Venice CA art events. Dwora Fried & Linda Vallejo exhibition: On Saturday, March 1, 2014, 5pm-9pm at 685 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291 (Old Venice Police Station), SPARC’s historic headquarters since 1977 and home to The Durón Gallery – SPARC presented Loss, Memory and Recovery by Dwora Fried & Linda Vallejo. Exhibition hours are Tuesday – Saturday, Noon-5pm through Friday, April 11th.
Dwora Fried‘s mixed media boxes capture people, places and emotions under glass – literally. Composed in identical wooden boxes with glass fronts, the pieces ask unsettling questions about identity, beliefs and memory. They recreate imaginary scenes of displacement, isolation and entrapment. Unsettling, provocative and at times humorous, the pieces seem to be miniature, colorful doll house rooms: however their small size (8 x 12 x 3.5 inches) force the viewer to get closer and get a sense of the intimate world of the artist. Combining vintage dolls and toys from the 40’s and 50’s with old family photographs and personal items from her mother’s apartment, she recreates what it was like to have the memory of the Diaspora be a part of your childhood. “Growing up as a Jew in Vienna, I have always felt like an outsider and that perspective is reflected in my art,” explains Fried. “It is by far my most autobiographical work; it contains elements of my life as a Jewish/Austrian/Lesbian daughter of a holocaust survivor.”
Dwora Fried was born and raised in Vienna, Austria of the 1950’s. She attended Tel Aviv University and is also a graduate of the Avni School of Fine Arts in Israel. Her work has been exhibited in Vienna, Venice, London, Vilnius, Cape Town and throughout California. Most recently, MUSA Museum Start Gallery Artothek for their contemporary art collection of the Department purchased five of her boxes for Cultural Affairs of the City of Vienna.
Linda Vallejo’s new work is part of her series called Make ‘Em all Mexican—this time as aluminum sublimation prints. The work is a biting social satire that de-constructs time-honored images to create new cultural icons. The viewer is cajoled into envisioning an imaginary and wished-for political and social status and then is forced to face the reality. Wickedly funny, these images make the viewer laugh and then apologize for ‘thinking it’s a joke.” Her new work carries a strong electric charge – to some they are hyper political, for others they are emotional portals to a past remembered and sometimes forgotten, and to others they are just down right hilarious. “Like many Americans, I’ve become a person of the world, with a wide cultural perspective. At a moment of introspection, however, I decided to focus on popular cultural images and objects once beloved of white, middle-class America in the mid-20th century, and revision and transform them through my personal Mexican-American, Chicano lens.”
Linda Vallejo was born in Los Angeles then moved to Germany, East Los Angeles, Sacramento, Alabama and Spain. She received her BA in Fine Arts from Whittier College, went to the University of Madrid, Spain and received her MFA from Cal State University, Long Beach. She has exhibited quite extensively and is in the permanent collection of LACMA, National Museum of Mexican Art, and University of California, Santa Barbara among others. She is represented by George Lawson Gallery.
The mission of The Durón Gallery is to present socially relevant and politically conscious art, whether visual or performing, especially for underserved audiences, by established and emerging artists, artists’ collectives and student projects. The gallery will seek to engage its audiences to allow for an art experience beyond that of the passive viewer through its exhibitions and other programs. About SPARC: SPARC is a LA-based non-profit arts organization committed to Art, Community, Education and Social Justice. Founded in 1976 by UCLA Professor and muralist Judith F. Baca, filmmaker Donna Deitch, and artist Christina Schlesinger.