The Goodman Building Artists to Show Work at Open Studios
Brent Bushnell and Sofia Carmi
In 1998 we first encountered one another at the San Francisco International Art Fair. That year we met again at Brent’s Open Studio in the Serta building. In the ensuing months we kept running into each other at gallery and museum openings. Since we couldn’t keep out of each other’s way, we decided to stay together, and now live and work in The Goodman Building, which this fall will participate in Open Studios for the first time in 10 years.
Brent is a Mormon cowboy from the Great Salt Lake area. Sofia has a mystical Jewish background from near the Dead Sea. Both of our paintings reflect an art for art’s sake philosophy and response to nature. At the Fall Open Studios, work will be displayed at 1695 18th Street expressing our mutual concern for the earth, and an appreciation for its beauty and variety. Brent is inspired by the arctic; Sofia by the desert. We paint our outward observations and inward reflections of the experience of nature, and memories of place.
Brent’s current series — 30 by 40 inch somewhat abstract landscapes, of oil, enamel and acrylic — was inspired by the arctic; he was stationed in Greenland with the United States Navy. Sofia’s inspiration comes from her experience living in a tree house near the Dead Sea in her youth, and is embodied in 40 by 30 inch somewhat abstract landscapes, mostly oil on canvas and watercolors.
We’re concerned about the shrinkage of underdeveloped areas, environmental degradation, reckless using of natural resources, threats to wildlife, brought home by the global warming crisis. We both value wilderness places as respites from the hurried, anxious lives we lead in typical urban environments.
We work in a variety of abstract styles, and use materials much as the alchemists of old did, seeking to transform the blank canvas into an expression of beauty, wonder and awe, reflecting our deep concern for the natural environment that we inhabit.
Open Studios is November 2 and 3, Goodman 2 Building, 1695 18th Street, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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