Old World New World: Closing Reception

Please join us for the Closing Reception of Old World New World on Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 6-9 PM

Featuring the work of Minas Halaj, Betsy Clark and Melanie Newcombe
And the films, Career Girl by Johanna Watts and Hollywood Buddha by Philippe Caland

As we face the start of a new year and political uncertainty, it is important to stay stoic, put your best face forward, and carry on as if all is perfect in the world. Put on your most fashionable attire, enhance yourself with fanciful adornments, and try to be optimistic. EarthWE's January show closes on January 28th, featuring two painters who use recycled materials and mixed media in a way that brings elegance to the forefront, while keeping ambiguous the mood behind each pensive portrait. The third artist, sculptor Melanie Newcombe, creates life-size scuptures of the female form conveying a similar tension.


Featuring selections from the Floral Minds Collection, award-winning artist Minas Halaj creates his mixed-media assemblage artworks with an unusual assortment of materials. Painting his subjects with oil, his complex work often includes tar, fabric, wood, elaborate appliqués, recycled paper or odd buttons. Seemingly random, his compositions are anything but, as the classically rendered subjects reminiscent of Old World Masters look solemnly back at you, adorned with elaborate cornucopias of flowers and fanciful fabrics. In many instances, his precision in creating graceful classic beauties is juxtaposed against a grainy highly-textural sculpted tar background that is painstakingly embossed and minutely decorated. Son of the accomplished Armenian painter Samuel Halaj, Minas has received multiple degrees in art from his native Yerevan, and has continued his formal art training at several California schools since he arrived in the US in 2002. His beautifully intricate art has been featured in nearly 50 contemporary art exhibits around the world, with many pieces now residing in high-profile international collections. http://minashalajart.com/

Born in Seattle Washington, current Venice resident Betsy Clark is an actress, painter and mother with a flair for color and a love of elegance. Repurposing bits of fabric, scarves, and yarn in her whimsical artwork series “The Exiles,” Betsy creates contemporary paintings of predominantly well-dressed women, who look as if they may be from another country and era. Her subjects could be immigrants wearing their Sunday-best, trying to impress, yet feeling a bit uncomfortable and out of place. They are solemn, usually solitary figures, resolute and dignified. In a style reminiscent of Modigliani, the works are vividly painted in simple poses, stylized with elongated necks, proud features, and dressed in bits of fabric that Clark has collected from her travels. There are no smiles on any of them, yet the work has a decidedly optimistic feeling, largely due to the embellished compositions and vibrant color palette.

Melanie Newcombe creates her life-size female figurative sculptures out of many layers of aluminum screen wire, stitched together like an intricate patchwork. The repetitive lines of her stitching sewn into human forms are arranged to convey a tension between beauty, sensuality and ephemerality, while also symbolizing the many layers of our own lives. She created the figures after reading The Odyssey, intrigued by the relationship between the gods and humans. Her sculptures are goddesses, balancing between the sea, the sky, the earth, and the human.

EarthWE Gallery is currently open Fridays and Saturdays ONLY, between 11-6 pm, otherwise by appointment. Curated by Dale Youngman (www.daleyoungman.com).

For more information or to arrange a viewing, please write daleyoungman@me.com

BE AWARE - The event is going to be filmed !


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Saturday, January 28
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EarthWE @ Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Avenue, Unit D5
Santa Monica, California 90404 US
Sat / Jan

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