LA Experimental Artists

ImproviZations

August 2 – 19, 2006

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Nearly 20 years ago, a number of artists in the Valley Watercolor Society started meeting regularly to paint together, experimenting with watermedia materials and techniques. Originally known as The Friday Painters, this spin-off group evolved into LA Experimental Artists: a co-op of 12 artists who meet monthly at VIVA to reinvent old and explore new techniques in collage, assemblage, watermedia, monotypes, and digital art, sharing friendship and ideas as they go. The members include Ruth Banarer, Betty Beam, Judi Birnberg, Susan Gesundheit, Ben Goldman, Beverly Grossman, Marilyn Haber, Susan Kuss, Helen Merken, Trish Meyer, Sandra Rooney, and Dorothy Tate. (See the column to the right to download individual Artist Statements as PDFs.)

This was their first exhibit as a group, and it prooved an excellent chance to experience a wide range of art and ideas (including a special presention on “bug art” at the closing reception!).

Examples shown below represent artwork from the exhibit. Click on any image for a higher resolution version.

Banarer

Ruth Banarer

“All About Me”
Collage
Banarer

Ruth Banarer

“Face Lift”
Monotypes
Beam

Betty Beam

“An Oriental Touch”
Collage (Plastic & Decorative Papers)
Beam

Betty Beam

“Corny”
Collage (Corn Husk and Geode)
Birnberg

Judi Birnberg

“Who Goes There”
Mixed Media
Birnberg

Judi Birnberg

“Open Sesame”
Collage
Gesundheit

Susan Gesundheit

“Cool Water”
Fabric Collage
Gesundheit

Susan Gesundheit

“Grid Pattern”
Fabric Collage
Gesundheit

Susan Gesundheit

“It’s a Living”
Mixed Media Collage
Ben Goldman

Ben Goldman

“Fault Lines 2 ”
Mixed Media
Ben Goldman

Ben Goldman

“The Way We Were”
Collage
Ben Goldman

Ben Goldman

“Reunion”
 
Beverly Grossman

Beverly Grossman

“I Wouldn't Miss it For the World”
Mixed Media
Beverly Grossman

Beverly Grossman

“Where the Buffalo Roam”
Mixed Media
Beverly Grossman

Beverly Grossman

“Albuquerque Time”
Mixed Media
Haber

Marilyn Haber

“Red Hat and Pink Tulips”
Watercolor on Yupo
Haber

Marilyn Haber

“Circling Around”
Collage
Haber

Marilyn Haber

“Olé”
Mixed Media
Kuss

Susan “Suki” Kuss

“9 Phase of the Moon XII”
Mixed Media Collage
Kuss

Susan “Suki” Kuss

“Sacred Vessel II”
Wall hanging Mixed Media
Kuss

Susan “Suki” Kuss

“Sacred Vessel IV”
Wall hanging Mixed Media
Merken

Helen Merken

“Landscape 01”
Collage
Merken

Helen Merken

“The Gathering”
Assemblage
Merken

Helen Merken

“Solar Flares”
Watercolor and Collage
Meyer

Trish Meyer

“Blue Man Square Head”
Sun print, collage
Meyer

Trish Meyer

“Reaching Through Time”
Freezer print, digital & collage elements
Meyer

Trish Meyer

“Turbulence”
Monotype, collage
Rooney

Sandra Rooney

“A Day to Remember”
Acrylic/Collage
Tate

Dorothy Tate

“Artifacts”
Collage
Tate

Dorothy Tate

“Gathering Tribes”