Sunday, February 24, 2008

DF2 Gallery / Sheng Qi Exhibition

DF2 Gallery is exhibiting a solo exhibition of new paintings by Sheng Qi. Titled HISTORY IN BLACK AND RED, the series has been developed over the last 3 years. In these paintings, derived from the photographs in Chinese newspapers and magazines, Sheng’s focus remains centered on China’s contemporary political history and its affects on the lives of Chinese people. Sheng’s survey of China’s past and reality is largely framed by his life of 42 years. The exhibition ends on March 1st.

Sheng Qi
Bicycles, 2007
Acrylic on canvas, 200 x 150 cm each
© Sheng Qi, courtesy of DF2 Gallery, Los Angeles

Sheng Qi
Missing Girl, 2007
Acrylic on canvas, 100 x 80 cm
© Sheng Qi, courtesy of DF2 Gallery, Los Angeles

Sheng Qi
Red Car, 2007
Acrylic on canvas, 150 x 200 cm
© Sheng Qi, courtesy of DF2 Gallery, Los Angeles

Sheng Qi
Red Train, 2007
Acrylic on canvas, 150 x 200 cm
© Sheng Qi, courtesy of DF2 Gallery, Los Angeles

Sheng Qi first came to public attention in 1985 as a key part of China's "New Art Movement". In 1989, after the Tian'anmen Square Incident, Sheng Qi left Beijing for Europe. Before leaving, he cut off the little finger from his left hand and buried it in a flowerpot. Part protest and done also out of the need to leave a portion of himself in Chinese soil, the artist’s photographs of his 4-fingered left hand holding a small black and white photograph against a red background, have become the most memorable metaphor of Chinese political history and cultural reality.

In 1999, the artist returned to Beijing, occupying a seminal position within the contemporary Chinese movement. Rooted in a multi-disciplinary approach, Sheng Qi continues exploring various media: from photography and installation to video and performance work, that touch China’s sensitive issues from within a Chinese context.

Sheng Qi lives and works in Beijing.


Sheng Qi
History in Black and Red
January 26 - March 1, 2008


DF2 Gallery
314 N. Crescent Heights Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Gallery Hours: 10am - 5:30pm Tuesday - Friday
11am - 5:30pm Saturday

For additional information contact the gallery
or visit their website, DF2 Gallery.


Monday, February 18, 2008

Three Artists / One Evening Event

HRK Art presents an evening of art featuring Valentin Toledo, Miguel Osuna, Kim Kimbro. Reception with the artists will be Saturday, March 1, 2008, 6pm – 10pm, 410 South Spring Street, Los Angeles. Viewing thereafter by appointment only
(310 796-9250), through March 9th.

This is a one-night event in the downtown Los Angeles historic banking district, inside a 1914 building designed by Morgan, Walls & Clements (the firm which also designed the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood.) This section of downtown has become a vibrant art center and boasts an array of trendy new restaurants.

Valentin Toledo
acrylic, polyurethane on tempered glass, 51” x 43”
© Valentin Toledo, courtesy of HRK Art

Miguel Osuna
TARDE, 2006
oil on canvas – three panel assembly, 80” x 80”
© Miguel Osuna, courtesy of HRK Art

Kim Kimbro
URSA MAJOR (in your picture he gathered the light of the world) 2008
oil on canvas, 72” x 60”
© Kim Kimbro, courtesy of HRK Art

Kim Kimbro’s deeply emotional and evocative animal paintings explore primal emotions such as obsession, unconditional love, contempt and faith. She draws on the experiences of early man who first scratched animal imagery on cave walls as they defined their relationships with the animal world. Kim likes to paint with her three dogs around her because they remind her that the most poignant qualities humans have are the ones we share with animals. Kim’s work has been featured in numerous shows in Los Angeles including at the prestigious Barnsdall Art Center.

Valentin Toledo creates his “machines” (as he calls them) by painting on the reverse side of large-scale tempered glass plates, carefully dripping and guiding the paint without the use of a brush. The results are stunning images that seem to live within the glass as they delight the viewer with serendipitous color and form. Born in Seville, Spain, Valentin worked for many years in Barcelona and Madrid doing art direction for prestigious magazines such as Vogue, Marie Claire, and Elle, among others. His fine art work has been exhibited in Madrid, Barcelona, London, Seville, Paris, Frankfurt, Los Angeles and New York.

Miguel Osuna’s work uses representational methods to springboard into various degrees of abstraction, creating environments that are both familiar and challenging to the viewer’s eye. Miguel’s early training as an architect infuses his paintings with a unique sense of structure and scale. His work has been exhibited all over the U.S. and Mexico including the Katzen Arts Center of American University, the Instituto Cultural de Mexico in Washington D.C. and the Mazatlán Museum of Art.

HRK Art is a new company dedicated to presenting works by artists in temporary and interesting spaces. For additional information and future events visit their website HRK Art.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Sam Lee Gallery / Juanita Meneses Exhibition

Sam Lee Gallery is presenting "Ni Aquí ni Allá/Not Here or There" an exhibition of artworks by Juanita Meneses. The exhibition will continue through March 15th, 2008, and the gallery is located in the Chinatown area of Los Angeles.

Juanita Meneses
Bonfire, 2007
Acrylic on wood board
22 x 28 inches

Juanita Meneses
Caravan, 2008
Acrylic on wood board
48 x 96 inches

Juanita Meneses
Meeting, 2008
Acrylic on wood board
48 x 48 inches


Sam Lee Gallery
990 N. Hill Street #190
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone (323) 227-0275

For additional information please contact the gallery or visit their website: Sam Lee Gallery.


Saturday, February 2, 2008

Bert Green Fine Art - February 2008

Bert Green Fine Art presents three solo sculpture shows. The exhibition runs through through March 1, 2008. This is Bert Green's first all-sculpture exhibition, and the show has been extended an extra week.

David Hollen

David Grant

Laurie Hassold

David Grant works with metal armatures, wrapped in fabric, which reach into space, and mimic natural forms and organic structures. Laurie Hassold fuses found objects with clay in a seamless fashion which also implies an organic structure, but upon closer inspection take on a disquieting aspect. Nature would not have created these forms, yet they seem to exist and demand our respect. David Hollen works metal, wood and ceramic into alchemic, narrative architectures. These sculptures involve mathematically precise construction, but exude a playful stance.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday
12 - 6 pm, and Thursday 12 - 9 pm
Open Thursday, February 14, 12 - 9 pm

The art exhibition venues in Downtown Los Angeles conduct the Downtown Art Walk on the Second Thursday of each month from 12 - 9 pm. Details and a map are at

Bert Green Fine Art
102 West 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90013