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The Vincenzo Beforenowafter Theorem book signing and launch party for Diana Jacob’s “dustmuffin” jewelry company


Dates:
Sun May 03, 2009 00:00 - Tue Apr 21, 2009

Location:
United States of America

The Vincenzo Beforenowafter Theorem book signing
and launch party for Diana Jacobs' “dustmuffin” jewelry company
Join us for homemade breakfast and dessert muffins, Champagne,
and of course books, jewelry and assemblages by Ms. Jacobs.

Reception: Sunday, May 3, 2009
1 pm - 4 pm
Diana Jacobs’ Studio
822 S. Wall Street, Unit 201
Los Angeles, CA 90014
www.dianajacobsstudio.com
dianajacobs@dianajacobsstudio.com
323-465-0350

on-line press release with images:
http://leejosephpublicity.com/show/vincenzobeforenowafter

Time is a theme in Diana Jacobs’ art: working with history, memory and the layering of ideas though imagery and objects. Walking into Ms. Jacobs’ studio in Los Angeles, one might feel like a character trapped inside of a curio cabinet, or as if they’re poking through their great, great, great grandmother’s interesting-yet-slightly-creepy attic all alone. Curiosity is inspired and the snooping instinct kicks in as one is surrounded by found objects and history: science, botany and biology, 19th Century Doll parts, bones, vintage watches, antique jewels, sparkly beads, brilliant feathers, fabric, wire and wings. Each item has its own unique long story to tell. Ms. Jacobs understands that inanimate objects sometimes need a bit of help expressing themselves.

Ms. Jacobs’ new book The Vincenzo Beforenowafter Theorem is an exploration of time in 25 images. The book contains haunting and thought-provoking images which took Ms. Jacobs and photographer Kerry Vitiello over a year to piece together. During that time, Ms. Jacobs traveled to France and Turkey while Vitiello journeyed to Africa. When they were finally in Los Angeles at the same time, the pair sat down with their individual works, blending and expanding them to create The Vincenzo Beforenowafter Theorem.
Artwork (assemblages and vintage clock installations) used as inspiration for the images by Diana Jacobs. Photography by Kerry Vitiello. Story by Diana Jacobs and Kerry Vitiello. 9” by 9”, 32 pages, first edition printing of 1000, split between a perfect bound soft cover, $28.00 and a numbered hardcover edition, proudly printed on all recycled papers.

dustmuffin
A few years ago Diana Jacobs started experimenting with wearable art. Using many of the same elements in her large-scale work, she created and wore her own assemblage pins, brooches and pendants. These pieces attracted customers who purchased her creations right off of her person on the mean streets of Beachwood Canyon! Soon after, Ms. Jacobs started designing earrings and necklaces…
And thus, dustmuffin was born!
And the world rejoiced…especially the cat.
(After all, an entire company was named after her.)
dustmuffin’s designs have three categories:

dustmuffin tulip
Celebrate the beginning of spring, year round. Designs created with Venetian glass, fresh Swarovski crystals and other unique beads. Chains from silver or gold.
Oh-be-joyful!

dustmuffin violet
Classic updated parlor wear. These pieces are created using vintage beads, watch parts, vintage crystals and other findings.
Gilded and glistening!

dustmuffin lotus
Stones and gems are the stars. You’ll be cocktail-party ready, that’s for sure. Delicious mounds of crystals, stalactites, tourmaline, turquoise and jade.
Sumptuous!
www.thedustmuffin.com

DIANA JACOBS

Diana Jacobs’ background in the art community is diverse - from working with commercial artists on Madison Avenue, gallery work on Melrose and freelancing as an illustrator at the Huntington Gardens to teaching at Otis-Parsons. During the last fourteen years, she has focused mainly on her studio work. Her mixed-media and print work has been internationally exhibited and shown throughout the United States. Ms. Jacobs’ work also regularly appears in feature films and on television. In the past few years she completed illustrations for The Memory Bible and i Brain by Dr. Gary Small, created a work for The Book Of Lies (a large-scale collaborative piece by the late Eugenia Butler), and was an arts panelist at the Conference of World Affairs, University of Colorado at Boulder.

