Mixed media paintings by Lori Wolf Grillias
July 17 to August 28, 2015
Architectural Foundation Gallery
Opening Reception: Friday, July 17, 5 – 7pm
The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara is pleased to announce a new solo exhibition by Lori Wolf Grillias, entitled “Emerging Pareidolia.” All are welcome to attend a festive opening reception with the artist on Friday, July 17 from 5 to 7 pm. The show will continue through August 28.
Artist Lori Wolf Grillias returns to AFSB following a successful solo show in 2011. Using a variety of mediums, she paints with watercolor and acrylic, and draws using charcoal, graphite, caran d’ache crayons and watercolor pencil on paper and board. Continuing her exploration of imaginary worlds constructed from familiar and mysterious elements, she creates a realm that exists in its own time and place. Flora and fauna appear with enigmatic figurative references amidst densely woven compositions of brilliant colors, shapes and forms.
In the artist’s words, “As I walk through this world with my small phone camera… I record palette possibilities. Life events, which are heard, seen, or even just felt, conjure my pareidolic inclinations. Together, a fantastic paracosmic world always grows.” Pareidolia is defined as a psychological phenomenon where one observes shapes and forms in random stimulus, while a paracosm involves a detailed imaginary world, where humans and animals may interact with entities that are entirely alien and otherworldly. (Wikipedia)
After attending the Otis Art Institute in 1981, Lori Wolf Grillias earned a BFA from USC in 1985. She has received numerous awards, and has shown her work at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, SBCC Atkinson Gallery, Irvine Art Center, Laguna Art Museum, and Barnsdall Art Park. Since 1995 she has been providing visual arts instruction for the Children’s Creative Project, and she is currently Visual Arts Instructor at the San Luis Obispo Art Center.
The AFSB Gallery is located in the historic Acheson House on the corner of Garden and East Victoria Streets in Santa Barbara. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday, 11 am to 3 pm, and by appointment. The primary gallery entrance on Garden Street is accessible by ramp.
We look forward to seeing you!