Season 9 brings edgy artists to Lux Art Institute

Season begins Sept. 12 with the haunting landscape collages of artist Max Ernst Greis

Lux Art Institute Season 9

Address: 155O South El Camino Real, Encinitas

Hours: 1-5 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

Admission: $5

Phone: (760) 436-6611.


Artists in Residence:

Max Greis (moving landscape painting/collage), in studio Sept. 12–Oct. 3; exhibit through Oct. 31.

Charles Moxon (sketches and portrait painting), in studio Nov. 14–Dec. 5; exhibit through Jan. 2.

Sophia Narrett (embroidered paintings), in studio Jan. 16–Feb. 16; exhibit through March 12.

Margaret Griffith (large-scale metal sculptures), in studio March 26-April 16; exhibit through May 28.

Angela Kallus (relief paintings using cake-decorating tools), in studio June 11–July 9; exhibit through July 30.

It’s that time of year again, when Lux Art Institute in Encinitas announces its lineup of artists-in-residence for the next season, which starts in September.

Kicking things off on Sept. 12 is New Yorker Max Ernst Greis, whose haunting landscape collages have been called “apocalyptic panoramas.” He frequently tops his painted photo-collages with video projections, creating a living, breathing landscape.

Noting that he was obviously named for the legendary surrealist artist Max Ernst, Lux’s founding director, Reesey Shaw, commented: “You can see his parents predicted what he’d be doing when he grew up!”

During his three-week residency at Lux, Greis will create a moving painting, a 21st century American landscape narrative inspired by what he sees on his trip from New York to California.

n Nov. 14, Charles Moxon, a Londoner who, at 25, has made himself a name as a young Old Masters-style portraitist arrives. Best-known for uncommon portrayals of famous and not-so-famous performers, he will select a local performer for his Lux project, and show sketches of the stages that lead to his final oil painting.

n Jan. 16, 2016, is the start date for Sophia Narrett, whose embroidered paintings are heavily influenced by pop culture. Born in Concord, Massachusetts, she lives and works in Brooklyn. At Lux, she will fashion polymer clay mini-sculptures as tiny companions to a new thread-and-wool-fiber-fantasy piece.

n March 26 brings Margaret Griffith down from Los Angeles to create a floor-to-ceiling metal sculpture based on gates and fences she sees in San Diego neighborhoods. Exploring the idea of residential gates as boundaries that promote, besides protection and privacy, a sense of isolation, she will also record interviews with residence owners talking about what their gates mean to them.

n June 11 everything’s coming up roses with Texas-based Angela Kallus, who uses cake decorators’ tools to form thousands of small rosettes, giving her canvases the look of over-the-top frosted cakes. She plans to complete several rose-sculpture pieces, making smaller and smaller rosettes every day.

While artists are in residence, visitors are invited to not only watch them at work, but chat with them about it. As Reesey Shaw said. “Our mission is not just sharing artists with the public, but modeling creativity.”