Zara Zeitountsian
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Innocence of Sexuality


Los Angeles - Black Maria Gallery announced the opening of a new exhibition, entitled “Innocence of Sexuality.” Featuring new and recent works by eight Los Angeles-area artists, the exhibition will open on January 14, 2006.

“As playful and oxymoronic as the title of the show may sound, there is in fact a serious side to it,” said Black Maria owner Zara Zeitountsian. “First, it’s a nod to certain essential freedoms, particularly considering that ultraconservative forces in this country seem dead-set on enforcing a puritanical set of conventions on the rest of us in social, as well as political and legal, terms. I think it’s important to take a stand, individually and collectively, against the blind demonization of sexuality, even at the risk of stating the obvious.

“In the main, however, the upcoming show is an invitation to the participating artists to delve into their psyches through the prism of sexuality,” Zeitountsian continued. “We wanted them to explore form and substance as informed by the sexual instinct, or rather to arrive at a purity of sexuality where creative and expressive energies are better understood.”

Samuel Saga, curator of Black Maria Gallery and an artist participating in the “Innocence of Sexuality” exhibition, commented on the religious undertow of common perceptions of sexuality. “For purposes of social control, Christianity and Islam view sexuality as a source of evil,” he said. “The religious mindset ignores the fact that sexuality is just another name for human expression, albeit a powerful one, and that it’s present in us the moment we’re born. At puberty it’s already yanked out of its ‘natural’ context and equated with sin, with unacceptable social behavior, obviously paving the way for all sorts of psychological issues. Our upcoming show is a tribute to the child-like in the sexual. It’s a celebration of the fact that an instinct which finds its ultimate fulfillment in the act of sexual consummation is also a hugely dynamic factor in all aspects of our lives.”

Saga added that to illustrate the age-independence of the theme of sexuality, the upcoming show will feature works by an eight-year-old painter, the youngest artist ever to participate in a Black Maria Gallery exhibition.

“Innocence of Sexuality” will kick off on Saturday, January 14, at 7 PM, and will remain open until February 9, 2006.

Black Maria is located at 3137 Glendale Boulevard in Atwater Village. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 12 to 6 PM.

EVENT

Holiday Bash at BLACK MARIA


Dates:
Tue Dec 13, 2005 00:00 - Mon Dec 12, 2005

..MUSIC...COCKTAILS...GIFTS...

..paintings suspended on clothing hangers...

..artwork displayed in shoe boxes...

PARTY KICKS OFF Saturday, December 17, 8pm

Read about the show in the "LA Alternative Press", "LA City Beat" and "Metro LA"

Los Angeles - Black Maria Gallery announced the opening of a new exhibition, entitled “Black Market at Black Maria.” The exhibition is featuring new and recent works by Los Angeles-area artists, including Jeff McMillan, Andrea Offerman, Zachary Sofia, Scot Nobles, Rafael Delgado, Ubaldo Miranda Villa, Karyn Raz, Chantal Menard, Jack Howe, Jason Houchen, Mari Araki, Thomas Lee Bakofsky, Dave Leamon, Plain Jane, Gretchen Ryan and others. The exhibition opened on November 19.

According to Black Maria owner Zara Zeitountsian, 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.”

Zeitountsian explains that the American way of shopping, especially at malls and department stores, more and more assumes a numbing function, serving as a fix for a host of psychological or emotional issues. “The stuff that we shop for and end up buying,” she says, “fulfill their promise as objects of desire by becoming tools for unmediated happiness -- instantaneous alternatives to all the intangibles we can’t seem to achieve outside of the mall. The esthetic and tactile aspects of the thing bought supplant, often with vengeance, the beauty we believe we sorely lack in our inner lives. So you might go shopping not only to get yourself an emotional boost, but also to forget.”

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, display stands holding a variety of artworks. 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.

Sam Saghatelian (Saga), curator of Black Maria Gallery, adds: “Insofar as the acquired item can enrich our lives, by its sheer power to inspire awe or reflection, the inherent value of a work of art is established enough. But with the advent of hyper consumerism and its ubiquitous iconography, art keeps being relegated to the realm of the incomprehensible, something that supposedly only an intellectual elite can engage in. I’ll be the first to admit that some of the blame should rest squarely on the art world itself, which has a tendency to thrive on being willfully obscure and elitist.

