June 19th from 4-6pm, Artist reception/talk for “Coquettish Modernisms” with Ashley Gibbons @ EVFA

June 19th from 4-6pm, Artist reception/talk for “Coquettish Modernisms”                           with Ashley Gibbons @ 102 w. 5th Street, LA 90013

Venue_writeup_open_quotes In photographs, and even in person at a slight distance, certain of Ashley Gibbons’ images might be mistaken for painting — and not just any painting, but the masculine non-representation of 20th-century modernism, from abstract expressionism to constructivism. And in truth, the deliberate, sophisticated, and patient way in which she composes her colors, patterns, and textures is quite lively and gestural; but there’s no paint. Only panties. Stretched, layered, and sometimes lacy, these works want for nothing in terms of the movement, wit, or the imposing beauty Pollock chased. When Gibbons continues her radicalization of traditional (aka female) crafts and takes up embroidery, it has to do with forceful sexual narratives and dreamy surrealism. While that might put you in mind of New York’s Orly Cogan (who is also showing in LA right now), the truth is they only share the needle; where Cogan deconstructs an aesthetic of sweetness and virtue, Gibbons’ stitched work is raw and lascivious. Venue_writeup_close_quotes

- Shana Nys Dambrot, Managing Editor of Flavorpill and Art critic


Edgar Varela Fine Arts

102. W. 5th street (5th & Main), Los Angeles 90013

Wednesday-Saturday from 12pm to 6pm (213) 604-3634

Ashley Gibbons solo exhibition will be up until June 26th

$1,600 – Panties, screws, nails on wood, 48” x 48”, 2009

$1,600 – Panties, screws, nails on wood, 48” x 48”, 2009

$4,000 – Panties, screws, nails on wood, 48” x 96”, 2009

$2,000 – Mixed media on fabric and lights, 48” x 48”, 2010

$4,000 – Quilt; hand embroidery, silk, linen, 54” x 75”, 2010

$600 – Hand embroidery and fabric, 18” x 24”, 2010

$600 – Hand embroidery and fabric, 18” x 24”, 2010

$600 – Hand embroidery and fabric, 18” x 24”, 2010

$800 – Hand embroidery and fabric, 34” x 20”, 2010

$800 – Hand embroidery and fabric, 34” x 20”, 2010

$700 – Hand embroidery and fabric, 24” x 24”, 2010

$4,000 – Hand embroidery and fabric, 30” x 96”, 2010

$1,000 – Hand embroidery and fabric, 10” x 8”, 2010

$1,000 – Hand embroidery and fabric, 10” x 8”, 2010

Ashley Gibbons solo exhibition will be up until June 26th – Contactedgar@edgarvarelafinearts.com for all inquiries.

VOTE! Arts, Cultural, and Education Interests Director (Resident)

Hello my friends and supporters,

I am running for the Arts, Cultural, and Education Interests Director (Resident) in the next election cycle of the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council. I want to have a greater impact on what goes on in Downtown LA with art, art education, fashion, music and the performing arts. If you know me then you know that I am passionate about these issues in the neighborhood and that I am fully committed to making a difference.

If you are a local stake holder over the age of 16, come out and vote…show the city you care and you want local representation.

A “Stakeholders” is defined as those who live, work, or own property in the neighborhood or to those who declare a stake in the neighborhood and affirm the factual basis for it.

Tell them you come to the artwalk and buy art, you make art for the artwalk, you are supporter of the arts, education and culture of Downtown LA.

ASK FOR THE ARTS BALLOT!!!

So come out and vote, voters may cast their ballots on the following date, time and location:

Friday, June 25, 2010 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Exchange: Main Room
114 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles, 90013
(Two doors down from my new gallery)

After you vote, check back here, check my website ( http://www.EdgarVarela.com/ ) or come by the gallery for the location of a small victory celebration.

♥ Edgar Varela

Also, please support these other three candidates for the same position as the interest directors.

http://www.jaylopez.net/

http://www.lesliecolwell.com/

http://www.artwrightstudio.com/