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JP Long, Jason Newsted

Micaela Gallery proudly presents, JASON NEWSTED and JP LONG, a two-persion exhibitions introducing paintings by Jason Newsted and sculpture by JP Long.

An internationally recognized musician for his work with Metallica from 1986 to 2001, Newsted is a multi-awarded Grammy winner and 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. In 2005, Newsted found a new means of artistic expression with paint. With characteristic well known intensity, Newsted's turn toward the act of painting and new focus became a source of solace and strength. Using expressive paint and imagery, his work possesses visceral energy, visual harmony, and successfully combines color with composition. Drawing inspiration from his childhood family farm in Michigan, where he learned about beauty, life and death, Newsted's work is also formed by the powerful music of his rock star heritage.

Working with blown glass and steel, JP Long's work captures a feeling of sumptuous matter in motion. Influenced by modernist geometry, Long's work evokes organic imageries that reference naturally occurring events, such as energy, force, and magnetism. His sculpture, based on refined aesthetics, studied discipline, and meticulous skill, is owed to formal training in jewelry and metal art at CCA, as well as apprenticeships with prominent San Francisco Bay Area sculptors. Long's work is intimate, playful, and beautiful. His sculpture studies shape, volume and pressure, possesses extraordinary compositional design, and is imbued with abstract yet familiar notions of time and place.

This exhibition of work by two complementary artists presents subdued visual strengths that are powerful and pleasurable to view.

Opening Reception:
Thursday, May 6, from 5 to 7.30 pm.

Exhibition:
May 4 through June 27, 2010

Images:
Above: Jason Newsted. Absenthe Won, 2009. Acrylic, ink, dry pastel on canvas, 70 x 70 in.
Right: JP Long. Edge 16, 2010. Steel, blown glass, 86 x 30 x 16 in.

A print exhibition catalog, PDF exhibition catalog, photographs and high resolution images are available upon request.

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