FABstudio Hosts “Five Artist Show” Opening Reception, Friday, August 1st
By Leslie Reed
Friday, August 1st, FABstudio hosts a group show. Curated by Flavio Alejandro Bisciotti, enjoy works by Javier De Aubeyzon, Hadiya Finley, Julienne Johnson, J.J. L’Heureux, and Stephanie Visser. Bisciotti, who is also an artist, has brought together an array of well known established talent for the show.
Straight from Argentina, the work of artist and surfer Javier De Aubeyzon spotlights Urban Landscapes. His work takes a critical look at the dangerous, albeit fascinating, advancement of civilization. “In my urban work, the process is very labor-intensive, describes the artist, “the thorough details in architecture and the absence of brushstrokes accentuates the motionless and mysterious scenes.” See website.
Hadiya Finley offers her incredible sculptures to the group show. This highly recognized artist and sculptor has shown all over the United States as well as internationally.
Finley describes her inspiration for the piece, “After Han Yan Ling was inspired by the figures in the pits at the mausoleum of the Western Han Dynasty near Xi’an China. The figures that had once been clothed with wooden arms seemed to me like dolls. I love dolls, I loved the figures, the legions of them in rows and lines to take care of the king in the afterlife. This king cared about his subjects and would not have any buried alive when he died, only clay figures. The figure is constructed of paper mache and carved wood arms.” She is currently in China where she completed a commission and installation for a public space in Guangzhou. See website.
Julienne Johnson is a prolific abstract artist who paints with her hands. A disciplined art maker, come rain or shine, she maintains a full time studio schedule propelled forward by her passion and muse: Life. James Bae, Contributing Editor for Paper Monument Magazine – A Journal of Contemporary Art, says of her paintings, “What gives these works their poetic and numinous qualities is the abstraction of their appearance, wedded and arising from a uniquely humanistic concern”. Peter Frank, Art Critic for the Huffington Post said in her book, Ashes for Beauty, “But these paintings are not embodiments of headlines, much less embodiments of emotions. They are embodiments of sensations wrapping themselves around headlines – and around thoughts, and around memories, and bodily sensitivities and psychological states. They do not reflect Johnson’s world or the world at large, but reconstitute those worlds and add to them thereby. Perhaps, like medical records, they chart the temperatures and serum balances of these worlds.”
Johnson is scheduled this October for a solo exhibition, curated by Peter Frank at Taylor University in Indiana. The Art Department and various other departments of the University have scheduled a week of events for Frank and Johnson. Frank will conduct lectures, critiques and moderate two art talks with Johnson. Together they will make presentations to the Taylor student body, the faculty and to special guests. Johnson will also conduct an art workshop. See website.
The paintings of Stephanie Visser will also be part of the exhibition. Visser most recently was part of a group exhibit at Bergamot Station. She has participated in both the Venice Art Walk and Venice Art Block. This is where she first met curator and gallery director Flavio Bisciotti. The artist explained that exposure to so many people is what makes participating in the events so valuable. Visser has had her current studio in Venice for three years. “I was located in Culver City before this and I find Venice an exciting and vibrant place to work.”
When asked if her day to day events affect her paintings….she replies, “100% of my daily life affects my work. It’s impossible for it not too. Daily life leaves it’s imprint no matter how much meditation or exercise you do to balance it out. And good, bad, or indifferent it is bound to come out in the process of a painting…even if it happens unconsciously.” She is looking forward to being part of “Five Artist Show,” and added, “I’m thoroughly excited about the show! I love having the opportunity to see my work hung on a wall…it’s always a little stressful but worth it!” See website.
Renowned artist, J.J. L’Heureux’s work will also be included. The busy artist works in various mediums and is dedicated to both her craft and taking care of the necessary business of art. “Everyday I work in my studio for about 8 to 12 hours,” explains L’Heureux. “This year I have six one person exhibitions most with approximately 120 works. For each venue I put together an appropriate exhibition, build the boxes and pack the pieces. After the work is shipped I give talks at the museums, book signings and attend the receptions. I also continue to be an expedition artist in Antarctica and recently returned from Alaska.”
For this exhibition, she will be showing works from her “Etichette” series which consist of collages featuring a color field background with found labels attached. She explains, “I use acrylic paint for these backgrounds. Each work takes approximately a month and I can work on 2 or 3 at a time. I like to use oil paint on the “Bergy Bit” paintings for texture. I often work on these paintings before I leave on an expedition for 5 weeks as when I return they are dry and I can mount or frame the work.” See her art website and her photography website.
The opening reception for “Five Artist Show” takes place Friday, August 1st at FABstudio (2001 Main Street in Santa Monica 90405) from 7-9:30pm. The exhibit will run through September 25th. 424-744-8156;