“Summer Days”
August 6 – September 10, 2005
Opening Reception:  Friday, August 5, 7-10pm

Forum Gallery
8069 Beverly Blvd. (at Crescent Heights Blvd.), Los Angeles, California 90046
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Jeffrey Gold, “Third Session”, 2005, oil on linen, 80 x 45 inches.

Los Angeles, California – Forum Gallery presents the exhibition Summer Days from August 6th through September 10th, 2005, with an opening reception on Friday, August 5th from 7-10:00 pm. Adhering to the theme of summer related activities and settings, the exhibition is a captivating mix of historic and contemporary works of art.  Varied in subject matter, medium and scale, the works have been carefully selected for their quality of image, color and design, making for an integrated, while arresting, presentation.
Central to the exhibition are four paintings by Vancouver artist John Macdonald.   Afternoon depicts a female bather wading in the water while attending to her child who reclines in a rubber raft on a sun drenched afternoon; Black Tire represents two youths playing with an inner-tube at low tide; and August portrays three bathers frolicking on a dock. Metaphors for common experiences, Macdonald’s images belie modern-day malaise.
Los Angeles artist Jeffrey Gold contributes with two large-scaled paintings which reflect his life-long passion for surfing.  Third Session is a frontal self-portrait holding a towering long-board in the midday sun after his third ‘session’ of surfing, whereas Sunday is a twilight setting of the artist with a few fellow aficionados resting after a full day beside a bonfire.  Both set in a secluded Malibu cove, the paintings are testimony to the simultaneous solitude and camaraderie that make the sport special to Gold.
Forum Gallery’s pre-eminent roster artists have contributed wonderful works to this exhibition. Brian Rutenberg’s Tangled Lake 2 is a premiere example of the artist’s gestural, colorful and musically inspired landscapes; David Levine is represented by several of his inimitable and delicately crafted watercolors of Brooklyn’s Coney Island; and Tula Telfair is represented by her magical Answering to One's Highest Conception which, as all her paintings do, represents an invented landscape which springs up visually from the well of her travels and life experiences.
A painting of lobster traps by the greatest of all Social Realist American artists Raphael Soyer adds to the flavor of Summer, whereas works by American Cubists include Jan Matulka’s The Harbor, Edmund Lewandowski’s Marina II, Oscar Bluemner’s Roadhouse Gardens, and California Modernist Millard Sheet’s Winch, Crane and Workmen.  An uncommon and desirable figurative example by watercolor specialist John Whorf is Nude at Water’s Edge from the 1940s, a delightful work in the same medium by Konrad Cramer of a reclining couple in a flower filled landscape was executed circa 1910,  whereas Philadelphia master floral painter George Cochran Lambdin’s rendering of a young girl picking an apple blossom dates back to 1884.
Photorealist works include an watercolor of a hotdog stand by Ralph Goings, a fantastically crowded day at Coney Island by Guy Johnson, and a painting by Davis Cone of the Heart Theater in Effingham, Illinois, whose Art Deco glory remains the focal point of the town even today, nostalgically recalling days of youth, Sunday matinees, and a vibrant American heartland.  Summer Days also includes works by Bill Vuksanovich, Elliot Offner, Scott Prior, Maria Tomasula, Jim Butler, and David Hines.  The exhibition runs through Saturday, September 10.

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