Thursday, June 23, 2011

David Trautrimas' Spyfrost Project in Seoul Korea

A big congratulations to dnj Gallery artist, David Trautrimas, for his recent inclusion in the Imagine Earth exhibition taking place in Seoul Korea.

On June 3rd the group exhibition 'Imagine Earth' opened at the Korean Arts Centre in Seoul Korea. Several works from "The Spyfrost" series and one from "Habitat Machines" are included in the show. For the official exhibition website please visit

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Ginny Mangrum News

Congratulations to dnj Gallery artist, Ginny Mangrum, for her inclusion in The Brooklyn Artists Gym’s group exhibition titled Voyeur opening this Saturday, June 25, 2011. If you are in the Brooklyn area, definitely stop by to see the show which features over twenty artists.

Brooklyn Artists Gym is an artist studio and gallery facility in the Park Slope/Gowanus area of Brooklyn, New York. BAG’s mission is to help make it possible for artists to further their work and careers at a reasonable cost.

Ginny Mangrum_voyeur 2011_NY

Ginny Mangrum_House_lightjet print
Ginny Mangrum, House,
archival lightjet print, 16" x 20"

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Pasadena's Armory Center For The Arts "Street Sight" Exhibition

Congratulations to dnj Gallery artists, Jane O'Neal and Darryl Curran, for their inclusion in the Armory's Street Sight exhibition opening next Saturday, June 25, 2011!

An opening reception, free and open to the public, will take place on Saturday, June 25, from 7-9pm.

Jane O'Neal_A&W Sunset, California_70's cibachrome print
Jane O'Neal, A&W Sunset, California,1976,
cibachrome print, 16" x 20"

Armory Center for the Arts is pleased to present a major exhibition of Southern California street photography from the late 1960s through early 1980s entitled, Street Sight. The exhibition, organized by curator Tim B. Wride, will be on display in the Armory’s Caldwell Gallery from Sunday, June 26 – September 11, 2011. Exhibiting artists will include Adam Bartos, Darryl Curran, Bevan Davies, John Divola, Judy Fiskin, Robbert Flick, Dennis Hopper, Graham Howe, Grant Mudford, Jane O’Neal, Marvin Rand, Seymour Rosen, Ed Ruscha, Julian Wasser, and Terry Wild. The exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated publication with a scholarly essay by the curator.

Street Sight takes into account the factors that contributed to the post-war shift in Southern California-based photography from imagery that was picturesque, image oriented, and anecdotal in nature, to a more conceptually motivated style of representation and object-making that was decisively suburban, process-oriented, and experiential. The artists whose work is included in the exhibition have made a prepositional shift away from the description and distillation of activity and inhabitants that are seen on the street to an emphasis on those elements, extensions, and experiences that are not just of the street, but, of the street that is dominated, defined, and experienced by the automobile.

For artists Robbert Flick and Ed Ruscha, this resulted in a meditative celebration and typology, respectively, of the parking lot. Darryl Curran elevates the conflation of sexually charged imagery with the shapes and icons of gasoline stations into totems of a new potency. The typologies of Bevan Davies, Judy Fiskin, John Divola, and Seymour Rosen overlay economic and architectural accumulations made possible by the car’s fluid access to broad geographies. Jane O’Neal’s saturated color imagery provides the
experience of the street from within the car with carnivalesque garishness, while images by Marvin Rand and Julian Wasser use montage and time-exposure strategies to formally distill the motion of the street. Adam Bartos celebrates the two ends of the
spectrum of road quality with his cinematic treatment of a freeway overpass and a hillside overlook. And, for Australian transplants Graham Howe and Grant Mudford the traces, boundaries, and borders of streets themselves elicited formal responses that underpin insightful psychological descriptions of both place and medium.

