First Street Gallery. One Colorado’s Annual Art + Design Open Market

One Colorado’s Annual Art + Design Open Market

Sunday, October 15, 10a – 3p

Featuring art for sale from students and alumni of Art Center College of Design & Pasadena City College + pop ups with Vroman’s Bookstore, Fallen Fruit, Flower Pepper Gallery, First Street Gallery, kids’ face painting and more!

PUBLIC: 626.564.1066 or visit OneColorado.com
MEDIA: McLean Emenegger at 626.564.1066 or mclean@onecolorado.com
One Colorado Old Pasadena – 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena, CA 91103
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OLD PASADENA, CA

Sunday, October 15, 10a – 3p
Art + Design Open Market
An open-air art market with artists from
Art Center College of Design and Pasadena City College

& pop-ups from
Vroman’s Bookstore
Fallen Fruit
Flower Pepper Gallery
First Street Gallery Art Center
& Twigzz Flower Market in the courtyard
+ kids’ face painting, live music and more!

Event is free and open to the public.

Now celebrating its 16th year, One Colorado is pleased to present Art & Design Open Market featuring artwork for sale from students and alumni of Pasadena’s leading cultural institutions, Art Center College of Design and Pasadena City College

Art and artisans will fill the One Colorado courtyard and tree-shaded pedestrian alleyways, and the day will be accompanied by live music from Mikael Pederson.

Artworks will include one-of-a-kind prints, photos, paintings and ceramics, as well as handmade jewelry and snazzy accessories. One hundred percent of the proceeds go directly to the artists and pop-up partners.

Art & Design Open Market is always a lovely way to spend a pleasant afternoon. This is a great event for all ages. Even the little ones can bring home a little art courtesy of our face painter!

Flower Pepper Gallery. One Colorado’s Annual Art + Design Open Market

About our Art & Design Pop-Up Partners:

Fallen Fruit began by mapping fruit trees growing on public property in their hometown of Los Angeles. The collaboration has expanded to include public projects and site-specific installations in cities around the world. Using fruit as a method for reframing the familiar, Fallen Fruit investigates urban space, ideas of neighborhood and new forms of citizenship.

First Street Gallery Art Center is an exhibition space, studio and arts management center for adults with developmental disabilities in Claremont, California. It is a unique resource of the Tierra del Sol Foundation, which is founded on the proposition that human potential for creativity and artistic expression is not limited by physical or intellectual challenges. First Street will be offering “Live Portrait Drawing” by Victor Frias, master draftsman, as well as other gallery artists’ work.

Located in Old Pasadena, Flower Pepper Gallery exhibits local and international artists. Their program includes exhibition and events, as well as making artist prints, home collectibles and books accessible to the public. Always a good neighbor, Flower Pepper Gallery has partnered with students and alumni from Art Center, and was part of Old Pasadena’s recent district-wide art intervention, Bold Pas. Featured artists at Art & Design will include: Amy Van Gilder, Valerie Pobjoy, Liten Kanin, Yetis & Friends, Po Yan Leung as well as others from Flower Pepper Gallery’s roster.

Founded in in 1894 by Adam Clark Vroman, Vroman’s Bookstore holds an important place in Southern California’s literary history. For many years, Vroman’s was the largest bookstore west of the Mississippi, and remains the oldest and largest independent bookstore in So Cal. Throughout its storied legacy, Vroman’s has continued to be an independently owned family business. In 2009, Vroman’s added WeHo’s beloved Book Soup to its familial fellowship when it acquired the store after it was in danger of closing. In 2017, One Colorado partnered with Vroman’s for its seasonal Book Club.

Twigzz will host its Flower Market in the courtyard at this year’s Art and Design Open Market. With its quaint One Colorado shop located in Smith Alley, Twigzz is a floral and botanical shop and creative design studio. A small, family-operated business, Twigzz has been serving the Pasadena community since 2014, with an emphasis on special occasions, weddings and just because.

One Colorado’s Annual Art + Design Open Market

 

Huddle – A Postcard Show at Shoebox Projects. Photo Credit. Kristine Schomaker

**UPDATE** I am so excited to announce, we raised $1400 to be split between the ACLU, Planned Parenthood and the Trevor Project!!

HUDDLE

The #equalityforall #resist postcard art show

Hosted by Shoebox Projects and Art and Cake

Curated by Kristine Schomaker
Sponsored by Shoebox PR

From womensmarch.com…

“First, we marched. Now we Huddle. We will gather together in our neighborhoods all over the world to define our next steps, and envision how to transform the energy we saw at Women’s Marches into local and national action.

