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/

“Coquettish Modernisms” Art show opens Wednesday May 12th

“Coquettish Modernisms”

The Grand Opening is planned for Wednesday May 12, 2010. Solo show for

Ashley Gibbons.

Edgar Varela Fine Arts will be located at 102 West 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (5th and Main in DOWNTOWN LA)

The opening will take place from 5pm-9pm

Ashley Gibbons
Coquettish Modernisms

Utilizing quilting, lingerie and garment remnants to create images of women and the female form, I build a soft space with fabric to provoke hard dialogue. Contrasting delicate heirlooms with graphic images highlight and personify the dichotomy of a woman’s role.

Embroidery is the traditionally feminine act of recording and creating and the finished works are cherished by family members as heirlooms of blood ties. I use this delicate, personal technique to explore issues of sex, intimacy, female form, function, style, and gender roles: subjects not often discussed or recorded inside families. I hand embroider explicit, erotic tales – pathos of flesh and form. A dissonance between two kinds of women’s work?  Combining quilting, embroidery and adornment, I braid the stories of individuals into a larger framework of a collective.

I stretch lingerie across a canvas covered with screws and nails, covering the metal protrusions with the stressed delicate layers of panties and stockings. These intimate garments that lie beneath the exterior façade of the day’s fashion, convey mood, priority and function to the individual woman. The act of stretching them into contortions of their purpose reveals an intimate landscape of personal story and choice. The finished canvas tells a tale of color, fabric, preference, availability, challenging the viewers’ notions of references, preferences, and history with the contorted subjects.

I question how recording, collecting of private roles and choices transform the woman into public artifact. I question how the female form is consumed. I question how personal history intersects with mass produced items of supposed intimacy. I question the medium of dialogue within a family and to a greater audience. I seek to interpret one moment, one action into a new story, a new memory and a new framework.

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Special thank you to Lee Boek who will be pouring for our amazing generous wine sponsors http://www.freywine.com and http://www.magnanimuswines.com . Sulfate Free, Organic and Biodynamic wines from Mendocino County.

“MIKE ROMAN IS NOT DEAD” Solo Art Exhibit for Mike Roman Curated by Edgar Varela (EVFA)

“MIKE ROMAN IS NOT DEAD”

Solo Art Exhibit for Mike Roman

Curated by Edgar Varela (EVFA)

Urban Sanctuary LA @ 2026 E. 1st Street, LA 90033

Opening Reception; Sat. January 30th 2010, 7-11pm.

Using various printing methods on textile, wood, terracotta, and paper, Michael Roman displays his imaginative mixture of both nostalgic symbols from his cultural upbringing with images inspired by his present day. This is solo exhibition will showcase past and present work from the artist.

Born and raised in greater Los Angeles, Michael Roman moved to New York’s lower east side in the mid-70’s. Working as an aspiring artist / bike messenger, Michael frequently delivered packages and hung out at Andy Warhol’s labs in Manhattan. There, he received a great deal of inspiration to what would become his life work of stencil / screen art, combining Warhol techniques with old-Mexico methods and ancient images, which has become known as “Latinissmo”.

Michael’s textile art, known for its all over coverage and hand made appearance brings life to stencils and images. Avoiding the sterilized look, which is so common, the hand wrought artwork appears as unique and imperfect as life itself.

Michael’s clients have included celebrities such as Carlos Santana, Madonna, and Keith Richards. His artwork has been chosen to adorn album covers, Hotel VIP rooms, movie sets, night clubs, and dozens of restaurants.

In the mid-90’s, Michael was discovered by Carlos Santana, and he moved to San Francisco where he has been making personal artwork, clothing, and furniture for the superstar. Michael participates in several international events and has a permanent display at the Oaxaca Heritage Museum in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Michael currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Mission Cultural Center in San Francisco, where also teaches classes to aspiring and students in the Mission district.

