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Bound & Gagged


Dates:
Fri Apr 20, 2007 00:00 - Tue Apr 03, 2007

Bound & Gagged
Vahe Berberian, Gin Stevens, Jason Houchen, Jack Howe, Chris Goodman, Eduardo Benedetto, James Brooks, Joe Girandola, Eliana Dominguez, Lorenzo Moran, Drew, Man One, Vyal, Werc.

Los Angeles - Black Maria Gallery announced “Bound & Gagged,” a new group exhibition that will open on Saturday, April 21, at 7 PM and will run until May 15.

Featuring paintings, drawings, graffiti, and various objects, some of which date back to the 1950s, “Bound & Gagged” is an exploration of the artistic attempt to break out of the dark side, according to Black Maria Gallery director Zara Zeitountsian. The Exhibition will comprise graffiti created especially for the exhibition by a number of Los Angeles artists, as well as ongoing screenings of a recent documentary on prison art. The graffiti component of the exhibition is being organized in collaboration with Gallery Crewest.

“Imprisonment, whether actual or metaphorical, is an extreme experience that might push people to respond with a radical alternative to their boundaries, by channeling the desire for freedom into art,” Zeitountsian said. “What’s remarkable is that creative expression in conditions of confinement is often tantamount to doing away with one’s inhibitions, resulting in a heightened sense of liberation and release.”

While many of the artists participating in the upcoming exhibition have never done time behind bars, some are former prisoners and one is still incarcerated. In addition to new paintings and drawings, the featured works include prison art, such as worry beads made of hardened bread and a stone book, culled from the 1950s, 70s, and 80s.

“Art created out of a sense of imprisonment has a distinct intensity and honesty to it,” Zeitountsian continued. “Such works do away with the impulse to sanitize things; they’re gritty, unafraid to say it as it is.”

Sam Saga, exhibition curator, commented on some of the subject matter of the featured works. “Sex and religion are common themes in prison art because there’s a process of emotional purification here, of getting to the bottom of it all. It’s highly personal stuff. When a prison inmate, who has never drawn a line in his life, suddenly picks up paint and brush as a way to find a certain grounding, he’s going to paint what he knows to be true, what he yearns for the most. Hence images of sex and religion, as perhaps the ultimate expressions of love.”


EVENT

Cult of Chilldhood


Dates:
Thu Mar 01, 2007 00:00 - Tue Feb 20, 2007

Cult of Childhood
Luke Chueh, Kathleen Lolley, Kevin Titzer, Tiffany Liu, Renee Lawter, Alex Noriega,
Eun Ju Chang, Jeni Yang, Dany Paragouteva

17 March - 15 April 2007

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

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

When asked how he liked children, W.C. Fields supposedly replied, "Broiled!" Sentiments like this are the making of children’s nightmares across the globe. Childhood is a delicate time, when anything is possible and imaginary visions can be more real and frightening than anything of this world. Cult of Childhood explores the menace and charm of childhood.

Contemporary society is often consumed with the daily pressures of the workplace, traffic-congestion and the ever-soaring cost of living. Escaping into the nostalgia of childhood takes us to a time of ease and innocence; a time gone by when we were carefree and invincible. Easily forgotten are the monsters under the bed, the ghosts hiding among the shadows and all of the creatures that lurk in the dimmest corner of the closet. Childhood fears dwell in the unrestricted imagination influenced by nighttime stories, myths and dreams. The dichotomy of fairytales and dark fables is the inspiration for this exhibition.

Cult of Childhood openly embraces this mischievous duo. The dance and mix of opposing ingredients into a squeamish cocktail will turn a cringe to a grin, allowing the playful and wicked, the cute and barbaric, the poison and sweet, the vicious and curious, the child and creep to live happily in the underbelly of childhood.


EVENT

11th Commandment at Black Maria Gallery


Dates:
Sat Jan 13, 2007 00:00 - Wed Dec 27, 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Lee Joseph Publicity
818.848.2698
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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.


