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January 18, 2011 > 38 Years Later and 44 Years of Friendship

38 Years Later and 44 Years of Friendship

By Mona Shah

"38 Years Later and 44 Years of Friendship" explores how two very different artists, Rolf Nord Kriken and John Stephenson, express with paint and bronze a world where nothing is quite as it seems, and everything needs closer attention.

Stephenson and Kriken have known each other since 1967 when they met at Contra Costa College. Stephenson went on to attend UC Berkeley, and Kriken attended the College of Arts and Craft in Oakland, then moved on to San Jose State.

The show at Sun Art Gallery explores how these friends use their very different forms of art to complement each other. The depth of color and form that explode from Stephenson's canvases question our perception, Krikten's sculptures question a society not acknowledging our past and learning from it. These two artists create a timeless vision in a complex world.

Kriken says he has become "more vocal" in the last few years, and perhaps his work reflects it. However, his sculptures are not designed solely to express the artist's feelings; they are intended to allow the viewer to draw his or her own conclusions, to evoke emotions as unique as each individual and give viewers a sense of perceptual freedom, letting them decide on the art's meaning.

38 Years Later and 44 Years of Friendship
Through January
Sun Gallery
1015 E St/, Hayward
Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fridays
Noon to 6 p.m.
(510) 581-4050
www.sungallery.org

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