Street Sight is an examination of the quintessentially automobile-centric Southern Californian experience of place. This type of experience is distinguished from a “roadtrip” sensibility in so far as it is predicated on a day-to-day reliance on getting from place to place by car. For those in the region, the car is an indispensable appendage for accessing the flow of daily life; it is the tool through which they understand the spaces and map the environment in which they live. For artists in the region whose interests veered toward their understanding of “place,” this meant a reliance on new ways of contextualizing, cataloguing, codifying and transcribing their experience. Theirs was a pioneering moment that drew from the emergent sensibilities that informed New Topographics, embraced the unbridled nature of their art making community, and seamlessly internalized the unique street culture that cemented the disparate geographies of Southern California. Theirs was a new way of seeing, a different mode of experience, and a conceptually charged means of mapping that created a potent, postmodern approach to street photography.

“Street Sight” is on view in the Susan and John Caldwell Gallery at the Armory Center for the Arts, 145 North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA, 91103. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Sunday, noon-5pm. $5 suggested donation. Armory members, students, and
seniors are free. The Armory is easily accessible from the Gold Line Memorial Park Station in Pasadena. For information about Armory exhibitions and events, please call 626.792.5101 x122. or visit the Armory website at

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Helen K. Garber News

dnj Gallery artist, Helen K. Garber, is putting her beloved "Miss Lucy" up for auction at Bergamot Station via the Santa Monica Auctions this Saturday and Sunday - June 18/19th 2011.

Miss Lucy_Helen K. Garber

Here is the link to her catalogue listing:

An unusual offering at the upcoming Santa Monica Auctions, Bergamot Station on June 18/19th is a functional object of art - the re-use of a 1955 Shasta 5th Wheel Trailer that was found stripped and abandoned in the forest in Idyllwild, CA by Venice artist, Helen K. Garber.

Ms. Garber got permission to remove the trailer from the local ranger station, had it towed down the mountain by Banning Discount RV, who then stored her for 6 months, repaired for her for travel and prepared her for her useful status as the first mixed media mobile projection hub.

Duce, the renowned graffiti writer who had collaborated with Helen on their Night View Collaboration the year before, created a 4-sided mural depicting the state of the US economy in 2010.

She was used for 3 installations as the center projection hub of Group SC 2009, An Intimate View of Southern CA, in collaboration with MINARC, Santa Monica and 50 fine art photographers who documented their own neighborhood in Southern CA over the course of the year. We projected their stories to rear view screens through 4 windows in Miss Lucy, one on each side. The screens were set 90 degrees from each other (see youtube video link below). The territory covered from San Diego to Palm Springs, North to San Ynez and all through LA County and Orange County too. for more info on the project. The projection equipment and slide shows are not included in this sale.

Miss Lucy traveled to Bergamot Station for Month of Photography's Opening Night 2010 and then later to Pershing Square to be the centerpiece of the Autumn Lights Festival, 2010.

To see her in action at the Autumn Lights Festival, please watch this short you tube video:

She would make an excellent outdoor sculpture, child's playroom or fantastic dog house for a loving home. The interior is stripped, and she locks securely, registered with the DMV, so she can also help out by storing or hauling things . She is truly a functional object of art.

Miss Lucy will be auctioned in the company of important work by prestigious artists such as Frank Gehry, Richard Avedon, Ed Moses, Larry Bell, Raymond Pettibon and Dennis Hopper.

Laura Parker Featured on COAGULA's Weekend Bender

A big thank you to Bryan Chagolla and COAGULA Art Journal for including dnj Gallery artist, Laura Parker, in the Weekend Bender!

Laura Parker's second solo show titled, Rotations & Rubbings is currently on view through July 16, 2011, so stop by Bergamot Station for a visit!

Laura Parker_Rubbings (Labyrinth, Red IV)
Laura Parker, Rubbings (Labyrinth, Red IV),
2011, chromogenic color print, 23" x 23"

Laura Parker_Rotations (Collecting Pool)
Laura Parker, Rotations (Collecting Pool), detail,
2010, 5 panel chromogenic color prints, 82" x 48" overall

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Artist Reception: Elliott Wilcox and Laura Parker

Thanks to everyone who made it out for the opening on Saturday!

dnj Staff

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Laura Parker News

dnj Gallery artist, Laura Parker, will be taking part in No Mirrors: A juried show of camera-less photography at Rayko Photo Center in San Francisco this month. Congratulations Laura!