The gallery’s first show introduces the works of Mia Mor,an Isreali artist living in the San Francisco’s Bay Area, who explores man-made materials on paper and canvas to create a vibrant new perspective for the viewer.
Antonio Mendoza is an established Los Angeles based artist internationally recognized for his work in the digital sphere and new media. Mendoza uses technology and data to expand and highlight contemporary issues in today’s world.
Stemming from Los Angeles, Michelle Robinson is a self-taught artist. Her work explores bold contrasts, color palettes, patterns and the female form. The figures she creates float gracefully upon an intricate background comprised of over laying rhythmic patterns and tantalizing color harmonies.
Monica Santos (aka Magick) is a Filipino native, California raised, largely self-trained artist. She combines indigenous and tribal art to classical and urban contemporary influences. Most often containing portraits of some kind, the stories within the pieces are personal, deep, soft, and affirmative.
Hadi Salehi was born in Chahsavar in northern Iran near the Caspian Sea. He started taking pictures in his early teens with a Russian Lubitel, which he still owns today. In 1978, he graduated from Tehran University and received a grant to study film in the United States. Upon arrival in Los Angeles, Hadi found the social climate not all that welcoming for Iranian immigrants and had to take many odd jobs while pursuing his art. Around the same time, Hadi discovered The Clash’s music and the burgeoning L.A. Punk scene, which he drew inspiration from. He picked up his camera and started documenting the shows, graffiti, and chicano rights demonstrations. This eventually got Hadi noticed, and he was recruited by the Art Center of Design in Pasadena.
Hadi liked to experiment with the development process and was known to take cameras apart just to manipulate the shot or pull apart the emulsion to deconstruct and reconstruct the image. He found that he wanted to push the limits of the conventional approach to photography. This unique attitude led to acceptance from another band of outsiders: surfers. They got it and embraced him. Hadi spent the next decade traveling and shooting exclusively some of the most prolific surfers of the era and worked with quite a few legendary surfing lifestyle brands. With that validation, Hadi now had the ability to focus on his art and he traveled across the globe capturing amazing images of people and their daily lives. Eventually, he made the first of many photography inspired trips back to his native Iran to document his roots.
For nearly a decade, Painter and Mix-Media Artist Melissa Wenke, has produced art that reflects her journey through the process. Technique and authentic energy are front and center in her collection of work; stimulating the senses with every stroke of her brush and her distinctive use of positive and negative space, form and texture.
Los Angeles based artist Sequoia Emmanuelle has a unique voice as a photographer utilizing her many creative talents together- including fashion design, set design, painting, wardrobe styling, film and graphic design. Dripping with color and texture, Sequoia's work captures the essence of her generation of artists and immortalizes the avant-garde worlds of fashion, music, art, film and theatre as seen through her eyes. A graduate of photography at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, her unique style has been inspired and shaped by the raw and vibrant underground art scenes of New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Through her art, she creates magical wonderlands from which to transport and capture her subjects in their full archetypal glory.
Mixed-Media Artist and Sculptor, Daniella White, is a Washington native, raised on an island in the Pacific Northwest. She creates stunning headdresses that bring out one's inner beauty, wild side, and higher self. Her inspiration comes from the natural world, the feminine form, mythology, music, the art deco and art nouveau movements, tribal shamanism, and mysticism. Daniella primarily uses natural elements such as feathers, horns, and vintage fur, combined with vintage jewelry and textiles from around the world.
Jaime Colindres’ paintings on wood reveal a prestigious exploration into the imagination and mystery of creating art. A sense of deeply felt observation, vivid imagination and expressive discovery infuse his paintings with a mystical spirit. He enters a process of artistic discovery developed from observing and “feeling” the patterns of each piece of wood. Colindres’ work evokes a sense of calmness and wonder that emerges from chaotic patterns and majestic storytelling; and his creative imagery emerges from the textures and earthy raw elements that connect deeply with nature.
Ofelia Marquez's sculptures seek to re-contextualize and deconstruct Western/European art traditions through a Chicana feminist critical lens. Gloria Anzualda has become an indispensable source for Maquez, as she works to form a “third” space while dealing with the visceral effects of living in a binary system (i.e. Mexican/European, female/male, heterosexual/homosexual). Her work employs Joseph Campbell’s understanding of archetypes and the insights of Carl Jung’s philosophy of the collective unconscious to explore the hidden traditions of the precolonial new world. Her work is also an attempt to delineate themes and techniques that can be found across many cultures.