Our next meeting will be held at the San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center,
18312 Oxnard Street, Tarzana, CA, 91356
Meeting: Friday, May 29, 2015
Guest Artist: Crystal Michaelson
Crystal Michaelson is a contemporary abstract expressionist artist whose work is influenced by Diebenkorn, Rauschenberg, Motherwell and Twombley. She attended the University of California Santa Barbara, California State University Northridge, and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.
In her own words and style, Crystal states:
artist statement: my art expresses the interplay I have with the environment. intuitive marks and gestures guide me through a process of layering, constructing, deconstructing and reconstructing. the work dictates when it is time to stop.
about: growing up in the suburbs of washington, d.c., exposure to culture and history fostered a lifelong love of the arts.
having lived the majority of my life in southern california, I developed a great appreciation for the dynamic landscape and bohemian spirit enveloping the beaches, mountains and deserts surrounding me.
recently, I find myself exploring the yin and the yang of my life. fascinated by extremes, I am moved and touched by the differences in our society, the polarization generating our volatile political climate, as well as the variety of our rich mixed cultures... this has led me to experimenting with components, joining separate works together to create an integrated piece.
being medium driven, I love getting my hands into the paints and feeling the materials I am using.
often I incorporate found objects or items that have special meaning to me, or just speak to me for some reason. things that come from nature, industrial cast-offs, a favorite piece of clothing, toys, business cards, receipts, books, tickets, news clippings, hardware, etc. as well as tearing up my own artwork. documenting my life's journey, reworking it into a new narrative.
my mixed media art tells the tale of my conversation with the world around me.
Learn more about Crystal on her website: crystalmichaelson.com
Remember that we have a new location for 2015!