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Under the Table
June 17-September 9 2006

  • Andy Kehoe
  • P. Williams
  • Ron Velasco
  • Scot Nobles
  • Sophia Gasparian
  • Jennybird Alcantara
  • Ronald Llanos
  • Plain Jane
  • Tiffany Liu
  • Jeff McMillan
  • Jason Houchen
  • Samuel Saga
  • Gin Stevens
  • Los Angeles – Black Maria Gallery announced that it will mark its first anniversary with a group exhibition which will open on Saturday, June 17, at 7 PM. The show will feature works by Andy Kehoe, Ron Velasco, P. Williams, Scot Nobles, Sophia Gasparian, Jenny Alcantara, Ronald Llanos, Plain Jane, Tiffany Liu, Jeff McMillan, Jason Houchen, Samuel Saga and Gin Stevens. The opening night will also see the launch of an alternative space, called “Under the Table,” within the gallery.

    During the last year, Black Maria exhibitions have carried a variety of social, aesthetic, and psychological themes. With titles like “Six Degrees of Separation,” “PMS Revolution,” “Under a Freeway,” and “The Coffin Show,” among others, the exhibitions have featured mostly new works that were commissioned for these themes. The gallery continues to work with artists to explore and develop new concepts, such as an upcoming show devoted to prison art.

    “In May 2005 we opened Black Maria Gallery with the aim of presenting art that marched to the beat of a different drummer, minus the pretension and hype,” owner Zara Zeitountsian said. “The response to this basic idea, from artists and patrons alike, has been overwhelmingly positive. We have also had the good fortune to develop relationships with and show works by some of the most visually interesting and thought-provoking artists currently working in Los Angeles as well as a considerable number of artists from other states and even overseas.”

    According to Zeitountsian, Black Maria Gallery specializes in art that, despite being of undeniable technical and substantive merit, push at the boundaries of what can be and is shown at big-name galleries and museums. “We’ve striven to become an organic bridge between artists and the public, by presenting art that’s approachable and, as importantly, affordable,” she explained. “I think much of the art scene as we know it, in Los Angeles and elsewhere, has become too insular, too prohibitive, even arrogant. Our take is to help make the gallery-going experience fun and accessible – for casual visitors and collectors alike.”

    The new “Under the Table” space will function as an alternative conduit for featuring artworks that don’t fall within a specific category, or necessarily follow the set themes of the gallery. “The idea was inspired by the good old bad days of the Soviet Union, when every store imaginable operated something of a shadow economy, a black market within its walls,” explains curator Sam Saga. “If you were rich, or connected, or simply could come up with a few extra rubles, the store clerk reached ‘under the table’ to give you the best product available. With the launch of our own ‘under the table’ at Black Maria, we’re parodying all that, having fun with the idea, by presenting stuff that goes against the grain, even by our own iconoclastic standards.”

    Black Maria Gallery’s First Anniversary exhibition will remain open until September 9, 2006.

  • Andy Kehoe
  • Bad Times

    Andy Kehoe currently lives and works in the city of champions Pittsburgh, PA. In 2003, he graduated from Parsons School of Design with a BFA in Illustration. His work serves as an outlet to feelings of unrest and anxiety in this unstable world of ours. Also important is the _expression of sincere human emotion without the weight of sarcasm and irony which has become overabundant in art these days. Andy has shown in a number of group shows around the country and as internationally as Canada. He had a one zygote solo show with his identical twin brother, Ben. He has done illustration work for such clients as the New York Times, The Progressive, Metropolis, The Stranger, Fantagraphics and has been included in American Illustration 24.

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  • P. Williams
  • Factory

    P. Williams is a native of the miles of sprawling suburban tract homes that comprise Orange County. He began his professional career after graduating from Art Center College of Design. His work is a reflection of his surroundings binding elements of everyday life into a surreal mix that effectively becomes a suburban mythology.

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  • Ron Velasco
  • Ron Velasco 1 Yr Show

    Ron Velasco was born in the Philippines, in 1975. His interest in Art was spawned by a fascination with animation and comic book designs which then inspired him to begin focusing on character centered concepts. Velasco’s first set foot in the working artist’s industry when he joined Nickelodeon. In 2002, he was accepted in the Illustration program at the renowned Art Center College of Design where he was able to explore and form a sense of aestheticism through various courses in painting and drawing.