Huddle (n.) – a small group of people holding an informal conversation”

I was part of a recent huddle in Los Angeles. It was an amazing experience to feel like we aren’t alone in our thinking about the current political climate. We talked about what is going on in our country and what we could do to make a difference.

This is one of my next steps. I am curating a postcard art show at Shoebox Projects in September 2017.

Sales: All work is donated to the show and sold for $25 each. 100% of proceeds will be donated equally to the ACLU, Planned Parenthood and the Trevor Project. Payable by Check, Cash or Credit Card (additional fees may apply) at the reception.

Thank you for sharing your voices!!

Follow Art and Cake, Shoebox Projects and Shoebox PR to keep up with the latest information on our HUDDLE.

Erika Lizée

Eternally Searching (0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13…)

 

Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825
825 N La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles Ca 90069

On view October 21, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Opening Reception October 21 6-9pm

http://www.erikalizee.com
http://www.laaa.org

Neither representative nor completely abstract, artist Erika Lizée constructs site-specific installations with painted biomorphic forms that evoke a sense of wonder and a greater connection to the universe. Aimed at altering perceptions and expanding the collective consciousness, Lizée creates visually mystifying paradigms as she finds new ways to entice and express the powerful relationships between all living beings and the universe they inhabit.

Finding inspiration in the eternal search for understanding life as we know it, as well as the artistic space of the gallery itself, Lizée utilizes the white cube walls as symbolic thresholds between life and death and what is known and unknown in this world. Beyond the wall’s superficiality, more complex biomorphic forms combine within the natural boundaries of sacred geometry and the golden ratio, while other forms expand and emerge into the physical realm of the viewer.

Using the techniques of trompe l’oeil and sculptural painting, Lizée works in conjunction with actual light and perception—as if physical materials—to spark a sense of wonder in the viewer. Lizée’s artistic whimsy and soulful provocation create a transformative experience as viewers’ perceptions shift into greater understanding of the relationship between artistic materials and exhibition space. Creating a purposeful epiphany guides viewers into an enlightened state of being as they explore all of the complex details in the installations and discover new truths around every corner.

Finding fuel in scientific theory, mathematical truths and sequences, and the core similarities in all-natural creations, Lizée creates work that reflects her personal thirst for knowledge and understanding, while inspiring and engaging viewers into asking more questions and sparking more curiosities. Her work is not observational but participatory and stimulating.

Like a mysterious, alluring phantasm or the inner workings of a biomechanical beast, Lizee’s illusory paintings will transform the exhibition space at Gallery 825, leaping off the walls and infiltrating the minds and imaginations of visitors during her solo exhibition. The Dura-Lar paintings will push and pull with viewers’ perception of art and art space, of real and unreal, and of representation and abstraction. Speaking to the deep-rooted questions we all face with regards to the existence of the universe and our role, as humans, in it.

About the artist:
Erika Lizée received her MFA in Painting from CSU Northridge in 2007. In 2008, she was hired as full-time faculty at Moorpark College where she is currently an Associate Professor of Art, as well as the Director of the Moorpark College Art Gallery. Lizée is an artist that creates site-specific installations, as well as paintings and drawings. Most recently, Lizée built installations within the International Terminal at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and ArtShare LA. In September 2017, she participated in a group exhibit at Launch LA. Lizée’s work has been featured in Juxtapoz, Beautiful/Decay, Hi Fructose, The Huffington Post and Beautiful Bizarre Magazine. She currently resides in West Hills, California with her husband and two young children.

2017 ArtWalk Ventura Global Artist
Shamsia Hassani

ARTWALK VENTURA 2017

Saturday, October 7, 11 am – 7 pm
Sunday, October 8, 12 – 5 pm
700+ artists / 30+ galleries

 

If you love art, you won’t want to miss ArtWalk Ventura 2017. ArtWalk Ventura is one of Ventura’s signature events, drawing thousands every year. Run by an all-volunteer group, this weekend event is fresh and festive and focused on Ventura’s authentic cultural community. Now in its 25th year ArtWalk Ventura is a fun, virtually free, self-guided tour of dozens of galleries, studios, pop-up venues and transformed PODS Containers in Ventura’s Westside Cultural District and Downtown.

2017 Featured Events including Bowl Hop where you can buy a beautiful, hand-crafted Bowl Hop bowl and receive a punch card that allows visits to participating restaurants during the weekend for a delicious sampling of their cuisines! A Bowl costs $25, with all proceeds benefiting Downtown Ventura’s Family Reconnection Program, which helps connect needy individuals with family or an appropriate support network.

