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David Sandlin and Martha Rich


Dates:
Fri Jan 04, 2008 00:00 - Wed Dec 26, 2007

David Sandlin and Martha Rich

Jan. 4 - Jan. 27, 2008
Reception for the artists: Friday, Jan. 4, 8 - 11 pm
La Luz de Jesus Gallery: www.laluzdejesus.com
Online press release with images: http://www.leejosephpublicity.com/show/david\_sandlin\_and\_martha\_rich

David Sandlin’s first major exhibition on the West Coast in
15 years at not one, but two galleries!

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In 2006, Sandlin had his first major show, a mini-retrospective, in his native Ireland, at the Butler Gallery in Kilkenny. Major works from that show as well as several new large paintings and two books come to Los Angeles in January, showing at Billy Shire Fine Arts, and La Luz de Jesus Gallery.

At Billy Shire Fine Arts, Sandlin presents “Wonderfool World.” Sandlin has completed a series of giant-size paintings; several seven by twelve feet which compose the core of the series. Working in what critic Nancy Princenthal calls “the cartoony style he has perfected over the past 20 years, something of a cross between Thomas Hart Benton and Mad Magazine…” Wonderfool World, (2006, softcover, 189 pages, published by Butler Gallery, ISBN ISBN-10: 0954863526) in its turn, is part of A Sinner’s Progress, an epic cycle of paintings, artist’s books, prints, and installations that has consumed Sandlin’s attention for a decade.

Sandlin’s series of paintings updates the 19th-century Romantic painter Thomas Cole’s “Voyage of Life,” creating a postmodern morality tale “bursting at the seams with drama and allegory, visual detail, and theatrical elaboration” (Princenthal). A close look reveals that Sandlin also draws inspiration from works of the 17th and 18th centuries such as John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress and William Hogarth’s Rake’s Progress. “But it’s actually all about me, my family, and the predicaments of postmodern life—the joys and sorrows that are everybody’s lot, and the overload of cultural baggage we all pass on from generation to generation,” says Sandlin.

Additionally, in the Billy Shire Fine Arts project room, Sandlin presents the drawings he made for An Alphabetical Ballad of Carnality (2006, hardcover, 32 pages, published by Blab/Fantagraphics, ISBN 10: 1560977310), and volume VI of his seven-volume series of books. Steven Heller, in the New York Times, called the book a “comically grotesque series of disturbingly funny tableaus about the upside of eternal damnation, filthy lucre, and masochistic mendacity.”

At La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Sandlin presents the "Swamp Preacher" exhibition in the form of four oil on panel pieces and approximately 40 original black/white and color drawings from the 2006 Fantagraphics comic of the same name. Swamp Preacher is Sandlin's first classic-format comic book, a loving homage to the EC and Marvel comics he grew up with in Ireland. Drawn in the tradition of the classic pulp comic "origin" tales of super heroes and villains, Swamp Preacher tells the surreal backstory of Carl Bob deVille, an enigmatic, morally ambiguous character in Sandlin's sprawling epic series A Sinner's Progress (this is volume 6). Picking up the tale of Carl Bob's life where his confessional Alphabetical Ballad of Carnality leaves off, Swamp Preacher is a twisted bildungsroman related by the ultimate unreliable narrator.

Martha Rich - “Imitation Snakeskin Superstore”

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When Martha Rich was very young, she was a model for television and print commercials. Rediscovering one of her old J.C. Penney shoots lead to her obsession with vintage department store catalogs from the 60s and 70s. Working with mixed media; acrylic, pencil, ink and collage, Rich's style, which she calls "imperfect", is heavily
influenced by the stiff model poses, undergarments and beauty products found in the pages of these consumer-culture wishbooks.

At the age of 16, Rich's mother was diagnosed with cancer, forcing Rich to deal with issues much heavier than flirting, dating, using make-up, being stylish and girly. "After my mother died, I had to learn the girly stuff on my own. I did this by looking at magazines, TV and mimicking other girls. That is what this show is about; trying on and shedding identities until it feels right, trying to be normal and to fit in by buying the 'right' products or being the 'right' type of person and then finding out how unsatisfying and ridiculous it all is." states Rich. "Imitation Snakeskin Superstore" will feature paintings exploring these same issues. In addition, a year-long project started in 2006 called "Freedomwig: One Painting A Day by Martha Rich" (http://freedomwig.com ) which would have ended on October 31, has been extended exclusively for the La Luz de Jesus exhibit.

