Barbara West at the Brewery
620 Moulton Ave #110 . Los Angeles . California . 90031
For Immediate Release
Contact Teale Hatheway
February 4 – March 17, 2012
Opening Wednesday, February 8, 7 - 10 pm
Barbara West at the Brewery is pleased to present “Mr. Sandman,” a selection of sculptures by Sean Sobczak in which themes of nature, fantasy and technology coalesce into surreal studies of form, fun and discovery.
Sandman, Sobczak’s occasional moniker, is a character from western folklore who brings good dreams to children by sprinkling sand in their eyes while they sleep. This name has proven an apt pseudonym for the artist who discovered his life calling toward sculpture in the summer of 2001 while attending his first Burning Man art festival in the middle of the Black Rock Dessert in Nevada. The boundless creativity with which he found himself surrounded incited in him a drive to create, and create he has: with a fervor that takes him working late into the nights, his warehouse door rolled up, and his sparkly universe of friendly creatures beckoning to any and all passers-by. In sharing the inspiration he wrought from the dust-covered festival over a decade ago, Sobczak has become a Sandman himself; a puppeteer sprinkling the dust of his dreams into the sleeping eyes of onlookers.
Using a combination of steel wire, imported fabrics and various forms of illumination, Sobczak uses delicate curves, rich textures and warm colors to infuse his pieces with a gentle, dreamlike surrealism, encouraging the viewer to experience his sultry forms and natural wonders with a sense of childlike awe.
Barbara West at the Brewery is a series of rotating exhibitions, developed by Teale Hatheway, taking place at Barbara’s, the restaurant/bar hidden in the heart of the Brewery Arts Complex. The Brewery is considered the world’s largest live-work arts complex with an estimated 500 resident and day-use artists representing every field of creation. Barbara’s provides a welcoming environment for artists, art lovers, musicians, writers and business people to meet, exchange ideas and cut a little loose. As a curatorial project, Barbara West at the Brewery provides a forum for resident and non-resident artists who are actively pursuing creative development. Additional information about Barbara West at the Brewery can be found by visiting us on ArtSlant.com.
Directions: From North Main Street, turn South onto Moulton Avenue. Turn left into the second driveway on the left, onto the Brewery property. Barbara's is the yellow building directly ahead of you with the neon "open" sign. Parking is free.