Featured image: Paul Lindhard

bG Gallery and Art City Studios are pleased to present Outside / Online, an online sculpture exhibition curated by Jeff Phillips.

Who: bG Gallery | Art City Studios | Curated by Jeff Phillips What: Panel discussion and online exhibition When: Saturday, May 14th at 11am.

Outside / Online  explores the sculptural creations of four contemporaries whose work alters our collective landscape via multiple mediums and applications by transforming natural raw materials into sensory aesthetic experiences. All featured pieces embody unique visions reflecting collective themes and inner passions.

Featured artists:

Ramon Byrne, Rude Calderon, Kevin Carman, and Paul Lindhard.

About Jeff Phillips:

Jeff Phillips is a contemporary fine art curator primarily focusing on representational paintings and sculpture. Curating and establishing exhibition sites, site specific locations and large scale public venues. He has collaborated with Fortune 500 Corporations, City Municipalities, Universities and unique one-of-a-kind sites as well as founding Director of the California Contemporary Sculpture Museum.Jeff has selected for exhibitions artist ranging in their career evolution from emerging ,midcareer to established professional artist featuring thousands of works of art with hundreds of thousands of viewers. From large scale to boutique locations both Outside and In.He has also directed and curated many charitable events and political fundraisers.He graduated from the California Institute of the Arts and the streets of LA.

About Art City:

Art City Studios, located in Ventura CA is a five acre outdoor indoor mass studio complex.  A contemporary Shangri-La of sculpture and installations. Art City provides an ongoing series of dynamic sculptural programming.  

Art City Studios features capabilities ranging from large to boutique scale stone installations with collaborative architectural engineering and site specific commissions. 

About the artists:

Ramon Byrne

Artist G.Ramon Byrne is a 3rd generation California native born in Lone Pine, California where he spent his early childhood; then moved to Orange County, California. 

“Through teens I spent thirty years living in Big Sur Ca. Where I was introduced to the art of wood sculpture which in turn led me to turn my attention to the enduring world of stone sculpture.It is the creative process, the space and time from conception to completion that holds the magic for me as an artist. Each piece is its own journey and benchmark of where I’m at consciously or subconsciously at the time. Often the message is revealed to me during the creative process and other times I need to seek reflection outside of the creative process for the message to be revealed to me.”

“Double Bass”, Texas Chocolate Limestone, 3′ x 5′

Rude Calderon

Rude Calderón was born in San Jose, Costa Rica, and grew up in Los Angeles, California from the age of seven. The past eighteen years have been largely devoted to stone sculpture. His site-specific public art sculptures are carved in this timeless and challenging medium. His first public art commission awarded was ‘Leaping Fish, Nature’s Cycles’ in 2005, a site-specific work in Belvedere Park for the County of Los Angeles, since then his public sculptures have been installed in Incheon, North Korea; West Palm Beach, Florida; Charlotte, North Carolina; Del Mar, California; Laguna Beach, California; Whittier, California; and is currently creating a sculpture for a  public library in Fishers, Indiana. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally since 1985: At the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Laguna Art Museum, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, UCLA/Armand Hammer Museum of Art as well as, Brittany Davies Gallery, Ojai, California; FM Fine Art Gallery (Los Angeles); Frank Pictures Gallery (Santa Monica); Anchorage, Alaska; Texas Art Museum; Jose Galvez Gallery (Tucson, Arizona); The Mexican Fine Arts Museum Chicago, Illinois; The Brandywine Institute in Philadelphia, PA; St. Petersburg, Russia, Free Gallery; Amerika Haus Berlin, U.S. Cultural Center, Berlin, Germany; Mexico City; Santiago, Chile; and El Museo del Niño, San Jose, Costa Rica. Currently his solo exhibit ‘Metamorfíca’ is showing at Musea La Pinacoteca de la Universidad de Colima, Mexico.

“Nude Prayer” Italian green serpentine marble, 2014, 68″ x 24″ x 2″

Paul Lindhard

Ventura-based Paul Lindhard has been an artist, sculptor, studio builder, producer and patron of the arts for over 50 years. He has dozens of monumental scale public and private installations throughout Western United States. Lindhard was awarded the Ventura Mayor’s Arts Award in the Arts Patron category in affirmation of a life practice devoted to cultivating talent and technique in not only stone sculptors, but also filmmakers, playwrights, poets, performance artists, painters, wood-carvers, photographers, and others working in found art, assemblage and multimedia.

“My forty-year career as a working sculptor has evolved from woodcarving and bronze casting into a reverence for and fascination with stone, my principal medium for the past twenty-five years. The work I do is an expression of an unspoken language that connects me to forgotten earthly origins, linking place and time through the permanence that emanates from stone. In expressing myself through sculpture, I use materials that are rare, exotic, and monumental in scale. Collecting from native landscapes and quarries all over the world has given me the opportunity to compose sculpted and natural elements with an authentic spirit, while preserving their original nature and enduring presence. In addition to the effects of eons of geological evolution, these ancient objects bear a textural scarring from the quarrying process. Exposed to the elements and subject to extensive handling, many of these stone edifices have rested in my various studios and yards for decades before re-emerging as individual pieces or being incorporated into dynamic ensemble works. Whether embraced by me as found objects or carved and composed, my pursuit of what epic sculpture means in our modern world is focused and enriched by this transformative and highly-personal process.” ~Paul Lindhard

“Solar Eclipse” Honey Calcite, Black Belgian Marble, metal base

Kevin Carman

Kevin Carmen is a multimedia artist who has been creating and exhibiting nationwide since 1994. .His compelling works have received honors in both solo and group exhibitions alike. He travels far and wide to collect materials and inspiration to produce his sculptures and paintings.

Kevin Carman and Paul Lindhard, “Tres Burning Medusas” Pink Persian Travertine, Indiana Limestone, Royal Blue Granite, Baja Honey Onyx, 5′ x 7′