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Artist Spotlight: Bruce Sanders

AS-BruceSanders-MagicalForest-acryliconcanvas-24x24Bruce Sanders is a neo-expressionist/symbolist, and abstract painter living in Malibu, California.

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Bruce's work blurs the lines of representational and abstract art. It delves into a space between the real world and a mystical-magical realm. Bruce employs kinetic forms, dynamic colors, and primal emotions into all of his art. By doing so, his work compels viewers to empathize, analyze, and interpret their own feelings.

Bruce's work has been exhibited in shows in Laguna, Newport Beach, Santa Monica, Ventura, and Los Angeles; and he is a member of the Malibu Art Association, the Palisades Art Association, and the Los Angeles Art Association.

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Bruce has authored three catalogue art books: INTROSPECTION, I BELIEVE IN ANGELS, and THE HEART WANTS WHAT THE HEART WANTS. 12 of his paintings are on long-term exhibit at UCLA.

The art of Bruce Sanders is currently on view at Blue 7 Gallery in Santa Monica, located at 3129 Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica. Call first to schedule a visit at 310 449-1444.

Find out more about Bruce Sanders here. Or click on his ad on the right side of this website to be taken directly to his website.

Art Galleries Get Inventive Amidst Uncertain Times

Art galleries have always had to fight to survive...with rising rents, economic instability, and consumer cut backs, galleries are forced to think outside the box. Beyond the Lines Gallery (previously located at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica) and ShockBoxx (an art gallery based in Hermosa Beach) are doing just that.
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Gallerist Brittany Davis at an opening at Beyond the Lines ; photo courtesy of gallery

Mike Collins, artist and co-owner of ShockBoxx, first met gallerist Brittany Davis when he exhibited in a pop up exhibition curated by Davis in Echo Park in 2016. Davis went on to open a gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. Due to ownership changes at the Santa Monica art center, her gallery, Beyond the Lines will be moving to a downtown location (1150 E 12th Street Los Angeles 90021 Unit A) later this month. In the interim, Davis will be co-producing and co-curating the "Miniature Show" with ShockBoxx. Davis said she is excited to collaborate with co-owners Mike Collins and Laura Schuler since the exhibition received so much attention last year at Bergamot Station. "I loved the variety of works I was able to pull together from the artist community. Each wall had a flow of styles that pulled together nicely once I was curating the pieces."

Co-founder Laura Schuler is also an artist who met Davis in 2015 when she was curating a pop-up show in Glendale. "I was really impressed with the scale and depth of the show she put together that weekend and it's been awesome to see her take that concept and bring it to a gallery space over the last few years."
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ShockBoxx owners Mike Collins and Laura Schuler; photo courtesy of gallery

Collins said Davis played a major role in his growth as an artist. "I had only been showing locally and wanted to break out of the...'same town, same artists, same show,' trap. I applied to one of her pop-up shows in DTLA and was accepted. I think it was the last pop-up she put together before moving into Bergamot. Brittany is the best...a total ambassador for emerging artists and just on fire. She doesn't stop."

Both agree that they were excited to partner with Davis on this project. This will be the first time for all parties to collaborate in such a way. Schuler said, "Our exhibition formats are fairly similar and we think it'll be a great way to promote Brittany's new gallery space to artists in the South Bay area."

Alvaro A.S.F will be doing a live painting to Mozart piano concerto No 21 during the reception The artist boxes himself in a 10'x10' square foot surrounded by transparent plastic, as to not splatter paint across the gallery. He explained that his body becomes the art along with his clothing (the jeans, individual shoes, shirt an so on).
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Alvaro A.S.F. paints with his body; photo courtesy of artist

"I do not call it a performance or dance, but a response to the complexity of the classical notation of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21." Ceramics sculpture, print-making, oil, acrylic, found object, photography, video art are just some of the various media that the artist works with. http://alvaroasf.com