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 visit http://www.edgarvarelafinearts.com.

urban:sanctuary – is a gallery and retail location located in the emerging area of Boyle Heights. For more information please http://www.urbansanctuaryla.com
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December . Tommy Mose Abbott, Open Studio Tours, Benefit Music Shows, Cadillac Art Experience & Christmas with Bessie Smith.

“being bad makes me happy”


New works by Tommy Mose Abbott @ EVFA

(Sat. Dec. 5th from 5-10pm) 542 S. Alameda, 2nd Fl. LA, 90013

Here is a little update on all the art and music happenings that I am involved in.

Dec.-March New Works by Gai Bracco @ Colori (Yummy)

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=222935308447&ref=mf

Dec. 5th (Art Opening) from 5-10pm (FREE) Tommy Mose Abbott

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=188008340657&ref=mf

Dec. 5th Arts District Studio Tour – ALL DAY w/ Free Shuttle & After-Party at e3rd Longe
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=234184031144&ref=mf  or

http://viewfromaloft.typepad.com/viewfromaloft/2009/12/studio-tour-guide.html

Dec. 8th. LA MODA launches as a Happy Hour Lounge with new hours, DJ,s and drink specials @ e3rd Lounge (Every Tuesday)

Dec. 10th Cadillac Art Experience (Main Street/5th) during the Downtown LA Artwalk from 5pm-10pm

Dec. 10th (The Garden Party) 10-2am w/ isgoodmusic.com

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=195368969064&ref=ts

Dec. 18th Benefit Band Event for Homeless Health Organization 8-1pm (Great bands being confirmed) Price TBA

Dec. 19th. Blues (Christmas with Bessie Smith) 8-midnight

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=215773916396&ref=mf

Thur. Nov. 12th, 6-9pm >FLAVORPILL presents a closing reception for CHRISTINA M. FELICE

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Felice

Christina M. Felice

Patterned Spaces

September 19 – November 13, 2009

Closing Reception November 12, 6 – 9pm

Semi-Acoustic performance by ROBOTANISTS

Sponsored by Flavorpill and Black Box Wines

Edgar Varela Fine Art

542 S. Alameda, 2nd Floor

Los Angeles, CA 90013

http://christinamfelice.com/

http://edgarvarelafinearts.com/

Edgar Varela Fine Arts in proud to present “Patterned Spaces”, the new body of work by artist Christina M. Felice. Felice’s latest collage series, “Patterned Spaces”, combines vintage illustrations and sewing patterns collaged with cutouts of the human form, blur the lines between irony, kitsch and subtext. This union evokes the most delicate suggestion of memory, hints of fleeting experiences from our past and the people there who continue to haunt us.

Felice’s work explores literal, fabricated, imagined and nostalgic applications of sexuality, treating mortality as more of a social expression rather than a biological existence or destiny. “My observations are a documentation of my process of discovery, my childhood, and modern ideas of femininity and feminism,” says the artist, making Patterned Spaces both a personal and political expression brought together in the present tense.

Felice was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. She received her BFA from Tyler School of Art of Temple University in Philadelphia. She will begin her MFA studies in the fall of 2010. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and Italy. Felice lives and works in Los Angeles.

CLOSING RECEPTION for JEN HEASLIP this Thursday

Jen Heaslip

Jen Heaslip

Edgar Varela Fine Arts presents the work of:

JEN HEASLIP

“NAKED GUYS STANDING THERE DOING NOTHING”

@ Edgar Varela Fine Arts

Closing Reception on Thursday  September 10th 2009 from 6 – 9 pm

Exhibition: August 22nd to September 10th, 2009.

EVFA @ 542 S. Alameda St., 2nd Flr., Los Angeles, CA 90013

(between 5th & 6th Street)

for more information please visit http://www.EdgarVarelaFineArts.com

Edgar Varela Fine Arts is pleased to present new works by Jen Heaslip. Live music by Doug Cox.

