LA LUZ DE JESUS GALLERY
Alex de Leon “He Spilled His Guts Out One Too Many Times”
Max Grundy “Retro Futurism”
December 5 - 28, 2008
Artist reception: Friday, December 5, 2008 ~ 8:00 -11:00 pm
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
323-666-7667 Fax: 323-663-0243
Online press release with images:
Alex de Leon "He Spilled His Guts Out One Too Many Times”
Alex de Leon's art explores symbolic images of contemporary life. Rhythmical natural patterns interact with the subject matter of his work, balancing ironic images with the aesthetic language of art. De Leon works with enamel on steel, making high gloss images with a printmaking feel to them. His current works emanate from personal experience and observations as he explores and reflects addiction, consumption, lying, repetition and insomnia. "He Spilled His Guts Out One Too Many Times" will also feature de Leon's extremely detailed line drawings. De Leon earned his BFA in Print Making from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1983, before establishing his studio in San Antonio. He has exhibited extensively across Texas and elsewhere in the United States, in individual and group exhibitions, and has also contributed design for film and television. De Leon has been awarded the London Studio Program grant and the International AIR Program grants from ArtPace: A Foundation for Contemporary Art, San Antonio.
Max Grundy “Retro Futurism”
"The most effective images to motivate people and get a reaction are images of fear," states painter, illustrator and graphic designer Max Grundy. Inspired by 1940's and 1950's B-movie, sci-fi and propaganda visuals, Grundy believes that the images of world destruction, alien invasion and communism which were predominate during the WW2 and post-war decades still have a huge influence on the phobias of contemporary society. His interest in vintage 40's/50's era poster design is major inspiration on his art. He admires its use of unusual perspective, limited color palette, dramatic text and design to create maximum effect. Flat shapes and clean design are conducive with the time period of influence. He believes this style has the ability to reach out and grab a viewer because of its economical graphic quality. Grundy currently works with enamel on aluminum panel and feels this media is the most consistent with the subject matter. "We call this particular style retro futurism," states Grundy. His works have been collected by the likes of Metallica's James Hetfield, producer J.J. Abrams, Hell's Angels founder Sonny Barger and "Overhauling" host Chris Jacobs. With a B.A. in Illustration and a Master's degree in painting, drawing and art history, Grundy lives and works in Glendale California as a full time artist.
La Luz de Jesus is located at the Soap Plant/Wacko building, in Los Feliz at 4633 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027. Gallery hours are Monday – Wednesday: 11am – 7pm, Thursday – Saturday: 11am – 9pm and Sunday 12-6pm. For high resolution jpegs, interview requests and more information contact: Lee Joseph Publicity, 359 E. Magnolia, Suite F., Burbank, CA 91502, [email protected], p (818) 848-2698 f (818) 848-2699.
Official Website: http://laluzdejesus.com
Added by LeeJP on November 25, 2008