FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pop Terror: Paintings and Mixed Media
July 6 - August 26 2006
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 13, 6 - 9 pm
Wayne Coe: Conversation with the Artist
"Subjective News: Art as History"
Saturday, July 22 at 2 pm. Free admission.
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, July 13, 12 - 9 pm
Wayne Coe, “Guantanamo Guard Dog”, 2006, oil on Canvas, 45 x 68".
Bert Green Fine Art presents two solo shows by Wayne Coe and Davidd Batalon.
The recent work of Wayne Coe is an exploration into the means, methods, and image-making apparatus of media in a time of war. Coe has constructed a narrative installation using paintings and mixed media works which looks at the subjectivity of news media and its inherent inability to avoid cultural insensitivity and bias, and at how media culture trains young males for warlike pursuits - a privately generated propaganda machine. The focus is on 9/11 and its aftermath, and the war in Iraq, mixing a healthy dose of ironic skepticism with a biting commentary on the nature of corporate media and contemporary culture.
Davidd Batalon's second solo show with the gallery features his signature paintings dealing with the intersection of being and sensuality. Batalon infuses his subject with an appealing dose of physical intimacy. Starting with the tradition begun by Paul Cadmus, George Tooker, and Jared French, and adding contemporary influences such as anime, film culture, and computer-inspired effects, Batalon's paintings recognize the central importance of the human body to all culture.
In the Project Windows, Jason Chakravarty's neon installation (in association with the Museum of Neon Art), "Pickled - to preserve or flavor" uses light and ordinary objects as humanizing narratives. Parris Patton's "The Reverse Gravity of Glass" explores the hazardous nature of glass, harnessing its sharp edges in a calculated channeling of materiality and reflection. Roger Bennett and Ken Marsh reproduce "Dappled Light" - small, bright, sun discs intermingled among the shadows under trees through which sunlight passes.
All gallery events are free and open to the public. Exhibition information, press releases and high resolution images may be found at <http://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.