As a result of the COVID-19 crisis many of life’s activities have been sequestered to, or re-imagined on, the internet. Some of those transformations have worked out better than others.
“Remote learning” for our schoolchildren? Total work in progress. Showcasing artwork? So far, that seems to be adapting fairly well to a backlit-screen format. Consider, for example, the “Past, Present and Future” series by downtown-based Axis Gallery.
Beginning on May 1, Axis has every two weeks on its website unveiled a two-artist virtual exhibition. Its sixth installment, which launched on July 9, features Charles Seerey and Ray Gonzales. A dozen of their works, all clearly labeled, are presented in a peruse-by-clicking format.
According to the gallery’s promotional material, “Seerey’s work integrates art history influences and personal perspectives. Elements of European traditional art can be found in his paintings, but American abstraction has a strong presence as the artist communicates largely by inference and tone, allowing for expression that is disposed to an intuitive response.”
Of Gonzales, the gallery says: “Gonzales’ works are stories or narratives. He primarily works in clay and mixed media. He’s driven by memories, observations, wishes and influences that are all around him. Gonzales grew up in a small town and is part of a large Mexican-American family that has provided him with a deep well of experiences to draw from.”
Axis’ five previous virtual exhibitions are still viewable online. They are the pairings of Mark Emerson and Justin Marsh, Phil Amrhein and Tavarus Blackmon, Janice Nakashima and Aida Lizalde, Sandra Beard and Richard Gilles, and Jiayi Young and Benjamin Hunt.
As soon as state-of-the-virus conditions allow, Axis hopes to fully reopen its in-gallery operations at 625 S St.