Thursday, December 9, 2010

Cynthia Greig News

Congratulations to dnj Gallery artist, Cynthia Greig, for her upcoming solo exhibition titled "Cynthia Greig: Subverting The (un)Conventional" at the Oakland University Art Gallery in Rochester, MI! The exhibition will run from January 7 - February 20, 2011 and there will be an opening reception on Friday, January 7th from 5-8pm.

To see more of Cynthia's work in person, please stop by the gallery.

Cynthia Greig, Representation #37 (Camera),
2006, c-print, 20" x 16"

Cynthia Greig has shown her photographs nationally and internationally in numerous solo exhibitions most recently at the Witzenhausen Gallery, Amsterdam, DNJ Gallery, Los Angeles, and the UNO Art Space, Stuttgart. Her work is represented in major collections including the George Eastman House International Center for Photography, Rochester, NY; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Coleçao Foto Arte/Arte 21, Brasilia. This is her first solo project in Michigan and spans two decades of work.
A conceptual artist, Greig uses the authority of photography to challenge conventions of image making about gender, identity and truth. Whether exploring nineteenth century mores as a reflection of our own conformity, or testing the limits of appropriation, ideology, or respectability, her work is often embedded in autobiography or its fictional antithesis. Her provocative photographs demonstrate the undermining eye of her underlying antiauthoritarianism, which is inherent in all her work.
Greig’s artistic practice divides her interests into discrete bodies of work. She fuses conventions and anticonventions into a revealing and intriguing view of how both can be subverted and manipulated to change attitudes, raise questions about the truth of an image, and challenge assumptions about what is real, what is desirable, and what is false.
This exhibition reprises New Eden: The Life and Work of Isabelle Raymond (1993-present) and includes an installation/reconstruction of a 19th century room containing some of Isabelle Raymond's photographs. Recent bodies of work represented in this survey exhibition include: Likeness of Being, Nature Morte, and Growth Gravity. The exhibition includes a seventy page full-color catalogue.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Bill Sosin News

If anyone is in Chicago over the holidays, please stop by JS Graphics to see some of Bill Sosin's "City Rain" images in their display windows! They will be on display from December 9th – January 15th, so be sure to swing by. If you're in LA and want to see more of Bill's images in person, please stop by dnj Gallery.

Sosin_JS Graphics Win

Saturday, December 4, 2010

David Trautrimas ARTnews Review

dnj Gallery artist, David Trautrimas, is featured in the December issue of ARTnews magazine! Congratulations David! If you would like to see more of David's work in person, please stop by the gallery some time. We are more than happy to pull out images for review. :-)

ARTnews review Trautrimas_Page_1
ARTnews review Trautrimas_Page_2

Suzy Poling News

A big congratulations to dnj Gallery artist, Suzy Poling, for her solo exhibition at Queen's Nails Projects in Valencia San Francisco!

Curated by Julio Cesar Morales, "Zone Moduled" is a geometric catalog of myth, chemical experiments and light interferences. Poling’s static collage work combines layers of paint, silkscreens and metallic materials that explore minimalism as well as optical overloads. This show encompasses painted collages, photography, video and installations with glass screens, mirrors, refractive lenses and sound. Concepts of early Science Fiction imagery and ideas of “Future” are played out in two dimensional form and then into fourth dimensional form as light refraction and kinetic experiences occur. The trajectory of the work all stems from a similar place as the build of materials is just as important as the dilapidation. The idea of materialism blurs with consistent break down of object, landscape, chemicals, video interference and light projections.

Along with 20+ static pieces, multiples videos and projections will be obstructed by reflective lenses creating visual modulations, ever changing geometry and light synthesis. Suzy Poling is also Pod Blotz, an experimental sounds project lavished with tape manipulation, organ drone and electronics.

Poling_Zone 217

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

dnj Holiday Miniature Editions 2010

dnj Gallery is pleased to present Holiday Miniature Editions - a special series of limited edition, photographic-based works by fourteen gallery artists. Almost all of the pieces are 5" x 7," printed in an edition of ten and all are $100. (Two of the artists' work are panoramic in order to fit with their style.) Created to entice your inner art collector and encourage art-giving this holiday season, the miniatures provide an affordable way to build a contemporary photography collection. Please contact the gallery for further information.

