Leave the Capital (detail), 2004
Ink and gouache on paper
Collection of James Harris Gallery, Seattle
© Shaun O'Dell
Revealing the richness of the Bay Area arts scene, the 2004 SECA Art Award exhibition presents new and recent works by four artists of exceptional promise. Rosana Castrillo Díaz's 30-foot "drawing" made entirely of loops of cellophane tape spans the gallery wall like a delicate veil. Simon Evans looks at the idiosyncrasies of everyday life through intricate charts and diagrams whose intimacy evokes the voyeurism of encountering a found diary. Shaun O'Dell's figurative images consider our relationship to nature and the resonance of various American myths within contemporary culture. And Josephine Taylor's exquisite ink-and-gouache drawings address the psychological residue of childhood. While each artist takes drawing in an independent direction, their combined output illustrates a directness of approach and a modesty of means prevalent in art production right now.
2004 SECA Art Award: Rosana Castrillo Díaz, Simon Evans, Shaun O'Dell, Josephine Taylor is funded by SECA (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art), an auxiliary of SFMOMA.