Alexis Smith: Chandlerisms / Lynn Susholtz: 3 Objects 3 Poisons 3 Seeds Of Virtue

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Athenaeum Music & Arts Library says
Joseph Clayes III Gallery:
ALEXIS SMITH: CHANDLERISMS
Rotunda Gallery:
LYNN SUSHOLTZ: 3 OBJECTS 3 POISONS
3 SEEDS OF VIRTUE

Opening Reception: Friday, June 19, 6:30 - 8:30PM
June 20–July 25, 2015

Alexis Smith will cover the Joseph Clayes III Gallery with quotations from novelist and Hollywood screenwriter Raymond Chandler . It will not be the first time the artist has used the words of authors in combination with her imagery. She has produced work related to Thomas Mann, Gertrude Stein, Walt Whitman, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and John Dos Passos. Smith has been collecting “Chandlerisms” since 1978.

As a representative for the artist noted, “Chandler spent time in La Jolla, and Alexis intends to invoke his voice within the Athenaeum in a site-specific work.”

An artist with a seasoned career spanning more than 30 years, Smith is a Los Angeles native and grew up in Southern California. She earned a bachelor’s degree at University of California, Irvine and resides in Los Angeles. Smith has held solo exhibitions at major museums including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Brooklyn Museum, Centre Georges Pompidou, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA). Her works are in the permanent collections of numerous institutions, including MoMA, the Whitney, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the High Museum of Art, MOCA, Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the Walker Art Center. Smith’s body of work extends to large installations such as "The Snake Path," which leads to the Geisel Library as part of the Stuart Collection on the University of California, San Diego’s campus.

In the Rotunda Gallery local artist Lynn Susholtz draws in graphite and colored pencil on velum and rosin paper. Susholtz’ art practice ranges in scale from small drawings that explore the cultural context and social histories of everyday objects to large-scale interactive environments. Susholtz employs a strong social engagement component that blends the virtual and physical community.

“I am interested in retro-techification, the intersection of ancient technologies and the repurposing of information,” she says, “helping to render information and technology useless and simultaneously more meaningful.”

Susholtz has lived in San Diego since arriving from Texas in 1979, and is owner/director of art and design studio Stone Paper Scissors and gallery Art Produce, in North Park. She has also co-authored the resource book Object Lessons, Teaching Math Through Visual Art for teachers (2012). Susholtz was exhibited in the Athenaeum’s 23rd Annual Juried Show in 2014.
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By: Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

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