Television and Fire

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Television and Fire
Curated by: Liza Mitchell

Various locations on or near Pine Ave
309 Pine Ave,
Long Beach, CA 90802
October 17th, 2009 - October 17th, 2009
Opening: October 17th, 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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"Television and Fire"


Jeff Nisbet and Johnny Andrew Gigliotti Bailik (Godfuel)



Curated by:

Liza Mitchell



Liza Mitchell 310-489-8998



Sept. 26th - October 29th 2009

Artist reception: Sat., Oct. 17th, 2009 6-9 PM

Preview: Sat, Sept. 26th 6-9 PM

2nd Saturday ArtWalk: Oct. 10th, 6-9 PM



309 Pine Avenue


Phantom Galleries LA Long Beach invites you to experience the imposing and vibrant paintings of Jeff Nisbet and Johnny Bailik (Godfuel). The themes of “Television and Fire” ignite the room with the two of the most culture changing inventions of humankind.  Join us to explore these talented artists’ exploration and interpretations. 


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Jeff Nisbet  Bio




Jeff Nisbet  Bio 


television’ is a body of work that deals with physical application processes, light projection, and aleatory operations. It focuses on the object quality of television. Juxtaposed are tiles drawn from commercial signage, emphasizing the social politics of the television as a network for consumerism. The tiles have been consciously situated to subvert an advertising message. The true chance occurrence is the smear.


Jeff Nisbet is as an artist and curator living and working in Long Beach. After graduating with a B.F.A. in painting from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in spring 2009, he moved to Long Beach and has recently taken up the position of curator at Sipology Galerie. Jeff has been showing in Honolulu for the last three years at the Loft Gallery, the Common’s Gallery, the University of Hawaii Main Gallery, Soullenz Gallery, bar35 Bar and Gallery, and The Manifest. He has had two solo shows at the Loft Gallery, located in Honolulu’s Chinatown District, and has performed twice in April of 2008 and 2009 at Art Mania using the innards of disused computers.







Johnny Andrew Gigliotti Bailik was born in the same steel town as the late Andy Warhol; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1989 he studied privately at the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts and in 1992 he moved to the Cleveland, Ohio area to attend the Nationally Accredited Bliss Hall School of Fine and Performing Arts. 


In 1994 Bailik organized with other fellow art students an Anti-Censorship exhibition which featured a lecture by Andres Serrano, most known for his photograph entitled "Piss Christ", as well as a speech by Dennis Barrie, who was the director of the Contemporary Arts Center of Cincinnati during the infamous Robert Mapplethorpe obscenity trial. In 1996 Bailik helped to organize a regionally legendary show entitled "Spectacle", a multi-media, collaborative, outdoor performance that contained everything from static art to interactive sculpture to extravagant performance art. 


Bailik's travels and life as an artist has also made it possible for him to meet such artists as Paul Jenkins, Dennis Oppenheim, Julian Schnabel, Ed Moses, Mark DiSuvero, Dennis Hopper, and Robert Rauschenberg to name a few, as well as to work with artists of varying degrees and aesthetics. 


Since 1991 Bailik's work has been primarily painting, but has also included sculpture, video, and installations. It has been displayed internationally in contemporary and modern museums, commercial galleries, and private collections. He has also won awards and grants in multi-media, video installation, and painting. Bailik moved to Los Angeles, California at the end of 1999. He states, "I have been profoundly affected by the 'City of Angels'. The energy, spirituality, diversity, the eclecticism of the culture and the land has altered my work dramatically. It is a beautiful time and place to explore." Johnny Bailik continues to live and work in his Venice studio. 





2000, 2003, 2004; J. Miletta Award in Painting 


1997; Stephen Stackhouse Memorial Award in Art


1996, 1997; Butler Institute of American Art Award


1994 - 1997; Florence Simon Beecher Art Grant


1993 - 1997; Bliss Hall Fine Art Scholarship


1993; John Mitchell Award in Design





1997; BFA (Painting), Bliss Hall, Youngstown, OH.


1992; Hoyt Institute of Fine Art, Pittsburgh, PA.





2009, Phantom Galleries LA., Long Beach, CA.

2009, T. Lambert Gallery, Cleveland, OH.

2008, Joined Medea Gallery, San Pedro, CA.

2007, Final Round Art Dubai, Dubai U.A.E.

2007, DCA Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.

2006, Group Show, The Brick House, Venice, CA.

2006, Group Show, Montagna Galleria, Rome, Italy

2005, DCA Gallery, Venice, CA.

2004, Joined DCA Gallery, Venice, CA.

2003, Group Show, Cleenewerck Group Show, Venice, CA.

2003, Group Show, T. Lambert Gallery, Cleveland, OH.

2001, Private Show, Curated by Kaat Cleenewerck, Venice, CA.

2001, Group Show, Montagna Galleria, Rome, Italy

2001, Solo Exhibit, Pergandy Gallery, Cleveland, OH.

2001; Solo Exhibit, T. Lambert Gallery, Cleveland, OH.

2000, Group Show, gallerie 119, Bruxelles, Belgium

1999; Solo Exhibit, T. Lambert Gallery, Cleveland, OH.

1998; Group show of selected Abstract Painting, T. Lambert Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA.

1998; Solo Exhibit, Pergandy Gallery, Cleveland, OH.

1997; Solo Exhibit, "The Dissolution Series", The Artists Guild, Warren, OH.

1997; "Collaborative Project", selected group, site specific installation, Cleveland, OH.

1997; Selected pieces from "The Dissolution Series", Cedar Gallery, Youngstown, OH.

1997; Senior Exhibition, McDonough Museum of Art

1997; Juried Exhibition, McDonough Museum of Art

1996; "Spectacle", a multi-media, collaborative, outdoor performance, Cleveland, OH.

1996; Juried Exhibition, McDonough Museum of Art

1995; Juried "Works on Paper", McDonough Museum of Art

1995; "D2" Group show, Cleveland, OH.

1994; Anti-Censorship Exhibit, Bliss Gallery, Youngstown, OH.

1994; Juried Exhibition, McDonough Museum of Art

1994; Juried "Works on Paper", McDonough Museum of Art

1993; Juried Exhibition, McDonough Museum of Art

1992; Hoyt Institute of Art, Pittsburgh, PA.

1991; Hoyt Institute of Art, Pittsburgh, PA.





2003; Ace Institute of Contemporary Art, Installations Preparator, Los Angeles, CA.


2000 - 2009; godfuel studios, Creative Director, Venice, CA.


1997; Gallery Preparator, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH.


1994 - 1997; Installations Coordinator, McDonough Museum of Art, Youngstown, OH.


1993 - 1996; "The Art Association" Officer, Cleveland, OH.





"Kunst en Culture" magazine - 2000


"Deze Week in Brussel" weekly newspaper - 2000


"The Art of Digital Imaging: Principles & Processes" by Jon Krasner 1998


"Pig Iron Press" publication featuring an article on Bailik’s work, which also covered work by Andres Serrano - 1994