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We are saddened by the passing of Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys. We remember this photograph of the Beastie Boys in NYC, 1986 from our show Lynn Goldsmith: Icons of Rock and the Imagination. Please CLICK HERE to take a look.
Linda Alterwitz is a Las Vegas based multi-media artist. Having earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Denver, Alterwitz spent 25 years working primarily in oils and acrylics painting and drawing on large canvases to create nonrepresentational paintings. She began exploring photography in 2006. With a vision that is painterly in nature, she digitally manipulates and layers together images to create large-scale, photographs.
In-Sight, her first solo show at Frank Pictures, incorporates rephotographed PET scans (from hospital patients) into a contexturalized landscape of her imagining. Her philosophy addresses the constant challenge to keep a balance between the two sides of the brain: the logical and the creative. This duality is apparent throughout the body of her work, starting with her photographic equipment. Alterwitz uses both digital cameras and toy cameras. The high-tech digital cameras produce clear, factual images that are believable and acceptable in our left-brained world. In contrast, images shot on film by the low-tech, simple workings of plastic cameras capture a spontaneous altered world.
Alterwitz’s inspiration, the inner workings of the human body and her external surrounding environment, plays with the dance of the two sides of the brain as well as the contradiction of fear and reassurance. Past personal struggles with medical issues were tempered by fond, childhood memories of playing in the sand dunes and forests of Gary, Indiana where Alterwitz grew up. It is this dichotomy that gives her work a comforting sense of familiarity while simultaneously creating tension.
Alterwitz has exhibited her work throughout the United States, Japan, Spain, United Kingdom, and Israel. Her most recent solo exhibition “Linda Alterwitz: Discarded Dreams” was at LACDA, Los Angeles, CA. Recent group exhibitions including “The Art of Photography Show” (San Diego, CA) Project Basho’s “Onward’12” (Philidelphia, PA), NYU (New York, NY), Rogue Space Chelsea (New York, NY), 1212 Gallery (Richmond, VA), Newspace Center for Photoraphy (Portland, OR), Texas Photographic Society, (San Antonio, TX), SilverEye Center for Photography, (Pittsburg, PA), Photoplace Gallery, (Middlebury, VT), and The Julia Dean Photo Workshop Gallery, (Venice, CA), among other national and international juried competitions.
Kelly Berg’s second solo show, AMAZONIA is the encore to her successful debut exhibition, SUBTERRANEAN. Her first solo show at Frank Pictures resulted in acquisitions by the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation and the North Carolina Museum of Art permanent collection, and in her ultimate inclusion the Carnegie Art Museum show “California Art: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation” as well as several important private collections. In Kelly Berg’s recent series of paintings titled “Amazonia”, a controlled chaos emerges from the overall compositions, which are formed by intricate series of acrylic and ink layers. Through her painting process, Kelly is interested in expanding the language of abstraction through the use of pattern, shapes, and pictorial imagery, including self-portraits. In reaction to the current state of our world where one is constantly receiving an overload of visual stimuli through television screens, billboards, the internet, and social media, these paintings capture the process of sorting through this imagery from an autobiographical point of view. The paintings act as metaphors for excavation and invite the viewer in to explore and uncover the many kaleidoscopic layers that echo the many cultural influences that they’ve been drawn from. Born in Concord, Massachusetts in 1986, Kelly moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota at the age of 3 where she grew up creating art using a variety of mediums. In 2004, she received a National Scholastic Art Award for a series of works including paintings and drawings. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Rhode Island School of Design in 2008, where she focused on figurative painting. Kelly moved to Los Angeles in February of 2009, where her work has been shown in group shows in Los Angeles and Orange County galleries. In November of 2011, Kelly was selected as one of the ten Los Angeles artists to participate in an artist-in-residency program called “The Simply Perfect Art Project” supported by the Patron Spirits Company in collaboration with The Los Angeles Art Association/ Gallery 825. During her week long residency, Kelly created one of her paintings live in a storefront window studio at the Roosevelt Hotel for a pedestrian audience passing by on Hollywood Boulevard and time-lapse video documentation.
Fashion guru Michael and I had the pleasure to meet artist Lori La Mont at her home in Long Beach, California. Her large-scale watercolor paintings are executed with incredible precision, with a bold use of color formed from many saturated layers applied with meticulous detail. Pieces often require several months to complete.
We had the opportunity to ask Lori a few questions about her style and inspiration.
What is your personal style?
My personal style leans toward the minimal and centers on preppy with a little bit of nautical tomboy and just a dash of bohemian.
How would you describe your art?
My paintings are first all about saturated color and second, a presence; they’re very large! My paintings are strictly watercolor on paper, mostly figurative, but in the modern category and influenced by popular culture. I’m fascinated with the life of animals and all the different ways we coexist with them. I love the folklore and the fairy tales and the human characteristics we can’t help but assume onto them. I paint my subjects to convey our very human emotions and myths and contradictions. Color, multiples, stripes and lines…these are my passion.
Favorite art moment?
My favorite art moment was being at my opening reception at the Frank Pictures Gallery in Santa Monica this winter. It was a breaking-out moment for me: a broader audience, new paintings that I’m so excited about and sharing the exhibit with the late Imogen Cunningham, whom I have admired for ages. I was giddy with the accomplishment. On another note, my favorite art memory is of going the Movieland Wax Museum, where my mom would take us on rainy days. We treated the celebrity figures as well as the reproduction masterpiece paintings on the walls with equal awe and appreciation.
What do you love about BCBGMAXAZRIA?
I love BCBGMAXAZRIA for its spirit of individuality. Its motto is the motto I have lived by my whole life! Bon chic, bon genre: good style, good attitude, and it gets right to the heart of the matter for me. I’m Parisian when I wear it, feminine, crisp, happy, modern and perfectly me!
Thank you, Lori, for sharing your art with us and making the world a more colorful place.
Ciao for now,
BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP Creative Director, Licensing
Starr & Lederle in front of a Lederle painting.
Hermann Lederle’s show Footprints on Snow is currently on view at Frank Pictures Gallery through April 27th, 2012 with an artist reception this Sunday, April 15th, from 6-9 PM.