What is a line? From a very early age we learn about the paradox that are lines. While they are the gift-givers that hold up delicious lollypops, they are also the sidewalk cracks that can break our mother’s back. Standing in lines enables us to push physically closer to our 5th grade crushes, while electrical lines plugged into our ears feed us music that can take us away from our unhappy realities. Lines of knowledge are to be understood and memorized, and these internalized lines can then drastically change our relationships with the world.
This past weekend when walking along a pastoral valley trail, I was startled by a line of movement swiftly bursting up and over me from behind a thicket of brush. My reactive amygdala instincts saw the aggressive flight of a giant fighter plane attacking me… and a split second later I recognized the beautiful flight line of an innocuously graceful small bird. The almost instantaneous reactions of shock, fear, and then safety, were recognized and processed through my self-defense mechanism’s embedded experiences from a thousand previous surprises, and is integral to my art expression, as it is for many artists. When we create, we are not working with static thought, but rather with points between two lines, and lines between two shapes, and shapes that might have a trajectory that is movement in space and time and thought.
Back at the studios I decided to walk the galleries and studio halls at PMA to check out the diversity of line work. Here follows a simple recap of what I found:
Richard Kamler -- Lines of words and imagery that can affect political and social change.
Rinat Goren -- Lines that can be hidden to find clarity, strength, and calm.
Farnaz Zabetian -- Lines that form around grief and inner power.
James Claussen -- Lines that put form to the obscure nowhere/everywhere.
PMA Studios (in sequence from studio 1 to studio 33):
Linda Salter -- Lines of nature’s growth, flow and reflection, energy caught in the moment.
Lisa Babbitt -- Lines of adventurous and bold abstract movement.
Doris Arrington -- Lines of wise humor that tickles the inner child.
Ellen Howard -- A short line of birds landing in the light, suggesting new opportunities.
Kim Lordier -- A textured collection of lines that formulate the magnificence of grand space.
Kay Podolsky -- A repetition of cut lines sculpting 2D photography into 3D form.
Eunice Chan -- Graceful lines that make up nothing and everything.
Carolyn Shaw -- A line of trees that enable the non-hiker viewer to climb a California hill.
Susan Switzer -- Lines of shadow and light that achieve a sense of joyful glowing form.
Wayne Wichern -- The lines that when placed on one’s head transform that head into a new reality.
Mario Rosales -- Lines that entwine the male and female energies.
Stephanie Chang -- Lines that uplift through color transitions.
Greta Waterman -- Lines that embolden the subtle experience.
Ruth Waters -- Lines of grace found within nature and space.
Nancy Woods -- Lines that pounce and play in the humorous color fields of the graphic realm.
B J Stevenson -- Sculptural line that dances and flows within the fierce stability of stone.
Ellen Anne Chong -- Lines of personality and play within the everyday objects of society.
Myrna Wacknov -- Lines on the face and the shoulders that speak of wisdom gleaned from the past and bearing the weight of the future.
Annette Legallet -- Lines that separate shifting abstract planes of thought, space and form.
Doriane Heyman -- The simple beauty of a line of wall hung kitchen pots in an active kitchen.
B J Stevenson
Abbas Orumchian -- Lines that separate emotional perspectives of feeling and thought.
Kevyn Warnock -- A representation of multiple lines of footprints in sand that abstract out into the possibility of expansive thinking for the viewer.
Leigh Toldi -- Lines that give form to abstract humanity in the worldwide landscape.
John Csongradi -- Photo explorations whereby the 3D object is captured in a single circular line of thought, creating a new reality on the 2D printed visual plane.
Mike Kesselman -- Capturing the trajectory of an invisible line in sculptural form.
Rachel Kesselman -- Drawn lines that caress the human form.
Neil Murphy -- Lines of creative thinking that map psyche to science to technology.
June Levin -- Lines of perspective leading from the viewer to the image to the viewer within the image.
Teresa Hsu -- Lines of flow that hug stability.
Barbara Berk -- Lines of pattern that when woven together create a flowing community of precious and cohesive thought.
Ellen Anne Chong
Of course, after such an all-encompassing exploration of the art facility my visual mind wants to compile the images and thoughts together into one complex 3D globe of art expression. Can I make a piece of art that incorporates this kind of thinking? Ah - and off we go, onto a new line of thought.
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"PMA Heartbeat" contains the personal observations of the artist in Studio 26, and not necessarily those of PMA as a whole.