The Carloyn GlasoeBailey (CGB) Foundation’s Fierce Generosity memorial exhibit will be presented in collaboration with Porch Gallery Ojai. To honor Carolyn Glasoe’s contributions to the art world, this exhibition will feature the works of over 39 artists that were influenced and impacted by GlasoeBailey’s career, including Sanford Biggers, Enoc Perez, Ry Rocklen, Sterling Ruby, Melanie Schiff, and Xaviera Simmons. Proceeds from the sales will benefit The CGB Foundation.
"I met Carolyn in 2001, when I was installing my show at her gallery. She came in, introduced herself, and I thought immediately, "This is one cool dealer.” She made me feel welcome. She was intelligent and witty,” remarks artist Enoc Perez. “She was the kind of person that I liked to work with–not arrogant– but frank and generous. I will miss her. I wish that my generation of art dealers were more like her.”
"She lit up a room and inspired all who knew her,” remarks MCA Santa Barbara Executive Director Miki Garcia. “Carolyn taught me so much about art and passion. MCA would never be where it is today without her determination and vision."
The opening weekend of the exhibition, taking place on July 23 and 24, will coincide with the unveiling of a public sculpture by Rob Fischer, the first artist recipient of The CGB Foundation’s artist award. Fischer’s new sculpture will be exhibited at the foundation’s forthcoming exhibition space in Ojai, California. This specific work is a sister-piece to Fischer’s Glass House, Beautiful City series of sculptures that will be installed on Park Avenue in New York.
Fischer, who works in an array of materials (many of them architectural in nature), will create a large freestanding sculpture consisting of welded steel and four panels of glass. Each glass panel will be comprised of multiple fractured parts of which have been quilted back together with silicone; three of the panels will be back painted in bold colors. The three painted panels will have color in a narrow band up the center evoking a radiant path, bending and twisting towards the sky. These three panels, perhaps metaphorical references to Carolyn, her husband, and son, lean into one another for support. They are bolstered by a fourth clear panel that isolates and protects the other three. While the bending color and fractured glass may convey fragility and pain, the durability and resilience of the materials, and the verticality of the structure, suggest strength of character.
About Rob Fischer
Rob Fischer (b. 1968) has had solo museum exhibitions at The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, New York, NY; and Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA. His work has been featured in group exhibitions at PS1 MoMA, New York, NY; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Essl Museum, Vienna, Austria; Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.
About The Carolyn GlasoeBailey Foundation
The CGB Foundation was established in 2016 by Lila Glasoe Francese, Glasoe’s sister, and Chris Bailey, Glasoe’s widower, with the objective to continue Glasoe’s commitment to the arts and sciences. Carolyn Glasoe started her career at the age of 19 when she opened her first art gallery in her hometown of Minneapolis. In 2000, she moved to New York where she co-founded the Dee Glasoe Gallery in the Chelsea Art District. In 2002 Glasoe left New York, returning to her home base of Ojai to concentrate on curating private art collections for her clientele worldwide. Glasoe’s life ended at the young age of 46 after a year and a half battle with Glioblastoma brain cancer. She was mother to a beautiful nine-year-old boy Matson West Bailey and wife to entrepreneur Chris Bailey.
Fierce Generosity, an exhibition catalogue self published by Porch Girls Productions for the memorial exhibition, includes an introduction essay by MCA Santa Barbara Executive Director Miki Garcia, as well as images, passages, and personal stories from contributing artists.
Fierce Generosity is presented in collaboration with The Carolyn GlasoeBailey Foundation and Porch Gallery Ojai from July 21 through August 21, 2016. Porch Gallery Ojai is located at 310 E. Matilija Ave. in Ojai. Please visit www.carolynglasoebaileyfoundation.org and www.porchgalleryojai.com for additional information about the exhibition, related events hosted during the opening weekend, future collaborative efforts, and the full list of participating artists.
Opening Weekend Events
Fierce Generosity Artist Reception
Saturday, July 23, 5–7pm
310 E. Matilija Ave.
Ojai, CA 93023
Free and open to the public
Rob Fischer’s Public Sculpture Reveal and Artist Conversation
Saturday, July 23, 1pm
The Carolyn GlasoeBailey Foundation
248 S Montgomery, Unit A
Ojai, CA 93023
Free and open to the public
Lila Glasoe Francese
Founder/President, The Carolyn GlasoeBailey Foundation
Co-Director, Porch Gallery Ojai