Thousand Oaks, California
through August 1
In February the Los Angeles–based artist Danielle Eubank headed to Antarctica to paint the Southern Ocean. Some of the resulting paintings are on view at California Lutheran University’s Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture in her solo exhibition “One Artist, Five Oceans.” Its title refers to the five bodies of water officially recognized as oceans: the Arctic, Atlantic, Indian, Pacific, and Southern. Eubank has sailed on and painted all of them since 2001, and may well be the first person to have done so.
Eubank thinks of her paintings as “emotive portraits of the bodies of water, which, like people, are both all the same and all different. That’s why it’s important to me to sail these seas and sketch them from life so that I can really closely observe them.” Her paintings hover between realism and abstraction, deconstructing form into “separate abstract stacks of textures, shapes, and colors.”
Critic Shana Nys Dambrot notes that “Eubank has discovered untold variations of color, surface, motion, geography, atmosphere, reflection, and other kinds of formal nuances — variations which absolutely manifest in the works and thus edge the abstraction back toward the landscape.”