Salon des Exclus
Est. September 2013

"If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas." — George Bernard Shaw

Rejection is the fate of most artists be it in the 21st, 20th or 19th century when Emperor Napoleon III felt pressured to order an exhibition of rejected works at the Salon des Refusés in Paris.

Salon des Exclus consists of four artists with four unique visions who have all struggled with rejection and disinterest from traditional venues. We have been excluded for not being edgy enough, for being too edgy. We have been excluded because our art doesn't look like photography. We have been excluded because it wasn't pink enough or not quite the right format or size. We came together to support each other and to explore ways for our art to find broader exposure. Together we reject the idea that our art be relegated to anonymity.

Edwin Land once said, "Politeness is the poison of collaboration". It is in this spirit of confrontation, difference, truth and love that underlies our support for each other to create more, to risk more, and, finally, to become an even better artist. We have met twice every month for more than two years to share our work. We commiserate about our failures and rejections and celebrate those moments when we succeed. We persevere because we believe art transforms our daily lives. We persevere because we believe art is power.

Together, at the intersection of our creativity and mutual respect, we four have evolved through the alchemy of our group and our individual experiences to produce this debut exhibition by the Salon des Exclus April 1, 2016 at Gallery 625, Woodland, CA.

Joseph Finkleman's invention Archizeum is a mythological portfolio of autobiographical fiction.

Michael Radin's work explodes, illuminates, and glorifies light in his portfolio Fireflowers.

Andrea B. Stone's Elements captures the graphic beauty of modern architecture and transforms these urban bites into abstract art.

Rob Stone's portfolio Hidden Treasure: Restoring Putah Creek transcends the traditional vision of nature in our immediate environs.

© Stone Photography 2019