An evening with Angela Perko and Roger Durling
Don’t miss what is sure to be a lively and entertaining evening with artist Angela Perko in conversation with Roger Durling, who wrote the full cover on Perko for the August 11 issue of Santa Barbara Independent. Held at Sullivan Goss, An American Gallery, where Perko’s show, The place of hidden thingsis on view until September 26, the evening will delve into Perko’s inspiration and process behind his new work.
His recurring interest in depictions of women is particularly vivid in a collection of 17 10″x10″ paintings included in the exhibition, each highlighting a fertility figure from a different historical culture. “The idea of painting a series was partly inspired by Kehinde Wiley Equestrian portrait of Prince Tommaso of Savoy-Carignan. I admired the painting when it was exhibited at our local [Santa Barbara] museum. To me, it seemed like Wiley was trying to visually fill a gaping hole in our mythology in the grandest and most dramatic way…. Little women aren’t big, but together they tell an absolutely essential human story,” Perko shared.
The self-taught artist has been represented by Sullivan Goss since 2005. She and her husband, Jerry Jacobs, also own the Lost Horizon bookstore in Montecito, which provides an endless stream of ideas to inform her work. This is his ninth solo exhibition with the gallery and his third to focus on his own mytho-historical ideas.
An always knowledgeable and enthusiastic questioner, Durling is the executive director of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, as well as a professor of film studies at Santa Barbara City College and an arts reporter for the Santa Barbara Independent.
This special event will take place on Saturday, September 10 at 4 p.m. at the Sullivan Goss Gallery (11 E. Anapamu St.). Tickets are free, but places are limited and registration is required. Register on tinyurl.com/eveningwithangelaperko.