Gabba Gallery will be opening a new show, Wishlist, November 12th, and you mustn’t miss it. There is always a fresh take on art and the meaning of art as discourse at this east side location.
We hope you caught the terrific four solo exhibitions that ran late September to mid-October here – if not, these are artists you should or will know, and most have appeared at Gabba in other shows.
No Man’s Land
Above, Max Neutra
“There is so much to comment on in the world. I have a 2-year-old daughter and have been in my own utopia in Santa Fe, and instead of finding things to comment on, I have had somewhat juvenile reactions, one of being alienated on my own planet. I felt I couldn’t resonate with my own planet. What this show is about really ended up being that feeling of alienation, from the politics, the technology. It’s about the reds and the blues, and hiding in plain sight behind the colors is the inevitable disasters – we are watching them happen.” Some pieces however, refer to the artist’s signature bunnies. “Right. I can’t shake the bunnies,” he laughs.
Liseth Amaya works in oil on linen. Living in London, Mexico, and LA, she brings a diversely narrative quality to her paintings that speak of the fact that she spends a lot of time in a variety of locations. Central America is where her roots lie. “I grew up with things being told to me on a very grand stage. The viewer can take his or her own point of view from my pieces. There is a mythology, a life line in my work.”
“I have a calligraphy style,” artist Peter Grecco attests. “It started with gothic script, that’s the basic. There are always words somewhere in all my shapes. I try to create not actual letters but the abstract. The letters I use don’t say anything exactly, the letters just fit in to a pattern, they have weight.”
Glow in the Dark
Matt Gondek works in pop deconstruction. “I grew up with comic books and worked as a graphic designer. I got upset that I was not making anything tangible int he real world. Four or five years ago I drew about thirty different random Mickey Mouse heads blowing up and that led me here. My favorite piece is Sponge Bob, going along on his very busy life half underwater.”
Remember: Don’t miss the gallery’s upcoming, 70-artist Wishlist show opening November 12th – with all art available great for holiday giving, and priced under $1000 per piece.
And look out for the art of Max Neutra (bunnies and all), Peter Grecco, Matt Gondek, and Liseth Amaya, whose solo shows exemplify the range and excitement Gabba so often has on tap. In fact, look for their work at Wishlist!
Above, Gabba guest Jennifer Korsen, an artist whose heart art keeps beating in pulsing murals, stickers, and paintings all around LA.
The Gabba Gallery is located at 3126 Beverly Blvd. in the heart of mid-city.
- Genie Davis; photos: Genie Davis, Barbara Sharon Case