Featured in our Winter 2014 issue, Toronto based artist Brian Donnelly joins Venison artists from all over the world with Confetti Portrait for Gathering: A Venison Magazine Retrospective. We're excited to see how much his work has evolved in the last couple of years. Centered on portraiture, Donnelly's minimalist portraits evoke a visceral response we cannot ignore.
"Ultimately I wanted the work to reflect back on me, as the antagonist, fiercely editing and perverting good paintings recklessly." - Brian Donnelly, Winter 2014
Read Donnelly's latest feature in House of Vans!
Brand Library & Art Center is pleased to present the artwork of Amabelle Aguiluz, Sarajo Frieden, Wakana Kimura, Karin Lanzoni and Hiroko Yoshimoto in an exhibition that embraces the fluid and instinctive nature of each artists’ practice while honoring the sophistication of their invention.
Exhibition dates| May 13th - July 1st, 2017
Opening Reception | May 13th, 6pm
Brand Library & Art Center
1601 West Mountain Street
Glendale CA 91201
Dustin Harewood brings to canvas colliding worlds, where east meets west, both above and below sea level. His works mesh the importance of our climate and the heavy hand that media has, using the imagined to discuss our human footprint. Heavily influenced by the submerged landscapes, Harewood has used his memories to create a vibrant and elegant world.
by Nazish Chunara
The things I paint/draw are mostly made up; ideas of what these deteriorating reefs would look like. In the beginning I collected a bunch of reference pictures and tried to make studies of them. I lost interest in doing that pretty quickly.
The element of media in these studies says a lot about how we, as humans, treat our environment. Why did you decide to include Japanese newspapers, and what does it signify?
My wife is from North Japan. We met at an art store here in Florida that she once worked at. I’ve made several trips to Japan to visit her family over the past few years. When I go I collect newspapers during the visits. After the Fukushima nuclear disaster, I remember being asked by many American/Barbadian friends and colleagues whether or not I would cancel my trips to Japan. I haven’t.
Japan consumes a large portion of the world’s seafood. I’m still not fully aware of what consequences the large amount of radioactive material dumped into the Pacific would have on them or the ocean.
The intrusion of the Japanese newspapers signifies their (as well as our) incursion on these underwater landscapes.
So it is very much about Florida, Japan and Barbados. All places with a lot of coastline.
I also just find them to be more elegant and visually softer in their presentation.
What is your preferred medium?
When I teach painting at College I prefer to use oils. When I’m working on my own stuff I prefer acrylics. I need for things to dry as quickly as possible because applying multiple layers to the surface is very important for what I’m trying to achieve.
What classes do you teach, and where?
I teach Painting, Drawing and Computer Graphics classes at Florida State College at Jacksonville.
What kind of response have you received about your work from your students?
My students usually say that they love my work... but what else could they say to my face?
The real question is, what do they say about it when I'm not around!
If there was one place in the entire world you could paint a mural, where would it be and what would it be of?
That's a great question. I'd love to do a dead reef mural in Aoyama Tokyo.
I visited Human Condition the week of Halloween at the abandoned Los Angeles Metropolitan Medical Center. With three floors and over 8o artists, I decided to start at the top, with curation. I reached out to John Wolf, the Los Angeles based art advisor and mastermind behind this large exhibition.
Q&A by Nazish Chunara
How did Human Condition come together? What was the process like?
The Human Condition stemmed from a personal desire to feel emotion. I had a shortlist of figurative artists that elicited a visceral feeling to me. At the moment of inception, I did not have a physical space for the show. It was when a client of mine mentioned the acquisition of the abandoned hospital that a light bulb illuminated. Upon viewing the space I knew that it was within these walls that previously stored so much human emotion I would find a great fit for the show.
What do you see through the lens of this role in the contemporary art world that you may not have otherwise known about?
People are craving a different experience. The white walls of a gallery have gotten tired. The site specificity of unique exhibitions like this are what excites younger generations to educate themselves on the art world.
What is your role as an art broker?
As a private art dealer, I assist clients in creating outstanding collections based on pre-defined goals. I work in contemporary, post-war, and emerging. I work tirelessly to source the best works for clients, whether new to collecting or established.
What is something every artist should know, from an art broker’s perspective?
Kindness and being really cooperative will get you everywhere. You have to earn your stripes just like anyone else. No one owes you anything just because you’re an artist. Your ego is not your amigo. Share.
When or how did you decide to pursue a career in the arts?
I was a collector and passionate about art, educating myself at every chance I could get. It was an organic process to become an advisor as I was being asked by myriad friends and colleagues for advice. It was shortly after I realized I could make a living doing it!
Other than centers such as The Getty, I’ve never experienced art this way. What kind of feedback have you received about this exhibition?
People have been “delightfully” overwhelmed, they have mentioned enjoying having so many works to experience. The excitement of turning a corner and seeing something different and unexpected is a fantastical experience.
With the current political climate, what kind of efforts do you foresee within the contemporary art world?
Anytime there is dramatic political change, artists and culture rise up in response. Whether with blatant statements, or with process change and enhanced creativity - there will be a surge of new work that is truly inspirational. Whatever your opinion on the new president, one thing is certain - disruption will take place, and positive movement in the art world, and I believe, enhanced investment in buying work.
Photos // Josh White
For a full artist list, check out the exhibiton's website:
2231 S. Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90018
Exhibition through November 30th
Hours | Fri, Sat and Sun 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
You can also see the works on Artsy
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