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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Let's not forget our Pick of the Week takes place at Bergamot Station. There are several galleries hosting art parties at the arts center tonight.

Ruth BSat-Jan16-RuthBachofner-JeanEdelsteinachofner Gallery presents "Scholar Books," an exhibition of work by Venice Beach-based artist Jean Edelstein.

jean Edelstein, Detail of book, ink and watercolor, 10" x 40"

The history of Chinese painting, specifically that of the handscroll, is centered on the format and the packaging of the paintings. Unfurling a scroll was an intimate and anticipatory experience; each part of the scroll revealed something new as a continuous depiction of a narrative unfolded. This revelatory experience was ceremonial and the paintings were handled with care as the viewer admired and studied each section, from right to left. Then, they repeated the process to continue the narrative and discover new visual progressions.

Also opening tonight is Leaf In The Light, an exhibition of new work by Beijing-based artist, Barbara Edelstein. There will be a reception for the artist Saturday, January 16, 4-6 PM.

On view: January 16th - February 27th

What: Opening reception
Where: Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Bergamot Station, (G-2) 2525 Michigan Ave, SM, 90404
When: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Phone: (310) 829-3300
Website: http://www.ruthbachofnergallery.com

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Laura Korman Gallery features a group exhibition, titled "COAST TO COLOR" from 5-8pm. Laura Korman Gallery, Bergamot Station, D-2 Santa Monica, 90404.

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Sat-Jan16-GalleryLuisotti-RonJudeGallery Luisotti is delighted to announce Lago, Ron Jude’s fourth solo exhibition at the gallery. Lago is a project developed from 2011-2015 in the deserts of Southern California.

Jude has described his recollection of this once idyllic resort environ as being more like disjointed flashes as opposed to fully formed narrative memories. He also recalls the unexpected hostility of the desert environment, not only its brutal temperatures but as the place where he first encountered death, loss and isolation. These modes of experience condition Lago, both as a photobook and as an exhibition.


What: Opening reception
Where: Gallery Luisotti (A-2), 2525 Michigan Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90404
When: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Website: http://www.galleryluisotti.com

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Another opening takes place from 6-8pm at Patrick Painter.

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Also in Santa Monica...

Gallery 169 is proud to present "TWO DEGREES CELSIUS?" new works by Jessie Homer French.

JeSat-Jan16-2016-Gallery169-JessieHomerFrenchssie Homer French was born in New York in 1940. Over the last five decades, with little formal training, Jessie has developed her own regional narrative style. She has had many solo exhibitions at Los Angeles and Victoria, BC galleries. Her work has also been featured in numerous group shows here in California and in Canada. She has been profiled in print and on television.

Many of her paintings are permanently displayed in government buildings, hospitals, and hotels, and are also part of scores of private collections. About the paintings on display at gallery 169 Jessie states the following:

"These fire paintings, hung at eye level, are mostly horizontally long and vertically short as if seen from a military pillbox with shooting slit windows. Seeing all the fires of the last years on TV I felt as though I was in that pillbox watching the world burn. Global Warming - will it stop at 2 degrees Celsius?"

"TWO DEGREES CELSIUS?" will be on view at Gallery 169 from

January 16th - February, 2016.
Complimentary valet parking available the night of the opening.

What: Opening Reception
Where: Gallery 169, 169 West Channel Road, Santa Monica, CA 90402
When: 5:00pm - 8:00 pm
Website:
http://gallery169.com/

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In Venice...

Sat-Jan16-2016-G2Gallery-RickKattelmann Lingering Red Leaves AcadiaNationalPark Maine WMThe G2 Gallery will be kicking off their 2016, four-part series, 100 Years of National Parks with The North East. It will open alongside Ansel Adams Portfolio II: The National Parks and Monuments and will feature NPS-maintained areas in the northeastern United States. An open call for photographers resulted in 10 talented artists being chosen for the show, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the NPS.

Check our Upcoming Events Page to find out more about this exhibition.