Miniature works are available by:

Bernadette DiPietro, Helen K. Garber, Richard Gilles, Benjamin Lowy, Ginny Mangrum, Jane O'Neal, Laura Parker, Suzy Poling, Annie Seaton, Bill Sosin, Tom Stone, Andrew Uchin, Anne Veraldi and Robert von Sternberg.

Jane O'Neal_Red Shoe
Jane O'Neal, Red Shoe, 2010, archival pigment print, 5" x 7"

Robert von Sternberg_Columbia Ice Field
Robert von Sternberg, Columbia Ice Field, 2009,
archival pigment print, 5" x 7"

Bill Sosin_N.W Highway
Bill Sosin, N.W Highway, 2010, archival pigment print, 5" x 7"

Helen K. Garber_Westwood
Helen K. Garber,Westwood, 1999, archival pigment print, 5" x 7"

Annie Seaton_Shred Mini
Annie Seaton, Shred Mini, 2010, archival pigment print with
acrylic inks, 5" x 7"

Andrew Uchin_I Can
Andrew Uchin, I Can, 2010, archival pigment print, 5" x 7"

Richard Gilles_Mad Greek Espresso
Richard Gilles, Mad Greek Espresso, 2010,
archival pigment print, 3.5" x 9"

Benjamin Lowy
Benjamin Lowy, PNG Yacht Club, 2006,
archival pigment print, 5" x 10.5"

Suzy Poling_Moss Beach
Suzy Poling, Moss Beach, 2010, archival pigment print, 5" x 7"

Bernadette Di Pietro_Artifact #6
Bernadette Di Pietro, Artifact #6, 2007,
archival pigment print, 5" x 7"

Anne Veraldi_Filament Detail
Anne Veraldi, Filament Detail, 2010,
archival pigment print, 7" x 5"

Laura Parker_Inverse_Rubbing
Laura Parker, Inverse Rubbing, 2010,
archival pigment print on Japanese Washi paper, 7" x 5"

Ginny Mangrum_Stored
Ginny Mangrum, Stored, 2010, archival pigment print, 5" x 7"

Tom Stone_Skyler After the Rainbow
Tom Stone, Skyler After the Rainbow, 2009,
archival pigment print, 5" x 7"

Laura Parker News

Congratulations to dnj Gallery artist, Laura Parker, for her inclusion in "Influential Element: Exploring the Impact of Water" taking place at the Long Beach Museum of Art January 14 - April 3, 2011!

Laura Parker_Collecting Pool
Laura Parker, Collecting Pool, chromagenic monotype prints,
installation of 5 panels, 82" x 48"

Influential Element will feature over 30 contemporary works by California-based artists who seek to explore the infinite ways in which water impacts our everyday life. The exhibition will feature works in a variety of media, including oil paint on a variety of surfaces, photography, video, color pencil, and mixed media. Furthermore, it is especially fitting that Influential Element: Exploring the Impact of Water debuts in a city in which water has historically played a vital and complex role, both from a recreational standpoint and as a major source of industry and commerce supporting Port operations. Not only will this exhibition offer breathtaking images of water, but it will also reflect upon our increasingly complex relationship with the element - immersing the audience in a visual conversation about this unique element.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

dnj Gallery Welcomes Mark Giorgione To The Family

dnj Gallery welcomes its new Assistant Director -- Mark Giorgione. Mark moved to Los Angeles in 2000 from Atlanta, Georgia. He studied Graphic Design and Art History at the Art Institute of Atlanta. Before joining dnj Gallery, he worked with the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Jack Rutberg Fine Arts and Rose Gallery as Registrar, Head Preparator and Associate Director.

dnj Gallery is open Thanksgiving weekend (Friday, November 26th and Saturday, November 27th)! Please come meet Mark and see the Eggleston exhibit.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Opening Reception Photos- "William Eggleston: On The Road"

Thanks to everyone who made it out for our William Eggleston opening last Saturday! It was a great turn out and we all had so much fun. Hope to see you all again sometime soon. The exhibition will run through January 29th just in case you want to come back for round two. :-)

Here are some photos to enjoy!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Tom Stone - Stand Up For Kids Event

Be sure to join dnj Gallery artist, Tom Stone, as he premieres his short film which documents his American Poverty and Street Kids series of photographs tomorrow at SPACE 15 TWENTY from 7-10pm. This is a not to be missed event, so we hope you can make it out!

