

Rogue Thought, 2015
Marbled Wood Panel
24" x 24" x 1.5"

 

I am so excited to finally give you a peek into one of my favorite series to have worked on in the past few years. I've been keeping this work under the radar, not sharing it publicly on any social media, but now it is making its great debut at Dab Art Gallery this Saturday as part of the group exhibition Magnus Colo

From the press release:

Dab Art is pleased to present MAGNUS COLO. An exhibition featuring the colorful and intriguing works of Franscesa Saveri, Rebecca Woodhouse, Huntz Liu, Janet Milhomme, John Swartout, Lisa Daniels, Kirk McCoy, Barbara Skoog and Perfecto Baloloy Jr. 

Using the strategies of accumulation, saturation, and the repetitive mark, these artists explore their fascination with color saturated space and form. From the delicately controlled hand cut lines of Huntz Liu’s layered paper piece Spilt 1(2016) to the jostling interaction of Perfecto Baloloy’s Food Trip (2016) and Barbara Skoog’s Rogue Thought (2015), where contrast controlled surroundings and fluid lines are layered in between heavy color.
 
Inside Underneath, 2015 Marbled Wood Panel 20" x 20" x 1.5"

Inside Underneath, 2015
Marbled Wood Panel
20" x 20" x 1.5"

 

I started creating this series last summer, during the two-week residency with my New Ground collaborator Liz Kalloch. There were moments in between working together on our collaborative pieces where I needed to bust out on my own and exercise different creative muscles (partly because of my ADD-like personality and partly because I was stuck or tired or inspiration struck or I was waiting for something to dry before working on it more). What started out as a simple exploration of bold color blocks eventually led to adding overmarbled "windows" that were in response to the interesting shapes that emerged from the color-block background. 

 
Happening, 2015 Marbled Wood Panel 24" x 24" x 1.5"

Happening, 2015
Marbled Wood Panel
24" x 24" x 1.5"

 

After returning home from the residency, I continued work on the series. both on wood panel and on paper. I'm thrilled that six of the wood panel pieces will be at Dab Art ~ one in the group show and the rest in a second gallery. 

Also part of the show are several pieces from another series I started work on earlier this year. In these pieces, I created distressed marbled backgrounds and then overmarbled both geometric and organic shapes using masks. 

To Be Seen, 2016 Marbled Wood Panel 8" x 8" x 1.5"

To Be Seen, 2016
Marbled Wood Panel
8" x 8" x 1.5"

Mindset, 2016 Marbled Wood Panel 8" x 8" x 2"

Mindset, 2016
Marbled Wood Panel
8" x 8" x 2"

Three pieces from this series will be a part of the group exhibition and five will be included in the second gallery as well.

Curator Yessica Torres has pulled together a strong show ~ you can check out some of the featured work here and the list of invited artists here.

I'm so looking forward to seeing the instillation and meeting the other artists at the Opening Reception this Saturday. I invite you to join me and experience the show in person, meet the artists, and share in an evening of color and intrigue.

GROUP EXHIBIT || MAGNUS COLO
Opening Reception || Saturday, April 16, 2016 || 7-10PM || RSVP

Dab Art Gallery || 1793 East Main || Ventura, CA 93001

 

TAG Recap

 
Our pieces in the TAG show: Side Conversation and Liminal #1. These were made by my co-collaborator Liz Kalloch and me during our New Ground residency this summer.

Our pieces in the TAG show: Side Conversation and Liminal #1. These were made by my co-collaborator Liz Kalloch and me during our New Ground residency this summer.

 

What an extraordinary time in the Bay Area a couple of weekends ago! The TAG pop-up show was such a blast and a huge success. Joyce Conlon did a fantastic job curating the exhibition and the walls were pure eye candy! I loved watching people walk the rooms and take in (and respond to!) the artwork, asking great questions along the way. It was a wonderful evening and a spectacular personal experience.

For me, one of the highlights of participating in a group show is developing relationships with the other artists ~ and standing side-by-side with them in the gallery (with all the trepidation, excitement, and anticipation that comes with exhibiting one's soul work) while sharing our creative stories (the good, the bad, the ugly, the ups and downs, the techniques that worked and didn't, and everything swirling about in between!). This group was no exception. Talented, funny, curious, open-hearted and open-minded ~ my 48 hours with them I will cherish.

 
Most of the participating artists: Kimberly Rowe, Joyce Conlon, me, Liz, and Bill Russell.