Diana Jacobs was born and raised on Long Island. She began studying art as a teenager and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh. After moving to Los Angeles, she received certificates in botanical and zoological illustration from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. Currently, Ms. Jacobs is working on her latest body of assemblages titled Time Travelers and creating designs for her new jewelry line, dustmuffin. Her book, The Vincenzo Beforenowafter Theorem, is fresh off the press.


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Robert Pasternak: “Doors of Perception” / Martha Rich:


Dates:
Fri Apr 03, 2009 00:00 - Tue Mar 24, 2009

Robert Pasternak: “Doors of Perception” / Martha Rich: "Nice School"
April 3 - 26, 2009
Artist reception: Friday, April 3, 2009 ~ 8:00 -11:00 pm

LA LUZ DE JESUS GALLERY
4633 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
323-666-7667 Fax: 323-663-0243
www.laluzdejesus.com

Online press release with images: http://leejosephpublicity.com/show/pasternakrich

Robert Pasternak: “Doors of Perception”
Robert Pasternak (Nak) is one of Canada's most prolific and original visionary artists and creates Metaphysical Still Life (or, Moving Life), surrealistic, abstract & ethereal, diagrammatic & scientific fusion (or, perhaps fission) using acrylic paint with traditional brushes on canvas, board and wood panel. "Doors of Perception" is Pasternak's first exhibition in the United Sates. The artist creates a bridge and often a portal to different states of consciousness, connecting to some aspect of our corporeal being which he believes has shared energy systems with flowers, insects, magnetic and morphogenic fields, chakras, and is wholly connected to macro & micro systems. Some of his creations speak to the body directly, sidestepping the mind while others speak to the mind in a jumble of images, as if they are clues to a greater understanding. "My work transcends boundaries and time within my oeuvre. I work by way of juggling many stylistic worlds and ideas and do not keep to one period of work for any great length of time but am always coming back to add to that body. In this, the creation of work does not really follow linear paths. In this revisiting of themes and styles, I find interesting cross-references where one informs the other. All these sets of work are unique to themselves yet are connected and part of other groups and therefore part of a larger whole" states Pasternak. "Doors of Perception" is comprised of a sampling of some of the areas and styles of Pasternak's works that have been continually developing over his artistic practice, enabling the viewer to see a larger continuity.

Pasternak has worked as a production artist, designing for the garment industry, including logo and crest designs and color separations for screen-printing. He was the art director for Zygote magazine for two years. He worked as a digital colorist for a multimedia firm. Robert's art has graced the covers of many books, including authors Timothy Findley, Guy Vanderhaeghe , Phyllis Gotlieb and Robert Enright. In addition he is a recurring cover artist for such publications as On Spec. He continues to work as a freelance graphic designer, illustrator and fine artist, working on commissioned paintings as well as his own ideas. Pasternak also produces films that are experiments in sound & motion and are extensions of his bilateral symmetry paintings. His first work in this medium was the only Canadian short film selected to play at the Venice Film Festival (Italy) in 2003. The artist will be screening his film work at the opening reception of "Doors of Perception"

Martha Rich: “Nice School”
Where did you go to nice school? This show is an exploration of niceness. What a nice girl. That's nice. If you are nice, people will like you. Do you like nice people? Is nice better than mean? Does nice finish last? Is mean winning? Jerk. Mean gets the attention. Does nice equal doormat? Wimp. Being nice all the time is annoying. Is nice contagious? You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. Who wants to catch flies? Nice. Be nice and come see the show.

This is Martha Rich's third show at La Luz de Jesus Gallery. Using personal insecurities infused with subtle humor as a base for her narrative, “Nice School” explores her experiences growing up in suburban Philadelphia where young women were expected to be nice, polite and helpful - being liked by all was the ultimate goal. At first glance the paintings appear benign, nice and comforting. Below the surface, the layers reveal a darker side to being nice, trying to answer the question whether being too nice can be a not so nice thing.

