Angels Gate Cultural Center presents two solo shows that feature the works of Frank Minuto in a little show for sara and Harold Plople in American Characters for our first show of the new year opening on January 30, 2011 from 2- 4pm.
For the past 5 years, Frank Minuto collaborated with the model and former ballerina Sara Streeter to create a body of work that explores various emotional psyches within settings such as 50s Las Vegas show girls, Persian harlots and Parisian Cafs. Minutos work reveals the intimate life of different personas as well as illustrate the close relationship that often develops between artist and muse through drawings, photographs and paintings. The vanity Minuto used in the 50s Las Vegas series will be set up in the gallery for visitors to photograph themselves much in the same way Minuto photographed and painted Sara in his studio.
Harold Plople writes portraits are like the man in the New Testament Scripture who looks at himself in the mirror and almost immediately forgets what he looks like. In his series entitled American Characters, his portraits are of men that have defined the American landscape over the last 200 years. The paintings are dark and luminous as faces emerge through loose and quick brush strokes to reveal the content of the character behind the story many of us are already familiar with from folklore and school.
Together, both exhibitions address the larger narrative of the human condition through the depiction of power, mystique, fantasy and inevitably our frailties. The shows are located in Building A and will run until April 15, 2011. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11am 5pm.