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Black Maria Gallery presents

Sat Oct 21, 2006 00:00 - Sat Oct 07, 2006

Hidden/If You Listen Closely

Los Angeles—Black Maria Gallery announced the opening of a two person show featuring the works of Harvest Henderson and Brooks Salzwedel at 7 PM on Saturday, October 21, 2006.

Hidden/If You Listen Closely presents two distinct examinations of the ways in which industrialization and consumer culture have influenced the way we live and the way we see our world and ourselves. Brooks Salzwedel’s “Hidden” series draws attention to the increasingly blurred lines between city and country, nature and industry, beauty and blight. From his materials—toxic, chemical resins—to his subject matter—skyscrapers, factories, and oil derricks in natural settings—Salzwedel problematizes the relationship between the “natural,” “the good,” and the “beautiful.” Harvest Henderson’s installation “If You Listen Closely” explores the personal implications of the consumerist impulse. In a world driven by the need to produce and consume, we express ourselves by means of the things we buy. Bits of "self" can be telegraphed by means of candy wrappers and the ephemera of our everyday lives.


Brooks Salzwedel graduated with distinction from Art Center College of Design in 2004. Since his graduation, Brooks has shown at several galleries throughout the West Coast, such as OKOK Gallery in Seattle, and La Luz de Jesus and MOCA in Los Angeles. In addition to his flourishing art practice, Brooks is also the designer and producer of an award winning line of belt buckles, featured in Los Angeles Magazine’s 2006 Best of Issue. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

Harvest Henderson studied art, writing, philosophy, theatre and women’s studies at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. In 1999, Harvest headed west, alone in her pickup truck, sleeping in grocery store parking lots and apple orchards. After time spent in New Orleans and Seattle, she settled in Portland, where she now lives with her husband, several bonsai, and a ceramic gnome. She maintains an active studio practice, creating drawings, paintings and installations. Her recent installation works have included a full-sized bedroom set sewn from to-do lists and post-it notes; a fantasy landscape made of fresh sod, spray paint and pornography; and a chandelier strung together from over 300 red apples. In 2006, the Willamette Week called Harvest’s work “conceptual but not arid, thought-provoking but still satisfying visually and spatially.” “If You Listen Closely” is her first installation in Los Angeles.

“Hidden/If You Listen Closely” will remain open until November 11, 2006.

Black Maria Gallery: 3137 Glendale Blvd. LA, Ca 90039 phone: 323.660.9393 or 818.613.9090


Midsummer Celebration at Black Maria Gallery

Fri Jul 28, 2006 00:00 - Sat Jul 22, 2006

Join Black Maria for a night of drinks, music, and art on Friday July 28, from 7 PM-10:30 PM.

Black Maria Gallery
3137 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039


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Chris Hill "Under a Freeway"

Sat Apr 01, 2006 00:00 - Fri Mar 10, 2006

Los Angeles


"It Tastes Like Whiskey"

Sat Feb 11, 2006 00:00 - Sat Jan 28, 2006

Los Angeles—Black Maria Gallery announced the opening of a new exhibition, “It Tastes Like Whiskey: The Art of Paul Chatem.” This solo exhibition, which opens on February 11 and will continue until March 2, presents the entirety of Paul Chatem’s twenty-five part series “It Tastes Like Whiskey.”

“It Tastes Like Whiskey” tells the story of a charismatic, murderous snake oil salesman, who peddles a miracle cure that offers to restore youth to its imbibers. By manipulating the fear of mortality and the hopes of his victims, Mordecai P. Wisecarver cuts a swath of death through the West. While each panel stands alone as an individual story, the totality of these works weaves a complex narrative of misplaced hopes, deception, and retribution.

Paul Chatem was born in Washington state and is currently living and working in the Los Angeles area. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Illustration from the Kansas City Art Institute, Paul has worked as a commercial illustrator and artistic director in the entertainment industry. Drawing from creative influences as diverse as Dock Boggs, Tom Waits, William S. Burroughs, John Fante, as well as artists such as Jim Woodring and Al Columbia, Paul’s works are notable in their emphasis on narrative structure and story telling ability.

His non-commercial art works have been shown at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles, Blue Bottle Gallery in Seattle, WA, and The Unknown Gallery in Salt Lake City, Utah. “It Tastes Like Whiskey” at Black Maria will be his first solo show.

Black Maria Gallery is located at 3137 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90039. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 12PM-6PM and by appointment.

OPENING RECEPTION: February 11, 2006. 7PM-11:30 PM