FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GROUP EXHIBITIONS TIJUANA CRUDE, POLITICK
SOLO EXHIBITION AFTER PARADISE: CLAYTON CAMPBELL
September 16 – November 26, 2006
Opening Reception: Sunday, September 17, 2 – 5 p.m.




Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles 90027
323-644-6269
E-mail, cadmag@sbcglobal.net
Hours, Friday - Sunday, noon to 5:00 p.m.; First Fridays, Hours are extended until 9:00 p.m.
Admission, General $7.00; Seniors and Students, $3.00; Children under 12 with Adults, Free. Admission is Free to the exhibition reception, C.O.L.A. performances, and during First Fridays.



Ben Sakoguchi, "Bush League Brand" from Orange Crate Label Series: The Unauthorized History of Baseball in 100-odd Paintings, 2005.

Los Angeles—The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs is pleased to announce Tijuana Crude, Politick, and After Paradise: Clayton Campbell, three exhibitions simultaneously presented at the Municipal Art Gallery, located in Barnsdall Park, 4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90027, September 16 through November 26, 2006. The Opening Reception is free to the public and will be held Sunday, September 17, 2006, from 2 to 5 pm.  Punctuated by political resolve, these three exhibits work together to highlight prevailing sentiments and issues finding their way into common discourse.  
 
While American political debate centers around immigration and the question of borders, Tijuana Crude, asserts the undisputed connection between neighbors in Mexico and the megalopolis that extends from Los Angeles to the Mexican border.  This group exhibition of contemporary artists from Tijuana, Mexico, will showcase the work of Mely Barragán, Franco Méndez Calvillo, Tania Candiani, Roberto Córdova, Antonio Escalante, Gabriela Escarcaga, Charles Glaubitz, Aldo Guerra, Alfredo Gutierrez, Julio Orozco, Daniel Ruanova, Irma Sofia Poeter, Roberto Rosique, and Ricardo Sanders.  Curated by Adolfo V. Nodal, Tijuana Crude introduces the vibrant, bohemian art scene developing in Tijuana and reinforces the absence of borders in art production.  On Tijuanan culture, Al Nodal states:  “Today, as the California National Guard is militarizing the United States/ Mexico border and a $2 billion fence is being planned, the Tijuana culture appears boundless and ready to expand its influence northward and beyond.”  Tijuana Crude will be exhibited in the North Gallery.
 
Politick, a group exhibition of Southern California Artists inspired by political events both past and present, will showcase the work of Judy Baca, Mariona Barkus, Sandow Birk, Robbie Conal, Einar and Jamex de la Torre, Zig Gron, and Ben Sakoguchi.  Curated by Mark Steven Greenfield, Director of the Municipal Art Gallery, Politick is a stimulating continuation of the dialogue between contemporary political thought and art, and features an eclectic array of visual media—from pop-culturally iconic forms such as video and satirical posters to more traditional forms such as glass and painting.  Greenfield says of the socially active artists:  “Their almost barometric intuition have given us work that entertains, ridicules, enlightens, saddens, and in all instances, causes us to think about things just a bit differently.”  Politick will be exhibited in the South Gallery.  
 
After Paradise: Clayton Campbell, a solo exhibition of photography based on Dante’s The Divine Comedy, will showcase the work of Clayton Campbell, a Los Angeles based artist.  Drawing on the themes of Dante’s 13th century Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso, written while in exile, Campbell focuses his series of 45 photographs on his own journey of consciousness and places it within the context of Los Angeles.  Beginning with a series of pieces photographed at the Los Angeles Erotic Convention, Campbell captures those who have disappeared behind the personas they have created for themselves.  He segues into self-portraiture that signals the artist’s attempt to individuate and become personally and artistically aware, and finally capitulates with a section of images of the Los Angeles’ Forest Lawn Cemetery, a faux neo-classical garden symbolizing, for the artist, a landscape of pursued dreams.  Rather than presenting literal illustrations for Dante’s tome, Campbell instead decided to interpret and infuse the text with a shared introspection:  “I wanted to refer to the states of mind Dante presents.  He came into consciousness as an individual and perhaps attained a peace with life.”  After Paradise: Clayton Campbell will be exhibited in the Project Room.
 
The Opening Reception will be held Sunday, September 17, 2006, from 2 to 5 pm.  Music provided by The Susie Hanson Latin Jazz Band, courtesy of the Recording Industries’ Music Performance Trust Fund. The Reception is open to the public and free for admission.  
 
Conversations with the Artists, a supplement to the exhibition, will occur as follows: Saturday, September 30, 2:00 pm, with Tijuana Crude curator, Adolfo V. Nodal and featured artists from his exhibition; Saturday, October 21, 2:00 pm, with After Paradise: Clayton Campbell artist Clayton Campbell and Politick artist Mariona Barkus; and Friday, November 3, 7:00 pm, a special Election Day event with Politick artists, including Robbie Conal, Zig Gron and Judy Baca.

Municipal Art Gallery is a facility of DCA and located in Barnsdall Park, 4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90027.  Tijuana Crude, Politick, and After Paradise: Clayton Campbell may only be viewed during operating hours, although viewing will be open during the Opening Reception.  Exhibition hours are as follows:  Friday through Sunday 12 to 5 pm and the first Friday of every month 12 to 9 pm.  General admission is $7 for Adults; $3 for Seniors and Students; and free for children under 12 with Adults.  Admission is free for the Opening Reception and on First Fridays. For more information, the public should call 323.644.6269 or write cadmag@sbcglobal.net.
 
The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs enhances the quality of life for Los Angeles’ 3.9 million residents in 15 council districts and 25.1 million annual visitors.  In addition to granting $3.4 million annually to over 300 artists and art organizations, DCA also funds the City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) Fellowships and Artist in Residence (AIR) programs.  It manages 22 neighborhood arts and cultural centers that provide quality arts instruction, maintains a Slide Registry, and directs the Youth Arts and Education Program.  The Department’s Public Art Division administers public art projects through the Private and Public One Percent for Art Programs and manages the City’s Art Collection, as well as the Murals Program and Arts Development Fee.



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