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"Figure it Out: 20 Artists Approach the Figure"
2006-11-18 until 2006-12-07
jFERRARI Gallery
Los Angeles, CA, USA United States of America

jFERRARI Gallery, one of the hottest newer art galleries in the L.A. art scene, brings together no less than 20 exceptional artists' work for a fascinating exhibit which examines the tradition of figurative painting and its relationship with contemporary abstract painting. A figure is, by definition, a human form, or it can be a numerical symbol or a graphic representation of a form. Among the 20 artists in the exhibition is Cris Orfescu, who has been a Premiere Portfolio Artist at absolutearts.com since 2004.

FIGURE IT OUT portrays the human form realistically, symbolically and as a representation of an emotion or feeling. This exhibit encompasses many art movements and art media with which to illustrate the human, making it a diverse collection suited to all art enthusiasts.

Each unique piece depicts the human figure, whether in an exquisite Polaroid emulsion transfer (Susan Berkowitz) or a painting that embodies escapism and fantasy (Alyse Livingston), and stretches these parameters to include alluring contemporary art (Fred Chuang, Cristian Vega-Rojo) along with surrealism/cubism (Eduardo Bonilla) and erotica (Dani Katz, Eban Lehrer).

An eclectic mix of art work portraying the human form, FIGURE IT OUT has a piece that appeals to everyone, be it Spanish influenced (Juliana Martinez), or traditional (Christine Curry, Timothy Duong, Vanessa Prager, Robin Russin). Abstract figures (David Haig Alexander, Jazmin Ferrari, Ani Kia, Sophia Louisa Lee) and glass work (Holly Louis) add dimension and insight to the contemporary collection of figurative art and figurines. This is a diverse collection of age-old subject matter seamlessly transformed into contemporary works by infusing them with fresh ideas and ingenious approaches to traditional figurative art.

Other artists' work featured at this inspiring exhibit includes Dave Matke's use of symbolism in na´ve compositions, Cris Orfescu's nanoart, the spiritual expressionism of Natalie Egnatchik, sculpture by Lee Jordan and the detailed acrylic paintings of Sangeeta Levy.

FIGURE IT OUT pays homage to the human figure by utilizing vibrant ideas and the unconventional approach of some of L.A.'s most talented artists, who have indeed FIGURED IT OUT.

Cris Orfescu (www.absolutearts.com/nanoart) brings the human figure in front of his audience through digital photography inspired from his travels around Europe. He manipulates digitally the photographic images of Renaissance masterpieces located in the Grotto by Buontalenti at Palazzo Pitti in Florence, Italy. The complex includes three artificial grottos with sculptures portraying subjects of the Greek mythology and made by Baccio Bandinelli (Ceres and Apollo), Gianbologna (Venus) and Vincenzo Rossi (Paris and Helena), but also copies of the Prisoners by Michelangelo, and Frescoes by Bernardino Poccetti. The images are printed with long-lasting inks on canvas.

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