In the Absence of Color

May 17 – July 13th, 2019

Judith Foosaner is in our current show In the Absence of Color.

Judith Foosaner’s images are filled with biomorphic forms, plant accumulation, and calligraphic marks, allowing the subtlety of line and shadow to aspire towards lyrical and rhythmic movements. Working exclusively in black, Foosaner creates expressive line drawings on paper, adding black paint throughout. She then slices and reassembles the drawings as collages on canvas. The resulting works capture a tension between gesture and geometry, hand and grid; swirling light and dark forms interrupted by thin pasted rectangles.

Foosaner received her MFA from the University of California-Berkeley. She has exhibited extensively in galleries and museums across the country and abroad. Included in the collections of San Diego Fine Art Museum; Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA; The Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, HI; Newport Harbor Art Museum in Newport Harbor, CA; The Oakland Museum in Oakland, CA; as well as many other museums and corporate collections. She currently lives and works in Berkeley, California.

Judith Foosaner
Pulse, 2019
collage with acrylic
66 x 66 x 2″

Judith Foosaner
Outside In #14, 2019
collage with acrylic
40 x 80 x 2″

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Judith Foosaner’s images are filled with biomorphic forms, plant accumulation, and calligraphic marks, allowing the subtlety of line and shadow to aspire towards lyrical and rhythmic movements. Working exclusively in black, Foosaner creates expressive line drawings on paper, adding black paint throughout. She then slices and reassembles the drawings as collages on canvas. The resulting works capture a tension between gesture and geometry, hand and grid; swirling light and dark forms interrupted by thin pasted rectangles.

Foosaner received her MFA from the University of California-Berkeley. She has exhibited extensively in galleries and museums across the country and abroad. Included in the collections of San Diego Fine Art Museum; Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA; The Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, HI; Newport Harbor Art Museum in Newport Harbor, CA; The Oakland Museum in Oakland, CA; as well as many other museums and corporate collections. She currently lives and works in Berkeley, California.

EDUCATION

1968 MFA, University of California, Berkeley, CA
1964 BA, University of California, Berkeley, CA

HONORS & AWARDS

1989 Fellowship, Artist in Residence, Virginia Center of the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, VA
1989 Panelist, College Art Association, San Francisco, CA, Drawing as a Major Medium
1983 Yaddo Fellowship, Spring Residence, Saratoga Springs, NY

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015 Judith Foosaner: Recent Works, Shasta College, Redding, CA
2014 Then Again, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2012 Breaking & Entering, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
2012 Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
2011 Breaking and Entering, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2011 Moving Violations, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
2010 Step In Time, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2010 Night Flight: Collage Drawings, George Lawson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2008 Crossing the Line, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2007 Travel by Night, Hunsaker/Schlesinger Fine Arts, Santa Monica, CA
2006 R. B. Stevenson Gallery, La Jolla, CA
2005 Gallery 276, San Francisco, CA
2005 Pamela Skinner Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2004 Louis Stern Fine Arts, West Hollywood, CA
2004 Spheris Gallery, Bellows Falls, CT
2003 Carl Cherry Center for the Fine Arts, Carmel, CA
2002 Sakata Garo, Sacramento, CA
2001 Louis Stern Fine Arts, West Hollywood, CA
2001 R. Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2001 R. B. Stevenson Gallery, San Diego, CA
2000 Louis Stern Fine Arts, West Hollywood, CA
1999 R. Duane Reed Gallery, Chicago, IL
1999 Evolving Space Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1997 Louis Stern Fine Arts, West Hollywood, CA
1997 R. B. Stevenson Gallery, La Jolla, CA
1997 Gwenda Jay Gallery, Chicago, IL
1995 D. P. Fong Gallery, San Jose, CA
1995 Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1995 R. B. Stevenson Gallery, La Jolla, CA
1994 Don Soker Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1993 Littlejohn Sternau Gallery, New York, NY
1993 Sazama Gallery, Chicago, IL
1993 R. B. Stevenson Gallery, La Jolla, CA
1992 Don Soker Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1988 Jeremy Stone Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1988 Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1987 Jeremy Stone Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1985 Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1985 Jeremy Stone Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1983 Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1983 Jeremy Stone Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1982 Wenger Gallery, San Diego, CA
1982 Rolando Castellon Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1981 John Bolles Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA
1980 Wenger Gallery, San Diego, CA
1979 Wenger Gallery, San Diego, CA
1978 Memorial Union Art Gallery, University of California, Davis, CA
1977 William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1975 William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1973 Wenger Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1971 Wenger Gallery, San Francisco, CA

