Phil Argent – Container Love

October 6, 2011 @ 6:00 pm – November 5, 2011 @ 6:00 pm


Join us for “1st Thursday” on October 6th from 5-8pm to celebrate the opening of “Phil Argent-Container Love.” This is the first exhibition mounted by the Art, Design & Architecture Museum at UC Santa Barbara, formerly known as the University Art Museum, in the Jane Deering Gallery.

This exhibition will be on view through November 6th and marks the beginning of a unique collaboration between the gallery and the museum that will allow each to use the space for a set period every year. The Jane Deering Gallery, which has been mounting contemporary art exhibitions in Santa Barbara since 2006, opened the new space in July. The gallery will schedule five exhibitions per year, from January to May, beginning in January 2012. During the remaining seven months of the year, Deering has made the space available to the museum providing it with a much-needed downtown site.

Six of Phil Argent’s paintings from the last ten years are on view, demonstrating the artist’s ongoing interest in abstraction, color, and pictorial space. Argent’s works are rooted in painterly formalism and the west coast tradition of 1960s hard-edge abstraction, characterized by precise, flat geometric planes of color. His subject matter and manner of execution, however, are influenced by a decidedly contemporary subject matter: computer technology and the accompanying vast virtual realm of data.

Join us to celebrate the first solo show by Argent in Santa Barbara where he lives and teaches in the Department of Art at UC Santa Barbara.

Marie Vierra
Art, Design & Architecture Museum
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA  93106-7130
Office:   (805) 893-2951
Fax:       (805) 893-3013

Elyse A. Gonzales
Curator of Exhibitions
University Art Museum
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
tel 805-893-5299
fax 805-893-3013