Artist Noelle Kraus has participated in a number of exhibitions curated by Davis since 2016. She will be exhibiting four works from a twenty-four-piece series. "The pieces are part of a colorful psychedelic fluid art series I created in 2017." Kraus explained that she enjoyed exploring a new technique during the process. "Working on this fluid series demands undivided attention, and really being in the moment." The four works are all 6"x6," acrylic on canvas. https://www.jrkraus.com/
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Noelle Kraus, Psych 1.06, 6”x6,” acrylic on canvas; photo courtesy of artist

Since all three gallerists are also artists, they truly understand the plight of the artist, and agree that collaboration is key to having a successful career in the art world. Davis has a background in teaching artists how to treat their art as a business. She has held classes at her Bergamot Station gallery and will continue to teach 'How to Succeed as an Artist' workshops in her new downtown gallery located at Beyond the Lines, 1150 E. 12th St., Unit A, LA, 90021. Visit the website for additional info at https://beyondthelinesgallery.com

The opening reception for the "Miniature Art Show" will take place on Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 7-9pm at ShockBoxx, 636 Cypress Ave, Hermosa Beach, California, 90254.
https://www.shockboxxproject.com/

On View Now: 643 Project Space

Enjoy a two-person exhibition titled "Free Or Best Offer" at 643 Project Space. The collaborative exhibition spotlights the talents of Marjorie and Bob Moskowitz.
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"Fried Dough" 2018 oil on canvas,  40" x 60"

The two talented artists have been married for the past thirty-seven years. Each create their own distinctive work, completely different than the other. They have become each other's advocates, sharing techniques, bouncing ideas off of each other and critiquing the work. "We drive every year to our studio in Maine," said Marjorie. "The drive gives us the opportunity to experience much of the country as we accumulate photographic images that can be used as references for future paintings." Bob added, "This provides rich and diverse resources to express our view of Americana. Bob went on to explain, that "Natural Gas," one of their collaborations, has a dual intent. "At first glance the viewer usually laughs at the surprising interaction between cows and traffic." Margie added that there is also the deeper meaning dealing with environmental issues. "Our collective view produces a synthesizing commentary on an American experience, continued Margie, while Bob chimed in..."It is contemporary Americana."
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Marjorie and Bob Moskowitz, Natural Gas, 40 x 60, 2016

Run by art professors, Matt and Monica Furmanski, 643 Project Space is an invitational venue which showcases diverse of work by a wide variety of artists from the greater Los Angeles area. The city of Ventura’s cultural center along downtown Main Street and Ventura Avenue is thriving. The streets are active at night with a diversity of restaurants and art. The long stretch of beach and First Fridays have made Ventura a destination city. The opening reception takes place in conjunction with the First Friday event, which is a great time to visit the area. Take advantage of all ths shops being open and the wonderful restaurants.

I highly recommend everyone to visit the exhibition. Marjorie and Bob Moskowitz are two talented artists. See below for all the websites and a phone number for additional info.

What: Opening reception, "Free Or Best Offer"
Where: 643 Project Space, 643 Ventura Avenue, Ventura, California
Phone: 805-289-6273
Websites: mbmosk.com  marjoriemoskowitz.com  bobmoskowitz.com

On View Now: The Fahey/Klein Gallery

Stop in to see this fabulous exhibition....it opened on January 20, 2018. The Fahey/Klein Gallery presents "Future Feminine," a group exhibition focused on the evolution of the feminine perspective in an otherwise male dominated medium. This exhibition presents the visions of a group of distinctly 21st century female photographers with their eyes toward the future. This exhibition includes works from emerging artists Amanda Charchian, Remy Holwick, creative duo Honey Long & Prue Stent, and Magdalena Wosinska.
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Prue Stent & Honey Long, Fish-Net, 2017

Amanda Charchian (b. Los Angeles, CA, 1988) creates work with a feminine sensuality that celebrates the erotically charged. In 2016 Charchian released her first monograph, Pheromone Hotbox featuring works captured over three years. Charchian has produced editorial and commercial work for Gucci, Chloe, Cartier, Garage, and Vogue Italia. Amanda Charchian lives and works between Los Angeles and London.

