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Organic Integration: Aline Mare & Michael Giancristiano by Jill Joy

TONIGHT THE JILL JOY GALLERY IS PLEASED TO PRESENT ORGANIC INTEGRATION: ALINE MARE AND MICHAEL GIANCRISTIANO- 6-9Pm

CONTEMPORARY ART EXHIBITION IN LOS ANGELES. ON VIEW THROUGH DEC 3

curator’s statement

Aline Mare and Michael Giancristiano both deal in the currency of nature and through the application of their shared awareness of an inter-connected reality, their work transcends the very world that inspires it.

Included in this exhibition are works from Michael’s series, “Arctic Metamorphosis”. Their vast, white empty spaces recall an icy desolation and are punctuated with wound-like divots and abrasions. As the light plays across these three dimensional objects throughout the day, one gets the sense of a changing landscape. Despite this seeming inhospitable ground the surfaces sprout new growth in the form of plants that need little in the way of nourishment to thrive.

Beaten and scarred industrial plywood is rendered natural and elemental once more from his very human effort to shape reality. Michael states that he is addressing the evolution of the natural world, the new growth that happens even as the destruction of global warming takes place. “The ice is melting at an alarming rate and we have reached the tipping point from which there is no return. I don’t feel that there is anything we can do to stop the cycle of change that has been set into motion and I don’t view this as the end of the world but as a metamorphosis. These regions are waiting to evolve.” MG

While Michael speaks to the destruction/evolution of the natural world, there is in the experience of viewing his work, a metaphor of spiritual and emotional rebirth. His sculptural reliefs convey an inherent message of re-formation and new growth; as such they become a metaphor for the inner and outer life. As Michael bangs and shapes these prefab industrial materials in his effort to express something evolutionary out of the tragedy of global warming, the process recalls what we as individuals have the choice to do when we undergo loss and change: to remake ourselves into something new and perhaps better, closer to the truth of ourselves.

Aline Mare’s work incorporates the minutiae of existence - seed pods, stems, and leaves (all captured in extreme detail) on a backdrop of the expanse of the atmosphere - weather images from NASA and hand painted backgrounds. In rendering this level of divine precision against transcendent, color and texture filled backdrops she gives us a vision of an infinite and complex beauty against which the details of the natural world play out.

Aline’s work is informed by a technical journey that in the end provides a luminous visceral and emotional experience. “Using the illumination of the scanning machine as an original light source, I use digital scanning as a contemporary interpretation of the 19th-century photographic process of cliché verre, literally a Greek phrase meaning, “glass picture”. The distinct layering of image and sensory background amplifies the direct beauty of the natural object as it interfaces with technology in a kind of modern hybridization of an historic photographic process with hand drawn painting.” – AM

Aline embarked on the creation of some the works included in this show in an effort to find grounding and connectedness in her new city, Los Angeles. While her work speaks to community and rootedness with its reference to the abundant plant life of a costal desert, when viewing Aline’s work, I am overcome by the sense of the beauty and mystery of life and a universe that is governed by a detailed, logical and yet random process. This sense is furthered by her most recent inclusion of crystals in her “Cryst-aline Series” (2016) which she states “examines crystal growth as a metaphor for transformation.” AM

Aline’s work highlights organic elements in a nascent universe almost as though we are contemporaneously experiencing the big bang and the finished resultant life that was created right down to the very last detail and in so doing it defies time. The depth of blue in “Cloud Seeds” makes one think of a wormhole, or a blank space in the time-space continuum full of infinite possibility; as though creation is spinning out of this place of the unknown.

–- Jill Joy, Curator & Gallery Director, Jill Joy Gallery

 

Born in Los Angeles California, Michael Giancristiano is an accomplished artist with over 25 years of exhibition history. He is best known for his sculpted and deconstructed wall reliefs that explore nature through the medium of plywood. He has exhibited internationally as well as nationally, has won numerous awards and can be found in many private and corporate collections. In addition, he has served on the Advisory Board of the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art. Currently Michael sits on the Board of Directors of the Inglewood based, "Van Hook Foundation".

 

Aline Mare began her career in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, coming out of a background of theatre, performance and installation art. She was an early member of Collaborative Projects, a collective formed in downtown New York City and performed in a multi-media partnership, Erotic Psyche, a film and music extravaganza exploring the body and the senses, which toured extensively in Manhattan and Europe throughout the 80s. She received an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1990 and has received several grants and residencies. New mixed–media works have been exhibited at Turtle Bay Museum, Santa Monica Museum, Headlands Center for the Arts, Printed Matter and James Fuentes Gallery in New York and an upcoming solo show at MOAH in 2017.

 

The Power of Emotions to Transform - Exhibition Postponed due to Illness...Stay tuned while we reschedule by Jill Joy

Emotions are a dicey proposition. We need to experience and understand them in order to grow and heal. At the same time if we allow them to overwhelm us, we can get into trouble.  Repression, on the other hand, is just as bad leading to stagnation.

Jill Joy - Dissolution - oil on canvas - 60x72"

In this work, which I create on an as needed basis to cope with strong feelings, I have allowed myself a constructive way to feel and process my emotions: Giving them life and expression, but not allowing them to overwhelm me or anyone else. And in the process a dynamic piece of art is created that, having transformed me, has I believe, the power to transform the viewer.

Jill Joy - Divertere - oil on canvas - 36x36"

 

Off To A Great Start @Jill Joy Gallery! by Jill Joy

Thanks to all of you who attended the Grand Opening of the Jill Joy Gallery in January. My gallery and work were well received by the LA press and we got two great write ups so far! Read on for great quotes, press links and more news...

