New Guest Artists Studioship/Zara Monet Feeney
Feb 19-May 11, 2019
Extensively, Zara Monet Feeney’s artistic trajectories re-examine voyueristic compositions, the male gaze and socio-sexual empowerment issues. As a gay feminist, she designs her work to engage very strongly with historical and contemporary notions of intersectional feminism and patriarchal authority. Meticulously controlling the play between the subject and the space it occupies, the work is able to guide, critique and call into question the intention of the viewers gaze. The subjects are dramatically posed, the textiles are ornate, the color schema is non-naturalistic and the spatial play is ambiguous. It is her intention for the work to reify a sort of psychological, reflexive experience, where the thing being viewed demands a self- critical penetration of vision or a stare extended in time.
Specifically, during her residency at the Carnegie Art Museum Studio Gallery, Feeney will be creating several new paintings to hang alongside existing work. In addition to a critique of misogyny, these newer pieces will comment on other political and personal tragedies such as mass violence and the decline of mental health. Feeney will use a painted collage of abstract and realistic imagery to convey these ideas. The canvases will be unstretched and sometimes spill out onto the floor. Using simultaneously dramatic yet austere aesthetic sensibilities, ideally the work will be implicitly poignant for the viewer’s interaction.
Zara Monet Feeney’s artwork is published in Huffington Post, Manifest, Juxtapoz, Beautiful Bizarre, Art in America and International Painting Annual. She has been awarded several solo shows and international residencies and has placed first in numerous juried exhibitions. She has a B.A. from UCLA and an MFA from LCAD. She currently works as a college professor. www.zaramonetfeeney.com
Artist Studio Hours:
Thursdays and Fridays. 11 am - 3 pm
Zara Monet Feeney Guest Artist Exhibit- May 2-June 16, 2019
Reception May 2, 2019 5:30-7:30 (Food Truck Nite) - Free
February 1 -March 3, 2019
ANDY LEPE’s recent geometric abstract paintings created during his guest artist
studioship on exhibit along with other of his works.
Friday, February 1 5:30-7:30 pm free admission
Guest studio Artist and Oxnard native, Andy Lepe received his Bachelor of Arts at California State University Channel Islands, where he graduated with cum laude and the highest program honors for the Art Department. Andy’s newest series “Color Flow” examines orderly, systematic, and interlacing objects in their relation to color.
At a young age he would lose himself for hours at a time playing a mix of different games. Board games, sports, anything that kept his mind in that childlike mindset of excitement and discovery. He often came up with “on the spot” games. Entertaining himself and others was never ending. By setting guidelines that had undetermined outcomes he would find excitement in seeing the wide range of various outcomes in each experiment.
The state of flow when playing is what he tries to capture through his art. The lines he uses sets calculated boundaries and parameters that often shape his structures into geometric shapes and polygons. Colors on the other hand, he sees as energy. The type of energy he wants to capture goes back to that childlike, boundless freedom of excitement when discovering something new as he creates through the process of making his colors flow.
Thursday, October 4th / 5 -8 p.m. \ free admission
First Thursday's Food Trucks at Plaza Park
photo credit: Brian Paumier
Friday, August 24
5:30- 7:30 pm
creating the sensation of discovering relics of the origins of mythic beings with abalone eyes and hidden depths.
Exhibit Opening Thursday, June 7th 5:30-7:30pm
@CAM Studio Gallery free
The first exhibit of photography and lens-based art by The Oxnard Plain Collective will open with a Reception on Thursday, June 7th from 5:30-7:30pm at CAM Studio Gallery beside the Carnegie Art Museum. The Oxnard Plain Collective is a new venture of the CAM Studio, hosting the development of of emerging lens-based artists at critical moments of their careers through a group from the region. The Oxnard Plain Collective itself is artist-run and through dynamic programming and access to workspace, is a catalyst for innovative creation within the artistic mediums of photography and video practices. The exhibit runs through July 29th.
On exhibit will be works by:
Vanessa Wallace-Gonzales uses elements of mythology to explore her identity and personal experiences. She began this exploration during her attendance at the Maryland Institute College of Art and carried it on in exhibitions in Ventura and Los Angeles, California, New York City, Baltimore, Maryland, and Florence, Italy. Vanessa Wallace-Gonzales is attracted to mythology because it rides the line of reality and fantasy to tell the story of a people. During her CAM Studioship she intends to build an environment that the audience can step into and feel transported to this other mythical realm where other beings once existed. The artist wishes to create for viewer a sensation of discovering relics and dissolve the line between reality and fantasy.
Jan. 18 - April 30, 2018
Guest Studio Artist - Dominga Opazo a graduate of UC Berkeley arts program, this young artist is gaining recognition for her fiber art and printmaking.
April 6 - May 20, 2018
Primal Matter by Dominga Opazo - prints inspired by nature pattern and an installation produced during her studio-ship.
Thursday, April 5
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. / free
Jan. 25 - May 31, 2018
Guest Studio Artists Brian Paumier and Jaime Bailon
Teaming up these two photographers with roots in Oxnard and El Rio, under the guidance of lead photographer Brian Paumier, will be developing an on-going photographic collective at CAM Studio primarily for photographers of the Oxnard Plain. Sale of photographic zines and images to benefit CAM Studio programs.
June - August 2018
Photographic Collective Exhibition (working title)
The Drawn Art of Dave Velasquez
September 21- November 5, 2017
Reception – Friday, October 20 5-7pm free
Dave Velasquez is a self-taught artist highly talented in drawing and capturing popular SoCal culture with humorous insight and rendering it in the special flavor of the Oxnard-Ventura area. Dave Velasquez is a lifelong resident of El Rio, a suburb of Oxnard. For over 34 years, he has worked and owned an Oxnard construction business with projects throughout the tri-counties.
However, his passion has always been his art from doodling, designing logos, and painting & lettering trucks to creating characters and portraits. Dave became intensely interested in drawing art by way of pin-striping. Pre computer generated vinyl lettering, Dave in the 1980s found a demand for his hand lettering and logo painting in the transportation market. Velasquez has pinstriped boats, hot rods, motorcycles, vintage cash registers and even airplanes. Soon pinstriping and logo design led to portraits and sketching historic points and forgotten buildings.
Having found that his favorite medium was pen and ink, he honed his talents and networked within the art community. With demand growing for private commissions and portraits, he established a subsidiary business, Velasquez Graphics. A surprise commission from Six Flags Magic Mountain launched his work further into to designs and logos for numerous other companies: the National Parks Service, Princeton University, Six Flags Entertainment, radio stations and a variety of breweries.
For years, like many die-hard artists, Velasquez has sketched and constantly “doodled”, tossing out pages of doodles thinking of them as only a hobbyist activity for himself. Fortunately, his wife (who was his high school sweetheart) saved this black and white sketches and ink doodles, which along with the artist’s graphics and other artwork have been newly transformed into a publication.
Follow Dave and his art on Facebook or Instagram (velasquezgraphics).
Welcome CAM Studio Guest Artist Porfirio Gutierrez!
Porfirio Gutierrez, artist, master weaver and advocate comes from a long line of traditional Zapotec weavers from Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico where his family is still dedicated to this art. He divides his time between his hometown in Oaxaca and Ventura County, and is this summer’s CAM Studio Gallery Artist in Residence where he will carryout his family's mission of preserving their traditional art form by offering a series of weaving workshops. Click here to learn more.
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