Opening August 12, 2017 during NELA Second Saturday
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.
Mark Lawrence Verrillo
March 9 – April 5
Opening Night (NELA Second Saturday)
Saturday, March 11, 2017
7 PM – 10 PM
“The rainbow flag is also known as the pride flag and the peace flag. From the rainbow covenant of the bible to many of the pre-Columbian cultures to the peace movement of the 1960’s, the image has been a unifying icon. I decided why not take something so recognizable and meaningful to so many people, and develop it and deconstruct it and bring it back again through my art. Whether it be about our differences regarding gender equality, class struggle, racial prejudice or religious intolerance, perhaps something beautiful, harmonious and sacred can make a promise of unity of diversity through the power of color and light.”
In Coming Months
July: Leonard Greco solo show
August: Gwen Freeman
September: Natalie Fratino
October: “Devil is in the Details” curated by Leonard Greco
November: Roderick Smith
December: Rebeca Guerrero