"Linda LaBella Artist Statement"
Linda LaBella Artist Statement I make drawings by bringing together various elements of images and mark-making to create a singular visual moment. My methods are based in process but reflect very personal visual ideas that have evolved as a response to working with these particular materials and the effects they create together on paper. My main tool is the woodless graphite pencil. I begin with a spontaneous automatic drawing and allow imagery to emerge by coaxing the markings together until there is a formidable relationship between all the visual elements - the images, the white paper and the individual marks themselves. These mark-images exist in a mark-world that is made entirely of the materials of the drawing and only exist in the drawing itself. The believability of the mark- world relies on the use of illusory effects like volume, depth, light and gravity. With these particular drawings I am challenging figure/ground picture-making by allowing the white of the paper to exist as a character in the drawing rather than merely a background. The focus on architectural spatial concerns stems from the idea that space is not just occupied or defined by forms but acts as a the prominent relationship within the overall design. My personal iconography is continuing to reveal itself through my fascination with AbEx paintings of the 1950’s, sneaker treads, tire tracks, Old Masters Drawings, doodling, textile patterns, architectural renderings and cartoons. Studies are conceptualized while riding on the NYC subway system, which accounts for the scraffiti-like tracings, layering of marks, and the heavy use of erasing or subtraction. Linda LaBella Resume Education Master of Fine Arts, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 1992 Master of Art, California State University at Sacramento, CA 1990 Bachelor of Art, California State University at Sacramento, CA 1986 Solo Exhibits 2006 Bert Green Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA 2000 Qué Linda LaBella, a Retrospective, A. Wallach Gallery, SUNY, NY 1997 Alumna, Sierra Campus Gallery, Rocklin, CA 1995 Works, Galería de Arte Moderno, Guadalajara, México Ay Papel! Hatley Mason Studio, Sacramento, CA 1989 Bank of America Presents, Bank of America, Palo Alto, CA LaBella and Moe 750, Gallery, Sacramento, CA LaBella Works, Witt Gallery, California State University, Sacramento, CA Selected Group Exhibits 2008 "Crossing Borders/Cruzando Fronteras," Hera Gallery, Wakefield, RI Long Beach Island Foundation for the Arts, New Jersey 2007 Lacy Street Lofts Opening Gala, curated by Creative Expressions, Los Angeles, CA 2006 Non-Objectivity, Pharmaka, Los Angeles, CA Spring Show, E3Gallery, New York, NY 2005 Day of the Dead, E3Gallery, New York, NY Bert Green Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA 2003 Hispanic Reunion, St Francis College, Brooklyn NY 2002 Open, Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto, CA 2000 SOFO, Ruby Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 1999 Size Matters, GAle GAtes et al. Brooklyn, NY Projections, GAle GAtes et al. Brooklyn, NY 1998 Works on Paper, Kentler International Drawing Center Brooklyn, NY 1997 Small Statements, BWAC, Brooklyn, NY 1996 The Parrish Art Museum 35th Juried Exhibition, Southampton, NY Printwork '96 National Juried Exhibit, Barrett House Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY Fan da Sickle...Impressions of the End of Our Century, Circle Elephant Fine Art, San Francisco, CA Re-Con-Figuration/Three Artists, 750 Gallery, Sacramento, CA 1995 Mujeres 95, Galería Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Guadalajara, México Muestra Anual de Universidad Maestros de la Escuela de Artes Plásticas, Foro de Arte y Cultura, Guadalajara, México El verano Casa de Maestranza, Guadalajara, México ART Reach 95, Circle Elephant Fine Art, San Francisco, CA 1992 Five More Artists, Leland Stanford Jr. Gallery, Stanford, CA National Juried Drawing Exhibit, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 1990 Crocker-Kingsley Exhibit, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA California Works, California State Fair, Sacramento, CA The Flag Show, 750 Gallery, Sacramento, CA Grants/Fellowships, Awards/Honors Best in Show /Dia de los Muertos, Rocking Horse, New York 2006 Full Tuition Scholarship /Assistantship Stanford University, CA 1990-92 First Place Purchase Award California State University Sacramento, CA 1990 Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges 45th edition 1990 First Place Robinson /Witt Scholarship California State University Sacramento, CA 1989 First Place Kingsley Purchase Award City College, Sacramento, CA 1984 First Place Art Scholarship Soroptomists Club, Sacramento, CA 1984 First Place Art Scholarship CW Post College, Brookville, NY 1977 Collections Marcus & Millichap Real Estate, Los Angeles, CA Instituto del Cultural Cabañas, Guadalajara, México William H. Cook, Rancho Cordova, CA Leland Stanford Junior University, Stanford, CA California State University at Sacramento, Sacramento, CA Residencies, Workshops and Lectures Printmaking Workshop, “Working with Paper” Brooklyn Museum, NY Spring 2005 Mural Workshop, “Environmental Panoramas” Brooklyn Museum, NY Summer 2004 Keyholder Program Residency, Lower Eastside Printshop New York, NY 2001 Printshop Residency, CW Post College Brookville, NY 1996 Figure Drawing Workshop, Buck’s Rock Camp, New Milford, CT 1996 Monotype Workshop, Buck’s Rock Camp, New Milford, CT 1996 Mural Painting Workshop, Buck’s Rock Camp, New Milford, CT 1996 Monotype Workshop, Instituto Cultural Cabañas, Guadalajara, México 1995 Las Cuadas Contemporáneos, lecture given at the Instituto Cultural Cabañas, Guadalajara, México 1995 En Foco, Lecture given at the Galería Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Guadalajara, México 1995 Looking at Abstract Art, Lecture given at the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA 1990 Reviews, Articles and Interviews Profiles, Interview given for Channel 7, Guadalajara, México 1995 (aired repeatedly during March) Arts Alive, Interview given for Channel 6, Sacramento, CA 1990 (aired repeatedly during February) Linda LaBella Presenta Su Exposition “Works”, El Informador, Guadalajara, Mexico 3/15/95 (article and photo) Works, by Rosa Marie Blanca, Siglo 21, Guadalajara, Mexico 3/17/95 (article and photo) Linda Bernadette Siglo 21, Guadalajara, Mexico 3/17/95 (cover photo with mention) There’s no Room for Complacency in the Crocker-Kingsley Exhibit, by Victoria Dalkey, Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, CA 1990 (review and photo) The State of the Art at the Fair, by Victoria Dalkey, Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, CA 1990 (article and photo Professional Organizations Brooklyn Arts Council Brooklyn Museum College Arts Association New York Foundation for the Arts Personal Data Born in Oyster Bay, New York; moved to northern California,1979, worked for a Rancher/Ceramicist as a shepherd, and ceramic lab assistant. Co-founded the 750 Art Gallery, moved to California’s Bay Area for graduate school while studying dressage and horsemanship. Upon graduation moved to Guadalajara, Mexico to teach painting, study pre-Columbian art, learn Spanish and ride horses. Returned to New York in 1996 and presently living and painting in Brooklyn, New York