    Since graduating in 2005, Velasco continues to gear his art towards portraits of his subjects’ character and personality, in an attempt to convey each person’s emotions, thoughts and persona in his work.

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  • Scot Nobles
  • Disconnect

    Scot Nobles lives, breathes, and makes art in Los Angeles, CA. He uses a unique acrylic paint technique to create collages with contrasting textures and images. Words, ideas, colors, designs, and motifs all overlap to create a seemingly random, yet structured, pattern. His work allows the viewer a glimpse into the subconscious inner workings of his mind. Each of Scot's pieces of art is a snapshot, a moment from his daily life that neatly encapsulates his interests, activities, emotions, and ideas.

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  • Sophia Gasparian
  • Sophia LA River

    Sophia Gasparian (b. 1972, Armenia) is a Los Angeles based artist. Gasparian studied with cult filmmaker George Kuchar and received her master's degree in film from San Francisco Art Institute. Gasparian is recipient of several awards and her work is being exhibited internationally.

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  • Jennybird Alcantara
  • 2-Head

    Jennybird graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in the mid nineties and lives in SF.

    Jennybird's works are keyhole views into a fairytale land where sugar and spice and everything nice isn't all that its cracked up to be and are a glimpse into a larger world just beyond the edges of the painting, where a darker side of nature is dripping with sweetness and the two aspects are intrinsically connected. She constantly redefines this ‘world’ by use of the recurring themes of death, the heart and rebirth. Jennybird's work is strongly influenced by the early impressions made by the Brothers Grimm and a lifelong love of furry and feathered creatures.

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  • Ronald Llanos
  • RL Spread

    A California native, Ronald J. Llanos holds a degree in Illustration from the Art Center College of Design. 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 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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  • Plain Jane
  • PJ fig-pish

    Plain Jane was born plain Elizabeth Jane Gotts in Worcestershire England.

    Jane began her working life in animation in Bristol and then London and was eventually shipped out to Los Angeles to work at DreamWorks. She worked in various guises as head of the color model dept, head of 2d-cg and compositing supervisor on such films as Prince of Egypt, El Dorado, Spirit and Sinbad. Things turned digital and she decided to take time off to focus on painting and taking on the alter ego of Plain Jane.

    She is currently concentrating on exploring portraiture, drawing inspiration particularly from Tudor portraits and is obsessed by a painting of the Cholmondeley Sisters at the Tate.

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  • Tiffany Liu
  • Tiffany Liu

    Tiffany Liu was born in Taiwan. She recieved a B.F.A.in Illustration from 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 and everything is possible. She particularly enjoys little details and ambiguities.

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  • Jeff McMillan
  • Banandy

    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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  • Jason Houchen
  • Own Backyard JH

    After graduating with a BFA from the University of Missouri, Jason Houchen moved to Los Angeles where he discovered highly influential folk, street, and lowbrow art scenes. Since then he has developed a style that mixes his Midwest influences with these newly found worlds. His artwork and style continue to drastically change and grow as he discovers more influences, techniques, and styles in his new setting. His work mixes a classic folk art feeling with a surreal world that conveys his current questions and newly found answers about life and the world surrounding him. It has been described as being full of life, death, spirits, spirituality, history, and memories. Intertwining past, present, and future in a surrealistic world to make viewers question the state of the world as it relates to the collective unconscious. Jason Houchen lives in Los Angeles.

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  • Samuel Saga
  • Latte

    Samuel Saga-Saghatelian graduated from Yerevan Institute of Architecture and pursued a career in architecture. He began his journey as an artist and a illustrator in 1988.

    Saghatelian was among the artists chosen to participate in the Armenian Pavillion at the 2001 Venice Biennale. In 2002 he was awarded a Fellowship for ArtsLink/Vermont Studio Center in Vermont, USA and had exhibitions in Vermont Studio Center and New York. Samuel Saga now lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

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  • Gin Stevens
  • The Devil's Wind

    Abandoned on the steps of a Baptist Church in Rolling Fork, Mississippi, Gin Stevens' art career was born. Gin has been influenced by the deep southern culture that surrounded him at an early age. Upon turning seventeen he took the Greyhound north for Chicago carrying with him dreams of enrolling at The Art Institute of Chicago. Where he soon found out that school was not for him and opted for the punk rock theory of doing it yourself. Gin now resides in Los Angeles where he has been creating work for private commission, album covers, and rock posters on top of also showing his art over the past several years at galleries in and around Los Angeles.

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