Tom Stone Event

Tom Stone Opening Reception Photos

Thanks to all who came out for Tom's sneak preview event last Saturday! Here are a few photos to enjoy. :-)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Tom Stone Featured on LENSCRATCH

dnj Gallery is pleased to announce that Tom Stone is currently featured on Aline Smithson's LENSCRATCH blog! Thanks for your continued support and interest Aline. :-)

Tom Stone
By: Aline Smithson

Tom Stone is not afraid to look at difficult subjects straight in the face. The opening image on his website is a testament to the that fact.

Tom Stone_Beavis
Tom Stone, Beavis: Young Homeless Man Beavis, San Francisco, August 2006, silver gelatin print

Tom was born outside Mexico City, and spent most of his childhood with his mother communally in Los Angeles' famed Source Family; and after its dispersion, in various nomadic settings in Hawaii and California. A graduate of Harvard University with a degree in Computer Science, he worked in Silicon Valley for a number of years in investment banking and in the technology industry.

He is a documentary photographer known for his portraits of people living along the edges of society. His photography shares perspective with the work of Dorothea Lange, Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus and Sebastião Salgado.

His upcoming exhibition at the DNJ Gallery in Los Angeles opens with a sneak preview on November 6-9th. (Immediately following will be an exhibition by William Eggleston running through January 29th.)

I photograph people who skirt the edges of things; people whose connection to the broader flow is murky or obscured. Mistaken as less or different than they are; they aren’t really seen and don’t really belong. That is everyone sometimes, but for some it is more often. I try to establish a line for a moment. I hope to connect and through this I see the most beautiful and heartbreaking things. To my thinking, the original human trauma is our separation. We are too close not to need each other and too far to trust each other.

Click here to read the full statement and view additional images by Tom Stone.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

LA Times Review - Dylan Vitone

dnj Gallery is pleased to announce that Dylan Vitone's "Miami Project" was recently reviewed in the calendar section of the Los Angeles Times! Congratulations Dylan!

Dylan Vitone, Body Builders, 2009, archival inkjet print, 15 x 85 inches

Dylan Vitone Shows Some Skin
October 28, 2010 | 8:00 pm

By: Christopher Knight

Dylan Vitone makes wide-format panoramic collages that must be scanned, usually horizontally but in one instance vertically, rather than seen head-on as a single picture. Just over a foot high and as much as 7 feet wide, the color ink-jet photographs are visually consumed in bits and pieces. They invite participation in a perceptually heightened dance between seeing and being seen.

For his second show at dnj Gallery, the Pittsburgh-based artist focuses mostly on skin. Shot in Miami in 2009, his subjects include female bikini models, a men's body building contest, performers at a porn convention, an advertising fashion shoot and kids jumping off a pier into the ocean (the vertical panorama, emphasizing their free-fall). The quality is documentary, and a good deal of the pictorial liveliness comes from the friction between some subjects who knowingly pose for the camera (and for each other) and others who are caught off-guard.

Many of the panoramas include people who are themselves armed with cameras and taking pictures at the event. That turns the scene into a delirious roundelay of voyeurism and display, self-conscious and otherwise. Even the pleasure of kids jumping off the pier partly comes from their apparent desire to show off.

Vitone assembles multiple shots to achieve the panoramic scope. Wisely, he doesn't attempt to make the joints between photographs seamless. The result is a visual stutter, which seems crucial. Physical perfection, or some conception of it, is sought at these multifarious events, and Vitone's camera technique interrupts the flow.

