David Levinthal is a central figure in American postmodern photography. Since the early 1970’s, he has photographed dolls and toys in settings that explore the fantasies, myths and events that shape our contemporary mental landscape.
Despite their playful veneer, Levinthal’s images provide a lens through which to examine the myths and stereotypes lurking within our most beloved pastimes and enduring heroes. In doing so, Levinthal encourages us to consider the stories we tell about ourselves—what it means to be strong, beautiful, masculine, feminine, and ultimately, American.
The exhibition will include large scale Polaroid photographs from Wild West (1988-89) and Baseball (2003); along with archival prints from History (2014), Barbie (1997-98), American Beauties (1989-90) and Space (2007). The opening reception will be June 28, 6-8PM.
Audra Weaser’s abstracted, organic paintings suggest watery scenes pierced by light; there is a vibratory contrast between elements that shimmer with recognition yet remain elusive. Join us for the opening reception on July 27, 6-8PM.
Julie Nester Gallery introduces, OPUS, an exhibition of 12 new paintings by Teresa Kalnoskas. These abstract paintings have a fluid, energetic style and a rich, lush color palette. Teresa uses oil paints combined with alkyds and wax, which allow her to layer, glaze and scratch into the surface of the paintings.
This exhibition of paintings is inspired by images from the early days of photography; the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The artist has manipulated and re-imagined these vintage images in creating 18 new paintings. There will be an opening reception for the artist on February 23, 6-8PM. The new paintings can be previewed here.
This exhibition will feature 14 new images within Nine Francois' Animalia Series. Nine produces close-up photographs of animals which are presented against a stark white background. Traveling to various animal preserves, the artist shoots up close – very close – with a wide angle lens, and frequently from below to get unusual perspectives. In describing this Francois says, “By isolating the subject against a nearly-bare background, and presenting these animals out of context, the innate power and beauty of their form becomes the subject of the photograph. In this way, these images can become iconic and transcendent. At the same time, photographing from such close proximity also brings particularity and individuality to the animal, especially if the animal makes eye contact with the viewer. At this point, the animal goes beyond being a removed, iconic presence and becomes a palpable unique spirit as individualistic and valuable as any human counterpart."
The opening reception will be February 17, 5-7PM. See all of the photographs here.
This new series will be an eclectic mix of images which come out of a deliberate openness to stream of consciousness, enlisting a cast of characters from the artist's inventory of vintage figurines and antique toys. There will be a reception for the artist on January 26, 6-8PM. You can see the available paintings here.
Gary Komarin is considered a modern master in post painterly abstraction. His stalwart images have an epic quality that grips the viewer with the idea that he or she is looking at a contemporary description of something timeless. Komarin has exhibited extensively throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia. He recently returned from a solo museum exhibition at the Musee Kiyoharu in Japan. His paintings have been exhibited alongside work by Jean-Michael Basquiat, Philip Guston, Bill Traylor and Robert Motherwell. Click here to see the available paintings.
In this series of paintings, Carol O'Malia, is capturing the joy of play - boys running off of docks and jumping from diving boards. The figures are placed in the foreground and are painted in a realistic manner, while the background is kept in a loose style. The figures are all in motion yet the paintings are very still. There will be an opening reception on July 28, 6-8PM. See all of Carol's paintings here.
Chris Gwaltney is a painter from Southern California. He paints in a lush style, combining areas of abstraction with loose figurative elements. He experiments with sensuous surface finishes, compiling multiple layers of paint and oil stick that show drips and various markings. Gwaltney’s paintings are open ended; the style is free and unfinished which allows the viewer to fill in the essence of each story. The opening reception will be June 30, 6-8PM. See all of Chris' paintings here.
This two-person exhibition will include paintings by A.J. Oishi and photographs by Thea Schrack. Oishi's calm and peaceful paintings are created by compiling thousands of small dots. The circular designs that are common throughout her work symbolize individuals and their journey towards a more healthful, conscious life. Schrack's "Sea Glass" ocean-scape photographic series captures the essence of motion, wind and water.
Stephen Foss is widely known for the visually rich surface finish and color that show a return to heavily worked finishes in contemporary painting. The latest body of work combines organic elements with aspects of abstraction. Foss applies paint in numerous layers; he then works the surface to allow sublayers and carefully prepared groundwork to peek through the top layer. This results in paintings with varied colors and great depth. Join us for the opening reception on February 25, 4-7PM.
The photographs in "Marjory's World" were shot on location in Southern Utah and Joshua Tree, CA; in composing the photographs Reeve finds dramatic vistas and then places curtains at the edges of the frame which gives the sense of viewing the scenery through a window. Reeve says, "In our increasingly urban existence that ever distances us from the wilderness experience, the drapes serve as visual connectors to the familiar."
This exhibition combines images from the The Wild West (1988-89), which were shot on a Polaroid 20x24 Land Camera, and archival pigment prints from History (2014). The images are inspired by the romance and grandeur of 1950’s Western television and film. Join us for the artist reception on December 30, 6-8PM. See the available photographs here.
Julie Nester Gallery will be featuring new, contemporary artwork from Audra Weaser, Daniel Ochoa, Brad Overton, Phillip Buller, Brenda Mallory, Chris Hayman and other artists.
In this solo exhibition, Philip Buller evokes the nostalgia of winters past, of childhood memories playing in the snow and rhythmic, figures skating across the surface of the canvas. His repetitive cast of characters, carefully rendered and abstracted, are a delight to behold.