The theme for our 2nd Annual International Juried Art Open Call is POWER.
Artists were asked to approach this theme in a critical way in relation to their own perspective on what's powerful today.
About Michelle Benzamin-MikI
Michelle's art is an intersection between East and West, Realism and Abstraction, reflecting her Japanese and North American heritage. She uses large calligraphic brushes with sumi inks on paper, moving from ‘point zero’ of inner stillness towards an expansive awareness, before or during the creative process. Michelle teaches the non-violent martial arts of Aikido and Iaido Sword, in which she holds two fifth-degree and one sixth-degree black-belt ranking. She is the Co-founder of Five Changes and Manzanita Village Retreat Center near Warner Springs, in Southern California, where her studio is located, and where she works with clients and leads retreats.
"The human spirit is powerful: yesterday, today, always."
-Douglas Turner, CMATO's Contributing Artist
About Douglas Turner
Douglas Turner is an artist & sculptor living in Santa Monica, California. He studied Fine Art and Communication at the University of New Mexico and then moved to Hollywood to work in motion pictures effects. Over 30 films feature his work - including "Beetlejuice," "Ace Ventura," "Star Trek VI" and "Judge Dredd" - plus TV shows, commercials, magazines, amusement parks, and Planet Hollywood Restaurants.
Mr. Turner has returned to fine art bringing an abundance of ideas, technical expertise, and a strong sense of character and drama. His sculptures reflect his dynamic sense of anatomy & rhythm with attention to detail.
About Luciana Abait
Luciana Abait was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. From 1993 to 1997 she attended the National School of Fine Arts “Prilidiano Pueyrredon” in Buenos Aires. She also studied Art History at the University of Massachusetts and “Literature and Painting” at the University of Cambridge, England. Luciana Abait moved to Miami in 1997 and was a resident artist of the ArtCenter South Florida for 8 years. In 2005 she relocated to Los Angeles where she now lives and works. She is currently a resident artist of 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, California.
"I believe the relationship between humans and nature is extremely powerful. This connection actually determines the way we live, the way we think, the way we as humans relate to each other, what we eat, what we breathe. It will eventually determine the future of humankind and how much longer we, humans, will remain on earth.
My works create a new visual nature through photo-based manipulated landscapes, installations and photo-sculptures. “Icebergs”, presents icebergs and construction structures and equipment like scaffolds and cranes. These are presented establishing new relationships with one another in a surreal, eerie and almost sci-fi manner. These connections bring about issues of adaptation and assimilation. Also, they make a deep reflection on the intricate relationship between the natural and the built world. The works portray the aggressive and powerful intrusion of the urban environment into nature even in the most remote places on earth. "
The political power of war (ICBM), the social power to protest (VOTE), and the philosophical power of a celestial being (RELIGION).
Consumer Devices play as interactive signs that are dependent on social and cultural conventions. A bricolage of broadcasted codes and channels, in which the receiver has the option to adjust the meaning simply by flipping a switch in the on or off position. The devices are not binary, but act as semiotic squares, where off is not necessarily off, and on is not necessarily on, i.e., an unlimited semiosis between the author, object, and interpretant.
David E. Weed, Honorable Mention
About Michael H. Yee
Michael Yee helped found the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO). Mike was a mixed media artist who dreamed of providing the Conejo Valley region a world-class art museum. Unfortunately, he was taken away from us too soon. To honor his vision as a museum founder and artist, we dedicate this and all future open calls to him. We will never forget you Mike!
Born in Newark, New Jersey, Bob Moskowitz moved with his family to the Bronx where he lived through kindergarten until they moved to Philadelphia, where he lived for 22 years. He earned a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Westchester University and later a four-year certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. There he won a Franklin Watkins Grant and a Scheidt European Scholarship. In 1977, he moved to St. Louis, Missouri, to attend graduate school atWashington University where he met his wife, artist Margie Moskowitz. He earned an M.F.A. in Painting in 1979 and taught in St. Louis and Illinois until moving to California to teach art at Ventura College. Bob divides his time between Southern California and Maine.
Bob has exhibited nationally in galleries and museums and has done over 200 commissioned portraits. His work has always been figurative and has changed stylistically over the years.
Originally hailing from the suburban outback of Orange County, California, Luke Matjas joined the CSUCI Art Program after teaching at UCSB and the College of Creative Studies, as well as museums across the region. He completed his BA at UC San Diego studying both film and new media, and later received an MFA from UCSB while investigating digital media and installation. As a part of the CSUCI’s Art Program, his areas of focus cover all aspects of visual studies, digital filmmaking, typography, and design.
In 1999 Matjas founded Muscroy Design Labs, whose commercial clients have included CBS Television’s CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Realcomm, Colliers International, and numerous organizations and public institutions. Far from working solely as a digital designer, Matjas’ work regularly incorporates sculpture, drawing, exhibition design, and film production. With a manufactured and often manu-"fractured" gaze, his ongoing research examines order that has come undone, crumpling taxonomies, and historical power struggles that exist on a geological scale. His diverse projects have been included in festivals, journals, group shows, and solo exhibitions in both the United States and abroad, from Los Angeles to Umea, Sweden.
Timothy C. Hengst is a professor in the Multimedia Program and the Department Chair of the Art Department.
After receiving his graduate degree in medical and biological illustration from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he illustrated for Dr. Denton Colley at the Texas Heart Institute and served as Director of Photography and Audiovisual Communications. He joined the faculty in the graduate program at Johns Hopkins and served as production manager in the graphics and illustration division and assistant professor in the graduate program.
He began a freelance business in 1986 offering services in all areas of biomedical communications. He has illustrated more than 50 medical textbooks and has won numerous national awards in medical illustration, including three Best Illustrated Medical Text awards from the Association of Medical Illustrators.
He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Medical Illustrators in 2013. He has also worked as consultant for a commercial multimedia firm.
In addition to medical illustration, he produces digital fine art using original photography and Adobe Photoshop. He has exhibited in numerous regional art shows.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Erika Lizée was raised among the lakes and trees of Northern Wisconsin. She traveled to North Carolina to earn her BFA in Painting from UNC Asheville in 1999. Following a cross-country move to California, she received her MFA in Painting from CSU Northridge, in 2007. In 2008, she was hired as full-time faculty at Moorpark College where she is currently a Professor of Art, as well as the Director of the Moorpark College Art Gallery. Ms. Lizée is an artist that creates site-specific installations, paintings and drawings. Most recently, Ms. Lizée built installations within the International Terminal at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), ArtShare LA, Launch LA and Gallery 825. Lizée’s work has been featured in Juxtapoz, Beautiful/Decay, HiFructose, The Huffington Post and Beautiful Bizarre magazines. She resides in West Hills, California, with her husband and two young children.