HWĪT Opens December 12th at the Loft at Liz's!

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/



Argentinian Artist Javier De Aubeyzon Featured at FABstudio GALLERY December 4!

FABstudio GALLERY presents the work of Argentinian artist Javier De Aubeyzon on Thursday, December 4th from 5-9pm. 

Image, right: Still Life, Javier De Aubeyzon, oil on canvas, 78”x78”

Featuring nine works, the exhibition is curated by gallerist Flavio Bisciotti, a friend and fellow architect. The show features two series, ”Urban Industrial Landscapes” which juxtaposes technology and nature, and “Natural Environmental Landscapes” which explore global warming and the future of the environment.

The two have been friends for over fifteen years and originally met in Argentina. Bisciotti is a big supporter of De Aubeyzon’s and work recently featured his art in a group show this past August.

Bisciotti explains, “I admire his architectural vision and its portrayal in his paintings. I also appreciate his surrealist tendencies. He is able to combine a hyperreal painting style with depictions of unique environments. In ‘Still Life,’ Javier uses a monument from the Buenos Aires cityscape, in this case Eduardo Catalano’s sculpture “Floralis Generalis” of a giant metallic flower which opens and closes. In this painting, he contrasts this with the detritus and trash of society floating in the ‘Riachuelo River,’ a manmade natural disaster.”

Promoting an environmental consciousness throughout the work is key to the art of De Aubeyzon. Within that framework, he combines the visuals of polar opposites. “Recently I've found myself merging the two opposing themes I've worked on for years, ‘Urban Industrial Landscapes’ and ‘natural environment landscapes,’" said De Aubeyzon. “Two contradictory images interact in one, with a clear message….Man co-exists with his enemy, himself, and feels obligated to protect his home, planet earth.”

Image, left: Field Trip, Javier De Aubeyzon, Oil on Canvas, 60" x 60"

De Aubeyzon said he has always been drawn to visual concepts of the port industry in Buenos Aires, as well as its abandoned freeways. This captivating imagery heightens the seriousness of the subject.

De Aubeyzon has been included in exhibitions at Galería Praxis,International Art, Miami, The British Arts Centre in Argentina, Galería D&G Arte, the Palais de Glace Museum, and many others.

Don’t miss the opening reception of "Javier De Aubeyzon Paintings: Environmentalism-o" Thursday, December 4th from 5-9pm at FABstudio GALLERY (2001 Main Street in Santa Monica 90405). The exhibit runs December 4, 2014 to February 5, 2015. More nformation: 424-744-8156http://fabstudiola.com/;  http://www.deaubeyzon.com/; Or call Flavio at (310) 630 9216.


“Mirrors of the Mind 3:The Psychotherapist as Artist” Returns for its Third Year!

“Mirrors of the Mind 3:The Psychotherapist as Artist” celebrates its third year. 

Organized by The Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA), the exhibit offers a broad range of media with one unifying theme…psychology.

See image: by Terry Marks-Tarlow

Founders, Terry Marks-Tarlow, Ph.D. and Pamela J. McCrory, Ph.D., have invited a select group of working artists and psychologists to juror the exhibition.

“Mirrors of the Mind 3” will include painting, drawing, photography, textiles, sculpture, ceramics, woodwork and other 3-D pieces created by psychologists/psychotherapists, psychology professors, and psychology graduate students. The event has gained national recognition as a project in which psychologists are using art to beautify, educate and strengthen communities.

See image: Aline LaPierre

Assistant curator and co-chair for LACPA, Pamela J. McCrory, Ph.D., offered some insight on the purpose of the exhibit. “The Mirrors of the Mind event reflects our experience that community education through the arts is a powerful and engaging way to fulfill our mission.  We believe that art is a universal way to make meaning of our experience, to enlarge our world, to create an opportunity for empathy and to celebrate our shared humanity as well as our diverse perspectives. By harnessing the power of creativity and art, we can educate the public about psychology, mental health and well being. Through the study and clinical use of creativity and the arts, psychologists play a central role in revealing the enormous capacity of human potential.  Art provides the viewer with the potential for healing that can help individuals deal with crises and challenges of life.”

See image: by George Gleckler

 McCrory also explained that creativity in one area often helps to inspire creativity in other area. She continued, “To exercise imagination through the arts goes hand in hand with cultivating openness to experience. Both are intrinsically therapeutic and empowering.  When psychotherapists engage in the arts, we “wash the dust of daily life off our souls” and polish our trade. Psychologist photographers hone their capacity to see; sculptors cultivate their capacity to touch; and painters ripen the inner eye of imagination.  A variety of themes may be expressed through in the art, ranging from loss, social protest, parenting, spirituality and reverence in the human connection with nature. Creativity is an essential quality of healthy personal and professional expression and contributes to the development of those with whom we work and to our professional and personal lives.”

Curator of "Mirrors of the Mind 3” and co-chair for LACPA, Terry Marks-Tarlow is also an artist. “As a therapist, I think the arts are important because creativity is everyone's highest level of self-expression. It is not essential to express creativity through the arts, yet many people do. Especially during early development, the arts become a primary form of growth. During later stages of life, they are often a way to find new meaning, especially in the face of losses. At all stages of life, the arts are a way to integrate the imagination with reality. They help people to actualize imagination in a way that works alongside reality, as opposed to retreating into fantasy, which all too often serves as a defense against reality.”

See image: Barbara Shore

“Mirrors of the Mind 3” opens November 1, with an artist reception taking place from 5 pm to 9:30 pm. Robert Carroll M.D., will host a poetry reading from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. There will also be performances throughout the night and a silent art auction. Mirrors of the Mind 1 and 2 Exhibition Art Books will be for sale. Light refreshments will be provided.

There is a $10 a
dmission for the general public and $5 for students and LACPA members. The exhibit will remain open for free for public viewing from November 1 through 8 at the gallery. ArtShare LA is located at 801 E 4th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90013; (213) 687-4278; See the ArtShare LA website for gallery hours at http://artsharela.org/

To find our more about “Mirrors of the Mind 3,” check out the LACPA website http://www.lapsych.org/