FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September Exhibition Openings:
Beyond Baby Tattooville
Vonn Sumner: The Other Side of Here
David Leapman:  Compliant Keepers
Selections from the Permanent Collection



Riverside Art Museum
3425 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA  92501
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Beyond Baby Tattooville
September 4 – October 25, 2008
Reception: October 4, JMS 5 – 6pm, Public 6 - 9pm
Members Gallery

In conjunction with Baby Tattooville 2008, Beyond Baby Tattooville presents artwork by over a dozen artists loosely tied together in the ambiguously-named “pop surrealism” or “lowbrow” art movement. This originally underground art movement formed in Southern California in the 70s and 80s and has roots and influences from punk music, comics such as R. Crumb, hot rod art, and various other underground subcultures, in addition to surrealism and figurative art. After being largely ignored by many traditional fine art institutions, including museums, this movement has recently been getting its due. Some of the most notable artists of this scene are a part of the show, including Glenn Barr, Dave Cooper, Bob Dob, Joe Ledbetter, Shag, Amy Sol, Michael Whelan, Tara McPherson, Lola and many more. In addition to the exhibition, the Baby Tattooville 2008 event will be held at the Mission Inn Oct 3 – 5. More information can be found online at http://www.babytattooville.com. A reception will be held on October 4, with many of the artists in attendance. This exhibit is a partnership between RAM and Bob Self of Baby Tattoo along with Billy Shire Fine Arts in Los Angeles.

Vonn Sumner: The Other Side of Here
September 9 – November 15, 2008
Reception: October 4, JMS 5 – 6pm, Public 6 - 9pm
Bobbie Powell Gallery

Vonn Sumner is a painter and a founding member of the artist group Pharmaka that runs a non-profit exhibition space in downtown Los Angeles devoted to the advancement of contemporary painting. He coordinated several shows at Pharmaka and is a regular contributor of criticism and reviews to Artillery Magazine. He attended the University of California at Davis, earning both a bachelor’s degree in art and an MFA in painting. Upon graduating, Vonn moved to New York where he painted and worked for galleries and museums, including the Guggenheim Museum. He uses a highly idiosyncratic style of painting that is both recognizable and enigmatic. Handmade props, hats, and original characters populate his canvases creating a theater of the absurd, all juxtaposed with the cool emotional distance of the subject pressed into the forefront of the painting. When presented with the choice of how to react in their absurd and strange world, they choose madness, weirdness, freedom. While the final products are oil paintings, there is an element of performance in his process: dressing up in costumes, staging photo shoots, using images of actors and performers. Vonn has exhibited regularly since 1997 and shown his work internationally. In 2003 he was a featured solo artist at the Scope Art Fair in Los Angeles.

Selections from the Permanent Collection
September 9, 2008 – January 3, 2009
Reception: October 4, JMS 5 – 6pm, Public 6 - 9pm
Mezzanine & Lobby

RAM received a number of important donations of artworks to our growing Permanent Collection in the past year.  This exhibition of Selections from the Permanent Collection will unveil some of these new artworks, in addition to spotlighting some of our other outstanding works that haven’t been exhibited recently.  In particular, a variety of  previous exhibited works from last year’s large donation of artworks from Beverly & Stuart Denenberg will be highlighted in this exhibition.

David Leapman:  Compliant Keepers
September 9 – November 15, 2008
Reception: October 4, JMS 5 – 6pm, Public 6 - 9pm
DeVean Gallery

David Leapman was born in London, UK and studied fine art at St. Martins School of Art, Goldsmiths College and Chelsea School of Art. He has exhibited nationally and internationally since 1981. His solo shows include the Ikon Gallery Birmingham, Todd Gallery, Hales Gallery and Beaux Arts in London.

Leapman exhibited in the Venice Biennale, represented Great Britain at the International Festival of Painting and has shown work at the ICA and Serpentine Gallery in London. Leapman also won the John Moores Award, Britain’s oldest and most prestigious painting prize. His work can be found in many public and private collections around the world and is currently represented by Beaux Arts London.

This is Leapman’s first solo show in Riverside and it gives him an opportunity to show some of his key images: Box Man, Trier testers, Existence harness, Burden and the Petal thinkers. The show’s title is indicative of his aspirations for his images; these characters have a connected history and are searching and journeying.

Leapman’s paintings begin life as small gold line drawings on cream paper, the first of which was made on January 1st 1983. His work grabs the viewer’s attention quickly with unusual materials, such as mirror flake, cristalina, diamond dust and interference pigments.

For nearly twenty years Leapman frequently visited California, ultimately settling his family in Riverside in the summer of 2007.  Leapman’s RAM exhibition is in partnership with La Sierra University and the Brandstater Gallery where he will have a solo exhibition from October 13 to November 3.

About the Riverside Art Museum
The core mission of the Riverside Art Museum (RAM) is to exhibit, educate, collect, and provide scholarship relative to the visual arts; it is the largest visual arts museum serving the Inland Empire exhibiting a wide range of work with an emphasis on American, Californian, and prominent Inland Empire artists. RAM offers a diverse range of exemplary art exhibitions, educational programs and community outreach events.
 
"In the past year, the Riverside Art Museum has made a major commitment towards providing more diverse and cutting-edge exhibitions and programming for the region," Foster says.  "For example, we mounted a major installation of Barry McGee and Clare Rojas in the spring.   This summer, we've exhibited Shepard Fairey, Skullphone, and other important young, contemporary artists.  And, this fall we will present a significant installation project by Jeff Soto, who participated in Baby Tattooville last year."




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