Friday, October 28, 2011

Suicide Cut "The Dreamer", 3 color linocut

The Dreamer
6 x 6"

A suicide cut (also known as a reduction print)  is a process in which all colors are printed from the same block. For each color pass  the material is removed from the block. Each color is printed on top of the previous one. One must print the entire edition first, because the printable area of the single block is reduced with each pass. Once the block has been carved there is no going back, so accuracy is key.
For example, the first color printed in "The Dreamer" is the lightest color, or the shape of her face. 
The second color is a royal blue. The third and final color is printed in black.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Colonialism, The Collective Unconscious at William Grant Still Arts Center

Colonialism: The Collective Unconscious

William Grant STill Arts Center

Media Contact: AMI MOTEVALLI, Director of William Grant Still Arts Center

Tel: (323) 734.1165    Email:

A City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs Facility

2520 West View Street, Los Angeles, CA 9001

LOS ANGELES, CA - Opening on Columbus Day weekend, this dynamic group show of fifteen emerging, established and legendary Los Angeles-based artists explores the impact of colonialism from Europe to Africa, Asia and the Americas. 










ROGER GUENVEUR SMITH (live performance)





Show Dates: October 8 - November 19, 2011

Gallery Hours: Tue - Sat, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

2520 West View Street, Los Angeles, CA 90016 (near Adams & LaBrea)

Tel: (323) 734-1165 Email:

harry Gamboa Jr.'s "Fire Ants for Nothing"
Still frame from HARRY GAMBOA JR.'s video art, "Fire Ants for Nothing," text and performance by RUBEN GUEVARA
Roger Guenveur Smith

Saturday, October 8, 2011

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
OPENING RECEPTION features live performance at 4:00 pm by award-winning and critically acclaimed actor/writer/director ROGER GUENVEUR SMITH (left), performing “Christopher Columbus 1992,” and live music by jazz musician MARCUS MILLER (right) and his FREEDOM JAZZ MOVEMENT, including jazz musicians KAMASI WASHINGTON on Sax and LEON MOBLEY on percussion.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Scroll down for artists' images.
Marcus Miller

EXHIBIT DISCRIPTION - The exhibit includes Asco co-founder HARRY GAMBOA JR.'s avant garde video “Fire Ants for Nothing,” where a man (text and performance by RUBEN GUEVARA) tries without success to affirm that he is not an ant, before extinguishing himself. 
Chicana artist BARBARA CARRASCO offers her comic strip interpretation of colonialism via ”Undiscover 500 Years (Columbus 1492-1992),” while 3D glasses are available to view the sarcastic cartoonish commentary of half Native American/half African-American artist STEVEN J. BROOKS on the conqueror’s coiffeur via the artist's Conkaline’s Glam-O-Rama. Contrastingly, the African American collective psyche opposed to assimilation as expressed through natural hair styles is vividly explored in the sculpture, "Throne," by LAVIALLE CAMPBELL, the great-granddaughter of a slave who came to the New World from Africa through the Middle Passage. WILLIE MIDDLEBROOK reveals the impact of colonialism on his slave ancestors through his digital photographic collages.
New Orleans native MARK BROYARD takes us back to Katrina in his assemblage series which he composed of objects found in the wake of the hurricane, while JOHN OUTTERBRIDGE ink drawings of the Watts Towers evoke memory of when the City of Los Angeles attempted to demolish the vernacular assemblage architecture built by Italian immigrant Simon Rodia.
Tel Aviv-born DORIT CYPIS uncovers a “self-knowledge that better recognizes otherness within” through a very personal conceptualization of colonialism in her native Palestine, while XILOMEN RIOS explores her Jewish-Latino identity through collage.
Zimbabwe native RAKSHA PAREKH uses sugar and cotton to conceptualize the historical impact of those trade industries upon her native Africa and her East Indian ancestors, while Cuban native LILI BERNARD flips Eugene Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People painting to tell the true story of a Cuban slave revolt lead by the African slave woman, Carlota, of the Triumvirato sugar plantation.  ZEAL HARRIS tells the story of the Congolese woman, Kimpa Vita, who lead a peaceful rebellion on the continent of Africa, when she attempted to Africanize and reform Catholicism, around 1704 AD.
Finally, Chicano artist RAUL PAULINO BALTAZAR offers a photographic contemporary reenactment of the Mexican Revolution while first-generation American-born-Mexican artist STEPHANIE MERCADO uses maps, real-estate, ships and classical European high-fashion to explore the affects of colonialism from a historical perspective.
SELECTED ARTISTS: To visit the artists' work online, please click on their images below. 