2017 Global Artist of Distinction is Shamsia Hassani. Hassani is a graffiti artist from Kabul, Afghanistan who often paints women in Burqas/women in symbolic shapes, and fishes, symbols of the atmosphere flowing around her and her own life experiences.

2017 Venues include: PODS Containers, Vita Art Center, Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau, Parson’s Galleries, Namba Performing Arts Space, Mainstreet Architects and many more.

ArtWalk Ventura provides a free shuttle sponsored by Kirby Automotive Group and Roadrunner Shuttle. Passenger pick-up is at the parking lot entrance to the Museum of Ventura County (100 E. Main Street in Downtown Ventura). The shuttle goes from the Museum to Bell Arts Factory, dropping you within a block of Stoneworks Studios. The shuttle then heads over to Art City on Dubbers Ave and then to the WAV (Working Artists Ventura) before it returns to the Museum.

For more information, directions and maps please visit
http://www.artwalkventura.org

 

Preliminary list of the artists and where they will be showing:

 

T Christian Gapen (Parson’s Gallery)
Hiroko Yoshimoto (Museum of Ventura County)
Pamela Pilkenton (NAMBA Performing Arts Space)
Scott Gordon (Bell Arts Factory)
Melodie Bird (Bell Arts Factory – Rise Studio 82)
Maribel Hernandez – 2017 Ventura Artist of Distinction (Bell Arts Factory – Tool Room Gallery)
Vanessa Wallace-Gonzales / Izzy Morones(Stoneworks Studios)
Chris Meugniot (Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau)
Lili Miura (Buenaventura Gallery)
Jan Kolbusz (Qbit Gro, Inc.)
Brent Hanson (Brent Hanson)
Stephanie Hogue (Latitudes Fine Art Gallery)
Sue Pollack / Mary Perez (ArtWalk Coordinators)
Cassandra Tondro (PODs container)
Cathy Immordino (PODs Container)
MB Hanrahan (Bee Cause PODs Gallery/City of Ventura)
Vonder Gray (WAV Gallery & Studios)
Jen Livia (Red Brick Gallery)
Michelle Kemick (Bell Arts Factory – Rise Studio 82)
Joanne Duby (Ventura Botanical Gardens)
Kathy Ikerd (Buenaventura Gallery)
Laura Rosencranz (D.A. Davidson & Co. Gallery)
Michele Foster (Ventura County Interface Children and Family Services)
Robert Wainscott and Dan Flowers (Working Artists Ventura (Wav) )
Stephen Babcock and Lorien Rennie (The Corner of 53 & Grrr)
Darlene Roker (Buenaventura Art Association gallery)

John Rosewall Bargain

John Rosewall

Grip

Los Angeles Art Association/ Gallery 825
825 N La Cienega Blvd
West Hollywood, California 90069
http://www.laaa.org/
http://johnrosewall.com/

September 9 – October 13, 2017
Opening reception, September 9th 6-9pm

(Los Angeles) – Los Angeles Art Association is pleased to present Grip, a solo exhibition by Los Angeles based painter John Rosewall. Grip is both a noun and a verb. It means to take and keep a firm hold of something or to grasp tightly while simultaneously referencing a feeling or emotion as in to be gripped by… A grip, rather than to grip, references something is held in the hand, or for example a “tight grip.” The ambiguity and double entendre the word engenders is at the root of Rosewall’s paintings.

Seen in context of these definitions, Rosewall’s acrylic paintings both grip the viewer and illustrate the myriad ways people hold, or hold onto each other— be it a handshake, a pat on the back or a gesture of restraint. Each of Rosewall’s painting stems from the media and depicts altered images of violence culled from news photos. Painting them in muted colors, Rosewall reduces these appropriated images to their essential elements. Stripped of context, as Rosewall removes the background as well as any recognizable imagery or facial features, the scenarios become generic representations of violence taken for granted.

Most of Rosewall’s figures are anonymous– he rarely paints facial features– instead relies on gesture and implied bodily relationships. The act of aggression presented in painting such as Obedience and Cull (both 2016) depict two figures in the midst of a fight. In Cull one man has another in a chock hold. The victim, blindfolded by a thickly painted white sash, has an expression of anguish on his face. Only the strong muscular arms of his attacker are shown. Similarly, in Obedience, two figures tussle, their abstracted forms emerging from the deep black background. In Touch (2016) a disembodied black-gloved hand extends from a blue jacket resting on the back of a man wearing a stark white tank-top who faces the background void. Like Touch, Reach (2017) depicts the backside of a headset-wearing figure sitting in a chair facing a target on a computer screen. The man’s hand grips a red joystick.

