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Monday, October 2, 2017

GANGBUSTERS @ MIKE KELLEY GALLERY-BEYOND BAROQUE

GANGBUSTERS- A GROUP SHOW
FEATURING: 
  
                            Tami Bahat
                            Maura Bendett
                            Bob Branaman
                            Diane Cockerill
                            Bryan Ida
                            Juri Koll
                            Loren Philip
                            Catherine Ruane
                            Diane Silver
                            Mike Street
                            Gay Summer Sadow Rick
                            Ron Therrio


                          









Beyond Baroque /  Mike Kelley Gallery
681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291
310-822-3006
September 10- October 4, 2017


Beyond Baroque has deep, historical roots in the value of community building.  They have been responsible for supporting Los Angelenos for sometime now.  Beyond Baroque is composed of artists, educators, patrons, collectors, businessman and many more. The Mike Kelley Gallery is dedicated to a local boy who made good and then went to heaven. It is characteristic of the acknowledgement and love for dedicated artists.

Venice Beach is known as a creative neighborhood.  Art studios were more affordable in the 1960's and 1970's.  Some of the artists in this exhibition were around back in those days. All of the artists are defined as fully committed artists to their craft, creativity, and global perspectives. This venue is open to the public and provides an inviting, leisurely way to view artwork with the pride of Los Angeles' regional artists.

Gay Summer Sadow Rick's painting "Heading to Sunset" is drenched with southern California's salmon and mango sunsets near the beach.  Sadow Rick calls herself a "palette painter", who rubs the paint into the canvas.  The penetrating paint is reminiscent of Mark Rothko's "stained paintings" and  Monet's "Haystacks" composed of warm colors produced by the refracted light of  the seasons. 



Gay Summer Sadow Rick "Heading to Sunset"

Catherine Ruane  and Loren Philip contribute to the conservation of our regional plant (flora) and marine life.  Ruane's  graphite and charcoal drawing, "Minaret I" contains an explosive, gestural drawing hand.  The view from underneath the palm fronds adds to the palm tree's larger than life, ubiquitous, so-cal symbolism. Ruane's adroit representation of local, ambient, light emphasizes the beauty and preservation of the palm tree. Loren Philip's painting "Nothing Left to Say" consists of his signature cobalt blue color which is linked to the ebb and flow colors of the Pacific Ocean and the marinas.  Philip is a local boy, previous punk rock musician, and surfer who is possibly influenced by the colors along the coastline.   His expressionist marks have reflective relationships with his environment.  




Catherine Ruane
Minaret I (graphite and charcoal on panel) 36"x 26"





Loren Philip

Nothing Left to Say (acrylic on canvas) 36"x 26"

There are several mixed media artists.  The fiber piece "Life is But a Dream" by Diane Silver
 comfortably melds into the gallery space that emotes familial sentiment.  Silver integrates the feminist quilts of Faith Ringgold and nostalgia of Mike Kelley's textile banners. Additionally, Ron Therrio's mixed media wood pieces exuded a Polynesian influence that also was quite at home in the beloved beach town institution.



Diane Silver
"Life is But a Dream" linen


Ron Therrio
Mixed-media wood pieces

"Gangbusters" is appropriately named for the group of experienced and seasoned artists that continue to produce art for arts sake and much more.

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Tami Bahat
"The Monk


Bryan Ida
"Marina Del Rey" 18" x 18"


Bob Branaman
"Mo-Jo Remedy"


Maura Bendett
"Bluebells"
59"x22"x7"



Mike Street
"When Pigs Fly"


Diane Cockerill
"Merci" 18"x12" digital photograph


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