Nov. 7 – Dec. 6, 2015
Stella Maria Baer, painting
Elisa Berry Fonseca, sculpture
November 7-December 6, 2015
Opening Reception with Artists – Sat., Nov. 7th from 4-6pm
Galerie102 is pleased to present “Genesis,” a two-person show featuring paintings by Stella Maria Baer and sculpture by Elisa Berry Fonseca opening Saturday, November 7th with an Artist’s Reception from 4-6 pm and on view through December 6, 2015
“Genesis” brings together the work of two-long term friends and artistic collaborators, representing not only the trajectory of their friendship and artistic relationship, but also the subtlety and depth of their work, when combined, creates a stunningly symbolic diorama of “the heavens and earth.”
Interestingly enough, both Baer and Fonseca hold Master of Arts in Religion degrees from Yale Divinity School where they met in a Thursday night bible study class over nine years ago, and where they formed an artist’s colony a few years later: Fonseca built fire amoebas in the living room and Baer painted spirit animals in the attic. Every relationship has an origin story. The artist colony fell apart after a couple years but Baer and Fonseca still talk on the phone every other week. Their work in “Genesis” is the physical manifestation of a decade of conversation about a world that is both already formed and not yet fully realized.
About Stella Maria Baer
Stella Maria Baer is a painter and photographer originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico who now lives and works in Denver, CO. Her work explores her memory of growing up in the desert – the lines, the color, the space. For the past two years, she has been working on a series of watercolor moons and planets. Baer bleeds out her memory of the colors of the desert through her painting while moving into another almost other worldly space.
Her paintings overlap the mythology of the desert and the cosmology of space in bold yet delicate shadings of subliminal gradation. Her detailed impressions of the cosmos give the impression that one is viewing the planet or moon through a very fine telescope or very close in space to the actual object.
Baer’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Time Magazine, and Scientific American. Most recently, her work was exhibited at Real Art Ways Gallery, Hartford, CT, Photoville Gallery, Brooklyn, NY and The Finnish Museum of Photography in Helsinki, Finland. She holds an MAR, Master of Arts in Religion, Yale Divinity School and a BA, Philosophy from Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH.
About Elisa Berry Fonseca
Gallery artist and sculptor Elisa Berry Fonseca completed an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Minnesota in 2012 and holds a Master of Arts in Religion and Art, Yale Divinity School and BA from Macalester College.
Fonseca finds inspiration in the striped canyons, hoodoos and spires of the American Southwest as well as stalagmites and stalactites hidden in underground caves. Created from voluminous layers of felt, tar paper, fabric, wire and other assorted refuge, her evocative and dynamic sculptures emerge from the ceiling or floor as fully immersive landscapes exuding rich layers of saturated color available to the viewer at eye level. Her detailed sculptures evocatively recreate the striated layers of landscapes built over the millennia and mediated by the history of art.
In 2015, Fonseca’s work was shown at the Vivid Solutions Gallery and Honfleur Gallery in Washington, D.C. In 2014, Fonseca was featured in galerie102’s “Cycles and Spires” and “Holidaze Group Show” exhibits. In 2013, her work was chosen for the juried Collector’s Choice exhibit at the Sylvia White Gallery in Ventura, CA. Solo shows have included the Fallout Urban Arts Center, 2012, Minneapolis, MN and Ephemeral Outdoor Installation, 2007, Minneapolis, MN. Her work has been featured at the Beijing Film Academy in Beijing China. She was a 2013 recipient of an arts grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. She currently teaches as an online adjunct instructor at Pfeiffer University in NC and lives and works in Frederick, MD.
Conveniently located in downtown Ojai, galerie102 is dedicated to bringing progressive contemporary and conceptual work by emerging and mid-career artists to the Ojai art scene and beyond. Exhibits usually run 5 to 6 weeks in solo, two-person and group shows featuring gallery artists and guests. For detailed information, please see our website at galerie102.com and @galerie102 on Facebook and Instagram. Gallery hours are Thurs-Sat., 11-4pm and Sun. 12-4pm and by appointment at 805 640-0151.