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Sam Lee Gallery is pleased to presen t Clusterfubar\, a solo exhibition by Los Angeles- based artist Darren Hostetter. This show marks the artist ’s 2nd solo exhibition at the gallery\, and opens October 30 and closes De cember 11.  The gallery will host a reception for the artist on Saturday\, November 6\, from 6 to 9 p.m. Other Chinatown galleries such as The Box\, The Company\, Charles James\, L2kontemporary\, Sabina Lee\, and Pepin Moo re will also extend their hours that same evening.
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Clus terfubar as a word does not exist in the English dictionary. Los Angeles-b ased artist Darren Hostetter uses this invented title\, part word and part acronym\, as a moniker to describe our current socio-political climate.

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In his 2nd solo exhibition\, the artist offers his latest ser ies of 25 paintings that focuses on the all-encompassing industry of war\, exploring conflicting cultural ideologies through the depiction of low- v ersus high-technological weaponry. Systems of devastation and surveillance such as suicide vests\, improvised explosive devices\, laser and GPS-gui ded missiles\, submarines\, helicopters and unmanned aerial satellites and cameras take center stage. Hostetter’s paintings juxtapose renderings of modern day weaponry with color field backgrounds\, often in repeated\, gra phic patterns that border on abstract compositions seen from afar.< /p>\n

C lusterfubar 2 [the new\, more fashionable vests] (2010)\, a 16-by-23 i n. acrylic on aircraft aluminum painting\, depicts a myriad of suicide ves ts floating amidst a tan-colored space\; each vest is fashioned in western designer labels\, reminiscent of Chanel and LV handbags. Here\, Hostetter pokes fun at the conventional perception of an opposing culture that hate s western ideologies but loves western fashion. In Clusterfubar 11 [we have everything under control]\, a light blue 20-by-24 in. painting po rtrays a column of interconnecting surveillance cameras suspended in the a ir by a large balloon\; 4 similar formations of cameras are positioned in the background\, creating an ominous and ambiguous narrative. What are the se devices guarding and inspecting? Who’s operating them? On another level \, the cameras are strung up\, as if for sale in the same manner in which automobiles with attention grabbing balloons are offered on a lot to poten tial buyers. Hostetter’s paintings elicit multiple readings\, never provid ing only one answer and always posing questions.

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Hostetter earned his Master of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting in 2006 and his Bachelor of Fi ne Arts in Illustration in 1991 from Cal State University Long Beach. He h as had numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Los Angeles\, New Yo rk\, and Paris. Recent shows include OsCene 2010: Contemporary Art and C ulture in OC at Laguna Art Museum and Mass Emergencies and Flying Ma chine at Angels Gate Cultural Center.

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Digital images are available f or press purposes.  Please email (sam@samleegallery.com) for reproduction requests.< /p>\n

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DTEND:20101211 DTSTAMP:20141002T013446 DTSTART:20101030 GEO:34.0669911;-118.2371477 LOCATION:Sam Lee Gallery\,990 N. Hill Street #190 \nLos Angeles\, CA 90012 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Clusterfubar \, Darren Hostetter UID:131470 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20101030T210000 DTSTAMP:20141002T013446 DTSTART:20101030T180000 GEO:34.0669911;-118.2371477 LOCATION:Sam Lee Gallery\,990 N. Hill Street #190 \nLos Angeles\, CA 90012 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Clusterfubar \, Darren Hostetter UID:131471 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR