“Untitled” (2008), obsidian on canvas over panel, by Mark Hagen, at the S.B. Contemporary Arts Forum.

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“Untitled” (2008), obsidian on canvas over panel, by Mark Hagen, at the S.B. Contemporary Arts Forum.

Winter Arts Preview 2013: Visual Art

Gas Stations and Arrowheads

A Handful of Dust at the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum: This group show of contemporary sculpture brings together seven artists who take inspiration from the imagery of archaeological digs and ethnographic field research. Exhibition curator Laura Fried chose participating artists Mark Hagen, Jay Heikes, Matt Hoyt, Erin Shirreff, Ricky Swallow, Zin Taylor, and Allyson Vieira because she feels that they all use sculpture to “craft a material vernacular at once ancient and contemporary.” Along with the “expected unexpected,” like cool tools that you can’t quite recognize, hip neo-primitive arrowheads, and other enigmatic artificial artifacts, there’s likely to be the “unexpected unexpected.” The latter category is where you might find Swallow’s dead-on cubist bronze guitars and binders, or Vieira’s hilariously deadpan drawings of paper cup towers. Shows Sunday, January 27 to Sunday, March 24. Call (805) 966-5373 or visit

“Trees and Rocks at Sunset, Montecito, with the Channel Islands in the Background” by Lockwood De Forest, at Sullivan Goss Gallery.

More Visual Art

Fields of Color: New Work by Christine Morla. At Left Coast Books through Sat., Mar. 2.

A Thousand Hours | Time and Experimentation. At the Jane Deering Gallery through Thu., Jan. 31.

An Even Dozen. At Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery through Sat., Mar. 30.

Bloom Projects: Molly Smith, Root. At the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Sun., Jan. 27 through Sun., Mar. 24.

Limuw: An Ode to the Sea. At CAF Satellite @ Hotel Indigo, Sun., Jan. 27-Wed., Jan. 1, 2014.

Joan Tanner. At Jane Deering Gallery in February. [tk]

Gas Station DeSign: A Tour through the Collection. At UCSB’s Art, Design & Architecture Museum, Fri., Feb. 15-Sun., May 12.

Myth and Materiality: Latin American Art from the Permanent Collection. At the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Sat., Feb. 16-Sun., May 26.

The World Is Not My Home: Danny Lyon Photographs. At the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Sat., Feb. 16-Sun., June 2.

Dane Goodman and Keith Puccinelli. At Jane Deering Gallery in March. [tk]

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