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Raw Sugar No.1 – Works from the Sugar Press

Fathom Gallery, Sept. 10-Oct. 22, 2016

Raw Sugar No.1 is the inaugural exhibition of art works published by the Sugar Press Group. All of the limited edition works are printed on Hahnemühle watercolor paper composed of all-natural sugar and cotton fibers. Curated by Fathom Gallery director, Anne Martin, Raw Sugar No. 1 features the work of a group of emerging and mid-career Los Angeles artists, in a wide mix of abstract, expressionistic and figurative art.

#1  "Boulevard Of Unearthly Delights”; Medium: Mixed media (watercolor & pencil on pigment print); 20 x 15"

Boulevard Of Unearthly Delights”; Medium: Mixed media (watercolor & pencil on pigment print); 20 x 15 in.

Rafael Serrano, one of the stand-out artists in the show, considers his mixed media works as neo-surrealism, shaped by influences such as Man Ray, Max Ernst, Dada and Dali. Magical realism, a mystical story telling made popular by Columbian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, also seems to infuse and inform Serrano’s chimerical photo-collages. Playful sharks swim about as sleekly submerged surfboards seem to defy their aerodynamic planes as they float all together through the muti-dimentions of Serrano’s balletic art. Reality be damned. This artist wants to delight the eye in with wild phantasmagorical forms and playful shapes, making them percolate with a wonderfully animated life. Serrano is a prolific artist whose mixed media work whimsically hopscotch’s back and forth between painting and photography. He often cuts up his photographs and collages them into his hand-painted, Bunuelian photographic mix. In Serrano’s best works, like The Night Garden Dance of Erotic Fantasies, delightful shapes done in mini clay figurines, take on long sensual three dimensional shadows.

#4  "Night Garden Dance Of Erotic Fantasies”; Medium: Photography; 16 x 20"

Night Garden Dance Of Erotic Fantasies”; Medium: Photography; 16 x 20 in.

“My images are created in layers. Since I am both a painter and photographer, I like to combine both mediums. I start by making a small painting that I collage over. Then I photograph the work, and pull it into Photoshop and manipulate the palette, the contrast, and I pick out the colors I want to play with. I blow theses images up to 20 x 24, then repaint or collage over the print; sometimes I photograph them, yet again. My final pieces often move through six generations of paint collage and photography. That what makes them so special.”

#3  "Lagoon Of Unrepentant Memories”; Medium: Mixed media (Watercolor & pencil on pigment print); 16 x 21"

Lagoon Of Unrepentant Memories”; Medium: Mixed media (Watercolor & pencil on pigment print); 16 x 21 in.

Raw Sugar No.1 also features work by Andre Miripolsky, Andrea Bogdan, Ashley Payne, Bisco Smith, Colette Miller, Erin Yoshi, Issy, Kate Carvellas, Larry Lott, Matthew E. Weinberg, Matthew Heller, Paul Juno, Raphaele Cohen-Bacry, Raúl de la Torre, Rohitash Rao, Sarah Stone, Shplinton and Timothy Robert Smith.

#2  "On The Brink Of Realization”; Medium:  Mixed media painting/collage; 20 x 15"

On The Brink Of Realization”; Medium:  Mixed media painting/collage; 20 x 15 in.

The Opening Night Reception for the artists September 10, 2016, 7- 9pm.

For more information visit www.fathom.gallery

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Phil Tarley

About Phil Tarley

Phil Tarley is a fellow of the American Film Institute, an artist member of the Los Angeles Art Association and writes about contemporary art, pop culture and photography for Fabrik Magazine. He curates at the A C Gallery in Los Angeles and founded Round Hole Square Peg, a biannual, international survey of LGBTQ photography shown at the Photo LA. Tarley is also a critical essayist for Katharine T. Carter & Associates, an art advisory service that  helps artists obtain museum exhibitions. His personal series of political and ethnographic videos is housed in the permanent collection of the New York Public Library and has screened in film festivals and museums like the American Film Institute,and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. In 2009, under his nom de porn, Phil St. John, Tarley was inducted into the Gay Porn Hall of Fame for his 20-year producing and directing career. His writing and photography have also appeared in the LA Times, the LA Weekly, The WOW Report, Adventure Journal, the Advocate, Frontiers, Adult Video News, Genre, Instinct and American Photo Magazine. His book, Going down On Cuba: Notes from An Underground Traveler,  is slated to be published later in the year by Fabrik Press.  

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