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CA. Landscapes

DATE: Tuesday, September 3, 2019

END DATE: Thursday, October 3, 2019

TIME: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Taber Art Gallery, HCC Library, Donahue Building, second floor


HCC's Taber Art Gallery presents a multi-media exhibit by California artist Gilbert Johnquest

Gilbert Johnson

The Taber Art Gallery at Holyoke Community College is pleased to present mixed media works in a vibrant and soulful installation by artist Gilbert Johnquest called "CA. Landscapes: Thingamajigs, Gizmos, Whatchamacallits."

The exhibit opened Sept. 3 and will run through Thursday, Oct. 3. A graduate of Milwaukee College of Art and Design who describes himself as an "odd jobber," Johnquest has lived and worked in California since 1979. In his art, he works with a variety of materials and found objects. For this exhibition, he has created a site-specific installation utilizing both finished paintings from his California studio as well as found objects procured from his travels that he assembled in the gallery. 

"I'm super excited to have talked my utterly talented brother into exhibition," said Taber Gallery director Amy Johnquest. "He is one of my all-time favorite artists - brother or not - and we are lucky to have his work here."

"He came directly from Los Angeles," she said, "driving a van filled with his art, and along the way he gathered found objects from each state he passed through. The install is both an organic and preplanned creative exercise."

For his artist's statement, Johnquest (Gilbert) wrote a poem:

social issues,
within as without.
voids and boarders are walked,
a study of horizons,
foregrounds and in-betweens.
I love you

The Taber Art Gallery at HCC is open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during regular school sessions. It is free and open to the public and located through the HCC Campus Library lobby on the second floor of the HCC Donahue Building, 303 Homestead Ave., Holyoke. For more information, please contact Amy Johnquest, director of the Taber Art Gallery, at (413) 552-2614.

PHOTO by CHRIS YURKO: Artist Gilbert Johnquest in HCC's Taber Art Gallery.