One result is a feeling of temporal fragility — of time's passage and the camera's deceits. A pageantry of beauty and fun becomes unexpectedly poignant.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Helen K. Garber In Group Exhibition

DNJ Gallery artist, Helen K. Garber, was chosen to participate in The Factory's group exhibition titled The 2010 Architectural Photography Show that will be running from October 23 - November 20, 2010. The opening reception is Saturday, October 23 from 3-6pm, so be sure to check it out!

The show "is a diverse, yet concentrated view of fine art architectural photography in Los Angeles. From the dramatic to the iconic, abstract to documentary, the works all highlight the unusual, the beautiful, the surreal and the compelling architecture around us." (The Factory web site)

The Factory
912 E. 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Laura Parker News

DNJ Gallery artist, Laura Parker, will be showing images from her series titled From the Range: Pot Bottoms and Naked Eye Objects at Matrushka Construction on 3822 W. Sunset Blvd. and the artist reception will be held this Friday, October 22 from 7-9pm! Hope you all can make it out to enjoy some amazing art and hand-made clothing! :-)

To see more of Laura's series in person, please stop by the gallery.

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Laura Parker, Naked Eye Objects (blue),
digital c-print, 20" x 20"

Bill Sosin News

DNJ Gallery artist, Bill Sosin and his City Rain series, has been featured in a new book titled Migration: Lost and Found in America. The book features several US photographers, including local artist Dave Jordano. Congratulations Bill! :-)

To see more of Bill's City Rain series, please stop by the gallery some time.

You can pre-order the book here at Amazon for $32.97!

Bill Sosin, The Bridge, archival inkjet print, 2006-2009, 16" x 20"

Cynthia Greig News

A big congratulations to DNJ Gallery artist, Cynthia Greig, for her recent inclusion in Photo Plus Magazine's October issue within the "Welcome to My Week" section! This large eight page spread follows Cynthia for one week and includes text and images, although in another language we can still appreciate the content within. Amazing Cynthia!! :-)

To see more of Cynthia's Representation work in person, please stop by the gallery some time.

Here are a few scanned pages from the article:

1-Photo Plus Magazine - Cynthia Greig
2-Photo Plus Magazine - Cynthia Greig
3-Photo Plus Magazine - Cynthia Greig
4-Photo Plus Magazine - Cynthia Greig

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Helen K. Garber News

A big congratulations to DNJ Gallery artist, Helen K. Garber, for her recent success during the Sotheby's/George Eastman House Auction! Helen's beautiful Noir image of the World Trade Center From Empire State Building went for $1,906.00 + $381 buyers premium and the image was the 15th highest in a lot of 224.

If you are interested to see some of Helen's Venice Noir images in person, please stop by the gallery some time.

Helen K. Garber, World Trade Center From Empire State Building, 1997

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust Opening at Pan Pacific Park

DNJ Gallery owners, Pamela and Randol Schoenberg, are very pleased to announce the official opening of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust on on Thursday, October 14th at 10am. Randol Schoenberg, among may others, has worked tirelessly on the development of this amazing space and the varied stories it tells, so please join us for the Building Dedication Ceremony and be sure to spread the word about this amazing new addition to Los Angeles.

Take a virtual video tour here

Artist rendering of the new museum

Museum Overview:

The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust presents the history of the Holocaust as objectively as possible. For this reason its exhibits present as many original artifacts as possible and display them in a way that allows them to tell the individual stories they contain.

The Museum’s architecture and layout play significant roles in how you experience your visit. You will notice the rooms descending and decreasing in light as you progress towards the darkest part of history; from there you will ascend and return to a world of normalcy and illumination.

Technology functions as a tool to enhance your experience, rather than as an end in itself. It takes several forms throughout the Museum. Audio guide players, for example, allow you to listen to the many narrative explanations found throughout the Museum. Be sure to pick up one of the printed guides depicting the personal life stories of several individuals whose experiences are told in stations throughout the exhibits.

A powerful and affecting interactive Memory Pool in the World That Was will help you build your understanding of Jewish life throughout Europe prior to World War II. You can explore a virtual photo album featuring photos from the Museum’s collection and the wealth of material in a data base gathered by Centropa: The Central Europe Center for Research and Documentation.

