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Wednesday, April 10, 6 pm
Synthesizing artistic and ecological concerns, Penelope Gottlieb’s paintings are visually alluring while teetering on an apocalyptic brink. Her detailed renderings of both real and imagined plant and animal life are derived from notions of loss, language, and the fragility of nature. Gottlieb’s compositions reflect the detailed renditions of historical studies of botany, yet upon closer examination are vibrant abstractions referencing early modernist ideals. The artist states, “My work tries to sound an alarm about the grim prospects of a future in which extinction is a way of life.”
Penelope Gottlieb received her MFA at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Exhibiting widely, her most recent exhibition was at Edward Cella Art+Architecture Gallery in Los Angeles in 2012. Her work is in various collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA.
ADMISSION IS FREE
The smART Talks program serves to increase awareness of local artists through a series of three talks a year by local artists about their work, careers, and creative process. The series, begun in 1996, was created in honor of Helen Rosenberg, mother of Susan Rose, and grandmother of Julie Weiner, and honors artists who live and work in the Santa Barbara area.