Show #2

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Glendale and Sunset, 2006 Photo Montage Diptych 29"X39" Each © 2006 Louisa Van Leer
Close to Home, 2008 Oil On Canvas © 2008 Jill Newman
Untitled (detail), 2008 Grumman Canoe © 2008 Jed Lind
Show #2
Curated by: Kamil Beski, Sam Mellon

6375-B N. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90042
July 5th, 2008 - August 2nd, 2008
Opening: July 5th, 2008 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

eagle rock/highland park
323 982 9461
Fridays, Saturdays Noon- 6pm (until 9pm on the second Saturday of the month)


Open Gallery is proud to announce our first group exhibition, with the work of Louisa Van Leer, Jed Lind, and Jill Newman. We were drawn to associate the work of these three artists by what we saw as common themes of an architectural sensibility, and individual concepts of perspectives and space. Louisa Van Leer is an artist and architect who lives in Los Angeles. Her multi-disciplinary practices spans sculpture, photography, installation, public art and architecture. Her newest photo-montages create intrigiuging ideas about advertising and the way people connect with these targeted projections. In this inspection, surreal elements begin to morph from these everyday advertising structures. The work of Jed Lind investigates notions of time, travel and individual transcendence. A sculptor who also works in photography and film, his latest sculpture explores an iconic talisman and transformer of the North American landscape through its removal from tradition and its subsequent reinvention following WWII. Lind's deconstructed boat and architectural sculptures are the physical manifestations of a thought process that rejects conventional material culture and embraces an earth-centered ethic of recycling and ecological economy. Jill Newman's practice addresses the psychological and political impact of architecture and urban landscape. Her current paintings and watercolors investigate improvised architecture in idiosyncratic pockets of Southern California. She presents these under appreciated structures as models of self-sufficiency and resourceful ingenuity. By rendering her subjects fantastical and idealized, she celebrates and preserves them, urging the viewer to consider their value and potential in a new way. Exhibition will run July 05 through August 02, with an opening on Saturday July 05, from 7- 10pm