February 2 to 24 Opening Reception: Friday, February 2, 6 – 9pm
Earth, Ash, Fire
February 2 to 24
(Bentley Gallery is open on 1st Fridays from 6-9pm)
Bentley Gallery is excited to present work from Daniel Brice. Drawing on a minimalist vocabulary of color and line, Brice successfully evokes abstracted landscapes of sky and sea, his color planes implying vast spatial expanses of a constantly shifting visual field. The textures of his canvases vary within a single piece. Some areas are thickly worked, drawing the eye to the layers of oil paint used, while other under-painted areas intentionally highlight the untreated edges of stretched burlap.
Inspired by the light, color, and space of Southern California’s coastal landscape, Brice’s paintings hold a translucent glow alongside solid blocks and strips of color. His work often stretches across multiple panels, gently easing his work into sculptural territory.
Daniel Brice attended California State University, Long Beach. He was an Artist-in-Residence at Tamarind Institute at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque in 2011, 2009, 2006, and 2004. His work is included in the collections of Allentown Art Museum in Pennsylvania; Ohio Wesleyan University Museum; Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts; the California Endowment, and the Park Hyatt Hotel in San Francisco. Brice currently lives and works in La Crescenta, California.
Earth, Ash, Fire
Like Gleason, Jonathan Cross embraces natural texture and a thoughtful minimalism. An intriguing blend of geometric and organic, Cross’s abstract sculptures call to mind forgotten scraps of industrial machines and planetary surfaces. They walk the line between natural and unnatural. To make these objects, Cross first assembles raw clay, and then slowly deposits patinas of wood or soda ash on each piece during the firing process, creating aged and natural colors. Post-firing, he etches lines and shapes into the surface.
Cross received his Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Arizona State University, Herberger Institute for Design and Art in 2014. He has taught ceramics and sculpture courses at Arizona State University and soda and wood firing at Mesa Arts Center. He also assisted renowned ceramic artist Don Reitz at his ranch in Cottonwood, Arizona. His work has been exhibited extensively throughout the Southwest, including Dallas, TX; Los Angeles, CA; and Phoenix, AZ.