Her "imperfect" style has given her the opportunity to work on diverse projects such as Beck's music video for "Girl ," packaging for Blue Q and Camel, print work for Lady Footlocker, Country Music Television and for many publications including CosmoGirl, Jane, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, the Village Voice, Bust Magazine and others. Her work has also been featured in Graphic 10 Magazine, Communication Arts, Step Inside Design Magazine and American Illustration. Rich’s first book, " Freedom Wigs: Sketchbook Expressionism and Other Personal Things" (Hardcover, 72 pages, published by Mark Murphy/Murphy Design, http://www.murphydesign.com ISBN 0-9748032-5-1) was released in 2006.

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


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GROUP SHOW with Paul Zone, Ryan Herz, Hrad Kuzyk, Mark Thomson, Nicola Goode, Aaron Hobson, Davey Jones and others


Dates:
Sat Jan 19, 2008 00:00 - Wed Dec 26, 2007

GROUP SHOW
with Paul Zone, Ryan Herz, Hrad Kuzyk, Mark Thomson, Nicola Goode, Aaron Hobson, Davey Jones and others

Jan. 19 - Feb. 24, 2008
Opening Reception Saturday, Jan. 19, 7-10 pm

drkrm. Gallery
2121 San Fernando Road • Suite 3
Los Angeles, CA 90065
323.223.6867
Online website with image gallery: http://leejosephpublicity.com/show/drkrm\_group\_show
drkrm. Gallery website:
drkrmgallery@gmail.com

The drkrm. gallery’s first show for 2008 features Paul Zone’s in your face photographs capturing the New York City pre-punk music scene, Ryan Herz’s expose of Hollywood’s Ivar Theatre in the 1970’s, Hrad Kuzyk’s junk camera photographs documenting the everyday life of a soldier in Iraq; Mark Thomson’s sexy portrait of a young Robert Mapplethorpe, Nicola Goode’s photographic essay of young transsexuals on the streets of Los Angeles and the West Coast premiere of the stunning color Cinemascapes of Aaron Hobson.

These and many other works by emerging and well established artists are on display as a showcase and a preview of the upcoming year at drkrm gallery.

drkrm. gallery is an exhibition space dedicated to fine art and documentary photography, cutting edge and alternative photographic processes and the display and survey of popular cultural images.
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Regular gallery hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 11 am - 5 pm. Sunday 1-4pm


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Urban Artifax - photography by Don Jim at drkrm. Gallery


Dates:
Sat Nov 10, 2007 00:00 - Thu Oct 18, 2007

drkrm. Gallery
2121 San Fernando Road • Suite 3
Los Angeles, CA 90065
323.223.6867
http://www.drkrm.com

Don Jim
Urban Artifax

November 10 - December 1, 2007
Opening Reception: Saturday November 10, 7-10pm
drkrm. Gallery
2121 San Fernando Road • Suite 3
Los Angeles, CA 90065
323.223.6867
Complimentary valet parking

Web: http://www.drkrm.com/don_jim.html

At the heart of every image is a transmutation from commonplace to extraordinary. A mere tar dripping is made to look ancient, powerful, even tribal, transcending its original form and substance into suggestive cross-cultural symbolism. The Urban Artifax series of photographs by Don Jim glorifies common objects imbedded in the streets of Los Angeles.

Bullets, can openers, nails, screws, and bits of miscellaneous metal take on human and symbolic form in the photographer’s eye. The resulting compositions and master lighting effects take these images to an almost iconic status.

Much like an archeologist, Don prowled the streets of L.A. during the 1960s and 70s, head down, eyes focused on asphalt, looking for the uncommon beauty in everyday, flattened pieces of metal.

During his Hollywood career as a commercial photographer, Jim honed his lighting skills and developed a much-respected reputation for his ability to light and photograph shiny and reflective surfaces such as glass, stainless steel, foil and neon. In his free time he took this
skill to the streets.

When Don Jim died late last year, he left behind a prodigious treasure trove of photographic work. The images in this exhibition are just a small fraction of Jim’s lifetime of work. These amazing photographs have never been seen or displayed publicly before. These are Don Jim’s gems. Photographic jewelry. Urbin Arifax.

The Urban Artifax show features both black and white vintage silver prints printed by the artist and a recently printed series of cibachrome prints.

Urban Artifax will open with a reception Saturday, November 10th from 7 pm -10 pm and will be on display through December 1st, 2007.


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Mark Todd and Catalina Estrada at La Luz de Jesus


Dates:
Fri Nov 02, 2007 00:00 - Thu Oct 18, 2007

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

CATALINA ESTRADA & MARK TODD

November 2 - December 2, 2007
Reception for the artists: Friday, November 2, 8 - 11 pm
www.laluzdejesus.com

CATALINA ESTRADA
Fascinating illusive worlds full of color, enchanting characters and nature burst from Catalina Estrada’s art, graphic design and illustration. Born and raised in Colombia and living in Barcelona since 1999, Estrada brings together the colors and power of Latin-American folklore and refines them with a subtle touch of European sophistication. Touted as a fresh, new design talent by both Communication Arts and Computer Arts Magazines, Estrada’s work has been utilized in advertising, merchandise, apparel, textiles, posters and packaging. Some of her clients include Paul Smith, Nike, Honda, Custo-Barcelon and Chronicle Books. Estrada’s art has been exhibited extensively in group shows, including the "Two Steps Back" exhibition that traveled to Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, London, Rome, Barcelona, Zurich and Tokyo. She has shown solo at galleries in Seattle, Barcelona Spain and Medellin, Colombia. Estrada is currently showing work in the Ink This exhibition, "Dreams & Nightmares" that opened in Leicester, England and will travel to Hong Kong in the fall of 2007.

MARK TODD
Painter, illustrator and author Mark Todd took his first creative cues from comic books and Star Wars: worlds of inventive fantasy that still inform his art. His latest work involves intense scrutiny and alteration of classic comic covers from “Fantastic Four,” “X-Men,” “Iron Man,” “Spiderman” and other series, including the work of legendary illustrators like Jack Kirby. “I love the type, the heavy shadows, the colors and the way they seemed to use very inch of the page,” says Todd. “I sit and study them, and my brush reconstructs them.” Todd is referencing the past, waxing nostalgic about it and simultaneously lending his own post-modern sensibility to it, employing a limited palette, repetition, distortion and mixed media materials including spray paint, cel-vinyl, glossy varnishes and dusty stains. The pieces are rounded at the edges, unframed, appearing as prized objects; tablets encoded with civilization’s most iconic collective wisdom. His work has appeared in scores of publications including Rolling Stone, Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, Spin, New York Times, the New Yorker and on MTV. Todd graduated with honors in 1993 from Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design, where he has also taught since 2003. He has also written several children’s books, and most recently co-authored “Whatcha Mean, What's A Zine? “ with his wife and fellow artist, Esther Pearl Watson, published in 2006 by Graphia, http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/graphia, 112 pages, ISBN: 0-618-563156, $12.99.

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La Luz de Jesus is located at the Soap Plant/Wacko building, in Los Feliz at 4633 Hollywood Blvd, 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


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Ghost Polaroid photo exibit - Seeing Things at dkrm. Gallery


Dates:
Sat Oct 27, 2007 00:00 - Thu Oct 18, 2007

drkrm. Gallery
2121 San Fernando Road • Suite 3
Los Angeles, CA 90065
323.223.6867
http://www.drkrm.com

SEEING THINGS: ghost polaroids
October 27 - November 4, 2007

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 27, 7 p.m. - Midnight
Special Halloween hours Oct 31st, 7 p.m. - Midnight

watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0691omc5n0
show preview: www.drkrm.com/ghost.html

After years of dismissing inexplicable sounds, fleeting images and broken crockery, owners of a modest Mt. Washington home began to suspect that their house may be haunted. They began taking Polaroid pictures of cold spots and places in the house where their Saint Bernard refused to tread. What they got back were snapshots that were anything but ordinary. In fact, it changed their lives forever.

Drkrm. Gallery is hosting a special, limited-run, Halloween retrospective called SEEING THINGS. It is the first public viewing of this rare and unique collection of paranormal photographs. As featured on the TV shows SIGHTINGS and UNEXPLAINED MYSTERIES, these images are just a fraction of the hundreds of photos captured in the last two decades, most never before seen by the public.

Many of the photographs on display were taken before Photoshop, digital imaging and cell phone cameras changed photography. Each Polaroid is original and unique. They show familiar rooms with wispy, feathery tendrils and misty tufts of white substances and, amazingly, cloud-like writing. Even more extraordinary is the relevance of the words to whatever questions had been asked. Usually a response came in English, but sometimes it appeared in Latin. For example, after questioning the identity of the answering spirit, a response came in Latin; “Et alla Corpus delicti,” (among other things, a murder victim). The words floating in midair were invisible when the photo was taken.

SEEING THINGS explores the boundary between the known and the unknown. It asks whether something as simple and functional as photographs of record — people at a party, an empty room, an open door — can be a gateway to something more. These startling photographs challenge perceptions of reality and art. Is the image of the room with the ghostly writing the way we see ghosts, or is it the way ghosts see us? Who is seeing things, after all? Come explore these strangely surreal photographs and decide for yourself.

drkrm. gallery is an exhibition space dedicated to fine art and documentary photography, cutting edge and alternative photographic processes and the display and survey of popular cultural images.

drkrm. gallery • 2121 San Fernando Road • Suite 3 • Los Angeles CA 90065
323.223.6867 • www.drkrm.com/ghost.htmldrkrmgallery@gmail.com
Hours Tuesday-Saturday 11am-5pm • Sunday 1pm - 4pm and by appointment

All gallery events are free and open to the public.