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Combining painting and sculpture with aspects of traditional craft techniques such as embroidery\, weaving\, and sewing\, these three a rtists play with scrambling notions of craft versus art\, painting versus s culpture\, formal versus conceptual\, sublime versus mundane\, as well as p rivate versus public\, allowing traditionally meticulous media to be used i n expressionistic and improvisational ways that suggest layered meanings an d embedded personal and transactional histories. The works included in this exhibition are engaged in a sophisticated dialogue with time and place and reveal how techniques associated with the domestic sphere can be exploited in the interpretation of history and expressions of resistance.  The choic e of materials\, often gathered from local craft stores and consignment sho ps\, reflects the humble consumer sources available to everyone and helps t o demystify the perception of art as an elitist cultural object with an int rinsic value reserved for luxury items.

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Nena Amsler's labor-intensive art practice originates from a process of individuation \, or finding oneself\, through which the internal (emotional\, psychologic al or spiritual) is made external.  The fine cloth\, lace\, and other objec ts that Amsler "weaves" and builds out of extruded paint draw upon the Cath olic and shamanistic beliefs and rituals of her Peruvian and Swiss heritage \, and explore deeply personal memories and a relationship to the making of art where meaning is revealed\, or constructed\, through inanimate objects .

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Miyoshi Barosh's sculptures and paintings are co ncerned with the institutional presentation of modern art and question the categories of "outsider" and "craft."  For her\, contemporary American cult ure offers a paucity of substance\, relying instead on clichés\, stereotype s\, and inspirational messages to produce meaning.  

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Nava L ubelski's work explores the contradictions between the impulse to destroy and the compulsion to mend.  Juxtaposing rapid acts of destruction\ , such as spilling and cutting\, with painstaking\, restorative labor\, her embroideries are hand-stitched over stains and rips\, contrasting the acci dental with the meticulous.  The initial marks are found on linens or are c reated by cutting and staining canvas. The work scrambles expressions of ag gression with masochistic patience and sublimation and plays with the femin ine through the graphic form of the "stain".  Every "accidental" splash and drip is\, in fact\, a precisely and purposefully threaded creation.

DTEND:20110409 DTSTAMP:20141226T164908 DTSTART:20110304 GEO:34.0336485;-118.376251 LOCATION:Luis De Jesus Los Angeles\,2685 S. La Cienega Blvd. \nLos Angeles\ , CA 90034 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:We're not here to waste time!\, Nena Amsler\, Nava Lubelski UID:151278 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20110304T210000 DTSTAMP:20141226T164908 DTSTART:20110304T180000 GEO:34.0336485;-118.376251 LOCATION:Luis De Jesus Los Angeles\,2685 S. La Cienega Blvd. \nLos Angeles\ , CA 90034 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:We're not here to waste time!\, Nena Amsler\, Nava Lubelski UID:151279 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR