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Fifth Floor is pleased to present\, Into the Heart of the Su n\, Leonardo Bravo’s latest works on paper using gouache and other wet medi a. The works draw on a modernist and minimalist geometric vocabulary by emp loying an array of saturated colored lines to visualize structures and syst ems in a constant state of unfolding. These are influenced by a variety of sources including the Bauhaus master weaver Gunta Stolzl\, the wall drawing s of Sol Lewitt\, the works of Brazilian artist Helio Oiticica\, and tradit ional Indian miniatures. Outside of a purely pictorial representation\, Bra vo is concerned with the arc in which social movements are formed\, operate \, and collapse. Particular to this are movements that exist within the mar gins of society through cultural expressions that are in resistance to sing ular power structures. These are resonant to the artist through specific cu ltural or historical cornerstone moments that pushed or erased normative bo undaries\, many of these related to liberation movements in Africa and Lati n America\, and student uprisings in the late twentieth century. Also\, whi le not just appearing visually melodic it is more deeply representative of ways in which music has defined subcultural groups that have stood in direc t resistance to the established rules. Bravo creates his own personal mytho logy of moments such as Larry Levan\, the legendary DJ of NYC’s Paradise Ga rage\, holding a crowd in absolute heightened states of rapture and exubera nce\; the way in which Lee Scratch Perry created an almost alchemical trans formation and expansion of sound space through his dub experiments at his B lack Ark studio in Kingston\, Jamaica\; and the utopian idealism of many li beral\, progressive\, and forward thinking movements throughout the entire history of the twentieth century. Although these works on paper are not by themselves illustrations of this rich source of inspiration\, they are mean t to suggest\, evoke\, and reposition some of these idealized moments in ti me. Leonardo Bravo is an artist\, educator\, and curator. 

As an artist and curator\, Bravo has exhibited at the Santa Monica Museum of Art \, the Whittier College Arts Gallery\, Deep River Gallery\, Barbara Davis G allery (Houston\, TX)\, POST LA\, and Michael’s Restaurant (Santa Monica\, CA). Over the last two years Bravo organized and produced Big City Forum\, an interdisciplinary project designed to bring together creative practition ers over issues related to the social dimensions of art and public space. C urrently Big City Forum functions as a monthly conversation series in which leading architects\, designers\, artists\, curators\, and writers share pr ojects with a collective network of peers taking place at various sites acr oss L.A.\, including the Santa Monica Museum of Art\, The Neutra House\, Th e Goethe Institut\, the Honor Fraser Gallery\, LAX ART\, and Art Center Col lege of Design. Bravo received his MFA from the University of Southern Cali fornia and his BFA from Otis College of Art &\; Design.

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