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© Susan Wechsler
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Even Steven, 2009 Assemblages 42 X 30" © LARK
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Independence, January 2010 Painting 19 X 24" © David Gardner
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April 24th, 2010 - May 29th, 2010
Opening: April 24th, 2010 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.affinitygalleries.com
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
west hollywood/b.h.
EMAIL:  
info@affinitygalleries.com
PHONE:  
323 829 2787 to Clark Direct
OPEN HOURS:  
11am to 4pm, Tuesday though Saturday and by appointment
TAGS:  
green mixed-media, art photography graffiti/street-art, conceptual, landscape, surrealism, abstract, figurative, modern, sculpture
COST:  
FREE

DESCRIPTION

Artists come across the ordinary realizing that they can make it extraordinary.  The concept was instigated with les objects trouvees in the last century.  Each of our exhibitions will examine some of these techniques in our time. You will find many of them to be particularly if not totally “green”.  The mosaics of siblings Anita Rosenberg and Susan Wechsler are classic examples of using broken china, glass, photographs and artifacts to create one of their 3D creations.  David Gardner shows us through his camera lens the “daily objects” transformed into striking photographs.  Using various elements of nature to saws Sonya Palencia takes us on a mysterious surreal journey. Larisa “Lark” Pilinsky lures us in with her paintings of Turner-like skies and memorabilia that she composes into powerful montages.  Steven Irvin is the transformer of clocks, table tops, hand made papers and wooden panels into art that seems musical with a great sense of space and composition. Ray Klausen. Brian Nieman takes vintage steel and transforms it into ethereal spiral and sphere sculptures transforms Polaroids into unique Mono-prints.

All the artists’ materials have a history all their own.  The secret is to transform that reality in something entirely, whether it be disparate parts that unite in a novel work of art, a painting that explores underlying elements of that which we perceive as reality or a photograph.  It is now common for the artist to “enter” the photo and manipulate it in spectacular ways. The sculptor sees the new in the old and in the bending, smelting, abrazing and a host of other techniques gives us these dimensions. We can walk through a veritable garden of forms that open, close, move and communicate.  The time that it takes us to do so is the fourth dimension of the artist. We are transformed and transfixed. Thus, the ordinary has become the extraordinary in both the art and ourselves.