Curated by Mat Gleason
August 25 – September 29, 2018
Haleh Mashian, “Tears of Passion.” Mixed Media on Wood , 72 x 72 in. 2018.
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“Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood
Clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather
The multitudinous seas incarnadine,
Making the green one red.”
-Macbeth, Act 2 Scene 2
There is a scene in Macbeth where the title character cuts his hand and muses that were he to dip it into the ocean, might he make the whole sea turn red? Such is the pretense of any painter approaching a blank surface when their brush is soaked heavy with a color in the range of red. From orange to purple with all the crimsons and pinks in between, red is the color that best substantiates the artist’s assertive nature and transubstantiates energy into rendered form. To incarnadine a canvas or object is to tame the energy around us all into a pulsating frozen harness. This exhibit includes a cross section of Southern California artists united by their use of red yet oppositional in many regards: famous and unknown, female and male, privileged and political, alive and dead, formal and subjective, related and hermetic, figurative and abstract… but all present here, harmonizing in their use of the color of blood, lava, wine, and fire.
Incarnadine featured artists include Peter Alexander, Aaron Axelrod, Aliza Bejarano, Rouzanna Berberian, April Bey, Dwora Fried, Ginger Lai, Haleh Mashian, John McCracken, Andy Moses, Ed Moses, Oscar Nava, Loren Philip, Sandy Rodriguez, Ed Ruscha, Melinda R. Smith, Charles Swenson, Brian Tucker, Tyler Waxman, and Eric Zammitt.
Flamenco with Maria Bermudez and Pele de los Reyes
Maria Bermudez grew up in East Los Angeles, a Chicana with fiery passion and intense musical talent. Several years ago she moved to Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, to study Flamenco. Today, her critically acclaimed performances have graced the stages of prominent venues throughout the world, including the Hollywood Bowl and the John Anson Ford Theatre in Los Angeles, The Joyce Theater and Lincoln Center in New York, Festival de Beaucaire in France, and the Teatro Villamarta in Spain as part of the prestigious Festival Flamenco de Jerez. She was honored in 2002 by the City of Jerez for her relentless dedication to the artistry of the region.