“I originally trained as a composer, but I have always made collages for my own amusement. The composition skills I learned as a composer have been put to good use in making collages. In 2006 I began to make them more often and more seriously so I could post them online, which was in vogue just then. I am fascinated and delighted by making art in the arrangement of images, shapes and textures.”
Opening Reception, Saturday, December 9th, 7 – 10 pm, part of NELA Second Saturday
Guadulesa acknowledges the meditative aspect of creating art. Life events, people around her, Nature and the unseen world of energy, all play a part in her inspiration. Her abstract or loosely figurative works reflect spontaneity, strong rhythm, texture and color blends.
She often engages the resonant vibrations of music to focus in the moment and block out all discordant influences. She meditates with the 5 healing tones of her Tsalagi (Cherokee) ancestors and sometimes paints in live performance with jazz musicians.
We have learned that all form resonates with sound. Guadulesa utilizes sound as a secondary medium. Her artistic choices reveal a play of energy and rhythms. Often using a very wet palette, she feels that the sound environment influences the drying patterns of her paintings.
Opening Reception, Saturday, Nov 11, 7 – 10 pm, part of NELA Second Saturday
Roderick Smith presents an exhibition of acrylic paintings depicting the landscape in the realm of myth. His works evoke a strange displacement of reality with a sense of longing for the narrative. The legends and tales are called forth from the shadows of our modern world. These are figurative tableaux, illustrative in style, and drawn in a manner that attempts to refrain from any notion of certainty. They exist as backdrops to the imaginative world of human longing.
Opening October 14, 7 – 10 pm, during NELA Second Saturday.
“Many a morning I awaken with a fiery knot in the pit of my stomach. It frequently feels we are living in dire times and I know many share my dread. That being the case I’ve invited a few friends to jump right into the Hellmouth and showcase works that explore the depths of existential angst. The results are poignant, beautifully charged and frequently quite amusing. Please join us on October 14th 2017 as we skewer the Hellmouth.
The artists I’ve invited are:
…and yours truly.
Upon receiving the submissions I’ve been struck with how the artists of Hellmouth are poets of the shadows, frequently committed to exploring the dark existential crevices of being. More sensible artists may resist this oracle’s call, but like Orpheus these seekers cannot resist that final backwards glance.”
Opening Saturday Sept 9, 7 – 10 pm during NELA Second Saturday.
Although depression takes people into black holes, Natalie Fratino used her experiences as a place to help propel her through compromised moments. The paintings in this show express both the hopefulness and frustration through this time period.
BetZ Ross, with Connie Rohman and Alden Marin August 12 – Sept 2, 2017
BetZ Ross, with Connie Rohman and Alden Marin confront the reality of an illegitimate and corrupt president. This work stands as challenge to all patriotic Americans to have the courage to resist. It is a forceful message that we owe our country and our ideals no less.
Come be inspired.
image: detail “Thus Always to Tyrants” by BetZ Ross
“At this stage of my life, off center of a century, I am grappling with ways in which to express my “being-ness”. Unable to avoid the “who am I “ question any longer, I find myself ,as a visual artists reaching beyond my usual studio practice of oil painting into diverse disciplines including figures in the round.The figures are essentially dolls, and are fashioned by fully embracing the pre-conceived sissy element of this art. It is in this extension of my practice that I am exploring, at this late stage, my identity as a queer and terrified man; the specter of the pansy boy I was, being given new voice in my 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 I hope , humor. Reclaiming the fairy has been empowering. The art I attempt to create is intended to express the spirit of furtive repression breaking free.”
June 10 – July 1, 2017
Opening Saturday, June 10, 7 – 10pm
The Art of Displacement by Michele Antenorcruz, Calaya Ampara Hudnut
This series focuses on displacement ranging from the personal (displacement of self) to modern-day living (urbanization, alienation, graduation) to the political (deportation, gentrification). It coalesces with the ubiquitous feeling that we are all targets and tries to level the playing field by offering the pieces on a fairly wide sliding scale, reflecting disparity or displacement of income.
Long-time El Sereno residents, Jeanie, Wesley, and Donald explore their environment through photography, but each presents a different use of the camera, view of the city, and final presentation.
Jeanie photographs the eaves of houses in her East L.A. and NELA neighborhoods. The application of gold leaf to the background, and a blackened window enhance the aesthetic and conceptual content. These works create an intimate portrait of home, but the blackened entryways, the lonely space, the flat gold-leafed skies question the idea of comfort, and raise the domestic from its normal place in the social hierarchy. We are invited to look, the gold leaf asking you to hold it as an icon, but are left wondering what is behind the facade.
Wesley plays with light – natural and artificial – and silhouette to create powerful, and sometimes dream-filled images. His cityscapes are brief moments of gorgeously colored skies with quintessential L.A. silhouettes. In his studio work, colored lights become halos, wings, and creatures from another world. Wesley takes pride in the fact that his photos are finished when the shutter snaps, without editing in Photoshop or any other software.
Donald is most interested in environmental portraits. He often walks the city, engaging in conversation, developing trust with the people of our streets and time. His photos are the starting point for a deeper conversation with his subjects which allows the work to delve deeper than the typical candid street photograph. Donald’s photographs remain traditional in post editing which enforces the gap between photography and digital art. This presents a forceful contrast when combined with the unique and immersive 3-d printing process that invites the viewer to experience the work with more than just their eyes.