Join us Saturday, January 14, 2017, in celebrating the opening of Thrum Spectacle, artworks by abstract artists Rachel Dwan and Brad Bernhardt.
Rachel Dwan’s oil on canvas abstractions present repeating minimal lines which approximate the expansion and contraction one might expect if music were depicted on a two-dimensional surface. A hesitant, almost unsure line in the foreground, combines with what looks like erasure marks and blurred graphite smears visible in the backdrop. The resulting layered work has a quiet intensity which reverberates with movement. Dwan studied architectural design at Stanford University and art at the Art Student’s League in New York City. She has completed residencies at the Wassaic Residency Program in Wassaic, NY and the School of Visual Arts Summer Residency in New York City. She has previously exhibited her artwork in San Francisco at Sub Level Art Gallery, and Arc Gallery.
Brad Bernhardt makes patterned abstraction which he describes as abstract sensationalism. He blends vibrant colors and fabrics and manipulates perspective to create his own visual language comprising geometric patterns one might see in textiles and control panel boards, all of which suggest personal meaning. His experiences working in both the TV and film industry inform his choices and allow his abstract canvases to denote varying moods. Bernhardt has previously exhibited his artwork in San Francisco at 2050 Bryant, Guerrero Gallery, and Park Life. A native of Reno, he received a BA at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He currently resides in Los Angeles.
The show is curated by Matt Gonzalez, who had his first art show at a.Muse in 2006, and who has organized other shows and poetry readings in the space over the years.