Barbara Carrasco Dorit Cypis Harry Gamboa Jr.
John Outterbridge Lavialle Campbell Lili Bernard
Mark Broyard Raksha Parekh Raul Balthazar
Roger Guenveur Smith Stephanie Mercado Steven J. Brooks
Willie Middlebrook Xilomen Rios Zeal Harris


Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Sea

Untitled, acrylic, india ink, and carbon pencil on board, 9-1/2 x 10"

Monday, June 6, 2011

Tel-Art-Phone Video

Above is a video documenting the TEL-ART-PHONE exhibit by filmmaker Eric Minh Swenson
Here is a recent LA WEEKLY art review by Gabriel Cifarelli discussing the TEL-ART-PHONE show at the Beacon Arts Building and the coincidentally named Telephone art show at the Torrance Art Museum. THe LA WEEKLY has been kind to Mat Gleason and Max Presneill as their exhibits also got listed in the magazine’s preview in a promo by Shana Nys Dambrot, the writer who took over for Doug Harvey at the Weekly. In the pleasant type of coincidence that is revealed by the TEL-ART-PHONE exhibit, Doug Harvey is in TEL-ART-PHONE and performed live during the opening (some of which is captured in the above spectacular video).

Friday, May 13, 2011

Tel-Art-Phone show...

Coagula Art Journal
Tel Art Phone, Curated by Mat Gleason

Beacon Arts Presents
An 80+ Artist Exhibition
Based on the Classic Game "Telephone"
Curated by Mat Gleason
Saturday, May 28 - Sunday, July 3, 2011
LOS ANGELES, CA - Beacon Arts continues its Critics-as-Curators series with TEL-ART-PHONE, a unique art exhibition that investigates the creative process by mimicking the classic children's game of "Telephone," opening Saturday, May 28, 2011. Curated by Coagula Founder Mat Gleason, TEL-ART-PHONE, kicks-off with an opening reception featuring live painting and catering by Literati Bar & Grill from 6:00 to 10:00pm on May 28. Among the 80+ artists contributing works to the show are Ray Beldner, Tim Biskup, Coop, Sean Duffy, Carlee Fernandez, Gronk, George Herms, Rosalind McGary, Dave Naz, and Robert Williams.  The exhibit runs for five weeks closing on Sunday, July 3, 2011 with a Critics-as-Curators panel discussion and brunch reception from 1:00 to 4:00pm. Artist panel discussions will also be held on three consecutive Sundays: June 12, June 19, and June 26 at 2:00pm. Beacon Arts is located at 808 N. La Brea Ave., Inglewood, CA 90302.  For additional information please call (310) 621-5416 or visit

TEL-ART-PHONE Curator's Statement -
Over eighty contemporary artists have been assembled for TEL-ART-PHONE, a unique art exhibition that investigates the creative process. Mimicking the classic children's game of "Telephone," the work of one artist was lent to another artist to inspire a new artwork. The resulting piece was then passed on to another artist who had no idea what the first artwork looked like. Down the line, this was repeated and the results will be displayed, in order, in the show.

Artists from diverse mediums are in the show -- from abstract painter Michael Salerno to the master of lowbrow realism Robert Williams. Mid-century master George Herms shares the walls with assemblage artist Sean Duffy. A drawing by Lisa Adams is transformed by painter Yolanda Gonzalez. Will painter Andy Moses rise to the occasion when he inherits a sculpture by Maura Bendett, itself based on work inspired by both a paper drawing by Leigh Salgado and a painting by Suzanne Williams?  Can illustration legend Coop improve upon a Dave Naz nude? Can pop surrealist Anthony Ausgang actually influence the political leanings in the art of Amitis Motevalli? These and other dichotomous combinations are assembled in TEL-ART-PHONE. Curator Mat Gleason has brought together the closest thing to an illustration of the creative process that can be experienced short of actually going inside a leading artist's brain. Established art stars and emerging forces all show up and interact. From Tim Biskup and Ray Beldner to Rosalind McGary and Pierre Picot, artists have been turning out pictures for this show every two weeks since January. Come see 80 contemporary masterpieces each based on the one created before it.  
-Mat Gleason

