Shaun Berke "Sisters of the Inquisition", Hudson Marquez "High Humidity", Junko Mizuno "Euphoria", Lisa Petrucci "Come Play With Me"

Shaun Berke "Sisters of the Inquisition", Hudson Marquez "High Humidity", Junko Mizuno "Euphoria", Lisa Petrucci "Come Play With Me"

Shaun Berke, Hudson Marquez, Junko Mizuno & Lisa Petrucci

January 4 – 27, 2013
Artist Reception: Friday, January 4th; 8-11 PM

Shaun Berke
“Sisters of the Inquisition”

January 4 – 27, 2013
Artist Reception: Friday, January 4th; 8-11 PM

When principles are put to the question, there is no escaping physical reality. Though an idea cannot be broken, a bearer can. Fire speaks to ice, and an acolyte melts. These are the forms of water, unbound, in the house of black and white. These are wet nuns.
Drink Venezia dry.

Shaun Berke is delirious. 
An all-round, old-time pleasure-monger. He was born 28 or so years ago in a mythical, small town in Larrabee County. A long time later he went to Art Center College of Design after which he apprenticed in the traditional manner.Now he runs a painting workshop for his alma mater, then goes home to paint some more in his northern-lit cave in Pasadena. Along the way he joined The Getty Research Institute, lectured at Moorpark College, assisted his mentor in Venice (the one in Italy), and was given awards by the Westlake Village Art Guild, Thousand Oaks Art Association, Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, and Alyce De Roulet Williamson.

Hudson Marquez
“High Humidity”

January 4 – 27, 2013
Artist Reception: Friday, January 4th; 8-11 PM

This collection of paintings is not called High Humidity for no reason. 100% humidity without raining is not uncommon in my hometown of New Orleans. Each picture here has a connection to the city. Bourbon Street. Jayne Mansfield. Lee Harvey Oswald. Carlos Marcello. Professor Longhair. Ernie K-Doe. Sugarboy Crawford. Bobby Blue Bland. Earl Palmer. Lee Allen. Lily Christine. Pimps. Sex. Even the Cadillac Ranch was inspired by the Cadillacs driven by Fats Domino and Guitar Slim. These are things that are always on my mind…and now on canvas.

– Hudson Marquez

Hudson Marquez is one of the fathers of modern installation art as a founding member of the Ant Farm Art Collective. At Ant Farm, Marquez was the driving force behind the iconic Cadillac Ranch sculpture in Amarillo, Texas. He was also instrumental in Ant Farm’s public performances, museum exhibitions, inflatable structures, architectural commissions, illustration work, and videos. Mr. Marquez left the collective to co-found TVTV, the seminal “guerilla television” group that is considered to be the ground breaking pioneer of non-fiction television. TVTV was the recipient of many accolades including the prestigious Columbia Dupont Award, for excellence in television journalism. As member of TVTV, Mr. Marquez was voted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

High Humidity is Hudson’s fifth exhibition for Billy Shire.

Junko Mizuno
“Euphoria”

January 4 – 27, 2013
Artist Reception: Friday, January 4th; 8-11 PM

To call Junko Mizuno an international artist is to belittle the term. Junko has exhibited in one form or another on five continents, and her Manga work has been translated into more than a handful of languages. Not one to limit herself to a single medium, her artwork has taken the form of vinyl figures, plush animals, collectible stickers, custom stationary, fine clothing and even a line of erotic products. Her graphic novel releases are publishing industry events and her paintings are extraordinary. Colors swirl in impossibly tantalizing metrics as stylized forms both comforting and disturbing play upon and explore her canvases freely. Euphoria is Junko’s first feature exhibition at La Luz de Jesus Gallery, and it is certainly not to be missed.

*All pencil drawings are coated with fixatif with UV light absorbers and stabilizers.

Lisa Petrucci
“Come Play With Me”

January 4 – 27, 2013
Artist Reception: Friday, January 4th; 8-11 PM

Lisa Petrucci’s latest paintings are a tribute to her love of vintage pop culture as well as personal and collecting obsessions. She has created tableaus that include some of her favorite toys, dolls, subjects and places. Some are real and some imaginary. See the haunted house where a sad forlorn little girl lures unwary children to play with her; and the roadside lime rickey stand populated by oddball toy critters. These paintings are a glimpse into the weird world of wonder that exists in Lisa’s twisted mind. She also references some of her favorite obscure female subjects; Italian adult comic characters from the 1960s, rock & roll icons, and B-movie babes.

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