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September 10, 2013 > Some Assembly Required

Some Assembly Required

Submitted By Diane Leys

Using objects both commonplace and sometimes recycled, each artist participating in Olive Hyde Art Gallery's "Some Assembly Required" assembles art that is unique and often fun. They bring the influences of their youth and life experiences in combination with the materials at hand to create art which tells their story to the viewer. The exhibit features the 3-D work of five Bay Area artists and runs from Friday, September 13 through Saturday, October 12.

Influenced by the rebellious years of the '60s, Peter Langenbach of Fremont creates work which relates a social narrative. On his website Langenbach states, "Given the absurdity of the world we live in, I have taken on as my singular task that of providing a bit of irreverence. I expect that when you view my pieces you might think that this guy has a pretty self-indulgent sense of humor."

Berkeley's Katie McCann is influenced by her studies at the London College of Fashion as she creates collage art. Piecing her work together like a tiny jigsaw puzzle, McCann creates paper creatures made up of insects, birds, shells, bones, plants, and fashion images. She says her figures are "part science fiction and part fairy story."

Karen Balos cherishes the beauty and history in everyday materials. In her work she "seeks to view the common with an uncommon eye." For this exhibit Balos will be showing art quilts and torsos. Created with transparent packing tape, she calls these torsos "Transparent Selves." They are cast from her family and friends with what Balos considers a variety of "normal" rather than "model" shapes.

Designing her own Halloween costumes at an early age has led Shawn Rowland to costuming whimsical and colorful assemblage figures. Her current series "Molding Lives" was inspired by the trim shapes found in moldings of older homes and reused in her figures.

Also exhibiting will be artist Zona Sage.

In addition to "Some Assembly Required" there will also be an exhibit area dedicated to the recent Serra Center Art Project. Featured will be Best of Show: "Family" by Laura Santos, Second Place: "Somewhere Under the Rainbow" by Todd Lorenzo, Third Place: "Hello Dear Friend" by Linda Hollowman, and work by Merit Award winners Cary Bell, Gary Heur, and Rachel Bowker.

"Some Assemble Required" opens with a reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, September 13.

Some Assembly Required
Friday, Sept 13 - Saturday, Oct 12
Thursday - Sunday: noon - 5 p.m.

Opening reception
Friday, Sept 13
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Olive Hyde Art Gallery
123 Washington Blvd., Fremont
(510) 791-4357
www.fremont.gov/

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