"Structuring Matter" Jan. 20, 2018-Feb. 17, 2019 Price List




"Structuring Matter" About the Artists

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LONG NGUYEN

Long Nguyen is an award winning visual artist and actor. Long has exhibited his work internationally. Long’s mid-career retrospective exhibition was completed in 2003 at the San Jose Museum of Art. Long’s paintings are in the permanent collections of the Oakland Museum of California, the San Jose Museum of Art and the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, California. 

As an actor, Long has worked in movies including Seven Psychopaths and Heaven & Earth. He also worked on TV shows including NCIS Los Angeles and Lodge 49. 

Long is very passionate about his work as an artist and actor. He feels the two disciplines complement each other. Submerging into a character’s skin is very similar to getting lost in one’s painting.

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ELOISE HESS

In the Summer of 2017 I moved from South-Western Vermont to the Hi-Desert of Southern California, where I live with my partner Daniel. The year(+) here has been conflicting, solitary and unassuming, severe and agitating. The largest Marine base in the United States, 650,000 acres, is 20 miles away. Each day of quietude is punctuated, sometimes incessantly, by the distant sounding slams of bombs being tested against the sand of their imitation of the deserts of Afghanistan and the stone of their imitation of the villages of Iraq. With each punctuation, a schizophrenic schism feels widened between the stability of my living and the instability of the living implied by this destruction. More and more, this widening has become consuming, leading the reading and looking I’m doing while painting.

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TIM JOHNSON

Since locating to Los Angeles in 1996, Tim has consistently worked in the film and TV industries as a creative person. He has held positions in camera, set building and art directing, and has been commissioned to create paintings forset decoration.  Additionally, he has designed and  fabricated a large body of work in the form of custom furniture and residential remodeling projects. As a fine artist, he has created hundreds of drawings and paintings, from portraits to landscapes and profound imagery. He is an active volunteer with The Art of Elysium, an LA based, artist-powered philanthropy, which provides creative art workshops for those dealing with social, emotional, and health issues. Tim believes that images are most impactful when they provoke the artist, and the viewer, to discover a deeper understanding about something profound. The current works consider technology’s effect on the human soul.

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MAUD SIMMONS

A native of New York City and graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Maud Simmons moved to Los Angeles to pursue a diverse painting career. Her commercial work is seen in movies and TV, in restaurants and hotels, and has been used for posters, cards, and advertising. Her personal work is ever-changing.


“I am struck with the fundamental beauty of an object, say a pepper, and become obsessed with that particular form, with it’s rich color and changing shape, and I will paint peppers for years, until one day I notice an amazing cloud formation and that vision fills my consciousness, and I paint skies for the next five years.”


In my most recent period I am indulging in non-figuritive work. It  feels like I woke up one morning and found that I could speak Italian/French/Chinese without having studied...the abstract work is a completely new language for me and it is thrilling.


My visual obsession infuses my choices and I am something of a ‘binge-painter’, where the work itself decides how it will shape itself and for how long it will fill my dreams and waking hours.

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"Unearthing Matter" Dec. 2-Dec. 30, 2018 Price List



"Unearthing Matter" About the Artists

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WATER KERNER

Water Kerner received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors from MICA 

(The Maryland Institute College of Art), where she was awarded the highly-coveted Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture Scholarship. At Skowhegan, Water’s talents were nurtured by a faculty of distinguished & luminary Contemporary Artists including: Francesco Clemente, Judy Pfaff, Mark di Suvero, Ed Moses, and William Wegman. Upon completion of the scholarship, Water was honored with the distinction of the “Skowhegan Sculptor Merit Award”.   


In 1992 she opened the pioneering studio L@it2’d (“Latitude”), known as the first company in California to create and deliver high resolution TV and Film digital content & motion graphics, utilizing cutting edge hardware and software on Apple computers. Lati2d garnered a myriad of awards and recognition over the 17 years Water acted as President, Director and Chief Artist/Designer for the company. Prestigious clients included: Sony Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Walt Disney Studios, Warner Brothers, Columbia Pictures, 20thCentury Fox, MGM, Microsoft, Virgin Records, Propaganda Films, David Fincher, Spike Jones, Jim Henson Company, AT&T, Disney Channel, NBC, ABC, CBS, HBO, Discovery Channel, King World and Walt Disney Imagineering. 

Lati2d was also selected for inclusion in the Walter Annenberg USC Incubator program and 25 creative industry trophies grace Water’s mantle at home, including two prestigious CINE Golden Eagles and the NAFDMA (National Association of Film and Digital Media Artists) Insight Award.   


Since 2009 Water has continued to apply her visual talents creating sculptures and installations utilizing the magic of light, motion and/or sound in a 2000-ft. studio in Los Angeles. Her sculptures have been shown in many cities in the United States and Internationally. 

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LOUIS JACINTO

Louis Jacinto began photographing in Los Angeles in 1975 and is noted for his iconic images of the Punk Rock music scene there during the late 1970s. 

His work with the East Los Angeles art collective ASCO was featured in the 2011 regional, multi-venue show, Pacific Standard Time: Art In Los Angeles 1945 – 1980.


Additional exhibition highlights include Jacinto's participation in three 2017 Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA exhibitions, and in Axis Mundo, a survey of Queer Chicano artists in Los Angeles. He has served as co-curator for mulitple  shows relating to Latino artists.


For over 35 years, Jacinto has exhibited throughout the greater Los Angeles area, as well as throughout the US, and internationally. 

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KARLA FUNDERBURK

My ceramic work evolved out of a renewed evaluation of my creative

process, my inner vision and my understanding of the universe as a whole. I have always been fascinated with science and our ever-expanding comprehension of the laws of our multiverse (String Theory, M-Theory and Multiple Universes). 


My ceramic forms are influenced by and reflect on these concepts, in particular, the Law of the Conservation of Energy, which states that energy can neither be created nor destroyed; it can only be transformed. These truths, along with my belief that we are all made of that same energy that is constantly transforming and redefining us, motivates and inspires my art and my life. As I embrace this multidimensional, multilayered universe, I recognize the infinite points of connections that unify all of us to everyone and everything. 


As we co-exist and consist of that same MATTER that binds us within this Universe, we breathe that same One Breath that weaves us all from that same One Whole.


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WALTER JOHNSON

Walter Johnson learned early to rely on his imagination during his childhood as a Navy brat, which required the family to move each year. Originally, he dreamed of becoming an actor or dancer. Since his father was a painter, and art supplies were readily available, his creativity soon found an outlet in his own paintings.


Johnson enjoys making happy, bold, colorful paintings, however, he continually returns to more somber images. In particular, he feels a kinship with the homeless and their plight, and by depicting them, and aspects of their lives, he validates their humanity. His recent series, Targets, focuses on police killings of innocent people, and the physical and spiritual destruction that results.


For more information about Walter Johnson's life and creative process, you can listen to his audio interview below.

 

Interview with Walter Johnson

Walter Johnson shares some of his life stories and his evolution as an artist.

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TRAZAIL TUCKER

  

Now based in Los Angeles, Trazail Tucker was raised in Fort Worth, Texas. 

He discovered his talent as a visual artist while pursuing his degree at the 

University of Houston. He is widely known through the character 

“Tuck The Float”, which he created as an offbeat commentary on more conventional cartoon characters like Mickey Mouse and Spongebob Squarepants. 


Tucker mixes artistic styles, including Expression, Realism and others, using 

“Tuck the Float” as his main subject. Through this surrogate, and his use of color, texture and symbolism, Tucker channels narratives from the obstacles and complications of his life experience as an urban youth to his current struggles as a corporate American. 


In a short period Tucker’s work has appeared in group shows and is part of numerous private collections. Tucker continues to break through boundaries on his journey to become an artist who is known throughout the world.

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