Sparks Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of “Anna Stump: Nudes / A Solo Show” on March 18 from 6 pm. to 9 pm.
San Diego artist Anna Stump began her Large Nudes body of work while she was a Fulbright Scholar in Turkey. The artist would paint in her spacious Turkish studio, enlarging 20-minute gouache studies into formalized works. Each painting was started upside-down, then turned to the side, the other side, and finally finished upright.
For her solo exhibition at Sparks Gallery, Stump returns to this central practice with an interesting twist. In addition to the traditional live models she works from, Stump has begun incorporating found imagery as source material, focusing specifically on deconstructing the male gaze present in the photographic imagery of vintage men’s magazines.
The artist presents a collection of small studies alongside new large-scale works through May 13th and will also lead two live painting events at the gallery.
“The nude is the oldest of my visual obsessions: I’ve been painting the human body for over 30 years. I was a choreographer and dancer in my 20s, heavily influencing my understanding of how the body moves through and rests in space. I’m also a longtime feminist, and hope my work serves as a critique of the male gaze.” Stump
Exhibition Dates: March 18, 2018 through May 13, 2018
Opening Reception: March 18, 2018, 6 pm. to 9 pm. (RSVP Required)
About the Gallery
Located in the Gaslamp Quarter of downtown San Diego, the Sparks Gallery (Est 2013) (sparksgallery.com) is housed in the historic Sterling Hardware Building between Island and Market on Sixth Avenue. Sparks Gallery represents contemporary artwork by artists living in San Diego and Southern California.
The Gallery was awarded the 2015 People in Preservation Award for Adaptive Reuse by Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO). The Gallery serves as a premier San Diego event venue offering art exhibitions, art workshops, seminars and private events.
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday: 12pm-7pm, Saturday 11am-7pm, and Sunday 11am-5pm. Private appointments also available by calling 619-696-1416.