Morris Graves Museum of Art

636 F Street, Eureka, CA 95501 - United States

707-442-0278

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In 2000, the Humboldt Arts Council opened the doors of the Morris Graves Museum of Art, Humboldt County’s only art museum and home to hundreds of inspiring works of art, 7 galleries, a courtyard sculpture garden, the Humboldt Artists Gallery, museum store, classroom facilities, and performance rotunda.

Exhibits

Lynn Beldner & Steve Briscoe: Asking the Same Question Twice
August 17, 2019 - September 29, 2019
We decided to exhibit our work together as a way of sharing with others what it means to lead a creative life together. Amidst the domestic regularity there is always the question of art and the discussion of what we are working on. Our work is always installed together in our home and is in conversation with each other across time and media. In the more formal environment of the museum we are showing works that represent the work of the past 10 years and hope that the conversations can still be heard.

Lynn was born in Philadelphia and migrated to California during the 70’s tech boom. Steve grew up in Stockton in the Central Valley. We met, as many people do, in college and became fast friends over discussions of art, artists and punk bands in San Jose. Later we attended the San Francisco Art Institute (photography for Lynn, sculpture for Steve) and set up our studios in Oakland where we lived for many years. Recently, we have moved our home and studios to Woodland near Davis. We exhibited together earlier this year at Artspace 1616 in Sacramento.

Jack Sewell: Dance Like Nobody is Watching
September 7, 2019 - October 27, 2019
“You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening,
And live like it's heaven on earth.”
― William W. Purkey

The process of creating art is different for every artist, but the urge to create is common to all of us who call ourselves artists. Sculpture, especially figure sculpture, is my most compelling means of artistic expression. Conditions of the human predicament are easily conveyed using the human figure. My work can show beauty, grace, movement, struggle or humor, all aspects of the human condition. I use sculpture to illustrate particular moments of life. The time that I spend creating these images is intense, stimulating, thought provoking, frustrating, and ultimately, rewarding.

This collection depicts people dancing as if they are free in the moment. I enjoy watching dancers: the focused concentration of the professional, the practiced grace of a couple moving seamlessly together, and the wildly free movement of the street dancer. My dancers are children and adults, moving to their own rhythm, as each of us must do in life.

I’m drawing these figures in three dimensions using steel rods, many of which were salvaged from old factory uses. For this project I use a primarily constructionist process, in that I begin with nothing and bring the materials into alignment and fix them in place to create the image. The forms of the figures are created by the positive surfaces and negative spaces, and I aim to animate the steel in this fashion. These pieces combine representational imagery with abstract expression.

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