Faces Invitational Show to Feature Chuck Blackwell
July 17, 2014 - By Rebecca Catterall
PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE TOPANGA CANYON GALLERY
“Image 001” by Chuck Blackwell.
Summer at Topanga Canyon Gallery can be as offbeat and unpredictable as your last summer vacation. Who knows what enchanting memory awaits as you wander down a cobblestone street off a village square or follow a short cut without a map?
For the gallery it is a time to do something unconventional; a time to make a bigger splash and corral those not on vacation but looking for excitement in our own backyard.
“Owl Face” by Robyn Feeley.
Faces, a show conceived by gallery member Rebecca Andrews, brings back former gallery member and popular Topanga artist, Chuck Blackwell, to anchor the show that will run from July 23 to August 17. Blackwells work is collected in and out of the Canyon and his paintings have wide appeal. We have his black cat sitting on a stool looking down on us in our living room and never tire of its gaze.
Blackwell doesnt like to talk about his paintings. In fact, he hesitates putting his work within a traditional genre, though hell concede that Folk Art will do just fine. Be warned, however: a deceptive label. Theres mischief at work, under the guise of a traditional and primitive composition. Without exception, the perspective is inward, dark, and withholding. Innocence, a big theme for Blackwell, is always shadowy. And the darkness, which is studied with equal dedication, is always resoundingly pure. If youre looking at Blackwells painting and you find the pastels pretty, its possible a prank has been played on you.
So look closely. And keep your eye on the paint. Nothing is what it seems.
“Magenta” by Debbi Green.
Andrews admits that Faces can mean lots of different things to the participating gallery artists so dont expect a typical portrait show. But do expect some portraits. Artists like to play with concepts and perhaps extensions of the word itselfFacebook, face to face, Face Time, face up to it, or face of a building. Even Jesus face on toast might pop up in the show.
Reception with the artists is Saturday, July 26, from 36 p.m. and we hope you schedule your vacation so as not to miss it!
Topanga Canyon Gallery is located at 120 N. Topanga Cyn. Blvd., #109, in Pine Tree Circle. It is open Wednesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m 5 p.m. For more information: (310) 455-7909; or topangacanyongallery.com.