The Quicksilver Mine Co.
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New Work by Al Longo
March 6th—April 12, 2009
The Quicksilver Mine Co. will present a one man exhibition of recent paintings by Santa Rosa artist Al Longo beginning March 6th. The show continues through April 12th.
The paintings in this exhibit—aptly titled Reemergence—are a continuation of themes expressed in Longo's earlier work "but with a new and deeper understanding," says the Artist. Painting on large, hand-made curved canvases, the work in this show at Quicksilver features bold and vibrant color and juxtapositions of shape and form.
"This is my first solo show since I withdrew from the art world over 20 years ago," continues Longo, although during the past five years he has continued to paint and exhibit in group shows nationally and internationally. "These new works are built on the foundation of my earlier paintings but are now closer to the two main influences in my life: my natural surroundings and my interest in Japanese art and culture," he says.
Both have obviously had a profound effect, making this new work richer and more meaningful through the time spent in deep reflection on these major influences in his life.
Al Longo exhibited extensively in the 1960s and '50s on the West Coast and nationally including shows in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Hawaii and New York. He has recently been part of a number of group exhibitions in Mexico and northern California, Thailand and Korea. Longo also co-curated the 2006 International Artists Exhibition at the Museo del Historico in Ensenada, Mexico, and completed Artist Residency at Arte Praxia (also in Ensenada) in 2005.
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An artist reception will be held on Saturday, March 7th from 4—6pm.