COLLABORATIONS

1990 Marking Time, a site-specific installation celebrating time’s multi-dimensionality by Judith Foosaner and Susan Leibovitz Steinman. Sponsored by the Kala Institute of Berkeley, California.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017 3 WAYS; Judith Foosaner, Jimi Gleason, Thomas Zitzwitz, R.B. Stevenson Gallery, La Jolla, CA
2016 Spatial Contrasts, R.B. Stevenson Gallery, La Jolla, CA
2015 Synergy, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Dallas, TX
2014 Bay Area Artists Tour, McNay Museum, San Antonio, TX
2013 Still Point, Robert F Agrella Gallery, Santa Rosa Community College, Santa Rosa, CA
2011 Gallery Selections, Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2011 Gallery Selections, R.B. Stevenson Gallery, La Jolla, CA
2010 Dynamic Equilibrium: Drawings, Paintings & Collages, San Francisco School Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2009 Well-Tempered, R.B Stevenson Gallery, CA
2009 B&Wx5, George Lawson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2009 Draw The Line, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2005 Buschlen Mowatt Galleries, Palm Desert, CA
2005 Monterey Museum, Monterey, CA
2005 The Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM
2004 Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
2003 Reeves Contemporary, New York, NY
2003 Spheris Gallery, Walpole, NH
2000 Art Alive, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA
2000 The Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA
1998 Illuminated Under the White Light: 8 Painters, R. B. Stevenson Gallery, La Jolla, CA
1998 Pacific Heritage Museum, San Francisco, CA
1996 Gwenda Jay Gallery, Chicago, IL
1995 Eloquent Line, Louis Stern Fine Arts, West Hollywood, CA
1994 Morley Gallery, London, England
1994 Drawing ’94: Explorations, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA
1993 The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI
1993 Littlejohn-Sternau Gallery, New York, NY
1992 Littlejohn-Sternau Gallery, New York, NY
1992 (Basically) Black and White, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA
1992 Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY
1992 National Drawing Association, Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD
1991 Pattern Selections from the Permanent Collection of the Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
1991 Don Soker Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1991 Works on Paper, Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1990 National Drawing Invitational, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
1990 Helander Gallery, New York, NY
1989 Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
1989 Annual Collector’s Exhibition, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
1989 Triangle Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1989 Michael Dunev Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1989 Order and Intuition, Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, CA
1988 Linear Link, Irvine Fine Art Center, Irvine, CA
1987 Littlejohn-Sternau Gallery, New York, NY
1987 Bay Area Drawing, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
1987 Bay Area Artists—Small Works Invitational, Janet Steinberg Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1987 The Ethnic Idea—An Artistic Genesis, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA
1986 Jeremy Stone Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1985-1986 Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, CA. Curated by Clement Greenberg, Nancy Hoffman and John Perreault, Drawing National, Catalogued in Syracuse Scholar, Fall 1985. Traveling to: University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ; Moody Art Gallery, University of Alabama, University, AL; Newhouse Gallery, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, NY; New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
1985 Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, CA, CCAC Faculty Show
1984 Newspace Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1984 Gestural Drawing I: Bay Area Artists, Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1983 Walnut Creek Civic Arts Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
1982 Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
1982 Richmond Arts Center, Richmond, CA
1981 Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1981 Rutgers National Works on Paper, Stedman Art Gallery, Rutgers University, Camden, NJ
1981 Small Works National ’81, Zaner Gallery, Rochester, NY
1981 Lester Gallery, Inverness, CA
1980 Van Doren Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1980 Center for the Visual Arts, Oakland, CA
1980 Santa Rosa Community College, Santa Rosa, CA
1979 Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
1978 Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA
1978 Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GA
1978 Center for the Visual Arts, Oakland, CA
1977 Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
1977 M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA
1976 Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
1976 Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA
1976 Worth Ryder Gallery, University of California, Berkeley, CA
1975 Carleton College, Northfield, MN
1974 Ames Gallery, Berkeley, CA
1969 California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA
1969 San Diego Fine Art Museum, San Diego, CA
1968 Worth Ryder Gallery, University of California, Berkeley, CA
1967 Laguna Beach Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA

PUBLICATIONS

Berkson, Bill, Judith Foosaner: Works on Paper, published by David Spencer, Little Rock, Arkansas, 1995
Berkson, Bill, Judith Foosaner: Selected Works, published by David Spender, Little Rock, Arkansas, 1993
Quarry West 28, Porter College, University if California, Santa Cruz, CA, 1991
Wolfe, Townsend, National Drawing Invitational, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas, 1990
Clement Greenberg, Nancy Hoffman, and John Perreault, Syracuse Scholar/Everson Museum of Art Drawing National, catalogue, 1985
Liss, Andrea, Gestural Drawing I: Bay Area Artists, Newspace Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 1984
Parsons, Betty, Small Works National, Zaner Gallery, Rochester, NY, 1981
Bourgeois, Louise, Rutgers National ’81, Stedman Art Gallery, Rutgers University, NJ, 1981
Mixed Media on Paper, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA, 1978

TEACHING

2003-2004 California College of Arts & Crafts, Oakland, CA
2002 University of California, Davis, CA
1994-2001 California College of Arts & Crafts, Oakland, CA
1993 Wimbledon School of Art, London, England
1977-1993 California College of Arts & Crafts, Oakland, CA
1975-1977 University of California, Berkeley, CA
1970-1975 California College of Arts & Crafts, Oakland, CA

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Neiman Marcus, Walnut Creek, CA
3-M Corporation, St. Paul, MN
Albuquerque Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM
Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas
Bank of America, San Francisco, CA
Brobeck, Phleger and Company, San Francisco, CA
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Harbor, CA
Oral-B, San Francisco, CA
San Diego Fine Art Museum, San Diego, CA
Shaklee Company, San Francisco, CA
Shanghai Music Conservatory, Shanghai, China
The Lurie Company, San Francisco, CA
The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI
The Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
United Gas Pipeline, Houston, TX
U. S. Venture Partners, Menlo Park, CA
White, Weld & Company, San Francisco, CA

The Painting Imperative: In Conversation with Judith Foosaner
Judith Foosaner’s practice can be described as a dedicated and relentless study of linear qualities through various media. Frances McCormack of The Painting Imperative sits down with Foosaner in her Sacramento studio to talk about her formative years, and how line (as a universal symbol of expression) eventually captured her attention.

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