Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Artist Spotlight: Gary Polonsky - Leaves, Rocks, Flowers

Gary Polonsky, Front & Back of the Same Leaf, Acrylic and mixed media, 26 x 26 x 3" 
Gary Polonsky explores botanical subjects in his exhibition at TAG Gallery, Leaves, Rocks, Flowers.
Gary Polonsky, 68 Maple Leaves, Acrylic and mixed media, 31 x 31 x 2.5"
In recent years Polonsky has investigated and expanded the various facets of his art practice via engineering techniques, sculpting, and painting. Lush colors and large, dramatically shaped wire mesh “canvases” allow for flexibility in each piece, enabling the work to reach out from the wall towards the viewer.
Gary Polonsky, Bromeliad in a Paint Can, Acrylic and mixed media, 26 x 27 x 25"
As with his previous three-dimensional series (the food series, the botanical series, stamps, the solar system), Polonsky maintains an alluring attraction to the natural world. Leaves, Rocks, Flowers encourages intimacy; asking the viewer to observe and gaze closely, see the intricacies, beauty, and the wonder of our world.
Gary Polonsky, Rocks, Acrylic and mixed media, 25 x 25 x 3.5"

The exhibition runs through Saturday, July 7, 2018
Artist Talk: Saturday, June 30, 3 p.m.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Artist Spotlight: Laura Fisher - Passage

Laura Fisher, Control Line, Oil on canvas, 20 x 45" 
Laura Fisher investigates motion through the landscape in Passage, her debut show at TAG. Her colorful oil paintings are virtual road trips, capturing the spatial and temporal essence of travel.
Laura Fisher, Tangency, Oil on canvas, 10 x 22" 
Sweeping curves and strong geometric forms come together to create cohesive yet enigmatic terrain. Some shapes push forward and some fall back, moving the viewer through imagined hills and valleys, along roads and across bridges. Subtle gradients and dramatic chromatic shifts evoke the passage of time across these undulating panoramas.
Laura Fisher, Intraurban, Oil on canvas, 20 x 45" 
The colors of Southern California permeate Fisher’s current body of work. Having recently moved from Michigan to Los Angeles, she has embraced the hues of her new home, updating her palette to incorporate the warmth and light of the area.
Laura Fisher, Passage, Oil on canvas, 20 x 45" 
The moods of the paintings range from pastoral to energetic, and the compositions draw from the influences of the Cubists, the Precisionists, and mathematics. Simple titles give modest clues to the pieces’ real-world influences but leave broad room for personal interpretation. Fisher’s gift for creating evocative visual puzzles challenges viewers to fit together the pieces of their own travel memories as they explore her dynamic and imaginative landscapes.

The exhibition runs through Saturday, July 7, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 16, 5-8 p.m.
Artist Talk: Saturday, June 30, 3 p.m.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Current Exhibition: Laura Fisher, Gary Polonsky, Linda Sue Price

Tuesday, June 12 - Saturday, July 7, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 16, 5-8 p.m.
Artist Talk: Saturday, June 30, 3 p.m.

Laura Fisher - Passage
Laura Fisher, Juncture, Oil on canvas, 15 x 30"
Gary Polonsky - Leaves, Rocks, Flowers
Gary Polonsky, Smiling Red Leaf, Acrylic and mixed media, 18 x 30 x 5"
Linda Sue Price - Connections
Linda Sue Price, Connections 4,  Neon and mixed media, 15 x 15 x 10"

Friday, May 25, 2018

Artist Spotlight: Tom Wheeler - Painted Light in Western Landscapes

Tom Wheeler, Sticks #1, Archival pigment print on cotton fiber, 21.3 x 30"
Tom Wheeler’s newest work builds on his years of long-exposure light-painting experimentation, producing striking photographic imagery situated in vast western landscapes.
Tom Wheeler, Vortex Trio, Archival pigment print on cotton fiber, 21.3 x 30"
Wheeler’s work is crafted to marry his personal sense of aesthetic beauty with elements of abstract expressionism and minimalism while exploring man’s correlation to nature. In this photographic survey, Wheeler does not advocate or condemn any particular relationship human kind has to nature, but acts as an observer showing his appreciation for the synergistic dichotomy between the two.
Tom Wheeler, Boulder, Joshua Tree, Archival pigment print on cotton fiber, 21.3 x 30"
Painted Light in Western Landscapes was created and conceived at the time of exposure, with no image being digitally altered or processed in digital post-production software. Each photograph is a hand-painted, long-exposure image using light-tools such as flashlights and other objects that illuminate his subjects and landscapes, the two often blurring into one entity.
Tom Wheeler, Empty Chair, Archival pigment print on cotton fiber, 21.3 x 30"
Wheeler has implemented light-painting techniques since 1989, venturing on a journey to seek new levels of experimentation with light tools to keep his ideas and portfolio of work innovative. Subsequently, a recurring theme in Wheeler’s work is vast, open landscapes with minimalist components. Wheeler shows the powerful majesty of the natural world and man’s attempt to thrive in its grasp.

