Archive for 2012


The Road to Los Angeles Upon entering Alberto Mielgo’s debut solo exhibition “Solo” the viewer is met with a map.  A simple diagram that outlines the gallery space with numbers presented in a disjointed sequence scattered throughout opposite ends of the expansive GR Works.  Inscribed on the map is a brief message written by Mielgo, [...]

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Photographed between 1966 and 1974 in cities such as New Orleans, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Los Alamos and the Mississippi Delta, William Eggleston’s series “Los Alamos” celebrates the nuances of small town America and exposes the idiosyncrasies of modernity.  The large-scale color photographs here frame otherwise banal subjects – 24-hour cafes, drive-throughs, mom and pop shops that specialize [...]

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Los Angeles is a city built upon signs. The geographic map is diversified by various cultures that inject a vibrant visual language into the community. Veiled in an intricate tapestry of abstract and figurative allusions, the subtleties of the cityscape reveal themselves as each layer has been peeled away. Native Angeleno artist Retna identifies with [...]

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Published in 1964, “The Giving Tree,” written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein, tells the story of a boy’s lifelong relationship with a tree that provides fruit, shade, shelter, and security. Literally rooted to the soil, the tree offers itself to the needs of the boy as he ages. The tree remains a constant source of [...]

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As if dredged from the depths of the oceanic floor, the large-scale ceramic sculptures of “Shamrock Edelweiss Seaweed,” by Seattle-based artist Jeffry Mitchell, bask in hues of brine-like turquoise, mustard and muddy brown yet sparkle with a glossy luster. The intricate forms assumed by the glazed earthenware sculptures reveal themselves over time and become more [...]

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There is nothing romantic about the way Michael Krebs views American culture. The Vienna-based photographer’s series of digital c-prints titled “Surplus” disguises itself as a critique of gross consumerism in a capitalistic culture where the objects we once owned now own us. But to only read Krebs’ work through this lens would lend itself it [...]

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Robin Leach coined the catchphrase that toasted viewers to “Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams” at the conclusion of each episode of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” a syndicated T.V. program that chronicled the opulence and glory of celebrities. Painter Sean Cheetham borrows the tagline for his current solo exhibition with a series of portrait [...]

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Self-taught American photographer Seth Taras carefully describes his pictures as falling more into “strains” than a “series,” thus the distinction reflects a familiar arterial line of inspiration which flows through works taken across many years and around the globe.  Whether the subjects are opulent interiors, studies of found objects on the street, or candid and [...]

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