The tight grip between two suited male figures shaking hands centered in Bargain (2017) clearly articulates the tensions Rosewall wants to present in these paintings. The works are about power, specifically the abuse of power and depict victims of violence, repression and exploitation. Through his painting, Rosewall communicates the reality of the human condition making aesthetic images that avoid the trap of aestheticizing violence.

John Rosewall, a self-taught artist living in Northeast Los Angeles, was born in Watsonville, California. He studied creative writing receiving a B.A. from UCLA (1984) and an M.A. from UC Davis (1986). Though he started out as a photographer making documentary style images, he later moved into abstraction and is now making quasi-representational paintings derived from news photographs. He states, he is “distilling the images into emblematic representations of violence, injustice, and oppression, with the aim of critiquing systems of power in the United States and abroad.”

Rosewall’s works have been presented as solo exhibitions at L.A. Artcore Brewery Annex (2014), Hale Arts Space (2013), drkrm (2012) and The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. Local and national group exhibitions include Incarceration at Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (2017), Electric Salon, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (2013) as well as shows at I5 Gallery and the Basement (2004, 2003). Rosewall also maintains the Blog Terrain. Begun in 2012 Terrain is an “interpenetration of news, critical theory, photographic images, essay writing, and most of all, painting.”

For more information please visit http://www.johnrosewall.com

 

 

John Rosewall Obedience

 

John Rosewall Cull

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HIRE A P.R. FIRM

Manage Your Art Career With Outside Help

By C.M. Schmidlkofer

Published in Professional Artist April/May 2017

 

Artists can find themselves burning the candle at both ends at any point in their careers. Both emerging and established artists struggle managing time, money, marketing and productivity. Adding family obligations and outside employment to the mix increases stress resulting in potentially costly mistakes, repetitive efforts and missed opportunities.

 

It doesn’t have to be that way. For a price, there are services available to help lighten the load of artists.

The traditional route is gallery representation. Best case, your gallerist is a collaborator. Yet a gallery can be difficult to obtain and limited to its own brand and clientele.

Artists may seek out a public relations manager for more exposure. Or another alternative is obtaining a business manager. Those who are dedicated to visual artists can provide financial and career planning, social media management, support and workshops and connection to galleries and exhibitions.

“I decided to seek out management services because I felt like I needed help promoting my work,” Said California installation artist Erika Lizée (erikalizee.com). “I teach full time and am mother of two, so my time is stretched thin. The management services help me to stay focused on my art career goals, while
also helping me to feel more connected to the art world.”

Lizée is one of 18 contemporary artists who are clients of Los Angeles-based Shoebox PR (shoeboxpr.com).

She said the management company’s services have helped her gain press for her work, connected her to critics and writers that she normally would not have approached on her own as well as sending out calls for art- something she considers a great resource that aids her in finding new grants and exhibitions to apply for.

“In general, their services help to keep me on track and moving my career forward,” she said.

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Erika Lizée

“Artists are seeking alternative ways of getting exposure,” Kristine Schomaker, director of Los Angeles-based Shoebox PR (shoeboxpr.com), said.

“A manager can help artists stay organized and direct them where to apply or show work,” Schomaker said. “The artist manager knows the art world. They can guide you through doors you had no idea where open.”

Also represented by Shoebox PR are artists Dani Dodge (danidodge.com) and Susan Amorde (susanamorde.com) who use Schomaker to promote their work.

Dodge relies on Schomaker for guidance when it comes to which shows to apply to and which to hold off on.

“This is invaluable when I have so many great opportunities in front of me and I’m like a kid in a candy store,” she said. “Kristine and I meet regularly to discuss my career and where it is headed. She also listens when I think I might need a certain kind of coverage and does everything she can to make it happen.”

Dodge said in the past she has paid mentors to help steer her career in the right direction but Shoebox PR is her first experience with a business manager.

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Dani Dodge

STYLES AND PAY STRUCTURES
This help comes at a price. Shoebox PR offers services ranging from $100 for a subscription to its call for art/grant/residency list to $1800 for event/exhibition promotion. Its management package requires a monthly retainer of $900 a month and includes social media management, business coaching, marketing, event and exhibition public relations, workshops and more.

