What drives Liz Hickock to create architectural forms out of Jell-O, light them lovingly and then film them as they molder away?
Why does Al Farrow assemble ornate models of cathedrals and mosques, using bullets, guns and bones for his materials?
These are fair questions, and the artists will be on hand to answer them during a panel discussion Thursday evening at in Carneros.
The current exhibition in di Rosa’s Gatehouse Gallery, “Reconstructed Worlds,” features the alternative realities created by Hickock, Farrow, Tracey Snelling and Samara Halperin.
These four artists are among “the big movers and shakers in the bay area scene,” according to di Rosa marketing director Ann Trinca.
“I bet people would love to come and ask them questions about their techniques and their reasoning,” she said.
Halperin’s miniature sets and films of Coney Island “evoke a longing for a disappearing past,” according to di Rosa curator Robert Wuilfe, who will moderate Thursday’s discussion.
Snelling's work, including a room-size installation and several smaller pieces, “asks us to imagine hidden narratives in mysterious spaces that evoke forgotten film sets and journeys through the American landscape,” as Wuilfe put it.
A seat at the 7 p.m. panel discussion is $10, $5 for di Rosa members; RSVPs are preferred, but Trinca said there is plenty of room.
Artist Panel: "Reconstructed World:" May 26, 7 p.m., di Rosa Gatehouse Gallery, 5200 Sonoma Hwy, Napa; please RSVP by email to Cynthia@dirosaart.org