Empathy: Beneath the Surface

Featuring: Hung Liu, John Nava, Simphie Ndzube, Ami Vitale, Marisa Caichiolo, and Marjorie Salvaterra

Curated by: Lynn Farrand

Opening October 18, 2019

The California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks is honored to present Empathy: Beneath the Surface, a group exhibition centered around the common threads that connect us all –loss, resilience, and hope. This cross-cultural exhibition brings works by artists of international and national renown to the museum located at the Oaks mall.

Motivated to recall Thousand Oaks community’s strength, compassion and connection during the Twin Tragedies of November 2018, six highly diverse and distinguished contemporary artists have come to support the museum’s mission ‘to elevate the human spirit through the palette of Art.’

Through six distinct gallery spaces covering 5,000 sq feet, visitors will view paintings, sculpture, virtual reality, mix-media installation, photography and tapestries all bound together by the idea of empathy and personal agency.

“I feel it is imperative to discuss empathy and for us to remain connected as a community,” stated Lynn Farrand, curator of the exhibition and local Newbury Park resident. “In these artists, I see an empathic, conscious choice to go beneath the surface of what separates us to reveal the universal experiences and emotions that bind us together.”

 Featured artist, Hung Liu, described by the Wall Street Journal as "the greatest Chinese painter in the US,” riveting large-scale paintings speak to themes endurance and strength set against the passage of time and anonymity.

 Marjorie Salvaterra, black and white ‘Fellinesque’ photography rests momentarily in the absurd while simultaneously examining gender roles and connecting with ways individuals cope.

 Simphiwe Ndzube, sculpture and and two-dimensional surfaces might be borne from a subjective account of the black experience in post-apartheid South Africa but have universal relevancy of resilience and hope.

Conceptional artist, Marisa Caichiolo, work focuses issues of home life and viscerally connects us to family structures and recovery.

Award-winning National Geographic photographer, Ami Vitale, virtual reality experience allows visitors to connect with endangered elephants to dwell upon unconditional love and what motivates individuals to protect.

Local renown artist, John Nava’s stunning neo-icon tapestries speak out on personal agency and the empathic message of being heard.

 “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” James Baldwin