La Linea -- The Line

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La Linea -- The Line

131 N. Avenue 50
Los Angeles, CA 90042
May 12th, 2007 - June 2nd, 2007
Opening: May 12th, 2007 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

eagle rock/highland park
Tues-Thurs 10-4; Sat-Sun 10-4; or by appointment


The use of line is the dominant element in the work of two masters of Mexican Art, Armando Brito and Ramses Noriega. Both Brito and Noriega are presented in an exclusive two-man exhibit of their newest work entitled “La Linea -- the Line”.

Each artist demonstrates their mastery of line drawing but not simply to describe nor separate objects and forms but rather to suggest a point moving through space that guides the viewer into the profundity of recesses and levels of the work’s surface. At times the line leaps as it spans distances until it evolves into a gestural dance along the edges of a face, a color or an animal.

Armando Brito has studied with Mexican masters Jose Luis Cuevas and Roger Von Gunten. His long list of exhibits includes shows of his work in Switzerland, Mexico City, Oaxaca, Wilmington, Delaware, Houston, Miami, Cortes, Colorado and Los Angeles. Roger Von Gunten has said about Brito that “... (He) is a painter-poet like no other. He has been able to capture and to transmit on the surface of his drawings and paintings, the sensation of the profound.”

Ramses Noriega, a native of Sonora, Mexico has a long and distinguished exhibition history that includes shows in Berlin, Paris, London, Mexico City, New York, San Diego, and now Los Angeles. He has exhibited his work alongside Mexican masters such as Cuevas, Rojo, Tamayo and Toledo. The writer Andres Montoya says of Noriega’s work, “His line, whether architectonic or fluid, always seems to slash, violently or softly, at the heart, exposing the fears and battles or loves of life”.

Both artists have developed their artwork along the lines of 20th century Mexican Humanism, echoed in the work of Jose Clemente Orozco and Jose Luis Cuevas, and where both revolutionary, rhetoric and abstraction have been subordinated to a descriptive probing of cultural beliefs, the human psyche and social conditions.