FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Art Museum Council of LACMA is pleased to announce:
A Sense of Place, a group show featuring four exciting California artists:
Michael Bullas, Linda Kunik, Mark Leysen, Robert White
February 29 – April 10, 2008
The public is invited to the opening reception on Friday, February 29, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Refreshments will be served and admission is free.




ART RENTAL & SALES GALLERY
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Lower Level, Leo S. Bing Center
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90036-9938
Phone:  323 857-6500
Fax:  323 857-6056
Email: arsg@live.com
Web site:  http://www.lacma.org/info/arsg.aspx
The Gallery is open during regular museum hours



A Sense of Place explores each artist’s unique approach to his or her environment. Michael Bullas’ oils on panel explore the ever-changing relationship of water and sky, highlighting the fleeting symbolic nature of things and places. Linda Kunik uses mixed media on canvas and panel in Things Fall Apart to evoke visual metaphors of landscapes under transformation. A bold sense of color forms Mark Leysen’s compositions, while the more formal aspects of geometric shapes enhance their balance and harmony. Robert White’s oils on canvas reveal his ability to imbue each scene with emotional and compositional value through harmony of color and attention to detail.

Michael Bullas was raised by a family of artists where he learned the process of art-making through music, performance, and drawing. “My work highlights the fleeting symbolic nature of things and places, and ruminates on the relationship of memory and reality.” Bullas earned a BFA in painting and ceramics from UC Santa Barbara, is a member of the LA Art Association, and has shown his work at Gallery 825 and the Bergamot Station Annex.

Linda Kunik was born in Chicago. She has a BFA from Otis College of Art, a master’s degree from DePaul University, and has studied painting in Italy and France. She recently mentored with Newton and Helen Mayer Harrison on their LA & the Rising of Waters Exhibition. Her paintings and photographs reflect her ongoing interest in environmental issues and a psychological focus on accident and intention in life and art. “I break the glass or let it break by itself to open the mind to possibility and conjecture.”

Mark Leysen was born in Antwerp, Belgium, and emigrated with his family to Southern California, where he earned a BA and MA in painting from CSU, Fullerton. Leysen’s abstract work has been exhibited at UCLA’s Hammer Museum, Long Beach Museum of Art, and Museo de Arte, Queretaro, Mexico. Leysen believes that the process of making art “…at least in part, involves engaging the subconscious, which is a bit like walking on shifting sand—every session is an exploration of possibilities.”

Robert K. White was born in Salinas, California.  Self-taught, his lifelong career began as a child studying the renaissance masters. White’s restless nature has also led to an expertise in designing and building fine furniture. “My desire is to catch the viewer’s eye, not with the shock of the new, or the fascination of the half-understood, but with an innate enjoyment of beauty.” White’s work is featured in many distinguished corporate and private collections.

ART RENTAL & SALES GALLERY
The Art Rental & Sales Gallery maintains an exhibition space located on the lower level of the Bing Center at LACMA. Changing exhibitions are held throughout the year to introduce new and upcoming artists.  All artwork is available for purchase or rental. The Rental Program is available exclusively to LACMA members, although non-members may purchase art. The gallery is managed by members of LACMA’s Art Museum Council, a volunteer support group. Funds raised by the Council support acquisitions and exhibitions at LACMA. Rentals and purchases can be made through the Art Rental & Sales Gallery at the show or during office hours, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 11 am–4 pm. For more information on the exhibition, gallery, or the Art Museum Council, please call 323 857-6500.

Regular museum hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, noon–8 pm; Friday, noon–9 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 11 am–8 pm. The museum is closed on Wednesdays.

Art is rented for a three-month period, and may be returned or renewed at the conclusion of any rental period. The artist receives 60% of the rental or sales fee, and the remaining 40% is retained by the Art Rental & Sales Gallery. Should a renter choose to acquire the artwork, 60% of the paid rental fees will apply toward the purchase.  Monthly rental fees range from $17 to $365 plus tax. Interested artists may download application forms at: http://www.lacma.org/info/arsg.aspx

The Corporate Program offers LACMA members the opportunity to meet with an Art Rental & Sales Gallery consultant, on a complimentary basis, for selection and placement of art in the workplace.  A six-month minimum rental is required.  Should the renter choose to purchase the art, 60% of the rental fees will be applied toward the purchase.

Founded in 1952, the Art Museum Council is LACMA’s oldest support organization. Over the years the AMC has contributed towards the purchase of over 100 works of art, and to help underwrite major exhibitions. Additional fundraising activities include the Los Angeles Art Show Opening Night Gala, the Art & Architecture Tour, Wet Paint–Sunday in the Park with Art and sales of the Julius Shulman Calendar.



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