John Waiblinger

Solo Exhibition

The Beauty of Men*

Artwalk Preview:
Thursday 10/11 7-9pm

Opening Reception:
Saturday 10/13 6-9pm

Art Talk with Prof. Gregory Mattson
Saturday 10/20 130-3pm

Los Angeles Center for Digital Art
104 East 4th Street
Los Angeles Ca 90013

*An Iconography of Desire


John Waiblinger is a new media artist who explores masculinity and desire through his Post Photography compositions. Hailing from an academic background with degrees in English, Women’s Studies and Library Science, Waiblinger redefined himself as an artist in his early 60’s, first exhibiting work at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts.

The Beauty of Men* (an iconography of desire) is Waiblinger’s first solo show, appropriately taking place at the gallery in which he first showed his work. His work presents men he has appropriated via their pornographic performance and reconstructs then within the realm of his imagination.These images combined with his own photographs portray a masculinity that celebrates softness and intimacy that he believes creates a tension between the normative and the transgressive. Waiblinger states that his intent is “to investigate and illustrate how such juxtaposition can broaden perceptions and understanding of masculinity.”

Waiblinger uses his fixation on the beauty of men to transfigure the carnal into his own embodiments of adoration and celebration.

John Waiblinger is a new media artist who explores masculinity and desire through his Post Photography compositions. Hailing from an academic background with degrees in English, Women’s Studies and Library Science, Waiblinger redefined himself as an artist in his early 60s, first exhibiting his work at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA) in 2014. Since then he has continued to exhibit in galleries and has established a small group of collectors. His most recent work was a collaborative installation project with artist Sean Yang at the Cerritos College Fine Arts Department focused on the “coming out process”. Waiblinger is a member artist of LACDA and was accepted as a member of the Los Angeles Art Association this year.


California Center for Digital Art
207 N. Broadway 2nd floor suite C
Santa Ana Ca 92791


(Los Angeles, California) – Karen Hochman Brown’s inspired art has redefined the possibilities of abstraction with digital media and continues that development in “Shoreline Symmetry” at California Center for Digital Arts in Santa Ana. The artist has departed from purely abstract compositions to examine her techniques among landscapes. To this end Hochman Brown has envisioned the landscape as hyperreal, otherworldly, and defying of natural phenomena.

In previous work the artist engaged questions about cultural identity. Her works referenced Judaic iconography with their six-point structures and formed the basis of the artist’s technical, expressive, and conceptual investigations. Currently, Hochman Brown’s subject has evolved to a broader consideration of the natural world and its irreducible makeup of fractal geometries. Comprised of multiple layers of natural imagery, Hochman Brown isolates and pieces together their disparate elements into abstracted kaleidoscopic tapestries. The artist’s painterly process utilizes various digital photographic editing tools and software in her meticulous manipulations of tonality, brightness, and saturation to create an illusion of depth.

Karen Hochman Brown received her B.A. in Art from Pitzer College, has continued to study math, and did post-graduate work at California College of the Arts and Crafts where her master’s thesis introduced Construction Geometry via Art, a Junior High School curriculum she taught at Pasadena Waldorf School. She continued to study the interconnections of math and art via technology at UCLA studying graphic design in late-nineties. Her work has been widely exhibited in California and the United States.

Artist Erika Lizée creates large-scale installation in Pierce College Solo Show

Erika Lizée
Gazing into the Great Unknown

August 27 – September 27, 2018
Reception: Thursday, September 13th, 6 – 8 pm

Pierce College Art Gallery
6201 Winnetka Ave.
Woodland Hills, CA 91371

(Woodland Hills, California) – Please join us Thursday September 13th 6-8pm at the Pierce College Art Gallery for the reception of Erika Lizée’s Solo Exhibition. Lizée is a painter who creates illusion-based installations. Mysterious, biomorphic forms appear to exist within the walls of the gallery, while tendril-like elements expand and emerge into the physical space of the viewer. She imagines gallery walls as symbolic thresholds between different realms of existence, between life and death. The illusionistic quality of these installations also speaks to how perceptions and beliefs create reality.

The use of illusion in her work is important, as it gives rise to simultaneous feelings of wonder and uncertainty in viewers. For Lizée, it serves as a metaphor for how we can feel such awe for the beauty, complexity and interconnectedness of the world we live in, while also harboring intense feelings of doubt and anxiety surrounding the big questions of where we come from, what the purpose of our lives is and what happens when we eventually die.

Lizée has always been drawn to Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, which is a tale that considers how our perceptions of the world around us create what we believe to be real. When our perceptions change through experience, so do our concepts of what is real. In her installations, the use of illusionistic and sculptural paintings work in conjunction with actual light and shadow to create a transformative experience for viewers, as their perceptions shift with a greater understanding of the relationship between artistic materials and exhibition space.

The installations serve as a parallel for the journey of our personal and shared life experiences. Individually, each piece has its own inspirations, pulling from sacred geometry, nature and symbols of the feminine. Overall, these works speak to the deep-rooted questions we have always faced in relation to the existence of the universe and our role in it.

