Wednesday, October 23, 2019

dnj Gallery artist -- Ellen Cantor



"Ellen Cantor is a Southern California artist who uses the camera to reimagine the family photo album and objects that hold personal histories in order to explore the distillation and persistence of memory.

Upcoming show:
VISUAL DNA... the language of photographs at dnj Gallery, Santa Monica in March, 2020

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"Given my story, it was inevitable that the photographic series, Prior Pleasures, by Ellen Cantor attracted me like a magnet full of memories: with the technique of multiple exposure, the American photographer manages to recreate the activity of leafing through a single image. a book, an action that could last a few minutes or an entire afternoon, as she no longer needs shots to bring us back to the moment we browsed for the first time, or even another, Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island , to when we stopped to check that the image we had created in our mind matched that of the illustrations. It is not even necessary to specify a moment of time because immersing yourself in a book has always been synonymous with losing any conception.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

dnj Gallery presents SofarSounds

The collaboration between fine-art and music continues ...
with the 2nd performance of Sofar Sounds
(secret gigs and intimate concerts).

Saturday, October 19

A Sofar gig is an intimate show held in an unique venue, like someone's living room or an antique shop. It typically features three artists, playing four songs each. Every lineup is specially curated to give our audiences a diverse show.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

"The Naked Eye" -- film screening

dnj Gallery presented Lou Stoumen

From the Permanent Collection of the Museum of
Photographic Arts (MOPA): "Lou Stoumen's New York"

Saturday, October 19th, 1-3pm 

dnj Gallery and the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) presented a special screening of The Naked Eye, a 1956 American documentary film about the history of photography directed by Lou Stoumen. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, this film and conversation will be hosted by dnj Gallery Director, Pamela Schoenberg, MOPA Trustee and dnj Gallery artist, Suda House, and MOPA’s Adult Program Manager, Kevin Linde.

Photographs by Lou Stoumen are available in print form for $250. 

Thursday, October 17, 2019

dnj Gallery Artist Talks

Thank you to those who attended recent artist talks with 
Exhibiting through Saturday, October 26th.

In the Main Gallery, "Radiate" (by Karen Amy Finkel Fishof) is a collection of photograms, camera-less images that are made by placing objects on sensitized paper, and exposing all to light. According to Finkel Fishof, this technique allows her to share her thoughts and ideas, and “I consider it drawing with light. It gives me the strong imagery and narrative, with hidden subtleties, … ” The artwork explores themes such as religion, parenting and politics. “Protest”, for instance, asks several questions regarding the Women’s March in 2017. “What was going through the minds of the women at the Women's March? Why were they there? Did they have a common purpose or did they come for different reasons?”
Born in the Bronx, Finkel Fishof became involved in the New York art scene in the 1980s, frequenting clubs with other known artists, such as Andy Warhol and Keith Haring, She apprenticed under artist, Marylyn Dintenfass and was greatly influenced by her dynamic color schemes and thematic artworks. Finkel Fishof attended Syracuse University where she received a BFA in painting. She studied a year abroad at St. Martins School of Art, London, UK, where she first started creating photograms under the same professors that worked with Gilbert and George. Finkel Fishof has generated art in a variety of settings, such as window display business creating designs for Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, Dress Barn and HMV record stores. She then took courses in graphic design, which introduced her to arranging the details on a flat surface. Presently, a large amount of her work is in private collections.
In Gallery II, dnj Gallery introduces Ryan Linke with a project entitled “Aquatic Figments.” His large-scale, wood panels merge colorful, photographic images with the pigment and texture of a base material. An example of such combination is “Infinite Horizons,” which especially illustrates the cross of colors between the image and the wood. Linke’s natural color palette is inspired by the uniqueness of our massive ocean. His work becomes almost meditative, and focuses our concentration on a single point of reference. According to Ryan Linke, “There are certain places where natural elements create landscapes that seem ethereal; unique colors that only happen a few times of year.”
Linke graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz, which allowed him to remain on the coast and continue his investigation of the water. He has since sold his artwork both commercially and privately, and exhibits his work in various venues around California. Ryan Linke lives and works in Venice, California.

Friday, October 11, 2019

dnj Gallery presents a Collaboration between Art and Music

... featuring Daniel Cainer and 
the work of Karen Amy Finkel Fishof.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

"Daniel Cainer’s ever-evolving one-man show of unique stories and songs is smart, funny and timely. His deeply moving tales about his family and observational comedy are entertaining with brilliant rhyming and wordplay, great musicianship and haunting tunes.  A fourth generation British Jew, Cainer shares his sense of identity via a musical exploration of his ancestral roots. His performance is distinguished by a clever and original use of language and a talent for bringing characters to vivid life. Cainer is honest, edgy, touching and unpredictable!"

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

dnj Gallery artist-- Ellen Cantor

Multiple Exposure Photographs by Ellen Cantor Evoke the Pleasure of Childhood Reading

Still life photographer Ellen Cantor meditates on memories imbued in familiar objects. In her series ‘Prior Pleasures’, Cantor uses her childhood book collection to create multiple exposure images documenting the literary loves of her youth. Each image features a single book on a black background, with the pages a blur between the illustrations, cover,  and end page art.
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"Prior Pleasures is currently being shown at:
 Orange Coast Community College
Fine Arts Building
2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
*through the end of October, 2019

OR it can be viewed at dnj Gallery