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La Luz de Jesus is located at the Soap Plant/Wacko building, in Los Feliz at 4633 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027. Gallery hours are Monday - Wednesday: 11am - 7pm, Thursday - Saturday: 11am - 9pm and Sunday 12-6pm.


EVENT

Daniel Peacock


Dates:
Fri Feb 06, 2009 00:00 - Fri Jan 30, 2009

DANIEL PEACOCK - “CREATION”

Feb. 6 - 27, 2009
Artist reception: Friday, Feb. 6, 2009 ~ 8:00 -11:00 pm
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
323-666-7667 Fax: 323-663-0243
www.laluzdejesus.com

Online press release with images:
http://leejosephpublicity.com/show/dpeacockcreation

Daniel Peacock’s acrylic paintings are a mix mash of puzzles, muzzles and fuzzy whatnots. Peacock throws in a bit of politics and a bite of nature with blue skies always returning. Somewhere in the story, taboos get a hair cut, pets get to vote and if you are small enough, something wants to eat you. Humans and critters of wild diversity inhabit a richly conceived dreamscape as if Fellini shared a peace pipe with Dr. Seuss.

Peacock, whose favorite color is periwinkle, “grew up” in the OC catching pollywogs that wiggle and watching things that jiggle. Peacock started painting after years of avoiding the subject, inspired by some old comic book whose origin escapes him. Currently, Peacock, a graduate of Art Center College of Design, resides amongst the birds and squirrels in South Pasadena, CA creating work for private collections and various businesses.


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Dec. 5 - Alex de Leon & Max Grundy at La Luz de Jesus


Dates:
Tue Nov 25, 2008 00:00 - Tue Nov 25, 2008

LA LUZ DE JESUS GALLERY

Alex de Leon “He Spilled His Guts Out One Too Many Times”
Max Grundy “Retro Futurism”

December 5 - 28, 2008
Artist reception: Friday, December 5, 2008 ~ 8:00 -11:00 pm

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
323-666-7667 Fax: 323-663-0243
www.laluzdejesus.com

Online press release with images:
http://leejosephpublicity.com/show/alexmax

Alex de Leon "He Spilled His Guts Out One Too Many Times”

Alex de Leon's art explores symbolic images of contemporary life. Rhythmical natural patterns interact with the subject matter of his work, balancing ironic images with the aesthetic language of art. De Leon works with enamel on steel, making high gloss images with a printmaking feel to them. His current works emanate from personal experience and observations as he explores and reflects addiction, consumption, lying, repetition and insomnia. "He Spilled His Guts Out One Too Many Times" will also feature de Leon's extremely detailed line drawings. De Leon earned his BFA in Print Making from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1983, before establishing his studio in San Antonio. He has exhibited extensively across Texas and elsewhere in the United States, in individual and group exhibitions, and has also contributed design for film and television. De Leon has been awarded the London Studio Program grant and the International AIR Program grants from ArtPace: A Foundation for Contemporary Art, San Antonio.

Max Grundy “Retro Futurism”

"The most effective images to motivate people and get a reaction are images of fear," states painter, illustrator and graphic designer Max Grundy. Inspired by 1940's and 1950's B-movie, sci-fi and propaganda visuals, Grundy believes that the images of world destruction, alien invasion and communism which were predominate during the WW2 and post-war decades still have a huge influence on the phobias of contemporary society. His interest in vintage 40's/50's era poster design is major inspiration on his art. He admires its use of unusual perspective, limited color palette, dramatic text and design to create maximum effect. Flat shapes and clean design are conducive with the time period of influence. He believes this style has the ability to reach out and grab a viewer because of its economical graphic quality. Grundy currently works with enamel on aluminum panel and feels this media is the most consistent with the subject matter. "We call this particular style retro futurism," states Grundy. His works have been collected by the likes of Metallica's James Hetfield, producer J.J. Abrams, Hell's Angels founder Sonny Barger and "Overhauling" host Chris Jacobs. With a B.A. in Illustration and a Master's degree in painting, drawing and art history, Grundy lives and works in Glendale California as a full time artist.

