CB1 Gallery Opening Reception 2/26: Edith Beaucage & Larry Mantello

CB1 Gallery Presents Two Exhibits opening 2/26:
Larry Mantello, Together Again
Edith Beaucage, .hurluberlu

Both exhibitions will be on view from Saturday, February 26 through Sunday, April 3, 2011. An opening reception for the artists will take place on Saturday, February 26, 2011, 5 – 7 p.m.
207 W. 5TH STREET, LOS ANGELES, CA 90013

Larry Mantello, Together Again

Larry Mantello Foul Play, 2007-09, Mixed media, 55" x 27" x 13"


CB1 Gallery is proud to present Larry Mantello’s return to Los Angeles for his first solo exhibition in six-years. The exhibition, Together Again includes several series of works ranging from Floats (sculpture), to Off-Springs, and Rijiggers, which include temporary tattoos on paper and multi-layered wall-hangings. The exhibition will be on view from Saturday, February 26 through Sunday, April 3, 2011. An opening reception for the artist will take place on Saturday, February 26, 2011, 5 – 7 p.m.

Mantello’s current work is redolent with a pop-culture critique, which he packages with a reminiscence of childhood, a temptation with the body, and his interest in “the value of pleasure”. Throughout these works he suggests a subtle sense of sadness just below the surface, which is as important to the works as exuberance and celebration.

His most recent series of work, entitled Rejiggers, incorporate an image transfer technique that he combines with postcards, greeting cards, and balloons. Assembled with an assortment of packing tapes and shipping labels, which the artist has also reinvented, their playfully layered surfaces are both seductive and provocative. Larry Mantello hopes that these new works “…create imaginary places where fantasies can commingle with feelings of loss and disappointment. Moments from my past that are difficult to escape.”

Larry Mantello was born in 1964 and lives and works in New York. He studied at the Kansas City Art Institute and the Art Institute of Chicago. Since his first solo show at Food House in Los Angeles in 1993, Larry Mantello’s work has been widely exhibited, including shows at The Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Art + Public, Magasin-Center Nation d’Art Contemporain in Grenoble, and the Neuberger Museum. His work is included in many private and public collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Miami Museum of Contemporary Art, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Henry Art Gallery, and the Museum of Modern Art.

Edith Beaucage, .hurluberlu

hurluberlucubic.hur, 2011, Oil on canvas, 60" x 46"

CB1 Gallery presents “.hurlurberlu”, a first solo exhibition of the work of Los Angeles painter Edith Beaucage. The exhibition continues the artist’s exploration of painted images that investigate relationships between signs of abstraction and figuration and how we derive meaning by simple juxtaposition of these signs. The exhibition will be on view from Saturday, February 26 through Sunday, April 3, 2011. An opening reception for the artist will take place on Saturday, February 26, 2011, 5 – 7 p.m.

Beaucage invents characters and places them side by side with an abstracted form into a scenario that mimics what happens in a social space. The emotional thread woven into the paintings, the social spaces, is meant to stimulate discourse with the audience.

In the artist’s native Quebec, a “hurluberlu” is one who is a little crazy, sweet and original in his way of thinking, how he dresses and behaves. Physical applications of volatile multicolor brush strokes to the canvas, are the basis for the hurlubelu–like characters, while the abstractions are an investigation of improvised construction based on the shape of a lozenge (diamond shape) and Catalan solids (geometric). Relationships between the figures and the abstractions are associated by modal logic theorems in which a lozenge represents a possibility and the figure is an agent (player). We are therefore in the domain of .hurluberlu.

Born in Canada, Edith Beacauge now lives and works in Los Angeles. She is a recent MFA graduate of Otis College of Art and Design, having studied at Palazzo Spinelli, Centro per L’arte e Il Restauro in Florence Italy and received her BA from Bishop’s University in Quebec, Canada. Her work is in many private collections and was recently acquired for the collection of Creative Artists Agency, Los Angeles, CA.

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