“Pretty Pollution” opened at bG Gallery on Saturday, July 11. The exhibition features new bodies of work by Douglas Alvarez and Kimber Berry, as well as a group exhibit of artists who capture beauty in unexpected places.
Alvarez explores his experiences within the city of Los Angeles and its decay using humor and popular iconography. He observes that, “Collectively, LA is changing and what I can do is visually document this evolution and endeavor to find beauty in unlikely places.” Alvarez draws his inspiration for his artwork from subjects others would easily overlook; from a crack in the sidewalk to a foreclosed home. Alvarez is allured to the deterioration of Los Angeles and when he ventures out in exploration he describes himself as a tourist in his own city.
Through her series of paintings, Plastic Gardens, Berry raises important social questions as to how we live and interact with nature. As we encroach further into natural environments that were once untouched and eliminate them, will we be able to restore balance and harmony with Mother Earth, or have we already caused irreparable damages? Being surrounded by steel, we feel a disconnect from nature and are compelled to create green spaces, oases, parks, constructed waterfalls, highly designed flower beds; essentially formatting nature based on our own terms. Plastic refers to the materials the artist uses, as well as the flexibility of these in-organic environments to exist and to take any form the gardener wishes.
See image: All Jacked Up on Sugar Pops, Kimber Berry
Also featuring a group exhibit of artists: Jack Reilly, Susie Loucks, Gregory Horndeski, Kimberly Zsebe, Roast Hogmann, Tatiana Botton and more to be announced.
On view: July 11 – July 26
What: Opening reception
Where: bG Gallery at Bergamot Station 2525, Michigan Avenue, Space G8A, Santa Monica, CA 90404
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm