Why I do what I do
Do we make the city, or does the city make us? Or is there an equal mix of the two? The city we have made and that in turn has made us presents a unique sort of beauty that encompasses the grandeur, squalor, homogeny, creativity and function of what we have built.
As with earlier works, my current drawings are directly translated from my photographs of urban environments such as a street corner or the façade of a tract house. Although photography still acts as a starting point, the more recent drawings have evolved from the literal to the fantastical, now amalgamating selected elements from my collection of images and integrating them to make a single drawing. Here, the artificiality of our natural environment as well as our quest for it are questioned.
SOLO AND TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2011: California Girls, Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, New York, NY, June 2011.
Ghetto Birds and Suburban Dreams, Long Beach Playhouse Gallery, Long Beach CA, April.
2010: I wanna be here in my city, Phantom Galleries, Long Beach, CA, June 2010.
2007: Next Exit, Cristinerose gallery, New York, NY, November 2007.
The World Around Us, (with Robert Flynn), koelsch gallery, Houston, TX, January 2007.
2006: Topographic, The Mike Napoliello Gallery, Hermosa Beach, CA, November 2006.
Next Exit, Bandini Art, Culver City, CA, August 2006.
Next Exit, romo gallery, Atlanta, GA, June 2006.
2004: Creative Artists’ Agency, Beverly Hills, CA, December 2004.
Caged Chameleon Gallery, Santa Ana, CA, April 2004.
2003: There is Something, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA, June 2003.
GROUP EXHIBITIONS (Selected)
2011: Fabrications, Marx and Zavaterro, San Francisco, CA, January 2011.
2010: Neighborhood, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indiana, October 2010.
39NOW (catalog), Sophia Louisa Projects, Los Angeles, CA, September 2010.
Backyard, Sam Lee Gallery at the PDC, Los Angeles, CA, May 2010.
OsCene 2010 (catalog), Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA, February 2010.
Something in the Air, Long Beach City College Art Gallery, CA, January 2010.
2009: Sweet Subversives:Contemporary California Drawings, Long Beach Museum of Art, CA. October 2009.
Jen-11, UPPERCASE Gallery (book), Calgary, AB, Canada. April 2009.
Artstream Gallery, Rochester, NH. June 2009.
Composition, Lakewood, CO. August 2009.
Car Culture, Phantom Galleries, Long Beach, CA. April 2009.
2008: In the Eye of the Beholder, Louis Stern Fine Arts, West Hollywood, CA, July 2008.
A View From Here, curated by Ronald Steen (catalog), Judson Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, February 2008.
2007: Don't Fence Me In, Bandini Art, Culver City, CA. December 2007.
High and Dry, Smoke and Fog, curated by Price Latimer, Phantom Galleries,Beverly Hills, CA, June 2007.
Drawn to Gravity, CSUF Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, CA, April 2007.
New Year in Black and White, curated by Mat Gleason, I-5 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, January 2007.
Marks, Scratches and Doodles, curated by Scott Canty, Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes, CA,
2006: Draw, Paper, Scissors, curated by Meg Linton, Domestic Setting, Los Angeles, CA, May 2006.
One Year Later, romo gallery, Atlanta, GA, April 2006.
Drawings, Gallery C, Hermosa Beach, CA, February 2006.
2005: Smaller Is, Andrewshire Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, December 2005.
Petite Works, LAAA Annex, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA, November 2005.
Dwellings, Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles, CA, September 2005.
2005 Los Angeles Juried Exhibition, Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, July 2005.
Shade, Koelsch Gallery, Houston, TX, May 2005.
2004: American Gothic: Talent for the Dark Ages, curated by Tyler Stallings, Gallery C,
Hermosa Beach, CA, December 2004.
Holiday Exhibit, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, November 2004.
Open Call L.A. 2004, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, July
New Tales to Tell, San Luis Obispo Art Center, San Luis Obispo, CA, May 2004.
Mindscapes, Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, CA, January 2004.
2003: Petite Works, Bergamot Station Annex of Gallery 825, Santa Monica, CA,
Beefcake /Cheesecake II, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa
Ana, CA, September 2003.
When Women Dream, Square Blue Gallery, Newport Beach, CA, February 2003.
Carasso, Roberta. Review of “OsCene 2010” at Laguna Art Museum. Art Ltd. Magazine. May/June 2010.
Carasso, Roberta. “LAM Presents ‘OsCene’ through May.” The Orange County Register. March 22, 2010.
Scarborough, James. "Sweet Subversives: Contemporary California Drawings" review. Artillery magazine. January/February 2010.
Walsh, Daniella. "Scene Stealers." Riviera magazine. February 2010.
Studio Visit magazine, March 2009.
London International Creative Competition, Annual Awards Book, Volume I. June 2008.
Nys Dambrot, Shana. "Don't Fence Me In" review. Flavorpill-Los Angeles, online. January 2008.
Nys Dambrot, Shana. "High and Dry, Smoke and Fog" review. Whitehot magazine. June 2007.
Fox, Catherine. “World of Good.” AccessAtlanta.com. December 30, 2006.
Feaster, Felicia. “Felicia Feaster’s Top 10 Visual Art Exhibitions.” Creative Loafing magazine, Atlanta, GA. December 27, 2006.
Book by Authors, anthology of writers and artists, Long Beach Public Library Foundation, 2006.
McClintock, Diana. Review of Atlanta solo show. Art Papers magazine. Sept./Oct. 2006.
Myers, Holly. “Differing views on the L.A. landscape.” Los Angeles Times. August 18, 2006.
Fox, Catherine. “Tiny lines build poetic pictures.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution. June 11, 2006.
Ollman, Leah. “What this group can do with paper.” Los Angeles Times. June 2, 2006.
New American Paintings, a juried exhibition-in-print, Volume 49, December 2003/January 2004.
The Hoff Foundation Artist Grant, Hoff Foundation, Huntington Beach, CA. October 2009.
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