See image: "Lingering Red Leaves" by Rick Kattelmann, taken in Acadia National Park

The opening reception for 100 Years of National Parks: The North East, along with Portfolio II from Ansel Adams, will be held on January 16 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door and includes wine, hors d’oeuvres and complimentary valet in front of the gallery. All proceeds from admissions will be donated to National Parks Conservation Association. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

On view: January 12 - April 3

What: Opening reception

Where: The G2 Gallery, 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 90291
When: 6:30pm - 9:00pm - January 16, 2016

Phone: 310 452-2842
Website:
http://www.theg2gallery.com

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In Beverly Hills...Marc Selwyn Fine Art (9953 South Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 90212), features new works by Marcia Hafi. 

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In West Hollywood...101/EXHIBIT (668 N La Peer Dr, West Hollywood, CA 90069), features an opening from 6-8pm.


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Head to Culver City....there are several on La Cienega with an early one running from 4-6pm, Maloney Fine Arts (2680 South La Cienega Blvd., LA 90034), debuts new work. 



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Greene Exhibitions (1639 S La Cienega Blvd), hosts an art opening from 6-8pm.

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Honor Fraser (2622 S. La Cienega Blvd), hosts an art opening from 6-8pm.

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Samuel Freeman Gallery celebrates the art of Salomón Huerta and Devan Shimoyama.

See imSat-Jan16-2016-SamuelFreeman-DevanShimoyama-Daphneage: Devan Shimoyama, Daphne , 2015. Oil, collage, glitter, color pencil, sequins on canvas , 36 x 46 x 2.25in. (detail)

What possible connection could early ’90’s Chicano gangsters in Los Angeles have with queer Black youth from the East Coast in 2015? Approaching their subjects from opposite sides of the country, working some twenty years apart, Salomón Huerta and Devan Shimoyama independently reveal a common archetype across disparate cultures and decades. In their work, “abjectness and recovered beauty are a parallel to the messiness of being male but also being human,” as Toro Castaño observed. They speak in the language of classical mythology and contemporary stereotype to illuminate a small fraction of what it means to be a young man in search of his own identity. The placement of these two artists in adjacent galleries reveals the explicit yet often overshadowed foundations: separating and comparing the social environment as cause and camouflage for so much of what becomes a man.

What: Opening reception
Where: Samuel Freeman, 2639 South La Cienega Blvd., LA 90034
When: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Phone: 310.449.1479
Website:
http://samuelfreeman.com/

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Stay on La Cienega, just down the street...

Sat-Jan16-2016-mimGalleryMIM Gallery presentd "This Is What Is Not," a group show with Los Angeles-based artists.

"This Is What Is Not" consists of drawings, photographs, collages, sculptures, and installations by Christina Hendershaw, Lauren Fejarang, Son Vo, and Yael Nov. The artists in this exhibition use a variety of materials and techniques so as to reflect upon the polarity between surface and material.

Christina Hendershaw received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from Otis College of Art and Design. Lauren Fejarang received her BA from University of Washington and her MFA from Art Center College of Design. Son Vo received his BFA from UCSD and his MFA from Art Center College of Design. Yael Nov received her BFA from the University of Washington and her MFA from Art Center.

What: Opening reception
Where: mim Gallery, 2636 S La Cienega Blvd., 90034
When: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Phone: 424.299.8223

Website: http://mim.gallery


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PSat-Jan-16-2016-PaulLoyaaul Loya welcomes New York City-based artist Erik Foss and San Francisco-based artist Joe Roberts who will show their body of collaborative drawings and mixed media artworks tonight. Foss and Roberts began collaborating in 2011 immediately after meeting, working together in Foss’s New York City studio and sending drawings back and forth through the mail between the two coasts. The show will also include a collaborative sculpture in the shape of a pyramid made in Los Angeles from both artists’ reference material.

Their collaboration is rooted in a shared interest in and inspiration by politics, comics, conspiracy theory, skateboarding, psychedelic, and counter culture. The contrast of innocence and degradation is a central vein found in their collaboration. Amongst smiley faces and Looney Tune-esque characters are abstract images of “ adult material” appropriated from vintage magazines, depictions of Middle Eastern architecture amongst more benign, childlike drawings of our favorite cartoon characters, and psychedelic symbolism. Foss and Roberts’ collaboration alludes to Western society’s tendency to wrap themselves in warm blanket of false, saccharine happiness and escapism while turning a blind eye to the evils of everyday life that covertly consumes our innocence.

