Beatrice Wood: Bedtime Stories and More

Beatrice Wood: Bedtime Stories and More

Porch Gallery Ojai presents Beatrice Wood: Bed Stories and More. While Wood is best known for her ceramic works she continued to create two-dimensional work throughout her life. Published by Lee Waisler in 1987, when Wood was in her nineties, the twenty hand-painted etchings that comprise Bed Stories represent welcome insight into her creative prowess. As Arturo Schwarz observed in the portfolio’s introduction:

“At first glance the treatment of the individual compositions might appear naive. A second glimpse would reveal that they are highly sophisticated. To convey in a simple visual language a philosophy of life that is as profound as it is subtle is no easy endeavor. And here Beato is an unrivaled master.

“The color range might look monotonous, it is mostly limited to the two pairs of complementary colors; red/blue and yellow/ green. But when perusing this portfolio what lingers in one’s eyes and what remains alive in one’s mind is the transparent glory of the rainbow’s richness. The artist not only masters the crystalline grace of a subdued series of tonal variations, she knows instinctively how to match the right hue with the right idea at precisely the right moment. Mozart used to say’ ‘I find the notes that love each other.’ Beato discovers the color that best unites the form, and so concordant is the harmony that rings in the eye’s ear, that one is instantaneously conquered.”

Beatrice Wood was a celebrated artist who was just as well known for her wit and style as she was for the unique luster glazes she created for her ceramics. In addition to being recognized as the “Mama of Dada”, one of the few women credited with pioneering an art movement, she was the inspiration for Rose in James Cameron’s Titanic, and the first woman to attribute her longevity to “chocolate and young men.”

Wood was born into a wealthy San Francisco family in 1893. Despite her parents’ strong opposition, Wood insisted on moving to France to study art. Upon her return to the United States, she met and had a relationship with Marcel Duchamp and Henri-Pierre Roché. The three worked together to create The Blind Man, a magazine that was one of the earliest manifestations of the Dada art movement. The first publication was intended to defend the Duchamp’s readymade urinal titled The Fountain that he submitted under the name R. Mutt to the First Exhibition of the Society of Independent Artists in April 1917.

In 1947, Wood moved to Ojai, Ca. While her drawings and sculptures are included in museum collections throughout the world, it was her luster glazed ceramics that she created in her Ojai studio that gained Wood the most recognition. Before Wood, luster had generally been a surface decoration on a previously glazed form, but she used in-glaze luster produced during a single glaze firing. Although Wood did not invent this technique, she imparted to it and the ceramic medium a new expressiveness and theatricality.

Wood was in her late eighties when her first book, The Angel Who Wore Black Tights, was published. A few years later, her autobiography, I Shock Myself, was published, followed by Pinching Spaniards and 33rd Wife of a Maharajah: A Love Affair in India. There were also books written under the pseudonym of Countess Lola Screwvinsky, allowing Wood to express the mischievous and provocative side of her personality.

Beatrice Wood inspired countless artists and writers with her work. Her relationship with Marcel Duchamp and Henri-Pierre Roché was said to have inspired the latter’s book Jules and Jim, which was made into a celebrated French film by director François Truffaut. She was also the subject of films herself, most notably Beatrice Wood: The Mama of Dada, created on the occasion of her 100th birthday.

Beatrice Wood passed away in 1998, at the age of 105. The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts in Ojai, Ca celebrates the life and work of Beatrice Wood while presenting exhibitions, performances, and educational opportunities.

From the Earth: Ceramic Art

From the Earth: Ceramic Art

The Ojai Valley Museum is pleased to present an original exhibition featuring more than 30 local ceramic artists. “From the Earth: Ceramic Art” is co-curated by artist and instructor Richard Flores and Kevin Wallace, director of the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts.

 

It is not surprising that a large number of ceramic artists live and work in the Ojai valley. The earth beneath their feet is rich in clay. This exhibition features the diversity of expression ceramic artists use, a variety of forms, textures, colors and creative applications.

 

From more utilitarian forms such as teapots and bowls, to fanciful sculpture, this exhibition has something for every taste. “From the Earth” highlights the potential of ceramic as an artistic medium.

 

In addition to a wide range of work from contemporary ceramic artists, historical work made in the valley is also included. Ceramic items by  Beatrice Wood, Vivika and Otto Heino, and Frank Noyes give historical context to the work currently being made in the valley.

 

The exhibition will be open beginning the evening of February 15, 2019 from 5:30 to 7:30pm as part of the regular monthly event, Third Fridays in Ojai. It is a free event. Other Ojai merchants and galleries are also open for Third Friday.

 

“From the Earth” will be on view through April 28, 2019.

 

The Ojai Valley Museum is located at 130 W. Ojai Avenue in Ojai. Free parking is available behind the museum, off Blanche Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday noon to 4 pm. Group or school tours available by appointment.

