The Capital City Arts Initiative announces its exhibition, Inside and Outside the Lines, with artwork by artists Jonathan Farber and Susan Kotler at the city’s Sierra Room located in the Community Center, 851 E William Street, Carson City. The exhibition is available to the public from November 13, 2017 — March 1, 2018. CCAI will host a reception for the artists on Wednesday, December 6, 5-7pm in the Sierra Room.
Kotler creates works using acrylics or watercolors that allow for spontaneous and direct expression. She finds inspiration for her art in natural phenomena, such as water, rocks, trees, light, and concepts from quantum physics and consciousness studies. In each work, she aims to inspire in the viewer an appreciation of the physical beauty and a sense of spirituality and mystery in the world around and within us.
Farber bases his drawings on a specific mark-making style. He uses patterns of redundant, diminutive marks that are evident on an individual basis and also combine with other marks to form a larger whole or image. He approaches his drawings as an intellectual amusement of the infinite, a meditation on time, space, and thought. His current artworks focus on abstraction, science, and cartography.
Kotler earned a MFA degree in Graphics/Printmaking at Claremont Graduate School and a BA in Fine Arts and Psychology at Pitzer College. She exhibits her work locally through Artsy Fartsy Art Gallery in Carson City and ArtIndeed! in Reno. The Nevada Arts Council awarded her a Jackpot Grant in 2009. Before moving to Nevada, Kotler taught printmaking at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and exhibited her work in Louisiana and Massachusetts. Kotler lives and works in Carson City.
Farber attended the University of Nevada, Reno earning a dual Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Art/Sculpture in 2006 and a BFA in studio art in 2009. He found a second calling as a Registered Nurse and currently works in ICU at St. Mary’s Hospital in Reno. He continues to actively make artwork for exhibitions across the country. When he is not in the studio or at the hospital, Farber spends his time hiking, fishing, skiing in the Sierra, and traveling the globe whenever possible. Farber lives and works in Reno.
The Sierra Room is open to the public during Carson City official meetings including every other Thursday 8am – 5pm, and most weeknights Monday – Thursday, 5pm – 8pm. For Sierra Room access, call 775.283.7421 or check meeting schedules online at www.carson.org/government/meetings-and-events
The Capital City Arts Initiative is an artist-centered organization committed to the encouragement and support of artists and the arts and culture of Carson City and the surrounding region. The Initiative is committed to community building for the area’s diverse adult and youth populations through art projects and exhibitions, live events, arts education programs, artist residencies, and its online projects.
CCAI is funded in part by the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, Nevada Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts, City of Carson City, NV Energy Foundation, U.S. Bank Foundation, Nevada Humanities and National Endowment for the Humanities, and John and Grace Nauman Foundation.
top image: Susan Kotler, The Singularity, watercolor on paper, 16″x20″, 2017
center image: Jonathan Farber, Tahoe, ink on paper, 36”x28”, 2016
bottom image: Inside and Outside the Lines’ exhibition flier
Nevada Artists Association
Nevada Artists Association Gallery
Brewery Arts Center
Regular Members Show
New Years Show runs from January 14-February 16
Winter Show Runs from February 18-March 30
Spring Has Sprung show runs from April 1-May 4
Landscape Show runs from May 6-June 15
Photography Show runs in July
Autumn Show runs in August
Nevada Day Show runs in September-October-November
The NAA gallery is located at Carson City’s Brewery Arts Center complex. The Gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free and all art is for sale. Go to www.nevadaartists.org for more.
Nevada Arts Council OS X Gallery
Paul Baker Prindle, Photography
January 22 — March 9, 2018
Reception & Artist Talk: Tuesday, February 20, 5:30-7:30 pm (Artist talk at 6:15 pm)
Nevada Arts Council
Kevin Clewer. Chicago, IL. “You saw the last breaths of life my Son took; life ended by your hand.” Polychrome archival print from colour negative. 25”x 20”.
Mementi Mori is a body of work that seeks to inform how people think about important current events and provoke conversations about the conventions of photography, photographic images and objects, and the ways in which photographs function as memory tools.
Photographer Paul Baker Prindle began this series nearly ten years ago and the images are set upon the everyday landscape of the United States. The banal documentary look of these representations belies the horrific events that have taken place at sites he visited from California to New York. These photographs are of locations where gay men, lesbians, and transgender individuals have been murdered.
He visited the sites well after the crimes had occurred and, from the images he captured, produced large-scale photographic prints. According to Baker Prindle, “Viewers won’t find the bloody remains of violence or clues to who was murdered or why within these photographs. Human lives were forever ended in ignominious, plain places and I’ve purposely recorded these locales after years of growth and development have obscured any traces that once scarred the land. Even the infamous site of Matthew Shepard’s death at the foot of idyllic, snow-capped peaks is encircled by suburban sprawl. Each site I visited was an unsettling disappointment, bearing few if any clues to the value of the life that ended there. The photograph produced is a weak, but concrete, tie back to the criminal events that occurred at each site.”
In contrast to the banal images made, he creates gruesome titles for these photographs from content he uncovered in police reports, letters and statements from grieving parents, and news coverage.
Baker Prindle explains, “The mix of banal imagery and narratives of baroque violence forcefully shake the viewer out of calloused viewing and into rage, angst, and/or speechlessness. Successful images in this series lead the viewer to think about their place as a content maker, whose personal reading of the images is more important than the photograph. My hope is to help viewers recognize how central fantasy and imagination are to the photographic image. From fashion shoots to war images from Iraq, photographic images rely on the viewer to complete their meaning by drawing on conscious and unconscious biases, preferences, and worldviews.”
His images reference objects that engage memory and feelings of loss, including Jane Hammond’s “Fallen” and videos from the Fortunoff Archives of Holocaust Survivor testimonies. He is inspired by the written work of Hannah Arendt who comments on the banality of evil, as well as disturbing images of violence including “The Ecstasy of St. Teresa” and photographs made at the My Lai massacre.
Paul Baker Prindle (b. La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA) has exhibited in Austin, Baton Rouge, New York City, San Francisco, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Knoxville, Los Angeles, and Madison, Wisconsin. His work has been published by Out and Out.com, Advocate.com, Our Lives, and Männer, and has received mention in ArtForum Diary, Wisconsin Gazette, and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Objects from his series, Mementi Mori are held by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and the Wisconsin Museum of Art. In 2018, Baker Prindle received an Artist Fellowship in Visual Arts from the Nevada Arts Council. He lives in Reno, Nevada.