Alternative Viewpoints

Exhibits // Alternative Viewpoints

Feb 2 - Mar 31

Overview // If you see a man in the moon or a flock of sheep in fluffy clouds, you should experience the interactive, mixed media and sculpture exhibit, Alternative Viewpoints, on view at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art between February 2 through March 31, 2018.

Artist Lori Wolf Grillias enjoys exploring her passions of synchronicity, play, and pareidolia and encompassing these elements into her artwork. Ruta Saliklis, SLOMA’s curator and director of exhibitions, advises that the public slow down when viewing this exhibition—spending time with Lori’s paintings and sculpture and interpreting their own stories. Ms. Grillias' paintings, sculptures, and The Spoon Tree project explore the subject of substance abuse and opioid addiction.

In preparation for this exhibition, Lori Wolf Grillias has also been collecting metal spoons at several locations in the area—incorporating them into her spoon sculptures. These sculptural pieces grapple with a difficult subject: opioid addiction. Spoons are symbolic in her sculptures, because they feed us, but they can also be used to feed an opioid addiction. The public is being given the opportunity to bring their own metal spoons to SLOMA over the course of this exhibition, and the artist will add them to her installation. Alternatively, Museum visitors can write on a prepared wooden spoon and add it to the Spoon Tree.

Lori Wolf Grillias has been making art for over 30 years. She has exhibited her artwork in galleries and museums in Los Angeles, Orange County and on the California Central Coast. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California and attended the Otis Art Institute. She lives in Arroyo Grande and also has been working as a visual arts instructor for 29 years. For the last 18 years, she has been working primarily with students in kindergarten through sixth grade and with at-risk high school students. Currently she is a working as a teaching artist in the classroom through the Children’s Creative Project and, when her busy schedule allows, inspiring SLOMA’s young art students as one of the Museum’s summer art camp teaching artists.

Related Programming
Thursday, March 1 at 12 PM: Art at High Noon with Lori Wolf Grillias. Free and open to the public.

Details // A public reception with the artist will take place on Friday, February 2 from 6-9 PM in conjunction with Art After Dark. Members-only preview 5 to 6 PM.

Banner images (left to right): Spoon Tree (detail of customized spoons dedicated by Museum visitors), Spoon Tree, and H.P (detail), by Lori Wolf Grillias.