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for immediate release

March 27th - April 24th, 2004

Works by: Sandra Low, Tucker Nichols, Chancellor Page
opening reception: Saturday, March 27th, 2004; 7-11PM

OVERTONES is pleased to present Murmuration of Starlings, a group exhibition featuring the work of artists Sandra Low, Tucker Nichols and Chancellor Page.

Starlings are most known for their keen ability to mimic sounds from their environment, constantly adding to their repertoire and improvising upon it, therefore creating a relationship with their surroundings. They most often choose to live in close proximity to humans and are experts in imitating human voice-so much so, that they are frequently befriended by humans as household pets. The expert witness to the constant chatter of starlings, is the quite well known human-Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart-who bought a starling bird in 1784, upon realizing that the starling could whistle a part of his Concerto in G. major; an accomplishment Mozart noted in his diary-and a mystery in and of itself, as the piece had not yet been performed in public.

Murmuration of Starlings plays with the mystery and the subtle intimacies of relationships, as well as the different ways of communication born within those relationships.

Sandra Low, with her new series "Ma Stories", offers a collection of drawings that are an assortment of "anecdotal oddities" surrounding her mom-a Chinese immigrant, raising her two daughters in the United States. Comical conversations and memories, captured moments of seeing the moon as a big round frying pan-all appear in the process of recognizing the humor and headache of having a mother.

Sandra Low received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Tucker Nichols' drawings, with Eastern-influenced components of branches and lines, at times accompanied by simple, haiku-like text, create relationships within each other, beginning and continuing conversations. Although Nichols' drawings appear simple, they hide intricacies that keep us guessing. Tucker Nichols received his Master of Arts degree in East Asian Studies: Chinese Paintings at the Yale University in Connecticut.

Chancellor Page's work explores the intimacy, humor and imbalance of personal relationships through small and delicate drawings, where the doubling of the image exists as a "copy or rediscovery" and investigates the "attraction and humor of vulnerability in people and objects."

Chancellor Page received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Printmaking at The Rhode Island School of Design.

OVERTONES is a Los Angeles art venue that supports and promotes creative endeavors in all artistic disciplines, with emphasis on the diversity of Los Angeles communities, emerging and mid-career artists, international collaboration and social responsibility. OVERTONES is dedicated to searching outside the confines of established art institutions and presenting work that has the potential to engage a wide range of audiences.