TEL-ART-PHONE Participating Artists -  Lisa Adams, Suzanne Adelman, Anthony Ausgang, Vicki Barkley, Ray Beldner, Sharon Bell, Maura Bendett, Lynne Berman, Lili Bernard, Tim Biskup, Ilana Bloch, Justin Bower, Mark Brandvik, Bill Brewer, Wini Brewer, Sky Bruchard, Rude Calderon, Gary Callahan, Lavialle Campbell, Coop, Alex Couwenberg, Sean Duffy, Martin Durazo, Val Echavarria, Carol Es, Ruben Esparza, Roni Feldman, Carlee Fernandez, Barbara Fritsche, Yolanda Gonzalez, Gronk, Doug Harvey, George Herms, Anneke Hiatt, Iva Hladis, Virginia Katz, Barbara Kerwin, Richard Kessler, Mark Kostabi, Catherine Leach, Laura London, Vito LoRusso, Stevie Love, Leora Lutz, Michael Maas, Kara Maria, Gregory Martin, Rosalind McGary, Antonio Mendoza, STEPHANIE MERCADO, Rick Monzon, Andy Moses, Amitis Motevalli, Dave Naz, Jonas Olsson, Joe O'Neill, Claudia Parducci, Christopher Pate, Josh Petker, Pierre Picot, William Rabe, Stu Rappeport, Michael Salerno, Leigh Salgado, Alex Schaefer, Joan Sebastian, Veronica Soto, Laurie Steelink, Gina Stepaniuk, Audrey Stommes, Mike Street, Sharon Suhovy, Adam Teraoka, Lava Thomas, Juan Thorp, Mike Vegas, Robert Williams, Suzanne Williams, Lisa Worksman, and Tim Youd.

Mat Gleason, Critic-as-Curator -  Mat Gleason is the founder of Coagula Art Journal, contributes to the Huffington Post, and is a well-established personality in the Los Angeles art scene.

Co-Curators -
Maria Bjorkdahl, Charity Burnett, Lavialle Campbell, Victoria Corradi, Lester P. Grant, Neil Gitnick, Shizuko Greenblatt, Virginia Katz, Dominic Quagliozzi, and Anita Ray.

Critics-as-Curators Series -
Critics-as-Curators is the inaugural art exhibition series at Beacon Arts.  In recognition of the gallery's first year, esteemed art critics and writers -- recognized locally, nationally and internationally -- have been invited to conceive and curate shows of their choosing at the Beacon Arts Building in conjunction with discussions, lectures, catalogues, or other ways to reveal the thought process behind why exhibition works are chosen with insight into their importance to the curator. The individual expertise and personal taste developed by the curators' world-view will be on exhibit throughout Beacon Arts' first year. Critics-as-Curators strives to enrich appreciation of contemporary fine art by critically engaging in art. This series of shows provides a wonderful opportunity for artists and art audiences to learn what individual critics look for, how they think about the art they choose to focus on, and what catches their eye. The series kicked off in October 2010 with Ghost Stories: Happenings, Hauntings, & Curiosities curated by art writer Shana Nys Dambrot, followed by Peter Frank's exhibition, Densities: Line Becoming Shape, Shape Becoming Object in December/January, and David Pagel's Pieceable Kingdom in February/March.

Tel Art Phone, Curated by Mat Gleason 
Numbered sequentially, three artists play "telephone" in Mat Gleason's TEL-ART-PHONE exhibition:
1st artist in this particular series: Rick Monzon (left)
2nd artist in this series: Gregory Martin (middle)
3rd artist in this series: Mark Brandvik (right)

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Thursday, April 21, 2011


gouache and acrylic on paper 
6 x 6"
Jolie (detail)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Loose Lips...

acrylic and gouache on paper 
6 x 6"

Sometimes the most rewarding small works are the ones that begin without a clear sense of direction. The work above began as a doodle and transformed into a complex little painting. It took hours to develop and to complete.