FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jennybird Alcantara & Craig LaRotonda: “Creeps & Dreamers”
Luke Feldman, “The Sleep of One Hundred Years”
16 August 16 September 20, 2008
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 16, 7:00 10:30pm
Black Maria is a participating gallery in the Atwater Artwalk on August 16
Black Maria Gallery
3137 Glendale Blvd., Atwater Village, CA 90039
Contact, Zara Zeitountsian
Web site, http://www.blackmariagallery.com
Hours, Tuesday Saturday, 12-6pm; and by appointment
Black Maria pleased to announce the opening of Creeps & Dreamers featuring new works by Jennybird Alcantara & Craig LaRotonda.
Jennybird’s work has at its core a narrative; she explores the complex interconnectedness of opposites as seen through the prism of fable and fantasy. In her latest series, she is exploring the riddle realms of the unconscious and dreams. Sleep as an escape, but dreamland is also a place where the subconscious can’t hide from the restlessness of the waking world that creeps in to reveal itself in distortion as if through water. At the threshold of the subconscious” the sleepwalker” peers into deep pools, seeing herself upside down and inside out, reflected in the living creatures around her, in harmony and discord, one moment floating lightly above the surface and in an instant sunk into the looming depths.
LaRotonda’s haunting figurative works are introspective and meditative interpretations of the human condition. Applying what he calls “spiritual technology,” LaRotonda’s brushwork is meticulous and precise, reminiscent of the Flemish figurative paintings of the 15th and 16th centuries. “My paintings explore the unspeakable nature of consciousness,” he says. “Existence is much more than what we perceive with the five senses. I’m captivated by the spaces in-between, like the passage between life and death, which plays continuously in my work.” LaRotonda’s works have appeared in several motion pictures including Traffic and Heartbreakers, as well as numerous publications such as Time, The Washington Post, and Juxtapoz.
The Sleep of One Hundred Years, a solo exhibition of Luke Feldman’s most recent work, is inspired by a Jewish fairytale by the same name. It will showcase original paintings, ink and digital artwork by the Australian artist.
The fairytale is about a rabbi’s long journey just after the destruction of the First Temple in Jerusalem. He sees the destruction of the city from a distance and is so distraught and exhausted that he lays his head down and falls into a deep sleep. When he wakes, unbeknownst to him, 100 years have passed. When he makes his way to the city, he finds his grandson and asks to be taken back to where he had his long sleep to return to sleep, as he was no longer of this world. “He slept again, but not in this world will he awaken”.
Luke Feldman, the creator of Skaffs (http://www.skaffs.com), is an Australian artist that creates for a multitude of platforms. Inspired by childhood experiences and a vivid imagination, his illustrations and animations are minimalist, with defined lines, detailed characters, and vividly vibrant colors that give his work depth and movement.
 Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends, by Aunt Naomi (pseud. Gertrude Landa), 1919, at http://www.sacred-texts.com.