John Baca | Sharon DeMeyer | Josh Olivera | Lauren Ruth + Jason Clower
Sheri Simons + Judith Leinen | Marilyn Walsh
December 3, 2020–January 3, 2021
Stories Nine is the ninth annual 1078 Gallery Stories group exhibition held in December. It brings together five to eight artists with strong links to Chico. This year, we have Sierra College instructor/mixed media artist John Baca; CSU Chico ASC (English) photographer/baker Sharon DeMeyer; Feather River College instructor/mixed media artist Josh Olivera; collaborating partners and CSU Chico professors Lauren Ruth (Art) and Jason Clower (Religious Studies); collaborating sculptors Sheri Simons and Judith Leinen; and watercolor painter/Sal Casa student Marilyn Walsh.
John Baca writes: I am a Northern California interdisciplinary artist whose body of work often lacks a specific unifying focus. Individual projects take deep dives into disparate and generally simple questions while assuming no absolute answers.
Sharon DeMeyer writes: I am a lifelong Chico resident, born at Enloe Hospital in 1963, when you could stand outside and see the babies in the nursery through the window.
Josh Olivera writes: By employing reconfigured and disparate materials, I create indelible versions of a compromised and fleeting landscape and perhaps expressions of Western expansion.
Lauren Ruth + Jason Clower
Lauren Ruth + Jason Clower (aka The Camoufleurs) write: To quote the U.S. Marine Corps, Camouflage is an art in the process of becoming a science. As camoufleurs, “artists of camouflage,” we aim to turn that science back into art.
Ruth is a sculptor and performance artist whose solo work anthropomorphizes insentient objects to alert her audience to technological surveillance. As a camoufleur, she reverses the procedure, disguising individual human forms within the fertile chaos of their backgrounds. Clower is a researcher and writer on Chinese Buddhist philosophy and studies and creates camouflage as a Tiantai Buddhist contemplative practice.
Sheri Simons + Judith Leinen
Sheri Simons + Judith Leinen write: We have taken your directions completely to heart with Sheri/Judith operating as one [source: email from 1078 invitation]. This sent us in the direction of making our every single move a collaborative one in the most absolute sense. The ongoing collaboration across state borders started us moving into territory with a paradox. We want to act as one voice with a language that is strictly physical: body, material, encounters arranged and composed in space. The text to be revealed in the upcoming Stories Nine booklet was written by a 41-email exchange where we batted a phrase, a word, an unfinished sentence back and forth and had the other one move it further down some road that we had neither planned nor would individually own. We are spiraling around the solution in a process of words, images, material samples, and thoughts that are always completely co-produced. We are making or giving ourselves unregulated permission to use the collaborative design as a spring. We are indulging in the removal of direction for the sake of finding out vs. proving. We will be continuing this in our work together—via any means to transfer thought: sculpture, sound, writing, material shreds, image, movement.
Marilyn Walsh writes: As a retired teacher I have not had a formal art education, but I have been able to attend various workshops and classes. Since I do my painting at the dining room table, watercolor—because of its ease of cleanup and lack of odor—became my medium of choice. I have come to appreciate its challenges and the effects it can produce, and I enjoy the way that the paint flows onto the paper.