Thursday, July 10, 2008

Art Scene Article from the VC Star Newspaper...

Thousand Oaks, California: Stand out artist Chuck Trunks isn't afraid to cop to it: He watches reality television. "American Idol" is a particular favorite and, get this, the hit series served as the inspiration for one of the Camarillo artist's latest paintings, "Pop Star." "These young people pumped me up each week because when the music was cued, rather than being afraid of failing in front of a national TV audience, they had the courage to succeed," Trunks writes on his Web site, "In the Pop Star' composition, I tried to convey a whirlwind of intrusive activity that practically engulfs our budding superstar. But instead of being swept away by the Hollywood Machine, we see an artist more focused on making her audience feel what she feels." "Pop Star" and other works by Trunks — he calls them "precision abstracts" — are on view through July 20 at Old Town Studio Gallery, 2165 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. Also on view will be paintings by Frank Krifka, Laura Leifield, John Webster and Dominique Hannaux. Ten percent of sales from the show will benefit Concerned People for Animals. The gallery is open from noon to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, or by appointment. Call 818-749-5598 for information.

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