"Color of Money Spotlights the Plight of Women" January 10, 2018 00:00
It's exciting that our show Color of Money is gaining traction! Take a look at this article by Huffington Post! (Click on the image to be take to Huffington Post's website)
Brown on Matushevitz December 09, 2017 07:39
RANDI MATUSHEVITZ: Expressive Intensity
Man screams from the depths of his soul; the whole era becomes a single, piercing shriek. Art also screams, into the deep darkness, screams for help, screams for the spirit. This is Expressionism.
Austrian art critic and playwright Hermann Bahr (1863-1934) was one of the first to write about the cultural movement he termed Expressionism. Bahr did so in the early decades of the twentieth century, during the rise of Fascism. Today, Los Angeles artist Randi Matushevitz deploys expressionism to respond to parallel cultural developments: the pervasive sexism, blatant racism, violent homophobia, and rampant white suprematism of our current era.
The early Expressionists introduced exaggerated and distorted forms; intense, non-local color; and adamant, sometimes harsh brushwork in order to convey their emotional response to the horrors of their time. Matushevitz reinterprets these expressive devices to create dynamic compositions of humans and resonant symbols floating in dark, churning worlds.
Because the early Expressionists like Ernest Ludwig Kirchner and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff rejected academic standards of idealized anatomy and illusionistic space, the Nazis labeled them "degenerate." They destroyed hundreds of Expressionist artworks, then tortured and imprisoned several of the artists. A century later, although Matushevitz's paintings can be seen as "offsprings" of the European Expressionists, it's unlikely she will be thrown in jail because of her work. Instead, we recognize her as part of the honorable lineage that started with the Europeans, morphed into the work of Jackson Pollock and his AbEx entourage, then climaxed in the late twentieth century with Jean Michel Basquiat.
German Expressionist Max Beckman wrote, "Art is creative for the sake of realization, not for amusement: for transfiguration, not for the sake of play. It is the quest of our self that drives us along the eternal and never-ending journey we must all make." Matushevitz's oeuvre gives voice to that same journey, as it embodies and reveals the human condition, our quest for connectivity, and the pain we all suffer in this earthly existence.
She conveys that embodiment through fierce ghostly figures that scowl and howl and dream, their faces declaring the intensity of their experience in sardonic contortions. Black lines snake around a cheek. A white ear is transformed into a pointed horn. Heavy black feet are anchored by uneasy red contours. A dense leaden sky looms heavy over a fractured landscape. Circular discs of color and texture shower down onto denuded fields. A tiny human sinks into a well. (He recalls some of the miniature figures anguishing in the torments of Hieronymous Bosch's hell.)
Matushevitz addresses the troubling destruction of our natural environment, depicting a realm more akin to a zombie apocalypse than our flesh and blood domain. The only lights are uneasy windows of Day-Glo chartreuse, the only brilliance a sickly fluorescent orange. The artist's dystopian perspective is not "pretty" but it is impressively powerful. She performs artistic alchemy, allowing her intensely rendered marks to fuse with darkness and light in order to express the very nature of existence. Under all the expressive--sometimes even assaulting--distortions, there remains enduring hope: hope that we will survive, that we will continue to seek connectivity, and that creativity is the best path to do so.
As Indian author Vikram Roy reminds us, "Art is not about beauty, art is an expression." Yet within all the intense expression of Randi Matushevitz's works lies the beauty of the human condition.
Betty Ann Brown
Celebrating Elvis' Memory! August 16, 2017 05:4440 years ago today Elvis Presley passed away at the ripe age of 42 and we celebrate his memory. Newly-Surfaced photographs of The King, 32" x 40" taken in 1955 by Air Force Photographer Anthony Bernard, Sr. available exclusively at huZ galleries in San Pedro. Open Wed-Sat 1-7pm, or by appointment. Visit huZgalleries.com.
Pappy's for lunch August 11, 2017 15:30
A new restaurant has opened one street over from huZ galleries. It's Pappy's Seafood and it's AMAZING!! I have been anticipating their opening because since we moved here 2 years ago I've walked past the boarded-up building under going remodeling. I knew it would be a seafood joint ran by the same people who own The Albright in Santa Monica. Anyway, I had the fish n chips and let me tell you it was mouthwatering but don't take my word for it, you must try it yourself. Make it a day trip, lunch at Pappy's and then stop by huZ galleries, then board the free trolley on 7th Street and explore San Pedro's waterfront. Pappy's Seafood is located at 301 West 6th Street. San Pedro CA 90731.
Congratulations San Pedro! July 14, 2017 00:00
Congratulations San Pedro!
For being chosen as one of fourteen districts that will serve as California’s inaugural state-designated Cultural Districts, highlighting thriving cultural diversity and unique artistic identities within local communities across California.
Olympio is back!! June 03, 2017 09:19
So excited to have Olympio's work back at the gallery, I enjoy looking at it every day, a sure way to make me smile :)
Wow! I've been MIA from the blog sphere for almost a year! May 25, 2017 15:10
Everything and Nothing June 04, 2016 00:00
It has been fun working with Olympio so far. He has really mesmerized the spectators. Thank you friend.
Anguish & Obsession -An American Love Story April 01, 2016 00:00
MOSAIC PERSUASION: The Art of Ralph Almeida November 06, 2015 19:45
Second reception for MOSAIC PERSUASION: The Art of Ralph Almeida is on Thursday, December 3rd from 6-10pm.
Save the date: Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 for Kosmic Koi & Luminosity August 07, 2015 12:56
I am pleased to announce that on our next exhibit which will take place on the same night as the San Pedro Arts District First Thursday Artwalk I will be featuring the photographic work of Huss Hardan and the paintings of LinLin Hu. Please join us! You can sign up to be on our mailing list via the CONNECT form on our website. Tell a friend!
First Thursday August 6th, 2015 July 30, 2015 05:22I am pleased to announce that artist Ngene Mwaura will be painting live at our gallery during this upcoming 1st Thursday Artwalk. Remember the artwalk hours are from 6pm - 9pm. You can download the map here. On 1st Thursday parking on streets and municipal lots is free after 6pm, no matter what the signs say. For more information about the San Pedro First Thursday Artwalk please visit 1stthursday.com
Visual Art as Inspiration July 27, 2015 13:20
A young man stopped by our gallery yesterday evening. After walking around admiring the works he sat down for a while. There he was sitting, in deep thought looking at "The Core" by artist Wawi Amasha. He then reached into his backback for a spiral notebook and pen and began to write. Fifteen minutes go by and this is what he wrote:
Hello San Pedro, we are here. June 10, 2015 08:36
We are excited to be a part of your community and look forward to meeting you all. Please join us for our opening reception Thursday, July 2nd of 2015 from 6pm-10pm at 341 W. 7th St., San Pedro, CA 90731.
You can check out our featured artist for inspiration and a sneak peak at what's to come.