FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Phantom Galleries LA & Edgar Varela Fine Arts is proud to present:
CARBON STUDIES
One of three solo exhibitions by Kim Abeles on view in LA
Curated by Edgar Varela & Liza Simone  
Funded in part by the Los Angeles River Artists and Business Association (LARABA)

Through March 6, 2009
Artist Reception: Sunday, March 1, 4pm - 7pm


Phantom Galleries LA @ The Continental Building
408 S. Spring Street., Los Angeles, CA 90013 (corner of Spring and 4th)
Hours: Saturdays + Sundays, 11-4
Pedestrian viewing 24/7, Private viewing by appointment, 213 494-7608

E-mail, info@edgarvarelafinearts.com
Web site, http://www.EdgarVarelaFineArts.com
Kim Abeles’ web site, http://www.kimabeles.com
Gallery Hours: Open by appointment



Carbon Studies is one of three concurrent solo exhibitions featuring the work of Kim Abeles during February/March in Southern California.  Each show has a thematic context, made possible by the prolific nature of this artist.  The work is always ambitious in approach, socially relevant, and reverent to hand-constructed art forms.
 
Carbon Studies explores her Smog Collectors (paintings made from the smog in the air), and Signs of Life series that identify the trees of Los Angeles, one by one, in the form of model trees and aerial mappings.
 
The exhibition refers to the poetics of carbon, its relationship to life and death, our memory of life forms, and our relationship to the current environment. Along with the images made of smog and the tree plottings, the show includes photographs of the dioramas at the Natural History Museum, digitized views of the human body, and Criss-Cross, a video-wall featuring pedestrians and vehicles in Hanoi as they harmoniously maneuver the streets without traffic lights.  
 
Other solo exhibitions by Abeles, also on view during Feburary/March:

Location Studies
Through March 21, 2009
 
Torrance Art Museum
3320 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA 90503
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11-5
Gallery Walk-Through With the ArtistWednesday, March 4  6:30 PM

Location Studies is comprised of installations, sculpture, and prints exploring a variety of locations where Abeles has participated in residencies and exhibitions, including Hanoi; Bangkok; West Bromich, England; Niagara Falls; Sun Valley, Idaho; Mirenice, Czech Republic; and Southern California. 

Nature Studies
Through March 6, 2009

Feldman-Horn Gallery
Harvard-Westlake School
3700 Coldwater Canyon Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91604           
Hours: Monday-Friday 8-4,  Saturday  11-4
or by appointment: 818 487-6596

Environmental works by Abeles and new works created from 5 days of the school’s trash, collected, washed, ironed, and constructed without the knowledge of students or faculty.

The Arts district is located south of Little Tokyo near the LA River. The Los Angeles River Artists and Business Association (LARABA) recognizes the contribution Arts District artists have made to the burgeoning art scene of Downtown Los Angeles and the world. The Art’s District is the home and manufacturing hub of many of Americas best artists and artwork.

 
Edgar Varela Fine Arts is dedicated to bringing new and exiting emerging artist to the spotlight. EVFA has a showroom space located on Alameda Street between 5th Street and 6th Street at the corner with Palmetto Street. Parking is located in front of the building and on the surrounding street. The gallery space is open by appointment only other than the day of the opening. For more information call Edgar Varela at 213-494-7608, e-mail at info@edgarvarelafinearts.com or visit <http://www.edgarvarelafinearts.com> .
 
Phantom Galleries LA is a Los Angeles County based organization that transforms properties in transition into 24/7 public art galleries. Each installation is a unique relationship between the participating artist, curator, and property owner. Local arts organizations, galleries, independent curators and artists curate exhibits. http://www.PhantomGalleriesLA.com




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