Pieces and Quiet

Some art pieces force viewers to look closer at reality, but others help them escape into something new. Space Gallery will be exhibiting some of the latter tonight with Translucence, a show featuring new work from Sophia Dixon Dillo and Jane Guthridge. "They both kind of transport you into their own little worlds, which I think is what good art does," says gallery owner Michael Burnett. "They're aesthetically very beautiful objects, and I think they're also kind of contemplative." Both artists make pieces that experiment with light, says Burnett, hence the show's title.

Dillo creates mixed-media boxes that obscure their contents with a sort of frosted glass; Burnett says they draw you in from across the room to try to see what's inside. Guthridge, meanwhile, uses paint and beeswax to create colorful, meditative pieces. "Both of the artists have this calming feeling," says Burnett. "I hope in this kind of hectic world that we live in that people can come in here and have this moment of contemplation. I hope it helps people slow down enough to where they can really spend time with the work and feel nourished by the work."

Translucence opens tonight with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m., then continues through December 1, at Space, 765 Santa Fe Drive. For more information, visit www.spacegallery.org.
Thu., Oct. 25, 5-9 p.m.; Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Oct. 25. Continues through Dec. 1, 2012

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