Art@Work – Feb 5

Angels Gate Cultural Center (AGCC) is excited to present a new corporate gallery space, Art@Work, in collaboration with IDEA and Precision Dynamics International, featuring both AGCC studio artists and artists across the bridge in Long Beach. Art@Work will feature a three-month rotating showcase of varied artistic voices of the South Bay.

In this first exhibition, AGCC and IDEA are proud to present artists Jennifer Gunlock and Stuart Hamilton in conversation on temporal spaces and dynamic landscapes.

Jennifer Gunlock, an artist based in Long Beach, explores the relationships between the objects of nature and those imposed upon them by human activity. By layering photographs taken on her travels she constructs tree-based forms, awkwardly fused with architectural motifs. Each composition reflects a long passage of time in which buildings and trees stretch and crumble, pushing against the other. The work is a commentary on humanity’s direct impact on the environment, as well as Earth’s interminable shape-shifting over the long history of its existence.

Three of Gunlock’s multi-paneled works are seen alongside the work of AGCC studio artist Stuart Hamilton. Many of the objects depicted in Stuart Hamilton’s meticulously rendered drawings and paintings relate to specific times and places in his own history. Locations from his past, like Northern England where he was born, and regions of the US where he has lived and worked, are drawn upon and carefully re-envisioned. They are earthly details taken out of context and laid out in geometric patterns, and as arranged by the artist reflect a sense of order. In that sense, they are authentic representations of an organized universe. Eight of Hamilton’s works on paper are on display at Art@Work.

While Gunlock finds the chaos in space over the passing and layering of time, Hamilton goes in the opposite direction and gradually, steadfastly turns the map into a meditative depiction of the simplistic and natural. The corporate gallery space of Art@Work is a gorgeous open design office giving the work of Gunlock and Hamilton a unique context for their dialogue.

Art@Work will host an opening reception for this current three-month exhibition on Tuesday, February 5th from 6-8pm. 100 Oceangate, Suite 375 (street-level northwest corner) Long Beach, CA 90802.

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