THE HOURS and HIGH LIFE FOR A LOW LIFE

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Screen Shot 2013-03-28 at 12.31.17 AMSPACE GALLERY OPENED “THE HOURS: REFLECTIONS ON AN EPHEMERAL WORLD” THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF NATALIE FRANCO ON MARCH 9TH. THE OPENING WAS BUSY AND VIBRANT.

"Dark Home"

“Dark Home”

The photographic work of Natalie Marie Franco. Franco is a much lauded Mexican-American fine art photographer based in Los Angeles. Her work explores people and environments on an intimate scale adopting a voyeuristic approach of shooting. Franco creates a visual reticulation of picturesque imagery hidden with deep repressed undertones from the subconscious, memories and dreams. Franco is known for her signature dark prints.

About the Show- The work of Natalie Franco is a revealing passage that dives right into unconscious excreting detailed memories from dreams and destinations. Noted for her trademark available lighting and intensely dark prints, Franco’s style commands the darkness to be confronted. “The Hours” is a slow time lapse excursion into Franco’s succession of images and thoughts during slumber. Lacking sensory when dreaming; the human mind is always recording. These are her recordings.
Natalie Franco Solo show:
“The Hours: Reflections on an ephemeral world.” March 9th 2013 – Runs until April 13, 2013

HIGH LIFE FOR A LOW LIFE (The work of Jaime FLAN Munoz)

Show statement: (In “Flan’s” own words)…

I am a painter who paints images that reflect my experience growing up in Southern California. Some of the main concepts that I focus on in my work revolve around the common issues within cultural identity, painting as a form of technology, childhood experiences, and the saturated media. I focus on these points because these concepts I believe are what formed and continue to form the identity of who I am today and in the future. In my paintings I articulate these concepts through the exploration of textile designs, symbols collected from religious experiences, and symbols collected from the various people and environments I grew up in, particularly with graffiti and the local gangs. Some of these symbols include, the cross, the three dotted, “mi vida loca” (my crazy life), and the symbols and patterns that were commonly scribbled on school desks and class tests of any “average” kid I grew up with. I use the cartoon charter as a major reference point to my childhood and my career as an “artist”. I then focus on other issues such as the saturated media or cultural identity that can then tie into the character that I choose for the painting. For example, in the painting of the bear baker titled “Bimbo”, I explore my relationship to my culture through a Mexican product. This logo that I was so familiar with through the experiences of going with my mother to to super markets that marketed towards latinos and products that marketed towards kids was some of my earliest memories of me really identifying with my culture in an environment outside of my home or the spanish speaking hour at the closest church or the ESL group at school. Then by countering the corporations marketing strategy I enjoy de-idealizing the logo of the cute bear baker dressed in bright white. I do so by adding stains to his clothes, socially unacceptable hair on his chest, and unprofessional tattoo on his arm while at the same time referencing the Loony-Toons face card with Porky pig saying at the end of every show,”da da dats ol folks”.

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