Open Gallery is proud to announce our first group exhibition, with the work of Louisa Van Leer, Jed Lind, and Jill Newman. We were drawn to associate the work of these three artists by what we saw as common themes of an architectural sensibility, and individual concepts of perspectives and space.
Louisa Van Leer is an artist and architect who lives in Los Angeles. Her multi-disciplinary practices spans sculpture, photography, installation, public art and architecture. Her newest photo-montages create intrigiuging ideas about advertising and the way people connect with these targeted projections. In this inspection, surreal elements begin to morph from these everyday advertising structures.
The work of Jed Lind investigates notions of time, travel and individual transcendence. A sculptor who also works in photography and film, his latest sculpture explores an iconic talisman and transformer of the North American landscape through its removal from tradition and its subsequent reinvention following WWII. Lind's deconstructed boat and architectural sculptures are the physical manifestations of a thought process that rejects conventional material culture and embraces an earth-centered ethic of recycling and ecological economy.
Jill Newman's practice addresses the psychological and political impact of architecture and urban landscape. Her current paintings and watercolors investigate improvised architecture in idiosyncratic pockets of Southern California. She presents these under appreciated structures as models of self-sufficiency and resourceful ingenuity. By rendering her subjects fantastical and idealized, she celebrates and preserves them, urging the viewer to consider their value and potential in a new way.
Exhibition will run July 05 through August 02, with an opening on Saturday July 05, from 7- 10pm