‘Passages’ art exhibit portrays the mind’s journey to finding a ‘place’ | TheUnion.com

‘Passages’ art exhibit portrays the mind’s journey to finding a ‘place’

One of Kazan Viveiros' works to be featured in the "Passages" exhibit at Julie Baker Fine Art gallery.
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Kazaan Viveiros’ exhibition of new paintings and works on paper, “Passages,” which opens Friday at Julie Baker Fine Art gallery, focuses on a sense of place.

“She does not aim to portray a specific place or location but tries to find something more timeless, a summation of ‘place’ – a mythic dimension that is less specific and more universal,” said gallery owner Julie Baker.

Viveiros’ landscape elements relate to how ‘place’ fits in the greater context of our mental landscape, Baker pointed out, and to how journeys and places combine to make up a collective history of experience.

Personal and cultural references range from folk art and architectural details to ancient relics and religious text.

In Viveiros’ collage-like compositions, images such as the ocean and pastoral landscapes combine with rich, monochromatic color panels, numbers, circles, stencils and the occasional drip of paint.

In these works, images, thoughts and ideas are revised, edited out or painted over. The remnants of what lies underneath are semi-visible, a documentation of Viveiros’ process. The paintings become human documents, or records of the mind’s journey.

A free, public artist’s reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

An art talk will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $5.

Viveiros, who recently moved from San Francisco to Charlottesville, Va., is a graduate of the master’s program at San Francisco Art Institute. She has exhibited at Traywick Gallery in Berkeley and other Bay Area venues including Southern Exposure and Four Walls Gallery.

Viveiros’ works are also in public collections by Time/Warner, Traditional Financial Services, David and Lucille Packard Foundation, P.A.L.L. Corporation and Nippon Express, USA.

“Passages” will be up through March 22 at Julie Baker Fine Art, 120 N. Auburn St., Suite 100, Grass Valley. Viewing hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays or other hours by calling 273-0910.

– Carol Feineman

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