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Winter Bash at Black Maria


To Our Fabulous Ladies & Gents,

You are all invited to our Winter Holiday Bash and the continuation of our Black Market at Black Maria: Skip the Mall show. We will provide the music by Murphy's Law, drinks and art & we just need you to provide us with your presence. Also, all works are now available for sale on our website.

MALL MOLLIFICATION "If Christmas shopping has you Scrooged, there’s still time to take advantage of the Black Maria Gallery’s gift to all shoppers: the annual Skip the Mall exhibition, in which distinctive objects and two-dimensional artworks provide a glorious alternative to shopping at the hideous you-know- what. A large group of artists have contributed to the show; you’ll find many of these one-of-a-kind pieces insanely affordable, and all of them available to take home right away. 'The idea is to both poke fun at the cosmopolitan shopping experience and, on a serious note, remind ourselves of the rewards of appreciating and owning great art and objects of beauty,' says gallery director Zara Zeitountsian." from LA Citybeat's 7 Days in L.A.

You can also read about us in the Angeleno Magazine, December 2006 issue.

Sip and shop at the same time. So please stop by and share a cocktail with us! Event begins at 8pm until midnight.

Featured Artists: Kio Griffith, Patrick Haemmerlein, Ken Garduno, Billy Reynolds, Samuel Saghatelian, Katherine Chiu, Taleen Berberian, Molly Crabapple, Grace Chee, Matt Burlingame, Christin Ciaccio Briggs, Scott Ferry, Eun Ju Chang, Alexandra Wiesenfeld, Levon Jihanian, Scot Nobles, Kortez, Julie Lee and Regina Allen.

Black Maria Gallery
3137 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90039
323. 660. 9393


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Black Maria Gallery presents Black Market at Black Maria: Skip the Mall


Dates:
Fri Nov 10, 2006 00:00 - Wed Nov 01, 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Lee Joseph Publicity
818. 848 2698
leejemail@gmail.com

Black Market at Black Maria Gallery: Skip the Mall

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, November 18, 7-11 PM

Los Angeles - Black Maria Gallery announces the opening of the annual exhibition, “Black Market at Black Maria: Skip the Mall.” It will feature new and recent works by 19 artists, as well as unusual merchandise. The exhibition will run from November 18, 2006 till January 4, 2007.

The show will carry a bazaar theme, mixing art with distinctive objects: from a unique and colorful array of products such as clothing, books, prints, dolls, and household items to diverse art pieces placed on clothing racks and shoe boxes. 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.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Kio Griffith, Patrick Haemmerlein, Ken Garduno, Billy Reynolds, Samuel Saghatelian, Katherine Chiu, Taleen Berberian, Molly Crabapple, Grace Chee, Matt Burlingame, Christin Ciaccio Briggs, Scott Ferry, Eun Ju Chang, Alexandra Wiesenfeld, Levon Jihanian, Scot Nobles, Kortez, Julie Lee and Regina Allen.

“Shopping at malls and department stores is a serialized and generic experience, which numbs the actual pleasure of shopping associated with surprise and discovery. The idea is to both poke fun at the cosmopolitan shopping experience and, on a serious note, remind ourselves of the rewards of appreciating and owning great art and objects of beauty. Our upcoming exhibition is an attempt to offer a vibrant, over-the-top counterpoint to the often oppressive mall setting. It’s our way of breaking down the wall between the elitism hovering over art galleries and the sheer joy of shopping for its own sake. We’d like our patrons to feel that shopping for a wonderful painting can be as emotionally and spiritually satisfying as stumbling on a sexy dress or a striking piece of home furnishing,” said Black Maria director, Zara Zeitountsian.

Black Maria is located at 3137 Glendale Boulevard in Atwater Village. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday 12 to 6 PM or by appointment. Tel: 818.613.9090.