Fielden Harper | Liliana D'Ambrosio | Damon Reinagle | David Stewart Klein

5458 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90036
Jul 14, 11 AM - 5 PM — ends Aug 08, 2020
Fielden Harper - I Am a Material Girl

I am a Material Girl is a radical departure from Harper’s city scenes, trading in her architectural canvases to focus primarily on storytelling through material exploration guided by her sense of play. This journey has led Harper to narrate the story of her upbringing through the use of textiles and fabrics. This paradigm shift allows the material and her memories to dictate the content and subject matter.

Born in the Bluegrass area of Kentucky, Harper was surrounded by a culture rich in the crafts of Appalachia. She was continually influenced by her grandmother’s sewing skill and her storytelling. In I Am a Material Girl, Harper finds herself not emulating, but rather incorporating familiar and familial traditions to tell her story on her own terms. Through the use of quilting cotton, Harper aims for a more intimate engagement with her viewers, inviting them to weave their own stories together with hers, creating connection and a sense of empathy in a time where we are disconnected physically and emotionally by pandemics and social unrest.

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Liliana D'Ambrosio - Trip to the Borders of Inequalities

D’Ambrosio has explored the depths of her inner most thoughts for this body of work, producing pieces that allow the work to be experienced and lived at the height of their beauty. The work does not have a concluded character, but rather exist in a constant state of flux and change, exploring the abstract language of painting in relation to the rhythmic nature of experimental music.

Each work is a different perspective, but all together converge on the run towards the same fire: the representation, in symbol, of the countless facets of existence. A condensate of contemporary art ranging from neo-figurativism to abstractionism, from surrealism to expressionism, from a sort of fragmentism to mystical visions in which nature and history seem to recompose into a whole. A single thread travels the time from Mythology to Technology. And on the same thread many emotions.

Liliana spent much of the 2000’s traveling in Europe, India, Africa, and the Middle East. Since 2010, she has divided her time between Florence and California. In 2018, after a prolonged absence from the art world due to illness, she decided to return to the United States to expand her influence in the world of American Art.

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David Stewart Klein - Welcome to the New World: As Its Always Been

This body of work produced mainly in 2020, investigates the human psyche in dealing with modern life, whether it be an individual trying to be true to one’s self while pressured by expectations, both interpersonally and culturally, or with the recent pandemic and the aftermath of a broken world. Klein uses the movement of paint and intimacy of tight portrait composition to give the viewer a sense of what the person is feeling. The vulnerability of his subjects creates a sense of palpable intimacy, whether it is a sense of worry, anxiety, trust seeking, fortitude, innocence or joy, fear, or acceptance. Klein utilizes a deep and rich palette of how he perceives the subjects and the world which they inhabit.

“I have spent years building an art practice that leaves the final product feeling raw…The purpose of this art for me on a social level, is to bring the viewer into the art, which though finished remains a raw expression of emotion and experience. We should not be blinded by how fast things are moving, or by the desire to fill our time with more stimuli. The pace of cities, technology, and the access to content fills our lives.” Welcome to the New World: As Its Always Been aims to momentarily provide the viewer with something more intimate than what is largely a culture based on immediate consumption and impersonal, filtered content.

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Damon Reinagle

In recent years Reinagle has shifted his focus to paintings of endangered species as his subject matter, utilizing large stencils of his own creation. Often embedded over free flowing abstract colors, Reinagle depictions signal for humanity to beware of the plight of endangered animals and our effects on their ecosystems and communities. In search for personal artistic identity, Reinagle is constantly exploring avenues of the unexpected, whether that might be techniques, materials, or subject matter. To this end the artist often uses his practice to blur the line between fantasy and reality, the recognizable and unrecognizable via the use of shape, color, and pattern. In this endeavor, Reinagle encourages his viewers to escape into their own dream-like existence.

Most recently, with the outbreak of COVID 19, Reinagle has turned more to his drawing roots. Creating my own surreal worlds as a coping mechanism has been my push with these “Hallucinations”. “Creating universal imagery that others can identify with during these times is my visual mission. Utilizing colored pencils and paint, my images of human heads inhabiting a sea of invasive, yet, somehow surreally floating bubbles, invite the viewer to question their own vulnerability in these crazy times! The inhabitants of these infected worlds co-exist, much as we do with the intrusive virus that threatens.”