"Weekend Warrior"
July 12th - August 10th, 2008
Nathan Larramendy Gallery, Ojai, CA

Weekend Warrior

Beautiful/Decay magazine and Nathan Larramendy gallery are pleased to announce “Weekend Warrior.” The artists selected for this exhibition represent a diverse cross-section of media and creative expressions—with an overarching theme of innovative aesthetics. The gallery is located in Ojai, California, a city most commonly known as a weekend getaway for the glamorous jetset. Beautiful/Decay and Nathan Larramendy continue with this theme, and shift the paradigm to invite Los Angeles’ artists and creative community for a retreat in one of the most unique locations that southern California has to offer. An afternoon reception will be hosted on July 12th from 3-6 pm; food, drinks and music will be provided.

Tony de los Reyes incorporates literary thematics from Herman Melville’s classic novel, Moby-Dick, as metaphors for the darkly obsessive, violent tendencies of the United States and its creation of allegories and histories to justify and heroicize self-destructive impulses.

Ruby Osorio also deconstructs disguised mythologies; in particular, she examines representations of femininity and the odalisque within the history of art via delicate watercolors on paper. Robbie Conal presents searing political critique more overtly, in the tradition of social satirists such as Honore Daumier, by lampooning figures from popular culture.

Steven Shein imagines maximalist geometric saturated synthetic “full void, empty volume” pieces, while Vanessa Chow’s visual feasts blend meditative hand crafted constructions with vibrant idiosyncratic imagery.

Allison Miller creates self-referential abstract paintings that feature whimsical organic hand-drawn geometric line work; their ruler-less rendered imperfections lending charm and sincerity. In contrast, Robert Olsen creates representational works that isolate mundane images and occurrences to elevate and abstract their context, often referencing the solemnity of modernist masterworks. Olsen’s lusciously painted smooth surfaces are subtly humorous in their rarified, straight-face treatment of every day objects; transforming a graffiti ridden bus stop into a Dan Flaven-esque light box, or a 76 ball into a canonical Ed Ruscha style pop painting.

Simmons and Burke turn their gaze to the rapidly expanding digital landscape, culling images from internet search engines to create dizzying, horror vacui creations that call to mind the monstrous multiplicity of Hieronymous Bosch.