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Saturday, November 24, 2012

the earth is round yet we divide it into squares

galleRoy @ RiT

New and recent works by:

June Diamond
Nader Ghassemlou
Gabriela Perozo
Roy Anthony Shabla

RiT Gallery
15866 E. Main St.
La Puente, CA 91744

opening : November 17, 2012 (Old Town La Puente Artwalk)

Roy Anthony Shabla's - Water Music in the background of the punk band that played as part of
the La Puente Artwalk.
Roy Anthony Shabla is the curator and participant in this group show.  The title and premise for the exhibition is based on one of Shabla's poems and his life as a feng-shui yogi.  In feng-shui the round and the square signify heaven on earth.  Shabla was dealing with "earth aspects" as the metaphor for the artists that were chosen for the exhibition. 
Ghassemlou's photographs were described by Shabla as having a "skewed perspective".   Each of the photographs for the show pulls the viewer into the on-going energy in the shot. Shabla described Ghassemlou's selected photographs as "earth images with man-made structures around them-landscapes and buildings-squares and round things".
June Diamond's wall installation, Go (7' x 11') consists of hundreds of slivered tequila bottles which are cleverly linked by a small opening in each shape.  Diamond conceptually adheres to Shabla's "earth aspects" by abstracting the malleability of materials.  Go exhibits the periodic table of Silicon. The glass from the tequila bottles is obliquely returning to its elemental origins.  Human skeletons and plant ashes contain silica.  Diamond reminds us of our cellular connections.  Additionally, Gestation harbors a bird's nest in a sanctuary of a re-purposed aluminum chair.  The design of the metal chair, square acrylic casing and hand-made glass bowl, exalt the nest to reliquary.
Gabriela Perozo's Encadenada I (porcelain, 21"x 7"),  parallels Diamond's installation with continuous lines of clay highlighted by floral cups sprouting throughout the form.  The spiral forms, in each cup shape, relate to sub-atomic images of organic matter existing in their own micro-galaxies. The word encadenada in Spanish refers to being chained.  Perhaps Perozo's work references the dichotomy of nature needing to "link" to survive and wanting to become independent from metaphoric throngs.
Roy Anthony Shabla included two large scale paintings; Water Music and Grand Canyon Suite.   These paintings are conceived by pouring paint on canvas on the floor.  By working in this manner, Shabla replicates his experiences of aerial views of the earth via airplanes.  He poetically stated his experiences as;  "...when I look out the window of the airplane flying over the farm fields and the property- our property is all rectangles and squares but the earth is always round...I was working with that juxtaposition...".
The exhibition at RiT gallery will be on display for the next two months. 
Nader Ghassemlou

Gabriela Perozo -Encadenada
June Diamond- Go
June Diamond- Gestation
Roy Anthony Shabla- Grand Canyon Suite

Friday, November 23, 2012

What's Left Behind (oil on canvas, 84"x84") 2012
November 1 - December 1, 2012

William Turner Gallery
Bergamot Station Arts Center
2525 Michigan Ave. E-1
Santa Monica, CA 90404
What's Left Behind Works
Carole Bayer Sayer's recent work is filled with imageries of our childhood sweet treats like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, popcorn, caramel corn and peanuts.   She said that as a child she was not aloud to have these treats because she was considered "chubby".  Sayer said her mother would never have offered her a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  Even though on one level these paintings could be about childhood issues with food, Sayer stated that the images for this exhibition where not originally designed to document these experiences. 
Sayer discussed her approach of viewing objects and things from a micro and macro perspective.  She photographs her images and begins to slowly view them close-up to create abstract paintings.  For Sayer the cropped element equals "questioning".  She surveys her images for the answers that, in this case, became the visual components for her current series.  Sayer snugly tugs at our salivary glands with luscious dripping jelly in Drippy and Kid's Delight and continues to satiate our "drawer-strings" with images of warm sepia caramel biomorphically sinking into the popcorn.
Visual artists journal their experiences with paint and other mediums.  Sayer is able to enjoy her childhood treats by curating each one in a painting.  Through her creativity she is able to abstract the past into various morsels and tidbits of nostalgia. Sayer allows her audience to delight with the whimsical memories associated in these delectable treats.
One of the first things I asked Sayer during our interview was how she felt about "Hostess" going out of business.  She said she had just spent $23.00 on some "Twinkies" and
"Ho-Ho's" but wasn't sure if they were going to be part of her new series.  However, she was motivated to make the small investment.
                                            Kid's Delight (oil on canvas, 48"x 48") 2012
Avalanche (oil on canvas, 48"x 48") 2012
Galaxy (oil on canvas, 84" x 84") 2012


Big Pop (oil on canvas, 84" x 84") 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Holly Tempo-Inglewood Open Studios-Nov 10-11, 2012


Holly Tempo was featured at the Inglewood Open Studios.
from Tempo's artist's statement:

"The paintings are informed by an exploration of the semiotics of color, decoration and macro and micro systems in environments.  The artist has shown extensively in Southern California and internationally.  She is a recipient of a grant from the Pollack-Krasner Foundation and teaches at Otis College of Art and Design.  www.hollytempocom