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La Luz de Jesus is located at the Soap Plant/Wacko building, in Los Feliz at 4633 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027. Gallery hours are Monday - Wednesday: 11am - 7pm, Thursday - Saturday: 11am - 9pm and Sunday 12-6pm. For high resolution jpegs, interview requests and more information contact: Lee Joseph Publicity, 359 E. Magnolia, Suite F., Burbank, CA 91502, leejemail@gmail.com, p (818) 848-2698 f (818) 848-2699.


EVENT

Dec. 6 - Alexandra Gibson


Dates:
Tue Nov 25, 2008 00:00 - Tue Nov 25, 2008

LA LUZ DE JESUS GALLERY

Alexandra Gibson “From the Outside In”
Book signing, photographic exhibition and live erotic photo shoot

Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008 ~ 6:00 - 9:00 pm

LA LUZ DE JESUS GALLERY
4633 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
323-666-7667 Fax: 323-663-0243
www.laluzdejesus.com

Online press release with images:
http://leejosephpublicity.com/show/alexandra

In an era when popular culture shuns the mysterious & sacred for the garish & over-exposed, Alexandra Gibson cultivates a deeper, innate ideal of sexuality and eros. Her work expresses a genuine desire to explore the individual, to extract and expose the mystery of the spirit.

One could describe her style as a cross-fertilization of social realism and erotica, a distinct departure from the increasingly commonplace www-erotica that relies upon a simple algebra of nudity and exploitive pose. Gibson's muses bare themselves in front of her camera physically and psychologically, exposing a nakedness that is far more than nudity. She documents the very immediate, captures the moment of permission, of acquiescence. When viewing these images one can almost hear the subject exhale, a thumping pulse, the hum of raw lust like electricity.

In her first book “From the Outside In,” Gibson offers her audience visions of passion that are unexpected and unique: there are men and women entwined as serpents, spells inscribed with razor and blood, nymphs tamed by rope round slender neck, and near spectral figures emerging from inky black. The body is a tableau to Gibson and she has the distinct ability to emphasize its eroticism through the shooting of the specific (i.e., portraiture) or through the revelation of its more anonymous, seductive architecture. This ability to mate the stark and secret recalls for the onlooker the work of Brassai and Arbus, Man Ray and Mark, Evans and Witkin.

Gibson's work has appeared in countless publications including Rolling Stone, the New York Times, the L.A. Weekly, and Curve. Her photography has been shown in a list of equally prestigious locations: the California State Capitol, the corporate offices of Hewlett-Packard, the Advocate Gallery, & the Helen-Pittman Gallery in Detroit, MI. Most recently, Gibson traveled to Oaxaca, Mexico to study under photography legend Mary Ellen Mark.

La Luz de Jesus Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of new works by Gibson in conjunction with the release & signing of her book. Limited edition archival prints will be on display & available for purchase. Also, as part of this special event Gibson will be erecting one of her famous live photo stages for a live erotic photo shoot in the gallery - an event not to be missed!

Alexandra Gibson From the Outside In: $35.00, Hardcover, 40pp, published and distributed by Alexandra Gibson, www.iwillshootyourhead.com, ISBN: 978-0-9817994-2-1

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La Luz de Jesus is located at the Soap Plant/Wacko building, in Los Feliz at 4633 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027. Gallery hours are Monday - Wednesday: 11am - 7pm, Thursday - Saturday: 11am - 9pm and Sunday 12-6pm. For high resolution jpegs, interview requests and more information contact: Lee Joseph Publicity, 359 E. Magnolia, Suite F., Burbank, CA 91502, leejemail@gmail.com, p (818) 848-2698 f (818) 848-2699.