Other interactive exhibits, such as the 18 displays in the combined Deportation & Extermination and Labor/Concentration/Death Camps room, depict the breadth, depth and severity of the world the Nazis created. Monitors displaying actual footage taken during the Holocaust era present unforgettable images of a tragic history as it unfolded.

Wall displays throughout the Museum provide critical background to the history of the Holocaust. Images in The Rise of Nazism make up a pictorial timeline of the events from 1933 to 1938. Photographs and text along the wall of the Deportation & Extermination and Labor/Concentration/Death Camps retell the fates of Jews in several countries. Elsewhere, such as in World Response/Resistance/Rescue, highlight several of the rare but heroic efforts made by non-Jews to save Jewish lives.

Several exhibits depict the victimization of Catholics, Roma, Jehovah’s Witnesses, homosexuals, political dissenters, and others targeted by the Nazis.

Three models detail specific aspects of Holocaust events. A model of the Hartheim Castle in Onset of War/Ghettoization/Extermination shows where the Nazis collected handicapped and mentally ill people and performed grotesque medical experiments on them.

As you pass from that room into the combined camp rooms, you will see a recreation of one of the train cars used to transport victims to the camps. A video monitor inside the car shows a scene of prisoners as they disembarked.

In the combined room you will see a scale model of the Sobibor death camp. Created by Thomas Blatt, one of the few Sobibor survivors, you will be able to watch video of Mr. Blatt explaining how the camp operates and how he and other prisoners staged the uprising that ultimately saved his life.

Other exhibits detail the challenges facing the relatively few survivors as they struggled to rebuild their lives after liberation. The Rotating Exhibit Gallery presents music of and about the Holocaust and artistic depictions of it and responses to it.

We invite you to visit our Museum. We trust you will discover your own highlights: images that provoke you; interactive experiences that will cause you to see history in a new way; facts that will astound you. Most importantly, though the Holocaust is the most tragic event in history, we believe your visit to the Museum will strengthen your personal commitment to making your world a better place.

Cynthia Greig News

We are very excited to announce that DNJ Gallery artist, Cynthia Greig, has two upcoming exhibitions in 2010:

Cynthia Greig, Representation #63 (books), 2007, c-print, 18" x 30"

The first exhibition will be held at Clark Gallery in Lincoln, MA, November 2-27, 2010 and will be titled Cynthia Greig: Nature Morte.

The second exhibition will be held at Witzenhausen Gallery in Amsterdam, November 13-December 11, 2010 and will be titled Cynthia Greig: The Matter of Life and Death.

Congratulations Cynthia and good luck!

To see more of Cynthia's work, please stop by the gallery or visit our web site at

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Dylan Vitone Featured on Carnegie Mellon's School of Design Site

Congratulations to DNJ Gallery artist, Dylan Vitone, for his recent review for "The Miami Project"!

Dylan Vitone, Car Shot, 2009, archival inkjet print, 15 x 60 inches

Professor Dylan Vitone’s Work Exhibited in Los Angeles

Dylan Vitone, associate professor of the School of Design, has his latest photography collection, “The Miami Project,” on exhibit this month at Los Angeles’s DNJ Gallery.

Vitone’s personal goal is to learn a visceral response to new cultures and groups of people. His photography is extremely successful at capturing a voyeuristic view of the social essence of a place’s ordinary people. His previous collections focused on Pittsburgh and South Boston, using black and white images to reveal the gritty working classes of these cities. “Working in the tradition of street photographers and social anthropologists such as Milton Rogovin and Bruce Davidson, Vitone makes extended portraits of communities through intimate observations of their everyday rituals,” said Leah Ollman, Los Angeles Times.

While similar in style to Vitone’s previous collections, “The Miami Project” shows an extremely different face of American culture. These color photographs capture a glossy, hypersexualized narcissism one might find in Miami. Subjects include body builders, bikini models, and attendees of porn conventions.

Although Vitone’s style might sound like photojournalism, it is anything but that. “There is a fine line between truth and artistic expression” Vitone explained. His photographs have a surreal quality to them that helps the viewer understand that his images are an expression of his own personal interpretation of Miami.

