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LARGE – Paintings of Wicked Adults

The Warehouse Gallery

ArtShare LA, 801 East 4th Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90013
April 20 – June 8, 2012 / Opening Reception: April 20 / 7 – 10 pm

Curator: Ted Meyer

West Coast artists: Raul Gerrero, Anna Stump and Tim Youd

Art Share LA is pleased to announce its second show of 2012 – “Large” curated by long-time Arts District painter, designer and resident, Ted Meyer. Ted brought the idea of showing large-scale work to gallery director Rick Robinson just a few short weeks ago. “The opportunity to exploit the 18′ gallery ceilings was fresh and new for us” says Robinson. “And the choice for the painters sets a terrific standard for our space”.

Established in 1997 Art Share LA is a 501C3 operating as a community art incubator within the Downtown LA Arts District. Art Share LA provides affordable artists housing, art programming, a gallery space, performing arts theatre and event space. The mission is to keep Art in The Arts District.

About the show:
Painting the human figure is a bit of an anachronism in the contemporary art world. Painting LARGE figures is a statement of defiance. ArtShare Los Angeles is proud to present three contemporary artists who paint large, emotionally messy and questionably moral figurative compositions. Size does matter to these image makers, as bodies become mythological and event grotesque at in-your-face proportions. In contrast to the large works, each artist also presents small sketches, providing insight into their creative processes.

Tijuana Nightlife: La Coahuila
Growing up in National City, California, about 10 miles north of the Mexican border, allowed for ample opportunities to visit Tijuana, Mexico. In fact if you were a teenager living in So. California in the 60’s Tijuana was the place to go for your entertainment, it was a rite passage. The most popular hangouts were The Long bar, known for its cheap booze and crazy mirrors and the Blue Fox, a night club that featured sordid floors shows, usually with the participation of drunken sailors.

In 1988, in an effort to re-examine that past history, I began a series of paintings and drawings inspired by Tijuana’s night life. The collection focused on La Coahuila, the red light district dating back to the 20’s, with legendary bars like Glu Glu, Molino Rojo, Chicago Club, El Barril, Coco Club, Las Golondrinas, Guadalajara de Noche and Club Bambi. These clubs and new ones like Club Manhattan offer a variety of entertainment choices ranging from Las Vegas style spectacles, classic floor shows, dollar dance hostesses and everything in between; a place right out of Canterbury Tales.

A collection of work from this period will be included in the upcoming group show at ArtShare: LARGE – Paintings of Wicked Adults.

Raul Guerero, San Diego CA

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