Tami Demaree, Dewey Ambrosino, John Tottenham

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Tami Demaree, Dewey Ambrosino, John Tottenham

1923 S. Santa Fe Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90021
July 7th, 2012 - August 11th, 2012
Opening: July 7th, 2012 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

downtown/east la
Wed-Sat 10-5; Sun 12-4
mixed-media, installation, conceptual, modern, sculpture


Rosamund Felsen Gallery is pleased to present three solo shows featuring works by Dewey Ambrosino, Tami Demaree, and John Tottenham. The show includes works in painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, and installation. Each artist will occupy one of our three gallery spaces, presenting viewers with a diversity of content.

Dewey Ambrosino’s installations and interventions contemplate the gap between language and experience, relaying the uncanny affect of something felt in the body, but which remains evasive of any convenient description in language. Often in his investigations, two disparate fields of culture are simultaneously presented, proposing that viewers reconsider the means by which certain practices are made to be more significant than others. Existing paradoxically, both as serious contemplations and humorous juxtaposition, as both intellectual critique and experiential situation, Ambrosino’s environments have overwhelmed the senses in previous installations with a remarkable economy of projected light and sound.

Tami Demaree appropriates images with seemingly divergent functions: sex and education. Reclaiming the colonial epithet Savages as her title, Demaree's series of collages, prints, and bricolage sculptures re-contextualize both the soft-core sex objects of Playboy and the mainstream image of otherness presented in National Geographic. In her collages, agency for the subjects is proposed as a possibility through the remixing of identities: by donning these Polynesian masks, the Playboy centerfolds become not only shawomen within the framework of the image, but also analogies for the reversal of colonialism and its projects. Antithetically positioned, the colonizing gaze of French impressionist painter Paul Gaugin and his mythos in Polynesia begins to unravel.

Self-declared “failed visionary,” poet, and painter John Tottenham will be showing a series of drawings and paintings. A central cluster of hastily made ink drawings, presumably of disused vernacular architecture, are scrawled with overwrought and emphatic text. Paintings excerpted from two distinct, but related series, begin to edge in at the periphery of this central grouping of drawings. The first series continues in the vein of disused (or rendered useless) spaces — empty streets of a monochrome small-town stand filled with sunlight as shadows stretch across main street. Bucolic clouds (the kind that children can imagine as animals) are fixed between formations, stuck at the moment of metamorphosis. At the extremities are excerpts from his Walker series, which depicts female nudes in sun-drenched rooms, half standing and half on the verge of collapse. As though catching these subjects mid-sentence, Tottenham disrupts (or perhaps in his terms, fails to meet) the expectations of a contemporary figurative painting practice.

Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday, July 7, from 5-7 pm
For more information, please call the gallery: (310) 828-8488
Gallery Hours: 10 am – 5:30 pm, Tuesday – Saturday