Some use plastic fruit baskets, some piece together rectangular bits of found materials like wood and photos, some make devices that create stars and some put bird boxes on the ceiling. "External Combustion," the new exhibit at di Rosa, brings together sculptors with an unseen common thread. What these four sculptors share is a sense of place—they're all from the Sacramento area.
With some steampunk influences here, a little abstract collage work there, it's tough even to determine a "Northern California" style between them. But the artists' home region was a major factor in the exhibit, says di Rosa public relations manager Stephanie King. "Di Rosa houses the foremost collection of contemporary Northern California art with nearly 2,000 works by 800 artists," she says, adding that the preserve has always considered the Sacramento area part of Northern California.
When the former director of UC Davis' Nelson Gallery, Renny Pritikin, was asked to curate an exhibit, he had at his fingertips an intimate knowledge of artists of the Sacramento area. He chose pieces by Nathan Cordero, Julia Couzens, Chris Daubert and Dave Lane to be featured in this exhibit, which resides in the Gatehouse Gallery.
"External Combustion" opens with a free reception Saturday, July 13, at di Rosa Preserve and runs through Sept. 22. 5200 Sonoma Hwy., Napa. Reception, 7–9pm. 707.226.5991.