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cult of childhood
at black maria gallery
March 17 – April 15, 2007

Opening Reception:  Saturday 17th March, 7:00 – 10:30pm

3137 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039
323.660.9393 & 818.613.9090
Gallery hours: Tues-Sat 12 PM-6 PM or by appointment

When asked how he liked children, W.C. Fields supposedly replied, "Broiled!" Sentiments like this are the making of children’s nightmares across the globe. Childhood is a delicate time, when anything is possible and imaginary visions can be more real and frightening than anything of this world. Cult of Childhood explores the menace and charm of childhood.

Contemporary society is often consumed with the daily pressures of the workplace, traffic-congestion and the ever-soaring cost of living. Escaping into the nostalgia of childhood takes us to a time of ease and innocence; a time gone by when we were carefree and invincible. Easily forgotten are the monsters under the bed, the ghosts hiding among the shadows and all of the creatures that lurk in the dimmest corner of the closet. Childhood fears dwell in the unrestricted imagination influenced by nighttime stories, myths and dreams. The dichotomy of fairytales and dark fables is the inspiration for this exhibition.

Cult of Childhood openly embraces this mischievous duo. The dance and mix of opposing ingredients into a squeamish cocktail will turn a cringe to a grin, allowing the playful and wicked, the cute and barbaric, the poison and sweet, the vicious and curious, the child and creep to live happily in the underbelly of childhood.

Kathleen Lolley attended California Institute of the Arts and received a BFA in experimental Animation. Her paintings mix the picture book-esque animals of childhood with scenes from the adult world (Folk creatures try to break the spell of day to day heartbreak). In 2006, her work received international recognition by appearing in Elle, Japanese Vogue and as the latest album cover of My Morning Jacket. Lolley currently resides in Kentucky where she spends her time making crafts, comics and fine art.

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Luke Chueh Born in Philadelphia, but raised in Fresno, Luke Chueh earned a BS in Art & Design from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Chueh employs minimal color schemes, simple animal characters and a seemingly endless list of ill-fated situations. He stylistically balances cute with brute, walking the fine line between comedy and tragedy. His cuteness illustrates innocence, and when coupled with the dark scenarios, innocence lost. Chueh currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

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Kevin Titzer lives in his hometown of Evansville, Indiana. He experiments with wood, metal and found objects. Kevin carves all of his figures out of driftwood from the Ohio River. Heads and hands are painted and the rest is surfaced with metal and lots of little tiny (and we mean tiny) nails. The metal usually consists of scavenged or thrift store bought candy/popcorn tins, rain gutters, ceiling tin, breadboxes etc. Kevin shows regularly in Seattle, Dallas and Atlanta.

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Tiffany Liu was born in Taiwan. She earned a B.F.A. in Illustration at the Pasadena Art Center College of Design. She is constantly inspired by her love of teaching children. Her influences include Surrealism, Art Nouveau and vintage children’s books and cartoons. Her work reflects her passion for telling stories and creating worlds where anything is possible. She particularly enjoys little details and ambiguities.

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Renee Lawter is a partner in a Los Angeles boutique design firm. Lawter’s creations are pulled out of her head. Her shaky looking characters appear whimsically dark and humorous. Watercolors and unique fabrics are her mediums of choice. Lawter’s work has been shown at the Hive Gallery in Los Angeles, Black Market Gallery in Culver City, 1988 Gallery on Melrose and Monkey House Toys in Silverlake.

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Alex Noriega attended the Llotja School of Arts and Design in Barcelona. His current drawings are about beauty and it’s overdoses. The composition of his work and use of warm colors invite the viewer in. But upon closer inspection, not so welcoming environments surface, exemplified by smokestacks, urban landscapes and robotic machines. Noriega currently lives and works in his native Barcelona, Spain.

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Eun Ju Chang holds a BFA degree from the Art Center College of Design. She infuses her love of fashion into her art through sewing, painting, fabricating, and treating thread like a drawing or a painting medium. She finds inspiration in a plethora of subjects, from history to contemporary art movements. Eun Ju Chang lives near Los Angeles.

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Jeni Yang (JEYA) was born in Taiwan. She graduated from Cal State University Fullerton in 2004 with a B.F.A in Illustration. She enjoys creating, focusing on details, and experimenting with different mediums. Her quirky and vivacious characters create humorously engaging pictures. She puts her daydreams and everyday "delights" into something she can remember, and then makes them into pictorial art. The narrative quality of her work generates a sense of nostalgia, taking the viewer on journey back to the days of braces and mac & cheese induced stomachaches She currently resides in Los Angeles.

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Dany Paragouteva graduated with a BFA in Illustration with Distinction from Art Center College of Design. Paragouteva’s passion for drawing and painting started when she was about 2 years old. Her paintings have a magical quality that elicits the dark side of fairytales. They are mysterious yet familiar. Originally from Bulgaria, Paragouteva now lives in Los Angeles.

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