Over EIGHTY contemporary artists have been assembled for TEL-ART-PHONE, a unique art exhibition that investigates the creative process. Mimicking the children’s game of “Telephone”, the work of one artist was lent to another artist to inspire a new artwork. The resulting piece was then passed on to another artist who had no idea what the first artwork looked like. Down the line this was repeated and the results will be displayed, in order in the show.
Artists from diverse mediums are in the show. From abstract painter Michael Salerno to the master of LowBrow realism Robert Williams. Mid-Century master George Herms shares the walls with assemblage artist Sean Duffy. A drawing by Lisa Adams is transformed by painter Yolanda Gonzalez. Will painter Andy Moses rise to the occasion when he inherits a sculpture by Maura Bendett, itself based on work inspired by both a paper drawing by Leigh Salgado and a painting by Suzanne Williams??? Can Illustration legend Coop improve upon a Dave Naz nude? Can Pop Surrealist Anthony Ausgang actually influence the political leanings in the art of Amitis Motevalli? These and other dichotomous combinations are assembled in TEL-ART-PHONE. Curator Mat Gleason has brought together the closest thing to an illustration of the creative process that can be experienced short of actually going inside of a leading artist’s brain. Established art stars and emerging forces all show up and interact. From Tim Biskup and Ray Beldner to Rosalind McGary and Pierre Picot, artists have been turning out pictures for this show every two weeks since January. Come see 80 contemporary masterpieces each based on the one created before it.
TEL-ART-PHONE Participating Artists –
Lisa Adams, Suzanne Adelman, Anthony Ausgang, Vicki Barkley, Ray Beldner, Sharon Bell, Maura Bendett, Lynne Berman, Lili Bernard, Tim Biskup, Ilana Bloch, Justin Bower, Mark Brandvik, Bill Brewer, Wini Brewer, Sky Bruchard, Rude Calderon, Gary Callahan, Lavialle Campbell, Coop, Alex Couwenberg, Sean Duffy, Martin Durazo, Val Echavarria, Carol Es, Ruben Esparza, Roni Feldman, Carlee Fernandez, Barbara Fritsche, Yolanda Gonzalez, Gronk, Doug Harvey, George Herms, Anneke Hiatt, Iva Hladis, Virginia Katz, Barbara Kerwin, Richard Kessler, Mark Kostabi, Catherine Leach, Laura London, Vito LoRusso, Stevie Love, Leora Lutz, Michael Maas, Kara Maria, Gregory Martin, Rosalind McGary, Antonio Mendoza, Steph Mercado, Rick Monzon, Andy Moses, Amitis Motevalli, Dave Naz, Jonas Olsson, Joe O'Neill, Claudia Parducci, Christopher Pate, Josh Petker, Pierre Picot, William Rabe, Stu Rappeport, Michael Salerno, Leigh Salgado, Alex Schaefer, Joan Sebastian, Veronica Soto, Laurie Steelink, Gina Stepaniuk, Audrey Stommes, Mike Street, Sharon Suhovy, Adam Teraoka, Lava Thomas, Juan Thorp, Mike Vegas, Robert Williams, Suzanne Williams, Lisa Worksman, Tim Youd.
Mat Gleason, Critic-as-Curator is the founder of "Coagula Art Journal," contributes to the "Huffington Post," and is a well-established personality in the Los Angeles art scene.
Co-Curators: Maria Bjorkdahl, Charity Burnett, Lavialle Campbell, Victoria Corradi, Lester P. Grant, Neil Gitnick, Shizuko Greenblatt, Virginia Katz, Dominic Quagliozzi, and Anita Ray.