Erika Lizée was born in Chicago, Illinois, yet was raised in a tiny town in Northern Wisconsin. Much of her childhood was spent exploring the woods, swimming the lakes and climbing the snowdrifts of this serene part of the country. Her upbringing fostered a strong connection to the natural world, which remains an important aspect of Lizée’s life and artwork.

Ms. Lizée is an artist that creates site-specific, illusion-based installations with acrylic paint. Most recently, she has built installations within the Vita Art Center, Gallery 825, Launch LA, ArtShare LA, and the International Terminal at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Her work has been featured in Juxtapoz, Beautiful/Decay, HiFructose, The Huffington Post and Beautiful Bizarre magazines.

Erika Lizée earned a BFA in Painting from UNC Asheville, and her MFA in Painting from CSU Northridge. She is a Professor of Art at Moorpark College, as well as the Director of the Moorpark College Art Gallery. She lives and works in the greater Los Angeles area.



(Los Angeles, CA) TAG Gallery is pleased to present Artifacts of Grace, a solo exhibition by Pam Douglas whose body of work inspires human connection and resolve within female figures inhabiting found palm fronds and tree branches. Having broached sculptural substrates to paint on for the first time, Douglas fuses the materials’ physical qualities to highlight the human form. The works confront viewers as complex objects of narrative, emotional, and physical contradiction. Douglas envisions her works as part of a larger dialogue raising awareness of not only immediate humanitarian crises, but as embodiments of women’s stories worldwide.

Spurred by rise of displaced populations and an erosion of civil liberties around the globe, Douglas’ works are renewed with a sense of urgency. The works call attention to the welfare of women and imbue her works with questions of nature-nurture, life and death, and the passage of time. Douglas’ depiction of a mother and child echo broader mother-child archetypes throughout art history and cast it in lieu of its politicization. Douglas comments, “Children wrenched from their mother’s arms compelled me to my newest work STAY WITH ME. I tried to express optimism in this series but the horror at the border hurts too much. I didn’t want to illustrate issues or use my art as one more in a chorus of complaint. So most of this series reaches beyond this moment. But we are in a startling time. We’ve heard the cries of imprisoned children, and these works express a profound urge to avow our power and a refusal to be repressed.”

Pam Douglas is a Los Angeles based artist whose works have been included in the California African-American Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), has been covered by Shana Nys Dambrot in the Huffington Post, and by Scarlet Cheng, contributor to the Los Angeles Times.

Artifacts of Grace


TAG Gallery is located at:
5458 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat. 11 AM to 5 PM



(Los Angeles, California) – It is no surprise that in 2016, on the five-hundredth-year anniversary of one of the Northern Renaissance’s greatest painters Hieronymus Bosch’s death, tens of thousands of visitors, fans, and scholars alike flocked from all corners of the globe to the small, southern Netherlandish city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Here they were to take part in the city-sanctioned celebration of “its most famous son”. The city which had culled all of the artist’s known works into one exhibit hall, and programmed a bevy of connected events to much fanfare, brought attention the region’s unmistakable historical style and Bosch’s lasting impact on artist’s extending to the Surrealists and even 1970’s psychedelic cartoonists.

Among those taking in the festivities was Los Angeles photographer Lori Pond, who discovered Bosch as a teen, “There is so little known about him –what he believed in , what he thought, who he was.” Captivated both by the artist’s fantastical visualizations and inscrutably ambiguous displays of human drama, the exhibit was an occasion to maybe see something she hadn’t. What transpired was the “…realization that his work is all a morality play; his works address concepts of good and evil what happens to humans when they sin.” Upon returning, Pond gathered materials, friends, props, and prosthetics to reconstruct fragments of Bosch’s most famous work The Garden of Earthly Delights. What follows is equal parts remixing of the old into something contemporary albeit deconstructed, and an homage to an artist whose limitless imagination was manifest through painstaking attention to detail. Among Pond’s re-constructions, the opening reception event will feature a live costumed model in character playing to the resonance of Bosch’s recent fanfare.

Lori Pond received her Bachelor of Science and Spanish from Indian University, a Master of Arts Degree in Broadcast Journalism at USC. She worked as a graphic designer and live graphics operator for televised events, has been exhibited in galleries and museums nationally and internationally. Her work is in the collections of the Center for Fine Art Photography in Ft. Collins, Colorado, The Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock, and Morgan Stanley headquarters in New York and San Francisco. Her Bosch series has been featured in online blogs from Adobe Create to Mental Floss and was featured in Musee Magazine.

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Gallery 825 (LAAA) is located at:
825 N. La Cienaga Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Tues-Sat. 10-5 PM

Robert Nelson

Solo Exhibition

Opening August 4, 4-6pm
On view through September 30, 2018

Museum of Art and History
665 W. Lancaster Blvd.
Lancaster, CA 93534
Tuesday-Sunday 11-6 PM
Extended Hours Thursday 11AM-8 PM


Robert Nelson is encouraging viewers’ Awakening in his new exhibition, a part of The Robot Show at the Museum of Art and History opening this August.

