“Matters of Decay”
By Joe Martone
Thurs, July 5
Playwright George Bernard Shaw says, “Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.” There’s no time like the present to spruce up your reality. If you head down to UC Riverside (really, a nexus of culture) this summer, make sure you at least take a look at the new ongoing exhibit, or stop by for the grand opening on July 5. The paintings are all the work of Constance Mallinson, a veteran artist who specializes in oil and landscapes. This time, she’s mixing it up by using a different kind of material: decaying matter. Nope, the title was not just for the sake of sounding cool and mysterious, she’s really used decaying materials to make breath-taking works of art. Her rationale? In an interview with L.A. Times critic Christopher Knight, she said that “imagery suggests the way in which we project ourselves on conceptions of nature, creating the natural world even as we go about assuring its destruction.” So yeah . . . take that, destruction. Regardless, you need culture in your life. Check out her work and decide for herself if you agree with her moldy, ripe statement.
Culver Center of the Arts, 3834 Main St., Riverside, (951) 827-5314, www.culvercenter.ucr.edu; Grand opening, July 5: 6pm-9pm. Exhibition, June 9-July 28.