Plastic Prophets of Vinyl Redemption

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Belinda and friends bear witness to the Second Coming, 2010 Photography 26.5 X 17" © ©2010 John Purlia
Plastic Prophets of Vinyl Redemption
Curated by: Melissa Inez Walker

317 E Grand Ave
Escondido, CA 92025
February 14th, 2009 - March 7th, 2009
Opening: February 14th, 2009 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Other (outside main areas)
Tues - Fri 10-6, Sat 12 - 5
photography, digital, installation, video-art, pop, surrealism, figurative, modern



Distinction Gallery Presents:

“Plastic Prophets of Vinyl Redemption” 

A unique pop-culture explosion featuring work by John Purlia that runs from February 14th – March 7th.

Distinction Gallery is dedicated to their goal of exposing the top talents in contemporary arts to the southern California region by hosting an adventurous showing entitled “Plastic Prophets of Vinyl Redemption”. Artist John Purlia explores various narratives through the photographs of his diorama’s that celebrate the toys and imagery of our pop culture past. The artist himself will be attending the opening reception on Saturday, February 14th from 6-11 PM and will be on hand to answer questions and discuss his work. Wine, chocolates and live music by Bogenville will highlight this opening reception. Be sure to check out the limited edition custom flipbooks that will available at this showing.


The entire “Plastic Prophets of Vinyl Redemptoion” exhibition will be available for viewing through Saturday, March 7th. Distinction Gallery will also be featuring the “Sub 1K” Gallery with works priced for less than $1000 featuring renowned artists from around the world. “The Alley” will show an additional 200 works of art. All in addition to the 14 artist studios featuring 19 local artists that are always open to the public. Also, please feel free browse our new collection of art books and toys we have for purchase and don’t hesitate to inquire about Distinction’s custom framing services. 


“It is never too late to be what you might have been”


John Purlia was a man with no camera. Most of his adult life was spent without one. But it was this image capturing device that would most profoundly shape his artistic directions. His first forays into the world of photography produced competent but ordinary results. But in 2004, according to the artist himself, a muse rode in on a beam of moonlight and inspired John to explore his childhood love of toys, vinyl records and found objects.