Gordon Studer’s earthy, confident abstracts are taking over the Mill Valley Chamber’s space at 85 Throckmorton Ave. in June, including a reception on Tuesday, June 7th as part of the Mill Valley Arts Commission’s First Tuesday Artwalk (5:30-7:30pm).
Studer’s work is rooted in his discipline as an award-winning commercial illustrator, lending his work a strong, graphic cadence. The result speaks to liminal experience, interstitial time, and dreamscapes in deliberate forms in black atop a palette of ochre, sky blue, and crushed clays.
Having studied fine art at Penn State, he went on to teach at the California College of the Arts, and enjoyed a 25 year career telling visual stories for Fortune 500 corporate clients and major media outlets. His background is evident as he applies an intentionality to his paintings, delivering on a specific narrative, inviting the viewer to a purposeful encounter.
Based in Sausalito, California, Studer once experienced a bout of complete amnesia, allowing him to refresh his perception of the natural world and question concepts such as imagination, dream, and recollection.
Aside from the First Tuesday Artwalk on June 7th, the Chamber’s office is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 12-4pm.