The Magnetic Field
de Dorothy Nissen
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The Magnetic Field is about the pull of opposites; self and other, conscious and unconscious, “skilled” and “childish.” Smear, scrub, splotch, scratch, scribble, play, transgress. …. I put these together and came out with the notion that really there is only love.
The Magnetic Field is a show of recent work by Berkeley artist and dreamer Dorothy Nissen at Gallery Route One open through June 24, 2012. The gallery is open WTFSSM, 3-5. You can email the artist at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I grew up in a suburban house on an antediluvian riverbed near the orange groves at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountains in Southern California. Lulled to sleep by crickets on summer nights, I woke early to nearly touch the blue mountains filling my window. One day backpacking I knew that I had to draw the mountains showing the evolutionary striation of the rocks. Later I felt some sense of wholeness drawing the moving figure of a friend dancing around the pool. After MA in Claremont went to NYC with award from Brooklyn Museum School. Mid-60s delirium and working in inner city schools in East Harlem and East New York, Brooklyn. Marriage to a life of love and nightmare… Returned together to CA 1971, lived in the Castro for 20 years, moved to Berkeley in 1994 living happily ever after.