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UC Davis Nelson Gallery’s Spring Exhibition Reception & Panel Discussion, March 29th

Dreams of the Darkest Night
Works by Vanessa Marsh and Sean McFarland
March 29 – May 27, 2012
Opening March 29, 5:30-7:30pm

Panel Discussion: March 29, 4:30pm
Discussion will focus on experimental photography, narrative and truth.
Panel: Vanessa Marsh, exhibition artist; Sean McFarland, exhibition artist; Blake Stimson, UC Davis professor and photography historian; Youngsuk Suh, UC Davis photography professor; and Renny Pritikin, moderator and Director of the Nelson Gallery

Two Northern California photographers are featured in the Spring exhibition at the Nelson Gallery: Dreams of the Darkest Night, with work by Vanessa Marsh and Sean McFarland. Both artists hold MFAs from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and both practice experimental forms of photography. Marsh makes photograms, which are images made on photo paper without the use of a lens. The earliest celebrated practitioner of the form was the emigre American surrealist, Man Ray, in the early 20th century. Marsh has reinvigorated the genre with large narrative images that have the illusion of depth, and employ grays as well as blacks and whites. McFarland’s most recent body of work are large color images from nature that are very dark, almost all black, giving the viewer the feeling the he or she is glimpsing a dream in the depths of the darkest night.

Bruce Guttin: Headwear Improvisations by a Sculptor
March 29 – May 27, 2012
Opening March 29, 5:30-7:30pm

Bruce Guttin, a UC Davis MFA alumnus from the early 70s who lives in Davis, had an interest in headwear even when he was a sculptor working in wood in the 1970s. He now designs extremely simple, inexpensive and charming hats for his own use. The Nelson has commissioned Guttin to make a selection of these hats; also on view will be related drawings and a sculpture.

Hope to see you there!

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