Category: Event

Thanks For The Mammaries Exhibition and Auction

Please join me on Thursday, July 31st 2014 from 7-9pm for the opening reception of Thanks For The Mammaries, a group exhibition and auction to raise funds for breast cancer research organized by Bettina Hubby in partnership with Klowden Mann. I will have a painting available for purchase, along with over 100 artists.

ThanksForMammaries invite (dragged)


Opening Reception: September 27th, 7-9prau
On view through: October 4, 2013 (Tuesday-Saturday, 11a-6p)
Featuring work by: Virginia Broersma, Adam Ferriss, Norbert Garcia Jr., Jeff Rau, and Rachel Stiff

5790projects is thrilled to announce its third pop-up group exhibition for 2013, “ele:mental,” featuring five LA-based artists practicing in painting, sculpture, and mixed media arts. Concurrently, more than a dozen artist studios in the Beacon Arts Building will be exclusively open for viewing during the opening’s hours.

The artists featured in “ele:mental” push the boundaries of our most fundamental components, and in doing so often reduce them to pure abstraction. In the mind of the viewer, these elemental fixations become visual gateways into a conceptual territory – thus simultaneously existing in tangible and philosophical spaces. Whether it’s the meticulously photographed analysis of L.A. air quality by Jeff Rau, or the pixel sorting algorithms coded by Adam Ferriss, the works in this exhibition illustrate the notion that basic, disregarded attributes often affect our overall cognition. At times, such simple details can become alarming or strange when overly contemplated, as is alluded to in Norbert Garcia Jr.’s surrealist sculptures of everyday objects, or Virginia Broersma’s grotesque-yet-alluring oil portraits. When these constituents are packaged as a larger whole, their unsettling conceptualism becomes less daunting; a feeling of resolution felt in the assemblage paintings of Rachel Stiff. Be it a single pixel on a computer screen or the oxygen we breathe, an elemental understanding of the world can be the least believable.

5790projects focuses on providing a pop-up exhibition platform for emerging artists based in Los Angeles. The artists included in ele/mental encompass a diverse miscellany of practice and exhibition history. Virginia Broersma (CA) received her BFA from the Savannah College of Art & Design, Georgia, and has since exhibited at the Museum of Art and History (CA), among many galleries. Adam Ferriss (VA) studied at the Maryland Institute of Arts in Baltimore (MD), and has exhibited extensively throughout Europe. Norbert Garcia Jr. (AZ) studied at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco (CA), and was the 2006 Emerging Arts of the Year from the League of United Latin American Citizens. Rachel Stiff (MT) received her MFA from the University of Arizona (AZ), was the recipient of the Medici Scholars Award from the university. Jeff Rau (CA) received his MFA from California State University in Fullerton, and has exhibited at the L.A. Municipal Art Gallery (CA), among other venues. All of the artists live and work in Los Angeles.

For more information on the artists included in this exhibition, please visit, or email

Image: Jeff Rau, “30 Days Over LA, June 2011” (2011) / ultrachrome print / 20 x 32 inches

Marooned at JAUS


Painting by Nathan Redwood

Please join me at the opening reception for a group show my work is included in at JAUS in Los Angeles.


Featuring: Virginia Broersma, Mike F. Connolly, Ronn Davis, Nobuki Mizumoto, Max Presneill, Nathan Redwood

Opening Reception: Friday July 26, 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Exhibition runs through September 1, 2013

JAUS is pleased to present Marooned, the third installment of our 2013 group exhibitions related to color. The show will feature paintings and sculptural objects by artists Virginia Broersma, Mike F. Connolly, Ronn Davis, Nobuki Mizumoto, Max Presneill, Nathan Redwood. This exhibition attempts to contemplate themes of abandonment and isolation; subject matter which is replete in the history of art and cultural production. Whether involuntary or self-imposed, this condition of being a castaway or fugitive is something artists, writers and composers have often felt and explored in their work since the very beginning. The works selected, in addition, share a common characteristic in their use of a dark red hue, although the iterations of what may be considered “maroon” vary greatly from artist to artist, ranging from reddish brown to a deeper wine colored palette.

The theme is of particular relevance today, because, in spite of the supposed economic upswing America and the world is experiencing (according to mainstream media outlets), there seems to linger a sense of uncertainty among many, and the sense of being abandoned and let down by governments and multinational corporations who have become increasingly married to each other at the expense of the middle class.

On the other hand, this exhibition can also be thought of as a celebration of the artists’ critical thinking and problem solving capabilities, their self reliance and sustenance, and their generative powers in the face of adversity, isolation, and at times despair. In a world managed by MBA’s, web analytic tools, and online surveys, the independent, creative drive and ingenuity of the artist is now, perhaps, needed more than ever. For that, a little isolation and self-exile may be a good thing.

