FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Bull.Miletic, Unfinished: Scars of the Past/Face of the Future
Gisela Colón, Urban Instincts
Michael Sokolis, Transfigured Light
April 26 - June 23, 2007
An opening reception for the artists will be held Thursday, April 26, 7-10 pm
1225 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Tel, 310-798-0102, Fax, 310-798-0039
For enquires please contact Gallery Executive Director, Nancy Silverman-Miles
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Bull.Miletic, "Unfinished: Scars of the Past/Face of the Future," 2005-2006, 3-Channel Video Installation.
Bull.Miletic, a team of two artists (Synne Bull and Dragan Miletic) emphasizes the sovereignty of the collaborative process, manifested in a single body of work. The artists received their MFAs at San Francisco Art Institute and have exhibited their compelling video and sound installation work at Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Orange County Museum of Art, Ulrich Museum of Art, among others. The work exhibited at Gallery C will travel to Serbia for a solo exhibition at Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade in 2008.
Inspired by Belgrade’s specific character, Bull.Miletic have created a three-channel video installation in which the city’s past, present and future exist as interchangeable variables. In “dissecting” Belgrade's urban tissue with their camera, the artists unconventionally frame the extraordinary architectural incoherencies throughout the city with a help of a custom-made mechanism which allows them to record continuous 360º vertical panoramas. In this project, Belgrade - a city in constant transition - opens up new ways of reading historical artifacts and political trajectories.
Gisela Colón, originally born and raised in Puerto Rico, now lives and works in Los Angeles. Although she practiced law for twelve years, Colón had always painted and began focusing her artistic efforts full time. A self taught artist, Colón’s work has been exhibited locally throughout Los Angeles and is included in various private and corporate collections, such as Farrelly Brothers Production Co., Imperial Capitol Bank and Ojai Valley Inn.
Through high gloss resin and grid-like patterns, Colón has been driven to abstraction by her urban existence. The grids represent a struggle for space - horizontal in the west and vertical in the east a dilemma between boundaries and desire for endless space and time. With their rich hues and jewel tones, Colón’s work in “Urban Instincts” functions as wall sculptures and architectural manifestations of the way the human race now exists.
Michael Sokolis completed an artist-in-residence at Vanderbilt University and has exhibited nationally in Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Nashville and Atlanta. Sokolis’ work has been reviewed by Los Angeles Magazine (2003 and 2005), Los Angeles Times (1998) and Art Talk (2007). Educated at California State University, Long Beach, he is included in numerous corporate collections, such as Paramount Studios, Los Angeles and celebrity private collections, such as Jimmy Buffet, Drew Carey and Roseanne Cash.
Cityscapes of Los Angeles and other urban locales become surreal in Michael Sokolis’ oil on canvas work in “Transfigured Light.” Through his delicately balanced figures, Sokolis imagines resourceful beings calm, amidst the chaos of the city. Ancient mystical symbols and icons dot the canvases in the most unexpected places creating a dramatic glimpse into Sokolis’ unique world.
Located in the heart of Hermosa Beach, Gallery C specializes in original work by contemporary California artists, both emerging and established. Just steps away from sand and pier, Gallery C has transformed the soaring spaces of the 1923 Bijou Theater into a dynamic gallery space. Public hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 11 am 6 pm.