Ongoing Exhibition

Artists: Ivan Trujillo
Artist Reception: October 6, 2018 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM
On view October 6 to November 18, 2018
Location: Totally Rad Gallery (North Berkeley). Open Thursday–Saturday 12pm–5pm
Address: 1212 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94706 Click for Map

The Parallel paintings emerged from quick sketches I made on paper that featured stripes of many different colors. From this I realized that I wanted to work with a limited number of cool hues and explore their emotional affect when squeezed into the large organic shapes I’ve been working with over the past year.

There is so much variation in the color world! We tend to sum up infinitely beautiful hues with a single word likeblue or green but I wanted to paint my way out of those narrow categories by juxtaposing wave upon wave of color from the same or related color family. There are blues that echo the depth and brightness of skies and seas. There are greens that you might find in the deepest oldest forest or the newest spring leaf.

In some of these paintings I created consistent ½ inch color stripes. These lines tease and surprise the eye similar to the effect of vibrating moiré patterns. The paintings with varying line widths play differently with perspective and movement. These stripes seem to softly undulate like moving water or fabric. In all, the large shapes are surrounded by a single color that creates an ambiguity. Is the lined shape “on top” of the colored canvas or behind it? This play between foreground and background is not unlike the way old-fashioned keyholes in doors are metaphorical portals between worlds in front of and behind them.

The main characteristic of the curved shapes is a symmetry that evokes shapes you might find in nature, the human body or toys. The paintings represent none of these things but I think it’s natural for the eye and mind to want to connect what’s unfamiliar to something we recognize. In this way my shapes can be looked at as having more in common with clouds: their forms have no real meaning but a lot can be inferred if one is interested.

Some people who’ve seen my work say the shapes remind them of Rorschach inkblot tests. While I didn’t set out to revisit that legacy I find some delight in the association. Nonsensical symmetrical shapes are a timeless challenge to the human eye and mind. What is it? Where did it come from? What does it mean? I want my art to inspire these kinds of questions. They connect us to mystery and being kids again. I’d like to think that my shapes, with their friendly color patterns, create positive associations. I find the pieces to be both calming and invigorating, and that’s a good state of mind to be in.

Previous exhibitions

2018 Timeless Journeys, Kim Cole Real Estate (Oakland Murmur), Oakland, CA

2018 Migration Patterns, Neyborly, San Francisco, CA

2017 Migrations, Kate Klaire, Berkeley, CA

2010 Glass Wall Art, Janke Studios, Atlanta, GA

2010 Table Top Glass Works, Twelve Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2009 Glass Organics, Americas Mart at BeauRe, Atlanta, GA

2009 Deconstruction/Reconstruction, Naomi Silva Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2009 Glass Works, Twelve Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2008 Prints and more Prints, Twelve Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2007 Monoprints, Twelve Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 Ai Alumni Show, The Art Institute of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

2006 and 2007 KC Annual Art Show, Kimberly-Clark, Roswell, GA

2005 Ai Portfolio Show, The Art Institute of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

2005 English Inspired Collage, Twelve Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2005 Star Awards Show, The Art Institute of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

2004 Paint + Brushes = Painting, Twelve, Atlanta, GA

2003 Ai Portfolio Show, The Art Institute of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

2000 Blake’s Annual Art Show, Blake College, London, UK

Awards & recognitions

2007 and 2008 Combined Honors Fellowship, SCAD, Atlanta, GA

2005 Star Awards Show: Bronze Award, The Art Institute of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 Ambassador scholarship, The Art Institute of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 President’s and Dean’s scholarships, The Art Institute of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

2000 Distinction Diploma, Blake’s Annual Show, London, UK