I am as guilty as anyone of making ill-informed dismissive statements about art. My first opinion of Christopher Miles’ sculpture when I saw an image on a promotional poster was, “looks like a gumball.”
Conveying the complexity of a sculpture in a photograph is difficult, which is just one more reason to pop into a gallery now and then when you’re out and about. A little culture is good for you, and the city of San Luis Obispo recognizes this by awarding grants via its Promotional Coordinating Committee. Cuesta College Art Gallery used its grant toward bringing Miles, a Los Angeles-based artist, educator, curator and writer to town.
In person, the sculptures look like human hearts, tunnels, horns, brains and flying machines — a couple all at once. Some are paper-based with lots of paint, and others are glazed stoneware.
Miles has described his work more eloquently: “My recent studio practice is tied to my ongoing interest in sculpture as constructed form and an equally ongoing interest in the expressive potential of sculpture. The work seeks to bridge between anthropomorphic suggestion, visceral presence, and heavily gestural, abstract form.”
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Miles visited with Cuesta students last week, and the exhibit will continue through Sept. 26.
The gallery is open from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
I see that the Promotional Coordinating Committee awarded a grant to the Central Coast Center for Arts Education at Cal Poly, one of the co-sponsors of the second annual Passport to the Arts event set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 5 at Mission Plaza. Expect hands-on visual, literary and performing arts activities for the whole family. The city and Arts Obispo are also sponsoring the free arts day. Here’s another save-the-date: The 16th annual Open Studios Art Tour is Oct. 11-12 and 18-19 throughout San Luis Obispo County. Arts Obispo has announced a preview exhibit featuring participating artists. They will showcase small works Oct. 3 through Nov. 3 at Art Central’s gallery in San Luis Obispo.
Tour catalogs will be available to download beginning Sept. 15th or at various sites throughout the county. Visit http://www.artsobispo.org.