Reception Offers Attendees Chance to Discover Artists’ Process, Objective

Showcasing selected imaginative and creative works is the desired outcome for most Gallery exhibitions. From that standpoint alone, the La Verne Law Art Gallery’s fall exhibit Continuum of Impact delivers an expansive and inspired array of creations from six contributing artists.

But in this instance, an integral part of the experience for those viewing Continuum of Impact is the discussions that stem from how the exhibit pieces affect those who see them.

“This is an opportunity to show how art can capture events and can be agents of influence and change, both of society and government,” said Conchi Sanford, curator of the exhibit. “So often artists start out with great plans of using their art to make statements and to alert people to what’s happening around them. But then the pressure to be successful artists, to generate work that sells, alters their career path. The art in this show reflects that ability to affect change.”

The Artists Reception on September 17 provided attendees an exceptional opportunity to see the art and discuss it with Sanford and four of the artists. College of Law students, faculty, staff and alumni came together with members of the local community to see and experience the selections.

The work of artists Chris Christion, Carelton Christy, Jeff Gillette, Ryan McIntosh, Dan Taulapapa McMullin, and Jamaal Tolbert – covering a variety of styles and media – are featured in the exhibit. Each piece serves to spotlight societal values that don’t necessarily reflect the best aspects of humanity. Dystopian landscapes, images of financial greed and suggestions of people numb to suffering and despair around them seek to grab viewers’ attention and kick start vital discussions of how to change such stark realities.

“I want people to experience art that has impact and shock,” said Tolbert, a Los Angeles native who combined a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a Master of Fine Arts from Claremont Graduate University. “This is my first time here (at the La Verne Law Gallery), and I really love the space.”

For McIntosh, who insists his art isn’t meant to be “just a bunch of pretty pictures,” he feels the exhibit captures exactly what Sanford intended.

“These are challenging pieces that work well together. They reflect a lot of different aspects of what is happening,” said McIntosh. “A lot of thought went into this show, and it works.”

Continuum of Impact will be on display at the College of Law through December 11. Access is available Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. by appointment only. For more information contact Evelyn De Anda at edeanda@laverne.edu.

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