Illogical | Illusion Exhibition begins tomorrow


Abstract painting
“The Neighborhood,” oil on canvas, 11″x14″, signed, framed.

“The Neighborhood” will be unveiled for its first showing at The Atrium Gallery, Ventura, CA, at the Illogical | Illusion Exhibition tomorrow 8am-5pm, Fri, July 12th—Tue, August 20th 2019.  Sixteen or more other artists are scheduled to be showing using this theme.

“Please view Illogical | Illusion as your opportunity to broadly challenge the viewer through manipulation of elements in the picture plane, intriguing composition, content or process and bold choices”  — Ventura County Arts Council.

“The Neighborhood” was conceived in imagination using the fertile class notes of my non-objective teacher, the late Paul M. Scott, himself a student of legendary abstract-expressionist, Hans Hoffman.

“As reality and abstractions intersect, and colors mix on the canvas, the painting begins to take shape, but is transformed into a new work. Specific techniques toward spatial, mostly non‐objective elements are introduced. While things can get a little chaotic, I know the painting will be successful when all the elements work together” — C.W.

“The Neighborhood” was a two-month project, spanning May 3 thru July 8, 2019.  Price is set for $1500.

Reception & Awards Ceremony

The Atrium Gallery
The Atrium Gallery

I invite you to join me and the other exhibition artists for a reception at The Atrium Gallery on  Friday, July 26, 2019, 5:30 – 7:00pm, Ventura County Gvt Ctr, Hall of Administration, 800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura, CA. Cash prizes will be awarded and refreshments provided.

Map to the Atrium Gallery
Map to The Atrium Gallery, Ventura County Government Center, Hall of Administration, 800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura, CA
Viewing Hours: Mon. – Fri. 8:00 am – 5:00

Spring Art Festival


You are invited to the 7th Annual Spring Art Festival and Sale at Le Chêne French Cuisine Gardens, Sunday, April 28th , 10am-4pm, for one day only. Forty-five artists, including this writer, will be represented. With warmer and drier weather on the way, the event is expected to be a smashing success. I’ll be there the whole day to greet guests so come keep me company, enjoy Sunday brunch, meet some people, and pursue your artistic curiosity.

Le Chêne, or “The Oak” in French, located on Sierra Highway, is host for the show and has been a French cuisine fixture in the Santa Clarita Valley area for 30 years. With a prior business history going back to the early 1900s, film star Clark Gable is said to have frequented the bar with friends during his motorcycle years. The restaurant has been host to countless weddings, anniversaries, and other celebrations when only first class will do.

While no prior registration for the show is required, a reservation for brunch is recommended (661-251-4315). Be sure to request your 15% art festival discount when settling your brunch bill.

The Santa Clarita Artists’ Association (SCAA) comprises local artists of varying genres, meeting together monthly for demos by other artists. The SCAA also creates and manages events year round including hotels, hospitals, libraries, and other restaurants. Membership is a reasonable $50 per year. For more information about the SCAA and this show, visit the SCAA website or on Facebook.

Design by Jojo


Jojo Leviste headshot
Jojo Leviste

Designer, Joven “Jojo” Leviste, has the skill, aptitude, and experience needed to excel in today’s industrial design world. A Bachelor in Science graduate with honors from the Art Institute, N. Hollywood, Jojo received certification as a graphic designer from the Simi Valley Adult School. Prior to that, he was degreed in interior design by the Philippine School of Interior Design.

kiosk-before-after
Kiosk. Before/After

Jojo’s education and his experience show in his work, used here in the Los Angeles area in conceptual designs for new industrial applications at Reeve Store Equipment Co.  Typically, these begin as renderings that eventually become  products produced by his company, such as an intricate kiosk.

Portable Microwave Appliance
Portable Microwave Appliance

A recent sketch has ended up as a portable microwave and drink dispenser. Jojo often uses hand-drawn sketches to develop his ideas. Once he has approval of his sketches, he uses 3D computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software,  Autodesk Inventor, to flesh out and finalize his artwork.

“Autodesk Inventor uses internal hyperlinks embedded into assembly, drawing, and presentation files in order to ensure proper updating of files as the modeling and subassemblies change. This is similar to object linking and embedding (OLE) in that when the referenced file changes, the corresponding document updates accordingly” (cadalyst.com/IMAGINiT Technologies).

Interview

Artimusi. How would you describe the artwork you do?
Jojo. Unlike fine art of painting or art in music, the product of my work is not a derivative of my own personal interpretation. It is an artwork that is being conceptualized through a design process originated from an information provided by a client.

Artimusi. What tools do you use in your art from concept to finish?
Jojo. It would start from different sketches and finalize a concept using 3D model software.

Artimusi. What are your best art subjects: people, objects, or both?
Jojo. Mostly it is an object being used for Visual merchandising purposes.

Artimusi. Who or what helped you the most to get to this point in your career?
Jojo. It is my affection towards design and its engineering process.

Artimusi. Where do you to do your artwork?
Jojo. I am employed and has been employed by several companies

Artimusi. Do you render your artwork at home as well as your workplace?

Jojo on bass guitar
Jojo on bass guitar

Jojo. Yes, the technology we have now allows me to do this.

Artimusi. Do you sell your artwork on the side?
Jojo. No. As an employee everything I do in behalf of the company is its property.

Jojo Leviste
Jojo with acoustic guitar

Artimusi. Are you also a musician? If so, what is your chief instrument(s)?
Jojo. Yes I would like to say so. Besides singing in the choir I also play acoustic guitar and electric bass.

Artimusi. What are your future, long-term plans?
Jojo. It has been my aspiration to have my own company and I hope that someday God would grant me that desire for His glory.

Gigi and Jojo

Jojo is married to Gigi. Together they have two sons and live in Santa Clarita, California.

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