Jen Heaslip

“I have no idea why I paint.  I have no idea why I paint what I do.  I’ve been painting the same thing, the same set of ideas and by the same means for over twenty years (you’d think after that amount of time I’d be a little better at it): “Naked guys standing there doing nothing.”   (http://jen-heaslip.blogspot.com/)  When I have Chaz Bono’s money maybe I won’t need to work it out on canvas anymore, and choosing art as a means to achieve the financial aspect of that goal is really bad decision making, one that assures continued paintings of Naked Guys Standing There Doing Nothing.  See how nicely it works out?  That aspect of it aside…I still have no idea why the ‘Nothing,’ but I assure you, there’s a lot going on in Nothing.”

Backstory; The EV in EVFA

Many moons ago as a teenager I began producing small music events in the city of Los Angeles. These events involved navigating a nightlife scene in Los Angeles that now looking back on was a little dangerous for a 15-year old. Warehouses, lots, clubs, pop-up art shows is where it all happened, where my love of artistic creators began to flourish.

This continued for years until the day I decided that I might take a more serious stance in my life. I studied Business and Marketing, started working, built a career and 10 years after I started creating events I found myself deeply entrenched in the world of commercial banking and real estate, my role was as the commercial real estate analyst and appraiser for major developers and banks.  I was drawing a good salary and at the time, was happy with my direction in life. However slowly but surely my urge for more creativity began to emerge and was no longer satisfied with the occasional museum visit, concert or party. With my brother Rush going to Art Center College of Design, I felt the urge creeping back even more. As a side project I began to put together small networking events in order for my brother and his friends to have a great meeting spot and network with my other friends in the film, fashion, music and art fields.

This was the spark. At this point what was a hobby took a life of its own. Leaving the safety of the corporate world I started my EVFA art gallery out of my loft and began presenting monthly art shows, music shows, producing small films and facilitating in all aspects of fashion, it was a fantastic rush of creativity. Now, I wont give away all my secrets that have led to a successful transition from the corporate banking world to the world of Art and production, but I will say this; I started EVFA as a labor of love with a make or break attitude as far as financial success, I love what I do as I get to choose all the amazing people I work with and I am surrounded in amazing visual and audio art, so my passion for it is on everything you see my logo on. EVFA will always strive to provide you with a little extra no matter what we do.

Look for the Gallery Openings which mostly feature outstanding emerging artists from U.S., Music happenings which feature Breakout music talent from California with special touring guests, Film community networking events and small art film production (I will start posting some here) and larger scale community festivals. It is all about being creative, expressing your passion, to me all these industries are all the same, we all want to make a living doing what we love, I try to make a living helping people do what they love, pushing them to the front of the stage and showing off there talents like a proud parent, regardless of financial success. I believe art and culture to be a necessity of life and I am here to help you get your share of it.

Please visit back often and see what we are up to, especially since we do it all for you.

Thank you for your support,

Edgar Varela

EVFA

EVFA

New Shows…Art, Music & Fashion

As August comes rushing in, its time to take a breath and get ready for it. I have a couple art shows that are in the works, the dates have shifted as the time seems to just fly by.

In August we will feature the work of Jen Heaslip in Downtown. In the new Miracle mile location we will be having our official Grand Opening after a successful soft opening with the “Fly with the Cage” Iranian inspired art show.

Music wise is great this month. The Garden Party has one of our best line ups to date. An finaly I am working on the production of a Fashion Trends video, which is a side project I do a few times a year, its alwys very interesting to try and predict next seasons trends.

August will be hectic, but it will be a breeze compared to September. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED.

THE GARDEN PARTY – “Nurturing Talent from the Ground Up”

A monthly collaboration between EVFA (edgar Varela Fine Arts), ISGOODMUSIC.COM and Dita Dimone of SWEET HEAT PR.  The emphasis is to bring you a special location to showcase breakout talent in the visual and audio arts in Los Angeles.

The showcase event has been taking place since March of 2007, however until late 2008 it adopted the “Garden Party” name.  The showcase event currently takes place the second Thursday of every month at Edgar Varela’s downtown gallery event space.