Tuesday, May 15 - Saturday, June 9 

Artist Talk: Saturday, June 2, 3pm 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Artist Spotlight: Isabelle Hope Grahm - My Color Garden

Isabelle Hope Grahm, Felicis Celebritas, Acrylic on canvas, 60.5 x 72"
Isabelle Hope Grahm’s debut exhibition at TAG speaks from an ethereal or aerial view depicting civilizations from a great distance; not only from above in the sky but in the minds eye of God. My Color Garden shows human beings simultaneously through a macrocosm as well as a microcosm.
Isabelle Hope Grahm, Energetic Photon Flash, Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 60"
The energetic patterning of living forms are seen through color, the relationships shown are very close, yet apart. Each individual space, utterly influenced by the space next to it, remains its own entity amidst the whole. The work, although comprised of a multiplicity of separate parts, cannot be denied as one organism itself.
Isabelle Hope Graham, Instructions, Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48"
Grahm states: “While it appears (and feels) as if we are living our own separate existence, our true condition is more like a solitary communal one. If mankind does not become extinct, some secret doctrine extolling this ancient paradox may be revealed as THE ONE hidden amongst the many.”
Isabelle Hope Graham, Boop Boop Ditum Datum, Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48"
These paintings provide a lens showing people, culture, and city life patterns forming and shaping autonomous compartments, businesses and social juxtapositions. The stark lack of differences between “inner and outer” are demonstrated as Grahm’s primary influence. Looking closely one can catch a glimpse that the seer and the seen cannot be separate.

Tuesday, May 15 - Saturday, June 9 

Artist Talk: Saturday, June 2, 3pm 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Artist Spotlight: Carole Garland - Streaming Color

Carole Garland, The Oak Grove, Watercolor, 25 x 33"
For her current exhibition, Streaming Color, Carole Garland painted in watercolor en plein air as a form of meditation and escape, as a distraction from the stress of 21st century living and a job in sales.
Carole Garland, Solstice Retreat, Watercolor, 25 x 33"

She drove to the local Santa Monica Mountains, Malibu Creek, Solstice and Topanga Canyons to find solace. Sitting on the ground with an Arches full-sheet watercolor paper taped to a 27 x 34” board held in her lap, Garland looked out on a stony stream bed, a creek tracing a path over the rocks. Against a cloudless sky, willows draped over the water, their branches glancing the water’s surface. And so she began, Isabey brush to paper.
Carole Garland, A Quiet Place, Watercolor, 34 x 26"
Nature is the springboard for Garland’s imagination, but her interpretation of it begins and ends with the medium of watercolor. Her nontraditional, abstracted landscapes take their cue from the watercolors: their brightness, their transparency, and their inherent desire to slide in odd directions, out of control. She is its servant, surrendering to the direction and will of the medium.
Carole Garland, After the Fall, Watercolor, 26 x 33"
Garland explores mark making, color and form in these chromatic and vivid watercolors, at the same time reminding us to take solace in our natural surroundings.

Exhibition runs through Saturday, June 9
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 19, 6-10pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, June 2, 3pm

Monday, May 14, 2018

Current Exhibition: Carole Garland, Isabelle Hope Grahm, Tom Wheeler

Tuesday, May 15 - Saturday, June 9 
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 19, 6-10pm 
Artist Talk: Saturday, June 2, 3pm 

Carole Garland - Streaming Color
Carole Garland, Reflections, Watercolor, 25 x 33"
Isabelle Hope Grahm - My Color Garden
Isabelle Hope Grahm, Some Sum More, Acrylic, 36 x 60"
Tom Wheeler - Painted Light in Western Landscapes
Tom Wheeler, Turbine 7, Archival pigment on cotton fiber

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Artist Spotlight: Sally Jacobs - Sunday At The Farmers Market

Sally Jacobs, Turban Squash, Watercolor, 20 x 21"
Sally Jacobs is a contemporary watercolor botanical artist. She is also a foodie, and the Los Angeles farmers' markets are a treasure trove for her. Each Sunday Jacobs visits one, prospecting for her gold: Turban Squash, Cherimoya, Lady Finger Bananas, Safflowers, Buddha’s Hand – she loves and paints them all.
Sally Jacobs, Buddah's Hand (Lemon), Watercolor, 19 x 16"

