Public reception: Sept. 8th, from 7-10p, Northeast Los Angeles Art Gallery night
A postcard exhibition, snail mail style. Postcards can be and are
art. They are invites, souvenirs and documentation. They can be
nostalgic, romantic, adventureous, and curious. They can be social,
political & more. Postcards can be made and done in various
artistic mediums. Be it collage, photography, letterpress, silkscreened,
altered, digital, drawn, painted or printed in a variety of ways.
Opening reception: July 14, 7 - 10pm
FRESH PRINTS, opening at the Acorn Gallery July 14, brings together four disparate artists who create art through various kinds of transfer process. Doug Wichert earned an MFA from California State University, Long Beach, where he also ran the print labs and facilitated student work in lithography and etching. Returning to printmaking after a twenty year absence, he examines issues of material, craft, expectation and risk. Kay Brown, trained in graphic design at Chouinard and Art Center, joined a printmaking collective at Self-Help Graphics and has explored linocut, drypoint, woodcut, silkscreen, silk etching and monoprints. Many of her works carry strong social messages, and have been auctioned from the collection of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics.
Karen Neubert's monotypes are painterly prints. She studied painting at Stanford and Otis and has worked extensively to create art workshops for children, establishing a children's studio at Pacific Oaks College. The subject matter of the hand-colored postcards she employs is less important to her than a particular color combination, mood or strangeness possessed by the card. Since 1985, Stuart Bender has created installation, single-channel, and live-performance music/video works which have been exhibited internationally. He is exhibiting works from a new series titled “Djinn of the Fourth Wall.” Each print includes photography, drawing, digital processing, and the Brazilian model Moux, who appears as the Djinn in the images. Djinn comprise an order of spirits believed capable of exercising influence over humankind for either good or bad. For the ancient Semites, djinn were spirits who acted during the night.
During the run of the exhibition, each of the artists will be present on at least two gallery days, so those missing the opening may discuss the work in depth. Fresh Prints is curated by Collective member Nancy Buchanan.
Sunday, June 10
Saturday, June 16, 2:00 pm
Puppets On The Wall is part of NELAart
Second Saturday Gallery Night.
The Horse Show gallops into the Acorn Gallery on NELAart Second Saturday, April 14, from 7-10pm: paintings, drawings and sculpture depicting the grace and splendor of superb equines. Frank and Sharon Romero, Denise Monaghan, Heather Hoggan, and Patrick Harper join the legions of artists who celebrate the horse through art. Curator Patty Sue Jones states, “From the Stone Age horse paintings on cave walls in Lascaux, France, 2nd Century bronze Chinese sculptures, Impressionist race days - the horse has been critical subject matter for artists.” The exhibit continues on weekends from 12-4pm and closes on Sunday, May 20 (Museums of the Arroyo Day). As a special treat, for Museums of the Arroyo Day we will provide a singular opportunity to draw a live horse.
The Acorn Gallery is pleased to showcase the work of three historically important and different feminist groups: Mother Art, The Waitresses, and M.A.M.A., as well as the short videotape “Define” by O.F. Makarah, founder of In Visible Colors.
Mother Art and The Waitresses were active in the 70s and 80s and grew out of the Woman’s Building’s Feminist Studio Workshop. Beginning in 1974, Mother Art initially addressed issues of art and motherhood. Over its twelve year existence, the group expanded its concerns to deal with women’s domestic work and social issues such as homelessness among women, nuclear war, and the attack on a woman’s right to choose. From 1978 through 1985, The Waitresses explored their roles as service workers and nurturers in performance pieces that took place in restaurants, parades, conferences, galleries and museums. In the 90s, M.A.M.A. (Mother Artists Making Art) used their identities and experiences as mothers as the basis for sculpture and installation. In Visible Colors is an organization dedicated to the creation and promotion of films and videos by African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos and Natives.
This exhibit is curated by Nancy Buchanan and will include a recreation of a Mother Art installation, photo documentation, sculpture and video.