Saturday, December 12th, the Loft at Liz's presents HWĪT, a group show featuring the art of Natalie Arnoldi, Eric Johnson, Elizabeth Orleans, Diane Silver, Zadik Zadikian. Stuart Kusher. “Each artist has created work with White as the predominant component,” said gallery owner, Liz Gordon.
Gordon discusses what she looks for when putting together a show…”It varies depending on the theme but I am always looking for originality, technical execution, and in many cases an underlying social message. In the case of White the latter is not relevant.”
For this exhibition, Gordon has chosen both photography and paintings by renowned photographer and artist J.J. L’Heureux whose work has been featured in museums across the world.
J.J. L’Heureux Bergy Bit 6 – 12 x 16, oil on canvas
A busy photographer, L’Heureux has participated in thirteen expeditions to date and is on her way to her fourteenth. Her travels inspire her to create her “Bergy Bit Series” which are abstract paintings. “The Bergy Bits are evolving. For me they contain the spirit I feel in Antarctica that speaks with the wind, the cracks of startling booms as icebergs calve into the sea and the silence of a place devoid of industrial sounds.”
Starting with white gesso, L’Heureux applies many layers (up to forty to fifty), adding more color to create the desired effect. The process is detailed and time consuming…she often works on her collage work and photography while the paint is drying, then she returns to her “Bergy Bits” to complete the process.
She has been featured in one-person exhibitions most recently at Science Spectrum, (Lubbock, Texas), Goddard Center, (Ardmore, Oklahoma), the International Wildlife Museum (Tucson), the Lafayette Science Museum, (Lafayette, Louisiana) and more.
Sculptor Stuart Kusher has shown several times at the Loft at Liz’s. He will be unveiling two new bronze works at the gallery’s winter exhibit. His latest works, titled “The Messenger” and “The Scribe”, will debut in The Loft at Liz’s to later be featured in the artist’s forthcoming solo museum show at MOAH in 2015.
Natalie Arnoldi will also be participating in the exhibition. “I have 5 pieces confirmed to be in the show - two oil paintings on canvas and three gouaches. All are from the same body of work - paintings of gas stations illuminated at night.”
Natalie Arnoldi - NA14-51, Untitled, 2014 gouache on paper 3/4 x 5 inches (image) 61/2 x 7 inches (sheet)
Arnoldi talks about her art… “I choose the imagery that I do for several reasons, the first of which being, of course, that they appeal to me. Airplanes, transportation, fossil fuels, dying technologies and environments; all are very important to me both my academic and artistic life.
Enjoy a special performance at the opening reception by Amy Kaps. A performance artist, Kaps talks about the upcoming event. “I am going to Miami right before Liz's to perform ‘Unraveled (in Aqua)’ at the Aqua Art Miami Fair.” Kaps has performed in all types of pop-up events and venues such as "Victus Versus" in NYC, "Art in Odd Places" and renegade at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim, Zero Down in Inglewood at Beacon Arts, The Electric Lodge, and Chung King Road for Perform Chinatown 2014. “I have never performed at Liz's but I did exhibit a photograph in a show, One Shot: One World in which I had the 1st place photo, "A Striped World", in collaboration with Eric Schwabel.”
Additional artists featured are: Carlos Grasso, Eric Johnson, Elizabeth Orleans, Diane Silver, Zadik Zadikian….also guest arts (from Gallery 1307): Marco Abbamondi, and Amedeo Sanzone.
Don’t miss this extraordinary exhibition Saturday, December 12, 2014 from 7:00pm – 10:00pm. The Loft at Liz’s is located at 453 S. La Brea Avenue, located above Liz's Antique Hardware, Los Angeles, CA 90036; (323) 939-4403; http://www.theloftatlizs.com/