About Face - A New Perspective on Photographic Portraiture

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About Face - A New Perspective on Photographic Portraiture
Curated by: Liz Gordon, Randi Kreeft

453 S. La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
April 9th, 2011 - May 10th, 2011
Opening: April 9th, 2011 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

323-939-4403 x6
Tuesday through Saturday 10am - 6pm
live-art photography mixed-media, artist talk, art walk, Miracle Mile, MMAW, MOPLA digital, installation, graffiti/street-art, performance, conceptual, pop, surrealism, figurative, modern, traditional


About Face

In conjunction with the Miracle Mile Art Walk and MOPLA (Month of Photography Los Angeles), The Loft at Liz’s proudly presents “About Face – A New Perspective on Photographic Portraiture”. This show includes an eclectic mix of facial and full body portraiture with elemental mixed media.

Featuring the works of 9 incredible artists, About Face puts a new twist on conventional photographic works – incorporating mixed media with traditional photographic portraiture.  This exhibit begins April 9th, 2011 and runs through May 10th, 2011. 

Our opening takes place from 7pm – 10pm on Saturday April 9th, 2011.  A casual chat with the exhibiting artists will coincide at The Loft at Liz’s in conjunction with the Miracle Mile Art Walk on Saturday April 16th from 4-5pm. 

Our featured artists include:
Aline Smithson
Ted Meyer
Anna Stump
Franklin Londin
Pascal Giacomini
Paula Kayne
Stéphane Tourné
Wahb Mabkhout
& Tim Sabatino

Aline Smithson features her “Whistler’s Mother” tribute series.  Following a most impressive career as a New York fashion editor, Aline discovered the family Rolleiflex and never looked back.  Her work has been featured in fine art galleries throughout the globe.  Her current photographic set features a whimsical homage to James McNeill Whistler’s iconic painting, featuring her own mother in a series of shots influenced by this classic American work of art.

Ted Meyer and Anna Stump will be featuring a live art session as part of their “Exploded Tattoo” series.  Models with prominent body art will have their tattoos expanded upon canvas backdrops.  This live session will take place Saturday April 9th during our exhibit opening.

Franklin Londin is a master of the third dimension.  With an amazing eye and an embrace of technology his interactive displays offer a stunning and rich visual feast.  His 3D photographic series’ capture light, emotion, movement and a moment in time as seen through his eyes (and a custom developed pair of Sony Cybershot cameras) all in the glorious third dimension.

Pascal Giacomini – Working Girls: “I travel throughout the Peruvian Amazon, and often find myself caught in the grip of surreal tropical cities.  I've met many wonderful people in that torrid place, and the working girls you are about to meet struck me on so many levels: their aesthetics, their aging process (graceful or not!), the issue of recycling--what we value and what we choose to discard; the way fashion is presented... I just had to photograph them.”

Paula Kayne – Top fashion photographer Paula Kayne takes a brief departure from photographing top models like Josie Maran and Adriana Lima. “In this series titled  "Au Naturel" I express the sensuality of the model morphing into the landscape by blending my photography with watercolors, acrylics and natural elements.”

Stéphane Tourné is world renowned for his work in fashion. He invites us to discover his vision of a current issue, treated in a simple and efficient manner: the Photographer presents nude bodies, sculpted and re-thought with consumption products.  This fusion between esthetic chic and real issues gives a trashy sensual feel that exposes fair trade in Africa.  He also exposes pollution due to plastic in a series of photographs where he crucifies, then frees up his models with plastic.

Wahb Mabkhout offers a celebration of the 40's and 50's portrait photography and the glamour divas he is mostly passionate about, such as Sophia Lauren, Marilyn Monroe and Betty Page. For this collection of portraits Wahb worked with eight curvaceous California models. “For my creative expressions, these full figured and incredibly beautiful women became my muses to become one of the advocates of the changes within the modeling and fashion industries to end the size zero era”.

Tim Sabatino paints from images he has captured through the Carl Zeiss lens of his Grandfather’s Exacta 35mm. Tim’s current fine art series of paintings is called “Mosaicos”.  Rich in texture, “Mosaicos” are mixed media paintings created in oils, embellished with precious stones, pearls, gold leaf, sterling silver, copper, bronze, Italian travertine stone, glass, and ceramic, creating totally unique 2 1/2 dimensional works of art.

For further media inquiries or artist information please contact:

Randi Kreeft, Gallery Director
The Loft at Liz’s
453 S. La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 939-4403 ext. 6