Through Saturday September 12 2009
This exhibit features a variety of three-dimensional works that Ventura County artist Bob Privitt assembled from found objects.
Privett, a professor emeritus and former director of the Pepperdine University Art Gallery, juxtaposes disparate elements to create new meaning. Intrigued by images and shapes that seem to have simple and obvious meanings but prove to have multiple and even contradictory meanings upon further examination, Privett uses some of the conceptual methods of Dada and surrealism while examining the psychological balance between that which is “reasonable” and that which is “irrational.”
In the exhibition’s artworks, he examines the human condition with its myths, dreams, hopes, and flights to freedom as well as the balance between positive events and negative actions.
Privet’s works have been juried into more than 100 national and regional exhibitions and received awards in more than one third of them. His drawings and sculptures are in many public collections, including University of Tulsa, Indiana University, and the City of Thousand Oaks. Privitt has received numerous national, regional, and private grants. A former motorcycle racer and journeyman ironworker and welder; he also helped build the spillway of the Glen Canyon Dam in Arizona.