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4/6: Mark Gleason Sleepless at La Luz de Jesus Gallery


Mark Gleason – Sleepless

showing with Bruce Eichelberger
Exhibition: April 6-April 29
Reception: Fri. April 6, 8-11 PM

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027
www.laluzdejesus.com

La Luz de Jesus Gallery is pleased to present Sleepless by artist Mark Gleason. This will mark the artist’s fourth exhibition with the gallery. In this recent body of work the artist is conscientious of the night: of darkness, the moon, stars, dusk, dreams, quiet, restlessness and absurd doings. These are idiosyncratic beings that exist on the edge of humanity and consciousness: semi-sentient figures like somnambulists, animal familiars, shadowy entities, things that go bump in the night, ghosts, and persons engaged in quasi-ritualistic and mysterious activities.

The artist describes the work “This nocturnal realm is fed by many sources that point me roughly in the same direction. I wrestle with insomnia and adrenalizing periods of creativity, with philosophical and psychological themes that continue to occupy me, with the subconscious mind, self-awareness, and solitude. These liminal images are leavened with humor and intensified as theatrical visions.”

Mark Gleason (born 1962 in Connecticut) is a contemporary painter whose work. Mark Gleason received his MS from University of Bridgeport and BFA from Syracuse University. The artist now resides and works in San Mateo, CA

His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries nationally and internationally, including Billy Shire Fine Arts in Los Angeles, Mondo Bizzarro Gallery in Italy, and the Harwood Museum of Art UNM in New Mexico.

Images forthcoming.

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12/1: La Luz de Jesus 31st Anniversary Drawing Show


31st Anniversary Drawing Show
Exhibition: December 1-31
Reception: Fri. Dec. 1, 8-11 PM

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027
www.laluzdejesus.com

Artist list: Nathan Anderson, Ana Bagayan, Paul Barnes, Vicki Berndt, Andrew Brandou, Mark Bodnar, Jessica Dalva, Jason D’Aquino, Dave Dexter, Daniel Martin Diaz, Jorge Dos Diablos, Bruce Eichelberger, Frau Sakra, Damian Fulton, Mark Gleason, Derek Harrison, Scott Holloway, Karen Hydendahl, Stephanie Inagaki, Yumiko Kayukawa, Mariam Keurjikian, Zoe Lacchei, Craig LaRotonda, Tracy Lewis, Justine Lin, Lizz Lopez, Danni Shinya Luo, Patrick McGrath Muñiz, Junko Mizuno, Chris B. Murray, Michael Murphy, Mayuko Nakamura, Annie Owens, Rob Reger / Emily the Strange, Van Saro, Deirdre Sullivan-Beeman, Christopher Ulrich, Mel Weiner, Jasmine Worth, Daphne Yap.

2017 is La Luz de Jesus’ 31st year of continuous, monthly exhibitions. Think about that: La Luz de Jesus Gallery is 31 years old!

Some of the artists in this show weren’t even born yet when Billy Shire decided to clear out the storage apartment at the corner of Melrose and Martel, upstairs from his flagship Soap Plant shop with marked purpose. His vision: to showcase the incredible, ethnic folk art he brought back from Mexico, Guatemala, and museum quality pieces from Asia and elsewhere alongside that of his talented friends–people who were finding a hard time being taken seriously by the art establishment of the era in spite of their technical prowess. His experiment has spawned a legacy. The renewed interest in illustration art resultant from his gallery’s success influenced the zeitgeist, and launched industries. The lowbrow movement of California Art (which in turn informed the Pop Surrealists that followed) influenced fashion, television, film and culture. The rest, as they say, is history.

The 31st Anniversary Drawing Show is an invitational event that traces the history of Post-Pop in its birthplace.

We chose from the best illustrators featured in the 31-year history of La Luz de Jesus to create a new, original drawing for this show, allowing us to trace a line all the way from Robert Williams to Annie Owens.

Since this is a drawing show, the work will be graphite, charcoal, colored pencil, ink or ballpoint pen, watercolor and/or gouache on paper. Whatever the preferred technique, the dominant medium of expression will classify the work as a drawing. All works are 16×20″ or smaller before framing.

Preview the entire show at this link

 

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Short Robert Craig film from Ron English + show preview

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Robert Craig – Inobvious Epithets
showing with Mark Gleason – Blood and Fire
January 8-31, 2016
Opening reception: Friday, January 8th, 8-11PM
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
www.laluzdejesus.com

Robert Craig is the most famous artist you’ve never heard of.

Recently the subject of a documentary by his good friend and master painter, Ron English, Craig is possessed of an innate ability and an irreproducible work ethic that has confined him to painting 18 hours per day, everyday, for over 55 years.

His hyper-realistic renderings have fooled many a casual observer to believe that they are digital, but his technique is entirely analog. Craig hand grinds pure Carrara marble to a powdered dust, mixes it with a combination of latex, water, egg white, and white shoe dye, which he applies to un-stretched, tightly-woven, Belgian linen in micro thin layers–each of which he finely sands to the point that the term “polished” may be more accurate. He insists that each layer can only be properly cured, individually, by sunlight.

In person, one might be even more doubtful that what they see is an actual painting. The surface is devoid of almost any tooth or sign of brush stroke and lies perfectly flat as though it were manufactured on a printing press. On close inspection, however, an experienced painter can find the telltale signs of it being handcrafted (mainly on verso). But most are at a loss, and nearly all are in awe.

We’ve taken a revolutionary approach to showcasing these masterpieces: we’ve foregone stretching and framing to expose the complete surface of Robert’s canvases. We strongly feel that this is the only way to convince all observers to the authenticity of Craig’s creations.

 

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Mark Gleason “Blood and Fire” at La Luz de Jesus Jan 2016


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Mark Gleason – “Blood and Fire”
showing with Robert Craig “Inobvious Epithets”

January 8-31, 2016
Mark Gleason and Robert Craig

Opening reception: Friday, January 8th, 8-11PM

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027
www.laluzdejesus.com

 

 

Mark Gleason – Blood and Fire
These works embody my continued exploration of the forces that fuel and animate the human, the animal, and the elemental material of the world. In the creation of these allegorical images of solitude, absurdity, determination, transcendence, and consequence, I reduced my palette to the four archaic pigments: Red corresponding to blood, black derived from charred animal bones, fiery yellow and titanium white bring light to dark lands. –Mark Gleason

Gleason has a Master of Science in Art Education, University of Bridgeport 1989 and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts, Syracuse University 1984. He sites Francis Bacon, Bo Bartlett, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Peter Beard, Samuel Beckett, Joseph Campbell, Albert Camus, Caravaggio, Keith Carter, Miles Davis, Walton Ford, Lucian Freud, Erika Gardiner, The Golden Bough, PJ Harvey, Alfred Hitchcock, Robert Johnson, Carl Jung, Buster Keaton, Krazy Kat, Akira Kurosawa, Laika, Simon Larbalestier, Joe Louis, David Lynch, Sally Mann, Roger Mayne, Cormac McCarthy, Modigliani, Odd Nerdrum, Vaughan Oliver, The Brothers Quay, Paula Rego, Rembrandt, Mark Rothko, Egon Schiele, Sam Shepard, The Tao Te Ching, Andrei Tarkovsky, Velasquez, Tom Waits, Where The Wild Things Are, Jerome Witkin, Joel-Peter Witkin, Andrew Wyeth, and Jamie Wyeth as his influences.

Arte TV: Mark Gleason from La Luz de Jesus on Vimeo.

 

 

 

 

 

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