Photo Sep 30, 8 29 26 PM
Gay Summer Rick
Photo Sep 30, 8 30 07 PM
Suzanne Unrein

Please join us on this fun night from 5:00-7:00 pm and witness these pieces in person before this exhibit ends next week!

bG Gallery Bergamot Station presents Beasts and Trees, Cities and Seas, a two person exhibition featuring bodies of work from artists Gay Summer Rick and Suzanne Unrein. Both artists juxtapose the natural world against human existence, reminding the viewer that they, too, are a volatile organic entity.
Suzanne Unrein stages glorious confrontations: man and beast, beast and beast, the dual nature of man and the beast within – even the artist’s floral still-life paintings hint at the battle between life and decay. Confident, expressive brushstrokes and a rich color palette follow line and composition in a loose interplay of the abstract and the representational. Underlying the tense beauty of Unrein’s work is a common theme:  creation and destruction are the consequence of being alive.

Gay Summer Rick’s new series City and Coast, depicts urban habitats vibrating alongside Southern California’s ephemeral coastline. The dynamic relationship between the two environments is heightened by the artist’s choice of palette knife instead of brush. Her distinctive painting style creates an arresting color field in which the city’s sharp edges dissolve into the impressionistic embrace of sand, sea, and sky. Rick’s ultimate intention: to transcend the visual by evoking the emotional experience of a place.