The Brewery Art Walk – Spring 2017 Edition

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Above, the work of Sean Sobczak Sandman Creations.

As always, DTLA’s awesome and eclectic artists lofts, studios, and galleries – the Brewery – offered up a tremendous wealth of art to peruse at the April edition of their twice yearly art walk.  Take a look at some of the artists and art – and if you missed it this spring, be sure to mark the walk on your calendar for October. So much to see, intimate conversations with artists, brilliant art work at reasonable prices. Hard to top that, but this being LA, we threw in a bright, sunny day, some gourmet food trucks, and beer. The Artwalk IPA was perfect.

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Above and below, artist Samuelle Richardson with her wonderfully haunting “Ghost Dogs” sculptural installation. Richardson created these beautiful pieces especially for Art Walk.

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A magical energy in these sculptures, which use fabric and wood to shape powerful and poignant beasts.

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Chenhung Chen’s fluid, alive wire sculptures dance with kinetic energy, below.

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The artist’s wall art, many utilizing staples, is a fresh take on abstract imagery, works that shine literally and figuratively.

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Below, Glen Waggner creates intense and diminutive drawings that tell succinct, perfectly realized impressionistic stories. The prolific artist creates both figures and landscapes.

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Kristine Augustyn, below, offers both lush abstracts and figurative pieces that edge into the surreal. Both Augustyn and Waggner showed works at the Brewery’s Jesus Wall Gallery.

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Below, a work inspired by a trip to Disneyland.

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Randi Hockett’s studio-grown crystals dazzle, below. These raw and glittering works offer a wonderful contrast of sharp crystal textures and the softness of the wax surfaces. This is work that is hard to look away from, which evoke the feminine and the fairy tale.

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Kristine Schomaker, below, has reconstructed and reimagined her own work in an exhibition titled “An Ode to a Lost Love.” Tackling complex issues from body image to gender identity, her sculptural installation below explores both the personal and the universal – and still evoke a fantastical candy store.

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Bill Leigh Brewer, below, creates photographic works that are painterly in style, mysterious and magical in perception.

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From the California desert to the snowy hills of Vermont, Brewer fills his landscapes with a subtext of wonder and loss.

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Winnie Brewer, below, has painted bees and other creatures great and small in exquisitely detailed works that glow with light and color.

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Below, Tony Pinto, in residence at Shoebox Projects, created dimensional paintings and photographic portraits in his exhibition “Art Seen.” His ability to capture the innate essence of artists, writers, and gallerists in LA’s art scene is revealing and insightful.

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While her studio was not open for art walk due to deadlines on completing works for other exhibitions, we had a sneak-peak at a piece currently on exhibit at Durden & Ray’s “Going Native” show from installation and sculptural artist Dani Dodge. Here a deeply layered image invites second, third, and many more looks beneath the surface.

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Her work, above, is like accessing an archeological dig: there is so much going on beneath the surface, an intense energy breaking through.

Below, Ryan McIntosh and Kati Milan share studio space and a wealth of evocative art.

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Artist Ted Meyer, below. A little bit Picasso, a little bit Modigliani in great faces, forms and familiars. These are portraits that tell a story worth “reading” often. Stylized, riveting, and exotic, Meyer’s figures also serve as a healing document for those affected by trauma. Brewery ONE

Below the incredibly rich partnered work of Anna Stump and Daphne Hill blossoms with life – lush and sensual florals.

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There is such an overflowing cornucopia of art at The Brewery that we could not do justice to all the artists here – or even those in this article. Find your own overflowing artistic joy at the next art walk come October.

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  • Genie Davis; Photos: Genie Davis

 

Artists to Know: on Terra Firma

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Terra Firma has come and gone at Art Share, a terrific show that closed October 16th, one that we wish had stayed around longer – at least long enough for us to give the show itself it’s due.

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Like so many exhibitions at Art Share this was a group showthat reveled in carefully curated works by a variety of stellar artists:

Raudel Arteaga
Chelsea Bayouth
Kate Carvellas
Sarah Fulton
John Gauld
Carlos Grasso
Randi Hokett
Vincent Mattina
Jennifer Susan Jones
Abbie Weinberg

The use of clay and of dynamic materials that are of the earth, created a truly fascinating show, a cohesive mix of materials that each artist made malleable. We were fortunate enough to interview two of the artists, both of whom have upcoming shows – don’t miss them.

Randi Hokett will be participating in a group show opening November 19th, and running through January 21st, New Dimension, at the Irvine Fine Arts Center. We can’t wait to see what this fine artist will be displaying.

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At Art Share, Hokett’s stunning work with crystals lures viewers into a fairy-tale world that dazzles and dances with light. Creating her own crystals, she’s found that “Water is boiled, molecules open, and water accepts the minerals – then the crystals grow best through a cooling period. A piece has the best growth in the first 24-hours,” she reports.

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The science of her creations aside, Hokett creates startling, jeweled beauty that evokes wonder, awe, and a poignant reminder of that which is permanent and that which dissipates. Hokett started working in this format in January of last year. “Before that I worked in dry wall and wax,” she explains.

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Hokett’s work is raw and beautiful. The sharp textures of the crystals and the softness of the wax surfaces used in these pieces seems almost impossible to achieve, both delicate and strong, fragile and fantastic.

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“I was amazed at the beautiful things that grow out of the damages we accrue in life. I started building crystal sculptures out of cracks. I did some tests and it was kind of awesome. I started creating one piece a week. For me, what’s cool is to do something new.”

Work this fresh and vibrant is cool indeed.

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Kate Carvellas began creating her wonderful artwork assemblages out of found objects, but now also creates work made entirely from her own hand.

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Carvellas says the above piece, “The Beauty and Sorrow of Untapped Potential,” has “special meaning because so many of us have lives that didn’t necessarily go the way we thought they would. It represents the hope that we can still be and do that which will bring us joy and fulfillment.”

To the viewer, Carvellas has created her own language and patterns, containing what could be artifacts from a lost time or alien musings on humankind. The enigmatic patterns invite study, they are both intimately familiar and yet mysteriously wonderful.

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Above, “End Game,” pulls viewers into a new dimension, where common objects when combined create a riveting sculptural montage. Below, more great fusion, a touch of Steam Punk, a graceful combination of elements. There is a mute poetry in her work, a whimsical flourish that fuses smoothly with a sense of gravitas: respect for objects, respect for the weightiness of the earth and the lightness of imagination.

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The Pasadena-based artist describes her art as “an essential and intensely personal part of my life. It is my hope that when people see my work, it will somehow resonate with them on some level, be it intellectual, emotional or spiritual.”

Kate Carvellas will be featured in a solo show at The Gallery at the End of the World in Altadena in June 2017, and will have work in Gabba Gallery’s Wishlist coming up this November. Don’t miss her.

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Above, Carvellas with author, and Carvellas with artists Anna Stump and Ted Meyer.

As to Art Share – be on the look out for their next offering, Mirrors of the Mind, opening November 5th. The gallery is located at 801 E. 4th Street in the DTLA Arts District.

  • Genie Davis; Photos: Genie Davis