7/15/2018

“CONNECTION” Opens at Castelli Art Space October 4, 2018

Castelli Art Space presents a solo exhibition entitled “CONNECTION” by Laura Letchinger, with Special Guest Piece by Piece. Opening October 4, 2018, the show will feature at least ten large mixed media works by the artist as well as a variety of sculptures and wall hangings by the mosaic arts nonprofit.
Raised in a small rural town outside Chicago during the 70’s and early 80’s, Letchinger wanted to be an artist from a young age and fondly recalled her first experience with art. “One of the first memories I have of mark making was when I was very little and came across piles of new white paper and sharpened pencils in my grandparents' attic,” said Letchinger. “I clearly remember drawing a single crisp line across the vast emptiness of the paper and for whatever reason, I was hooked.”

These days Letchinger paints on a daily basis, mainly working in acrylic mixed with graphite, charcoal, collage or pastel to create her large, urban-inspired pieces. Her paintings are collected internationally by individuals, designers, architects and developers.

Piece by Piece serves the residents of Skid Row and South Los Angeles, working with those living in supportive housing and individuals with very low income. In addition to providing free mosaic art workshops—with an emphasis on recycled materials, the program offers a sense of community and opportunities to earn much-needed supplemental income. Participants gain self-confidence, courage and an improved quality of life while giving back to their communities as they collaborate to create large-scale public art projects.
NEXT, acrylic and pastel on canvas, 60" x 96" x 1.5" diptych, 2018


Said Letchinger, “As I began planning the show, it became clear that I had a special opportunity to offer this remarkable nonprofit not only financial support (10% of any sales of my work) but also exposure to new audiences in a gallery setting to help increase their own sales and collector relationships. Program Director and professional mosaic artist Dawn Mendelson had the idea that one of my paintings be interpreted into mosaic for the show, a wonderful physical manifestation of energetic connection extending out of my studio and into this inspiring community.”

Meet artist Laura Letchinger and find out more about Piece by Piece at the opening reception on October 4, 2018, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Castelli Art Space, near Culver City. “CONNECTION” runs October 4 - 7. Castelli Art Space is located at 5428 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016; (310) 204-6830. https://www.castelliartspace.com/ http://www.lauraletchingerart.com
http://www.piecebypiece.org/

5/15/2018

“Circular” Opens May 26th, 2018 at bG Gallery


Bg Gallery hosts an opening reception for a group show entitled “Circular” on Saturday, May 26th. Presented by Gestalt Projects, the exhibit is curated by Airom, who manages to find new and inventive themes for exhibitions on a consistent basis.
Ray Ford with his work 
Artist Ray Ford will be exhibiting his original wood sculptures. At age 90, he said he still creates seven days a week. “I can’t stop, it’s a calling.” Ford will be exhibiting ten of his round wood sculptures as part of the “Circular” show. “I do a lot of work on the lathe so those pieces are circular, at least in one dimension.” Ford said one of his favorite things to do is create circular works on the lathe and then enhance them with intricate designs. “The most fun is to make the leaves after it is turned,” said the artist. These exquisite one-of-a-kind sculptures are what Ford is known for. In addition to being a talented wood carver, he has done quite a bit of drawing and painting in his lifetime, but wood carving remains his main focus. He has exhibited at Santa Monica Art Studios, Blue 7 Gallery, FAB Gallery, The Hängar and Ivan Gallery. Find out more about Ray Ford and his sculptures on his website at http://hrayford.com/

Artist Jill Stoll has one work in the group show. The title of the work is An Unhealthy Obsession with Geography (Canyon Valley).
 Jill Stoll An Unhealthy Obsession with Geography (Canyon Valley)

"Who said that art has to be square or rectangular? OM is asking the audience to reconsider their assumptions about art and what to expect from a gallery, one that is forward thinking and risk-taking,” said Stoll. http://jillstoll.com

Pamela Mower-Conner has participated in over five group shows at bG Gallery. The circular theme works well for Mower-Conner.
Pamela Mower-Conner, Vintage Circus, mixed media sphere, 8" diameter, 2016
“It is a perfect fit for my work on globes.” The artist has been painting on spheres since 2000. See http://www.pamelamower-conner.com/ for more info about the artist.

Maria Bouquet will be exhibiting a round LED light geometric sculpture. “The Light Art series is inspired on geometrical patterns found in nature. It is a series of dynamic and three-dimensional body of works that play with the view of the observer.” 
Maria Bouquet, Frequencies, Multicolor Led Light, thread & PVC 50cm diameter. Remote control RGB 15 Colors, 5 light sequences & graduations of color. 

