Thursday, April 2, 2009

5/1/09: Four Person Show with JAW Cooper, Lauren Gardiner, Miss Mindy, Lyle Motley at La Luz de Jesus Gallery

4 Person Show JAW Cooper,Lauren Gardiner, Miss  Mindy, Lyle Motley at La Luz de Jesus GalleryFour person show:
JAW Cooper
Lauren Gardiner
Miss Mindy
Lyle Motley

May 1 - 31, 2009
Artist reception: Friday, May 1, 2009 ~ 8:00 -11:00 pm

4633 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
323-666-7667 Fax: 323-663-0243

Online press release with images:

JAW Cooper "Daedal"

Inspired by curio cabinets and the complexity of natural systems, JAW Cooper creates illustrations using a variety of media. This series of paintings entitled "Daedal" examines the interconnectedness of species, the bizarre adaptations informed by these connections, and the parallel between evolution as a 'problem-solving' process and the creative process in art. Cooper was born in England and grew up in Nairobi, Kenya, Southern California, and various locations throughout Europe and Scandinavia.

Lauren Gardiner "Royalty Before Surgery"

Lauren Gardiner's tiny acrylic paintings and ink drawings are intricate and intimate portraits portraying each subject's every lash, wart and twangy hair. Her works observe and explore how people present themselves for posterity as well as how they react in front of a camera. Her use of ambiguous backgrounds, uncomfortable glares and awkward postures, typical of professional portrait photography, produce humorous yet cynical little vignettes that lend a brief glimpse into the human condition. "Royalty Before Surgery" is a look at royalty with facial deformities and the clothes they wear to cover their disfigurements. Gardiner was born in the U.S., and grew up in Singapore, Australia and England. After earning an Illustration degree in 1998 from the Rhode Island School of Design, Gardiner moved to Los Angeles where she observes the many aggravating facets of human life that help provide the inspiration for her little portraits' paintings.

Miss Mindy
Miss Mindy is believed to be an elf or witch by most of the neighborhood children due to her fondness of cooking spells and toy making. Her affinity for bizarre humor resonates within her books, paintings, shadow boxes, and fluid ink drawings. Miss Mindy was born into a family of artists and designers who have been an inspiration since she was wee. Her grandmother worked as an ink and painter at Disney in the 1930s, while her grandfather was an illustrator, muralist and puppeteer. Her mother, Linda, creates beautiful masks out of everything she can get her hands on, and her sister, CJ Metzger, has the art bug, too. Miss Mindy's second book with Baby Tattoo Books Publishing "Miss Mindy's Sassy Paper Doll Bonanza" is a collaborative set with her sister; "Artist Sisters: Box of Stories" is already in stores. She has a vinyl toy named "Dink" that has sold out and has been in a multitude of custom vinyl, group, & solo shows in the United States and abroad. In addition to her fine art & illustrations, Miss Mindy also works in the animation realm in such studios as Nickelodeon and Warner Brothers. Miss Mindy creates in her home/studio in Eagle Rock, CA, with her painter/inventor squeeze, Mr. Rick O'Brien.

Lyle Motley
The paintings of Lyle Motley live in a neighborhood somewhere between words and images, in a place where there is room to reflect, hear and see. Motley's paintings encourage the viewer to participate and challenge the observer to add their own ideas into the mix. Working predominantly in oils, with forays into drawing, mixed media and sculpture, Motley's work is mostly figurative, with occasional contextual abstractions. His non-themed show will include works that are predominantly figurative with some pieces that contain contextual abstractions. Motley has also worked with ceramics and sculpture, played and wrote music (with his band Lyle and the Sparkleface band), worked as a commercial and editorial illustrator, painted murals in Flagstaff, AZ and Salida, CO. He loves the outdoors and aimless wanderings and adventures around the West, life in the city and the middle of nowhere, and all the wackiness of being a dad and operating without enough sleep. It is not surprising that his work has become a unique blend, drawing on many sources. Most importantly, Motley is completely obsessed with smearing paint on things. When he is not smearing, he is fascinated by the light that bounces off the stuff that is all around him. Motley received a BFA from Northern Arizona University in 1993 and currently breathes among the mountains of Colorado and creates with the encouragement of his amazing wife and two boys.

La Luz de Jesus is located at the Soap Plant/Wacko building, in Los Feliz at 4633 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027. Gallery hours are Monday – Wednesday: 11am – 7pm, Thursday – Saturday: 11am – 9pm and Sunday 12-6pm.

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