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11th Commandment
at black maria gallery
January 13 - February 12, 2007

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, Jan. 13, 7-11 PM

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

Los Angeles – Black Maria Gallery announces the opening of a new group exhibition, entitled “11th Commandment,” featuring the works of 10 artists.

“We’ve asked our artists to put their thinking hats on and determine, in visual terms, what it means to live and work within the context of a religious code of conduct, whether they consider it useful or restrictive.”

“The theme is definitely tongue-in-cheek but it’s also dead- serious, in keeping with our fondness for tackling weighty subject matter with a little wink,” said Zara Zeitountsian, director of Black Maria Gallery. “We’ve also asked them to come up with an 11th Commandment, irrespective of their religious beliefs or the nonexistence thereof,” Zeitountsian continued. “In fact, their own version of an 11th Commandment could be to do away with all commandments altogether, or it could state something specific that addresses the larger issues facing humanity in our century.”

Zeitountsian also commented on the challenge of translating such ideas into the language of art. She explained that the gallery is not aiming at a literal rendition of the theme, but rather was looking for a certain mood, a certain aesthetic statement, that captures the idea of an 11th Commandment.”

* Please note that artists' images are not necessarily part of this exhibition.

PJ Fidler
Thou shall not destroy the world.


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Jack Howe
Thou shall not read.


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Craig LaRotonda
Thou shall make love.


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Ken Garduno
Thou shalt not war in the name of religion.


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Andrew Hem
Thou shalt note stare.


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Leanne Biank
Thou shall not empty thy bladder into the wind.

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Matt Burlingame
Don't shit where you eat.


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Andy Kehoe
Thou shalt not treat thy neighbor like dirt.


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Karen Davison
Thou shalt not prey upon the innocent and helpless to satisfy
they carnal desires.


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Gregg Noppe
Nothing is as it seems.


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