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

AAC at Avenue 50 Studio: Capitalism Bullies Everyone

Rebecca Nabarrete

Capitalism Bullies Everyone

May 11, 2019 – June 1, 2019

Opening, Saturday May 11, 7 – 10 pm, part of NELA Second Saturday

Capitalism Bullies Everyone is a mediation on the new normal in the American economy, where struggle is found within the health care system, and making ends meet, in addition to a general lack of sense of security. Tension and struggle are visually infused onto the found paper which originates from everyday use, such as time card receipts, a housing blueprint, or a medication prescription receipt, reminding the viewer how unresolved issues surface in everyday interactions.

Anxiety and a lack of a sense of security are represented in the humanization of animals and their struggles, simultaneously drawing parallels to their sense of vulnerability. Graffiti infused into the composition illustrates a culture embracing disrespect. Predatory animals such as a school of hammerhead sharks are a reminder of how greed and corruption has won in this county and an acknowledgment of how vulnerable our democracy is.

Rebecca Nabarrete is a Los Angeles based artist, with a Bachelors from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her art work is collage like imagery painted on found paper which is enlarged and informs the narrative. Many times the found paper originates from everyday use, such as time card receipts, an oven user guide, or a medication prescription receipt.

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

AAC at Avenue 50 Studio: Todd Westover

Todd Westover

Paintings

March 9, 2019 – April 6, 2019

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

If you could transcribe Todd’s paintings into music, they’d be symphonies. It’s as though they reach beyond the purely visual toward the musical, as though you could hear them if you only had the ears for it. So musical, you could practically dance to them, spontaneous yet perfectly composed.

“My goal is to spread beauty. I picture skyscrapers and bridges covered in my flowers. I’ve noticed their appeal spans generations. People smile when they look at my paintings. The one comment I hear most often is, “It makes me happy.” Just what I was going for.”

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

AAC at Avenue 50 Studio: The Emperor’s New Clothes

Group Think Collective
In association w/Gallery 825

The Emperor’s New Clothes

February 9, 2019 – March 2, 2019

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

The Emperor’s New Clothes exposes hidden truths about ourselves and worlds that are seen and unseen.

Featuring: Jenna Goodman; Sandy Huse; Mona Lind; Robin Potash;
Robyn Sanford; Nathalie Tierce;
and Olesya Volk

AAC at Avenue 50 Studio: EARTH, FIRE AND ICE

Kay Brown

Prints, Woodcuts, Monoprints, and Acrylics

December 8, 2018 – January 5, 2019

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

Kay Brown
Kay Brown

Kay Brown, a member of the Arroyo Arts Collective since her return to Los Angeles in 2000, gives homage to the forests where she grew up. Recent California fires inspire a series of images made with monoprint impressions, woodcuts portray the crisped remnants, and a portion of “Gaza 2014” presents the results of fire inspired by careless leadership.

 

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