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MPC Art Gallery Presents "Altered Landscapes"

Post Date:09/29/2018 7:55 AM

Altered Landscapes

Tom Gehrig and t.c. moore

Oil on canvas, drawing, and mixed media

PLEASE JOIN US TO EXPLORE poignant images, powerful ideas, and exquisite painting and drawing in the poetic art of Tom Gehrig and t.c. moore, both of Marin County.


Admission to exhibit is free, all are welcome!

Exhibit Dates: October 1 - 31, 2018

MPC Art Gallery, 980 Fremont St., Monterey, CA

Hours: Monday - Thursday 11:00am - 4:00pm
(or by appointment; call 831-646-3060)

Artists' Talk and Reception:

  • Thursday, October 18, 2018 (Artists' talk at 1:00pm)


tcmooreDodoetchedmirror_webIn the words of t.c. moore: Altered Landscapes is an exhibition made with hand-etched mirrors by Canadian environmental artist t.c. moore. These images of plants and animals that are on mirrors vary in size and species and are framed and unframed on wood, metal, plastic, or just pieces of broken shards. The mirrors and their frames are vintage or distressed to speak to the distressing condition of their environments. Images are singular and often floating, presented as parts, like an Albatross’s wing or an Okapi’s tongue. This expresses the fragmented or cut off condition that many of these plants and animals face. Pieces that incorporate horsehair, cowhide, rabbit, and Persian lamb fur bring forth the notion of how something that is abstract can simultaneously be realistic at the same time. Not unlike the sixth extinction.

Using mirrors came from my desire to artistically engage you, the viewer, on the concept of reflection. The etchings are ghost-like and white, which makes it somewhat difficult for you to see the images of the plants and animals depicted. However, in searching for the images you are distracted by seeing yourself. You become part and parcel of the piece. We need to reflect on the fact that we humans are the cause of all the flora and fauna that are presently threatened, vulnerable, or near extinction. Scientists estimate that 150-200 species of plant, insect, bird and mammal become extinct every 24 hours. This is nearly 1,000 times the “natural” or “background” rate and, say many biologists, is greater than anything the world has experienced since the vanishing of the dinosaurs nearly 65m years ago. Without this biological diversity we will undoubtedly exist in a world of Altered Landscapes.



Tom-Gehrig-Reconnoitering-Site-webArtist Tom Gehrig tells us: TOM GEHRIG (b. 1948, Oakland, California) is a Bay Area artist whose work is influenced by many genres, including the Tonalist School of California landscape painting, as well as more recent developments such as performance and conceptual art.

At the core of Mr. Gehrig’s compositions is an intention to set a surreal stage for personal, site-specific happenings. The work references the human condition—the fact that we alter the surface of the planet in both strange and beautiful ways.

Each work is begun by painting a place—real or imagined. That landscape is treated as a starting point and inspiration for a continuously evolving narrative that can include characters as if on a stage and/or props, leaving evidence of human intervention. Initially the work may feel surreal, however they are not hallucinations; rather they key on the innate oddness of reality itself. These “happenings” could actually take place.

The pieces are condensed dramas of human experience. Sometimes the paintings are juxtaposed with mixed media generated on a computer that include specific information that may include words, mathematics, maps, celestial charts, string, objects and sometimes the title of the piece. In these works, the surreal, dreamlike landscape draws us into the emotional content of the narrative while the mixed media breaks that illusion by presenting us with the different world of science and reason.

Tom received a B.A. (1971) at the California College of the Arts where he studied painting with Arthur Okamura, Peter Shoemaker and Robert Bechtle. He received an M.F.A. (1973) in Intermedia from Mills College, where he worked closely with electronic music composer Robert Ashley. It was this experience that opened the door to experimentation with collage, surreal imagery, theater, and performance.

Tom is a recipient of the Individual Artist Grant from the Marin Arts Council. His work is collected nationally and is represented by galleries in Big Sky, Montana and Lafayette, California. He lives and works in San Anselmo, California.


Admission to exhibit is free, all are welcome!

*MPC parking fee: $3 on weekdays