Zara Zeitountsian
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EVENT

Black Maria Gallery Presents Sadly Beautiful


Dates:
Sat Dec 08, 2007 00:00 - Tue Nov 27, 2007

Sadly Beautiful: A Vinyl Show

8 December - 22 December 2007

Opening Reception: Saturday 8th December, 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: brent nolasco, motorbot, adrian pina, ryan crippen, bwana spoons, jon measures, phuek!, jovanne santos, lynette may, david wagner, squidnik, jennyfur, edzepln, jason jacenko, doktor a, peenloon, drilone, lou pimentel, randy kono, mr. atom, dawn lauckner, rhinomilk, jennybird, david epochalypse, marion hawkes, blinky, julie b, nathan lumm, benedict sisters, jet wrench, jenna colby, mark meyers, paul candler, renee lawter, shiro fujioka, coreroc, kid lew, lionel uhry, leecifer, nick the ring, henry lichtmann, jester, podgy panda, katherine wilson, deeann morales, agg, anna, manimal, scott cummins, bucky lastard, monica campbell, david wagner, jane gotts, terk, glory tsui, nicoz balboa and more....

Sadly Beautiful is an exploration of Contemporary Art through the medium of urban vinyl toys. These ‘toys’ are stylized versions of what we played with as children. They have associations with fun and a stress-free time in our lives. Vinyl toys allow us to daydream of yesteryear. And when artists customize (hand paint, alter the shapes, etc), these portals of nostalgia become works of art.

“While Modern Art is the rejection of all that came before it, Contemporary art is the embrace of previous movements in art. It not only looks to the past, it references contemporary pop culture. Contemporary artists draw reference to everything around them. The work is remarkably narrative and reminiscent of fairytales, cartoons, animated films and toys,” according to Black Maria Gallery manager, Melanie Ross.

Sadly Beautiful is the gallery’s first exhibition exploring the medium of vinyl. The theme of the exhibition is about the journey of life, the interpretation of love unrequited, hope gained and hope lost. Happiness, longing, soul-searching…

This exciting group show features artists manifesting into visuals what words sometimes fail to convey. Glimpses of each artist’s own life stories are told through the magic of paper, canvas, paint, vinyl, and more....

Sadly Beautiful is Ally Takeuchi’s curatorial debut at Black Maria Gallery. Earlier this year, she organized the Wishing Well exhibition at Monkey House and will be putting a benefit exhibition together early 2008.


EVENT

Black Market at Black Maria: Skip the Mall


Dates:
Sat Nov 17, 2007 00:00 - Wed Nov 07, 2007

Location:
United States of America

Black Market at Black Maria: Skip the Mall

17 November - 5 January 2008

Opening Reception: Saturday 17th November, 7:00 - 10:30pm

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

Exclusive release of Kathie Olivas’ Benny and Red Bird - Vintage Colorway.

Artists: Kathie Olivas, Brandt Peters, Brooks Salzwedel, Jennybird Alcantara, Katherine Chiu, Billy Reynolds, Patrick Haemmerlein, Sam Saga, Jenn Porreca, Renee Lawter, Grace Chee, Sarah Stephens, Caitlin Keegan, Paulo Vinluan, Aaron Hitchcock, Jeremy Pruitt (Thinkmule), Darryl Blood, Alex Noriega, Ronald Llanos, Miss Withers, Melissa Contreras (Axel Honey), Angie Mason, Jon Measures, Takara, Jarrod Eastman, Casey O’Connell, Glory Tsui, Jay Wittenburg and teRk.

The “Black Market at Black Maria” exhibition will carry a bazaar theme, complete with some of the accoutrements of the shopping experience: paintings suspended on clothing hangers, displayed in shoe boxes and on display stands holding a variety of artworks.

The idea is to both poke gentle fun at the cosmopolitan shopping experience and, on a serious note, remind ourselves of the spiritual rewards of appreciating and owning great art. In keeping with the shopping mall theme, patrons will also be able to take with them whatever they purchase, just as they would in a store.

A painting can be as satisfying as wearing a sexy dress or owning a feature-laden barbecue, except there is an actual, sometimes life-changing meaning waiting to be derived from a work of art. Hence the subtitle of the exhibition: Skip the Mall.

“Black Market” is quintessential Black Maria, showing the work of emerging artists and established artists side by side. It is a great opportunity to see work by artists with international collectors as well as by artists who will be showing their work outside of an academic environment for the first time.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters will at the gallery’s store, Under the Table, from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm for a signing. The opening is also the official release of Kathie Olivas’ Vintage Colorway of her Benny and Red Bird vinyl figures. Both Kathie and Brandt will be signing their vinyl figures as well as prints made exclusively for Black Maria Gallery. A raffle of one of Kathie Olivas’ custom vinyl figures will be one of the highlights of the evening.


