On November 26th, 2012 the Angel Orensanz Gallery is proud to host A Portrait of America, presented by the Joy Wai Gallery, and curated by Ramses Granados. The exhibition will include the works of the following artists:
A founding member of the groundbreaking Bauhaus, Tones on Tail, and Love and Rockets, guitarist, singer, and songwriter Daniel Ash, distinguished himself in the world of alternative rock during the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s. In addition to his love for rock n’ roll, Ash possesses a love for the visual arts. Daniel Ash has been creating sound art and visual artwork for over 30 years. His artwork has graced the covers and inside sleeves of the records he has recorded including Bauhaus, Tones on Tail, and Love and Rockets. In his mixed-media painting ‘Freedom Ain’t Cheap’ (2012), the artist appropriates a U.S. flag image and infuses the right-hand portion with a cluster, bordering on chaotic, of stars and blemished stripes, supplemented by a single flying saucer, referencing his own alien status in the U.S.
Finding inspiration in the vastness of the ocean and man’s interaction with it, Shawna Ankenbrandt’s photography captures that relationship. Growing up in a landlocked state, Ankenbrandt looks anew at the ocean and her fresh take is revealed in her photography through its dramatic composition. Occasionally accented with a figure, Ankenbrandt’s composition draws the viewer in while still remaining removed enough to retain the intrigue of the theme of the photograph. Her work has been featured in various magazines for her editorial photography, and has also been the featured photographer in surf magazines. Her introduction to the fine art world is one in which she brings a cultivated, yet innovative take on a continuous fascination with the ocean.
Phantom Street Artist
Using art as a non-traditional form of media to educate the public, Phantom Street Artist revives the very roots of the founders of graffiti and street art. The Phantom Street Artist has created and produced diverse campaigns, projects and exclusive works of art for many groups and causes in our community. The Phantom Street Artist is a fight practitioner; he is the very urban street artist who branded the album cover for Rage Against the Machine. He places an emphasis upon exposing material and issues that the public is not supposed to be aware of or that we have been lead to forget. He is an advocate with the fundamental belief that street media production is the Freedom of Information Act in questioning our culture in Question.
Giuliano Bekor is a fashion, celebrity, and fine art photographer best known for the covers of Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and other top publications in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Bekor’s passion for art has always been a forefront in his work. His influence as a leader in the fashion editorial and advertising industries has spread into a growing reputation in the world of fine art. A readiness to explore topical and at times confrontational subject matter has generated an impressive portfolio of works for Berko, which are currently being showcased in collaborative events with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and galleries in New York City.
A Texas native, Courtney Chavanell landed her first paid photography job at the tender age of 16. Continuing her early success, Chavanell had become a staple in the music scene shortly after graduating from the University of Texas, studying under the watchful eyes of portrait photographer Mark Goodman, and Guggenheim Fellow Lawrence McFarland. Some of Chavanell’s photography credits include: Spoon, The Flaming Lips, Daniel Johnston, Cass McCombs, The Black Angels and many others. Continuing her successful streak, Chavanell’s photographs have been published in Popular Photography, Filter, MNE, SPIN, Artrocker, Venus, Juxtapoz, Under the Radar, College Music Journal, XLT*R, NYLON, and many others, over the last six years.
Julius B. Fil
“Born in Czechoslovakia, my inspiration derives from Native Americans. Ever since I saw a Native American Indian film depicting their enigmatic culture, it permeated my subconscious, which now overflows into my art. Native American influences combined with monumentalized forms of the human figure etch my work with the power of my liberated unconscious mind. Most paintings symbolize communication and encrypted gestures. My pieces are about my feelings, my experiences and my inner-self, which are revealed as I touch the canvas. My intent is to deconstruct the traditional structure of portraiture, instead of completing the portrait, I present the viewer with a fragmented, curtailed image and I invite the viewer to participate in the art process by using their imagination to complete the painting.”
Raised in the East Bay of Northern California, Jeff’s influences ranged from the characters he encountered to the wide array of music that permeated the Bay’s airwaves. After completing a degree in Sociology at the ‘sedate’ campus of Chico State University he landed in NYC. Jeff spent a bit of post-graduate time in front of the camera doing ad campaigns for Giorgio Armani, Guess, and Jil Sander, as well as commercials with well-known directors including David Lynch. With a camera in hand Jeff grew to love its ability to tell a good story and the composition that harnessed it. He now lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.
Self-taught artist Christian Hooker was born December 15, 1971 in Louisville, Kentucky and raised in Portland, Oregon. After moving to New York in 1998, he debuted his collection at Cynthia Broan Gallery in the Meat Market District in New York City. After experiencing appreciation from the audience and disappointment in the galleries handling of potential clients, Hooker took to the streets once again to show his work. There, his work remained for the past 12 years, not displaying any of his unique pieces on exhibition. Hooker has skillfully experimented with various art media, throughout the years producing the ‘Dollar’ collection.
Victor Holt’s involvement in photography began after seeing an exhibit by the late renowned New York City photographer Roy DeCarava at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC. The tonal ranges and complex composition based on the uncomplicated scenes moved him, leading him to seek training in photography through numerous institutions which include the Maine Photographic Workshops in Rockport, Main and the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida. He subscribes to the theory of the famous photographer, Ansel Adams, that “the negative is the score, and the print is the performance.” Victor’s darkroom work relates images that show his creativity and unique identity.
Ramses Granados is a Los Angeles-based artist, curator, musician, and gallerist with over ten years of experience in the music and fine art industries. He has made a name for himself by uniquely combining mediums and curating works of artists that might otherwise not have a home. His collaborations and curatorial work with other musician-artists has helped turn Ramses’ Substrate Fine Art Gallery in Los Angeles into a key destination for avant-garde performance, installation, and sound art, as well as prints and photography linked to the music industry.