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.
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.”
Opening, Saturday December 8, 7 – 10 pm, part of NELA Second Saturday
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.
Opening, Saturday November 10, 7 – 10 pm, part of NELA Second Saturday
I’ve spent some time thinking about how we read situations, people, neighborhoods and life. There is so much that is blatant but there is just as much that we miss; signals that are overt as well as covert, timeless and ephemeral.
For Read the Signs, I am presenting the latest of my ongoing exploration of visual communications both in mass and on more personal levels.
Opening, Saturday October 13, 7 – 10 pm, part of NELA Second Saturday
Where is the pursuit of fashion taking us? The answer is in the eye of the beholder.
Kristen Johannesen has created paintings, mixed media sculptures and an interactive piece that address our love/hate relationship with the fashion industry and its effects on our world.
Opening, Saturday September 8, 7 – 10 pm, part of NELA Second Saturday
The gold standard is a monetary system based on a fixed quantity of gold and abandoned after the Great Depression. Some wealthy libertarians desire a return to this system like the wealthy hedge fund Mercer family, a powerful force behind Steve Bannon and Breitbart and the Trump presidency. Of course this return would be of greatest benefit the most wealthy.
The Gold Standard is a series of paintings that are my commentary on several of the major issues dividing our country now. The unequal distribution of wealth, racial and religious divisions, class warfare, and the interference and collusion of foreign entities into American politics.
It also marks the return to my painting with oils for the first time in nearly 30 years. This return began with the controversial and still contested presidential election of 2016. I felt it was time for artists to make art and for me to find new meaning and message in my work.
“We are the sultry part of the summer, when Sirius, the Dog Star, rises at the same time as the sun.”
August 11, – September 1, 2018
Opening, Saturday August 11, 7 – 10 pm, part of NELA Second Saturday
Participating Artists: Charisse Abellana, Arthur Carillo, Salvador Correa, Claudia Cox, Marcela El-Ayoubi, Walter Gajewski, Suzanne Gibson, John Marcella Grant, HHCITA, Geoffrey Levitt, Cecillia Marmol, Frank Montoya, Rebecca Nabarrete, Nadia Reed, Ginette Rondeau, Mati Russo, Dulce Stein, Nirali Thakkar, Paul Torres, Dee Weingarden, Sean Yang
Opening, Saturday July 14, 7 – 10 pm, part of NELA Second Saturday
A six-women exhibition that encompasses the concept of metamorphosis/transformation from different perspectives, and in various media. As our country is undergoing a drastic transformation, including politically, we as women artists felt that by forming our own group, a “Women’s Art Circle”, we could create opportunities and make more of a contribution to society collectively, rather than individually.
Chantal Gibbons work depicts metamorphosis of the soul, in large format mystical paintings.
Leah Knecht transforms trash into art, recycling our consumerist waste into wall sculptures.
Renee Rusak Strouse addresses the metamorphosis of nature into man-made landscapes, through aerial photography
Blandine Saint-Oyant transforms oil painting into liquid that she pours to create beautiful and organic abstractions
Shaney Watters, an avid animal lover, is presenting a series of works addressing the extinction of a subspecies and asks the viewer to consider what this transformative loss means
Patricia Woodlin photomontages reflect ancestral, social and culture metamorphosis, constantly in flux.