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April 26, 2011 > Contrasts in Art

Contrasts in Art

By Suzanne Ortt

An artist's touch transforms materials and objects into artworks that are beautiful and imaginative. Two contrasting shows at the Sun Art Gallery will run concurrently through the month of May.

"Lux," a display of photographs, blending photography and art, and "Transformations," a showcase of artistic changes to materials and objects into artworks, are enticing. Meet the artists at a reception, admire the artwork, and mingle with fellow art lovers.

George Asencio, a photographer who defies photographic norms, named his show, "Lux," the Latin word for light. Asencio perceives photography as drawing with light. In hid latest exhibit, he uses light, not to illuminate the subject, but to become one with it. This is the concept behind his creations.

Asencio has always been a photographer. Even as a kid, he was always snapping pictures, joking that few photographs of him exist, as he was usually the one behind the camera.

During his time at San Jose State University, he often changed majors. One friend suggested he try photography. After mulling this over, he took one photo class, and realized this was his love. So, he changed his major again, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography.

The collection of images in the "Lux" show reflects Asencio's study of how light conforms to the human body. The dazzling images are the result of almost five years of working, exploring lighting and the human body, and approaching images in a new way. Come view his limitless ingenuity. The unified collection makes a thought provoking contrast to the other show.

"Transformations" is a juried show with 20 artists. Displaying works of art where the creative act has altered simple ideas and materials in a variety of ways including painting, collage, sculpture, and found object assemblage.

Jacqueline Cooper, Sun Gallery's art director and curator of this show describes the process: based on an open call for entries, the response was overwhelming. Her aim was to have a show with a "broad spectrum of work", including "small, delicate objects, wall pieces, free standing sculpture, and installations." Transformations presents free wheeling work, the result of creatively transforming humble materials, according to Cooper. The audience will become part of the process of discovery.

Both will intrigue and affect the viewer.

Contrasts in Art
April 27 - May 28
Wednesday - Saturday
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Artist Reception
Saturday, April 30
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Sun Art Gallery
1015 E. Street, Hayward
(510) 581-4050

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