SPECIAL PRESENTATION: TOM GARDNER, JUNE, 2019 (PAINTINGS, DRAWINGS)
In between his birth in 1940 into Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia, his childhood abandonment during the Soviet Communist era, and his violent death in 1987 at the hands of New York drug dealers, artist Tom Gardner created a roaring cavalcade of mesmerizing, haunting art. Shaped as a child by Nazi terror and Soviet oppression, Gardner grew into a man both radical and contemptuous of societal rules. He turned to paint, drugs and alcohol early, the trifecta giving him the relief he needed to survive in his traumatic world, and to escape the demons and nightmare visions that owned him.
Lamfography takes its root from the New York street acronym (LAMF) representing the DIY music aesthetic of the mid to late 1970's and combining it with the suffix "ography." Put the two together and you have Andy cruising the highways on his Moto Guzzi, constantly making the wrong decisions and then spending most of his time trying to extricate himself with the least amount of trouble.
I’m fascinated by looking at things from all kinds of angles and heights and depths, and in both shadow and light; to really understand an experience in its entirety.
Digital Imaging has freed the photographer much like how the camera freed the painter. Photographing motion and color are exciting variations that this new technology has allowed. Combining motion and color with other elements can evoke emotion and meaning that was not possible even a few years ago.
I sometimes don't look through my viewfinder, or even hold the camera up to my eye when I shoot, because the camera itself can get into places that my body can't. Lately I’ve been emphasizing light and movement and shape and texture – I find these elements absolutely compelling.
Do nothing, and nothing will be left undone.” Lao Tsu
I am a career homeless Bum from Los Angeles. Always wanted to be a bum ever since I was a teenager. It was my destiny. Reading Buddhism, Socrates, early Christianity, Jack Kerouac, Steinbeck and Bukowski books simply gave me intellectual justification for this otherwise insane bent in my brain. I Grew up in the Crenshaw District of Los Angeles (where "Boyz in the Hood" was filmed).
My images are things you see out of the corner of your eye and then take the time to maybe look at closer. I suppose all the images are about seeing the beauty in everything and how we can all benefit, for however brief, in the calmness and serenity of the environment around us.
Daniel Jacoby lost his battle with cancer in March, 2004, at the age of 38. Proceeds from his work are donated to:
What I actually see through my lens isn't always what shows up in my work. Every time I pick up my camera it's like a free-wheeling extravaganza.
It’s about connection. The void and the aching of my heart pulled me down like gravity. My creations bring me back to the surface and fill my soul with senses. Each piece represents a part of my Being coming to life. It’s like air forever flowing, forever moving, forever changing.
Janine Jacoby's colorful, spiritual and often whimsical prints are both joyful and mysterious at the same time. "This is a way for me to bring my history, faith and enthusiasm together," said Jacoby, "These prints are like the songs I love brought to life, and the mystical teachings of my heritage brought to a different generation. I found this kind of creativity later in my life, and truly love what I do."
Janine Jacoby lost her battle with cancer in June, 2005. Proceeds from her work go to support:
I try to take all of my photographs from a new perspective. Whether it's a macro shot or a unique angle, for me the purpose is to show what would not be ordinarily seen by the naked eye. A new perspective can change everything about a photograph; from mood and lighting to texture and color. I love that new aspects of a subject can be discovered by only changing perspectives.
My first passion is birds. I spend most of my time drawing birds, thinking about birds, playing with my birds or birdwatching; closely following birds are insects and spiders. I love catching bugs and keeping spiders, and I love photographing the natural world exactly as I find it, and exactly as it is.
NAOMI RYERSON: REALITY MEETS THE UNKNOWN (DIGITAL COMPOSITIONS - ORIGINALS: PAINTINGS, DRAWINGS, PHOTOGRAPHY, MIXED MEDIA, DIGITAL ART/PRINTS/MERCHANDISE/APPAREL)
I am fascinated by that place where reality meets the unknown. I love the intersection of real-world ideas with the dreamlike uncertainty of imagination and shadow. Through my paintings and mixed-media arrangements, the digital compositions I call “Palimpsests,” hand-drawn “Kaleidoscopes,” and my photographic “Mosaics,” I have found ways to capture how I really experience the world.