Anglim Gilbert Gallery

Clare Rojas

New Work

September 9th through October 10th, 2015

Reception: Thursday September 10th, 5:30-7:30pm

Anglim Gilbert Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Clare Rojas.

Rojas’ new paintings feature abstract forms at play in space.  Her new forms and distilled color palette of strong slightly-off-primary hues with black are at rest against a soft pale ground, contained but energized.  Rojas has moved further toward precision and reduction, and her refined shapes appear linked, practically animated with their own properties-- of character or personality? 

The artist’s interest in history and story-telling invites the viewer to read the compositions as a narrative stripped down to its symbols, in an abstracted pictorial shorthand.  Taking a different path toward the destination of formal abstraction, Rojas’ practice engages the optic energies of blocked color that almost meet, frame other shapes, group together or pull away into the painted illusory space.

Clare Rojas studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Chicago Art Institute before moving to the Bay Area where she lives and maintains her studio.  She has exhibited internationally, including solo shows at the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, the Museo De Arte Contemporaneo de Castillo y Leon in Spain and the Museum Het Doemien in the Netherlands. She received awards from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Artadia and the Fleishhacker Foundation’s Eureka Fellowship.  Also an accomplished musician and performer, she has several books and music CD’s published.

Bruno Fazzolari


September 9th through October 10th, 2015

Reception: Thursday September 10th, 5:30-7:30pm

Anglim Gilbert Gallery is pleased to announce Seyrig, an exhibition of new work by Bruno Fazzolari, his third exhibition with the gallery.

The exhibition will include paintings and a perfume, as well as the first sculptures he has shown in 14 years. Fazzolari’s work explores perception and the senses, and engages his own experience of synesthesia and abstraction. He also is inspired by the visual culture and history of perfume. His work as a perfumer has garnered strong acclaim and numerous awards. His last perfume shown with the gallery earned four stars from the eminent (and notoriously feisty) perfume critic, Luca Turin.

Fazzolari “sees” color in scent. For this exhibition, Fazzolari will show paintings that explore his synesthetic responses to harvests of rose oil from France, Egypt and Morocco. Inspired by perfumers’ use of the phrase “olfactory shape” to describe the unique form of a perfume composition, Fazzolari’s paintings create a space for the shapes, color and associations of scents. The paintings play with perceptions of space and depth and recall visionary, alchemical images as well as hand-woven textiles.

The show will mark the launch of Fazzolari’s latest perfume, Seyrig. Citing the aldehydic motifs of late sixties and early seventies perfume, Seyrig centers on an artistic interpretation of the Syringa flower — a relative of lilac that resists olfactory extraction. Crisp aldehydes are draped over rich rose de mai and ylang ylang absolutes with a foundation of oakmoss, resins, and musks. Seyrig is a bold, statement scent that bridges perfume’s past with the present.

The exhibition also will include a selection from Fazzolari’s Factices sculptures which re-phrase the bottles of 20th century masterpieces of perfumery in epoxy resin. Factice is the term for the fake, over-sized perfume bottles that are used to merchandize perfumes in department stores.

Bruno Fazzolari has also exhibited with Feature, Inc., (NYC), Michael Kohn Gallery, and Jancar Jones Gallery (LA). His work has been included in shows at the M.H. de Young Museum and the Katonah Museum of Art and is in the permanent collection of the Berkeley Art Museum. Fazzolari has been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, the New Yorker, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the New York Times. He has been a resident at the Headlands Center for the Arts and received awards from Artadia and the International Artisan Fragrance Salon. He was a finalist for the 2010 SECA award and for the 2014 Artisan Art and Olfaction Award. Fazzolari teaches in the graduate program at the California College of the Arts (CCA).  His writing has appeared at and, more recently, in Art in America. He earned an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute after graduating from U.C. Berkeley.