The West Hollywood Women’s Advisory Board will host a reception for the artists of the Out & About Art Exhibition, a month-long art exhibit featuring noted women artists and curated by Brooke Mason, presented in celebration of National Women’s History Month in collaboration with the community initiative Women Manifest.
Curated by photographer Brooke Mason, the art show features works by Lee Bowers, Bibi Davison, Betty Gold, Julienne Johnson, Camella Da Eun Kim, Nicole Landau, Brooke Mason, and Joanne Chase Mattillo.
Of the women showing at the Out & About Exhibition is FP Contemporary artist Betty Gold, an internationally recognized geometric-abstract sculptor and painter whose work can be found globally in countless museums and prominent public and private art collections.
Betty Gold was born in 1935 in Austin, Texas. She attended the University of Texas with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Art History. After completing her studies, she entered the tutelage and apprenticeship of sculptor Octavio Medillan in Dallas, Texas in the late 1950’s. Since then, she has traveled the world extensively, studying and lecturing. Inspired by the cultures she has observed throughout her years of travel, her geometric sculptures resemble paper origami despite their steel construction. Although her large-scale outdoor sculptures appear to have come into existence effortlessly, they can weigh in the range of thousands of pounds to seven tons.
Gold creates paper and cardboard models at her studio in Venice, CA and while she travels. Here, she describes her process in creating a maquette sculpture, Mallorca II, which will be on display at WeHo City Hall:
“Mallorca II is part of a series created in my Palma de Mallorca studio. I start with a sheet of rectangle paper where I draw a geometric design. I then create a paper model, folding, cutting and playing with the parts until a sculpture is formed. Once I finalize the design, I take it to my factory in Los Angeles to cut and weld the steel after which it is powder coated. The color is chosen by the way I feel at that time.
I’m intrigued by the juxtaposition of using steel, which is considered to be a masculine material, to create sculptures that resemble the delicate art of origami that range between eight and twenty-eight feet tall. I feel this particular sculpture, Mallorca II, has a figurative sensibility, like a posed woman.”
Betty Gold is a great representative for National Women’s History Month and has consistently proven herself to be a pioneer for women in art, especially in the realm of sculpture. She turned the male-dominated sculpture world “on its head” by winning countless public art commissions starting in the early 1970’s. She became associated with MADI, an international abstract art movement, which she claims opened many doors for her. In 2005, Gold was honored with a major retrospective exhibition at the Casal Solleric Museum, a historic castle in Palma, Spain on the island of Mallorca. Exhibitions featuring the work of Columbian artist Fernando Botero and Mexican painter Frida Kahlo graced the same castle following Gold’s retrospective exhibition.
While Betty Gold turns 80 in February 2015, her career has never lost momentum in the approximately 50 years she has worked as a professional sculptor and painter. She is still as vital as ever.