Remy Holwick (b. Los Angeles, CA, 1981) works exclusively in analog photography, blurring the disciplines of documentary and fashion photography. Holwick's experience as a longtime fashion model and feminist activist informs her work, often exploring themes of sexuality, power, and emotional manipulation in femininity, feminism, and femininization. Remy Holwick lives and works between New York and Los Angeles.

Creative partners, Honey Long (b. Sydney, Australia, 1993) and Prue Stent (b. Sydney, Australia, 1993) are multidisciplinary artists whose work co-mingles photography, performance, installation and sculpture. Their process centers around their conflicted relationship to femininity and its passive associations. Honey Long and Prue Stent live and work between Sydney and Melbourne, Australia.

Magdalena Wosinska (b. Katowice, Poland, 1983) prefers to shoot with ambient light, producing work most easily identified by her tough yet sunny California aesthetic. Since 2010 Magdalena has published three books, including Bite It You Scum, The Grass is Electric, and The Experience Vol 1, as well as Leftovers of Love due to be published in Spring of 2018. Magdalena lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
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Magdalena Wosinska, Muddy Daze, Highland Park, 2009

In conjunction with this show, The Fahey Klein Gallery has commissioned a special limited edition exhibition poster, produced by New Yorker illustrator, Reid Kikuo Johnson available for sale while supplies last. All proceeds from the sale of this poster will be donated in support of the Alexandria House, a shelter for women and women with children in Los Angeles.

On View: January 18 - February 24, 2018

Where: Fahey/Klein Gallery, 148 N. La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Website: http://www.faheykleingallery.com/

On View Now: Skidmore Contemporary Art

Skidmore Contemporary Art presents a solo exhibition titled "Sasse, Classe, Fun en Masse" featuring artist Sara Abbott. "I am very excited to be showing at Skidmore Contemporary," said Abbott. "Lia is wonderful to work with." This new body of work merges broad vibrant brush strokes combined with her photographic pop imagery.
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Sara Abbott, Best Behavior, Mixed media on canvas, 45" x 45", 2017

Here is some additional info about the artist provided by the gallery:
Abbott graduated with a degree in photography in Arizona and has studied and worked in art studios in Phoenix and Los Angeles with emerging and established artists. She became a founding member of 3carpileup, a well renowned studio/gallery and Chaos Theory, a momentous annual group show. This helped pioneer the now vibrant art scene found in the warehouse district in downtown Phoenix.

She works in both the fine art and commercial worlds. Her Fine art has been in museum exhibitions and galleries nationally and collected by many private and corporate collectors. Commercially she has had success working across the world with top designers and has been represented in the television and movie industries.

On view: January 13 - February 10, 2018

Where: Skidmore Contemporary Art, Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Avenue, B-4 Santa Monica, 90404
Phone: 310-828-5070
Website: http://www.skidmorecontemporaryart.com/

On View Now: Upper West, Harrison Love

Upper West Restaurant in Santa Monica welcomed a new artist...Harrison Love in November 2017. Like most of us Harrison enjoys the food at Upper West, along with the ambiance. He will be showing paintings from several series…”I work on several series of works at a time to help keep my mind active. Sometimes the best solution to a difficult problem within my work is to set it down and work on something else for a while. Sometimes I find that it is important to relax my eyes and mind by working on something else and then returning to painting refreshed.”
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Harrison Love, The Rite of Spring, oil on canvas

Harrison has spent much of his life abroad…He was born in New York, but his parents moved to Brussels Belgium when he was quite young. Born into an artist family, he lives and breathes art - creating every day. “I began drawing and painting at a very early age. I started by playing with my parent’s art supplies in their studio and continued to learn from the talented artists in my family.”

He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design, then lived and worked in New York, Tokyo, Shanghai, Singapore, Peru, Colombia, San Francisco and Los Angeles. He currently works out of his artist studio in the Brewery in downtown LA.

