PALM DESERT, CA — Painted, laminated, and cut glass. Ceramic and bronze torsos with crochet wire and crystals. Paintings ranging from minimalist color field to bold and nostalgic graphics and comic strip-style images (think Lichtenstein without dots).
CODA Gallery celebrates its 31st season with all of the above and more in the New Artists Group Show highlighting its specialty: offering a variety of mediums and styles by both emerging, midcareer, and established artists.
Running Nov. 3-24, the exhibition begins with an opening reception on Nov. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. in conjunction with El Paseo Art Walk/Palm Desert First Weekend. Included in the show are works by the following creative spirits.
John Ashworth: This East Coast artist sold out his first exhibition at the age of 10. Viewers of his work may wonder how his education in applied industrial physics and civil and industrial engineering influenced his approach to the exacting subtleties of color-field painting.
Seth Fairweather: Seth graduated magna cum laude from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and went on to earn an M.F.A. degree from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia. Through his glass-blown sculptures, he has explored “resolving and reclaiming the question of individual voice.”
Estella Fransbergen: Born in South Africa and now residing in Florida, Estella injects the artistry of ceramics with a visually fluid edge by adding skirtings of gemstones and crochet wire to fired-clay and bronze torsos.
Brett Hammond: Fans of pop culture love Brett’s comic-panel painting style. The fearless artist has challenged the stereotypical perception of famed heroes: showing Superman and Batman kissing. Imbibers especially appreciate his wine-related graphics and word balloons.
Wesley Neal Rasko: The layered-glass sculptures and painted-glass art of this young Canadian artist has been shown internationally, including exhibitions in the Czech and Slovak republics, France, Germany, England, Scotland, China, Japan, Russia, and the United States.
Johnny Taylor: Imagine what evolves from a mind inspired by MAD magazine, Star Wars, and the rock band Kiss and you are on the road to grasping the graphic sensibility of Johnny’s paintings. Having grown up in Memphis and now living in Southern California, he marries acrylic paint with screen printing and marker to showcase iconic objects and images (many derived from advertisements) of the 1940 and ’50s.
Estella Fransbergen, Brett Hammond, Seth Fairweather, and Johnny Taylor will be on hand at the opening reception to talk with guests about their work.
CODA Gallery’s 9,000-square-foot venue is located at 73-400 El Paseo in Palm Desert at the corner of El Paseo and Lupine Lane. Those familiar with CODA only from its previous location on El Paseo are in for a treat, as the newer space provides an experience that melds elevated sophistication with the gallery’s reputation for approachable, affordable and uplifting artwork. For more information, call 760-346-4661 and/or visit www.codagallery.com. For more information on Palm Desert First Weekend, visit www.pdfirstweekend.com.
73-400 El Paseo
Palm Desert, California
About CODA Gallery
Recognized by American Art Awards 2017 as one of the nation’s 25 best galleries and museums, CODA Gallery offers a wide range of art styles and mediums. The 9,000-square-foot venue exhibits work by local and international artists.