LAST WEEK! | Alessandro Gottardo & Kellesimone Waits

May 12 2011 . 04:49pm

Alessandro Gottardo and Kellesimone Waits
Guest Curated by Shelley Leopold, presented by LA Weekly and Pearl Paint

About Alessandro Gottardo:
Currently based in Milan, Italy, Alessandro was born in Pordenone in 1977. He studied at a specialist art high school in Venice and in the Illustration department of the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan. He has won numerous awards, including the most prestigious international accolade in the illustration field – a Society of Illustrators Gold Medal, which was presented to him in 2009. His clients include : American Express, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, TIME, Esquire, Newsweek, National Geographic, The New Yorker, Le Monde, The Economist, Guardian, Random House, and Penguin Books.

About Kellesimone Waits:
Kellesimone, born into a family of artists and musicians, discovered her penchant for drawing early. At the age of 5, she  “invented” a style of tracing so revolutionary that it remains top secret to this day. Attracted to issues dealing with gender and society, Kellesimone chose to attend the all women’s Mills College in Oakland where she is currently studying various formats and mediums including experimental video, working towards her degree.

Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Hours during shows:
Wednesday thru Saturday: 12 – 7pm
Sunday: 12 – 6pm

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Alessandro Gottardo DAZED COLLECTION available at Known Gallery

May 07 2011 . 08:43pm

1 folder containings 8 etching and aquatint print (one print ONLY AVAILABLE with folder)
Limited Edition of 10 A/P
19.7 x 27.6 inch
$7,000.00 for folder of 8


limited edition of 10
19.7 x 27.6 inch
$1,000.00 each

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Kellesimone Waits paintings available at Known Gallery

May 07 2011 . 07:25pm

As a kid, and into my early teens, I was a dedicated comic book collector. Today I am an avid image collector, and news media is a primary source for much of my work. In the case of this current body of work all of my pen and ink drawings are sourced from newspaper photos from the past twelve months.

This series deals with context and media imagery as well as broader topics related to the effect media violence has on the individual and the collective conscience of western society as a whole.

My relationship to the specific events I’ve chosen to depict is one of distance. I have a second hand experience of the innumerable horrifically violent events occurring daily beyond my idyllic Northern Bay Area home.

My choice to juxtapose real world tragedies with the descriptive punctuation of comic book fantasy comments not only on my relationship to these events it also points to the effect that the saturation of media violence has on western culture in general. After a certain point there’s only so much horror and death that one can absorb, we become desensitized by necessity. The events begin to bleed together into a mass of general disaster that most must set aside in order to get on with our days and remain functional members of society.

In this work I’ve chosen to juxtapose seemingly unrelated images with the aim that the end result allows the viewer to re-absorb the gravity of the original event. My intention, by adding what seems like fluff to a very serious image, is to create a final work that shows the viewer what he already knows in a new light; making what has been seen new.

-Kellesimone Waits

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Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
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Alessandro Gottardo & Kellesimone Waits photos | Nicola Boccaccini

May 01 2011 . 09:21pm

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Alessandro Gottardo & Kellesimone Waits opening photos

April 26 2011 . 04:00pm

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