Storage Wars

A Group Exhibition by 5790projectslabriola_15
Open Studios by Beacon Arts Building

Opening Reception: February 9th, 7-10 pm
On view through: February 15, 2013

Featuring work by: Justin John Greene, Finishing School, Natalie Labriola, Emily Silver, Etienne Zack

5790projects is thrilled to announce its first quarterly pop-up exhibition for 2013, Storage Wars, featuring five LA-based artists practicing in painting, sculpture, and mixed media arts. Concurrently, more than twenty artist studios in the Beacon Arts Building will be exclusively open for viewing during the opening’s hours.

First built in 1951 as a moving and storage company, the recently renovated Beacon Arts Building inspired this curatorial partnership to host an evaluation of the way in which we store and archive personal histories. How do we define ourselves through retained artifact? The artists featured in Storage Wars grapple with similar quandaries – whether it’s the modified Hammurabi’s Code of Natalie Labriola (in which emoticons replace hieroglyphics), or the abstracted still life paintings of Etienne Zack, preserving a unique narrative through registry and archive is an intrinsically human ritual. While Emily Silver’s bittersweet birthday party relics recall a collective fascination with documented milestones, Justin John Greene’s wry paintings recall our tendency to romanticize our experiences with a cinematic flair. These various behaviors are hinged on our plight for an enduring identity – a notion exemplified through Finishing School’d mixed media, performance, installation, and intervention projects. As technology modifies our relationship with verisimilitude, the relevance of a repository, archive, or even cache for our perennial selves is ever evolving.

5790projects focuses on providing a pop-up exhibition platform for emerging artists based in Los Angeles. The artists included in Storage Wars encompass a diverse miscellany of practice and exhibition history. Justin John Greene (CA) received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute, Chicago, and has since exhibited at the Torrance Art Museum (CA) among many galleries. Finishing School (various) is an artist collective of five members that has exhibited internationally in addition to recent shows at the Hemmer Museum and MoCA. Natalie Labriola (AZ) studied at NYU, and has shown her work globally. Emily Silver (NY) received her MFA from Penn State University and has shown extensively on the East Coast. Etienne Zack (Canada) has been featured at the National Gallery of Canada and The Quebec Triennial at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Montreal, among many other international institutions. All of the artists live and work in Los Angeles.

For more information on the artists included in this exhibition, please visit or email For more information on the Beacon Arts Building, please visit

Beacon Arts Building resident artists participating in the Open Studios:

Adrienne Adar
Francisco Alarcon
Martin Blake
Virginia Broersma
Marylene Camacho
Ricardo Harris-Fuentes
Kohl King
Kelly Kleinschrodt
Deborah Lambert
Michael Maas
Muriel Mandel
Michael Massenburg
Melise Mestayer
Emily Nyburg
Sophia Park
Snezana Petrovic
Fay Ray
Andrea Shapiro
Emily Silver
Lisa C Soto
Essi Zimm

Press Image: Natalie Labriola “Cracked Screen v.1.2.,” (2011), Etched acrylic-coated holographic paper, 4.5″ x 2.5″

Inglewood Open Studios: Fisher Ensemble

The Fisher Ensemble will be making a debut performance  at the Inglewood Open Studios – read about their new project and upcoming performance in this article from the LA Times.

You can see the Fisher Ensemble perform at the group show opening reception on Friday, November 9 from 6-10pm at the Beacon Arts Building, and on Saturday and Sunday, November 10 & 11 at 6pm at 1019 West. 

Find out more about the Fisher Ensemble on their website:


Get to know the artists of Inglewood:

November 10 & 11, 1-6pm

Friday, November 9, 6-10pm:  Opening Reception for the group show at the Beacon Arts Building.

Come on out for the Inglewood Open Studios – over 30 artists from the Beacon Arts Building and 1019 West will be participating, along with many others from the Inglewood community.

Hare are some interviews with a few of the artists you will be able to meet during the open studios:

Melise Mestayer’s “Reef Cycle”

Angles Gate Cultural Center
San Pedro, California

Opening reception:

Sunday, October 28, 3 – 6 pm.

Living during a time of heightened eco-awareness, one must question how their own consumer indulgences aid in the decline of their surrounding environment. In my current project, titled Reef Cycle, I have been collecting the toilet paper and paper towel rolls I personally use over a six-month period and am transforming these brown cylinders into a sculptural coral reef. Due to the location of the exhibition, San Pedro, CA, I chose to reference the current dilemma of dying coral and the bleaching reefs in the Pacific Ocean. Knowing the material itself would never survive in these conditions, I utilize the cardboard rolls to portray something that exists submerged in saltwater. These sculptures are created entirely from recyclable materials (including the water-soluble adhesives), and they will be broken down at the end of the project. The objective of this endeavor is to shed light on how much material a single person consumes when it’s considered a necessity and the impact that can have, both environmentally and visually.