On view: January 16th - March 26th

What: Opening reception
Where: P A U L L O Y A G A L L E R Y, 2677 S. La Cienega Blvd., LA 90034
When: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Phone: 310 876 1410
Website: http://www.PAULLOYAGALLERY.com

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Blum & Poe  (2727 S. La Cienega Blvd., LA 90034) debuts a new exhibition from 6-8pm. 310-836-2062;

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Klowden Mann (6023 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 90232), features an artist reception from 6-8pm.

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Head north to...New Image Art presents its first solo exhibition with Bay Area artist Tracey Snelling..."CLUSTERFUCK 3." The event runs from 7-10pm. New Image Art Gallery, 7920 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046.

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Los Angeles Art Association is proud to present "Festoon," an all-media exploration of decorative practice. The show will be juried by Elizabeth East of  LA Louver Gallery. In addition to the group show, Festoon, LAAA will present two solo exhibitions by artists Dwora Fried and Lisa McCord as well as the video program Multiple Feeds.

ArSat-Jan16-2016-LAAA-LisaMcCordtist Dwora Fried creates tiny tableaux inside glass fronted boxes and large interactive experiences with her exhibition. BiG BOX little box. She populates her smaller work with vintage dolls, toys and furniture from the 50's -- photographs, fabrics, plastic, wood and metal.

Lisa McCord's (see image) powerful new photo exhibition Nancy Sherwood: My Mother's Passing chronicles a southern family as they await the burial of the artist's mother on their farm in Osceola, Arkansas.

Multiple Feeds is an online and gallery video presentation with a unique design that allows the viewing audience to create and post their own video content in response to the videos by LAAA artists.

On view: January 16th - February 19th

What: Opening reception
Where: Gallery 825 - 825 N. La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90069
When: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Website: http://laaa.org


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Just up the street...Moran Bondaroff also known as OHWOW Los Angeles (937 N. La Cienega Blvd., LA 90069), offers a reception for artist Brian Belott from 6-8pm.

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Head East to Fairfax...

ChainlSat-Jan16-2016-ChainLinkGallery-Gedvile 7198-800x533ink Gallery celebrates new work from Gedvile Bunikyte aka Grace B. in her first U.S. exhibition titled “Everything We Know is Less Than and Not More Than Space.” The doors to this solo show will open on Saturday January 16 at 6pm in Chainlink Gallery, located at 1051 South Fairfax Ave. in Los Angeles.

See image: Gedvile Bunikyte aka Grace B.,

The artist will be in attendance. 

Featuring a number of works this is the most in-depth exhibition of the artist’s work to be shown in North America.  Relying on simple tools and the power of primary colors to build her metaphysical drawings and paper sculptures, Grace B. produces minimalist spiralling patterns and delicate geometric fortresses in black, white and red creating work that challenges viewers to feel rather than decode its energetic charge.

On view: January 16 - February 13, 2016

What: Opening reception
Where: Chainlink Gallery, 1051 South Fairfax Ave., LA, 90019
When: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Phone: 310-595-6676
Website: http://chainlinkps.com/


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In the Mid Wilshire area...Jill Joy Gallery (6124 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. 90048) celebrates its grand opening with a solo exhibition titled "Consciousness - New Paintings" debuting the art of Jill Joy, from 5 - 9pm. The exhibition will be on view through February 13, 2016.

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Nearby...Marc Foxx 6150 Wilshire Blvd), hosts an art event from 6-8 pm.

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1301PE (6150 Wilshire Blvd.), presents "Stealing Shadows" featuring artist Ana Prvacki. Reception run 5-7pm.


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Continue to Highland Avenue...LAST Projects (6546 Hollywood Blvd, #215 LA, 90046) throws an art and performance (offering free food) from 7-11pm - 7pm Art Show n Food; 8:30 Performances.

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Spot Photo Works (6679 Sunset Blvd., LA 90028) hosts an art reception from 6-9pm.

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Kohn Gallery (1227 N. Highland Ave., LA 90038), celebrates the art of Dean Levin from 6-8pm.

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LAUNCH LA is proud to present, "Contemporary Nostalgia," a new exhibition featuring Danny Galieote and Antonio Pelayo. This exhibition features two artists with distinct stylistic and personal backgrounds. Viewed side by side however, Pelayo and Galieote’s works are a tribute to the allure of the past, whether it be familial or historical.  

