FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Eduardo Villacis: Smoking Mirror
January 11 - March 24, 2007
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 11, 6 - 9 pm
On Display in the Project Windows:
Joey Shimoda: "Peep Show" (in association with the Museum of Neon Art)
Patrick "Pato" Hebert: "Mixed Signals"
Visopia (Carlo Quiñonez & Ronny Bagdadi): "Flux"
Through March 31, 2007
102 West 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90013
Contact: Bert Green
Web site, http://www.bgfa.us
Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 12 - 6 pm
Second Thursday Downtown Art Walk: Thursday, January 11, 12 - 9 pm
Eduardo Villacis, “Construction of Pyramids Over Rome”, 2003, Giclee.
Bert Green Fine Art presents a solo exhibition by Ecuadorian artist Eduardo Villacis which posits an alternative history following the landing of Columbus on the shores of the Americas. Instead of a European conquest of Aztec culture, Villacis envisions Columbus taken prisoner, his navigational tools examined and used to embark on an adventure to subdue and colonize a new world which will be renamed "Amexica." This installation is a mock historical museum, complete with artworks, artifacts, and historical fragments of a vanquished people who once called their land "U-rop." With this ambitious project, Villacis reflects on racism and the manipulation of religious beliefs as ideologies of conquest and as tools of deceit. A full color, 36 page catalog will be available at the exhibition.
In the Project Windows, Joey Shimoda of Shimoda Design Group presents "Peep Show," utilizing neon light as a medium to reveal the relationship between architecture and the peep show. The result is a voyeuristic experience into the raw nakedness of space and light. Patrick "Pato" Hebert's "Mixed Signals" is a vibrant, yet subtle installation of tail lights and blinkers. Some are new, others old and broken but "repaired" with colored tape. The collage of lights beckon with pulsating rhythms of scarlet, tangerine, opal and amber. Visopia (Carlo Quiñonez & Ronny Bagdadi) has created "Flux," which is inspired by the visual cacophony of LA's freeway system: automobile headlights and tail lights, street lights, and architectural lighting.
All gallery events are free and open to the public. Exhibition information, press releases and high resolution images may be found at www.bgfa.us. The art exhibition venues in Downtown Los Angeles conduct the Downtown Art Walk on the Second Thursday of each month from 12 - 9 pm. Details and a map are at http://www.downtownartwalk.com.