FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 30, 2007
Eddie Fumasi Exhibit Slated for Art Gallery
An old man has a dead gull on his chest. The dog under the bed is emerging from an envelope that has a picture of a dead bird on a rock. Hovering above the entire scene and adding to its mystery, is a 3-Dphotograph of three cranes, one in flight.
Although not exactly festive, "Pass" is just one of the more than 30 pieces of Eddie Fumasi's work in the form of collages that will be on display from Dec. 1 to 15 at the College of the Canyons Art Gallery.
"Eddie Fumasi is a very private person who has managed to quietly create his collages over the last 40 years," said Larry Hurst, art gallery director at the college. "The images are seductive, charming and quite often somewhat disturbing. Mr. Fumasi has a dry, biting wit that is clearly visible in his work."
Fumasi's collages are small, intricate compositions that require both investigation and introspection. Early pieces were created using postcards and have evolved to include images mounted on reflective surfaces to catch light.
Also on exhibition are his collection of more than 300 vintage cardboard "village houses." These houses made during the 1940s, '50s and '60s for holiday displays and will be arranged in groups throughout the gallery.
Fumasi was born in Lompoc and received his bachelor's degree from Chouinard Art Institute (now known as CalArts). He has worked as a registrar and curator for several high-end arts institutions including the LA Louvre Gallery, Arco Center for the Visual Arts and the Frederick Weisman Art Foundation.
Necia Gelker, art historian and COC faculty member, will speak about the significance and role Fumasi's work has played in art history at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, and a reception for Fumasi will be held in the COC Art Gallery from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.
The Art Gallery is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Visitors unable to attend during these hours are welcome to call the gallery at (661) 362-3612 to make an appointment.