Like his past collections, The Miami Project features urban panoramas that are up to seven feet long and less than a foot high. He also includes long, vertical images. He keeps the seams of the photographs visible, paying attention to breaks in the photos so that the viewer can see his sleight of hand.

The exhibition of The Miami Project will continue at DNJ Gallery from September 11 through November 5th. Vitone’s work can be found on his professional photography website.

“The Miami Project” was originally displayed in October 2009 at the Pittsburgh Center of the Arts, where he was named Pittsburgh’s Emerging Artist of the Year.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Artist Reception Photos

A big thank you to all who attended last Saturday's opening for David Trautrimas and Dylan Vitone. Here are a few reception photographs for your enjoyment.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Helen K. Garber News

Helen's Venice/Venezia portfolio was chosen as a finalist in the Critical Mass International Juried Photography Show which will include 175 finalists' work that will be juried by a prestigious group of 200 curators, publishers, editors and dealers from US and Europe! Good luck and congratulations Helen! :-)

If you would like to see more of Helen's images in person, please stop by the gallery some time.

Helen K. Garber, Canal
Helen K. Garber, Canal, 2009,
archival digital print on canvas, 13" x 30"
and 22" x 54"

Friday, August 27, 2010

Chris Verene In The New Yorker

DNJ Gallery artist, Chris Verene and his new book title Family, is featured in the Photo Booth section of the New Yorker!

If you would like to see some of Verene's images in person or would like to purchase a book, please stop by the gallery some time or visit our web site at

Chris Verene, Candi's House

The house on the cover of Chris Verene’s new book, “Family,” looks much like my house in Sag Harbor. A very tall, ailing fir tree once stood in front of mine. I had to take it down, as I was worried it would hit my house in the next hurricane, sure to come. Here my personal association with the book’s pictures ends.

The cover photograph of Verene’s inspiring book was taken in Galesburg, Illinois, in a world far away from Sag Harbor. The town mirrors the economic difficulties of our times: President Obama cited Galesburg as one of the areas worst hit by the downturn. The Maytag factory closed, and jobs became even scarcer than they were before, accelerating the town’s downward spiral. “Inspiring” may seem an odd word to use about pictures of an extended family living in a dying town, but his pictures are always tender, respectful, and loving. We meet cousins, aunts, grandparents, and parents, when they are happy and when their lives take bad turns, when they mourn or when they celebrate. Verene witnesses divorces, families breaking apart, death. His camera is focussed on jobless cousins, single mothers, elderly friends, all part of what he knows intimately. We see poverty, instability, and decline as part of daily life.

Verene describes himself a documentary artist; his pictures are authentic, and so is he. It is courageous of him and his subjects, who trust him utterly, to make these intimate images public. When I look at them, I understand a little better the reality of hard economic times in small towns all over America.

Verene is already working on his next series of pictures, which will center on his son. In the meantime, an exhibit will open at Postmasters gallery from September 10th to October 16th.

Photograms: Uniquely Simple Featured on Newsletter on The Arts Blog

A big thank you to Diana Zlotnick for her recent blog post titled Wallace Berman and DNJ Photogram Show! Wallace Berman was an amazing artist and we are thrilled that you thought of our current exhibition while spotlighting his work. Thanks Diana!


June 2010

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Robert Heinecken, Verso #5B, 1988, 14 x 11 inches

Wallace Berman and DNJ Photogram Show

Wallace Berman was a figure whose charisma brought many people together, which places him at the crux of the happenings of the California moderns throughout the 60s and 70s. Semina, his hand-printed mailer, served to introduce artists to each other, and created a circle of influence beyond his home, which was always open to his contemporaries, people who were later known as the Beat generation. His arrest, which resulted after his first Ferus show, led to his descent out of exhibitions, which makes reading his work—already mystical in its origins—all the more interesting today. For these reasons, it is no coincidence he has re-emerged today, as the face of the Pacific Standard Time exhibitions, for example, which will take place in various LA art institutions come 2011-2012.

