Nothingness is Like an Empty Egg Without a Shell & New Works on Paper

The Sanctuary is pleased to announce two new exhibitions. The main hall will feature a collection of new paintings by Luke Forsyth entitled “Nothingness is Like an Empty Egg Without a Shell.” The meeting room will feature “New Works on Paper” by Molly Scheffer. The exhibitions will be on view through the month of February with an opening reception taking place 6-9pm on February 10th during Arts Arcata.

The opening will feature a reading by Molly Schaeffer from the periodical Big Big Wednesday, an annual print journal featuring work by literary and visual artists of which Schaeffer is a co-founding editor. For further information on Big Big Wednesday visit here:

Luke Forsyth - Nothingness is Like an Empty Egg Without a Shell

A native of Arcata, Luke Forsyth’s paintings are truly Californian. Now residing in Los Angeles, Forsyth returns to the area with an array of geometric abstractions in booming color. With his new exhibition, Forsyth clearly shows that he is a proponent of the West Coast brand of art history, where “funk” is a compliment rather than a derogatory, and where Wayne Thiebaud wrote the book on color theory.

Forsyth’s exhibition was initially inspired by a publication titled "The Seed's Journey" by Una Szeeman with Peter Hain, Dr. Phil and Olaf Knellessen. The authors describe a train “...speeding past with a different image in each window; ever changing landscape...protector of the landscapes of the subconscious." And so, central to the exhibition is a large mural of a train, with 12 landscapes within, representing each month of the passing year, and the changing landscape of the subconscious within each frame.

Developed over many months, each image is drawn and re-drawn, obliterating all details, and reducing imagery to its simplest forms. Mountains, palm trees, and simplified human figures ground your eye as you explore the radiant color fields. In Forsyth’s own words:

“The train imagery and corresponding landscapes are befitting to a transitory studio practice that I have adopted from time to time. Enjoying the shifting perspectives that travel gives, I seek the flattened sense of reality that a train, plane, or bus voyage can give to an artist. There is a lapse of rationality when putting oneself into this void.”

Molly Schaeffer- New Works on Paper

Molly Schaeffer’s delicate drawings hold power in their words. Crafted as open-letters, Schaeffer shares stories, fears, and remembrances that transport the viewer to unknown realms. Those who have been lucky enough to have been Schaeffer’s pen-pal have long known the intricacy of her craft. More recently, she has begun to share these intimate creations through publication and exhibition. The works themselves feel like a secret, whispered in your ear by a trusting friend.

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