"Different Strokes" exhibit shows works in different mediums -- tempera,
gold leaf, lacquer, etc. -- and styles.
"It's stimulating," said Irini Vallera-Rickerson, director of OCC's
Art Gallery and organizer of the show, which runs through April 19. "You
get inspired by seeing all the different approaches and all the
Featured artists include Suzanne Currie, a Newport Beach artist whose
paintings are meant to be hung as well as laid on the floor to be stepped
on; Donna Westerman, an OCC professor who mixes her own paints with eggs
to make tempera; and Roger Whitridge, who also teaches at the school and
paints images with a shrouded woman theme.
The other artists are Deborah Davidson, known for her mystical and
spiritual style; John de Heras, whose art reflects Mayan history; Tom
Dowling, who is conceptual in style and plays with words in his
paintings; Nick Boskovich, known for the way he plays with light; Tom
Krumpak, with his strikingly colorful, abstract style; and Craig Antrim.
"We wanted to have a show with different techniques, so students could
see them," Vallera-Rickerson said.
Currie enjoys scraping and "pecking away" at her own painted surfaces
to see what lies beneath. Her oils and acrylics show traces of this --
some of the scratched off areas have been partly painted over, others
have been left au natural.
"There's an element of the unknown about it -- you don't know what's
gonna come of it," she said.
Five of her pieces lay on the floor, like floor mats. Visitors are
free to step on them because they're meant to be walked on. "The
irreverence, in some way, of walking on it somehow appealed to me," said
Currie, who started playing with this mode of presentation after seeing
it done at a craft show.
One of her hanging pieces, "Red, Red, Red," is done completely in
shades of -- what else -- red. This was a difficult one, she said,
because the composition didn't seem to end.
Whitridge's work uses more subtle colors. In each painting, there is a
woman whose face is shrouded by cloth -- one of technologies first
inventions, he said.