Human Fly

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Human Fly, 2006 Acrylic On Canvas Board 18"/14"
Human Fly

446 S. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
November 11th, 2008 - December 7th, 2008
Opening: December 5th, 2008 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

downtown/east la
Wed. - Sat. 12-7pm
mixed-media, figurative




Human Fly

11 November - 7 December, 2008

Reception on Friday, 5 December, from 7-10 PM


SWITCH Gallery is pleased to present Human Fly, an exhibition of works by three Los Angeles based artists, Fabiana Pigna, Jim Gentry, and Annie Terrazzo. Each artist’s work features an element of feminine portraiture crossed with their distinct choices of media and personal aesthetic.


The works of Fabiana Pigna are initially inspired mainly by old cartoon characters of damsels and mythological figures that she finds in books and magazines. As her process evolves, factors like fashion, politics and society play an important role in the outcome and choice of materials. Her paintings are portraits of women that are somewhat taken by an unknown entity and have a sense of constant longing and need. It ranges from hate and discomfort to melancholy and unfound love. Pigna was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela and will often link her images with references to South and Central American cultures, whether lyrics from songs, old sayings, customs or superstitions.


Jim Gentry’s work merges the threads and textures of a sewing machine, with the inks of a manual typewriter. Combining them, he sews the portraits of people, birds, insects and flowers, and will then type an overlapping repeated phrase. The phrases he types are small segments of thought, or fragmented sentences through which he invites the viewer to complete. Gentry’s art aims to start a conversation with the viewer’s inner dialogue by using emotionally charged imagery and words. His inspirations are often gathered by observing his own self, and others, interact and react to the world.

Annie Terrazzo is a stealthy believer that there is great beauty to be found; sometimes you have to go through the trash to find it. Annie Terrazzo has been creating trash portraiture for almost 5 years. In this featured series of works, known as “Detritus”, the art is mainly focused on creating portraits made with found objects. The pieces are made completely out of newspapers from around the world. She is inspired by the likes of Ralph Steadman, strippers that don't speak English, box tape and expensive champagne. Currently, her art was chosen for the second year in a row to grace Downtown Los Angeles and Lincoln Heights street banners for The San Antonio Winery.



SWITCH is an experimental art gallery in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. Our artists are precocious, extraordinarily talented, and vying together to shake the inner-city art scene. Located in the center of Galley Row and the monthly downtown art walk, we enjoy presenting a fresh, young perspective of contemporary art to the public, SWITCH takes a different approach.