Curated by George Stoll
Oren Giladi is a painter living in Los Angeles. His current work explores nature. It is his collaborator and has even become his material. He makes paintings of his mother’s backyard in the San Fernando Valley, which is filled with a surprising array of wild grass, knotted branches, and a variety of textures. His newest work is a series based on two sparrows nests in the same yard. The nests are dense collages of mud and twigs as are the paintings, which try to achieve a likeness through recombining these natural materials.
Oren Giladi graduated from the Pratt Institute with a BFA in Painting in 2008 and will be attending the Art Center College of Design MFA program beginning this fall.
Artwork Selected by the Curator
Renee Petropoulos holds a fine arts degree from UCLA and lives and works in Venice, California. Petropoulos is a painter whose work has become increasingly three-dimensional, reflecting an interest in decorative forms and images of different cultures. Heavily influenced by street art, her works often involve several layers of painted imagery. Her public art commissions include a large painted ceiling at the downtown Los Angeles Public Library, a series of sculptures in Culver City, and a collaborative project for the Municipal Services Building in downtown Philadelphia.George Stoll is a sculptor who lives and works in Los Angeles. He has show his work internationally since 1994, including solo shows at Anthony Grant, New York; Paule Anglim, San Francisco; Angles, Los Angeles; Windows, Brussels; and Gallery Seomi, Seoul among others. Other exhibitions include a survey with Clay Ketter at the Rose Museum at Brandeis University (2000) and a joint show with Mark Bennett at the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati (1996). George Stoll’s work has been acquired by several institutions, including UCLA’s Hammer Museum; MOCA, Los Angeles; and the Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington. In 2005, he became a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome. His work is represented by Kim Light/Lightbox in Los Angeles and by the Baldwin Gallery in Aspen, Colorado.