artHAUS 2009

Group exhibition on Main Street in Venice for artHAUS. The exhibition features twenty five artists from Berlin and Los Angeles. The curator, Thomas Shirmboeck, flew in Wednesday from Germany to hang the show. Here are the details:The Opening Reception is Saturday Jan 24th at 5 PMAddress is 700 Main Street in Venice (Valet avail)It’s open during this weekend from 12-4 Saturday and Sunday, then by apt only. Www.arthaus.usartHAUS Banner

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artHAUS 2009

los angeles | berlin

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Exhibition: artHAUS 2009 Los Angeles – Berlin25 Artists 9 LoftsJan 24- Feb 24Reception: Sat June 24, 2009 5:00 pmOpening Weekend Sat/Sun 12:00-4:00Location: Dogtown Station700 Main StreetVenice, CAVenice, CA–artHAUS is a group show featuring twenty five artists from Los Angeles to Berlin curated by Thomas Schirmböck of Zephyr Gallery and the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen in Mannheim, Germany. The works consist of photography, painting, sculpture and video and are spread throughout nine Manhattan-style lofts at Dogtown Station 700 Main Street in Venice, California. There will be a reception for the artists Saturday January 24, at 5:00 pm.

The theme of the show, Confrontation:Collaboration, portrays “…how two related but often enough misunderstood parts of the world meet in a fest for art” says Thomas Schirmboeck, Curator. “Abstract painting is confronted with self reflecting photography, sculptures which give us the idea to understand the world of creatures meet aerial photography; falling artists meet in video art the false beauty of the Oktoberfest. Art is always about the world and how to see her, transform her. This show brings splinters from different kinds of art together and lays them out like a mosaic in which colors, techniques and materials stand together.”

About artHAUS

ArtHAUS is a roaming international exhibition that integrates contemporary art and architecture by engaging world class curators to showcase cutting edge artwork– photography, video, sculpture and painting– in newly renovated, unfurnished residences that celebrate the newest local architecture of the host city.The ArtistsFeatured artists include painters Charles Arnoldi, Edith Baumann, Kimberly Brooks, Craig Butler and Myriam Holme; photographers, Douglas Busch, Ford Gilbreath, Werner Huthmacher, Ruth Hutter, E.F. Kitchen, Jenny Tall Kroftova, Robert Mack, Jurgen Nogai, Marc Raeder, Florian Reischauer, Stefanie Schneider, Bill Sosin, Joachim Seinfeld, Marvin Wax, Al Weber and Sascha Weidner; and sculptors Tom Chapin, Gwynn Murrill. Roughly half of the artists are based in Southern California and the other half from Germany.

About Thomas Schirmböck, artHAUS 2009

CuratorThomas Schirmboeck is the director of the Zephyr Gallery and curater for the contemporary photography for the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen in Mannheim, Germany. Mr. Schirmboeck has produced eighty four shows internationally ranging from photography, painting and installation. From 1996 – 2004 he was founding manager of “Fotogalerie Alte Feuerwache”, a public space for photography and related media as one of the leading art spaces for contemporary media in Southern Germany. Before this he lectured in art history at the Manheim University. He is and was a member of several public commissions including Germaine-Krull-Foundation, Wetzlar, Germany, Welde-KunstPreis, Schwetzingen, and senior member of the board City Gallery of Mannheim. He studied art history, archaeology and political sciences at Heidelberg University. As an editor he has published numerous catalogues and written essays for book publishers.For more information about the event go to www.arthaus.usPress Inquiries contact Deborah Campbell using our contact form or call 310.457.5477###

LA Times, by Valli Herman March 15

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Artists throughout the ages have faithfully preserved and even improved upon the fashions of each era, and today is no different. This month and next, three artists – two photographers and a painter – are staging showings of works that capture unique moments in the evolution of fashion.

In “Mom’s Friends,” Venice-based painter and new media artist Kimberly Brooks explores issues of feminine identity, nostalgia and womanhood in a series of oil and gouache portraits based on photos of her mohter and her fashionable 1970s friends from Brooks’ Mill Valley, Calif., childhood. Brooks captures the era’s sense of freedom and fresh power in compositions that feature bold ‘70s style. The exhibit, her second solo show, continues through April 7 at the Taylor de Cordoba gallery, 2660 S. La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles. Hours are 11 am to 6 pm, Tuesday through Saturday.

Preparing for Mom’s Friends

Liz Goldwyn was kind enough to pose for me in authentic 70s clothing from The Way We Wore on La Brea. (Not only is she luminous but also author of the magnificent book, Pretty Things)lizgoldwyn.jpg

I’m gathering old magazines from the 70s

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collecting textiles and hanging them all over the studio
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looking at 70s fashion on ebay…

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raiding all the old family photo albums

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(the artist at eight!)
It means making gouaches to work out palettes and compositions for the oil paintings.

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The Whole Story, Solo Exhibition

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In my series of paintings, “The Whole Story”, I investigate the roles of woman as artists and subjects of the. I appropriate erotic imagery of women in the early twentieth century to target a historical moment when the artist-model relationship was surrounded with sexual myths and Bohemian fantasies. I reverses roles and offer another way of viewing the female body, other than the assumption that such images are directed only to a male spectator. This includes recreating poses using myself and contemporary women as models. Fragmentation reflects the historical glorification of women’s body parts into elected zones of pleasure, while simultaneously interrupting the fluid trajectory of the male gaze. By assuming the role of the artist (and model) and recontextualizing these images, I place women as spectator, resituating control over the female image within a feminist representation.

I strive to advance the process; to explore the way viewing itself reinstates female power, becoming objects of her own vision. When even today there exists cultures who cover their women from head to toe, and others where flaunting is a right, notions of voyeurism, objectification and empowerment become even more relevant.