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Phylum Kingdom: Brooks Salzwedel & Tracy Barbosa

Sat Sep 12, 2009 00:00 - Tue Sep 08, 2009

Phylum Kingdom: Brooks Salzwedel & Tracy Barbosa
Opening Reception: September 12, 2009 at 7pm
Black Maria is pleased to announce the opening of, “Phylum Kingdom” an exhibition of new works by Los Angeles based artist Brooks Salzwedel and New York based artist Tracy Barbosa.

Brooks’ most recent works shift from the examination of the blurred lines between nature and industry to a more focused look at nature vs. nature. These new works are influenced by 19th century botanical prints. Weeds, fungi, moss, carnivorous & poisonous plants are seen in the foreground. They seem to be attempting to obscure and block out anything that may be happening in the background (i.e. - thunderstorms, giant clouds, comets or nothing at all).

Brooks earned his BFA with distinction from Art Center College of Design in 2004. He has exhibited throughout Southern California and has been featured in Artweek, Art Review and various other publications. In addition to his flourishing art practice, he is the designer and producer of an award-winning line of belt buckles, included in Los Angeles Magazine’s 2006 “Best Of” issue.

Tracy Silva Barbosa employs both glass sculpture and acrylic painting on canvas to create light and landscape out of an otherwise abstract, atmospheric piece. Tracy uses the juxtaposition of certain imagery to create a delicate narrative vocabulary to address issues such as age, sensuality and transcendence. With the spare flight of birds and twisted stalks of plastic flora, it is her intent to create a lyrical motion. These composite landscapes are assembled from her own photography along with archived icons. Juxtaposing this complex print with natural paint textures and various applications of gold, silver, and copper leaf, Tracy conjures a rich psychic realm full of color, balance and harmony.

Tracy attended the Massachusetts College of Art, where she concentrated on Glass Sculpture. Early influences are Byzantine, Baroque, and Rococo, and Asian Landscape Painting. In 2002, Tracy began to focus on painting and through this medium she discovered a new freedom, reflected in the prolific outturn of her paintings and sculptures.


The Wonder

Sat Oct 25, 2008 00:00 - Fri Oct 17, 2008

The Wonder: Andy Kehoe, Ben Kehoe & Hiro Kurata
Opening Reception: Saturday, 25th of October, 7:00 - 10:30pm


The Wonder will feature Andy Kehoe, Ben Kehoe and Hiro Kurata. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, wonder is both, “a: rapt attention or astonishment at something awesomely mysterious or new to one’s experience, b: a feeling of doubt or uncertainty.” This exhibition explores both definitions, presenting to the viewer a visual spectacle designed to captivate the imagination.

Andy Kehoe currently lives and works in the city of champions Pittsburgh, PA. In 2003, he graduated from Parsons School of Design with a BFA in Illustration. His work serves as an outlet to feelings of unrest and anxiety in this unstable world of ours. Also important is the expression of sincere human emotion without the weight of sarcasm and irony, which has become overabundant in art these days. He has done illustration work for such clients as the New York Times, The Progressive, Metropolis, The Stranger, Fantagraphics and has been included in American Illustration 24.

Ben Kehoe is also located in Pittsburgh, PA. He graduated from Temple University in 2001 and uses his degree as source of constant self-amusement. His influences are nature, pattern-based medieval artwork, comical violence and uncomfortable situations.

Hiro Kurata was born in Osaka Japan, and grew up in Tokyo and Chicago. His main focus is in creating surrealistic moment through his paintings, using motif of baseball figures, chairs and monsters. Creation is a progress and he believes that true creation will contribute to the human society in an evolutionary way. He is currently living and working in Brooklyn, NY.

Michael Hsiung: Solo Exhibition
Opening Reception: Saturday, 25th of October, 7:00 - 10:30pm

Black Maria Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of Michael Hsiung’s latest works. The exhibition, in Michael’s inimitable style is called, “A little collection of drawings, that more closely depicts a group of musical performers, who are extremely peculiar, priorly unknown, but now famous. “

Michael illustrates his own imaginative world. According to Michael, it is, “a place where creatures of fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and lullabies, which are a part of our childhood and adult culture, interact - be it warring or not. …These themes are often combined with humor commonly used by those in dysfunctional relationships.”

