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Dan McCleary brings the formal sensibilities of Piero della Francesca to the everyday moments of life in Los Angeles. A native of Southern Californ ia\, McCleary notes that L.A. “feels weightless and devoid of formal ritual s. It has no center. Its inhabitants find their own center through daily ri tuals like driving shopping\, eating out and seeing movies.” Although his p aintings depict people in seemingly mundane situations\, these moments are constructed with the care and grace of an artist with keen observation skil ls and an awareness of the subtle interaction of form and color. All of the work in this exhibition was painted from life\, using sets built in his st udio. The new work includes a painting entitled Manicure\, which pre serves a fleeting moment of quiet intimacy between two women that would oth erwise go unnoticed.

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In addition to his artistic practice\, Dan McCleary is the founder of Art Division\, an after school arts program for young ad ults in the Rampart District of L.A. Among the several talented artists inv olved in this program\, Craig Krull Gallery is pleased to present the work of Javier Carrillo and Emmanuel Galvez.

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A former student\, Javier Carril lo now runs the printmaking program at Art Division. He notes that his pain tings depict close friends\, family members and his own life experiences. T he images take the form of the playing cards used in a Latin American game of chance that is similar to Bingo\, entitled La Lotería. As Carrillo state s\, “I grew up with the game and loved playing it. Each painting has its ow n story based on struggles encountered when crossing the border.”

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Like h is mentor Dan McCleary\, Emmanuel Galvez paints his subjects from life. His small still-lifes entitled Pan Dulce\, depict the unique color\, te xtures and shapes of traditional Mexican bakery goods. As Galvez recalls\, “I grew up eating them…each bread has a different story…I also discovered t hat the baking techniques were originally learned from the French.” Galvez’ s cookies\, breads and cakes sit on solid colored backgrounds complete with delicately painted crumbs. He is now an instructor at Heart of Los Angeles \, an after-school program for underserved and at-risk youth.

DTEND:20130413 DTSTAMP:20140711T204542 DTSTART:20130309 GEO:34.0276049;-118.4678444 LOCATION:Craig Krull Gallery\,Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Ave. Building B-3\nSanta Monica\, CA 90404 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:New Paintings\, Dan McCleary UID:261107 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130309T180000 DTSTAMP:20140711T204542 DTSTART:20130309T160000 GEO:34.0276049;-118.4678444 LOCATION:Craig Krull Gallery\,Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Ave. Building B-3\nSanta Monica\, CA 90404 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:New Paintings\, Dan McCleary UID:261108 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR