The opening reception for “Incognition,” an exhibition introducing a series of abstract oil paintings by award-winning artist/author/illustrator David Shannon, presented by the South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC), will be held Saturday, January 18, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the SPARC Chamber Gallery in South Pasadena.
David Shannon may be best known for the dozens of acclaimed books he has written and/or illustrated over the last three decades to the delight of countless children, but this Caldecott Honor recipient wears other creative hats. As a graduate of ArtCenter College of Design with a BFA in illustration, Shannon began his career in editorial illustration. His art has appeared in such major publications as Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times.
And, for the past several years, Shannon has been working on a series of abstract oil paintings that explore “the increasingly irrational nature of contemporary culture,” Shannon said in his artist’s statement. “Ambiguity, formal disquiet, and multiple interpretations reflect the challenges in making sense of today’s world.” Curated by Richard Blue Trimarchi of Art Works Fine Art Publishing, “Incognition” marks Shannon’s first individual show featuring these thought-provoking works.
(On February 15, 2020, during the free Winter Arts Crawl in South Pasadena, SPARC will be hosting a reading and book signing with Shannon celebrating his latest children’s book, “Mr. Nogginbody Gets a Hammer,” published by Norton Young Readers. Time/location to come.)
“Incognition,” SPARC Chamber Gallery, January 13-February 28; opening reception, Saturday, January 18, 5-8 p.m.
The SPARC Chamber Gallery is located inside the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce at 1121 Mission Street. (Gallery hours vary; after the opening reception, it is suggested that you call the Chamber at (626) 441 2339 to confirm your visit.)
Admission is free. Information about SPARC, a non-profit arts organization: https://www.sopasartscouncil.org/