|John Cullen's postcard piece, “Fieldwork,” is mixed media on wood. Cullen's work will be on display at the Cal Poly Pomona Downtown Center through Feb. 19.|
The Cal Poly Pomona Downtown Center is presenting John Cullen: Artifacts, Selected Works 1992-2004, from Jan. 4 through Feb. 19.
Trained as both an artist and social worker, Cullen is a Claremont-based poet, songwriter and multimedia artist. He came to Los Angeles in 1970 from the Midwest and received his master's in studio art from Cal State Los Angeles in 1980. Later, he received a degree from Pacifica Graduate Institute in depth psychology and works as a therapist.
Cullens selected works include multimedia collage paintings, sculpture and installation art. His pieces fold religious and cultural symbology together, resulting in the expression of memories and emotions usually left unspoken; some inspired by his clients. His paintings demonstrate a fragility and profound introspection, communicating what often falls below the radar of human cognizance.
The opening reception for Cullen's exhibit will be held Saturday, Jan. 8, 6-9 p.m., in conjunction with the Arts Colonys Second Saturday Artwalk event with free gallery openings, live music, shops and restaurants all in a six-block radius. Both the reception and the exhibit are open to the public, free of charge.
The Cal Poly Pomona Downtown Center is located at 300 W. Second St. in Pomona. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. For more information about the Downtown Center, contact Cybele Garcia at (909) 469-0080. For more information about Cullen, visit his Web site at www.johncullen-cullart.com.