MSJC Art Gallery to Feature Artwork by Internationally Acclaimed Artist

The Mt. San Jacinto College Art Gallery will be bringing globally diverse artwork to the San Jacinto Valley with “Stand Still,” an exhibit of mixed media paintings and sculpture made by Spanish artist Lola del Fresno. Del Fresno, who has been working in America under a sponsorship for the past six years, creates meticulously rendered illustrations of people, animals, and nature in order to conduct an in-depth examination of the human condition. Informed by her international background, del Fresno’s approach is on a more universal level, which is achieved by removing recognizable cultural or social cues from her representations.
Del Fresno uses art to encourage the viewer to actively explore the intricacies of life, the passage of time, and our place in the world. To communicate these concepts in visual form, the artist references the idea of duality and its often conflicting qualities. The works feature a dynamic tension of detailed realism set against vague patches of abstraction. While the compositions seem complex, each piece has been stripped of the nonessentials to capture the simple spirit of the subject and evoke a sense of purity. This is further reinforced by the consistent use of subdued color schemes and simplified patterns. The majority of paintings on exhibit are life sized or larger, establishing a commanding physical presence while simultaneously inviting viewers to get up close and form a more personal relationship with the work. While contemporary, the work also pays homage to its historical predecessors. Del Fresno works in a manner that involves the breaking up of space into faceted shapes, similar to the techniques of famed Cubist artists Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. Her work also shares the same analytical component found in Cubist works, but expands beyond the style by working with more recognizable subjects to insure a more human connection and emotional resonance.
“Stand Still” will run from October 31 through November 17. The opening reception will be held on Tuesday, November 1 from 5-7pm. Refreshments will be served and live music will be performed by local guitarist Chuck Smolsky. As part of the exhibit the gallery will also feature “Songs of the Sixties Folk Revival with Ken Kusudo and Jeff Worth” on Thursday, November 17 at 12:45pm. This concert will include songs by Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, Leo Kottke, the Rev. Gary Davis, along with traditional folk favorites.
All gallery events are free and open to the public. The MSJC Art Gallery is located on the college’s San Jacinto campus; gallery hours are Monday – Thursday, 10am-4pm. For more information please call 951-487-3585 or visit
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