Saturday, May 30, 2:00 p.m. at CB1 Gallery
Merion Estes, a veteran artist of the Pattern and Decoration movement, whose exhibition Dystopia is on view at CB1 through May 30. She will be discussing her work with artist and critic Constance Mallinson and curator Jay Belloli on Saturday, May 30 at 2 p.m. The discussion will focus on her history as a painter in downtown LA, her process as well as her place in the history of the Pattern & Decoration movement.
Raised in San Diego, CA, Merion Estes attended high school, as an art major at Grossmont High School and attended Grossmont College in El Cajon. She received her BFA from University of New Mexico and an MFA from University of Colorado in Boulder. In addition to exhibition at various private galleries over the past 40 years and a 5 year survey at Barnsdall in ’79 she received a CETA for art in public places same year. There was a major 35 year retrospective at Pomona College in 2006 and she is included in the Getty book “LA Art before 1980” by Lyn Keinholtz, Her work is included in many private, corporate and museum collections. For the last fourteen years, she has concentrated on teaching art in the California public colleges, mostly at Long Beach City College, Cal State Long Beach and Cal State Fullerton. She has never stopped painting.
Constance Mallinson is a Los Angeles based painter and critic. Her work is represented many notable private and public collection including LACMA, the San Jose Museum, and the Pomona College Museum. She is the recipient of an NEA Fellowship and a COLA grant and her writing has appeared in many publications such as Art in America, Xtra, and the Times Quotidian. Her next scheduled exhibition is at the Armory in Pasadena in September 2015 and she is curating two large exhibitions with accompanying book and catalogue in 2016-17
Born in San Jose, CA, Jay Belloli received his BA in studio art from Stanford University and his MA in art history for UC Berkeley. A curator for over 40 years, Jay was director of programs at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena from 1990 – 2010 and is now an independent contemporary art curator and writer.