Barbara West at the Brewery
620 Moulton Ave #110 . Los Angeles . California . 90031
For Immediate Release
Contact Teale Hatheway
Anna Stump, Kevin Rolly, Ted Meyer, Kimberly Zsebe
March 16 – May 11, 2013
Opening Wednesday, March 20, 8 - 10 pm
Barbara West at the Brewery is pleased to present ICON, a group exhibition featuring works by Kimberly Zsebe, Kevin Rolly, Ted Meyer and Anna Stump. The works included in this show represent an assortment of reactions to biblical themes. Please join us for the opening on Wednesday, March 20th from 8 – 10 pm.
“Sexy Jesus” is a series of oil on canvas portraits of actors who have portrayed Jesus in popular media. Stump’s intention is to explore how the image of Jesus is marketed to young people in a confused projection of religious and carnal love. Stump is also fascinated that the image of Jesus has changed so little over the centuries, and by how Christianity uses portraiture to manipulate religious doctrine, compared to the absence of such imagery in the other monotheistic religions. The power of a painting of Christ continues to resonate, due in part to the rich history of religious art-making, and to the inability of a photograph to encompass our feelings about who Jesus was and is.
Kevin Rolly, a Los Angeles artist and Brewery resident, presents his evocative and deeply moving works based upon often untold Old Testament stories. His works, which he calls "Oilgraphs," are a painstaking mixed-media technique which blends traditional film and dark-room prints with oil paint and other media. The works are immediately arresting for their honesty, attesting to his theatrical skill in casting, costuming and staging all of the scenes in his studio. Rolly says of his subject matter, "Regardless of whether people believe the stories to be true or not, they reveal our broken human story intersecting with the divine and supernatural. They are us, and maybe more now than ever before."
During the last election, Ted suffered through interview after interview of people claiming that they, as Bible readers and true believers, were morally superior to "godless liberals and atheists." So Ted read some of those Bible stories and thought he would illustrate a few of the more questionable passages. Turns out ancients had some pretty violent and kinky tendencies.
Zsebe’s Icon work combines her love of philosophical questioning and her dedication to traditional methods of painting. Fun and provocative, familiar yet fresh, these paintings lead the viewer into a dialogue that compares the sanctity of religion to our modern day consumerism.
Barbara West at the Brewery is a series of rotating exhibitions taking place at Barbara’s, the restaurant/bar hidden in the heart of the Brewery Arts Complex. The Brewery is considered the world’s largest live-work arts complex with an estimated 500 resident and day-use artists representing every field of creation. Barbara’s provides a welcoming environment for artists, art lovers, musicians, writers and business people to meet, exchange ideas and cut a little loose. As a curatorial project, Barbara West at the Brewery provides a forum for resident and non-resident artists who are actively pursuing creative development. Additional information about Barbara West at the Brewery can be found by visiting us on ArtSlant.com.
Directions: From North Main Street, turn South onto Moulton Avenue. Turn left into the second driveway on the left, onto the Brewery property. Barbara's is the yellow building directly ahead of you with the neon "open" sign. Parking is free.