Kathryn Jacobi, based in Santa Monica, Calif., depicts visions experienced in a hypnagogic state in her exhibit "Waking Dreams: Mortal Furniture," showing Friday, Aug. 24, through Sept. 28 at Rogue Gallery & Art Center, 40 S. Bartlett St., Medford.
The exhibit comprises eight, 30-by-44 inch, dramatic oil paintings of figures engaged in mysterious, frightening and sometimes funny scenarios. Jacobi says the paintings are a direct stream of consciousness, and light and dark panels at the top and bottom of the canvases reflect "duality and opposition."
"The interaction between the figures or the lack of interaction between the figures holds most of the information," she says. "Once they're painted, my interpretation isn't any more valid than the viewer's."
Rogue Gallery also will show several of Jacobi's "digital hybrids" — drawings that were scanned, digitally manipulated, printed and painted.
Jacobi is a classically trained artist with a master's degree from California State University in Northridge. Since 2000, she has participated in more than 50 solo and group shows and, in 2010, was included in Fresno Art Museum's "100 Distinguished Women Artists" exhibit.
An opening reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the gallery. Jacobi also will give a presentation from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the gallery.