David Babb: Between Place and Memory – at the Antelope Valley College Gallery

From the Antelope Valley College emailed press release:

Please join us at the Antelope Valley College Art Gallery for a special public reception for David Babb: Between Place and Memory including a conversation with artist on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 from 7:00 pm-8:30 pm. Visitors to the exhibition can write their questions between now and March 4th, 2015 inside a notebook in the gallery which will become the basis for our conversation with David Babb.

David Babb: Between Place and Memory
February 16-March 20, 2015

Antelope Valley College Art Gallery presents David Babb: Between Place and Memory a solo exhibition of mixed media artwork from Antelope Valley College faculty member David Babb whose recent bodies of work use the changing landscape of nature and place as a metaphor to express how we perceive and project our individual identities, histories, and memories. The works invoke the wavering stripes between the earth and the sky, questioning the roaming nature of our perspectives as we move from childhood into our adult lives to envision the residue between the lines of these horizons as dependent on our experiences, location, history, recollection, and momentary personal identities. 

An avid and successful gardener, David Babb: Between Place and Memory highlights the recently completed series of digital transfer works titled “Secrets,” which feature Babb’s nocturnal photographs of flowers from his elaborate backyard garden. The photographs are compiled into illustrations which reference color, beauty, and transience to investigate the mental constructs and psychological landscapes of childhood as a vehicle for representing experiences of magic, fear, discovery, innocence, imagination and the ambiguity of our personal buried secrets. Together with his “Horizon Line” oil painting series of luminous background skies marred by the visual scars of rendered grey experiences, the vibrant lines in the foreground shadow the fleeting nature of our visual memories, the transience of life, and the perception of each of our individual landscapes.

The exhibition includes a new graphite paper tracing and acrylic drawing installation titled, “Trace Memory/Trace Evidence,” which visually captures the fragile process of remembering the past through the random compilation, orientation, and layering of images in a technique inspired by the transitional learning experience of AVC students. 

Visitors are also invited to participate in the community engagement activity “Kid Fears” by writing or drawing a response to the prompt, “What were you most afraid of growing up?” adding to a growing timeline of past and present memories currently on display in the exhibition, transforming the gallery space into a limitless horizon between place and memory–a collective secret garden.

This event is free and open to the public. 

Antelope Valley College Art Gallery
3041 West Avenue K
Lancaster, CA 93536

The Art Gallery is located in building FA1, the Fine Arts Building, located in the Fine Arts Quad on the West side of the Antelope Valley College Campus, adjacent to the Performing Arts Theater.

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AVC Gallery Hosts New Show

“Up Current” marks opening of art gallery season

A group exhibition featuring works by college faculty members marks the opening of a new season for the Antelope Valley College Art Gallery located at 3041 W. Ave. K, Lancaster.

The show, themed “Up Current,” is open now through Sept. 23. It marks the first public showing for a number of works by the college’s diverse group of professional and practicing artists.

“This is a chance to see the aesthetic philosophies of our Fine Arts Department on display, as well as witness the visual talents of faculty from a range of disciplines including creative writing, foreign language and mathematics,” said Christine Mugnolo, gallery director.

Gallery shows are free and open to the public. Hours are Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. The gallery is on the southwest side of campus in building FA1.

Call for more details, (661) 722-6300, ext. 6215.

Information gathered and quoted directly from AVC Website. 


Nebulous Impressions: Charcoal Paintings by Bruce McAllister

Exhibition Dates: October 27 – November 19, 2010

Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 27, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Artist Talk with Bruce McAllister at 7:15 p.m.

The Antelope Valley College Art Gallery is proud to present the work of Fine Arts faculty member Bruce McAllister in Nebulous Impressions: Charcoal Paintings by Bruce McAllister.

And Currents Inbetween
And Currents Inbetween

Both Bruce McAllister’s larger works and intimate studies slip between the invisible boundaries dividing painting from drawing.  The painted mark and the drawn mark occur simultaneously, charging McAllister’s abstract works with a powerful and elusive force.  This meditation on the mark as it flows, splits, shatters, shifting from solid to liquid to powder, suggests a shifting existence.  Chandra Cerrito remarks, “The fact that most of his works suggest an enormous atmosphere, such as outer space, reflects McAllister’s pursuit of meaning beyond the perceptible, his efforts to grasp human existence as within the greater cosmos.”  

Chandra Cerrito has recognized McAllister’s dialog with the history of abstraction, likening his “smudgy marks and expressive lines” to the grand gestures found in Robert Motherwell, Franz Kline, and Antonio Tapies and comparing his elevation of drawing to Cy Twombly.

The Art Gallery is located at 3041 West Avenue K in building FA1, the Fine Arts Building, in the Fine Arts Quad on the west side of the Antelope College Valley Campus.


Antelope Valley College Art Gallery:
3041 West Avenue K
Lancaster, CA  93534

Telephone: 661.722.6300, extension 6215
Gallery Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri.  9 a.m. – 9 p. m.
Tues, Thurs.  9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sat.  12 p.m. – 4 p.m.