Marks on Land & Mind

January 4 – 25, 2020

Reception January 4, 6-10pm

"Marks on Land & Mind" opens on Saturday January 4, 2020 from 6:00 to 10:00 pm at Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA). We are honored to present paintings from Soheila Siadate and photography by Tom Lamb. As Ms. Siadate states, her works are meant to “echo the energy which is streaming beneath the surface”, and this applies to Mr. Lamb's work as well. The exhibition continues through January 25th.


About the exhibition

“The art of the last century or so has been about upending perspective, cutting through the 3rd dimension into the 4th, and creating new worlds for audiences to inhabit.

Soheila Siadate’s work addresses those outward thinking issues and many inward ones as well. As she puts it, her paintings are meant to “echo the energy which is streaming beneath the surface”. In some paintings hard edge paths or stripes appear on top of, from and beneath vibrant and astute color suffused with the vibrational action of her brush. The stripes appear like tracks, altering our viewpoint like directions on a map. In others, gaps appear in the middle of a work, unafraid, pushing the painted elements outward.

In contrast, Tom Lamb’s carefully constructed aerial views are uniquely abstract and unencumbered in this particularly specialized realm of photography. The compositions do not contain themselves in an easy or academic formality as one might expect. His best work pushes the viewer past the edges of the image, allowing for and embracing the unknown, the untraveled. Leaving one to wonder, what’s out there beyond the frame.

Siadate’s work often does something similar while using a vastly different medium. Elements of Hans Burkhardt come to mind with her work. Richard Debenkorn’s Ocean Park Series comes to mind with Lamb’s art. Influences of Ed Moses are apparent in the work of both artists.

Each artist, in their own assured way, makes indelible marks on our minds.”

Juri Koll, Venice Institute of Contemporary Art +1 310 957 7037 juri@veniceica.org


Soheila Siadate

Soheila was raised in Iran and received a diploma in business in Tehran. At the age of 25, 4 years after the revolution in Iran, she decided to move to LA, due to unjust social pressure there. In California she completed a BFA in fiber art from California State University of Long Beach. More recently Soheila has made a transition towards oil painting to include the narrative of her fiber art projects. Her life as an immigrant in a country so different from Iran has made a great impact on her art. www.soheilazart.com


Tom Lamb

Tom is an aerial, landscape and interpretive photographer based out of Laguna Beach. He uses photography, as his primary tool, along with pioneering trends in new media. Tom has dedicated his life to not only creating, through the art of storytelling, memorable photographs, but also championing environmental awareness. www.lambstudio.com



Into The Light

February 1, 2020 - March 28, 2020

Receptions February 1, 6-10pm & March 7, 6-10pm

Juror: Nicholas Barlow, Curatorial Assistant, Hammer Museum.

Are you into the light? From Caravaggio to Turrell, light is essential for art. With digital effects, or old master techniques, and in every imaginable medium, artists capture and reflect light in all its forms. Since time immemorial, the radiance of light has expressed spiritual illumination, and the thirst for transcendence. Today, experimental works utilize technology to reveal the world in a new light. Enlighten the juror of Into the Light with the brilliance of your work --- traditional or avant-garde, figurative or abstract --- in all mediums, including painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, video, installation art, functional objects, fashion and craft. Into the Light seeks artworks in all media to brighten our spirits in these dark times. Without art, there is no light.


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