Investigating notions of value and permanence, I utilize primarily found materials to create artworks that evoke natural forms. These artworks not only employ imagery from the organic world, but they also have a trajectory, or lifespan, that mimics all things found in nature. Being resourceful, I use what materials are available in my immediate environment towards creating a new object or installation; often a medium is chosen for its ephemeral quality. External perimeters (such as size constraint, time limit, or material use) are set in place to provide a structure to create the artwork. With this type of artistic practice, the idea and object are developed in tandem with both parts playing an equally critical role.

While art can be used as a way of making a mark beyond your time, I am not striving to establish permanence with this project, but rather engaged with the work-in-progress. Even when the artwork is exhausted, I try to revive the materials into something useful or break them down to be regenerated; and, as a result, my creations endure a life and death cycle similar to the subjects that are portrayed.

The exhibition will be on view at the Angels Gate Cultural Center from Sunday, October 28, 2012 through Friday, January 4, 2013. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 10 – 5 pm




Growing up in New Orleans, LA, Melise Mestayer was exposed to a rich artistic culture that highly impacted her decision to become a visual artist. After completing her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York (2007), she moved to Los Angeles to further pursue her artistic career through graduate school. She obtained her MFA from Otis College of Art and Design (2011) after receiving the Board of Governor’s Fellowship. Melise currently resides in Redondo Beach, CA where she maintains an active studio practice. Her abstract sculptures and installations made from primarily reclaimed materials have been in group and solo exhibitions in California and Louisiana. Her objects are included in both private and corporate collections, and she has been contracted for commissioned artworks. Having received a Teaching Artist Fellowship through the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, she also spends her time as an arts educator at the Armory and the Manhattan Beach Art Department. 

Melise is a resident artist at the Beacon Arts Building and her work can be seen at

Inglewood Open Studios

Saturday, November 10 – Sunday, November 11, 2012

Inglewood Open StudiosTour Celebrates It’s Sixth Year! Saturday, November 10 – Sunday, November 11, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA – Inglewood has become the fastest growing artist community in Los Angeles county. An increasingly large collection of Inglewood artists will again open their studios to the public the weekend of November 10- 11th, 2012 from 1:00pm to 6:00pm during the Sixth annual Inglewood Open Studios tour.

The event, hosted by Inglewood artists and nonprofit Inglewood Cultural Arts (ICA), will allow visitors to personally tour the studios of established and emerging artists working in drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed-media, photography, installation, video and performance. Inglewood Open Studios also features a group show at the start of the tour, which includes work by all participating tour artists, at the Beacon Arts Building from Saturday, November 10th through Sunday, November 11, 2012.

Convenient free shuttle bus service that will run in a continuous loop, will be provided to the public by the City of Inglewood on both Open Studios tour days. The tour will begin at the Group Show at the Beacon Arts Building where printed maps with Open Studios location details are available. Maps will also be available on the website below and at each artist’s studio on both tour days. For additional information on Inglewood Open Studios, including the printable tour map, please see

Participating Artists –

Adrienne Adar, Susan Amorde, Doug Archer, Brian Biedul, Martin Blake, Pat Blake, Virginia Broersma, Daniela Calandra, Marylene Camacho, Lee Clarke, Morgan Culture, Jeanne Dunn, Tori Ellison, Renée A Fox, Catarina Gates,,Scott Grieger, Cindy Gunadi , Zeal Harris, Anne Hieronymus, Kohl King, Deborah Lambert, Alma Lopez, Michael Maas, Muriel Mandel, Stuart Marcus, Michael Massenburg, Gale McCall, Chris Mercier, Melise Mestayer, Emily Nyburg, Kenneth Ober, David Peters, Snezana Petrovic, Jhoiey Ramirez, Joan Robey, Deborah Salt, Lindsey Schulz, Jan Scruton, Karen Sikie, Emily Silver, Stanley Smith, Lisa C Soto, David Spanbock, Holly Tempo, Ginger Van Hook, Luke Van Hook, TJ Walker, Arlene Weinstock.

Inglewood, CA –
Inglewood is bordered by the LAX International Airport, only miles from the coast and surrounded by the nearby cities of Culver City, El Segundo, Playa Del Rey, Marina Del Rey, Westchester, and Torrance — nestled in the center of Los Angeles County.

Inglewood Cultural Arts –
Inglewood Cultural Arts (ICA) is a multidisciplinary nonprofit arts organization serving residents of Inglewood and its surrounding communities. ICA’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in the community by providing diverse cultural arts

For additional information, please contact press liaison Ginger Van Hook at