FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Black Maria Gallery Gears up for
May 6 June 5, 2006
Opening reception: Saturday, May 6, 7pm
Black Maria Gallery
3137 Glendale Blvd., Atwater Village, CA 90039
Contact, Zara Zeitountsian
(818) 613-9090, (323) 660-9393
Web site, http://www.blackmariagallery.com
Hours, Tuesday Saturday, 12-6pm; and by appointment
Karine Matsakian "I Am Elle”, 2003, oil on canvas.
Los Angeles Black Maria Gallery announced a new group exhibition titled “PMS Revolution.” The show will open on Saturday, May 6, at 7 PM.
According to curator Sam Saga, who is one of the participating artists, the exhibition is neither about PMS per se nor, necessarily, revolution.
“Rather,” Saga explained, “this is an homage to the profoundly life-affirming gesture embodied in the menstrual act. It is a tribute to the programmed biological sacrifice which women go through every month, a sacrifice through which they reenact the ritual of spilling blood without having to spill the blood of others.”
Black Maria owner Zara Zeitountsian said the exhibition is an opportunity for participating artists to explore notions of transmuting the human will to violence and also that of renewal through the prism of menstruation.
“Taken metaphorically,” she explained, “the menstrual event has the function of maintaining a delicate equilibrium by eliminating or purging what’s obsolete and thereby assuring regeneration. As importantly, menstruation may well be viewed as women’s way of transcending an ingrained, animal instinct for violence through a regular act of self-sacrifice. Women, after all, are not naturally given to going to war. They don’t need to, because they are blessed (or cursed, as the case may be) with the powerful ability to take care of war in their own backyard, so to speak, through the intensely personal ritual of spilling their own blood. Men are not so lucky.”
“PMS Revolution.” will feature new and recent paintings by eleven artists, many of whom are based in Los Angeles. Participating artists include: Jack Howe, Plain Jane, Sam Saga, Julie Murphy, Kris Lewis, Sophia Gasparian, Pamela Henderson, Billy Reynolds, Karine Matsakian, Dana Bean, and Dane Flighty. Opening night will feature a performance by Lory Tatoulian. The exhibition will remain open until June 5, 2006.
Black Maria is located at 3137 Glendale Boulevard in Atwater Village. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 12 to 6 PM; Saturday, 7 to 11 PM. For more information, call 818.613.9090.