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3/21: Temple of Art Book Release & Signing La Luz de Jesus


Temple of Art Book Release & Signing Party
Saturday, March 21, 2015, 7-10pm

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

Temple-of-Art_bookTemple of Art documents a two-year art and photography project; a unique collaboration between over 50 great artists and photographer/director Allan Amato that includes original work incorporating multiple modalities and disciplines.

The exhibition opened at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in December, and quickly became the talk of the internet. Many of the original pieces were snatched up by celebrity collectors, but the book reproduces all of them in a handsome, hardcover volume published by Baby Tattoo Books.

Many of the participants will be present to sign the books and discuss the feature film documentary that has evolved out of this unique project.

The List of Contributors:

Allan Amato, Adnohia, Barron Storey, Bill Sienkiewicz, Brian Thies, Christiane Shillito, Christine Wu, Coop, Dadushin, Danni Shinya Luo, Dave McKean, David Stoupakis, David Mack, Denys Cowan, Dongyun Lee, Dorian Iten, Gail Potocki, Grant Morrison, Greg Ruth, Hueman, Jasmine Worth, Jason Shawn Alexander, JAW Cooper, Jenna Gibson, Jensine Eckwall, Jim Mahfood, John Malloy, Jon Burgerman, Junko Mizuno, Justin Volz, Kellesimone Waits, Ken Garduno, Kent Williams, Kozyndan, Kurt Huggins, Kyle Stecker, Marc Scheff, Mark Buckingham, Matt Kennedy, Matthew Bone, Matthew Levin, Megan Hutchinson, Molly Crabapple, Nicole Maloof, Ping Zhu, Rebecca Guay, Roman Dirge, Rovina Cai, Satine Phoenix, Scott Fischer, Shaun Berke, Soey Milk, Stephanie Inagaki, Teresa Fischer, Vincent Castiglia, You Jung Byun, Zak Smith, Zelda Devon.

A complete gallery of images from the book and exhibition can be found here.

Temple of Art
by Allan Amato, et al.
Hardcover
9 x 12.25 x 1″
$50

Only books and records purchased here will qualify for signing.
Reserve your signed copies today!
Contact the book store for purchase information.
(323)663-0122 or sales@soapplant.com or click here to purchase your copy online.

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Temple of Art Preview – Art of the Selfie


 


Temple of Art is an upcoming documentary directed by Allan Amato. The film follows over 50 artists’ creative process and philosophies, asking each of them the question, “Why do you make art?

59 Artists were selected to collaborate by executing their own styles on top of Amato’s photographs of them, and the list of participants is impressive: Adnohia, Allan Amato, Barron Storey, Bill Sienkiewicz, Brian Thies, Christiane Shillito, Christine Wu, Dadushin, Dan Quintana, Danni Shinya Luo, Dave McKean, David Mack, Dongyun Lee, Dorian Iten, Greg Ruth, Gail Potocki, Grant Morrison, Hueman, Jasmine Worth, Jason Shawn Alexander, JAW Cooper, Jeffrey Vincent Parise, Jenna Gibson, Jensine Eckwall, Jim Mahfood, John Malloy, Jon Burgerman, Junko Mizuno, Justin Volz, Kyle Stecker, Karen Hsiao, Kellesimone Waits, Ken Garduno, Kent Williams, Kozyndan, Kurt Huggins, Marc Scheff, Mark Buckingham, Matt Kennedy, Matthew Bone, Matthew Levin, Megan Hutchinson, Molly Crabapple, Neil Gaiman, Nicole Maloof, Rebecca Guay, Roman Dirge, Rovina Cai, Satine Phoenix, Scott Fischer, Shaun Berke, Soey Milk, Stephanie Inagaki, Teresa Fischer, Vincent Castiglia, You Jung Byun, Zelda Devon.

The pieces are on display at La Luz de Jesus opening on Friday, December 5, closing on January 4 – A live performance by Grant Morrison kicks-off the opening at 8PM, which will be recorded for the Temple of Art documentary. The show remains open through 12/28. Preview the show on the gallery website at this link.

Photos taken at the artist preview on Thursday, 12/4

 

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Studio visit: Shaun Berke “Sacrosanct”


Shaun Berke’s “Sacrosant” opens at La Luz de Jesus Gallery tonight, November 7 along with Patrick V. McGrath Muñiz’s “Sacro Consumo”.  These photos were taken in his studio while the show was in process.

The concept of Shaun’s show is an “exploration between being a simple hominid and the principals that we impose on ourselves.” The body of work is very much like an exploration as Berke figures out how best to convey these ideas.

On the shelf books open to painterly pieces by Rembrandt and others gives Shaun compositional study. Literature helps to inspire and self-written motivational reminders keep him on track.

Shaun paints in his Pasadena apartment turned studio, by the north facing window in the dining room due to the consistency of the natural light. In one of the bedrooms, Shaun has setup a workshop with a drafting table which he uses for drawing, and numerous tools which he uses for framing. Some of his frames are found and pieces are created in sizes especially for the frames.

Shaun lives with his cat Otka who likes to hang out when he paints and is also quite good at opening kitchen cabinets!


 


 

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Shaun Berke “Sacrosanct” Nov. 7-30


Shaun Berke “Sacrosanct”

November 7 – 30, 2014.
Opening Reception: Friday, November 7th, 8-11 PM
with Patrick V. McGrath Muñiz’s “Sacro Consumo”
La Luz de Jesus Gallery


 


Painted with loose, deliberate brushstrokes, Shaun Berke’s women are intimate depictions of the collapse of an ideological system. His paintings exhibit knowledge of classical composition which he molds to fit the requirements of his own fascination. This reconstruction is informed with sensuality and an awareness of spiritual texts which manage to contemporize and re-cast Christian dogma

Rather than angling his faces in such a way as to recall the works of Rembrandt, Berke often chooses a direct eye line between subject and viewer. The line of demarcation between brightly illuminated and shadowy areas seems to be the product of thrust rather than the genteel  comfort  of a planned sitting. By dramatizing the division of overwhelming clarity and brooding duskiness, Shaun impresses a diary of stolen moments into classic portraiture.

Shaun Berke is delirious. An all-time old-time pleasure-monger. Slower; look too fast and you’ll miss it.

He started by getting born about 28 or 9 years ago in Larrabee County, a mythical small town above the San Fernando valley. A long time later, he went to art school at Art Center College of Design, following which he was apprenticed to a mentor in the traditional manner. Now he runs a painting workshop for his alma mater, then goes home to paint some more in his north-light-lit cave in Pasadena. Along the way he joined The Getty Research Institute, lectured at Moorpark College, acted as teaching assistant to his mentor in Venice (the one in Italy), and was given awards by the Westlake Village Art Guild, Thousand Oaks Art Association, Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, and Alyce De Roulet Williamson.

His hobbies are working as a janitor and building shrines to gods I can’t remember anymore.

L.Solomon
Speak Don’t Speak

Visit Shaun Berke’s website


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