Art Central

Friday, July 7, 2017

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Art Central
1329 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo
, CA
805-747-4200

Please join Art Central for the opening reception of “becoming River” at Art Central on Friday, July 7th from 6-8 pm. After graduating from Oberlin College with a bachelors degree in Studio Art and Environmental Studies, Aubrey Pongluelert moved back to California, where she has spent the past year working as a Naturalist at Rancho el Chorro Outdoor School. It is common in the world of environmental education for people to choose a “nature name” that they feel somehow represents them or is meaningful to them. Entering as a naturalist at Ranch el Chorro, Aubrey choose “River” as her nature name.  

This collection of reflections is a synthesis of new pieces and selected older works, which Aubrey feels represents her roots, changes and growth. Comprised of several series of self-portraits that range from figurative painting to personal abstractions to symbolic drawings, the show serves as a narrative to the ever-changing process of becoming.

Aubrey uses her art making process as a means of self-reflection and inquiry. Her works in figurative painting and printing begin with sessions of self-portrait photography, from which she selects images to reimagine through different mediums. Aubrey’s work is also heavily influenced by locations, the natural environment and the spaces around her. Many of the pieces in this exhibit speak to the places and times which the artist holds as significant in the flow of her path.