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NEW THEME Gallery is proud to present DIFFRACTION\, an exhibit ion featuring works of Los Angeles artists Nick Aguayo\, Daniel Payavis\, Z ack Stadel and Beth Holden. Varying between painting\, sculpture and found images\, the work of these four artists engages with a dissemination of geo metric and physical forms\, and explores narrative techniques of reconstitu ting meaning.
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Ni ck Aguayo was raised near Palm Springs and received his MFA in Stu dio Art from the University of California at Irvine. His method of painting is grounded in his interest in abstraction\, and his diagrammatic works sh owcase the processes of their own creation. In his paintings\, shapes are c ontrived\, juxtaposed and then overlaid with a grid layout. Through such a process\, Aguayo's work seeks to create a dialogue between harmony and diss onance\, establishing moments that exist outside of a language of represent ation.
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\n< div style="font-family: Arial\,Helvetica\,sans-serif\;">Daniel Pa yavis was educated at the University of Texas\, Austin\, and moved to Los Angeles in 2011. His works on display involve a rigorous pursuit of the modernist form within a landscape of exuberant\, kitsch graphic design . Situating palm tree scenes as the backdrop to sober geometric lines\, his work creates the effect of European minimalism in the South American jungl e\, akin to Brasilia\, Brazil or the works of Oscar Niemeyer. These series of paintings reflect a lived-in architectural experience laden with emotion al or psychotropic elements\, creating a cohabitation of contrasting forms. \n

 

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Zack Stadel grew up in Portland\, Oregon and received his MFA in painting and scu lpture from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. His untitled seri es of irregular photographs are appropriated from pornographic imagery and presented in custom wooden frames. Through using the frame as an active age nt\, Stadel explores how formal subtraction can open familiar readings of e xplicit content to other narrative possibilities.
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Beth Holden is the principal of NEW THEME Inc\, a design-build architectural firm with a focus on sustainab le practices. Her work\, "OPEN STALL"\, is a conceptual installation of a f emale urinal\, a prototype for a bathroom fixture that still has no definit e form or mass appeal. Her sculpture renders transparent the difficulty in equating feminine and masculine forms\, not only anatomically\, but also wi thin the wider professional and aesthetic realm.
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NEW THEME Gallery will host the opening DIFFRACTION on Friday\, May 17 from 7PM to 10PM. The exhibition is curated by Darius Sabbaghzadeh and run s until July 13.

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