Santa Rosa, CA based Justin Margitich works with watercolor, colored pencil, and acrylic on paper. Margitich draws from anthropology, taxonomy, geology, and alchemy creating abstract paintings that offer special depth and opposing textures that force the viewer to be engaged.
In each work, brightly hued, organically flowing gradients are arranged in seemingly impossible configurations. Upon close observation, the inorganic plastic qualities of the artists’ materials become apparent to the viewer. Throughout the exhibition, these fluctuations between organic and inorganic are subtle reminders of where we find meaning in the order of our contemporary culture.
Waka Yoshida was born in Iwate prefecture in 1983 and graduated from Setsu Mode Gakuen in 2008. She began making works that resembled miniature garden-like landscapes on top of geological formations.
Her work conjures a feeling of nostalgia and embraces a sense of familiarity in her appreoaches to dinosaurs and geology. Combining painting and objects she constructs an imaginary world based on the ancient history of the Earth. Borders may at times bring conflict in the clash of cultures, but they also give rise to the emergence of new forms and encounters. Yoshida explores borders with this affirmative tendency, searching out something that shines even within a world of sadness.