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Los Angeles—Sam Lee Gallery is pleased to present Screen\, a group exhibition about portraiture by John McGuire Olsen\, Scott Taylor\, and Carrie Yury.  Oil and acrylic paintings and color photographs will be on view.  The exhibition opens April 7 and closes May 12\, 2012\; the gallery will host a reception for the artists on Saturday\, April 7\, from 6 to 8 pm.< /p>\n

S creen brings together 3 Los Angeles-based artists whose current work de als with portraits. This exhibition looks at the human countenance as façad e\, a slate that reveals and also conceals.  Each artist employs the visage as a jumping off point.  John McGuire Olsen explores the tenuous role of t echnology in our lives vis-à-vis the computer screen.  Scott Taylor works i n portraiture as a genre that relates directly to art historical practices\ , always looking to the past as context for his own art making.  Carrie Yur y examines portraiture from a political stance\, challenging photography’s historical claim of excavating the real.

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Olsen’s Perfect Information< /i> series—its title a reference to game theory—consists of 20 oil and acry lic paintings that measure 3x3” or 4x4” in size and are displayed salon sty le.  Each human face is depicted in a tightly cropped and frontal manner.   It is semi-abstract\, caused by the reflections of data and grid-like shape s from video games on the computer monitor.  The portraits are fragmented\, exuding a sci-fi quality.  The series is a nod to our technologically obse ssed culture\, one that strives to achieve the seamless.

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Taylor presents 19 oil paintings of individual masks\, invented as well as tribal ones ori ginating from Native American\, African and Oceanic cultures.  In this seri es\, Taylor—inspired by artists such as George Condo\, Pablo Picasso and Ja mes Ensor—pays homage to painting history by focusing on the expressive way s in which the human face\, disguised as masks\, is depicted. Taylor revisi ts the traditional tropes of portraiture by using specific techniques and s tyles\, ranging from the gestural to the highly rendered\, the abstract to the primitive.  Installed next to each other in a horizontal fashion\, thes e masks resemble trophy heads—a comprehensive collection of caricatures tha t delights and frightens.

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Yury’s photographic series focuses on men and women who struggle to be reality television stars in Hollywood. Photographe d in these actors’ actual homes\, Yury’s portraits (framed as triptychs) ra ise questions about vulnerability\, exhibitionism\, dignity\, voyeurism and authenticity. The artist’s interest lies in exploring versions of the self .  For Yury\, what does looking at other people’s lives tell us about our o wn?  What happens when things that are considered private are exposed in th e public sphere?

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John McGuire Olsen holds a bachelor’s degree in fine art from UC Santa Cruz (2003) and is a recent recipient of t he Artists’ Resource for Completion Grant from The Durfee Foundation. His w ork has been shown in New York\, Miami and also Santa Cruz.

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A recent NY transplant\, Scott Taylor garnered a master’s degree in pa inting from Rutgers University (2002) and a bachelor’s degree from Savannah College of Art and Design (1998). Recent solo exhibitions were shown at V &\; A Gallery (New York) and Jersey City Museum (New Jersey)\; his paint ings have been in selected group exhibitions that include The Center For Bo ok Arts (New York)\, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco)\, and Contemporary Art Center (Cincinnati\, Ohio).

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Carrie Yury received her master’s degree in fine art from UC Irvine\, California in 2 006\, and her master’s degree in English from the University of Chicago\, I llinois in 1996\; in 1993\, Yury earned her bachelor’s degree with a double major in fine art and literature from UC Santa Cruz. Solo exhibitions were presented at Sam Lee Gallery in Los Angeles\, The Office in Huntington Bea ch\, California\, and Swallow Gallery in Chicago\, Illinois\; Yury’s work h as also been exhibited in recent group exhibitions at The California Museum of Photography in Riverside\, Cerritos College Art Gallery in Cerritos\, P itzer College in Claremont\, and University Art Museum in Long Beach\, Cali fornia.

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Digital images are available for press purposes. Please email sam@samleegallery.com< /a> for reproduction requests.

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