Thursday, June 20, 2013

Opening Show Tonight - Gauntlet Gallery




Gauntlet Gallery Presents: Side Effects
Works by Drew Young, Jen Mann, Marcos LaFarga, William Arvin
        Gauntlet Gallery is pleased to present Side Effects, a group show by featuring new works by Drew Young, Jen Mann, Marcos LaFarga, and William Arvin. The opening reception will be held at Gauntlet Gallery on June 20, 2013 from 6-9pm. The exhibition will be on view through July 27, 2013 and is free and open to the public.
        Since photography's birth in 1825, a new language has developed and come to permeate nearly every facet of our culture. Around the middle of the twentieth century, a staggering number of artists began to devote their life's work to the effects of this new language, as the 1960’s saw a dramatic spike in it’s presence and evolution. Coincidentally the 1960s also gave rise to the prominence of Ritalin, a new drug created to treat hyperactivity and mental restlessness in children. A succession of generations have since grown up subdued by both.
        While under the influence of either of these stimulants, one should be aware of their side effects, which include; Anxiety, depression and psychosis- see the moody, psychologically driven work of Drew Young as his figures are caught in the drama of the order and chaos of a fractured space and time; Euphoria and dizziness- see the ethereal and spatial work of Jen Mann and her almost angelic subjects, awash in an atmosphere of pastel hues and blissful purity; Stunted growth and over excitement- see the bright and cleverly designed works of Marcos Lafarga, which recall retro-graphics aimed at youth paired with his aggressive and bold statements, as assertive as any advertisement tag-line; Dysphoria and blurred vision- see the deconstructed pixelation and lo-fi images in the works of William Arvin, with their sometimes cinematic, sometimes violent and sometimes witty subjects, all of which display an ongoing dispute between ideology and aesthetics.


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Gauntlet Gallery presents: Human Nature - Photographs by Alexander Getty
        Gauntlet Gallery is pleased to present Human // Nature, new works by photographer Alexander Getty. The opening reception will be held at Gauntlet Gallery on June 20, 2013 from 6-9pm. The exhibition will be on view through July 27, 2013 and is free and open to the public.

Artist Statement - Between October 2010 and June 2012, I spent many, many hours commuting between Los Angeles and San Francisco. I began pulling off the 5 and 101 freeways at different exits each time to curb my boredom. I got to know the orchard perimeters and coastal views, with the changing seasons offering evolving scenery that met the lens of my Leica. And yet, it was the railway bridge at Gaviota State Beach, a small exit invisible to most travelers, that kept me returning to the longer, seven-hour 101 freeway route. On first impressions Gaviota isn’t particularly striking, but I kept coming back to see its two tall cliffs joined by a decaying railway bridge. The first time I saw it, I spent two hours walking the tracks and admiring the views. High up in the cliffs I would watch the sun drown in the ocean.

        These journeys gave me an appreciation for manmade structures and their ability to endure and sometimes enhance what could be just another beach or field. From the obvious geometry of a box girder bridge to the organically-engineered galleries that efficiently encase thousands of square miles of California's agricultural landscape. I have been fixated on the relationship of our human influence on nature and the beauty that can be found when it combines.


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Daft Punk goes to LA
ReDiscovery // Los Angeles

        ReDiscovery has been taken down from our San Francisco Gallery, but the collection will make it's way to LA for a pop up show at The Well on June 27th from 7:30 to midnight. The one night exhibit will feature the works from the original show as well as new Daft Punk works from Craig Drake and Rene Garcia. The entire collection is also still available on our website.