Fierce Generosity 2.0

Sep 14, 2019 - Oct 19, 2019

Burnet Fine Art & Advisory’s newest exhibition entitled Fierce Generosity 2.0 was curated and organized by the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation, a non- profit foundation located in Ojai, California. The exhibition showcases a selection of work by Rob Fischer, Cole M James, Yassi Mazandi, Ruth Pastine, David Rathman and Aaron Spangler. A percentage of sales from the exhibition will support the newly created Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation Minnesota Art Prize. The Minnesota Art Prize consists of a cash grant and residency at the Ojai Institute in Ojai, California. David Rathman is the recipient of the inaugural prize. Fierce Generosity 2.0 follows Fierce Generosity the 2016 exhibition that helped launch the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation.

Fierce Generosity 2.0 was conceived by the foundation as a meeting point of artists that are part of the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation’s efforts, with three artists from Minnesota and three from California. The intention is to present a spectrum of artistic exploration between representation and pure abstraction, while illustrating the breadth and depth of the foundation’s support of living artists.

David Rathman (MN), the 2019 Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation Minnesota Art Prize recipient, with his paintings of trucks, landscapes, interiors, takes the strongest position on representation and figuration. Ruth Pastine (CA), the first Artist in Residence at the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation in Ojai in 2018, presents the viewer with a pure spiritual abstraction that places immense value on the viewer’s perception as the paintings vibrate and shift with the changing light.

Rob Fischer (MN), Cole M James (CA), Yassi Mazandi (CA), Aaron Spangler (MN), all are represented by works that shift back and forth along this representation/abstraction spectrum. Highly reductive sculptures by Fischer and Spangler suggest the figure or the absence of the figure. Mazandi shares a unique perspective from a series exploring turtle shell patterns transformed in an ecstatic use of media and color. And lastly James, shares with us intimate--yet universal--perspectives of the contemporary quotidian through sound and video works.