Visit Harrison’s website at BrightFuturism.com

What Opening reception
Where: Upper West, 3321 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica 90404
Phone: 310 586-1111
Website: http://www.theupperwest.com

On View Now: Ivan Gallery

Ivan Gallery hosted two exhibitions on Sunday, February 11, 2018. Both will remail on view through March 11, 2018.  "Love Matters" is a group show featuring seventeen artists. Curated by Lark Pilinsky, the group exhibition celebrates the season of love.
TT-Feb11-2018-IvanGallery-LARK-Love-Matters-bannerArtists include: Michael Baroff, Irina Chelyapov, Sandra Cooper, Irma Dorokhova, Ray Ford, Barry Gordon, Georganne Heller, Greg Alan jankowski, Kelly Lynn Kimball, Galina Kovshilovsky, Terry Marks-Tarlow, Eva Montealegre, Lark Pilinsky, Bruce Sanders, Christine Sawicky, Felice Willat, and Irma Zauber.

Also enjoy a solo exhibition featuring artist Charles Malinsky. 

In the main gallery..."STOP THE MADNESS" will also open. The solo exhibition features new works by Barbara Mendes. The artist explains, "'STOP THE MADNESS" will be my first exhibit of this new work, which graphically addresses the national crisis at hand and the downfall of patriarchy in general. Begun in pen and ink, the Exhibit will feature the first six Acrylic paintings of this new shift in my art. I look forward to moving the themes on into oils and into future monumental visual statements about inequality and injustice, as well the world-wide Dawning of a Nurturing, Womanist Age."
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Come join the art party - refreshments and snacks will be served.

On view: February 4 – March 11, 2018

Where: Ivan Gallery, 2701 S Robertson Blvd., LA, 90034
When: February 11, 2018 - 1-5pm
Info: https://www.facebook.com/IVANartgallery/

On View Now: Skidmore Contemporary Art

Skidmore Contemporary Art is pleased to present its fourth exhibition of Scott Covert's Monument paintings. Feb17-2018-SkidmoreContemporaryArt-CovertDirectors-I
Scott Covert, Directors

These works celebrate our culture's obsession with fame and celebrity. Covert, like many of us, feels the ecstatic pull and appeal of the beautiful and the famous. His desire to become a part of their lives—and a part of their eternal mystique—has literally driven him to spend the last decades traveling around the country, visiting the graves of famous people in far-flung parts of the country. By placing a canvas on a tombstone, then rubbing the surface with oil stick, Covert revives a Victorian-era craft and transforms it into an art that transcends the limitations of time.

The artist began the series in the mid-1980s when he drove to Detroit to pay respects to Florence Ballard, a founding member of The Supremes who died in 1976 at the young age of 32. To have a keepsake of his moment with this tragic heroine, Covert did a rubbing of her tombstone, turning her memorial into a work of art. It was the beginning of what would become his life's work.

In his hands, final resting places represent not an end, but a beginning. His paintings celebrate places of pilgrimage, where we can pay homage to the memories of the people who helped shape our lives and culture. The people captured in his paintings include names we all know well—Frank Sinatra, Andy Warhol, Houdini, Mark Twain—as well as those not as famous, such as Harriet Tubman, an escaped slave who became a leading abolitionist during the Civil War.
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Covert is enjoying a much-deserved spotlight of fame himself. An exhibition of his Monument paintings in New York in 2017 earned praise and positive reviews in publications as diverse as Artforum  and The New Yorker. In addition, his work was included in the important exhibition, Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983, currently on view at the Museum of Modern Art. Scott was a member of this alternative space that thrived in the counter-culture environment of the East Village in the early 1980s. His current work remains true to that period, which emphasized drawing inspiration from the streets and from the pace of everyday life.

On view: February 17 - March 17, 2018

Where: Skidmore Contemporary Art, Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Avenue, B-4 Santa Monica, 90404
Phone: 310-828-5070
Website: http://www.skidmorecontemporaryart.com/