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Criss-Cross: New Gouache Paintings by William Conger< /p>\n

Psychedelic Suiseki: Sculpture by Michael Blasi

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Frid ay February 5 - Sunday March 28\, 2010

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Opening Reception: Friday\, February 5\, 6-10pm

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HAPPY is pleased to present the renowned Chicago artist William Conger in his first-ever Los Angeles solo exhibition.  The esteemed artist will offer intimate goua che works that further investigate his trademark abstract style.  In a care er that spans over 50 years\, Conger continues to incorporate an eclectic v ocabulary that is both hard-edged and biomorphic\, static and yet sensual.  Electric snapshots that upon initial inspection are quite abstract slowly morph into dense landscapes gone slightly awry.  These bravura works seem a t home in Los Angeles speaking to our traffic-ridden and stress-polluted lives\; yet C onger quietly reminds us how to cope.  We are treated to his vision and to a technique that conveys how the most rich and delicious imagery can be pro foundly touching. Conger’s career confirms a life of serious investigation based on the pure act of creating.  William Conger lives and works i n Chicago\, is professor emeritus at Northwestern University\, and is a recipie nt of both the Illinois Arts Council Grant (2008) and a Pollock-Krasner Gra nt (2008-09).  Recent one person exhibitions include a 1958-2008 retrospect ive at the Chicago Cultural Center and Roy Boyd Gallery\, Chicago in 2009.  His works are in major collections including the Museum of Contemporary A rt\, Chicago\, Art Institute of Chicago\, Illinois State Museum\, Smart Museum at the University of Chicago\, Reader ’s Digest Collection\, NY\, Portland Museum\, Portland\, OR\, Wichita Art M useum\, Wichita\, KS\, IBM Corporation\, Atlanta\, GA and numerous other public and private collections.  Upcoming projects incl ude a solo exhibition at the Union League Club of Chicago and group exhibit ions at the DePaul University Art Museum\, Chicago\, IL\, Printworks Gallery\, Chicago\, IL and the Lubeznik Center f or the Arts\, Michigan City\, IN.  He is represented in Chicago by Roy Boyd Gallerywww.williamconger.com

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 In our project room we feature recent sculpture by < b>Michael Blasi.  Blasi’s bulbous sculptures\, based on scholar’s rocks or “suiseki”\, start from the artist’s 2 dimensional doodles and grow into hyper-active meditation objects.  Blasi’s generous use of color envelopes his delicately hand-crafted objects that hang freely or sit\, firmly plante d.  They are tenderly stoic\, romantic laments that gently celebrate life a nd love while confronting and comforting the viewer in their sublime eccent ricity.  Blasi received his BFA from Purchase College\, State University of New York and participated in the G lasgow School of Art Student Exchange Program. He was born and raised in Los Angeles a nd currently teaches art for the LAUSD. www.michaelblasi.com

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