“Threesome”, featuring multimedia artist Brian Bernhard, ceramic artist Nora Chen and mixed media and digital artist Miyuki Sena, opened at the Artists’ Studio Gallery at the Promenade on the Peninsula on April 8th, 2017. The exhibit will continue until May 15th, 2017.
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Says Nora Chen: “14 years ago I watched a Chinese ceramic show in Monterey Park, California. That is when I fell in love with ceramics. I was amazed how the artist could transform a lump of raw clay into a piece of art before my eyes. I was fascinated by the beauty and artistic conception of ceramic art. After that show, I started taking college classes and attending workshops in ceramics. I have also taken classes in air brush painting and wood turning but ceramics are my true love. I enjoy painting and carving intricate designs in my ceramics.
I enjoy presenting my art in competitions and exhibitions. In 1995, I won my first art award by designing a new logo for the U. S. Post Office. I have won several ceramic awards at competitions.
I currently have one piece in the permanent collection at the Orange County Fair. I spend much of my time thinking of new and different ways to express myself in ceramic art.”
Brian Bernhard writes: “After 25 years of exploring the art world, I have learned that I am obsessed with the creative process.
My artistic expression has encompassed just about every media one can think of; from painting, drawing and photography to video, music and performance. I have produced hundreds of creative process documentaries and interviews featuring top visionaries around the globe, then tossed this madness into a blender and infused it into my current series of artworks.
This current series of work is a journey into the heart of creative flow. I begin with a simple image, like a heart, a flower, or an eye, and then I dig in, I drill down as far as the journey takes. Each painting, mural or drawing has its own life and story, taking many weeks or months to complete. I place the blank canvas, paper or wall in front of me and open up my senses, allowing all of my life experiences to flow through, allowing myself to get lost within the narrative so that I can find my way out to a satisfying ending.
Recently, I launched a lifestyle brand for weirdoes, called “Embrace the Weird”. designing an array of bold and exciting wearable art products based on my current creative flow. It has been an amazing creative endeavor to develop an independent sustainable art business that provides unique value to my patrons while supporting me enough to keep creating and building my unconventional artistic vision.
Miyuki Sena says: “My education in Graphic Design and years of running a multi-media design firm was a long path away from what I had always thought I would do. A streak of bad luck led me back to art. Turning the luck into lots and lots of spare time, I started to doodle every morning and from the hundreds of doodles, I chose a few to “paint” in Adobe Photoshop or redraw in Adobe Illustrator. From there it all started to come together to where I can now call myself an artist.
I am educated in all the artist mediums including airbrush and photography, but my impatient disposition was repulsed by the traditional painting process: too much time setting up, waiting for paint to dry, or paint drying too fast. Having used Photoshop since its inception as a designer, I see the monitor and the stylus as brush and canvas. The software and interface are like the back of my hand. Consider me an ambassador of digital art. Do we say “airbrush generated”, “brush generated”, “camera generated”? The processor, the software, and the monitor are merely powerful tools. I believe someday the digital medium will garner respect and “digital” will be spoken in the same light as oil, acrylic, and watercolor.
ABOUT THE GALLERY:
“Threesome” can be experienced in the Artists’ Studio Gallery at the Promenade on the Peninsula, #159, across from the fountain, on 550 Deep Valley Drive, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274.
The gallery is affiliated with the Palos Verdes Art Center/Beverly G. Alpay Center for Arts Education, 5400 Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA which has been serving the South Bay art community for over 80 years. For further information please call the gallery at 310 265-2592 or log onto their website at www.artists-studio-pvac.com.