FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Gallery C presents two exhibitions:
LA MINIMALISM TODAY
September 14 November 12, 2006
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 14, 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
Web site, http://www.galleryc.com
Hours, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 11 a.m. 6 p.m.; Thursday 11 a.m. 8 p.m.
Lyndie Benson, "Renewal," 2002, fiber print in medium format film, 14 x 11".
GALLERY C EXPLORES THE MODERN NUANCES OF A CLASSIC MEDIUM IN ITS FIRST EVER PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION
Gallery C will feature contemporary California photographers in its first ever photography exhibition. Photographers capture images but in Gallery C’s BEYOND PHOTOGRAPHY, the artists manipulate the subjects. They are twisted, tortured, surreal, partially obscured, ghostly. The use of mixed media, new technologies and fresh subject matter are what allow Asya Schween, Geoff Mitchell, Michael Faye and Lyndie Benson to explore photography as a medium and beyond.
BEYOND PHOTOGRAPHY will be on exhibit in the front gallery until November 12, 2006.
Asya Schween’s subject matter is simply complex. In this body of work, her subject is always the same herself but the mood, tone and shape she takes is enigmatic. She seamlessly morphs into these roles and the line between art and life becomes deliciously blurred. For Schween, she learns something new with each image captured. They become fossilized memories of what she is, what she has, and will, become.
Geoff Mitchell is a true 21st century artist. Working in photography based mixed media works, film and video installation and paintings, Mitchell creates a scene and invites his viewer to experience that scene on multiple levels. While filming, Mitchell takes photographs of the scenes as film stills but upon installation of his video, he displays the photographs that have been treated with colorwashes and are flanked with objets d’art that pique the viewer’s curiosity.
Lyndie Benson breaks with traditional photographic genre of landscapes to delve into the human form. But the forms are not entirely human their apparition-like being hangs on them like a lost doppelganger. Is the figure merely turning in space or is there something other worldly that Benson has happened to capture with her lens? And unlike traditional photographs, Benson’s work in this series are originals, as the artist destroys the negative once the work has been printed.
Michael Faye’s landscapes are a Turner-esque homage to the vast American wilderness. They evoke an evanescence of technical process - perfectly encapsulated in the qualities of the national panorama, now brooding or cloud-covered, now broken by shafts of light that suddenly reveal the odd road or isolated smokestack. Mists roll over hills eerily as they are part romanticized, part mourned. The electricity pylons that poke through the dreamy landscape jolts the viewer back to reality.
Curated by Nancy Silverman-Miles
MINIMALISM RESURFACES TO REVEAL CALIFORNIA ARTISTS’ LATEST INTERPRETATION
Brad Howe, “Heft,” 2006, stainless steel and polyurethane, 13 x 22 x 4”.
See an icy cube of stainless steel with a frozen cylinder mercilessly punched out by its maker. See a blood red canvas with a solitary white triangle at its base, suspended. See where minimalism has gone in the last few decades since its inception in the 1960’s.
The movement may have passed but a resurgence is alive in California art today. The ghosts of Frank Stella, Ellsworth Kelly and Donald Judd are embodied in artists today as they strip the canvases and sculptural materials down to line, geometric shapes and simplified forms. Current minimalist artists featured in Gallery C’s LA MINIMALISM TODAY include Andy Moses, Brad Howe, Lori Cozen-Geller, John Rose, Barbara Kerwin, Deborah Salt, Gary Palmer and Charles Christopher Hill.
LA MINIMALISM TODAY will be on exhibit in the main gallery until November 12, 2006.
LA MINIMALISM TODAY
Lori Cozen-Geller’s cubic shapes look as though they are gift wrapped in stainless steel. Their shapes are elementary but the concept of their graphic forms is anything but. Cozen-Geller is new to the stainless steel, her previous work was candy coated and buffed to a high-gloss sheen. By taking a shape and cutting out pieces or parts, Cozen-Geller is allowing those parts to have a new life and a new existence, thus extending their forms.
Andy Moses is true art royalty. Son of Los Angeles painter Ed Moses, Andy is making a name for himself with his effervescent paintings of dreamily marbled abstracts and brilliantly hued lines and shapes. Cosmic in appearance, Moses chooses color play that is strong, while at the same time calm. The bold brights pop while the milder neutrals recede and provide dimension to his fluid and watery lines.
Brad Howe keeps his playful and whimsical style with slightly less involved, geometric sculptural shapes. Howe calls this series Monoliths and Articulated Voids and achieves exuberant physical forms that define the space in which they are contained. Their minimalism - and even that color is only applied on a single side of the three dimensional shape - is designed to radiate authority and simplistic state of being.
Images and additional information about the artists is available.
Curated by Nancy Silverman-Miles.