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Hollywood Dream: Bloody Red Carpet
March 4-March 29, 2006

  • Participating Artists
  • Los Angeles – Black Maria Gallery announced the opening of a new exhibition, titled “Hollywood Dream: Bloody Red Carpet.” Featuring new and recent works by ten Los Angeles-area artists, the exhibition will open on March 4, 2006.


    “The Oscars are upon us, and we thought it would be fitting to poke some gentle (and not so gentle) fun at Hollywood,” said Black Maria owner Zara Zeitountsian. “Like the rest of the Hollywood pageants, the Oscars are religiously watched by millions upon millions throughout the world. Yet, as the props and production values get glitzier each year, few people pause to reflect on the human cost of the Red Carpet parade.

    “I think, in and of itself, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the fact that Hollywood is in the business of selling dreams and fostering suspension of disbelief. But I also think the flip side of the coin, that is to say, the price of fame, is as interesting, and worthy of analysis. Our new show casts a critical yet satirical glance at the biz, trying to bring to the fore the often-untold story of making it to the top – and also that of not making it at all.”

    Samuel Saga, curator of Black Maria Gallery, offered his take on the idea of the Red Carpet. “Blood and sweat, but mostly blood, is what I see in the Red Carpet image,” he said. “You’ve got the dazzling, outrageous extravagance of haute couture, and the sculpted, pampered faces and physiques of the Hollywood royalty on display, all of which serve to both provoke mass envy and inspire aspirations of greatness and fabulous riches. But then the road to fame, rarely culminating in the greedily televised walk on the Red Carpet, entails much more than hard work by would-be and established actors alike. It means disappointments and compromises galore, desperation, self-hatred, or else huge personal sacrifices such as the letting go of one’s sense of integrity.”

    Saga added that the resplendent glamour and plasticity of the Hollywood enterprise are necessary tools to mask the psychological toll of reaching fame, in tune with the entertainment industry’s battle cry of ceaseless fictionalization.

    “Hollywood Dream: Bloody Red Carpet” will kick off on Saturday, March 4, at 7 PM, and will remain open until March 29.

    Black Maria is located at 3137 Glendale Boulevard in Atwater Village. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 12 to 6 PM. For more information, call 818.613.9090.

  • Participating Artists
  • Ronald J. Llanos

    A California native, Ronald J. Llanos holds a degree in Illustration from the Pasadena Art Center College of Design. His work has appeared in Society of Illustrators yearly student competitions, the first annual AIGA Art/Design/LA show at Harold’s Gallery, and CMYK magazine. He has exhibited his works at several venues including the Drawing Club. He has also produced portraits for several corporations and designed posters for the Metropolitan Transportation Agency. Currently Llanos teaches at the Pasadena Art Center College of Design, the Brentwood Art Center, ANDlab, and Polytechnic School in Pasadena. His recent drawings are inspired by the intricate human diversity of the urban landscape.


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    Van Arno

    Van Arno was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He studied at Otis Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles. His illustrations have appeared on album covers, video game box art, and nightclub posters around the city. In the late 1980s he produced large cut-out paintings that blended cartoon imagery with portraits of cultural and historical icons. His guerrilla installation of a 12-foot-tall angel cut-out could be seen hovering over Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood during Christmas 1992. In the early 1990s Arno created his acclaimed series of heroic figurative works featuring religious and folk heroes in cell vinyl on masonite. In 2000 several of his pieces were included in a national survey of lowbrow painters at the Hollywood Art and Culture Center in Florida.

    In 2004 a solo show in Hamburg, Germany, received extensive media coverage due to the growing interest in the JUXTAPOZheit movement. More recently Arno was introduced to oil painting. His ongoing fascination with the imagery of religion and its use of heroic figure continues to find new relevance in his latest work.


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    Ubaldo Miranda Villa

    Since childhood, Ubaldo Miranda Villa has experimented with paints and sketching. A graduate of the Pasadena Art Center College of Design, he traces his earliest influence to his Mexican roots, as personified by his uncle, the artisan Fidel Miranda, whose intricate craftsmanship depicted the rich heritage of the Mexican people. Recently Miranda Villa has completed a series of illustrations featuring cultural icons such as Jean Harlow, Andy Warhol, Marlene Dietrich, Jackie Kennedy, Che Guevara, and others. The artist’s style is ensconced in 21th-century collage and mixed media. All of his pieces are made exclusively with recycled materials, never using a single paintbrush.

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    Greg Noppe

    Greg Noppe was born in Ventura County, California, where he continues to reside and work. He received a BFA from the Pasadena Art Center College of Design. His work has been shown at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles. He is currently working on a new body of paintings for an upcoming solo exhibition.

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    Rafael Delgado

    A native of Los Angeles, Rafael Isaac Delgado Jr. has an extensive background in graphic design and mixed media. A keen observer of the everyday and larger cultural patterns, Delgado distills his creations into a collage technique which he calls “painting with paper.” Made entirely of magazine pages, his works come to life exuding brilliant color and energy.

    Ron Velasco

    Ron Velasco was born in the Philippines. His interest in art was spawned by a fascination with animation and comic books. He honed his skills at Nickelodeon, and subsequently studied illustration, painting, and drawing at the Pasadena Art Center College of Design.

    Since graduating in 2005, Velasco continues to explore the intricacies of portraiture. His work is influenced by Heinrich Kley, Gustave Klimt, Japanese art, Sargent, and Lucian Freud.

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    Kris Lewis

    Kris Lewis lives and works in New Jersey. He studied Illustration at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he excelled in figurative painting. His major influences include Bougereau, the Pre-Raphaelites, Mucha, early Italian Renaissance painters, and the folklore of his Latvian heritage. Lewis’ most recent works are of a surrealist quality, replete with historical and biblical references and psychological undertones.


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    Andrea Offerman

    Andrea Offermann was born and raised in Germany, where she studied medicine for two years before moving to the US. She graduated from the Pasadena Art Center College of Design with a BFA in Illustration. Andrea loves printmaking techniques, especially etching, and has a strange obsession with drawing fish.

    Andrea loves printmaking techniques, especially etching, and has a strange obsession with drawing fish.


    Kenji Tanaka

    Born in Japan, Kenji Tanaka has lived in the United States since 1996. He is a self-taught painter. Tanaka has exhibited at the Sushi Show in the Brewery Art Complex, the Art in the Café, the Hive Gallery, the Hangar Gallery, and Art Walk in Downtown Los Angeles. He calls his style of painting, which is inspired by martial arts and Eastern philosophy, “cartoon abstract.”

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    Jeff McMillan

    Jeff McMillan was born in San Jose, California. He began drawing at the of age five. McMillan studied at West Valley Community College in Saratoga California, developing skills that prepared him to study at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. Two years after graduating from the Academy he moved to Los Angeles to attend the Pasadena Art Center College of Design. He now lives and works in Los Angeles.


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    "Bloody Red Carpet Dragon" Collaboration work- Samuel Saga & Margarita Kirakossyan

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