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Saarinen's work explores human rituals and habits as told through his ma nipulation of the familiar\, elevating everyday objects into cultic ones in order to integrate them into his own ritualistic games in space. Eliot's a esthetic was shaped by his family lineage that includes internationally ren owned architects Eliel and Eero Saarinen their disciples Charles and Ray Ea mes\, and as seen from the top of a skateboard. "When you skateboard\, you see the world in a different way: You notice where the city is smooth. You notice potholes and rails and ramps. And you see\, very intimately\, how yo ur interaction changes your little piece of the environment\, says Saarinen . "When you skate a ledge every day\, the ledge changes. It feels different and\, scuff by scuff\, looks different." In Rubber Tree\, Eliot shares tha t worldview through his paintings -- at once scuffed-up and beautiful\, per fectly symmetrical and in total disarray. Fueled by an unyielding curiosity \, Saarinen creates panels made of crème brulee\, steeped teabags\, cotton swabs and reimagines them into scintillating grids. "By using conventional items in unconventional ways I change the process inherently connected to e ach - caramelizing sugar\, steeping teabags - to translate these into new f orms. I take this one step further by adding something very unnatural which holds the forms together -- epoxy resin -- to create a balance with the or ganic/natural materials. Adding a new unnatural element to a simple\, origi nal idea/material\, changes its inherent purpose and meaning. Rubber Tree i s Saarinen's second exhibition at Frank Pictures\, his first show occurred while he was still a teenager. Currently working towards his degree in Fine Art\, Rubber Tree is Saarinen's third solo show. An exhibition of his Gran dfather\, design giant\, Eero Saarinen\, the architect of JFK's TWA termina l\, Dulles International Airport in D.C. and the iconic Saarinen chair for Knoll International\, is concurrent at the A+D Museum of Architecture and D esign in Los Angeles. 

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Artist Reception:
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Satur day\, December 8th\, 5:00-8:00 PM
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Exhibit on view now through January 15th\, 2012
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RSVP to Laurie Fra nk: 310.828 .0211 | laurie@frankpicturesgallery.com
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