Michael Hsiung was born in 1976 in Los Angeles’ Chinatown. He has been showing his work since 2006 in numerous galleries: Carmichael Gallery, Gallery Revisited, and of course, Black Maria Gallery. His work can also be seen in Ruby Magazine, 138 Collective Magazine, Enjoi Skateboards and Saatchi & Saatchi. Michael currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

Black Maria presents: Andy Kehoe, Ben Kehoe & Hiro Kurata and Michael Hsiung on the Project Wall

Opening Reception: Saturday, 25th of October, 7:00 - 10:30pm


Oksana Badrak: Moon Over Drifters

Sat May 31, 2008 00:00 - Fri May 09, 2008

Oksana Badrak: Moon Over Drifters
31 May - 21 June 2008

Opening Reception: Saturday 31st May, 7:00 - 10:30pm

Black Maria Gallery: 3137 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90039
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 12pm until 6pm (or by appointment)

Black Maria pleased to announce the opening of Moon Over Drifters, a solo exhibition of Oksana Badrak’s most recent work. The artist’s luscious and excessive paintings of imagined realities combine the familiar with the fanciful. In her latest body of work, Badrak’s aim was to create a world in which traditional and modern, eastern and western, mundane and fantastical merge, producing attunement and friction alike.

According to Badrak, “My passion for graphic design and traditional oil painting results in the way I make my work - digitally created elements are made into archival giclee prints, then the print is varnished to allow for elements painted in oil to exist on paper surface.” The collection of paintings includes narratives and portraits, like one of Belka and Strelka, two dogs in the Soviet space program of the 50’s, who orbited the earth and returned home safely.

Born in Russia, Badrak moved to the US as a young girl. Since graduating from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, she has earned acclaim from American Illustration and exhibited throughout the US and abroad.

Black Maria Gallery: 3137 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90039
Tel: 323.660.9393  web:


Hollywood Apocalypse!

Sat Mar 29, 2008 00:00 - Mon Feb 25, 2008

Hollywood Apocalypse! is a competitive art exhibit open only to artists specially invited by Black Maria. Curated by writer and 3D artist Ray Zone, who originated the concept for the exhibit, Hollywood Apocalypse! gives life to a painting described in the classic Hollywood novel "The Day of the Locust" by Nathanael West, first published in 1939.
In support of those affected by the writers’ strike, 10\% of all proceeds from the exhibition will go to the Writers Guild Foundation’s Industry Support Fund.

Three judges will decide on the top entries:
Patricia Arquette, actress ("Medium" "Lost Highway" "True Romance")
Thomas Jane, actor ("The Mist" "The Punisher" "*61") and comic book publisher (Raw Studios)
Billy Shire, curator/owner/publisher (La Luz de Jesus, Wacko and Billy Shire Fine Art)
29 March - 19 April 2008

Opening Reception: Sat 29th March, 7:00 - 10:30pm
Hollywood Writer Event with Skylight Books: Sat 5th April, 5:00 - 8:00pm (book sale and author reading)


Black Maria Gallery Presents Discover 3D

Sat Jan 19, 2008 00:00 - Thu Dec 27, 2007

Discover 3D
Black Maria Gallery explores the world of fine art stereography

19 January - 16 February 2008

Opening Reception: Saturday 19th January, 7:00 - 10:30pm

Black Maria Gallery: 3137 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90039
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 12pm until 6pm (or by appointment)

Artists: Heather Lowe, Abe Fagenson, Perry Hoberman, Claudia Kunin, Franklin Londin, Larry Ferguson, Boris Starosta, Terry Wilson, Levon Parian and Ray Zone.

Black Maria Gallery inaugurates 2008 with a January show of eight artists working in three-dimensional media. Curated by 3D artist and writer Ray Zone, the Discover 3D exhibition features a wide-ranging array of stereoscopic images viewed with many different techniques. Among the unique 3D formats presented are View-Master, large-scale wall mounted stereographs and anaglyphs as well as classic formats from visual history that use the conventional stereoscope.

Several of the artists create work so that the stereo viewing device becomes an art object in itself, a wall-mounted or freestanding sculpture through which the 3D image is perceived. Other works make a “site-specific” use of the Black Maria Gallery environment to create a stereographic viewing zone. Virtual reality is also suggested by the creation of images that appear to inhabit the gallery space.

“It’s exciting to present such a diverse array of stereoscopic images and formats,” observes Zone. “3D imaging is a technique with potential for many fine art applications. The Discover 3D show is a great demonstration of artistic possibilities and just how many unique ways there are to look at three-dimensional images.”