We Choose Art, Los Angeles, CA  "These pieces are fierce, evoking images of nature, change, the natural world and the spiritual world, and incorporating elements of surrealism, minimalism, and abstract expressionism…There’s a sense of emotion that seems to move off the canvas and directly at the viewer." More

Diversions LA "Enlightenment, karma, yoga, reincarnation – these are all elements in Joy’s work, which swirls with a kind of visual music filled with color and light; an orchestrated series of emotional crescendos." More...

Consciousness is on view by appointment through Feb 13. Please contact the gallery to see the show. Our next exhibit, Emotion, opens on Feb 20 with an reception from 6-8pm.

I Thought The World of You by Jill Joy

In the continuing quest of evolving consciousness through art this is one of my latest creations:

Jill Joy -  I Thought The World of Yo  u  - oil on canvas - 48x60" - 2015

Jill Joy - I Thought The World of You - oil on canvas - 48x60" - 2015

Below is a photo from my art studio on my easle. This work has a lighter palette than I have been working in lately. It's part of the process of working through the end of a relationship that meant a lot to me. I ended it, I have come to understand, because it no longer served my soul and my growth as a person and an artist. I ended it despite a very strong feeling of love for this person. Art is for me a way of processing my life. I express my thought and emotions through my abstract painting as thoughts and emotions are abstract.

That is the beauty of contemporary art in my opinion: It give us a visible, tangible access to those processes within ourselves, our lives and our emotions that we can't see.

Jill Joy,  I Thought The World of You , oil on canvas, 48x60x2.5", 2015

Jill Joy, I Thought The World of You, oil on canvas, 48x60x2.5", 2015

So I've been going back and forth, back and forth on it in my mind. Niggling it, worrying it, wondering about it. But when I think about returning to the same situation, I just can't fathom it. Lately I've been realizing it's important that I acknowledge that I can love some one even if it's not sustainable. People are in our lives for a reason if our stated purpose is spiritual growth. None the less, I can still love even if my soul no longer grows from the connection and thus I can't have them close to me. It's sad in someways but freeing as well. The freedom to grow is the most powerful freedom of all.

Letter to Gallery X by Jill Joy

Here's a little window into my worldview...daily operation of working towards greater representation....

Dear Curators,

Enclosed please find a CD containing images of recent paintings from my Consciousness Series. I am seeking representation at your gallery and appreciate your taking the time to view my work.

Jill Joy, Wave, oil on canvas, 57x69x2.5”, 2014

Jill Joy, Wave, oil on canvas, 57x69x2.5”, 2014

This series of paintings, Consciousness, represents the culmination of 20+ years of spiritual and artistic exploration. Deceptively simple and subtly complex, like consciousness itself, they represent awareness of thought, emotion and human experience in a greater field of love. This work ties individual, inner experience to the external, physical world and as such communicate a mystical reality. Executed in a meditative trance, they become meditative objects, contemporary mandalas. In addition to the paintings there are a series of poems that accompany the work. If you are interested please let me know and I will provide them. I have included one example in this package.

A wave.
has crashed through my life
Separated me
from what has tormented me
and sustained me

I sit here in the silence
in the receding tide
Wondering.
what will become of me

© Jill Joy 2014

I’m happy to answer any questions or provide you with any additional images or information. I would be extremely pleased and honored to be represented by your gallery. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Jill Joy

 

 

Not Just A Pretty Face #art #contemporaryart by Jill Joy

In addition to being an artist, I am a budding art collector. My fourth purchase of original art just arrived by UPS. I was so excited when I saw the package was from the Lois Lambert Gallery in Los Angeles. Some of you may know I've switched to being a full-time artist from corporate marketeer, so I could ill afford, really, to buy a piece of art. But I was cold calling galleries in November and I saw this photograph, it immediately spoke to me and I had to have it.

Tamar Levine - What A Life #5 - Digital Photograph - 1/15 - 2014

The fall had been a tough time to say the least. My on again off again relationship was off again at the end of the summer, this time permanently I believe. There were other things going on in my life that were difficult, hard choices to move my creative life forward at the expense of material security among other things. Those close to me were experiencing hardship and uncertainty. All of which had me feeling adrift.

When I opened the box I was moved to tears. Because emotionally this photograph is right where I am at. I thought to myself, this is the pure purpose of art, to make us feel. Because when we allow ourselves to feel, we become whole. We heal. It also helped me accept life. This is life after all. We sometimes feel adrift. We are constantly challenged. It never ends. We reach one pinnacle, only to find another calls our name. This photograph and the photographer also made me feel as though I was not alone. It pointed me to our shared humanity. Which is such a gift these days in an isolated world of sole proprietorship, telecommuting and social networking rather than face time.

One of the good things that happened this fall was finding an art gallerist in Florida who really seems to understand my work and what it is about, the drive for conscious evolution and spiritual healing toward enlightenment. The first step to transcending where we are is to acknowledge where we are and to feel.

"I want to encourage people to experience feelings and memories that they have lost touch within the course of their lives. If for one moment in an individual’s day they can step away from the confines of the structure of their life and indulge their eyes and minds in a work of art, perhaps they can reconnect with a part of themselves or of the world that might otherwise be forgotten." - Jessica Salameh, Wall Street Fine Art, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

That's what Tamar Levine's photograph does for me. Like the model, it brings me right beneath the surface of the ocean of my mind and plunges me into feeling. So yes, when buying art we sometimes want it to make us feel good and we sometimes want it to match the wall color or the couch and harmonize our surroundings. But that is not the most powerful purpose and application of art. Helping us drop into the ocean of our subconscious experience is. Thank you Tamar Levine for allowing me to know myself.

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