February 7, 2019

Caroline Larsen & Kelly Berg Exhibit

SMC Barrett Gallery Hosts Opening Reception February 22 for "Textured Environments" Exhibit by Artists Caroline Larsen & Kelly Berg

Exhibit Runs February 12-March 30

SANTA MONICA, CA — The Santa Monica College Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery is pleased to present "Textured Environments," a two-person exhibition of mixed media works that occupy the territory between painting and sculpture, created by artists Caroline Larsen and Kelly Berg.

The exhibition will be open to the public from Tuesday, February 12, to Saturday, March 30, with a free gallery reception on Saturday, February 22, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Artist Berg will also present a free gallery talk on Saturday, March 16, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The SMC Pete & Susan Barrett Gallery is located at the SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th Street (at Santa Monica Boulevard), Santa Monica.

Larsen’s process-oriented paintings are explicitly tactile, weaving threads of paint and colors together into extruded surfaces thickly modeled and sculpted with paint to create a sort of plastic embroidery or thick textile. Berg’s layered and sculptural works explore painting as a medium in unexpected ways, with chaotic abstract, constructed, and textural reliefs that often frame or morph into mysterious cataclysmic scenes and geological landscapes.

Hours for SMC’s Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. All exhibits, gallery talks, and opening receptions are free.

For more information, please call 310-434-3434 and visit the Pete and Susan Barrett Art Gallery website.

Caroline Larsen's "INNdulge" (oil on canvas on panel, 27”x 31”, 2017)

 Kelly Berg's “Ring of Fire” (acrylic on canvas, 60”x 80”, 2016)
Caroline Larsen's "INNdulge" (oil on canvas on panel, 27”x 31”, 2017) and Kelly Berg's “Ring of Fire” (acrylic on canvas, 60”x 80”, 2016) will be shown as part of "Textured Environments," a two-person exhibition at SMC's Pete & Susan Barrett Gallery from February 12 to March 30, 2019. Gallery reception on Saturday, February 22, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Gallery talk by artist Berg on Saturday, March 16, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.