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“The Feminine Sublime” at Pasadena Museum of California Art

By Lorraine Heitzman
Constance Mallinson has assembled a first rate group of women painters to address the concept of the sublime in art from a feminist standpoint. Each of the five artists in “The Feminine Sublime” at The Pasadena Museum of California Art explores their relationship to the landscape in a shift from the traditional male perspective towards a new paradigm. The concept may be oblique to the casual viewer but the paintings are inspired by any measure.


Pasadena Museum of California Art exhibit offers more boldly immersive feminine perspectives on nature and the environment

“Has there ever been a better time to discuss women and the environment?”

So asks artist Constance Mallinson in conversation about “The Feminine Sublime,” an exhibit she curated that opens at the Pasadena Museum of California Art this weekend. Addressing themes of feminine perspective, environmental degradation and the artistic concept of the sublime, “The Feminine Sublime” upends preconceived notions of what constitutes landscape painting with bold, large-scale pieces by Mallinson and four other women artists based in Los Angeles: Merion Estes, Yvette Gellis, Virginia Katz and Marie Thibeault.


Yvette Gellis @ Toomey Tourell


From Da Vinci to Picasso to Hockney, shifts in perspective have long reflected changes in how technology enables us to see.  Non-Objective painting (and later Abstract Expressionism), with their focus on matters of the spirit, seem to have flown right past the immediate environs of their creators, thereby sidestepping any significant reimagining of urban and architectural space.  LA painter Yvette Gellis seeks to alter that by using the outward trappings of Abstract Expressionism to forge new possibilities.


Haiku Reviews: ART 2014 Roundup II

Haiku Reviews: ART 2014 Roundup II by Peter FrankYvette Gellis paints with such energy and ambition that the very boldness of her approach becomes its own raison d’être. Gellis does not simply capitalize on her own fervor, however, but puts it to work toward a yet more expansive end, the merger of painting and architecture.

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Betty Brown; Art Week LA

Betty Brown; Art Week LA – Betty Brown reviews two exhibitions in alternative spaces, one a private home, the other a storefront that serves primarily as a center for photographic education.

Lita Albuquerque; In Bed Together

Lita Albuquerque; In Bed Together – I have chosen Yvette Gellis for the power that she evokes in her painting. I was taken by the confidence and force of Yvette’s brush marks, coming out of abstract expressionism yet evoking a complex interplay of contradictory marks reflecting a contemporary mood.