August 27, 2014

“Faces” Invitational Show to Feature Chuck Blackwell

 

PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE TOPANGA CANYON GALLERY

“Faces” Invitational Show to Feature Chuck Blackwell

“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.

“Faces” Invitational Show to Feature Chuck Blackwell

“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. Blackwell’s 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 doesn’t like to talk about his paintings. In fact, he hesitates putting his work within a traditional genre, though he’ll concede that “Folk Art” will do just fine. Be warned, however: a deceptive label. There’s 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 you’re looking at Blackwell’s painting and you find the pastels “pretty,” it’s possible a prank has been played on you.

So look closely. And keep your eye on the paint. Nothing is what it seems.”

“Faces” Invitational Show to Feature Chuck Blackwell

“Magenta” by Debbi Green.

Andrews admits that “Faces” can mean lots of different things to the participating gallery artists so don’t expect a typical portrait show. But do expect some portraits. Artists like to play with concepts and perhaps extensions of the word itself—Facebook, 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 3–6 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.

“Faces” Invitational Show to Feature Chuck Blackwell

Portrait by Donna Geist Buch.

“Faces” Invitational Show to Feature Chuck Blackwell

“The Politician” by Fae Horowitz.

“Faces” Invitational Show to Feature Chuck Blackwell

“Grumpy Cat” by Lisa Goldfarb.

“Faces” Invitational Show to Feature Chuck Blackwell

“Photo” by Paula Fagan.

“Faces” Invitational Show to Feature Chuck Blackwell

"Tal" by Robin Becker

“Faces” Invitational Show to Feature Chuck Blackwell

Portrait by Toby Salkin.