Johal’s work assembles everyday items — thread, paint chips, magazine clippings — to construct imagery, shape and meaning.
The cultural arts manager of the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, William Wilson, said the collages weave intricate, interlocking layers of content and color.
“From afar, layers of dense objects draw you in, and as you get closer, they become more personal,” Wilson said.
As part of the exhibition, Johal will lead two collage workshops for children and adults.
A free workshop for children 6 to 14 years old, “Spaced-Out Collage,” is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 22.
Wilson said participants in the workshop will use the same materials Johal used to create her collages.
“Not only do you get the insight on how she made her work, but then you get to try your hand at it,” he said.
The second workshop, “Create the Extraordinary from the Ordinary,” for adults, costs $15 and will be held March 1.
Both workshops are limited to 15 students and require advance registration online at www.atthegrand.org or in person at the Grand Theatre box office. All art materials will be provided for both workshops.
An opening reception for “Beyond Consumerism: The Body Speaks” will be from noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 1.
Johal will explain how she finds materials and then assembles them into collages during a gallery talk titled “Do You Know Who You Really Are?” from noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 15.
She said of her work, “I search for images like one would look for buried treasure. At a distance, the collages appear to perfectly balance abstract compositions, but as you draw closer images begin to emerge. The viewer must work to extract from the intricate and dense collages, giving time for reflection.”
Johal is an artist from Livermore who has displayed work in the Grand Galleries Co-Op for several years and has shown her work regionally since 2006. She holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts painting from San Jose State University.
The Grand Galleries are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
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