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“In the Wrinkle of the Crankle

Article Source: Caldwell Gallery 

EXHIBITION: Caldwell Gallery presents “In the Wrinkle of the Crankle” by San Mateo artist Elvira Dayel.


DATES:  July 3 to Aug 27, 2020


LOCATION:  400 County Center at the Hall of Justice in Redwood City

HOURS:  Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

For more information: 

Elvira Dayel: info@elviradayel.com

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - The Caldwell Gallery presents

“In the Wrinkle of the Crankle

Elvira Dayel is a multidisciplinary artist working in both traditional and new media including series of large scale drawings in soft pastel on paper, paper-cut abstractions, digital rendering, 3D printed & assembled light-sculpture. Born in Ukraine and now living in the United States, Dayel is influenced by such brave & visionary artists of the 20th century Russian Avant Garde as Tatlin, Malevich, Lissitsky. She is inspired by western modernism, specifically by Henri Matisse, & his wholesome vision of the figure.

The artist is greatly influenced by a number of American artists, among them Kara Walker and Barbara Kruger. Walker’s complex vision of the world and portrayal of it in black and white, in a cut-out form - is greatly inspirational to the artist. Barbara Kruger’s one liners which include a large political universe in their “oversimplified” presentation - are a great inspiration. Dayel combines these influences and her work speaks with a unique 2Ist century voice.

“In the times like these, where we all struggle for air, making art is my oxygen. It's the breathing medium in which to exist. It's uncompromising & unapologetic. With each artwork I throw as much at it as I have at the moment. I draw, draw, draw, then I take an eraser and another drawing process starts. Each finished piece strives to communicate minimalistically. Each work wants to use very little, only as much as needed to convey an idea. My interest lies in perceiving our environment as a constructed one, where my re-invented landscape becomes a new reality.

Urban landscape is deconstructed, flattened and re-assembled. In my work I like to look at the world globally yet deal with it specifically through figures & current issues. Thus, occasionally a human figure or multiple inhabit a given artwork. The vast macrocosmic universe in which figures are part of a larger whole, they are small & many. Landscapes and figures are constructs for a vision of a place, space, moment in time, their interaction; they are specific social, political, personal environments.

Layering meaning into work is always a thrill. Such layering occurs through exposing dualities, visualizing the invisible, looking at creation and destruction, taking familiar & assigning it a new meaning. Each piece is its own universe and slow process of contemplation.” 

The Community Gallery, located on the lower level of the Hall of Justice building will be showing “Leave Room for Space” a collection of mixed media art by Redwood City artist Colleen Sullivan from July 6 to August 26, 2020.

Colleen Sullivan is a Design and Fine Arts graduate of Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, having worked in Canada, the U.K., and the U.S. for over thirty years. Drawing, printmaking, painting, and sculpture have been the central vehicles of Sullivan’s work which focuses on the bold use of dramatic gestures and expressive imagery. Sullivan is an Award of Excellence recipient from the California State Fair. She is represented in public and private collections in the U.S. and Canada and has shown her work internationally in North America, Europe and Asia. Her studio is located in Redwood City, California.


“My work is founded in drawing and naturally characterized by the feeling of spontaneity and improvisation. I thrive on experimentation. I work on intuition.

Inspired by natural forms and figures, my work is neither preconceived nor premeditated, and often it is not visually referential or narrative. That said, I almost always work from living reference, the elements of which persist primarily as powerful echoes and ghosts in the work to draw out unique personal and evocative reactions from the viewer.  I pay enormous attention to the impact of the marks and textures I make and their relationship to the surface and composition throughout this process. 


I am very drawn to human engagement, commonality and communication. Even my abstract images have a basis in my fascination with personality and character. I feel a strong connection to human frailty and planet vulnerability.”


For more information:

Colleen Sullivan: colleen_me_sullivan@yahoo.com /colleensullivanart.com


All shows are sponsored by the San Mateo County Arts Commission and are curated by Boris Koodrin. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For more information, you may visit our website at  cmo.smcgov.org/arts-commission.


Press release contact:

Boris Koodrin muralist/ illustrated doors

Curator, San Mateo County Arts Commission

650-296-0622 cell



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