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Oct 02 2015

The DRAWING Show - curated by Betty Ann Brown

 
Last Saturday evening Society 805 attended The DRAWING Show curated by Betty Ann Brown in Los Angeles at The Loft at Liz's Gallery.
 
Drawing is one of the oldest forms of human expression: Over 30,000 years ago, artists drew
herds of bison racing across the rock walls of Grotte Chavet. In more recent times, drawings were considered problem-solving exercises, with emphasis on observation and investigation; they were produced as preparation for the more privileged media of painting and sculpture.Today, many artists use drawing as their primary or only art form. "The Drawing Show" focused on artists whose aesthetic practices focus on drawing.
 
The Drawing Show exhibit features works from artists Abel Alejandre, Jodi Bonassi, Joanne Julian, J. Michael Walker, Milo Reice, Kent Twitchell, Nancy Baker Cahill, Echiko Ohira, Susan Feldman, and Andre Yi.
 
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Abel Alejandre was the first artist we met who uses his consummate skill with graphite pencils to produce mural-scaled drawings that grapple with his identity and personal past. Mil Mascaras depicts the artist behind a devil mask from his native Michoacan, Mexico. A lacey bra hangs on one of the devil's horns, suggesting a sexual and perhaps illicit engagement. http://abelalejandre.com/
 
jodi bonassi
 
It was a real pleasure talking with artist Jodi Bonassi who creates surreal worlds that are densely populated by both human and spiritual entities. Her series of gun-themed drawings look at the affects of violence on children. It was a real powerful piece on gun violence and children. http://www.jodibonassiart.com/
 
Joanne Julian

I met Joanne Julian a talented artist from the 805. Joanne's oeuvre is based on Asian traditions, sometimes with specifically Zen iconography (i.e., the remarkable series of Zen Circles), and sometimes with spiritual attention to the natural world, whether it be birds or blossoms. http://www.joannejulian.com
 
J Michael Walker
 
It was fascinating chatting with J. Michael Walker who portrays strong and beautiful women and the powerful spirits that watch over them, in his colored pencil drawings of Afro-Brazilians and the Orishas. I learned a bit of history about Afro-Brazilians and the Orishas and I look forward to more conversations with J. Michael Walker in the near future. http://www.jmichaelwalker.com/
 
Milo Reice
I shared an air vent with artist Milo Reice, which was a treat in the crowded gathering. Milo's sketches allows the history of art to flow through him with expressive fervor. Figures are sketched and scribbled across horizontal bands, inviting viewers to imagine narrative interactions. http://miloreice.com
  
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Muralist's Kent Twitchell famed murals are based on the precision of his portraits. For this exhibition, they selected Twitchell's portrait studies of several famed individuals, from Olympic athletes to jazz singers to the woman who inspired one of his renowned freeway murals. I must say that this is one cool chap, he did not say much, just pointed to his assistant (I'm assuming) and said "give her my card",  in a really cool tone. Well I thought it was really cool. http://www.kenttwitchell.org/
 
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By the time I met the last two artists the place felt like a sauna due to the size of the crowd. I really did not get a chance to talk to them for long, but I found these two women to be quite charming and hope to to talk with them more in the future.
 
Nancy B Cahaill
 
Artist Nancy Baker Cahill creates graphically powerful images of tightly woven abstract images.
At times, she rips her drawings into petal-like shapes that are re-assembled into sculptural forms. I loved her drawings, which are really powerful. http://nancybakercahill.com/
 
Echiko Ohira
 
The beautiful Echiko Ohira creates drawings so subtle the viewer must slow down and spend quiet time to see them. Spirals echo in graphite silence, almost disappearing into the whiteness of the paper.
 
The Drawing Room exhibits runs through till November 2, 2015, for more information please go to http://www.theloftatlizs.com/
  
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Society 805's Editor Tatiana Wilcox-Ha with the remarkable gallery owner, Liz Gordon
 
 
The Loft at Liz's Gallery
453 South La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
323.939.4403
 
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Tatiana Wilcox Ha
Tatiana Wilcox Ha is the Editor in Chief & Owner of the region's leading online publication.
In 2009, she decided to start Society 805 after noticing that there were really no decent online publications that feature the lifestyles and happenings of her newly adopted area. As a recent transplant and trying to find what activities to get into was a difficult task, the few publications that did have events or articles were done very poorly and the layouts were horrendous. That is when she came up with the concept and thanks to her girlfriend Tarra Jack who helped come up with the name after an afternoon of cocktails, that is how Society 805 came to fruition.
In her spare time, Tatiana enjoys spending time with her family & friends. She enjoys entertaining at her home, dancing, traveling and singing karaoke whenever she gets a chance. In her quiet moments she enjoys cuddling with her dog and watching a good movie on TCM or watching anime, a passion she picked up in her twenties.

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