“The Relics” and “The Unwound” at the Blackboard Gallery
The May exhibit at The Blackboard Gallery will feature “Relics of the Civilization of Myself,” found object sculptures by David Isakson and “Unwound,” mixed media paintings by Peggy Pownall. The exhibit will run May 5th – May 28th. An artist’s reception will take place on Saturday, May 7th from 4pm-6pm followed by Speakeasy Jazz Night at 7pm.
Peggy Pownall is a mixed media painter living and working in the Los Angeles area. She has shown her work in many solo, duo, and group exhibitions across the region. Pownall is interested in a visual expression of themes including: identity, longings, personal mythology, and iconic memories. She states, “Like life, my paintings are as much about what is buried as what is revealed.” Often using stitching, bits and pieces of old maps, journals, sewing patterns, blueprints, photos, notes, and books in her work she symbolically represents the emotional surfaces on which our recollections are built. Peggy currently creates from her studio at Studio Channel Islands Camarillo where she has been an Artist-In-Residence since 2008.
The work of David Isakson is creative artistic wit at its best. His found object sculptures are weld and joined together to create humorous deconstructions of everyday objects. Isakson starts with an object, or series of objects that he wants to join together. “I have certain subroutines wired into my process. I am on the internet taking objects, for example a set of deer antlers, that I am going use as a trope, or metaphor, and combining them. The antlers become the answers to a question. It’s kind of a ridiculous play on words, but this is how my mind works.”