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CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD EXHIBIT

for immediate release

AWAKEN: the female voice

April 21st – June 27th Plummer Park, West Hollywood

Curated by Brooke Mason

This is a female artist only exhibit opening April 21st and running through June 27th at Plummer Park in West Hollywood. The opening reception is April 21st 6-8pm.

When a girl is young she doesn’t understand boundaries or social parameters put on her. She is running free. Her rude awakening begins somewhere between the ages of 10 and 15 years. She starts to sense these restrictions; she questions her role in her environment. She chooses either to fight them and deal continuously with conflict or to conform to them, to comply, an easier route… until she is old enough to rebel against them seriously. As artists we strive to highlight these struggles.

 This exhibit looks at the transformation of a female over the first half of her life. Some of the artworks highlight freedom of expression as a child with no restraint, a sense of innocence and liberty, while other works delve into adulthood and the challenges of prescribed paradigms. All the artists in this exhibit choose, as artists and as women, to inspire others through their work.

Artists in the exhibit include: Fatemeh Burnes, Lola Del Fresno, Diane Holland, Julienne Johnson, Camella DaEun Kim, Feng Ling, Nicole Landau, Brooke Mason, Mei Xian Qiu.

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The exhibit is curated by Brooke Mason, an Australian-born fine art and celebrity photographer capturing images for over 15 years. Originally based in New York City, currently her studio is in West Hollywood with her work featured on the covers and editorial pages of fashion and lifestyle magazines worldwide. Within the past year Mason has had six fine-art exhibits, gaining Art Week LA’s attention with “Pick of the Week” for her solo exhibit “La Haute Main” at Bergamot Station. She won first place from Art Slant’s International Photography competition for “Vanquish” in 2015. She is a feminist and passionate about highlighting women artists.

 

Presented with the support of the City of West Hollywood through WeHo Arts. For more info on WeHo Arts programming please visit www.weho.org/arts

LACDA OPENING

LACDA 12th Anniversary Members Exhibit
 
April 14-May 6, 2016
Artists’ Reception: Saturday April 16, 7-9pm
art walk preview Thursday April 14
Adam James Butcher, Alexandria Donovan, Allesandro Cima, Andy Lomas, Bethany Taylor, Carlos Luna James, Carolyn Doucette, Colleen Corcoran, Daniel Leighton, Darren Hepburn, David Dixon. David Dumo, David Feldman, David Hudson, David Teng-Olsen, Denis Gillingwater, Don Bergland, Douglas Hill, Elizabeth Newman Kuiper, Elizabeth Otten, Gillian Ware, Gwen Adler, James Mai, Jason Locklyer, Jennifer Sharpe. Jesse Russell Brooks, Jill Rickabaugh, John Brooks, John Haubrich, John Waiblinger, Jon Tarry, JT Burke, Kate MacDonald, Kathryn Jacobi, Klaus Bittner, Laura Krasnow, Leigh Brodie, Mark Neumann, Martin Amorous, Marianne Mettler, Matthew Barlow. Melinda Smith. Michael Wright. Ori / Gerard Frances. Paula Haapalahti, Ron Janowich. Roxanne Brousseau Felio, Sheri Neva, Stephen Mingle. Steven K. James, Susanne Belcher. Tibor Foeldes, Toban Nichols, Trevor Messersmith, Victor Acevedo. Wade Harrell, Diane Fox, John F. Walte, Melissa Lambert, Michael Tyson Murphy, John Largaespada, Leslie Tucker, Johnny Naked, Linda Alterwitz, Jared Fortunato, Jeff Alu, Mary Neubauer, Neil Kohanski, Pete Jackson, Jesse Russell Brooks, Mei Xian Qiu, Tiffany Trenda, Campbell Laird, Nick Gaetano

Public Art Project with the City of West Hollywood

Mei Xian Qiu: City of West Hollywood Public Art Mural

Let A Thousand Flowers Bloom

installation pending

West Hollywood Park

“Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom,” a series of photographs portraying a Chinese takeover of the United States, is a popular Western misquotation of Mao Zedong’s “Let a Hundred Flowers Blossom, Let a Hundred Schools of Thought Contend.” Taken from classical Chinese poetry, Mao used this slogan to proclaim a great society where arts, academia and “a hundred schools of thought contend.” As a result, artists and academics came out of hiding and there was a brief flowering of culture.

In the photographs, hidden political dangers are suggested and must be addressed urgently, but are put aside momentarily, subsumed to the romance of “the beautiful idea.” The models for the imagery are Pan Asian American artists, and academics specializing in Chinese culture, the very group at risk in a Hundred Flowers Movement. The costumes are discarded U.S. military uniforms, cheongsams constructed for the photographs, and Chinese mock ups taken from a Beijing photography studio, specializing in getups for foreign tourists to re-enact Cultural Revolution Propaganda imagery.

The photographs uses familiar symbolism and historical dystopianism, but looks squarely to the future. Never forgetful of the past, this body of work engages the constitution of the future, affirmatively critical, specifically with respect to globalism, the identity of the self and self-view, the social landscape, post-colonialism, and that of the larger national body politic.

Mei Xian Qiu is a Los Angeles based artist. She was born in the town of Pekalongan, on the island of Java, Indonesia, to a third generation Chinese minority family. At birth, she was given various names in preparation for societal collapse and variant potential futures, a Chinese name, an American name and an Indonesian name given by her parents, as well as a Catholic name by the local priest. In the aftermath of the Chinese and Communist genocide, the family immigrated to the United States. She was moved back and forth several times between the two countries during her childhood – her parents initial reaction to what they perceived as the amorality of life in the West countered the uncertainty of life in Java. Partially as a result of a growing sense of restlessness, her father joined the U.S. Air Force and the family lived across the country, sometimes staying in one place for just a month a time.

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PHOTO LA

A juried international exhibition and first Queer/LGBT show ever staged at Photo LA. Round Hole, Square Peg 2 is an on-going search for new LGBTQ visual archetypes. 30 emerging and mid-career artists selected from an international competition will be presented in the Artists Corner booth at Photo LA. An invitational, curated Wall of Fame featuring current top photographers will form a special part of the exhibition. Now in its 25th year, Photo LA – from 21-24 January 2016 – is one of the longest-running fine art fairs in the USA.

After Photo LA, the exhibition will open at the Artists Corner Gallery in Hollywood, California on Saturday, 6th February 2016 from 7-10p. The gallery’s opening night reception will be a fundraising auction-party for The Trevor Project: the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to (LGBTQ) young people. Tickets are $40 and will be obtainable through Eventbright. Celebrity-driven art works on auction will be available for viewing and bidding at handbid.com. Auction winners will be notified by phone and e-mail.The Lovers

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