Using a vivid palette, mixing pop and surrealist styles, Nelson juxtaposes images that play with deep, edgy ideas of technology. The artist poses the question as to whether the ease of technology use will lead to great good or great evil, and wonders whether in the end, technology will destroy us or save us.

“Awakening for us is an ongoing, never-ending process,” Nelson explains. “What of our creations? Is the capacity there for an awakening, and if so, what does that mean? Will it be in our image or from their own design?”

In this series, he posits that an awakening for our technological creations could result in a transcendence that will surpass what human beings can obtain. For the artist, humanity is not necessarily the end goal of evolution.

Posing these questions, Nelson uses images taken from the Renaissance, while employing a retro-future imagery, leading viewers to explore the compression of time as well as the potent potential of technology.

Throughout Awakening, Nelson’s vibrant colors and delicate, detailed compositions lend themselves to an intimate contemplation of provocative questions. “Why would these beings be like us in any way? We could merely be a step in the evolution to create this artificial intelligence and allowing it to awaken.”

The centerpiece to Nelson’s exhibition is “Pandora’s Child,” a triptych that features a stunning robotic figure, arms akimbo, with a heart in its chest. On either side of the figure, two Mickey Mouse images, mouse ears partially lifted to reveal human brains and mechanical gears inside their heads, pay tribute to the central figure. Above them all, angels, flowers, plummeting planes; at their feet, the water rises, a bed of human skulls beneath the flow. A powerful image that portends both man’s destruction and the approval of Heavenly angels, the work is created in Nelson’s typically brilliant hues, with references to time past as well as the future, a future which may be – now.

MOAH is located at:
665 W. Lancaster Blvd.
Lancaster, CA 93534
Tuesday-Sunday 11-6 PM
Extended Hours Thursday 11AM-8 PM

Blue Roof Studios Arts Festival: A Day of Encounters and  Discovery

Saturday, June 23, 12:00pm to 5:00pm


June, 2018:  Blue Roof Studios is pleased to announce Blue Roof Studios Arts Festival,  celebrating the summer solstice, will take place on Saturday, June 23 from 12pm to 5pm, at 7329 S Broadway. The festival highlights the richness and diversity of the arts in South Los Angeles and beyond, reflecting Blue Roof Studio’s commitment to fostering and amplifying creativity, connection, and inclusion within the community.

Blue Roof Studios and festival founder Galia Linn describes the vision of the festival, “In the current climate of increased tension and isolation, melting away the barriers is the duty of those who care. We come together and see each other in a joint celebration of art.”

Offering an immersive multidisciplinary art experiences the day will feature artwork by over 60 artists and 20 Artisans reflecting the diversity of Blue Roof Studios neighborhood as well as greater Los Angeles. Local tacos, homemade popsicles, pizza by Delicious Pizza and other culinary treats will be offered by neighborhood businesses and community members as well venders from the greater LA area.

Spreading over Broadway avenue sidewalk, Blue Roof’s parking lot and the entire building – The day’s rich assortment of offerings will be a drum circle lead by master drummer Aboubacar Kouyate – whos talking drum can be heard on the Black Panther soundtrack; free cooking demonstrations by RootDown LA; music by local DJ Joaquin Romero /DJ Wordamouph;  a participatory performance utilizing three rocking chairs and three people by interdisciplinary performer Nehara Kalev; an Art Makers Bazaar curated by Kaleidoscope Kollective featuring handmade clothing, henna tattoos, unique objects and work by local and LA-based artists and artisans such as Alexandra Grant X-Artists’ Books and GrantLOVE project; art workshops by Barnsdall Arts; CAAM, and Blue Roof Studios resident Beverly Morrison.

The art installations will include: RADIANT a group exhibition curated by Leonardo Bravo / Big City Forum celebrating how we honor the light, our connection to the earth, the sun, and to each other; an exhibit curated by Bettina Hubby from Curatorial Hub featuring  a diverse selection of works under $500 by well-known and emerging artists from Los Angeles and beyond; and Kristine Schomaker of Shoebox PR will curate “IMAGINE” a show of works by artists from her community of artists. In addition, Blue Roof Studios resident artists  Diana Sanchez, Terri Klass, Jacqueline Palafox, Zemer Peled and Beverly Morrison will open their studios for the event. Guest artists installations by Corazon Del Sol in collaboration with Marguerita Drexel and Linda Franke.

About Blue Roof Studios

Founded in 2016 by artist Galia Linn, Blue Roof Studios is a new multidisciplinary art hub located in South Los Angeles that offers a place for artists to work in an environment that fosters creativity and community. We are dedicated to developing long-term relationships, opening doors to meaningful experiences in the arts, growing accessible programs such as free art workshops, screenings, artist talks, exhibitions, and festivals.

The Blue Roof Studios Arts Festival is funded in part by the LA Department of Cultural Affairs, CANNDU/Empower LA, LACI CleanTech incubator, Maker City LA, and the generous support of friends of Blue Roof Studios. Additional support provided  by Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr., the California African American Museum, BardoLA, On Broadway Tattoos and social.experiment.

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