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Pulled together by sculptor and painter Michael Blasi\, these artists share a restrained sense of humor\, a carefully chosen color palette\, an affinity for the meditative\, and a g uarded relationship to representation. These are artists the world should b e seeing more of – they step out together here for a week at Artillery and Ammo Gallery in Echo Park.

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    Kelly E ginton\, a recent London transplant now based in San Diego\, builds up pict ures with lines\, sometimes ruler-drawn\, sometimes bent into seismo/cardio grams to form land and spacescapes. Her recent sculptural work conjures the fantasy world of an artist-cowboy on the trail\, bringing home the detritu s of the journey.  Dressed up with traditional art and hobby materials\, he r sculptures seek to explain western mythology to the universe. The landsca pe of her high-desert childhood informs heavily:  think pre-fab\, sun-baked aluminum siding and hot cloudless skies of 1970s and 80s Riverside County.

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Camilla Brannstrom\, Silverlake resid ent and Anaheim native – takes on a similar doodle-informed strategy.  Her small striped gouaches and quilt-like collages of colorful phone-doodled po st-its serve as private meditations in rhythms of color and line.  Both Cam illa and Kelly studied art in the Bay Area – Camilla at California College of Art in Oakland\, Kelly at the San Francisco Art Institute.

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Paul Evans\, of Hollywood by way of New York\, is w orking through a series of collaged works on paper. These drawings feature a central meditative character: an architectural personage featuring four s ets of xeroxed eyes (the eyes were appropriated from a catalog of dolls gea red for foster children). This character rests on a delicate scaffold of li nes in a quiet\, shallow space\, vulnerable and Buddha-like.  Paul studied painting at the School of Visual Arts in New York\, and currently curates t he gallery space at Happy\, in Hollywood.

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Michael Blasi\, Echo Park native\, is working through his own series: p ainted paper mache rock-like sculptures he calls “psychedelic suiseki”. The se sculptures take the tradition of Chinese and Japanese “viewing stones” a s a jumping off point. Michael’s sculptural forms and paintwork relay the c ontorted curves of metamorphic\, water-carved geology with the circuitous l ine of his imagination.  Michael also teaches art as a traveling teacher to elementary students for Los Angeles Unified School District.  Michael stud ied art at Purchase Collage\, State University of New York.

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DTEND:20100417 DTSTAMP:20140710T054713 DTSTART:20100410 GEO:34.0768388;-118.2610755 LOCATION:Artillery & Ammo Gallery\,1162 Glendale Blvd. \nEcho Park \, CA 90 026 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Steppin' Out\, Michael Blasi\, Camilla Brannstrom\, Kelly Eginton\, Paul W. Evans UID:101094 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20100410T000000 DTSTAMP:20140710T054713 DTSTART:20100410T190000 GEO:34.0768388;-118.2610755 LOCATION:Artillery & Ammo Gallery\,1162 Glendale Blvd. \nEcho Park \, CA 90 026 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Steppin' Out\, Michael Blasi\, Camilla Brannstrom\, Kelly Eginton\, Paul W. Evans UID:101095 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR