Artist Info

Patrick Lydon

Patrick Lydon’s work focuses on examining devices of the human lifestyle both in modern and historical contexts, with the aim of informing and enlightening viewers on alternative perspectives to mainstream thought. While photography and sound are the primary tools in his current work, Patrick is not bound to these mediums; his
exhibitions are not only installations, but also often highly interactive, involving the audience whenever possible in order to create a meaningful experience for both artist and participant.

Constant travel and diverse cultural immersion in any form possible informs much of his work and as such Lydon has completed live/work stays and/or exhibitions in Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Dominican Republic, Ireland, and Germany.

In addition to his own artwork, Lydon shares the stories of others’ creativity as the founder of Creative Arts Magazine, a publication for artists, technology tycoons, and art supporters championing creativity in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, and serves as San Jose Arts Commissioner.

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Elizabeth Bennett

Education

Elizabeth mastered coloring within the lines during her elementary school years. She spent many hours on her stomach workingwith crayons in coloring books and was wild with excitement over ones that had aliens, sea creatures, polka dots, or anything to do with the aurora borealis.In high school Elizabeth set out to draw realistically and impress people, and maybe, finally, get an A in something. And she did. In college she learned to draw naked people and she drew enough naked people to populate a good sized naked city.

Work experience

Then Elizabeth married, had three children and taught art at their elementary school. Her students rolled in paint, permanent- indelible-does-not-come- out-of-your-clothes-or-your-hair paint. They enthusiastically pounded clay, creating a thunderous backdrop for the adjoining classrooms. Some children gouged themselves with woodcutters until blood spurted like miniature geysers from their hands. They used hot glue guns, but unfortunately weren’t ever proficient with them. Thus, they spent most of the class time crying from repeatedly burning themselves. Elizabeth occasionally parked her mini-van in the school’s ultra-taboo buses only spot, under the guise of unloading supplies. This “endeared” her to the administration, as did the time she almost set the school on fire.

Career Goals

Now Elizabeth has returned to coloring. She is yet again wild with excitement over imaginary worlds where she can use as many polka dots as her heart desires. She hopes once again to impress people and get an A in something.

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Joyce Nojima

Joyce Nojima is a Japanese American, born in 1981 and raised in Northern California. She received her BA in Art in 2003 from the University of California, Berkeley.  She is exploring her self-identity through the medium of paint and thread.

Artist Statement

Thread and yarn have become intertwined in my work. I use it to connect and disconnect with the painted canvas. Thread often has heavy connotations in being domestic, decorative, and utilitarian. My immediate memory of sewing is of my mother stitching my father’s torn work pants. I admired her hard work and dedication but I dreaded becoming her; a housewife. My work with both thread and paint silently echoes my balancing act and struggles in being a student of Art and dutiful wife. I explore these materials not only out of aesthetic fascination in their physical nature, but more importantly to understand more about my role and self as a whole.

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Ben Alexy

The Joy Of Life.  Medium:  Oil on canvas.  Size:  9.5×9.5 ft.  Date:  2009.

Ben Alexy continues to live and work out of San Jose CA.  Initially attending San Jose State for photography, he quickly became frustrated with the process and physical character of the medium.  It was this dissatisfaction that steered him toward painting.  In painting, he found a voice and a strong sense of purpose and direction.  His early photographic training continues to inform his work in terms of both composition and the implication of time inherent in stop motion.  Ben Alexy remains an active exhibiting artist in California.

Artist Statement

When I paint, I strive to illustrate the dynamics of the human condition. This desire is what positions the human figure so centrally both physically and conceptually within my work. These figures and their physical situations are vehicles for quickly establishing reference points to particularities of the human condition. By creating a separation between figure and ground, I am able to imply a duality within the human understanding of the world:  Inside and outside, you and me. This duality simultaneously aids me in creating an analogy that is based upon the metaphorical value of the figure and the ground. While the metaphorical and symbolic meanings that I assign to my work are intensely personal, my intention is to communicate these meanings to an audience that is most likely unfamiliar with me personally. It is the shared human condition that provides the viewer with a stepping-stone to understand the work in an intimate and personal way. In this way the ideas and emotions inherent in the painting come in through the back door. My goal is to use symbolism in a way that acts upon the viewer’s consciousness discretely, as a quiet vehicle for personal and social reflection.

I believe that there is power in subtlety, yet there is also power in scale. By working on an extremely large scale, I can create an atmosphere instead of just a picture. By negotiating such enormous amounts of space, my methodology continues to challenge me as an artist. But I don’t want to rely on scale for shock value. What is essential to my work is the synthesis of ambition in scale, concept, and execution. To juggle all three gracefully and concisely is to arrive at a work that is both visually and psychologically arresting.

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Daniel Huenergardt

Bio:

Award-Winning artist Daniel Huenergardt’s body of work encompasses a unique blend of design and fine art disciplines. Shorty after graduating from San Jose State with a BFA in 1994, Daniel started a small ad agency, continued painting and dabbled in a variety of art related projects. Daniel bought Silicon Valley Magazine in 2005 and his design work was nominated for five Maggie awards. Daniel explored the idea of painting in stereo where he creates diptychs that require googles to see the work come right off the wall (see samples at www.artismo69.deviantart.com)

To see more of Daniel’s work visit danielhuenergardt.com

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   Matt Lopez

Waves of airborne body moving sensation flow through the mind and body of traveling painter Matthew Lopez. With Live music at the root of his process, the energy exchange between a musician and the audience feeds Matt’s psychedelic liquid color fruits.   The female form and their invisible lines are also inspirational sources for his work.

Whether it be canvas, paper, automobiles, or instruments, Matt paints them all with a wide variety of mixed media tricks he learned while earning his BFA at Ringling College of Art and Design. While at Ringling, Matt attended The Illustration Academy over the summers of ’08 and ’09 where he studied under some of the most talented and awarded illustrators working in the field today.  Sterling Hundley, George Pratt, Gary Kelly , and Anita kunz,  to name a few, opened Matthew’s mind to “personal point of view” and shape driven compositions.

Shapes described through value and color temperature vibrate through the eye, grab hold, and show the viewer what Matt wants you to see. It is the relationship between light and dark that create his illusions, and the abstraction of life drawing that make them believable. Matthew’s work is ever evolving with each new day. Check out his blog at mrlopezart.blogspot.com for new work and live painting events.

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