Sat-Jan16-Launch-DannyGalieote-DoubleFeatureSee image: Danny Galieote, Double Feature Oil on canvas 44" x 62"

Galieote’s sense of nostalgia is primarily cultural – fuelled by the desire to recapture some of the artistry, spirit and aesthetics of bygone epochs. Drawing on everything from American Regionalism, 1950s pop-culture and the works of Italian Renaissance painters, he distils the artistic themes and styles of these periods into essences, to be mixed and experimented with at will. The result however is far from slavish imitation, but rather a point of departure into new artistic territory. Prominent Regionalists like Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood and John Steuart Curry tried to capture the lives of the everyday American men and women, even if at times they had to document gritty scenes and difficult moments. In a sense, Galieote continues their legacy by doing the same for his generation – approaching the subject in a stylized, poetic and yet intrinsically faithful manner.

Guest List at the Door - RSVP ESSENTIAL to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

On view: January 16 - February 27

What: Opening reception
Where: Launch Gallery, 2nd floor170 S. La Brea Ave. (In the Art 170 Building), LA 90036
When: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Phone: 323.933.4408
Website:
http://www.launchla.org/

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Then in the same building as (right below) Launch...KP Projects / MKG hosts its own art party and will be celebrating one of my all time favorite photographers.

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Sat-Jan16-2016-KPProjects-VivianMaier-2girlswithicecream-1954-12x12in-image-20x16inpaper-Modern-gelatinsilverprint-LtdEdof15printed-2015nearthed by John Maloof in 2007 at a local auction house in Chicago, Vivian Maier is only now beginning to be recognized as one of the most iconic street photographers of the 20th Century. A body of work that spans not only the US, but the globe, Maier shot more than 100,000 negatives representing the street life of New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and the American Southwest, as well as destinations as far off as Manila, Bangkok, Beijing, Egypt, and Italy.

See image: Vivian Maier, 2 girls with ice cream, 1954, 12 x 12 in (image), 20 x 16 in (paper), Modern gelatin silver print, Ltd. Ed. of 15; printed 2015, 0007504

Invested in her bird’s eye view of the people who made industrious cities thrive and pulse, Maier captures gentle and poignant moments between parents and children, the disenfranchised and forgotten, in a country on the verge of social and political upheaval. Maier recorded historic landmarks and their demolition as developments were built to replace them over decades.

Maier’s uncanny ability to capture the right frame at exactly the right moment, with elements of lighting, movement and composition in harmonious balance, is revealed in the remarkable fact that she seldom shot more than one picture of the same moment in time. An intensely private person who kept most of her work hidden under lock and key, Maier also indulged her passion for documenting the world around her through homemade films, recordings and collections, assembling one of the most fascinating windows into American life in the second half of the twentieth century.

On view: December 15, 2015 - February 27 2016

What: Opening reception
Where: KP Projects / MKG, 170 S. La Brea Ave. (In the Art 170 Building), LA 90036
When: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Phone: 323.933.4408
Website: http://www.mkgallery.com


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Just down the street...pop by the Loft at Liz's for a group show titled "WATTS" curated by Stan Sanders. The Loft at Liz's (453 S. La Brea Ave, above Liz's Antique Hardware, 90036) throws an art party from 7-10pm.

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Groundspace Project (1427 E. 4th St. #4, LA 90033) hosts an opening for a group show title "Recondite Substance" from 6-9pm. 

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Sat-Jan16-2016-CES Gallery Matias Cuevas Untitled Gestures for a Brand New Sky 13CES Gallery is pleased to present "Deep Superficial Perceptions," a group exhibition that surveys ongoing studio explorations of material experiments in two dimensional formats. The history of image making inevitably begins with painting. This process becomes increasingly complicated as technology evolves, as perception is altered by media, beginning with the invention of photographic methods and now rapidly changing with the flow of the Internet.

