AAC at Avenue 50 Studio: In and Around NELA

Natalie Fratino

In and Around NELA

October 24 – November 27, 2020

Natalie Fratino

Open by appointment only

Fratino says “I had two agendas creating this body of work. First of all, I wanted to showcase little pieces of NELA. This work shows just ordinary life in our area with ordinary people and ordinary landscapes during these extraordinary times.

My second agenda is that I wanted to make affordable artwork. I’m a big believer in having original pieces in your home but I know that sometimes it is nearly impossible to justify spending big dollars when times are tough. Heck, even when times aren’t as tough, it’s difficult. All the pieces in this show are less than $200, with many being in the $150 price range. I hope that this helps bring color into homes and inspires others to share their work with those truly in need of beauty”.

Avenue 50 Studio is open by appointment only, every day of the week except Sunday.
To make an appointment, please call: 323/258-1435.

VIDEO TOUR

Avenue 50 Studio
131 N Avenue 50
Los Angeles, CA 90042

 

AAC at Ave 50 Studio: Reoccurring Dreams

Rebecca Nabarrete

Reoccuring Dreams

September 12, 2020 – October 17, 2020

It’s Time To Leave Your Addictions Behind And Face The Ugly Truth You’ve Been Running From, – Rebecca Nabarrete

Open by appointment only

‘Reoccurring Dreams’ is a visual representation of a psychological map which is translated and interpreted into a topographical format, where life begins, a source of pervasive emotional distress occurs and we are given a choice whether to heal in a healthy way, or choose to never face and heal demons. Repeated images of the choice to be above or under water represent the role the subconscious plays in healing trauma, often creating actions which are not fully acknowledged, which is a common theme in the artist’s work.

Nabarrete says “My work is collage-like imagery painted on found paper, which is enlarged and informs the narrative. Often occupying the composition is an unnatural juxtaposition, inviting the viewer to psychologise it. At its core, my work questions whether humans are just as instinctual as animals in their behavior, specifically through trauma reenactment and dysfunctional behavior. The humanization of animals invites the viewer to self-reflect, define and perhaps redefine how self-aware they are”.

Avenue 50 Studio is open by appointment only, every day of the week except Sunday.
To make an appointment, please call: 323/258-1435.

VIDEO TOUR

 

Avenue 50 Studio
131 N Avenue 50
Los Angeles, CA 90042

AAC at Avenue 50 Studio: Fiber

Oscar Rodriguez

Fiber

February 8, 2020 – April 4, 2020

Oscar Rodriguez

Opening, Saturday February 8, 7 – 10 pm, part of NELA Second Saturday

“My work explores the intersections of quilting, collage and sculpture. I combine techniques such as fabric collage, piecing, applique, and quilting to create works rich in color and texture. My pieces are primarily fabric, overlaid with “thread-painting”, enhancing the color, texture, and detail.”

Oscar Rodriguez is a Cuban-American fiber artist and a visual arts instructor for the Los Angeles Unified School District. His work is diverse and includes art quilts and figurative painting on textile surfaces. His recent work involves creating three dimensional fabric sculptures that explore the interrelationships of space, shape and form.

 

Avenue 50 Studio
131 N Avenue 50
Los Angeles, CA 90042

AAC at Ave 50 Studio: Critters & Chapeaux

Kacy Treadway & Kerry Deco

Critters & Chapeaux

December 14, 2019 – January 4, 2020

Opening, Saturday December 14, 7 – 10 pm, part of NELA Second Saturday

Kacy Treadway and Kerry Deco have been showing their work together for more than a decade. They both incorporate found and upcycled materials into the hats by Kerry and animal bags and costumes by Kacy. Even though Kerry has a very clean and spare aesthetic, and Kacy is more prone to saving strange scraps for a decade, they have found a middle ground for their parallelaborations.

They dedicate this show to their dear friend, master milliner Harry Rotz who left us recently. He was a great inspiration.

 

Avenue 50 Studio
131 N Avenue 50
Los Angeles, CA 90042

AAC at Ave 50 Studio: Freeze Frame

Michael Arata

Freeze Frame

An “awesome ,rocking, blow you socks off”, show

November 9, 2019 – December 7, 2019

Opening, Saturday November 9, 7 – 10 pm, part of NELA Second Saturday

The pictures in the show are presented in Graphic Novel, Comic book or Sunday comics format. They are accidental narratives derived from my spam, phone snapshots, public, personal and political moments. Images are paired allowing the viewer to fill in or contextualize their own story moving from image to image or image groups.

