Summer Ventis is an artist currently based out of northern California, where she works as Assistant Professor in printmaking at the California State University in Sacramento. She received her BA in 2002 in Art at the Grinnell College. Ventis furthered her artistic education, focusing on printmaking. She graduated University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado in 2012 with her MFA in printmaking. One of her most recent exhibitions was a selection from her series, Emigrant Lake[s] (selection by Oregon Arts Commission), Governor’s Office, Oregon State Capitol, Salem, Oregon.
Ventis’s artwork has a primary focus on the environment and explores the relationship between humans and landscape. “In observing [landscapes], we project ourselves onto the landscape. Individual landscapes, however, also dictate our observations of them.” Ventis attempts to intertwine outer and inner space which results in her untraditional monotypes from woodblock, support structure, sculptures—such as Fringe Landscapes: Searching for a Better Grassland. Ventis claims that these pieces represent relationships and the spaces that contain and create abstract spaces which allow the viewer “a site for meditation on the relationships and spaces in their own lives.” Her work demonstrates the relationship between humans and the environment, inviting a personal relationship between the viewer and the sculpture.
About the Exhibition
Collectivity investigates points of connection between artists from two significant artist collectives based out of the Western United States – Hyperlink (Colorado) and Durden and Ray (Los Angeles) in back-to-back exhibits across two states. Currently on view at Durden and Ray in Downtown Los Angeles through August 25, 2018 - http://www.durdenandray.com/exhibitions/