Debra Jan Bibel, Monica Coyne, Stefano Cusumano, Jeff Jordan & Suk Choo Kim

NOVEMBER 4 - 25, 2017

The Black Faun Gallery is presenting a group exhibition during the month of November. Artists include: Bay area painter, Debra Jan Bibel; Ferndale blacksmith, Monica Coyne; the late Stefano Cusumano; local painter, Jeff Jordan; and local photographer, Suk Choo Kim.

Last year, Monica Coyne was asked to demonstrate at the ABANA (Artist Blacksmith Association of North America) national blacksmithing conference, which spurred her to create a piece in the Black Faun show, titled Ilia. “The task was to make a sculpture and to demonstrate some of the techniques I have developed," Monica states. "I had been working on a modified three part dovetail joint. The joint reminded me of bones fitting together. Forging hot steel is a very contemplative act. Often when I am forging something, especially if it is a sculpture, I get immersed wading toward my intention all the while being pushed and stretched by the movement of metal. A pelvis, a cradle, a womb, the metal began to take shape. The piece would represent bone structure but also the joy and incredible power of motherhood. Then a horrible thing happened. My close friend lost her 25 year old son.

When I returned to my shop the pelvis was there waiting but now it bore the immeasurable weight of the loss of a child. Twisting and depressing the metal into the shape of the pelvic cavity became an act of fear and sorrow. The pelvis sculpture developed into a symbol of the joy, the strength and then the unbearable anguish of loss which has always been an unspoken truth of motherhood.”

Suk Choo Kim regards his photography practices either being either from the Outside-in or from the Inside-out. His works on exhibition reflect both of these styles.

Suk Choo describes his styles, “Outside-in is about observing, discovering and learning. Being aware. It involves trying to understand your environment and seeing all of its elements, and then mentally processing what you see into a two-dimensional image to tell your story, and to capture and share that feeling.

Inside-out is conceptual, and focused on creativity and freedom for the purpose of discovering new types of imagery. This is achieved by creating and visualizing an image in your head, and then producing a photograph from your imagination.”

Oakland-based artist, Debra Jan Bibel has a Ph.D. in medical microbiology and immunology, which influences her bold and bright paintings. Bibel’s uncle is noted WPA artist of the Great Depression, Leon Bibel, and she is the daughter of furniture designer and artist Philip Bibel.  She also studied Chinese calligraphy under Kaz Tanahashi.

In addition to art, Bibel has a wide background in laboratory research, history of medicine, philosophy of science, ethnomusicology, and poetry. She has authored four books and numerous professional articles.

New York City artist, Stefano Cusumano (1912-1975) has paintings in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum, and The National Gallery in Washington, D.C.

The painting, Travelers, which will be shown in the Black Faun, comes from Stefano’s daughter’s impressive collection. Cusumano got his inspiration for Travelers on a trip to Arcata to visit family. He became enthralled with the groups of young people hitch-hiking along Highway 101. He took the sketches he made in Arcata back to his NYC studio and painted Travelers in 1973. This painting exemplifies his masterful draftsmanship and surrealist vision of the human condition.

Jeff Jordan describes his work this way, “I've had a tendency to find places less traveled by other artists. Through the years since I started painting (1972), I've found methods of creating images mostly without drawing, which I then paint. For the Black Faun show I'll present a variety of those places--mostly Surrealism and Cubism, representational to abstract, places I've been and continue to go to. Bring a sense of humor if you'd like.”