 

Avenue 50 Studio
131 N Avenue 50
Los Angeles, CA 90042

AAC at Avenue 50 Studio: Celestial Sentinels

Jacque Lene Rogers-Engel

Celestial Sentinels / Paintings and Monoprints

September 14, 2019 – October 5, 2019 Why The Tears, Jacque Lene Rogers-Engels

Opening, Saturday September 14, 7 – 10 pm, part of NELA Second Saturday

 

My artwork for decades has been painting, printing and mask-making. Color, humor, mythology and spirituality have been my overarching themes. I have been influenced by ancient petroglyphs and modern art.
Mondrian, Kandinsky and Miro are three of the most significant artists that have inspired my work. Studying Commedia Dell Art Mask Making in Italy has also provided a backdrop to the paintings and images I choose to work with.
I paint with acrylics because I love the immediacy it provides as well as the means to have pure color depicting the graphic images. I choose to paint in a graphic style so the emotions of the piece can speak more clearly. The monoprints in this show demonstrate how the medium allows me to use a more painterly style as well as incorporating ghosting and mask like images.
Are we not all wearing many masks throughout our lives?

Avenue 50 Studio
131 N Avenue 50
Los Angeles, CA 90042

AAC at Avenue 50 Studio: Caged Birds and Other Stories / Venial Venality

Martin Bustamante & Rene Villa

Caged Birds and Other Stories / Venial Venality

August 10, 2019 – September 7, 2019

Opening, Saturday August 10, 7 – 10 pm, part of NELA Second Saturday

djt_show by Rene Villa
djt_show by Rene Villa

Caged Bird 2 by Martin Bustamante

Martin Bustamante’s Caged Birds and Other Stories deals with issues of self-identity, exploring factors/ideas that affect our daily lives.

Rene Villa’s Venial Venality explores the reality that permeates the current political climate and highlights the absurdity of those in power.

 

Avenue 50 Studio
131 N Avenue 50
Los Angeles, CA 90042

AAC at Avenue 50 Studio: American Daisies

Karen Duckles

American Daisies

July 13, 2019 – August 3, 2019

Opening, Saturday July 13, 7 – 10 pm, part of NELA Second Saturday

Schoolyard Daisies

American Daisies deals with the issue of gun culture in this country. The pieces utilize bullets, targets, rhinestones, and other items on framed wood panels. The assemblages tell stories about how we think about guns, and the issues surrounding gun violence. The beauty in the metallic bullets, the symmetrical targets and the sparkly rhinestones contrasts with the reality of the damage they can do and the sorrow they can cause.

Avenue 50 Studio
131 N Avenue 50
Los Angeles, CA 90042

AAC at Avenue 50 Studio: Oh What A Tangled Web

OH WHAT A TANGLED WEB WE WEAVE
WHEN FIRST WE PRACTICE TO PERCEIVE

A Community Weaving

June 8, 2019 – July 6, 2019

Opening, Saturday June 8, 7 – 10 pm, part of NELA Second Saturday

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Weaving is an ancient art form, known to even the Paleolithic people, as early as 27,000 years ago. The oldest known weavings in the Americas are remnants of finely woven textiles found in Guitarrero Cave Peru, made from plant fibers between 10100 and 9080 BC.

Join us in continuing the weaving legacy, here in Highland Park. Our communal weaving project welcomes all. We weave together not just bits of fabric, but a shared vision of a cooperative society, where friendships among a diverse population can flourish, achieving a simple, unitary purpose, the creation of a beautiful object.

It is easy and fun. Just pick up a scrap, review the directions and start weaving.
Heather Hoggan is a visual artist active in the yarn bombing community, who loves the flexibility of fabric, felt and yarn. She curated the Fig Knit-On yarn bombing in Highland Park, and is Master Gardener of the on-going Forest, For the Trees yarn installation.

Fiber artist Connie Rohman creates fabric collage, fiber wall art, and art quilts. She hand-dyes her fabrics, and uses traditional methods to explore abstract shape, line and color. Connie has won numerous awards for her work, and has exhibited internationally and in museums.

BetZ Ross is the nom de guerre of a well-known local painter who has been energized by the looming End of the World to use the womanly arts of weaving and embroidery to mock the current administration, call out the patriarchy, and, as with the present project, promote community healing and unification.

Avenue 50 Studio
131 N Avenue 50
Los Angeles, CA 90042