Outward Bound

Posted online: September 2015


Few artists willingly characterize their own art as “rude”, “pestering”, or “unhip”—or risk using humorous imagery to raise serious issues like hunger, racism, or child neglect. Yet Santa Barbara-based artists Dane Goodman and Keith Puccinelli do exactly that in “tug,” their collaborative exhibition at Westmont’s Ridley-Tree Museum of Art from September 2 to October 17.

“Tug” was prompted by an earlier Goodman/Puccinelli collaboration: In 2013, the museum purchased 110 monoprints—each bearing the hand of both artists—for its permanent collection. Director Judy Larson’s decision to exhibit the prints in the museum propelled the artists to add roughly 100 new works to the mix, including a giant tugboat sculpture. Lit from within, the handsome multi-hued boat appears composed of stained glass, but is actually a pastiche of wood, duct tape, cellophane, plastic sheeting, and house paint. Other works in the show render the artists’ original prints three-dimensional, like the seemingly whimsical children’s pajamas that can also be interpreted as symbols of lost innocence.

The show’s title alludes to the material presence of its monumental sculpture as well as the conceptual dialogue underlying the artists’ collaborative method, which they describe as “tugging back and forth” between ideas. For Goodman and Puccinelli, “tug” ultimately serves as a metaphor for life’s journey. –L.D. Porter

WESTMONT RIDLEY-TREE MUSEUM OF ART 955 La Paz Rd., Santa Barbara, 805-565-6162, westmontmuseum.org.

[FALL 2015]

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  1. Shirley Morrison

    I read your magazine recently and on the Contents page of the August 2015 issue (maybe Sept 2015) I saw a great looking striped chair. Could not find the description of it’s whereabouts anywhere on the page. Where might I find the chair or the upholstery for that very bright striped chair?
    Thanks Shirley

    September 4th, 2015 at 10:12 pm (Reply)

  2. Meridee Kramb

    I have the same question about the striped chair on on the contents page of the Fall issue. Also I’m interested in the drapes. Where can I find the material for the drapes and the upholstery fabric on the chair. I also love the poof footstool.

    October 25th, 2015 at 12:23 pm (Reply)

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