Otherworldly celestial themes and landscapes and everyday Earthlings combine in Award-winning painter Pam Douglas’ latet exhibition “Galaxies,” featuring eleven original paintings on watercolor and rice paper. These works showoff a new experimentation of mixed media on paper, including charcoal, pencil, acrylic and photos of galaxies taken by NASA’s Hubble Telescope.
In “Galaxies,” she features ethereal human subjects, but with a lighthearted tone. In this case, she shows graceful figures and even a playful Buddha, each creating tangible connections with the stars. The outer space images were taken by NASA’s world-renowned Hubble Telescope, currently celebrating its 25th anniversary of operation
The show also includes an endearing image of a baby eating ‘galaxy fruit’ with great delight; a woman floating in outer space, catching onto a galaxy’s ‘tail’; and a grinning Buddha who juggles eight ‘galaxy balls’ above his head. The images are also subtle comments on humanity’s desire to make our connection to the universe more tangible, understandable.
Special events include Artists’ Reception (Saturday, Sept. 12th 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.) and Artists’ Talk (Saturday, Sept. 19th) 3 p.m.. Douglas is also an award-winning writer and professor at USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Head to the TAG Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica (2525 Michigan Avenue, D3). Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday 11AM – 5PM; Sunday afternoons this September 1 – 26, 2015
– Juggling Galaxies, acrylic on paper with Hubble photos, 54 x 30 inches. A grinning Buddha juggles eight galaxy balls.
Says Douglas, “Before, I was too awed by the beauty of the telescope’s photographs to use them in my art, and I didn’t want to be disrespectful to science. But then I considered the words of Arthur C. Clarke, who said: ‘Astrologers once believed that the stars controlled the destinies of men. The time may come when men control the destinies of stars.’ And I asked myself, ‘What if the cosmos could be seen as approachable, available for people to experience, if we can play with the stars?’”
She adds, “I was also inspired by Plato’s quote: ‘Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and draws it from the things of this world to the other,’ and so I decided to move forward on using these beautiful Hubble images, which pay homage to the Hubble Telescope’s 25th anniversary—the Hubble is one of mankind’s greatest achievements.”
In “Galaxies,” Douglas will exhibit 11 paintings:
- – Goddess of Galaxies 1, acrylic on paper with Hubble photos, 28 x 22 inches. A triptych of women serving up trays of of spiraling stars.
- Swinging on Stars, acrylic on rice paper with Hubble photo, 46 x 20 inches. A figure floats in space holding onto the tail of a spiral galaxy.
- – Juggling Galaxies, acrylic on paper with Hubble photos, 54 x 30 inches. A grinning Buddha juggles eight galaxy balls.
- – In Her Own World, acrylic on rice paper with Hubble photo, 41 x 22 inches. A young woman dips a finger in a spiral galaxy as she might touch a pond.
- – Music of the Universe, pastel & acrylic on paper with Hubble photo, 38 x 48 inches . A galaxy fills the mouth of a guitar played by an aging man.
- – Wow, pencil and acrylic on rice paper with Hubble photo, 36 x 26 inches. A woman beholds a field of stars held in her hand.
- – How to Inflate a Galaxy, acrylic on paper with Hubble photo, 21 x 32 inches. A figure blows into a galaxy as she would inflate a beach ball.
- – Goddess of Galaxies 2, acrylic on paper with Hubble photo, 28 x 22 inches. Part of triptych.
- – Goddess of Galaxies 3, acrylic on paper with Hubble photos, 28 x 22 inches. Part of triptych.
- – Yum Yum, acrylic on rice paper with Hubble photo, 29 x 30 inches. A baby munches on a galaxy the way she would bite into fruit.
- – Nursed by Stars, acrylic on paper with Hubble photo, 29 x 17 inches. A mother whose breasts are suggested by galaxies holds a baby.