EVENT

Black Market at Black Maria: Skip the Mall


Dates:
Wed Oct 17, 2007 00:00 - Thu Oct 25, 2007

17 November - 5 January 2008

Opening Reception: Saturday 17th November, 7:00 - 10:30pm

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

Exclusive release of Kathie Olivas’ Benny and Red Bird - Vintage Colorway.
Artists: Kathie Olivas, Brandt Peters, Brooks Salzwedel, Jennybird Alcantara, Katherine Chiu, Billy Reynolds, Patrick Haemmerlein, Sam Saga, Gloria Tsui, Renee Lawter, Sarah Stephens, Caitlin Keegan, Paulo Vinluan, Aaron Hitchcock, Jeremy Pruitt (Thinkmule), Darryl Blood, Alex Noriega, Ronald Llanos, Miss Withers, Melissa Contreras (Axel Honey), Angie Mason, Jon Measures, Jarrod Eastman, Casey O’Connell, Jenn Porreca and Kerim Yildiz.

The “Black Market at Black Maria” exhibition will carry a bazaar theme, complete with some of the accoutrements of the shopping experience: paintings suspended on clothing hangers, displayed in shoe boxes and on display stands holding a variety of artworks.

The idea is to both poke gentle fun at the cosmopolitan shopping experience and, on a serious note, remind ourselves of the spiritual rewards of appreciating and owning great art. In keeping with the shopping mall theme, patrons will also be able to take with them whatever they purchase, just as they would in a store.
A painting can be as satisfying as wearing a sexy dress or owning a feature-laden barbecue, except there is an actual, sometimes life-changing meaning waiting to be derived from a work of art. Hence the subtitle of the exhibition: Skip the Mall.

“Black Market” is quintessential Black Maria, showing the work of emerging artists and established artists side by side. It is a great opportunity to see work by artists with international collectors as well as by artists who will be showing their work outside of an academic environment for the first time.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters will at the gallery’s store, Under the Table, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm for a signing. The opening is also the official release of Kathie Olivas’ Vintage Colorway of her Benny and Red Bird vinyl figures. Both Kathie and Brandt will be signing their vinyl figures as well as prints made exclusively for Black Maria Gallery. A raffle of one of Kathie Olivas’ custom vinyl figures will be highlight of the evening.


EVENT

Black Maria Gallery Presents Immigrant Punk


Dates:
Wed Oct 17, 2007 00:00 - Tue Oct 16, 2007

Immigrant Punk

20 October - 10 November 2007

Opening Reception: Saturday 20th October, 7:00 - 10:30pm

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

Los Angeles - Black Maria Gallery announced “Immigrant Punk,” a group exhibition that will open on Saturday, October 20, 2007, at 7 PM.

Participating Artists: John Casey, Ken Garduno, Douglas Alvarez, Martina Secondo Russo, Nicoz Balboa, Andre Firmiano, Pogo, Nina Nichols, Angela Penaredondo, Claudio Parentela, Sam Saghatelian, Glynnis Reed, Jasko and Hagop Belian.

According to Black Maria Gallery director Zara Zeitountsian, the exhibition, whose title was inspired by a song by the punk group Gogol Bordello, is homage to a particular facet of the immigrant experience.

“While immigration may be as American as apple pie, there are those individuals or groups who shape an extraordinary reality as they reinvent themselves in a new environment,” Zeitountsian said. “It is this constructive, hugely life-affirming aspect of immigration that our upcoming show celebrates.

“A veritable maelstrom of challenges awaits an immigrant in a new country: the language barrier, unfamiliar rules and ways of doing things, different traditions and cultural approaches, the very imperative of carving one’s own path out of an alien place,” Zeitountsian continued. “What’s significant is that certain immigrants will plunge into that maelstrom with gusto, and will not only tackle all the challenges but color the whole experience in terms of their own cultural roots and identity. I think there’s something of the spirit of punk music and art to all this.”

“Immigrant Punk” will feature new and recent works by a number of local and international artists. A Black Maria Gallery representative said that though not all participating artists are immigrants, most could perfectly identify with the immigrant experience through the style and inspiration of their work or because of their families’ deep immigrant roots.

Zeitountsian further commented on the parallels between punk and immigration. “Punk music and art do not pertain strictly to a specific cultural movement that exploded in the 1970s and continued to evolve on the fringe,” she explained. “Rather, punk is a certain attitude and way of seeing that doesn’t necessarily come with props and a mohawk. It’s about the exuberance and joy of rejecting limitations and doing one’s own thing, of following the call of an inner rhythm and bringing one’s own style to the mosh pit.”

“Immigrant Punk” will remain open until Saturday, November 10.

Black Maria Gallery: 3137 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90039
Tel: 323.660.9393 | web: http://blackmariagallery.com
Email: info@blackmariagallery.com


EVENT

Book Signing: Tom Neely's "The Blot"


Dates:
Wed Sep 26, 2007 00:00 - Tue Sep 25, 2007

Come join us for an exclusive book signing with artist Tom Neely on the release of his first graphic novel, "The Blot."

If you missed the recent opening of his solo exhibition "Self Indulgent Werewolf," this will be an excellent time to meet the artist and see the show before it closes.

"The Blot," is a graphic novel which features one recurring character from a growing body of Neely's work -- an "everyman" reminiscent of icons like E.C. Segar's Popeye and Jean Paul Satre's Roquetin. In the story, this character is plagued by the very ink he is made of, and lives in a metaphorical, existential surreality with no beginning and end. As this, epic continues to unfold, the narrative moves in and out of autobiography, surreal fiction, abstraction and purely figurative imagery.

Black Maria will also be carrying:

Neely's Self Indulgent LPs
Exclusive giclee print box set
Self Indulgence t-shirts
Rare prints of Neely's older works