“We don’t work with percentages or commissions as our goals aren’t to sell the artist’s work, but to give them the resources and support to help them sell.” Schomaker said. “We aren’t dealers or consultants in that regard, but have worked with them in the past.”

It’s not unusual for a manager to take a percentage of retail sales rather than a flat fee, and the percentage and terms will vary from manager to manager, Leo Weinstein, co-owner of Weinstein Art Management (warm-art.net), said.

Weinstein and his wife, Julia, represent artists all over the world, charging 15 percent of the retail sale to cover management expenses.

The percentage can be significant depending on the sale price of the art, Leon Weinstein said.

He shared an experience where a longtime client’s paintings sold for under $5000 and just recently one was sold for $70,000.

“You can structure it in a different way – 30 percent of any money that are coming in to the artist’s way with a manager’s help and from his agreed exclusive territory,” Weinstein said.

Located in Woodland Hills, California, the couple market globally and offer specialty services in addition to publicity and career advice for their clients, which typically range from 35 to 40 artists at one time.

Weinstein seeks out retail opportunities for artists not only in galleries, but also auctions and licenses artists’ images for posters, limited-edition prints or merchandising.

“We are creating marketing materials, helping galleries to advertise and participating in organization of exhibition,” Weinstein said.

“We collect money, handle their visas to the U.S. when required and advise on a variety of other matters.”

The business started in 1989 whilst helping an artist from Georgia (formerly part of the U.S.S.R.) negotiate a long-term contract with a Japanese gallery. Soon they were representing artists in ex-communist countries who didn’t understand marketing, especially in the United States.

The Weinstein’s accept established as well as emerging artists for representation. They ask for at least 12 images to consider by email with a biography or a link to the artist’s website. Artists are judged by taste, ability to change and what Weinstein calls “sell-ability.”

“Just to receive advice is not good enough,” he said. “Like singers, actors and musicians, visual artists need guidance in how to present their art, to whole to present it, how to build credentials and what galleries, dealers or other art professionals not to work with.”

The Weinsteins collaborate with artists who work in realism, impressionism and photorealism art.

Leon Weinstein offered advice when seeking a business manager: “A good manager will help you by showing you great and successful artists who he wants you to study and understand what makes them popular.”

He added that together, the manager and artist can discuss the artist’s uniqueness that makes the work immediately recognizable and desirable.

To find such a gem, Weinstein suggested artists investigate potential managers to see who they represent, find out what artists have to say about them and visit galleries where they have placed their artists. Educate yourself before hiring their services.

Photographer: Yosi PozeilovEditor: Yosi Pozeilov
Susan Amorde

BE CREATIVE WHEN CHOOSING MANAGEMENT
There is no one size fits all when it comes to business management. Some artists find success combining services from different sources for a custom fit.

Massachusetts artist Steve Lyons (stevelyonsart.com) hired a business mentor and personal friend to manage his day-to-day affairs, a studio assistant and several studio helpers for his day-to-day management. He hired an outside public relations firm to promote his work.

Lyons’ work is rooted in expressionism, and in 2016 he was recognized as one of the top five abstract expressionists painters in the world by American Art Awards, tied with artist Christine Alfery.

“As my career took off I knew that It was necessary to have someone do the day-to-day management and to look for and seize opportunities at other galleries and exhibitions – cultural center, museums, et cetera,” he said.

His current staff makes it possible for him to focus more on his paintings and spend more time with family, as well as seek out and secure venues for him in the U.S. and Europe.

He depends on PR for Artists (prforartists.com), a California-based public relations firm, for media exposure. PR for artists “Built interest in my creative life one publication at a time… They know what to do with information surrounding my life as a painter – whether it is announcing a recent award, new work or a new association with a gallery or exhibitor. That is a great relief,” Lyons said. PR for Artists cofounder Anthony Mora, said artists are charged a monthly retainer fee based on specific needs. Services include public relations, brand development and gallery representation.

Help with developing a prospectus and presentation to galleries is also available. Lyons said he works hand-in-hand with PR for Artists for many of his business and publicity decisions.

“The big decisions require communication between everyone involved in my career,” he said. “We often reach out to PR for Artists for their opinion about decisions, such as exhibitions and shows.”

Mora is the author of two books, Spin to Win: The Essential P.R. Guide for Business and Career Success and The Alchemy of Success: Marketing your Company/Career through the Power of the Media for Achieving Unlimited Success.

A few years ago, Mora and his vice president, Aubrie Wienholt, expanded his 1990 communications business Anthony Mora Communications, Inc., which focuses on authors, filmmakers, musicians and others, to include a division – PR for Artists – concentrating on fine visual artists.

