The Paramour’s Dilemma
Graduating in 2006 from the Masters program at the Intermedia School of Art at Arizona State University, Brooke Grucella's work combines her classic training with the influences of her upbringing in Southern California. Diverse sub-cultures, from Chicanos to Punk Skaters and Graffiti Street Art are at the core of her work. Graphic depiction of words paired with raw imagery. The content is current, intimate, shocking, inspiring and unsolicited. The Paramour’s Dilemma is a series of works representing an ongoing dialogue formed around resistance to expectation and perception. It is the space between wanting to dialogue and the frustrating refusal to converse. The confusion that develops within romantic, platonic, familial and social relationships influenced by macro-norms and how that translates into various forms of (mis)communication. Sex, gender, politics, depression, love, loss and social strata become characters within the series. The series documents the gray areas in between and examine the rigorous paradigms of what we think we know about each other.
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W.B. Fontenot graduated from the Art Institute of Seattle and then continued his studies in architectural photography in Florence, Italy, which became the subject for his early art exhibitions. While working at the Museum of American Culture he was responsible for making over 600 photographic prints for the museum, including a 1920’s collection that was shot on glass negatives. He has participated in gallery shows throughout the Northwestern United States as well as here in Los Angeles. His images have been printed in numerous magazines, including Playboy, where he was a key contributor.
Cella Gallery is a contemporary fine-art gallery whose focus is to discover and promote, nurture and support the careers of all of their emerging and mid-career artists. Cella Gallery works closely with the local arts community as well as with many arts groups around the Los Angeles area and beyond. Instrumental in the formation of the non-profit: The NoHo Arts Network, under which Cella Gallery has created The Emerging Art Project, Satellite Galleries, Hear NoHo as well as the North Hollywood Mural Project that will kick off this summer throughout the NoHo Arts District with the support of the NoHo BID and North Hollywood CRA.