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11th Commandment at Black Maria Gallery

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Black Maria Gallery Seeking the 11th Commandment

Los Angeles - Black Maria Gallery announces the opening of a new group exhibition, entitled “11th Commandment,” featuring the works of 10 artists. The exhibition will open on Saturday, January 13, 2007 at 7pm to 11 pm.

“We’ve asked our artists to put their thinking hats on and determine, in visual terms, what it means to live and work within the context of a religious code of conduct, whether they consider it useful or restrictive.”

“The theme is definitely tongue-in-cheek but it’s also dead-serious, in keeping with our fondness for tackling weighty subject matter with a little wink,” said Zara Zeitountsian, director of Black Maria Gallery. “We’ve also asked them to come up with an 11th Commandment, irrespective of their religious beliefs or the nonexistence thereof,” Zeitountsian continued. “In fact, their own version of an 11th Commandment could be to do away with all commandments altogether, or it could state something specific that addresses the larger issues facing humanity in our century.”

Zeitountsian also commented on the challenge of translating such ideas into the language of art. She explained that the gallery is not aiming at a literal rendition of the theme, but rather was looking for a certain mood, a certain aesthetic statement, that captures the idea of an 11th Commandment.”

The exhibition will remain open until February 12, 2007.

Black Maria Gallery is located at 3137 Glendale Boulevard in Atwater Village. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 12 to 6 PM or by appointment. For more information, call 323.660.9393.