“PR for Artists represents anywhere from 15 to 20 artists at a time and has helped clients be featured in media outlets such as Time, Newsweek, The Today Show and more,” he said.

“That helps stimulate interest and creates buzz. You can then use the media exposure in any and all of the marketing outreach.”

Before considering outside public relations, more recommends artists to do what marketing they can on their own.

“Create a website, get on social media.” He said. “Put their foot in the water. We can help them on all those fronts, but it’s important that we see the artist is making an effort to build a bridge between their art and their audience.”

Mora advices when looking for help, artists should find out exactly what services are being offered.

Look for someone who knows the field, but someone who they can then communicate with and talk to. “You want someone with a track record,” He said. “Someone who has worked in the field for a while.”

If you can’t hire a public relations company, start small by doing your own public relations.

“Do your homework and write a press release, create a media list and start reaching out to the media,” he said. “If you have some funds to invest in your marketing then do it. Don’t go it alone of you don’t have to, bring in a savvy team that is on your side, knows the media, knows how to present you and your work and is prepared to help take you and your career to the next level.” (PA)

 

7 TIPS TO FIND AND WORK WITH A MANAGER OR PR FIRM

1. Know what you want– Kristine Schomaker, owner of Shoebox PR in California, advises artists to have a clear idea of what they want a manager to do, to set a budget for public relations – be it for an exhibition or management – and have at least 15 to 20 pieces of work to present

2. You’ll still have to work – “Be prepared to work,” she said. “It could be photographing your work, applying to shows, doing interviews, traveling and more.”

3. Research the firm – Scrutinize websites and avoid those with too little information or who haven’t posted on social media in recent days, weeks or months.

4. Research the artists the firm represents – “Make sure the artists are legit, professional and serious… make sure a contract is in place.”

5. As friend for recommendations

6. Tap into social media– “Facebook especially is a great place to ask the collective hive mind for recommendations or information on specific artist management companies.”

7. Be easy to work with – “I can’t stress this enough. If you are easy to work with, curators and gallerists will want to work with you too.”

C.M. Schmidlkofer is a journalist who has been a staff reporter at newspapers throughout the Midwest including The Chicago Tribune. She has written for The Crafts Reporter, Fibromyalgia AWARE, National Paralegal Reporter and Stone Voices Magazine.

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Shoebox PR at the Annenberg Community Beach House

Leonard Greco, Goblin Market

Leonard Greco
Fairyland

Opening reception: July 8th 7-10pm
On view: July 8th to August 8th

Avenue 50 Studio
131 N Avenue 50
Los Angeles Ca 90042
avenue50studio.org
leonardgreco.me

Leonard Greco, known for his neo-medieval paintings, sculpture and installations has a solo exhibition opening July 8th 7-10pm at Avenue 50 Studios in Highland Park.

At this stage of Greco’s life, off center of a century, he is grappling with ways in which to express his “being-ness”. Unable to avoid the “who am I” question any longer, he is reaching beyond his usual studio practice of oil painting into diverse disciplines including fabric sculptures in the round. These “dolls” are fashioned by fully embracing the pre-conceived sissy element of this art. It is in this extension of his practice that he is exploring, his identity as a queer and terrified man; the specter of the pansy boy he was being given new voice in his latest ongoing project “Fairyland”. It is in this new series of projects, where paint, needle and thread give expression and validation to a long suppressed self-loathing.

The very name “Fairyland”, a word once delivered with bloody blows transcends beyond, with a message of empathy, compassion. pride, and he hopes, humor. Reclaiming the fairy has been empowering. The art he attempts to create is intended to express the spirit of furtive repression breaking free.

Leonard Greco is a multidisciplinary artist living and work in Los Angeles. He has exhibited national and internationally. Recent exhibitions include: Pasadena Museum of California Art (2011); Clive Hicks Jenkins, Wales, UK (2012); Couturier Gallery Los Angeles (2014) and La Luz de Jesus (2016). In 2017 his work will be featured in numerous exhibitions including “Personal Narrative” at the Annenberg Beach House Gallery, Santa Monica; “Stitch Fetish 5,” The Hive, Los Angeles; “Pickles Galore,” curated by Linda Vallejo, Lamperouge Gallery, Los Angeles; “The Faces Within,” South Bay Contemporary, San Pedro and” With Liberty and Justice for Some,” Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles.

“Reflection of a Harsh Super Ego”