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Los Angeles\, CA - Sam Lee Gallery and co-curator P aul W. Evans are pleased to present Cries &\; Whispers\, a group exhibition of 15 diverse artists whose practice centers on abstracti on. Included in the exhibition are Jakob Christmas\, William Cong er\, Jeff Gambill\,Glenn Goldberg\, Joanne Greenbaum\, Hadley Holliday\, Andy Kolar\, Andrew Masullo\, < b>Douglas Melini\, Robin Mitchell\, John Pearson\, Car l Smith\, Andrew Spence\, Misato Suzuki\, and Laura Sh arp Wilson. The gallery will host a reception for the artists on Saturd ay\, April 23\, from 6 to 9 pm.

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What makes paintin g a cry and what makes painting a whisper? Or could a painting be both? Cri es and Whispers—not a survey show by any means—probes these questions and l ooks at abstraction from a multi-faceted perspective\, exploring the differ ent ways in which visual devices are employed. The utilization of line\, co lor\, content and form is paramount. Each artist brings his or her own sign ature method to this genre through various strategies and ideas. Such notio ns intersect throughout the show\, creating an engaging dialogue among the pieces. These works honor the solitary journey of art-making and the longin g for communication.

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Jakob Christmas distill s imagery to its essence by making straightforward paintings that strip awa y the superfluous to focus on the mystery of meaning.

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William Conger has devoted himself to the exploration of form and matter with the subconscious\, utilizing the techniques of pure abstractio n to convey psychological metaphors.

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Jeff Gambil l’s Zen-like paintings stem from the intangible and the peripheral\, ge ntly conveying the transience of such moments as a fading memory or a refle ction in a pond.

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Glenn Goldberg’s pointillis t\, floral shapes dance in a Morse-like code of brightly-colored voltage on the picture plane.

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Joanne Greenbaum’s wild\ , witty and wicked paintings celebrate the self at its idiosyncratic best\, unabashedly pushing the limits of painting with her signature style of fre netic lines and psychedelic colors.

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Hadley Holli day uses graceful gestures and sophisticated palette to create light wa shes on canvas that are at once quiet and grand.

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< b>Andy Kolar’s intimate\, painted cardboard floor sculptures elevate ba nal materials and lure the viewer with sensual colors and biomorphic\, Play -Doh-like shapes.

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Andrew Masullo’s humorous works wink at the viewer but are unapologetically steeped in painting’s ri ch history\, wildly combining brash color with the artist’s library of icon ic forms.

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Douglas Melini’s hard edge paintin gs are graphic\, deliberate and alluring where colors and shapes are used f or psychologically dizzying effect.

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Robin Mitche ll’s intricate gouache paintings on paper emanate great energy and ligh t\; they explode with radiant forms that are abstract yet referential\, met aphorically portraying the artist as the illuminated self.

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John Pearson’s seductive\, painted sculptures/sculptural pai ntings convey a serene beauty while touching on the fragility of existence through his careful employment of color and line.

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< b>Carl Smith combines intricate lines with soft colors to create spiral ing diagrams that make the unknown immanent and map the quest for spirtual spaces.

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Andrew Spence’s sly\, hard edge pai ntings question traditional perceptions of perspective by challenging 2 dim ensional surfaces with 3 dimensional illusions.

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Misato Suzuki’s acrylic paintings depict a world that oscillates betwe en the representational and the abstract\, in which repetition of lines and shapes exude an appearance of complexity and expansion.

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Laura Sharp Wilson crafts complex\, apocalyptic visions by int erweaving cartoon\, calligraphy and cartography into an explosive mixture o f personal landscapes and dark narratives.

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Digital images are available for press purposes. Please email sam@samleegallery.com for reproductio n requests.

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