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Local artist lights up 'Fresh Art' with her found object and neon creations

Scupltor Anne Pinkowski with her work "Apothecary"
Scupltor Anne Pinkowski with her work "Apothecary"
Photos courtesy of Anne Pinkowski

Local sculptor Anne Pinkowski is one of fifty-five artists who have been selected to exhibit in a juried exhibition being held by the Marin Society of Artists. The show entitled “Fresh Art” is being jurored by René de Guzman, Senior Curator at the Oakland Museum of California, and includes nearly one hundred pieces. The show runs July 7 through August 3, 2013, with an Awards Reception taking place Sunday, July 14, 5 to 8pm at the Marin Art and Garden Center gallery, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross, California.

Pinkowski’s contribution, “Apothecary” is a 31 x 35 inch wall-mounted sculpture constructed of neon and found objects that would look at home in an old fashioned pharmacy – a shoe stretcher, a hand broom, and various bottles that in the imagination seem to contain mysterious ointments and remedies. On the lower right hand side sits a neon sculpture, just over a foot tall resembling an old fashioned coat rack. The center of the neon element is blue (achieved by use of mercury), with red fingerlings (achieved by neon gas).

“When I create neon, I don’t have a concept of how I will use it in a piece” said Pinkowski.” These elements are combined with found objects much later in my process.”

A resident of nearby San Leandro, Anne Pinkowski grew up and went to school in Oakland. She first began to exhibit her sculptures in the nineties after graduating from UCLA with a degree in Fine Art. She currently studies at The Crucible in Oakland under Christian Schiess and Norman Moore, and her work has been exhibited around the country.

“I was an army brat. Oakland is my home because it was here in Oakland’s Glenview neighborhood where I grew up and where my mother still lives.”

“Apothecary” is only one of the many imaginative sculptures Pinkowski has created using her process. Photos of her work are available on her website, A Found Object.

“Making the piece is only one aspect of what I enjoy about working with found objects,” said Pinkowski. “For me, it’s the whole adventure of collecting. I am drawn to objects where you can really tell that a human used them and objects discarded due to advances in technology/design. It’s like cataloging the evolution of man and the neon elements that I contribute are how I am able to say 'Anne was here'.”

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