Read the original article from The Sacramento Bee by Victoria Dalkey. How do you explain a woman named Maria? Born Barbara Pincus in 1928 in Brooklyn, she was a petite, dark-haired dynamo Read more
Read the original article from The Sacramento Bee by Victoria Dalkey. Come September, JayJay, one of Sacramento’s most highly regarded galleries, will undergo a paradigm shift. When the gallery celebrates its 15th Read more
Read the original article from The Sacramento Bee by Victoria Dalkey. First, there’s the guy in the top hat, bathrobe and joke X-ray specs. Then there’s the guy dressed as Baby New Read more
Read the original article from Square Cylinder by Julia Couzens. Spiky, bulbous, dumb, and perverse, Robert Ortbal’s sculptures exist in a realm between painting and sculpture. Ambitious in scope, their impact comes Read more
Read the original article on The Sacramento Bee by Victoria Dalkey. Keeping an eye on the up-and-coming has been a tradition at JayJay. Scouting out new talent at area graduate schools, JayJay’s Read more
Read the original article on Squarecylinder by David Olivant. Eleanor Wood’s austere, elegant works on paper continue to develop at a measured, incremental pace, typical of much minimalist-inflected abstraction, and as Read more
Read the original article on The Sacramento Bee’s Art Review by Victoria Dalkey. ‘Misc,” the title of Trent Burkett’s show of sculptures at JayJay, stands for miscellaneous, a word he defines Read more
Dean DeCocker & Peter Wayne Lewis @ JayJay JAYJAY’s current shows Dean DeCocker: Specific to the Pacific and Peter Wayne Lewis: Temporal Paintings were reviewed this week on Squarecylinder.com. You can read the article Read more
David Wetzl @ JayJay Read the full article on Square Cylinder, published 4 January 2015. A widely shared expectation for artists is that they reflect the historical moment they inhabit. Wetzl accepts that Read more
Mark Emerson + Tom Leaver @ JayJay Posted on Square Cylinder on 10 October 2014. Over the past three decades Mark Emerson has refined a practice of combining bold colors and Read more
Featured piece: Blown kiss by Gary Viviano.
Gary Viviano’s painting Blown Kiss meets the viewer with a disjunctive reality. The objects, figures and forms that are scattered throughout are identifiable things that we have all encountered in real life. Upon an immediate viewing there is a disconnection between the imagery, but this disconnect is temporary. Viviano’s work is not a what-you-see-is-what-you-get type of experience. Viewing the work begins with the eyes but soon engages all of the senses.
Central to the composition, there is the figure of a man pulling two ropes, one in each hand. The tension that the ropes contain is perceptible as the quality of line stretches itself out diagonally across the panel. As the figure pulls the ropes upwards there is a secondary figure to the left who is contemplatively holding the lines casually. He does not appear to be physically struggling like his counter point. The way the figure’s head is constructed suggests a struggle that occurs internally. A dog head pokes out acting as an arrow that urges the viewer to glance to the right. These three elements complete a triad that acts as a cyclical entrance point into the work. Opposite to the triad there is a female figure. Her gesture and the air that surrounds her suggest an atmospheric pull to the right.
Gary Viviano’s work acts a visual prose poem. It doesn’t rely on bells and whistles or fancy rhythmic structure. It doesn’t need to. Lines of connectivity run throughout the work. A veiled hand extends itself to a pair of saturated red lips. A vaguely defined boat sits upon still water. The contour line of an apple awkwardly presents itself. Everything sits in space, but that space is fluid and ever changing. It is not in what Viviano is painting that matters most; it is how he is painting it.
For a closer look at Blown Kiss, as well as other works by Viviano, come visit JAYJAY Wednesday- Saturday, 11am- 4 pm!
5524 B Elvas Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95819
Gallery Hours by appointment