Exhibition Dates: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - May 23rd, 2020 (Extended due to COVID 19)
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 14, 2020 6-9pm
Eastern Projects Gallery is pleased to announce Coquelicots, Frank Romero’s third exhibition at Eastern Projects, running from Saturday, March 14th to Saturday, May 23rd, 2020. The opening reception takes place on Saturday, March 14, 2020 6pm-9pm. This event is free and open to the public.
Argenteuil is approximately 650 kilometers north of Mirmande, France where Frank and Sharon Romero have their home overlooking the Rhone river and the distant mountains of the Ardèche.
While living in Argenteuil during the summer of 1873, Claude Monet painted one of his earliest plein aire impressionist paintings called Coquelicots, or poppy fields which is on display in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. According to the Orsay’s handbook,
Monet showed Poppy Field to the public at the first Impressionist exhibition…, in 1874. Now one of the world’s most famous paintings, it conjures up the vibrant atmosphere of a stroll through the fields on a summer’s day.
As his collectors know, Frank and Sharon have spent years visiting and living in France spending most of their time in the south from St. Remy to Mirmande as well as enjoying the charms of Paris.
In the summer of 2019, Frank noticed that brilliant red poppies or coquelicots were growing in and around Mirmande. To his knowledge the poppys hadn’t been in Mirmande before, at least not that he had seen. He was excited by their intense color and beauty and spent hours painting them in a variety of contexts. Why the poppy’s hadn’t appeared before 2019 is anyone’s guess–perhaps a small benefit of climate change.
These Coquelicots paintings form the basis of his current exhibition at Eastern Projects.
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Eastern Projects Presents
OCTOBER 5 - NOVEMBER 9, 2019
PARKING GARAGE ENTRANCE OFF OF COLLEGE
OR TAKE METRO GOLD LINE TO CHINATOWN STATION
November 9, 2019 6-10 pm
900 North Broadway #1090
Los Angeles, CA 90012
With Musical Performance by KESEM
Albert Reyes was born in the Los Angeles suburb of Panorama City in 1971 and grew up in the working class neighborhood of El Sereno. Having been known to create artwork out of anything from what he has in his pockets to whatever he can find walking through his neighborhood. He has also shown in a gallery along with a painting by Picasso. These same strange dualities and juxtapositions are highly prevalent in his work, which tackles both conceptual and graffiti art. Recognized for his ubiquitous “GIVE “ tag, Albert has a distinctive artistic approach inspired not only by street art, comic books, and American pop culture; but also by contemporary and classical “high art “. Many of his drawings and illustrations incorporate everything from icons of corporate America to Hollywood stars to mass media to politics to consumerism. His goals are simple: make a living as an artist and use his talent to make a positive impact on people’s lives.
Checkout Albert’s interview on LA Mag!
Eastern Projects Gallery is pleased to present Sun-Jik Yang’s debut SOLO SHOW: “PORTRAITS”.
Opening Reception is Saturday August 10, 2019 6-10pm, coinciding with LA Chinatown’s last “Chinatown Summer Nights” celebration of 2019. Show runs from August 10- September 14,2019.
“I often compare a painter to a psychologist. While a psychologist listens to and observes people to read who they are, an artist paints to have a better understanding of his or her subject.”
“Painting comforts me and heals me. More importantly, it helps me deepen my understanding of people in my life. Thus, most my painting subjects are the people of whom I know. Their individual life stories, and my perception of them, and the chemistry and bond between my subjects and me are essential for me to conceptualize and visualize when I paint them. In that sense, painting is a process for me to get to know them better. My works demonstrate physical, emotional and psychological structures of people. I believe that the most rewarding aspect of being an artist is when my artistic creation helps people express their sense of identity. I wish my paintings would deliver an immediate impact to the audience.” - Sung-Jik Yang