More often seen in the art scene as a curator and gallerist promoting other artists, Peggy Sivert Zask is also a dynamic artist herself featured in this long-overdue solo show in the South Bay curated by fine art photographer, independent art curator, and photojournalist Gloria Plascencia. Focusing on the last five years of Zask’s art career, the exhibition includes ceramics, mixed-media sculpture, acrylic and oil paintings, and celebrates Zask as an artist, art teacher, and gallery owner. Regardless of the medium used by Zask, the artist is passionate and consistent with her concern for social justice and the environment. In recent years, she added ceramics as a medium. “My goal is to apply my fine art background to clay as opposed to viewing it as craft.” The exhibition is on view at Gallery H of Phantom Galleries L.A. in Hawthorne, California starting Saturday, 8/29 through Saturday 9/26. Zask also is slated to present an in-gallery talk on Sunday, 9/20 @ 4-7 pm.
During the opening reception at 7pm, the artist will perform a “Transformational Ritual” with original electronic fusion music, which signifies an important transition in her artwork.
With powerful pieces focusing on horse imagery, harbor-area ecology, and vivid depictions of the female as a signal for change, the San Pedro-based artist uses her background as a Peace Corps volunteer and art teacher to create vivid art rooted in a desire for a better world. Zask calls her most recent body of work “‘living art,’ because it has been with me for the past 15 years and continually reworked.” She notes that the heavy canvas texture represents years of layering; ceramic sculpture broken, rebuilt or deconstructed.
Born in Los Angeles, Zask has run art galleries for over 15 years, and currently serves as director and curator for both the Zask Gallery and the nonprofit art organization, South Bay Contemporary in San Pedro, an artist-run space dedicated to explorations in contemporary art. “I like to take the viewer on an adventure, an exploration of the visual,” Zask says. With the “Transformations” exhibition, it will be her own art that leads viewers on a riveting adventure.
Zask has previously shown her own art extensively, from the Ismael Gallery in New York’s Soho to the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in Hollywood to recent exhibitions in Torrance and Santa Ana.
Gallery H of Phantom Galleries L.A.
12619 Hawthorne Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250
Open during special events, on weekends 1-6pm and by appointment (310) 869-4992
Gallery H is a project of the stART up program by Phantom Galleries LA which is a nonprofit organization that transforms vacant storefronts into temporary public art galleries. Each gallery has its own identity and is created by a unique relationship between the participating curator, property owner, and the community where the gallery resides. Galleries are organized by local arts organizations, independent curators, local galleries, and local artists.