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A Line in Motion

January 1 - February 1, 2015

A Line in Motion

January 1 - February 1, 2015
Atrium Gallery

“A Line in Motion” displays a confluence of mixed media genres through the expressionistic processes of Los Angeles artists Thomas Trivitt and Karrie Ross; and Reno, Nevada artist Ann Berg. The works reveal line as a common narrative to create a dynamic exchange between the art and viewer.

Exhibition Special Events
Exhibition Preview
Saturday, January 3: 5 pm
Art After Dark Paso Opening Reception
Saturday, January 3: 6 pm - 9 pm

"A Line in Motion" Artists
Thomas Trivitt (painting)
Karrie Ross (drawing and painting)
Ann Berg (mixed-media sculpture and assemblage) 

About the Exhibition
“A Line in Motion” displays a confluence of mixed media genres through the expressionistic processes of Los Angeles artists Thomas Trivitt and Karrie Ross; and Reno, Nevada artist Ann Berg. The works reveal line as a common narrative to create a dynamic exchange between the art and viewer.

Thomas Trivitt produces his paintings using automotive pin striping techniques and high gloss enamels on canvas. Working with his canvas on the floor, he moves around the work quickly, laying down thousands of very thin lines, or as he explains, “dancing with the painting until the painting can dance alone.” Articulate marks are rhythmically drawn on a multi-colored palette of jewel tone backgrounds. The pieces are hypnotic and intriguing. Trivitt’s work evokes the energetic action painting of Jackson Pollack and the subtle transitions of Color Field artist Mark Rothko. He received a BFA from California State University, Bakersfield. His work is included in corporate and private collections nationally and represented by L2kontemporary Gallery, Los Angeles.

Karrie Ross brings together art and science in her illustrative oeuvre. She states, “I am particularly drawn to symbols and shapes, not only in form, but in repetition, patterns, and the continuous movement and expression of energy.” Ross describes her work as “a pattern of creating conscious play.” Her drawings and paintings are whimsical and lighthearted, as she combines graphic and figurative elements in the compositions. The pieces also veil a self-introspection of life’s challenges.

Ross’ work draws a parallel to the scribbles of Abstract Expressionist Cy Twombly, whose calligraphic techniques enraptured the viewer. Ross asks, “Have you ever viewed a piece of art and were strangely attracted to it––and wondered why?” She believes that two energies, between the viewer and the art either vibrate at a similar frequency creating a feeling of calm and safety, or vibrate at different frequencies, one in which the art’s vibrations stimulate the viewer to action. “Either way,” Ross states, “it’s a win/win for the viewer, the art lives for them. This energy vibration is me, my focus, and my passion, and it’s shared in my art.”

As a native of Los Angeles, Ross studied art and design at Pierce College and Santa Monica College, but is mostly self-taught. Her experiences as a graphic designer led her to work on advertising campaigns for Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Microsoft, Cedars-Sinai, Transamerica, and Boeing. She is an author and has received numerous accolades for her work. Her paintings are included in collections in Los Angeles, New York, and Japan; and retail showrooms at Saks Fifth Avenue, Coach, May Company, and Pacific Design Center. Ross has exhibited her paintings at LA Artcore Union Center for the Arts, Los Angeles; Boritzer/Gray/Hamano Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA; and the Traveling International Show, “California Dreaming,” An International Portrait of Southern California at Palazzo della Provincia di Frosinone, Frosinone, Italy; Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside CA; and Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA.

Ann Berg defines simplicity through abstraction in her paintings, sculpture, and assemblage. Transforming her vision into positive energies, she draws upon an intuitive light resplendent in her work. Berg’s approach is unique with design references to Constructivism and the Bauhaus. Her geometric compilations embody the minimalist renderings of Agnes Martin and the textile intricacies of Eva Hesse. Working with materials such as silk, core board, wire, and wood, her aesthetic sensitivities make for an intriguing dialogue.

As an accomplished interior designer, Berg has worked with corporate and residential clientele. Her art experiences as a child, tours of Europe, and studies at California State University, Bakersfield; Long Beach State University; and Florida State University, Tampa, where she earned her BA are foundational in the methodologies she develops as a visual artist.

“I am pleased to bring the works of these exceptional artists to the community in support of the non-profit Arts initiatives at Studios on the Park." ~Jill Thayer, Ph.D.


The exhibition is curated by Dr. Jill Thayer who brings her academic and professional expertise to the Central Coast as a new resident to the area.

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