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Barbara West at the Brewery

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620 Moulton Ave #110 . Los An geles . California . 90031

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 For Immediate Release

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Contact Teale Hatheway

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Curati on@TealeHatheway.com

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626.840.2740

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Charles Swenson\n

January 23 – March 1 6\, 2013

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Opening Wednesday\, January 23\, 7-10 pm

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Barbara West at the Brewery is pleased to present a high-contrast selection of gender charged p aintings by Charles Swenson.  These paintings represent two branches of Swe nson’s art interest - his wife’s shoes and a set of toy soldiers.

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“My wife’s shoes\, all women’s shoes\, have a wonderfully decadent \, fetish-y quality that I love\, especially the high-heeled variety\, they look dangerous and delicious at the same time\,” explains Swenson. These p articular paintings of shoes are lyrical. The viewer is uncertain whether t he shoes are floating\, falling or flying\, but they make Swenson\, and ind eed the rest of us shoe-lovers\, smile. They are delightful: feminine\, joy ous\, new and shiny (and useful to boot!).

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By comparison\ , the soldiers represent an opposing point of view. Painted from a set of a ctual toys\, they are bought on-line\, photographed and then represented mu ch larger than life sized. “They are masculine\, guy toys\, war toys\, stoi c and sad\, used and abused… They hold a consciousness that is all these th ings and also a little comic at the same time\,” says Swenson\, who has mad e them heroic\, as though they were portraits of real men. Ultimately\, the se toys say something about war: the physical\, mental\, emotional\, and sp iritual toll that fighting with guns and killing has on every soldier.

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This is the first time the two series have been exhibited in the same space and as Swenson observes\, “Male and female\, masculine and f eminine\, this is the push-pull of society\, this is the tension that I try to get to. This is what makes the world turn\, and it makes it worth hangi ng around\, just to watch the dance.” But the friction in these paintings r uns deeper than gender. Perfunctory shoes become celebratory confetti and c hildren’s toys become solemn icons of an uncertain future. It is a dance to be certain\, but exactly who leads is anyone’s guess.

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Barbara West at the Brewery is a series of rotat ing exhibitions\, developed by Teale Hatheway\, taking place at Barbara’s\, the restaurant/bar hidden in the heart of the Brewery Arts Complex. The Br ewery is considered the world’s largest live-work arts complex with an esti mated 500 resident and day-use artists representing every field of creation .  Barbara’s provides a welcoming environment for artists\, art lovers\, mu sicians\, writers and business people to meet\, exchange ideas and cut a li ttle loose. As a curatorial project\, Barbara West at the Brewery provides a forum for resident and non-resident artists who are actively pursuing cre ative development. Additional information about Barbara West at the Brewery can be found by visiting us on ArtSlant.com.

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Directions: From North Main Street\, turn South onto Moul ton Avenue. Turn left into the second driveway on the left\, onto the Brewe ry property. Barbara's is the yellow building directly ahead of you with th e neon "open" sign. Parking is free.

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