The Arts Council for Long Beach (ACLB) has selected five local artists to receive a 2013-14 Long Beach Professional Artist Fellowship. The five artists were chosen following the ACLB’s independent review of annual grant applications for an artist fellowship. Each artist will receive a cash stipend and an opportunity to share his or her work with the community at a public exhibition at The Collaborative, a public art project of the Arts Council for Long Beach and the Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA).
The artist fellowship honors a selection of Long Beach’s living artists for their recent work. Eligible artists must reside in Long Beach and demonstrate an active exhibition and/or production record of at least three years. Awards are granted based on artistic merit and professional achievement, according to ACLB.
The exhibition at The Collaborative entitled Shine will present the work of this year’s artist fellows: Margie Darrow, Jeff Foye, Jessica Kondrath, Annie Stromquist and Kurt Simonson. Together their work spans a broad variety of media, including video, photography, painting, mixed media, dance and wood cutting.
Nature, history and counter-culture inspire Darrow’s artwork. In the breadth and scope of her art remains a common thread– the underlying desire to tell a factual story of the Earth’s inhabitants and their transitory etching upon it.
For the past six years, Foye has been making video and performance work in collaboration with Gordon Winiemko under the name Jeff&Gordon. Foye’s artwork engages with the social customs and cultural idioms that underlie both how we distinguish ourselves as individuals and how we relate to each other in the social sphere.
Kondrath’s choreography is primarily derived from the musical score. Her works craft a visual representation of the music so that the work may be experienced both visually and aurally. She creates movement that is at once beautiful and awkward, utilizing counterpoint to illuminate the visual presence of elasticity within the body. Kondrath’s work also investigates and seeks to bring awareness to the relationship between audience and performer.
Stromquist’s mixed media on paper explores the human condition through a poetic lens. Her images are abstract and minimalist with empty space used as an active presence. The scale, typically small, reflects a desire to create images with an evocative power that unfolds within an intimate viewing context.
Simonson’s photography is a lyrical and strange family album, a collection of photographs that speak to his search for home, a journey to find a sense of belonging, a sense of place and ultimately a deep desire to find a connection to family and community. His body of work revolves around the tensions and questions that surround this search.
The opening for the exhibition will be Saturday, Feb. 1 from 7pm to 9pm. The exhibition will run through March 22.