In her latest exhibit, Sundays at the Farmers Market, Jacobs zooms in, portraying flowers, vegetables, and fruit with a dramatic precision unique for a watercolorist. She illuminates a vegetable we may choose for dinner or a flower for display, rendering its structure eye-catching and explicit. She causes viewers to catch their breath in wonder at the feats of nature.
Sally Jacobs, Pink Peony, Watercolor, 26 x 22"
Jacobs has exhibited in numerous juried shows in New York and San Francisco, and at museums in New York, Minneapolis and Phoenix. She was an award winner at the Brand 37 Works on Paper exhibit and is one of the artists included in Todays Botanical Artists, a publication of well-known nature artists. She has taught botanical art at The Getty Center, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles Arboretum, and the annual meeting of the American Society of Botanical Art.
Sally Jacobs, Safflower, Watercolor, 25 x 26"
The exhibition runs until May 12th.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Artist Spotlight: Ernie Marjoram - Selected Paintings

Ernie Marjoram, Laguna, Oil, 36 x 48"
Ernie Marjoram returns to TAG gallery with a selection of paintings that reflect his passion for life and its pleasures. Ernie enjoys the challenge of representational art, trying to capture the illusion of three-dimensional objects and real physical places on a flat canvas. Inspired by everyday environments, architectural monuments, natural landscapes and even the food we eat.
Ernie Marjoram, Manhattan, Oil, 36 x 48"
 Marjoram’s art is based on a solid foundation of perspective drawing, dramatic lighting and appropriate color. He often paints outdoors using a limited palette of white and the primary colors; red, yellow and blue. “Working on smaller paintings outdoors with a limited palette is excellent preparation for the larger paintings done in the studio with a full color palette under more controlled conditions”.
Ernie Marjoram, Via Delle Bombarde, Oil, 8 x 6"
Marjoram’s interest in urban landscape comes from his training in architecture. As a college student, he studied architecture in Florence, Italy for a full year and often created watercolor travel sketches of the sites he visited. In 2003, Marjoram was invited to exhibit his travel sketches in a group art show in Pasadena and when they quickly sold out, a deeper interest in fine art took root. Encouraged by the positive reaction to his artwork, Marjoram began exploring painting in oils and in 2005 held his first solo exhibition Europe, Asia and the US, followed in 2007 by a second solo exhibition Bell’ Italia at the Wilshire Ebell Art Salon.

Since then, Ernie has exhibited in the California Art Club Gold Medal exhibition at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, was invited to participate in the prestigious Torrey Pines Plein Air Invitational competition and won first place in an art competition at Ironstone Vineyards. Since 2009, Marjoram has exhibited annually at TAG and this year’s exhibition: Ernie Marjoram – Selected Paintings brings together mixture of subjects drawn from the artist's recent work.
Ernie Marjoram, Truffles, Oil, 12 x 12"

The exhibition runs until May 12.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Artist Spotlight: Toni Reinis - Looking But Not Seeing

Toni Reinis, Trish, Clay w/patina, 19 x 11.5 x 11.5"
In her inaugural exhibition at TAG, Looking But Not Seeing, Toni Reinis tackles social issues that we observe but often overlook. The artist believes that one can look, but it takes wisdom, knowledge, and empathy to actually see and interpret the human form and facial expressions.Looking But Not Seeing focuses on matters such as depression, discrimination and military sexual trauma (MST). 
Toni Reinis, Solitary Confinement, Clay w/patina, 14.5 x 9 x 12"
Solitary Confinement, a rusted clay sculpture, depicts a man who is suffering months or years of isolation. Employing form and rough clay surfaces, Reinis challenges the viewer to empathize with this man, and question why society may have become complacent in his torture. The California constitution condemns the use of torture, yet prisons routinely utilize confinement as a justified form of punishment. Inmates have no shoes, no clothing, no writing instruments, nothing. As a result, suicide is not uncommon in these situations of excessive deprivation.
Toni Reinis, Manzanar, Clay w/patina, 16.5 x 11 x 8"
Toni Reinis’ sculpture begins with live models and clay. Finished pieces are fired and often cast into materials such as bronze, resin or liquid stone. The sculptures are refined with paint, organic objects and industrial finishes. Reinis utilizes her knowledge of the human form to enact intricate storytelling with each piece.
Toni Reinis, pledge of allegiance, Painted clay w/ fabric and metal, 63 x 12 x 12"
Through this body of sculptural work, Reinis aims to convey the stories of those she has met. Looking But Not Seeing promotes viewers to not just look at the work, but to be drawn in and understand the emotions and traumas of others.

