111 Minna Gallery proudly presents the latest solo show by master artist, James Charles. With his respects paid to a variety of known masters, Charles delivers a visual buffet, which highlights his vast understanding of mediums and technique. What is sure to be an oculus overload, this exhibition is sure to please.
OPEN LATE by Emily Fromm
With clean lines and a flat, limited color palette, Emily Fromm uses a style reminiscent of vintage cartoons and comic books to illustrate contemporary urban landscapes. Having been raised in the outskirts of Los Angeles, she was heavily influenced by the over-the-top yet seedy aesthetic of the American West, and often highlights signage, architecture and the iconic style of the region in her paintings. She applies a graphic style that is familiar and nostalgic to these settings, incorporating imagery that is mundane and often low brow, to contrast these grandiose scenes with everyday life.
NOW HIRING by Noah Ptolemy
Noah Ptolemy pulls strongly from his upbringing in Japan. Today, working out of a small apt, he still finds himself utilizing the small space the same way, as if he were still back there. He also usually paints from the floor, as opposed to the more Western model of a painter standing at the easel. Through the years, he has distilled his tools down to the bare bones, allowing himself time to hone in on each one. The most important thing he learned from his time in Japan was patience, a painter’s essential skill. Noah finds the colors and general imagery of his work come from everyday people and popular culture from all around. Manga comics are very inspiring to him as can be seen with his use of bold lines and faces. As a child he would try to draw his favorites faithfully to the original, a skill that helped him to define his own style.
ERUPTION by Scott Greenwalt
Scott GreenwaltEruption explores notions of a manipulated, beautified world on the constant verge of collapse. Contemplating the inevitable rise and demise of complex systems throughout history. Envisioning moments in time that reflect a tumult lurking just beneath the surface, threatening to rupture with magnificent force. A place where spiritual effluvia roams through space, leaving behind husks of the living things it once occupied, where new forms of life will again flourish with time.

Inspired by natural and supernatural processes of transformation, the work depicts fantastic metamorphoses of extraordinary subjects. Portions of the image may be decipherable, suggesting a current state, while there are others that may foretell what the form will be in the future, and still others recall past incarnations. The finished piece becomes a snapshot of numerous brief, ephemeral moments charged with perpetual tension. The work is inspired by disparate sources: from Francis Bacon to Hieronymus Bosch, as well as anatomical, botanical and geological studies, and science fiction films of the 1970-80s. They reveal to me a long standing investigation into the mutability of biological states. Any organism — plant, animal, bacteria — left to the earth’s natural cycles become chemically hybridized forms, subject to further varied expressions of inherently the same matter. Striving for awareness that through these massive shifts, though the process may be difficult or appear destructive or alien, something majestic and beautiful can be revealed.
JUNE | VIVARIUM by Adrian Cox
Adrian CoxThe mythic world depicted in the paintings of Adrian Cox serves as a stage for his fictional race of hybrid beings, the Border Creatures. In his works, these grotesque protagonists exist in a state of harmonious coexistence with their environment. The Border Creatures are poets and artists, drawing inspiration from their lush surroundings in the Romantic tradition, or gardeners and amateur scientists, shaping the very world that makes up their composite anatomy.
MAY | GHOSTS AND SHADOWS | Michael Reedy & Scott Tulay
Michael Reedy | Artist StatementThe delicate strands of silver hair that have started to populate my wife’s head most easily explain what motivates my work. At one moment, I find them incredibly beautiful, and celebrate the fact that I have had the opportunity to share my life with her, and in another moment, I am struck with my fear of growing older and eventually losing her. Everything eventually seems to revolve around this point-of-tension between beauty and despair, between living and dying. My hope has been, that by employing a range of pictorial conventions (medical illustration, pop art, classical nudes, etc.) I could blur the contentious boundaries between life and death, personhood and object, and the beautiful and the ugly; laying one on top of the others like a series of scripts that can be read simultaneously.
LOVE LINES | Spenser Little & Jaclyn Rose
111 Minna Gallery presents a linear based exhibition by a pair of artists whose lines are created through unconventional methods. Although the work of Spenser Little and Jaclyn Rose may be derived from individual places it is inextricably tied to one another through their own personal history and uniqueness of delivery and overall presentation.
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Lauren Szabo Interview w/ VENISON
Interview by Amber Imrie-SitunayakeLauren Szabo is a San Francisco based artist originally from Los Angeles. Lauren’s work talks about our daily interactions about media, signage, advertisements, and their fragility and temporality. We chose to speak with Szabo because her work took on new political context through the campaign and election. After hearing the popular phase “Make America Great Again” we couldn’t quite see Lauren’s work the same again. Excited by the new gravity of this work, Lauren was inspired to talk with us about how an artist’s work may physically stay the same, the context in which it is understood is ever changing. Thank you for speaking with us Lauren…​  (read the entire interview here) (view the show)
Elise Remender As a child Elise showed an early need to create a world apart from her birthplace, the desert of Arizona. The Sonoran vista, although beautiful, was not in an environment that inspired her. So she created a world of her own invention by painting the walls of her room and anywhere else she could get away with it.
Lauren SzaboGrowing up in suburban Los Angeles where earthquakes and fires were frequent threats, Lauren became acquainted with natural and unnatural disasters at an early age. When she was a child, she experienced earthquakes and recalls ashen skies during the annual summer fires. These early memories shaped the content of her art, and have rooted her interest in deconstruction.

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