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Lux Art Institute unveils artists for 2017-18 season

Each will live on-site for a month, developing a new project in public view during open studio hours.

Lux Art Institute has announced the five artists who will be “modeling creativity” there in the coming season.

Each will live on-site for a month, developing a new project in public view during open studio hours. An exhibition of each participant’s work will be presented in the studio space, providing a context for the residency project, and strengthening the visible connection between what the artists make and how they make it.

Reesey Shaw, founding director of the Encinitas institution, aims for variety when programming each season, she said, but most of all she hopes to introduce art that is memorable.

“You especially want to show kids something they’ll never forget. If the kids are wowed, everybody will be wowed.”

Lux presented a particularly ambitious slate of international artists for its 10th season, which just concluded.

“I was worried how season 11 would measure up to that,” Shaw said, “but I’m very proud to present this group.”

The artists charged with demystifying the creative process in the coming year hail from as far as London and as near as Los Angeles. They explore mythology and art history, geometry and popular culture, through painting, sculpture, and inventive combinations of the two.

The 2017-18 Lux roster:

Shelley Reed

Based in Boston, Reed paints dramatic allegories of human and animal life, set within pastoral and architectural environments derived from art historical sources. She works exclusively in black and white, asserting a cool distance from subjects that nonetheless reflect instincts, behaviors and tensions that resonate with the world today.

In studio: Sept. 9-Oct. 6. On exhibit: Through Nov. 4.

“White Horse,” oil on paper, by Shelley Reed, who will be Lux Art Institute’s first artist in residence during the 2017-18 season. (Courtesy photo by Stewart Clements)

Andy Harper

Harper, based in Cornwall, U.K., makes vibrant paintings that draw upon observations of nature, a visual archive of diverse cultural references, and the imagination’s free associations. He takes a sculptural approach to paint, pushing and scraping the medium to form an exuberant amalgam of disparate images and geometric patterns.

In studio: Nov. 18-Dec. 16. On exhibit: Through Jan. 13.

Francis Upritchard

Born in New Zealand and based in London, Upritchard focuses on the intersection of the foreign and familiar, creating a community of undersized, “misfit” figures in rubber, plastic, paint, cloth, metal and more. Her sculptures are part cultural anthropology, part theater, part found-object assemblage.

In studio: Jan. 27-Feb. 24. On exhibit: Through Mar. 24.

Gabrielle Bakker

Bakker, based in Seattle, paints updated, remixed versions of characters from myth and history. Her style of representation draws from the classical, while her method of sampling feels postmodern. In a single painting by Bakker, one might find both a surfer in bikini and a geisha in traditional dress.

In studio: April 7-May 5. On exhibit: Through June 2.

Tomory Dodge

Living and working in Los Angeles, Dodge paints animated fields of patterns, networks, circuits and constellations. His compositions are vibrant with color, light, and the mark of the hand, while referencing forms of technology and the energy of the contemporary urban landscape.

In studio: June 16-July 14. On exhibit: Through Aug. 4.

Lux will also be presenting the work of two additional artists in the Education Pavilion’s Brandes Gallery: Matthew Rosenquist, L.A.-based sculptor of rough-hewn wooden figures in insistently contemporary poses (Sept. 8-Nov. 18); and Santiago Quesnel, a painter of lush, memory-driven landscapes from Buenos Aires, Argentina (Dec. 2-closing date to be determined).

Ollman is a freelance writer.

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