1) - AMERICAN BEAUTIES - DIFFERENT STORIES... Artists Explore
2) - JOHN HEARTFIELD: AGITATED IMAGES... German Photomontage at
3) - VALLEN'S WEB LOG... Art news, Rants and Raves
Oil painting by Mark Vallen 2006
BEAUTIES - DIFFERENT STORIES
Artists Explore Latino
Space On Spurgeon Gallery, Santa Ana, CA.
Saturday, April 1st, 2006. 7 to 10 pm.
Vallen will be exhibiting several paintings at American
Beauties: Different Stories, a group show at Space
On Spurgeon Gallery in Santa Ana, California. Two of Vallen's
latest oil paintings, The Red Dress and La Muerta
(The Dead Woman,) will be on view for the first time -
in fact the artist painted both especially for this exhibit.
owner of Space On Spurgeon gallery, JoAnne Artman, visualized
American Beauties as an exhibition "bridging cultures
and challenging perceptions of Latino life." For the exhibit
she brought together painters Michael
of course - Mark
Artman describes the works of those artists exhibiting
with Vallen in the following way. "Renowned muralist Emigdio
Vasquez is a visionary storyteller who carves day-to-day
struggles onto faces and into souls. Gregg Stone uses
watercolor, gouache, and ink to create a modern realistic
portrait of Latino life, and Michael Maas’ Mother and
Child series is inspired by images of the Virgin of Guadalupe."
Artist’s Reception for American Beauties: Different
Stories, takes place on Saturday,
April 1st, 2006, from 7 to 10 pm. All of the
artists are scheduled to be on hand to greet the public.
A documentary film about the artists is being shot, with
filming beginning during the opening night reception.
All are invited to attend!
Beauties continues through June 30th, 2006. Space
On Spurgeon is located at 210 N. Spurgeon Street, in Santa
Ana, California. 92701 (Click here
for an online map.)
Muerta " (The Dead Woman)
Oil painting by Mark Vallen 2006
gallery is open Saturdays and Sundays, from 1 - 4 pm,
and also by appointment (To contact gallery director
JoAnne Artman, phone: 949-464-0105.) Visit the first
Saturday of any month to coincide with the Santa
Ana Artists Village Open House artwalk. Street parking
is available directly in front of the Spurgeon gallery,
and also at the Artists Village Parking structure located
at Third Street and Broadway. Visit the Space On Spurgeon
gallery at: www.spaceonspurgeon.com.
HEARTFIELD: AGITATED IMAGES
German Photomontage at the Getty Museum
Now until June 26th, 2006.
John Heartfield Agitated Images, is one of the
most important exhibitions recently mounted in Los Angeles;
it not only illuminates the past, it points a way to the
future for artists who want to address real world issues
through their art.
was one of the very first to explore photomontage as a
new means of artistic expression, and some of his sparing
designs - stripped down to only a few iconic images combined
with text - made him the predecessor of today’s minimalist
and postmodernist artists.
Reads Bourgeois Newspapers Becomes Blind and Deaf."
- Heartfield, 1932
dada was the shell shocked babbling of artists confronting
the unmitigated horror of modern warfare and a world gone
insane - Heartfield’s photomontage was the counterbalance
- a precision surgical tool that would identify and cut
at the causes of war and fascism. John Heartfield:
Agitated Images runs until June 25th, 2006. You can
read more about the exhibit at Mark
Vallen's web log, or visit the
Getty Museum website for information on hours, directions,
& parking to the museum.