Berman’s work is very anti-establishment, and very laissez-faire. In his collages everything is equal and just as significant; it is a compendium of everything in the world: whether it is Ghandhi placed next to sunlight in a beautiful tree, a dog in motion next to the world blowing up. To my mind, he is one of the first collagists to use the copy machine (then, called a verifax) in a self-conscious way—that is, with an approach that directly addresses circulation through reproduction and repetition, along with people like Robert Rauschenberg and Robert Heinecken. These artists were using multiple images—figurations of common objects—to compose one single image out of them using light-sensitive processes to print editions.

This month, the DNJ Gallery presents Photograms: Uniquely Simple, a group show that highlights several artists that may have been influenced by the work of Berman and others like him who worked with solarization and light-sensitive papers. Some of these artists include Darryl Curran (the guest curator or the show), Sheila Pinkel, and Marsha Red Adams. Robert Heinecken’s work also makes an appearance in the show, along with a photogram of his ashes made by Jason Lazarus.

Photograms: Uniquely Simple
July 17 - September 4, 2010
DNJ Gallery
154 1/2 N.La Brea
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Thursday, August 26, 2010

David Trautrimas and Dylan Vitone Exhibitions Featured on "Cultural Events In Los Angeles"

A big thank you to Cultural Events In Los for posting our press release and images for our upcoming exhibitions featuring works by DNJ Gallery artists, David Trautrimas and Dylan Vitone!

This is a great site to find out what's happening in LA, so be sure to check it out!

Exhibition Dates: September 11 - November 5, 2010
Artist Reception: Saturday, September 11 from 6-8
Artist Talks: 5pm here at DNJ Gallery

David Trautrimas_Terra-Thermal-Inducer
David Trautrimas, Terra Thermal Inducer,2009, Archival digital
print, 22 1/2" x 35 1/4"

Dylan Vitone, Bikini Models on Steps, 2009, archival inkjet print, 15" x 85"

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Annie Seaton Exhibition Updates

A big congratulations to DNJ Gallery artist, Annie Seaton, for her inclusion in several upcoming exhibitions!

First, Annie will take part in the Art of Santa Monica held at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art this September. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, September 4th from 6-8pm, so be sure to check it out!

In conjunction with the exhibition, there will be a book released by Jeffery Crussell titled Santa Monica that Annie will be featured in as well. The book can be purchased exclusively at for $55.00.


Second, Annie will be debuting a new Surf series at the Dublin Point Emerald Business Park at ATT offices in mid September and the work will then travel to the Pacific Shores Center Cafe in Redwood City in mid to late October.

Third, Annie will be included in a Fall group show at the The Elaine Fleck Gallery in Toronto as a represented artist, and will be in attendance at the opening on October 2ed.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Michael Eastman Featured on LENSCRATCH

One of DNJ's collected artists, Michael Eastman, is currently featured on Aline Smithson's LENSCRATCH blog. Thanks for the shout out Aline! :-)

Michael Eastman, Big Hole
Michael Eastman, Big Hole, c-print, 37" x 45"

The first time I encountered Michael Eastman's work in person was in a private home that had two large and luscious photographs flanking the foyer--it was an amazing experience to see his images of Cuban interiors, with brilliant color and incredible details. The DNJ Gallery in Los Angeles recently sent out an e-mail that the gallery has a number of pieces from Michael's amazing cross-country series, Vanishing America, available for sale...and though this is not new work, I certainly felt it was worth revisiting. The images below are at DNJ, and the ones that follow are also included in this series.

In 2003, Eastman began his three and a half-year project, traveling across the United States six times. Shooting with his 4x5 camera has made him a keen observer of the world, and given way to a developed poetic vision of what a more superficial observer would consider mundane architecture. Eastman’s images have a quiet painterly attention to light and space, which also translate beautifully to the colors of film. “Vanishing America” reveals the hidden jewels of the rural American buildings, recalling a history that in modern times has often been traded for corporate chains and mass uniformity. “The heart of our country is not along its highways, but in the small towns that dot the map along the way,” Eastman says about his work. There is a definite nostalgia for a part of our past slowly being demolished, but Eastman chooses to preserve what remains, taking subtle care as if he were an archeologist uncovering a long, lost civilization.

