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GRIT: Exploring the Urban Cityscape
“This show is a reflection of the idea that Angelinos collectively experience some cognitive dissonance going about our lives in this city built on glamour and beauty. For all of the excitement and glitz and glam that is Los Angeles, and the true natural beauty of Southern California, there is an inescapable contrast to the grit we all must trod through on the way from fabulous point A to magnificent point B, whether it’s the dirty urban streets, the smog or urban pollution or the gritty homeless, ragged pedestrians, or unsightly oil derricks on an otherwise unspoiled landscape.
Somewhere in there, is a simple analogy for life; No matter how gorgeous or wonderful, we all go through some grit.
The artists for this show will nod to this fact, and ask the question, “Isn’t it all art in the end?” Ideally leading the viewer to the concept of embracing that which we may instinctively turn away from, broadening our perception of beauty, to include more of what and who surround us, if we can look at it artistically, or poetically, and become better at finding the humanity in ourselves and others.
It’s great art, by some highly talented L.A. artists” ~Chuck Wolf, Curator
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L,A. River Crossing
8 x 16
Oil on linen
Los Angeles' Sixth Street Viaduct, a.k.a the Whittier Bridge was built over the L.A. River is Southeast Los Angeles in 1932. Here, this unsung workhorse of L.A.'s East Side takes a much-needed rest on a lazy, hazy Sunday morning.
Oil on canvas
With a retro view of downtown Los Angeles in the background, the L. A. River is flowing on an overcast January morning while the city's commerce surrounds it on all sides.
Santa Monica Pier III
12 x 12
Oil on linen
It's a warm Summer evening as the sun silhouette's the Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel. We're only 5 minutes away from the cotton candy stand and the ticket window.