Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Exhibition Opening: What's Happening at Cersoli Gallery

C E R A S O L I  g a l l e r y presents

MICHELE CARLSON  ‘Relics and Warnings’
HELLOVON    ‘Semblance’
DEREK ALBECK & FRENCH    'The Initiation’
September 19 – October 14, 2009 
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 19, 6-9pm

C E R A S O L I  Gallery is pleased to present MICHELE CARLSON   'Relics and Warnings' solo exhibition in Gallery One, HELLOVON 'Semblance' in Gallery Two, and DEREK ALBECK & FRENCH  'The Initiation' in Gallery Three at the Cerasoli Gallery (8530-B Washington Blvd in Culver City).  Opens September 19, 2009, and remains on view through October 14, 2009. 

*Image by HelloVon*
Michele Carlson’s ‘Relics and Warnings’ is an exploration through collaged drawings of the spaces between history, memory, loss, and collectivity.  Carlson’s surrealistic images of raven-haired women adorned in fabrics rich with ethnic patterns acting out the iconography of the artist’s own secret mythologies are visually seductive, interpersonal tableaux.  Drawn to the allegories of lost cities and the relationship those myths have on contemporary diasporic communities, Carlson's works symbolize imagined forgotten cultures of faraway homelands.  Invoking graffiti art practices, hip hop culture, homespun altar memorials, and cautionary fables, Carlson’s work delves into the detritus of the collision of contradictory sociopolitical ideas, where the valorization of certain lifestyles and memories becomes blurred with its victims’ fates.  Carlson holds an MFA in Printmaking, MA in Visual & Critical Studies from the California College of the Arts, and she also holds her BFA in Printmaking and BAs in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts and American History from the University of Washington.  

*Image by HelloVon* 

Wispy, luminous, and waif-like, the portraits in HelloVon’s ‘Semblance’ show at Cerasoli Gallery gaze openly at viewers with the curiosity and allure of striking strangers with whom fantastic adventures may be possible.  Engaging, beautiful, and tantalizingly untouchable, Von’s subjects seem born from a malleable reality, perhaps composed while amiably daydreaming. The drawings in ‘Semblance’ are indicative of Von’s fascination with image construction, form, distortion and the process of drawing itself.  Utilizing a blend of traditional and digital mark making techniques, Von’s original drawings have been featured as part of Creative Review’s award-winning Monograph series and featured on billboards from London to New York in the Migration exhibition, adopted by Liberty of London for their relaunch and appeared on the catwalk at Milan Fashion Week as part of the Trussardi A/W 09 collection.  HelloVon is the globally branded studio of London-based illustrator and artist Von.  Von’s work has been exhibited at The London Design Museum and featured in Rolling Stone, Playboy, the New York Times and Esquire. ‘Semblance’ will be Von’s debut solo show in Los Angeles.
*Image by HelloVon*
Derek Albeck and French’s ‘The Initiation’ in Gallery Three consists of works in a variety of medias, including drawings, serigraphs, video and a small installation.  With a shared interest in the occult, Albeck and French explore the idea of an initiation rite as interpreted by two artists working in different techniques and with unique conceptual ideas. The works are mutual investigations of forms of transformation and passage as rites of initiation, as well as tongue-in-cheek meditations on extreme music, such as a metal song by the band Inquisition.  Derek Albeck lives and works in Los Angeles developing complex figurative works influenced by his background in graphic printmaking.  His work has been exhibited in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.   French is an artist from South East England whose love of metal music, history and story-telling informs his often dark artwork. He has exhibited in the UK, France, Denmark, Sweden, the U.S., Australia and Israel.

C E R A S O L I gallery 
8530- b Washington Blvd. Culver City,CA 90232
Tel. 310 954 5974 / contact@cerasoligallery.com

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