With our upcoming exhibition, we’re saying we’d like to tear down that wall, so to speak. To our way of thinking, 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.”


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Skip the Mall: Black Market at Black Maria


Join us for the opening, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2005, from 7PM-11:30 PM.

Los Angeles (Atwater Village), CA. Nov 19, 2005 Los Angeles - Black Maria Gallery announced the opening of a new exhibition, entitled “black market at Black Maria.” Featuring new and recent works by Los Angeles-area artists, the exhibition will open on November 19 and will continue until January 5, 2006.

Participating Artists: Jeff McMillan, Andrea Offerman, Zachary Sofia, Scot Nobles, Rafael Delgado, Ubaldo Miranda Villa, Karyn Raz, Chantal Menard, Jack Howe, Jason Houchen, Mari Araki, Thomas Lee Bakofsky, Dave Leamon, Jane Gotts, Gretchen Ryan and others.

According to Black Maria owner Zara Zeitountsian, 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.”

Better Than Shoes
Zeitountsian explains that the American way of shopping, especially at malls and department stores, more and more assumes a numbing function, serving as a fix for a host of psychological or emotional issues. “The stuff that we shop for and end up buying,” she says, “fulfill their promise as objects of desire by becoming tools for unmediated happiness -- instantaneous alternatives to all the intangibles we can’t seem to achieve outside of the mall. The esthetic and tactile aspects of the thing bought supplant, often with vengeance, the beauty we believe we sorely lack in our inner lives. So you might go shopping not only to get yourself an emotional boost, but also to forget.”
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, shoe boxed and display stands holding a variety of artworks. 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.

Sam Saghatelian (Saga), curator of Black Maria Gallery, adds: “Insofar as the acquired item can enrich our lives, by its sheer power to inspire awe or reflection, the inherent value of a work of art is established enough. But with the advent of hyper consumerism and its ubiquitous iconography, art keeps being relegated to the realm of the incomprehensible, something that supposedly only an intellectual elite can engage in. I’ll be the first to admit that some of the blame should rest squarely on the art world itself, which has a tendency to thrive on being willfully obscure and elitist. With our upcoming exhibition, we’re saying we’d like to tear down that wall, so to speak. To our way of thinking, 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 at Black Maria” will kick off on Saturday, November 19, at 7 PM, and will remain open until January 5th.

About Black Maria Gallery

Black Maria is located at 3137 Glendale Boulevard in Los Angeles (Atwater Village). Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 12 to 6 PM. For more information, call 818.613.9090.

EVENT

"Closing Caskets" Halloween Bash


Dates:
Mon Oct 24, 2005 00:00 - Sat Oct 22, 2005

“CLOSING CASKETS”: Halloween Bash will kick off Friday, October 28, at 8PM.

Along with the current exhibition, “The Coffin Show: Between Life and Death”, featuring the works of 16 Los Angeles- area artists, which opened on October 8, the gallery will feature Chantal Menard’s "Seven Sins" altar. The Coffin Show will remain open until Wednesday, November 2.

..music...food...drinks...

Black Maria Gallery

3137 Glendale Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90039

323.660.9393


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Black Maria Gallery presents aThe Coffin Show: Between Life and Death.a


Dates:
Sat Oct 08, 2005 00:00 - Sun Sep 25, 2005

Black Maria Gallery presents the new exhibition, entitled “The Coffin Show: Between Life and Death” featuring the works of 16 Los Angeles-area artists, will open on October 8. Each of the participating artists was given an actual coffin and asked to transform it into a work of art and a personal statement.
Participants of “The Coffin Show” comprise both established and emerging local artists, who have used various media for their exhibited works.
A portion of the proceeds from the exhibition will be donated to the “Caravan of Hope” project, launched by KPFK and Veterans for Peace Chapter 110 Orange County, CA for victims of the recent hurricane that devastated The Gulf Coast.
Black Maria is located at 3137 Glendale Boulevard in Los Angeles. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 12 to 6 PM. The opening reception: Saturday, October 8, 7:00-11:30pm. For more information, call 818.613.9090.

“The Coffin Show” will kick off on Saturday, October 8, at 7 PM, and will remain open until Wednesday, November 2.