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Chuck Feesago: Retention
May 6 - June 3, 2012
Opening Reception: Sunday, May 6, 2-5pm
Artist's Talk & Closing Reception: Sunday, June 3, 2-5pm

Chuck Feesago

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Press Release

Offramp Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition, Chuck Feesago: Retention from May 6 - June 3, 2012. Retention is Feesago's second solo show at Offramp Gallery. There will be an opening reception for the artist on Sunday, May 6 from 2-5pm. There will be a closing reception and artist's talk on Sunday, June 3 from 2-5pm.

The Retention series is a continuation of Feesago's interest in the bowl as metaphor for ritual consumption and its effect on thought and memory, both public and private. From his changing vantage point as he commutes along the 210 Freeway, the rim of the San Gabriel Mountains suggests the rim of a bowl, a transition between a private space, and beyond its confines, a public space. Feesago no longer see the walls of granite and sandstone as the primary focus, but becomes seductively aware of the shifting atmospheres created by the mountain environment.

This awareness, this shift in perspective, affects our thoughts and the information we gather. In the age of the Internet, our interactions have become more homogenized. A shifting sense of place colors our interpretation of information 

Feesago uses overlaying patterns of dots to create shifting atmospheres. The overall color of each piece refers to a time of day, while the colors of the dots speak to the effects of climate. Feesago uses mutilated text and string to address the influx of information, its shift in meaning and the endless possibilities for understanding and misunderstanding. The text used is from Samoan writer Sia Figiel’s novel Where We Once Belonged, a poignant picture of contemporary Samoan life that has had a profound effect on Feesago as a Samoan descendant, and colors his sense of place.

Chuck Feesago, Retention 4, 2012, mixed media on panel, detail
Chuck Feesago, Retention 3, 2012, mixed media on panel, detail