Avoiding any stylistic affectations or cultural clichés associated with LA, John Humble seeks to record empirical evidence, creating images that are “reminiscent of geological cross-sections or archeological excavations with layers of disparate natural and man-made elements compressed – a sampling of visual strata.” His current exhibition focuses on the contrasting architecture and the squeezing, wedging and overlapping of cultures in downtown Los Angeles (DTLA).
Dan McCleary's everyday moments of LA life and simple still-lifes contain the gravity, structure and balance of Piero della Francesca. The new works are small paintings of quietly centered fruit, classic frontal portraits, and etchings of florals made recently in Oaxaca.
Javier Carillo, Roberto Ortiz and Jairo Perez from the print department of Art Division, a non-profit art school for young adults in the Rampart District of LA, founded and directed by Dan McCleary. Images made by Carillo in particular, share McCleary’s simple purity of a singular form on a flat background.
One of the members of the legendary Chicano arts collective, Los Four, Gilbert "Magu" Luján and his compatriots Carlos Almaraz, Frank Romero, and Robert De La Rocha, drew attention to Chicano art in the 70s with murals and public art projects.