Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Sparrow Lane is Critic's Choice on ARTFORUM.COM

Holly Andres' new series Sparrow Lane, currently on exhbit at DNJ Gallery, is the Critic's Choice on Read the review below, and be sure to stop by the gallery and see the series. The show runs through February 14th.

DNJ Gallery
December 20-February 14

Holly Andres' first solo exhibition at this gallery features fifteen large LightJet prints distinguished by their luscious palette and meticulous mise-en-scènes. The images recall an unlikely combination of sources, such as Sofia Coppola, Gregory Crewdson, and Nancy Drew, and depict a quartet of girls––perhaps cousins, sisters, or BFFs––making extraordinary discoveries within a middle-class suburban home. Andres’s scenes conjure plotlines and allegories from familiar fairy tales and proverbs, but they are unsentimental and not excessive in their girlishness. The protagonists appear simultaneously charming and empowered as they mischievously explore the confines of a home that is fraught with Freudian connotations. The girls peer and pry into many yonic talismans from daily life that represent the precipice of womanhood: a red purse, a sliced-open pillow, a birdcage, a locket, and a keyhole. In The Glowing Drawer, 2008, a girl kneels before an open drawer that emanates light from within as two other girls watch nervously in the foreground. In Secret Portal, 2008, three of the girls venture like Alice into two secret doorways in a hallway. The scenes are rich with the pleasure and discovery that characterizes adolescent life, when so many small things have profound and often personal significance. Andres’s pictures offer a delightfully puckish complement to the patriarchal precedents of constructed narrative tableaux and are elegant successors to the feminist works of Pictorialist foremothers such as Gertrude Käsebier.

— Micol Hebron

Holly Andres The Secret Portal 2008 digital c-print 40 x 50 inches

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Sparrow Lane Opening Photos

Holly Andres' new series Sparrow Lane will be on exhibit at DNJ Gallery through February 14th, 2009. Please stop by the gallery to see all fifteen images, as well as an installation designed by the artist.

View photos from the opening below:

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Holly Andres Opening Reception and Artist Talk

Please join DNJ Gallery this Saturday, January 17th in celebrating the Opening Reception of Holly Andres' new series Sparrow Lane from 6:00pm-8:00pm at the gallery. The show includes all 15 pieces in the series, as well as an installation piece.

Also on Saturday is the Miracle Mile Art Walk from 1:00pm - 6:00pm. The tour will include a stop by DNJ Gallery for an Artist Talk in which Holly will be discussing her series. The Artist Talk will be held at 4:00pm. To download a flyer of participating galleries and events, please click here.

Hope to see you there!

Holly Andres The Golden Locket 2008

Saturday, January 3, 2009

DNJ Gallery at PHOTO LA

Please join DNJ Gallery at Booth Number B3 at Photo LA January 9-11. 2009. The fair is located at the Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

A benefit reception will be held Thursday evening, January 8th from 6-9pm to benefit the Photography Department of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. To order tickets for the gala, click here.

Public Fair Hours:
Friday, January 9th, 12pm-8pm
Saturday, January 10th, 12pm-8pm
Sunday, January 11th, 12pm-6pm

For ticket information, please click here.

Friday, January 9, from 1 - 2 pm, DNJ Gallery will host a book signing for artist Jona Frank. "Right: Portraits from the Evangelical Ivy League" was recently released by Chronicle Books. Photographs from this series were recently shown at the California Museum of Photography at UC Riverside. DNJ Gallery will also display some photographs from her new series which the gallery will be showing in the Spring.

We will also have work by the following artists: Holly Andres, Nathan Baker, Eileen Cowin, Darryl Curran, Michael Eastman, Richard Gilles, Jona Frank, Jonathan Gitelson, Joe Goode, Gregori Maiofis, Ginny Mangrum, Jane O'Neal, and Laura Parker.

If you have any questions, please contact the gallery at (323) 931-1311 or email us at