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Lux Institute announces new season’s lineup

ENCINITAS — One artist turns stickers into brilliantly colored and thought-provoking mosaics.  Another is a sculptor who makes masterpieces out of cardboard.

A third artist blurs the lines between the abstract and natural landscape.

A fourth is an artist who explores the theme of masculinity in the Jamaican dancehall culture.

And finally, another’s art features pop images and existential themes.

This is your lineup of featured artists for the 2014-15 season at the Lux Institute, which the Encinitas museum unveiled at a Wednesday luncheon.

Since 2007, Lux has invited several artists to occupy its studio space for a month and create artwork that the museum will display in its gallery along with the artists’ other works.

This year’s lineup represents a diverse hodgepodge of artists of a variety of backgrounds and artistic styles.

The new season kicks off Sept. 6 with Ye Hongxing, a Beijing artist who uses stickers to create complex mosaics that juxtapose religious imagery and modern cultural symbols. She will be in studio Sept. 6 to Oct. 5 and her work will be displayed from Sept. 5 to Nov. 1.

Following Ye is Ann Weber, an Emeryville sculptor who has carved out a unique niche in the art community by using cardboard as her medium of choice.  Her stay begins Nov. 15 and runs through Dec. 14, with her art remaining until Jan. 10.

For Weber’s exhibit, Lux Director Reesey Shaw asked the community to bring any scrap cardboard to the museum, which Weber will use to make sculptures inspired by the landscape surrounding the museum.

“Ann loves to work with the community,” Shaw said.

Julian Kramer will kick off 2015, with his stay from Jan. 25 to Feb. 22. The Brooklyn artist uses oil paints to create both landscape and abstract paintings. Shaw said he plans on creating one piece of art per day during his stay.

Kramer’s art will be on display until March 21.

Jamaican artist Ebony Patterson will occupy the studio from April 6 to May 3, with her exhibit running through May 30.

Patterson’s art centers on the changing idea of masculinity in the dancehall culture, from the phenomena of facial bleaching to the effeminate fashions associated with the movement.

Patterson said her work has “a lot of bling,” Shaw said.

The final artist of the new season is Squeak Carnwath, an Oakland contemporary painter and former UC Berkley professor whose artwork has been described as combining “text and images on abstract fields of color to express sociopolitical and spiritual concerns.”

Carnwath plans on recreating her Oakland studio in the Encinitas space, Shaw said.

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