Images from Vanishing America
(images shown on this post are available for sell at DNJ Gallery)

Michael Eastman, Cairo, Illinois
Michael Eastman, Cairo, Illinois, c-print, 37" x 45"

Mihcael Eastman, Che-Che's
Michael Eastman, Che-Che's, c-print, 37" x 45"

Michael Eastman, La Happy
Michael Eastman, Le Happy, c-print, 37" x 45"

Thursday, July 29, 2010

FORTH Magazine Reviews "Photograms: Uniquely Simple" & "The Daily Dose"

Check out this awesome review of DNJ's newest exhibitions curated by Darryl Curran! Thanks so much Carolyn!

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Darryl Curran, Owl, Poinsettia Leaf, 2007, cyanotype
with multi-color gum pigment print, 30" x 15"

Photograms: Uniquely Simple
by Carolyn Blais

Unfortunately a photogram is not something you can eat. Nor is it like a telegram unless of course you count the fact that a photogram just may “speak” to you and relate a message. Well what exactly is a photogram you may ask? I was recently educated myself in this matter during the opening of the exhibition “Photograms: Uniquely Simple” at the DNJ Gallery this weekend. A photogram is a kind of photograph, except not really because no cameras or lenses are involved in its making. Instead, a photogram is made when an object or objects are placed “on top of a piece of paper or film coated with light sensitive materials” that are then exposed to film or light (DNJ Gallery Press Release). While the title of the exhibit may imply simplicity, photograms can in fact yield complex images that appear to have intricate designs.

The heat wave that rolled into Los Angles this past week did not stop locals from heading to Hollywood to check out all the cool photograms at DNJ on Saturday night. After climbing the very Grecian looking stone stairs to the second floor, I find the gallery to be packed with spectators. With complimentary Pellegrino in hand, I start to make my way through the small but pleasant space. In the first room is the work of the curator of the exhibit, Darryl Curran. Curran’s personal exhibit is called “The Daily Dose” and it includes 365 autobiographic photograms that were created every day over the course of 2007. By the looks of it, 2007 must have been a productive but fun year for the artist as I can clearly make out most of the objects used to make the photograms—a hammer, leaves, a slotted spoon, a wrench, scissors, paper clips, and buttons to name a few. The pretty, pastel colors used also seem to be an indication that 2007 was a good year. For me, I would love to have some of Curran’s photograms on my bedroom wall. The cheery colors and everyday objects seem to create a kind of calming ambience that would be perfect to wake up to every morning.

Moving on to the main gallery, I am met with a variety of photograms from nine other artists. Some of the first that I notice are the works of Elizabeth Bryant. Sort of reminiscent of X-rays, Bryant’s two “Police Target” photograms show the outline of two men in suits or uniforms who may have swallowed a slew of different objects from knives, to birds, to lizards. These pieces are difficult to describe, so you’ll have to go to DNJ to really see for yourself. While I think of Halloween when the local chiropractor would scan kids’ candy through the X-ray machine to make sure some psycho didn’t give out needle infested loot, I think the artist is trying to evoke a different affect—one that has to do with law enforcement and civil dis/obedience.

Lately I’ve thought it would be awesome to have dog. I can’t afford one, nor legally have one in my apartment. But apparently artist Julia Schlosser doesn’t have these issues. Either that or she is toting around items that belong to a dog in order to make a series of photograms. Her images show a tether and a leash, a dog hair, an e-collar, and K9 Advantix—everything one would need to have a Fluffy, or in this case a Tess, a C.J, and a Lucky (apparently the artist has or knows 3 dogs). These photograms are inventive and cool to look at, even if they make me long for that dog I’ve imagined.

The photogram exhibit will be on display until September 4th so be sure to check it out. Each artist gives new life to objects not normally seen in a creative light. The resulting images are not only interesting to look at, but uniquely developed.

Quick Look:
WHAT: “Photograms: Uniquely Simple”
WHERE: DNJ Gallery, 154 ½ North La Brea Ave, LA 90036
WHEN: July 17-September 4