Visit Bouquet’s website for additional info http://www.mariabouquet.com/

J. Renee Tanner will have one piece featured. She works in series of installations comprised of multiple pieces and parts that are adaptable and portable and responsive to a variety of temporary environments. These vintage compass cards were salvaged from an industrial environment now a contemporary studio space. The magnets facilitate archival protection and allow endless composition, exploration, and possibilities for taking these relics into the future. Find out more about the art of J. Renee Tanner on her website - http://www.jreneetanner.com/
 
J. Renee Tanner Magnetism, 2017, 20in. diam., Installation of vintage compass cards and gears attached to steel plate with magnets

Additional artists taking part in the exhibitions are: Steph Fonteyn, Mijal Zachs, Jordann Wine, Nick Douillard, Frank Venadas, Jessalin Beutler, Kerstin Lanette, John Grunwell, Nadine Prada, Nadine  Prada, Stanislav Belovski, Nela V Steric, Nela V Steric, Elise Mahan, Bibi Davidson, Nancy Larrew, Daggi Wallace, Gianfranco  Cioffi, J. Renee Tanner, Ingrid April, Perry Johnson, Ryan Leitner, Andreea Bianca Velcsov, Phyllis Gorsen, Alessandra Pierelli, Megan  R Curran, Rhiannon Valenti, Marcy Sperry, Mike Goldberg, Shizuko Greenblatt, Yumiko Nakatsubo, Isabela Muci, Spika, Sylvia  Schorn, Jenn Ashton, Tracy Cirves, Heather Beardsley, Rebecca Fox, Theresa Schlossberg, S.P Harper, Cherie Harte, Janelle W.  Anderson, Brian Huber, Heather Lowe, Imogene Drummond, Eva Asquith Wilson, Blair Martin Cahill, Helen Werner Cox, Ronit Kristal, Antigone Koutalieri, Paula Craioveanu, Donny Nie, Carragh Amos, Karin Swildens, and more.

“Circular” opens on Saturday, May 26th, 2018 from 6-8pm and will run through June 10th, 2018. bG Gallery is located at 3009 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica CA. http://bgartgalleries.com/

4/30/2018

Start Your Art Collection at SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS, May 6th, 2018!


On Sunday, May 6th, SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS returns with an exceptional curated auction featuring art by legendary artists. One such work by Shepard Fairey has attracted the attention of many. The mural size artwork (8x14’) contains all the iconic imagery that Shepard is known for. From the obey symbol, airplanes, the peace dove…it features many of the recognizable symbols and images of the renowned street artist.

   Robert Berman Owner of SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS

“The key to this auction is it offers high quality at all price points. It does not have to be expensive to be high quality,” said Robert Berman, owner of SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS.

Berman has been a respected art dealer for the past forty years. He encourages collectors to come in (both new and seasoned) and speak with him or his staff…ask questions prior to the event. “At this auction the public will find everything from easy abstractions to the most sophisticated collectible rare and sort after works such as Bruce Conner, Robert Longo, and Ed Moses.”

Andy Warhol (1928-1987), Mao Tse Tung, 197; Silkscreen; Edition of 250; Signed in ball point pen and numbered via rubber stamp on verso; Sheet: 36 x 36 inches; Condition: waves in paper, discoloration on verso, small craquelure in regions; Estimate: $50,000/$60,000

Artworks by Andy Warhol are always a popular auction item. Art lovers can bid on one of Warhol’s most collected series of Chairman Mao (Mao Tse Tung, 1972). “It’s a beautiful print, said Berman. “It’s the kind of work that is both filled with irony humor and art history…It is the type of work that people collect, not only for America, but around the world.”

Two amazing Carlos Almaraz oil paintings are also up for auction (one directly from his monumental retrospective at LACMA). Almaraz is the most collected of the Chicano artists. Berman added that he sold a pastel at his last auction for a record price.

This auction took roughly six months to curate and features works by Francis Bacon, Carlos Almaraz, David Choe, Nicole Eisenman, Shepard Fairey, Philip Guston, Keith Haring, Robert Heinecken, David Hockney,  Craig Kaufman, Ed Moses, Patrick Nagel, Alex Prager, Ed Ruscha, Frank Stella, Ernest Trova, etc.

Francis Bacon, (1909-1992), Study for ; a Bullfight no. 1, 1971, Litho; graph on Arches; Signed in felt tip pen on recto, signature faded, numbered in pencil; Edition of 150; Published by the Musée du Grand Palais; Image: 50 x 45 inches; Sheet: 62.5 x 47; inches; Framed: 69 x 53 inches; Estimate: $60,000/$80,000
 

Berman said he was excited to share a work by one of the amazing artists of the twentieth century…Francis Bacon. “This artist’s paintings have sold for more than any other artists at auction, over $145 million dollars. He has made very few large (over-sized) hand pulled stoned lithographs, and we have one.” He continued, “Some of his work is too graphic for most people, but this 1971 lithograph (50 x 45 inches) is quite special… the gesture of a bull fighter playing off the force and movement of the bull is magnificent.”

Start your art collection now. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, on Sunday, May 6th at 1pm…SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS is the place to be. Stop in during business hours Tuesday through Saturday to view the full collection. There will be a late night preview on Saturday May 5th, 2018 until 8pm; Visit the online catalog on the website. Online (smauctions.com bidding is also available through Liveauctioneers.com

View a video showing works to be auctioned HERE. SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS is located at Bergamot, 2525 Michigan Ave, Suites A5 & B7, Santa Monica, CA 90404; http://www.smauctions.com/