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Kerri Warner

Location of box art: 15th & J Streets (above)
Original Medium: Watercolor and colored pencil (figures) and the background is digital painting

Location of box art: 4th & Capitol Ave (below, click image to enlarge)
Original Medium: Mixed Media Collage

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Website:  Kerriwarner.com
Work available through: Studio 333
333 Caladonia Street, Sausalito, CA
Location of box art: 4th & Capitol Ave
Original Medium: Mixed Media Collage

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Kerri Warner is a mixed media artist based in Sacramento, California. Kerri’s work blends conventional and unconventional materials, paints, colored pencil, book pages, inks, paper and found objects, into two and three dimensional works. Various techniques, painting, cutting, gluing, sanding and assembling found objects create her layered textures on wood panels and sculptural forms. Through each step that leads to the finished surface, Kerri brings out the relationship between differing objects, colors and textures; with each mistake being an irreplaceable component of her process. Figurative forms, letters and numbers are often incorporated into her work as a graphic element or to convey a thought or theme. She is inspired by found objects, fragments of antique treasures, and everyday manufactured materials that were never intended to be art. Kerri’s work is available at Studio 333 in Sausalito, California and through her website.

Bryan Valenzuela

Original Medium: Mixed Media – Ink, Acrylic, Digital Media on Paper
Website: www.bryanvalenzuela.com
“Meta Mirror I” (above)
Location of box art: 8th & O Streets

“Meta Mirror II” (below, click image to enlarge)
Location of box art: 7th & Capitol Ave

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Northern California artist Bryan Valenzuela lives and works in Sacramento. For over a decade he’s been aiming to perfect a unique drawing technique involving the atomization of the figure by carving out shape and light with handwritten text.  Though virtually unnoticeable from afar, once the viewer steps closer to each work they are engulfed in a barrage of words intermingled with other mixed media elements such as needle and thread, acrylic paint, and collage. When not working in the studio, he’s composing and recording music, performing and touring with the band Exquisite Corps.  http://exquisitecorps.bandcamp.com

Artist Statement

Building images with the written word is my primary visual focus. Paragraphs, sentences, phrases, and fragments are all the DNA of my work. Similar to the concept of DNA, the language acts as both form and content. As form, the text delineates figures and subjects layer upon layer as shading. Words varying in size from the miniscule and unreadable, to large and bold are used in a manner similar to crosshatching with pen and ink. As content, the language provides a sense of the inherent information and associations, metaphors and meanings embedded in everyday existence. The words come from a spectrum of sources ranging from original excerpts from journals, poems, songs, and automatic writings to quotes from popular culture, literature, science, and sacred texts.  They are utilized as a meditation on the image itself in both literal and figurative ways.

Foremost in each piece is a draughtsman-like attention to rendering in detail. A fascination with exactitude and precision which demands a constant process of image collection, and lengthy research into subject matter. The images are gathered from multiple venues. Self generated photographs, archive photos, old anatomical drawings, even star charts and architecture become the raw material with which to compose preliminary sketches in Photoshop. They are later translated onto large scale canvasses in mixed media. On a general level, the subject matter explores connections between perceived opposites. The work aims to weave disparate elements into a whole. An idea alluded to in the use of sown scraps of canvas as a foundation. On a specific level, it seeks to combine concepts from the scientific and the spiritual, the mythic and the mundane. It searches for symbols that meld together interests in the natural world, psychology, religion, and astronomy to name a few. All of them becoming, piece by piece, the building blocks of each image.

Melissa Uroff

Original Medium: Mixed Media
Website: www.MelissaUroff.com
Location of box art: 16th & J Streets (above)

Original Medium: Mixed Media
Location of box art: 6th & Capitol Ave (below, click image to enlarge)

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Melissa has been an artist all of her life. From the first smell of the darkroom at the age of 14 she was hooked of photography. Residing in Sacramento, CA she dabbles in photography’s historical processes along with many experimental processes. She will always use film, however she has embraced the digital world as well. She also paints, collages, assemblages, draws, plays accordion, rides a moped and loves her two big crazy dogs. Melissa is the founder of the Sacramento based celebration of the arts magazine TUBE. (www.TUBEmag.com). She also curates art and music shows locally.

Nathan Cordero

Original Medium: Mixed Media
Website: http://4art.com/m/profile?screenName=1fokdzkq27768
Location of box art: 16th & P Streets

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Nathan Cordero currently lives and works in Sacramento, California. Although he has never received any formal training as an artist, he possesses the ingenuity and motivation to create his many drawings, etchings, and paintings done on scraps of plywood that he finds in his neighborhood. In a recent show at the University of California, Davis titled, “Are You Destined to Become Your Mother?” Cordero combined his playful pieces along with smaller sculptural works. Cordero’s method for creating his work begins when he finds the perfect piece of plywood and preps it—the ideas start flowing directly onto his canvas. Cordero appreciates the spontaneity of working in the moment, and he tries to mimic the environment in which he found the wood. In the future he plans to move on to diving into bigger dumpsters and hopefully finding the inspiration for creating larger sculptural works.

Laura Caron

Original Medium: Mixed Media
Website: www.lauracaron.com

“Silent Pulse” (above)
Location of box art: 12th & P Streets

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Artist Statement

My paintings have numerous layers both physically and figuratively. The original mixed media painting was created with the intention of portraying the vast underlying pulse of life.   The world as we know it continues to evolve based on our symbiotic relationship with both the physical and spiritual world.

For the utility box, I wanted to expand on this theme. The bee is an ancient mythological creature that traditionally symbolizes the bridge between the physical world and the unseen world. Since 2010, scientists say that nearly one third of the bee colonies in the U.S. have disappeared. This is an alarming development in which we cannot ignore.

“The Gift of the Dream” (below, click image to enlarge)
Location of box art: 5th and Capitol

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Artist Statement

These images seem to have a dream like quality. I incorporated photos of many of the architectural elements of the Capitol building. I wanted to depict the formalism of these beautifully crafted areas and transform them with a sense of fantasy. My figures were created with an almost sculptural feel, inspired by the many sculptures on the property.

“Silent Pulse” and “The Gift of the Dream” were my first attempt at digital art. I created the art using images of my original drawings and paintings that were then photographed or scanned and placed in Photoshop. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and although I believe I am quite slow in the process, I look forward to my next digital art project.

 

Ianna Frisby

Original Medium: Embroidered canvas digitally overlaid onto sewing patterns
Website: iannanovafrisby.com
Location of box art: 15th & P Streets

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Ianna Frisby is an Artist-in-Resident at Verge Center for the Arts and adjunct art professor at Sierra College, Sacramento City College and The Art Institute of Sacramento. She received her BFA from Humboldt State University and MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Although her focus is in ceramics, she has produced various bodies of work including highly-detailed and painstakingly embroidered canvasses of sewing pattern cover models.

Artist Statement

In the past, housebound housewives would often turn to sewing and embroidering as a way of passing expanses of time. In this age, when it’s actually cheaper to buy clothes than make them yourself, when us gals are now liberated and busy as hell, why should we invest the time? For me, the drawings on old sewing pattern envelopes stir memories of home economics class, Fashion Plates and other girly childhood pursuits. Their commercial ubiquity may have made them seem banal, so I chose to make them special again. Reproducing them in embroidery is an incredibly time consuming process that vastly surpasses the time it probably took to draw them in the first place. But it’s ultimately satisfying.