Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Last Chance to Catch NoirFest Santa Monica-- with dnj artist Helen K. Garber

NoirFest Santa Monica will end its successful three-month run Wednesday at Hotel Casa del Mar with jazz great Barbara Morrison.

The night will be devoted to bebop in a fitting end for the festival that coincided with Santa Monica's citywide read of Raymond Chandler's hardboiled detective novel, The Lady in the Lake.

“It was an amazing coincidence since they had already chosen Raymond Chandler as their author for 2012, and as I don't believe in coincidences, I immediately knew that the festival was meant to be,” said organizer Helen K. Garber.

Garber created NoirFest to celebrate her love of the sexy, black and white crime dramas and her 30th anniversary of living in Santa Monica with her husband, Stuart Garber.

“I was excited to share Noir with my favorite venues and organizations of Santa Monica,” she said. “Although small in size, geographically, Santa Monica is as an amazing cultural destination as it is a play destination.”

Persian photographer Gyula Halasz “Brassai” inspired her love for the genre, which she's incorporated into her own work as a photographer. Garber recently taught a class for the Otis Art Institute as part of NoirFest, sharing her nighttime shooting techniques and favorite Santa Monica settings, including the historic pier.

NoirFest Santa Monica has included art, film, photography, literature, music and scripted events at various historic venues across Santa Monica. Work on the festival began in 2010 when Garber approached the city's Cultural Affairs department, which agreed to produce a virtual tour of local places associated with Chandler and his novels. The tour included a presentation from Judith Freeman, a leading Chandler historian and author of The Long Embrace, who illustrated the history of the many homes that Chandler occupied while living in Los Angeles.

Then she connected with organizers of the citywide read who were preparing for the program's 10th anniversary. Noir experts, Freeman and Alan K. Rode jumped on board along with the American Cinematheque and the Santa Monica Conservancy.

"I had no idea there were so many people into noir," said Pamela Schoenberg, owner of dnj Gallery, which hosted two of the events. "It was a wonderful experience... both events were well received with large crowds."

Ultimately, Schoenberg said the events were successful because of the number of people who love noir, a genre that's grown in popularity recently with the HBO prohibition drama Boardwalk Empire.

NoirFest’s closing celebration will be at Hotel Casa del Mar from 7-10 p.m. Wednesday. The hotel will offer a special menu, which will benefit two area Jazz organizations, KJAZZ and the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center. Guests are encouraged to wear vintage attire.

Admission is free. There will be a cash bar.

Don't Forget! dnj hosts Artist Talk with Gil Kofman on March 31st 1pm

dnj is proud to announce that we will be hosting an Artist Talk with one of our currently exhibiting artists, Gil Kofman. He will be discussing his current work and exhibition "Passages: Case Studies in Euclidian Seduction." His work involves deep studies of perspective, vanishing points and the everyday menial space. He hopes to call attention to those seemingly insignificant places, that we may pass through without a second glance. Come see us here at dnj so you don't lose your perspective! The talk will take place here at 1pm this Saturday March 31st.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Michael Krebs has won the CCA AWARD in the category "ROOKIE OF THE YEAR".

The CCA (Creative Club Austria) is an award in Austria given to the creative industry. They honor the best advertisements created. "The Rookie of the Year" is an award for the best diploma project of the year completed by a student.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Site Specific: LAPCS and the Politics of Community

Support dnj Artists! One of our artists, Darryl Curran is featured in the current show, Site Specific: LAPCS and the Politics of Community, at the Fisher Gallery at the University of Southern California.

Take a listen to a brief talk from KCRW:

Check out the LA Times Review Here:

The Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies (LAPCS), was founded in 1973 as a response to the closing of the Pasadena Art Museum. It was an artist run space to provide themselves with a means to express and exhibit the photographic tastes of the time. Site Specific: LAPCS and the Politics of Community surrounds many of these LA artists in a historical review of iconic 1970s photographers including Robbert Flick, William Mortenson and many others. The show is on view at the USC Fisher Gallery until April 7th.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Official Opening Night MOPLA Saturday, March 31st

Please help dnj Gallery along with other Bergamot Station photography galleries celebrate Opening Night of the Fourth Annual MOPLA, Month of Photography LA. We will be open special after gallery hours. Please check with dnj to check specific times.
"DJ's. Drinks. Food Trucks. Carpool suggested."

Monday, March 19, 2012

ARTBOOK @ Paper Chase hosts dnj artist ANDREW UCHIN

On Sunday March 4th, ARTBOOK @ Paper Chase presented an exhibition of the work of photographer Andrew Uchin and collage artist Bettina Hubby.

"Uchin’s photographs of used books—complete with colorful jackets, spines, yellowed and torn pages and handwritten annotations—on white seamless backdrops paired perfectly with the books displayed at our Los Angeles showroom."

ARTBOOK @ Paper Chase is located at 7174 Sunset Boulevard, on the corner of Sunset and Formosa, two blocks west of La Brea. http://www.artbook.com/artbook-at-paperchase.html
"ANDREW UCHIN | BETTINA HUBBY: A TO B AND BACK AGAIN" is on view through April 4th, 11am - 4pm Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Patrick Nagatani collaborates in AXLE Contemporary installation, Santa Fe N.M.

Patrick Nagatani will be creating an onsite installation using masking tape in a traveling art truck exhibition with AXLE Contemporary.

Opening at AXLE Contemporary at the Santa Fe Railyard, Friday March 30th, 5-7 pm
exhibition continues through April 22nd.

Internationally acclaimed photographer and UNM professor emeritus Patrick Nagatani has been working on his Tape-estries series of layered masking tape and photograph artworks since 1983. Throughout that time he has saved all the trimmings of tape generated in the process of creating these pieces. Leigh Anne Langwell's recent photograms explore the poetry and beauty reflected in the cells, structures and chemical memories of the body. Together, they are creating a magical immersive installation within the Axle Contemporary mobile gallery. Using balls of masking tape trimmings and Langwell's photograms, they will create a cavelike space that suggests alternative places, spirituality, the universe and the inside of the body. At the far end of the cave will be Nagatani's Chenrezig tape-estry. Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara) is a Tibetan Buddhist deity. He made a vow that he would not rest until he had liberated all beings from suffering, and embodies loving kindness and compassion.

Nagatani artist statement/bio available here:

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Opening Reception Photos: Michael Krebs and Gil Kofman

Thanks to everyone who made it out last Saturday for the opening of Michael Krebs' "Surplus" and Gil Kofman's "Passages: Case Studies in Euclidean Seduction." The shows are running now through April 14, 2012 so we do hope to see you again!

dnj Staff

Saturday, March 3, 2012

The Austrian Foreign Ministry Announces Michael Krebs Exhibition

We are pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition "Surplus" by young Austrian photographer Michael Krebs at dnj Gallery. "Surplus" was exhibited at the Albertina Museum in Vienna and nominated for the International Photography Award in the category "Deeper Perspective". In "Surplus" Michael Krebs uses powerful references to iconic war photographs to visualize the modern western consumer's struggle.

Opening Reception
March 3, 6-8 pm

March 3 – April 14, 2012

dnj Gallery
2525 Michigan Avenue, Suite J1
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-6pm

Andrew Uchin News

dnj Gallery artist, Andrew Uchin, will be taking part in a two person show happening at Artbook @ Paper Chase Showroom in Hollywood. There is an artist reception taking palace this Sunday from 4 - 7pm, so we hope you can make it out!

Andrew will be showing images from his "Reader Series" that were shown at dnj Gallery in 2011. Please visit us at Bergamot Station to see more of Andrew's images in person.