Diane Williams, Dance Calypso No. 3 & No. 4, mixed media on panel, 65”x20” each
Maryann Steinert-Foley, Saint Javelin, ceramic, 38”x10”x10”
GearBox gallery is pleased to announce The Realm of Possibility. Diane Williams and Maryann Steinert-Foley’s work parallel one another in the way they interpret the contradictory terms of abstraction, realism, and myth. The Realm of Possibility begins with the artist staring at a blank canvas or a raw lump of clay and extends to the viewer when the piece is complete. Whether abstraction or realism, paint or clay, the work must include the audience. Standing with the work one may feel empowered by the energy and grace of a dance then humbled by the gravity of global crisis upon crisis. Like the tension inherent in the work, the viewer is invited to experience the realm of possibility that is created layer by layer.
Diane Williams is known for her intuitive sense of color, confident brushwork, and masterful integration of mediums. Her dynamic juxtaposition of forms and textures, often created on a monumental scale, offer endless journeys of discovery for viewers. Born in California, Diane has lived in Jamaica and Costa Rica, and now has studios in Crockett and Benicia CA. Her works have been included in exhibitions at the DeYoung Museum San Francisco, Triton Museum, San Jose, San Luis Obispo Museum of Modern Art, and Marin Museum of Contemporary Art. She received a BA from The University of California, Santa Barbara with distinction in the major of studio art, then earned a Master of Art at California State University, Sacramento. She earned a Master of Fine Arts at John F. Kennedy University in Arts and Consciousness studies, where she received the Susan Seddon Bollulet Award. She also studied in Hangzhou China on a cultural exchange program. Diane is a member artist at GearBox Gallery.
Maryann Steinert-Foley was born in Flushing, New York in 1950. She completed a BA in Art Studio, with honors, at the University of California, Davis in 2011 and received the Departmental Citation for Outstanding Performance from the UC Davis Art Department Faculty. Her interest is mainly in ceramic sculpture, but her work also includes paintings and drawings. Clay is her preferred sculptural medium due in no small part to the years she worked in the historically fertile and creative atmosphere of TB-9 – a WWII era temporary building on the UC Davis campus which still serves as a ceramic teaching facility and is widely considered to be the place where, beginning in the mid ’60s, Bob Arneson oversaw the elevation of ceramics from craft to fine art. The TB-9 idea that work ought to show “evidence of the artist’s hand” is prominent in Maryann’s sculpture.