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"3 : A Painting Exhibition"
2007-05-08 until 2007-05-31
Don O’Melveny Gallery, 9009 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood, CA, USA United States of America

The Don O’Melveny Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the painting exhibition 3. This exhibition focuses on 3 artists represented by the O’Melveny Gallery- Michael Moon, Stephen Robert Johns and Edem Elesh. Each of the 3 artists demonstrates a unique approach within their art, and a fresh new creativity. Edem Elesh has been a Premiere Portfolio Artist at absoltuearts.com since 2003.

The astonishingly beautiful work of Michael Moon demonstrates how use of color becomes an alchemist’s palette. “Consciously or not, there is always a conversation among the tools and materials used and myself. The result, when successful, is a hopefully recognizable and enduring mystery that resonates a deep-seated familiarity from the viewer,” says Moon. Born and currently working in Los Angeles, Moon has exhibited widely in solo and group shows on the West Coast, as well as belonging in a number of private and corporate collections. In contrast, Stephen Robert Johns goes for edgy. Repeat patterns in black and white as well as in subtle hues of red, remind the viewer that Modernism is still with us, and that black and white is still as eloquent as ever. Much of Johns’ subject matter relates to movement- as seen in his Sector Series paintings- reductive repeat patterns, borrowed from his drawings made while flying to and from the Midwest, US and Central America. His fascinations with topographical views from the airplane, which come and go in a blink of the eye, provide inspiration for this body of work.

The work of Los Angeles based painter, Edem Elesh, finds itself in the murky waters of the viewer’s unconscious. Fantastical, dream-like and dystopian, Elesh’s imagery is set in our postmodern time, at an intersection where the subject matter of various sorts has been cut loose from it’s origins and dropped onto the foreign occupied space of the canvas. With an irreverence and narrative approach to working, each subject has been abandoned and ultimately left to stake its claim in a new and unfamiliar territory. When asked about the conception and drive of an individual painting, Elesh straightforwardly replies that, “Everyday situations of existence” are always where his subject matter remains fertile.

View more of Edem Elesh's work in his Portfolio at absoltuearts.com at: http://www.absolutearts.com/portfolios/e/edemelesh/

Please join the Don O’Melveny Gallery, in Celebration of the Exhibition 3, with a Reception for the Artists, Saturday evening, May 19th, from 6-9 PM.

Edem Elesh
Title: Transit
Year Created: 2006
Medium: Mixed Media
Width: 96 inches
Height: 48 inches
Depth: 3 inches

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