Bruce Lurie Gallery Opening Reception June 1

Bruce Lurie Gallery located at 873 Via de la Paz focuses on establishing emerging to mid-career artists specializing in cutting edge pop art, street art, abstract minimalism, photography and a wide range of monumental sculptors.

The exhibit Carol Bennett: The Living is Easy featuring Bob Moskowitz and Marjorie Moskowitz, will have an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 1. People will be able to meet the artists. The exhibition will be up through June 29. People are asked to RSVP to info.luriegallery@gmail.com.

CAROL BENNETT:

After graduating from Art Center College of Design, Carol Bennett spent the next 20 years between a loft in downtown LA and a beach bungalow in Hawaii.

The Hawaii State Art Museum, Honolulu Museum of Art and other museums have robustly acquired her work for decades. Her most recent Public Art Commission: 20 stained glass monoliths, fabricated in Germany and each two stories tall, which grace the Honolulu Airport.

Her Women in Water series comes from a personal place. “I swim swim days a week and while not self-portraits, I’m often the swimmer in my paintings. I throw myself into the water almost every day – it grounds me.

I’m not an athlete. This is a spiritual practice that is integral to my art making. What is unique about my swimmers is their strong sense of self and place. They patrol the water’s edge and the ocean floor, in search of elements to recycle as art. The swimmers are my navigation tool: they have led me to explore fishing nets and knots, abstracts fish patterns, flotsam and jetsam and their ecological impact. Many pieces in this exhibit give nod to the preciousness and fragility of our environment by repurposing cardboard and plywood that would typically be cast aside”.

In an early review of her work, Marcia Morris wrote that “the body floats and the mind drifts.”  This fertile moment of disassociation is what Carol dwells on in her studio. “I’m a wet reporter, bringing back news from the ocean, both timeless and timely”.

Carol Bennett’s stained glass panes grace the Honolulu Airport.

MARJORIE MOSKOWITZ:

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, and a graduate of Washington University with a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts in painting, Marjorie Moskowitz is a landscape painter living in and maintaining her studio in southern California since 1998.

Moskowitz has exhibited nationally and internationally and has been represented by galleries in the Midwest, East and West Coasts.

Her current oil paintings of colorful, engaging but otherwise overlooked and isolated flora are magnified to reveal their importance. Coming from an orientation in abstraction, her choice to work in a close-focus realistic style remains ever mindful of the abstraction that exists in nature.

BOB MOSKOWITZ:

Bob Moskowitz grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Washington University. He moved to Southern California in 1998 and maintains his studio there. He has exhibited nationally and has done over 200 commissioned portraits.

His current work focuses on the power in the mundane, attempting to record moments of human significance in the commonplace. The work suggests aspects of the human condition in context with the subject’s culture which can be revealed through observation and a peeling back of the layers.

MARJORIE AND BOB:

Marjorie and Bob Moskowitz created a new persona, when they began collaborating, separate from their individual studio practices. These works are a curious hybrid only slightly resembling their own work. The process attempts to create a seamless blending to appear as a single artist has produced the painting.

 

 

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