Tuesday, April 17 - Saturday, May 12
Artist Talk: Saturday, April 28, 3 p.m.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Artist Spotlight: Jenny Revitz Soper - Twisted Visions

Jenny Revitz Soper, Attempt at Subversion, Digitally Twisted Photograph, 16 x 24"
Jenny Revitz Soper’s Twisted Visions exhibition at TAG is a nostalgic revisit for some, but for many, a new trip.
Jenny Revitz Soper, The First Ammendment is Alive and Well at McDonalds, Digitally Twisted Photograph, 40 x 30"
Her photography presents a mind-blowing, wildly colored dimension slightly off to one side. She transforms the ordinary to the extraordinary with clever juxtaposition, contradiction, color and whimsy. It is spontaneous, yet not unconsidered.
Jenny Revitz Soper, Subway Man, Digitally Twisted Photograph, 22.5 x 30"
Soper’s visual narrative takes us back to a time when “psychedelic” was a household word and colors glowed with black light or without. Her vision is a place of fun, humor and neon colors. Frameless, nothing stops the art from spreading to the edges and beyond. 
Jenny Revitz Soper, The Aperture, Digitally Twisted Photograph, 22.5 x 30"
Twisted Visions invites the onlooker into the unknown and the disorienting. It’s a scene, man.

Tuesday, April 17 - Saturday, May 12
Artist Talk: Saturday, April 28, 3 p.m.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Current Exhibition: Sally Jacobs, Ernie Marjoram, Toni Reinis, Jenny Revitz Soper

Tuesday, April 17 - Saturday, May 12
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 21, 5-8 p.m.
Artist Talk: Saturday, April 28, 3 p.m.

Sally Jacobs - Sunday At The Farmers Market
Sally Jacobs, Hydrangea, Watercolor, 17 x 19"

Ernie Marjoram - Selected Paintings
Ernie Marjoram, Eye Candy, Oil, 12 x 12"
Toni Reinis - Looking But Not Seeing
Toni Reinis, LaShanda, Clay with patina and steel wool, 18 x 13 x 11"
Jenny Revitz Soper - Twisted Visions
Jenny Revitz Soper, Metal Face: Yellow, Digitally twisted photograph, 24 x 18"

Sunday, April 15, 2018

CA Open -- Call for Artists

The 13th Annual 2018 California Open is a juried exhibition celebrating contemporary and modern art. Artists 18 years and older may submit Computer Art, Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Sculpture, & now Video Works. Accepted work will be exhibited at TAG Gallery from August 8 - 25, 2018. All work will be for sale. The deadline for entry is June 23rd, 2018.

The Juror this year is Kim Abeles, an artist whose community-based projects explore biography, geography and environment. She has created projects with the California Science Center, air pollution control agencies, health clinics and mental health departments, and natural history museums in California, Colorado and Florida. Abeles received the 2013 Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, and has received fellowships from J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts, California Community Foundation and Pollack-Krasner Foundation.

For more information and/ or to apply please click HERE


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Artist Spotlight: Daniel Rutkowski -- Strange Flora: A Foray Into Romance & the LED Dream

Daniel Rutkowski, If It All Burns, Archival Pigment Print, 12 x 16"
TAG is proud to host Daniel Rutkowski’s Strange Flora: A Foray into Romance & the LED Dream. This photographic series guides the onlooker down a visual odyssey where the concepts of our gorgeous, palpable, & fragile world merge with the strange digital flamboyance of our screens -- the death of romance, as told through pixels of our world’s flora.
Daniel Rutkowski, To Ooze, Archival Pigment Print, 20 x 16"
Technology and digitalization have truly infected and encapsulated our modern lives to a frightening extent. Like shadow to light, and yin to yang, they come in two disparate forms: the good and the bad.
Daniel Rutkowski, Naked & Blue, Archival Pigment Print, 20 x 16"
With newfound ease and rapid-fire knowledge, this computerized realm has the ability to provide wisdom in a fraction of a moment, able to heal, teach, inspire, and connect. It has the potential to sow and reap the greatest of all human cognition in the world... but under the beauty and unyielding strengths, comes another world, a world that holds its fair share of poisons in the form of pixels so utterly intriguing and distracting that we lose place in our own existence.
Daniel Rutkowski, Bomba, Archival Pigment Print, 12 x 16"
A form of absurd hand-held escapism, this LED facade allows for a window into a world where nothing can come close enough to harm or love you, where there is safety in the fact that the window remains closed. Where human interaction, genuine social awareness, and love don’t exist.
Daniel Rutkowski, Trigger Green, Archival Pigment Print, 16 x 20"
See the exhibition through Saturday, April 14th.
Meet Daniel at the Artist Talk: Saturday, April 7, 3 p.m.