Most of the participating artists: Kimberly Rowe, Joyce Conlon, me, Liz, and Bill Russell.

 

One of the questions Liz and I got asked most was, "So, how does this collaboration thing work?" And the simple answer is...it just does. Liz and I don't put a lot of effort into the structure of the collaboration. In other words, we don't have regular meetings to establish goals or rules or expectations. There is no pre-nup that outlines who gets what should our collaboration abruptly end. We didn't sign a sacred contract and we didn't do a personality test beforehand. We simply became really good friends and then decided to create something together. We didn't know exactly what that would be but we were both willing to take the journey together.

And that was how New Ground started.

Liz and I have been collaborating together for over a year now and our work has taken us in several directions and on several adventures as we learned (and continue to learn!) how to work with each other and our two mediums. And it was the summer residency, which pulled together all the effort and energy we've put into the collaboration, where things really took off. If you'd like to see more of what we've been doing, head on over to www.NewGroundCollaboration.com and check things out.

Thank you to all who came to the TAG show. You're support, encouragement, and enthusiasm are received with so much gratitude. Liz and I are excited to get back into the studio together again (next month!) and continue to travel down the creative path together.

The Local and Me

The Local Salon in North Hollywood ~ home to the first exhibit of my extra marbled large pieces (26" x 40"). In December, I had the distinct honor of being asked by the owner of The Local, an eco-friendly, organic hair salon in North Hollywood, if I would be willing to exhibit some of my artwork there. Rosie has been doing my hair ever since I moved to California (more than 10 years!) and when she opened The Local last year, she committed to having a rotating exhibit of local artists on her walls. She also participates in NoHo's LitFest, providing a space for writers to do their readings. For Rosie, her business is as much about being engaged and involved with the surrounding community members as it is about styling their hair.

Rosie's place has a modern, soft contemporary feel to it; exposed brick, steel and black-wood fixtures, high ceilings and exposed beams. I knew immediately that my floating frames made with wood backgrounds and steel hardware would be a perfect fit.

Marbled artwork in floating frames

Marbled artwork in floating frames

I also brought in several pieces from the marbled wood panels series I worked on this summer and hung them around the reception area.

Creating the marbled wood panel wall display.

Display of marbled wood panels.

But what I was most excited about was that she had large, white walls reaching forever into the sky in which I could FINALLY show off my "monster-tank" creations ~ marbled papers measuring 26" x 40".

Ready to hang ~ extra large marbled pieces.

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Final display of marbled pieces above stations.

Stop by The Local to check out my marbled artwork!

I am so honored that Rosie wanted to have my artwork in her salon. And I'm thrilled that I have a body of work that fits perfectly in the beautiful, inviting setting she's created. I hope you get a chance to stop by and check it out ~ and also get pampered by Rosie or one of the other great stylists at The Local.

The Local Salon 5229 Lankershim Blvd North Hollywood, CA 91601 www.TheLocalSalon.com

Santa Barbara Pop-up Boutique this Sunday

SBpopup Join me and four other artists this Sunday for an afternoon of wine tasting and fun. Oh, and brownies and holiday gifts, too! This afternoon open house will have beautiful creations from:

  • Heidi Whitney, the owner of Silver Fork Bakery, which makes the best brownies ON EARTH.
  • Jules Kramer, the owner of Jules by the Sea, a gorgeous jewelry line.
  • Kolleen Harrison, the creator of the cozy, inspiring LOVE WILD line of t-shirts, hats and beanies.
  • Christine Mason Miller, the creative engineer and writer behind the lovely line of jewelry and hand-bound journals with vintage covers.
  • And yours truly, of course ~ with marbled note cards, wrapping paper, journals, and more!

Plus, the Santa Ynez Wine Club will be offering tastings all afternoon with two winemakers!

This open house is at a private residence so if you're interested in joining us, email me at Cheers@BarbSkoog.com for location details.

New Wall Art and Individual Papers at Peach Tree Holiday Show

Here's a little sneak peek at some of the new wall art and individual papers I'll have at the Peach Tree Holiday Show.

Lunar Oasis (front view)LunarOasisFront

Lunar Oasis (side view)LunarOasisSide

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From the Amoeba SeriesAmoebaBlue

AmoebaRed

AmoebaYellow

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One of my favorites

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From the White Space Series

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Peach Tree Gallery’s 8th Annual Holiday Show December 7 and 8 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. 3795 Boise Avenue, Mar Vista (3 blocks west of Centinela off Venice Blvd.) www.PeachTreePottery.com