LA Experimental Artists

ImproviZations

June 27 – July 14, 2007

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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 (LAEA), a group of 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.

LAEA held their first show in 2006, and since then the initial group has inspired the formation of additional experimental artist groups.

This show features over 100 works from 18 artists: Ruth Banarer, Betty Beam, Judi Birnberg, Donna Geist Buch, Linda L. Carlson, Susan Gesundheit, Ben Goldman, Marilyn Haber, Charlotte Jones, Lina Kogan, Susan Kuss, Dori Marler, Helen Merken, Chris Meyer, Trish Meyer, Rea Nagel, Ilana Tauber,and Joan Vaupen. (See the column to the right to download individual Artist Statements as PDFs.)

12x12 wall

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

Ruth Banarer

Ruth Banarer

“Toulouse”
Acrylic and collage / 24" x 24"
Betty Beam

Betty Beam

“The Unauthorized Version”
Found objects – paper, metal and leather
21" x 29"
Judi Birnberg

Judi Birnberg

“Tick But No Tock”
Acrylic, collage, altered paper, metal, ink
10" x 8 "
Donna Geist Buch

Donna Geist Buch

“Cross Roads”
Pigmented paints, sand, and acrylic on canvas
36" x 36"
Linda L. Carlson

Linda L. Carlson

“Universal Petri”
Art Quilt (hand-dyed and commercial fabrics, fused, hand & machine stitched, hand beaded) / 28" x 28"
Susan Gesundheit

Susan Gesundheit

“Fold It Like Phyllo”
acrylic ink, gouache, wax paper pressed
24" x 30"
Ben Goldman

Ben Goldman

“Our Flag Was Still There”
Acrylic on paper with found paper, aquarelle crayon and found fabric / 29" x 24"
Marilyn Haber

Marilyn Haber

“Bouquet”
Collage on canvas
42" x 28"
Charlotte Jones

Charlotte Jones

“Paper Play”
Collage on paper
Lina Kogan

Lina Kogan

“The world through the eyes of one quick fox.”
Clay surface photographs, computer print,
collage on paper / 13" x 10"
Susan Kuss

Susan ‘Suki’ Kuss

“Essential Truths II”
Mixed media collage / 24" x 20"
Dori Marler

Dori Marler

“Every Woman’s Dream”
Acrylic inks on paper
Helen Merken

Helen Merken

“Splash”
Collage, watercolor, ink, assorted color papers
18" x 24"
Chris Meyer

Chris Meyer

“Wisdom, Encoded”
Assemblage (wood, metal, paper, stone) / 19 " x 22"
Trish Meyer

Trish Meyer

“Forgotten Reef”
Acrylic gels, charcoal, acrylic ink, collage / 26 " x 20"
Rea Nagel

Rea Nagel

“China”
Acrylic ink, watercolor, collage
16" x 16"
Ilana Tauber

Ilana Tauber

“Kyoto Steps”
Watercolor
Joan Vaupen

Joan Vaupen

“Bouncing Ball”
Fired industrial titanium, acetate and ink
5.7" x 15"