See image: Matias Cuevas, Gestures for a Brand New Sky #13, 2015, Carpet, carpet trim, paint thinners, fire, and acrylic on custom made stretcher, 26 x 20 in

Traditional art forms such as photography and painting now regularly commingle, often seamlessly, with plastic, concrete, textile, veneer, rubber, and other household and industrial materials. These complex material decisions express a love of the tactile and a nod towards ever-evolving artist experiments, such as minerals ground into linseed oil or silver salts suspended in gelatin. The artists in the show – Samantha Bittman, Julia Bland, Matias Cuevas, Alex Ebstein, Aaron Farley, Doty Glasco, Erin Morrison, and Loring Taoka – demonstrate a dedication to material formal exploration that reveals a prolonged interest in how material becomes idea.

On view:  January 16th - February 20th

January 16th 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

What: Opening reception
Where:
CES Gallery , 711 Mateo St. LA 90021
When: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
When: 213 880 5474
Website: http://carlesmithgallery.com


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LACDA, Los Angeles Center For Digital Art, (102 West Fifth St. LA 90013) hosts a reception from 7-9pm. http://lacda.com/

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Tiger Strikes Asteroid / Los Angeles (440 S. Broadway St., Second floor, LA 90013) offers a reception for artist Weston Lyon from 6-9pm.

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Corey Helford Gallery hosts opening for several exhibitions tonight.

“JuSat-Jan16-2016-CoreyHelford-SHAGngle Drums”--the new collection (featuring 15 paintings, including sculptures and masks) from Southern California painter, illustrator and designer Josh Agle aka SHAG--debuts tonight in the main gallery of COREY HELFORD GALLERY’s new 12,000 square foot space in Downtown Los Angeles.

Also opening is Hikari Shimoda's second solo exhibition with the gallery, entitled "Recycling Humanity". The exhibition explores the Buddhist notion of "samsara", the never-ending cycle of life and death and will feature two new series, "Children on the Edge" and  "Children of Emptiness".

Corey Helford Gallery will also be unveiling an exciting group exhibition titled "Asymmetrical Diptych Party" in Gallery 3. This exhibition will feature a series of diptychs created by over 25 renowned artists working in the New Contemporary scene.

Participating artists include: Andrew Brandou, Annie Owens, Beau Stanton, Billy Norrby, Brandi Milne, Brian Donnelly, Caia Koopman, Cathie Bleck, Greg Gossel, Jennybird Alcantara, Joe Hengst,  Kent Williams, Lola, Liz McGrath, Luke Chueh, Mandy Cao, Mikael Takacs, Michael Mararian, Michael Page, Mike Stilkey, Nicomi Nix Turner, Shawn Barber, Soey Milk, Travis Lampe, Van Arno, and Yumiko Kayukawa.

On view: through February 13

What: Opening reception
Where: Corey Helford, 571 S Anderson St (Enter on Willow St). LA, 90033
When: 7:00pm – 11:00pm

Phone: (310) 287-2340
Website: http://www.coreyhelfordgallery.com

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In Echo Park...

Sat-Jan16-2016-STEVE-KEENE-PublicSubliminal Projects presens "Modular Synthesis," a solo exhibition featuring work by Brooklyn-based artist Steve Keene. The works included in this exhibition are heavily influenced and inspired by influential bands and musicians. The artist pays tribute to some of the most important album art of all time including pieces in honor of The Rolling Stones, The Clash, Bob Dylan, Joy Division and many others.

Here are a few words from our founder Shepard Fairey about Steve Keene’s work and upcoming show here at Subliminal: "When I discovered the work of Steve Keene in the 90’s I was fascinated by his process of working quickly to create multiple versions of paintings that would allow him to keep the prices low, yet make each painting an original.  I soon realized that he was addressing a lot of the coolest indie scene subject matter and that from any of my diverse interests there was probably some connection only a few degrees of separation from Keene.  I’m really excited about the work he’s doing for “Modular Synthesis,” his show opening at our gallery Subliminal Projects later this month.  The exhibition will feature his interpretations of classic album covers and hip Los Angeles landmarks, as well as the debut of his Tattooed Plywood pieces.  This guy must be the most prolific artist of all time and his process is fascinating; it’s a must-see show! Hope to see you on January 16th!" - Shepard Fairey

On view: January 16 - February 13

What: Opening reception
Where: Subliminal Projects, 1331 W Sunset Blvd., LA 90026
When: 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Phone: (213) 213-0078
Website: http://subliminalprojects.com

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