 

For more information, call the museum at (805) 640-1390, ext. 201, email info@OjaiValleyMuseum.org or visit the museum website at OjaiValleyMuseum.org.

 

 

From the Earth: Ceramic Art

From the Earth: Ceramic Art

The Ojai Valley Museum is pleased to present an original exhibition featuring more than 30 local ceramic artists. “From the Earth: Ceramic Art” is co-curated by artist and instructor Richard Flores and Kevin Wallace, director of the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts.

 

It is not surprising that a large number of ceramic artists live and work in the Ojai valley. The earth beneath their feet is rich in clay. This exhibition features the diversity of expression ceramic artists use, a variety of forms, textures, colors and creative applications.

 

From more utilitarian forms such as teapots and bowls, to fanciful sculpture, this exhibition has something for every taste. “From the Earth” highlights the potential of ceramic as an artistic medium.

 

In addition to a wide range of work from contemporary ceramic artists, historical work made in the valley is also included. Ceramic items by  Beatrice Wood, Vivika and Otto Heino, and Frank Noyes give historical context to the work currently being made in the valley.

 

The exhibition will be open beginning the evening of February 15, 2019 from 5:30 to 7:30pm as part of the regular monthly event, Third Fridays in Ojai. It is a free event. Other Ojai merchants and galleries are also open for Third Friday.

 

“From the Earth” will be on view through April 28, 2019.

 

The Ojai Valley Museum is located at 130 W. Ojai Avenue in Ojai. Free parking is available behind the museum, off Blanche Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday noon to 4 pm. Group or school tours available by appointment.

 

For more information, call the museum at (805) 640-1390, ext. 201, email info@OjaiValleyMuseum.org or visit the museum website at OjaiValleyMuseum.org.

 

 

From the Earth: Ceramic Art

From the Earth: Ceramic Art

The Ojai Valley Museum is pleased to present an original exhibition featuring more than 30 local ceramic artists. “From the Earth: Ceramic Art” is co-curated by artist and instructor Richard Flores and Kevin Wallace, director of the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts.

 

It is not surprising that a large number of ceramic artists live and work in the Ojai valley. The earth beneath their feet is rich in clay. This exhibition features the diversity of expression ceramic artists use, a variety of forms, textures, colors and creative applications.

 

From more utilitarian forms such as teapots and bowls, to fanciful sculpture, this exhibition has something for every taste. “From the Earth” highlights the potential of ceramic as an artistic medium.

 

In addition to a wide range of work from contemporary ceramic artists, historical work made in the valley is also included. Ceramic items by  Beatrice Wood, Vivika and Otto Heino, and Frank Noyes give historical context to the work currently being made in the valley.

 

The exhibition will be open beginning the evening of February 15, 2019 from 5:30 to 7:30pm as part of the regular monthly event, Third Fridays in Ojai. It is a free event. Other Ojai merchants and galleries are also open for Third Friday.

 

“From the Earth” will be on view through April 28, 2019.

 

The Ojai Valley Museum is located at 130 W. Ojai Avenue in Ojai. Free parking is available behind the museum, off Blanche Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday noon to 4 pm. Group or school tours available by appointment.

 

For more information, call the museum at (805) 640-1390, ext. 201, email info@OjaiValleyMuseum.org or visit the museum website at OjaiValleyMuseum.org.

 

 

From the Earth: Ceramic Art

From the Earth: Ceramic Art

The Ojai Valley Museum is pleased to present an original exhibition featuring more than 30 local ceramic artists. “From the Earth: Ceramic Art” is co-curated by artist and instructor Richard Flores and Kevin Wallace, director of the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts.

 

It is not surprising that a large number of ceramic artists live and work in the Ojai valley. The earth beneath their feet is rich in clay. This exhibition features the diversity of expression ceramic artists use, a variety of forms, textures, colors and creative applications.

 

From more utilitarian forms such as teapots and bowls, to fanciful sculpture, this exhibition has something for every taste. “From the Earth” highlights the potential of ceramic as an artistic medium.

 

In addition to a wide range of work from contemporary ceramic artists, historical work made in the valley is also included. Ceramic items by  Beatrice Wood, Vivika and Otto Heino, and Frank Noyes give historical context to the work currently being made in the valley.

 

The exhibition will be open beginning the evening of February 15, 2019 from 5:30 to 7:30pm as part of the regular monthly event, Third Fridays in Ojai. It is a free event. Other Ojai merchants and galleries are also open for Third Friday.

 

“From the Earth” will be on view through April 28, 2019.

 

The Ojai Valley Museum is located at 130 W. Ojai Avenue in Ojai. Free parking is available behind the museum, off Blanche Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday noon to 4 pm. Group or school tours available by appointment.

 

For more information, call the museum at (805) 640-1390, ext. 201, email info@OjaiValleyMuseum.org or visit the museum website at OjaiValleyMuseum.org.