The Gallery is open at the following times:
- Tuesday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
*Please note that gallery hours are subject to change due to performance schedules. Please call to confirm hours on a performance day (858) 668-4691.
John Linthurst’s art incorporates a crossover of traditional photographic technique into a collage of additional elements to re-master a reality. The idea is to create stories and character, and not necessarily to document them. The result at times may be surreal, to even chaotic - and often include multiple mixed media elements.
My work with dancers is an exploration of the ephemeral, impermanent nature of dance, and attempts to find areas of permanence through the use of choreographic sculpture or abstract visualizations created by dancers' movements. This latest series, "Less Ephemeral", employs a complex process where dancers move and press themselves against a thermally-sensitive surface, and are photographed by a high-end industrial thermal camera. The camera captures the residue of the movement over time, as the heat of the dancer's body is applied and then slowly dissipates. I then translate this to the visual realm using a variety of thermal palettes, and create prints of the resulting images on aluminum, acrylic and paper. These are available in limited, numbered series.
For the longest time, I questioned the validity of being a Renaissance Woman – Why was I interested in so many different things (painting, singing, composing, playwriting, performing, directing)? I was embarrassed to put so many different things on my website. Couldn’t I just “buckle down” and focus on one thing? I had an idea of how I wanted to see myself (as an expert), but that meant attempting to mute my other instincts. It took me many years to realize that in order to find just ONE label to call myself, I would have to turn my back on Self-Knowledge. And that was unacceptable. Erasmus said, “The chief happiness for a man is to be what he is.” I play with sight, sound, texture, music, and how it embodies emotion – like the synesthetic who feels colors when words or numbers are spoken, I am certain that everything is connected. I’m interested in the intersection between what we see and what we hear, how they fit together and feed off of each other in the brain.
I am an abstract painter that works with acrylic and mixed media. I love the process of painting. That process may involve wiping off, scraping at and combing color, texture and form that hopefully will be interesting and thought provoking to the viewer. This exhibit will feature my favorite paintings.