LeBasse Projects presents:
"The Golden Record"
A Solo Exhibition by Blaine Fontana
In the Project Room:
“Collateral Damage” by Thomas Doyle
April 24th – May 29th, 2009
Opening reception: Saturday, April 24th, 7pm-10pm
Los Angeles, CA - LeBasse Projects is excited to present, The Golden Record, an exhibition of new works from Portland based artist Blaine Fontana. In this anticipated solo exhibition, Fontana returns to the gallery scene after a nearly three year hiatus from showing.
The show is titled after the Golden Records placed on the Voyager spacecraft sent across the universe in 1977. The sets of gold and copper plated records contain sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth and are intended for any intelligent extraterrestrial life form who may find them. Fontana’s series of paintings are set to portray a snapshot of humanity and history of humans on Earth. The show will have a strong focus on humanity and its inherited argument between beauty and tragedy.
After an extremely successful few years showing in galleries from Los Angeles to Philadelphia, Fontana took a hiatus from exhibitions to focus on his commercial work and developing his conceptual process as an artist. Reinvigorated by the robust art scene in Portland, Oregon, Fontana has been working on The Golden Record for almost a year and is looking to show collectors a more serious and mature body of work.
About Blaine Fontana:
Blaine Fontana graduated from OTIS College of Art and Design in with a BFA in Communication Art/Design. He finished at the top of his class with the “Best in Show” award that is presented upon Graduation and has since shown extensively in galleries internationally. In addition to his gallery work Fontana has worked commercially for companies as diverse as Keep A Breast, Ocean Pacific, SCION, Toyota, KID ROBOT and NIKE.
Opening in our Project Room, LeBasse Projects presents Thomas Doyle's first Los Angeles solo show. Doyle's work mines the debris of memory through the creation of intricate worlds sculpted in 1:43 scale and smaller. Often sealed under glass, the works depict the remnants of things past - whether major, transformational experiences, or the quieter moments that resonate loudly throughout a life.
For 'Collateral Damage,' Doyle continues to explore the impact of memory through his Distillation Series. Based on the premise that a personality can be distilled down to certain key formative events, the work in this series centers on the home and family life. Doyle begins with this safe, archetypal space, then distorts reality through a warped and dreamlike lens, in much the same way the mind recalls events through the fog of time. The result is a world where houses are inverted, earth crumbles away, and people sink into the ground - all trapped under glass and frozen in time.
About LeBasse Projects:
LeBasse Projects is a contemporary art gallery committed to showcasing the talents of a select group of international artists. Since opening its doors in Los Angelesʼ Culver City Arts District in 2007, LeBasse highlights emerging talent and is focused on developing the careers of a select group including Yoskay Yamamoto, Blaine Fontana, Herakut, Nate Frizzell, Edwin Ushiro, Andrew Hem, Melissa Haslam, Alexandros Vasmoulakis, Thomas Doyle, Morgan Slade and more.
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