1. BRADFORD J SALAMON : NATASHA’S TRANSITION

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    Film by Eric Minh Swenson. Music by James Lucchesi. For more info on Eric Minh Swenson or project inquiries visit his website: www.thuvanarts.com. You can also visit the art film series page at www.thuvanarts.com/take1

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    • DAVID LOVEJOY : THINGMAKER

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      Film by Eric Minh Swenson. Music by James Lucchesi. DAVID LOVEJOY: I have worked as a maker and designer since the early 1980’s. My successful career in graphic design supported a long and leisurely arts education at several schools and studios, focusing on ceramics and design. I am known primarily for my assemblage and installation work, in which I repurpose existing artifacts and fragments, arranging them to form new compositions. The objects I make are tied to the thread of surrealism. While I use a variety of materials in my artmaking, my methodology is consistent. In my assemblage, I tend to work from the outside in, spontaneously gathering and placing objects to develop a story. I think of my installations as a snapshot of an alternate time or an alternate history. For more info on Eric Minh Swenson or project inquiries visit his website: www.thuvanarts.com. You can also visit the art film series page at www.thuvanarts.com/take1.

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      • JAN TAYLOR : CRUEL PAINTINGS

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        A Film by Eric Minh Swenson. Music by James Lucchesi. JAN TAYLOR: After attending undergraduate and graduate school at UCI, I moved to the downtown Los Angeles area, notably little Tokyo in 1980. I ended up on the far eastside in a building called the Citizens Warehouse, an old pickle factory on the banks of the LA River inhabited by a host of Artists, both young and old. For the next decade, I painted diligently, progressively moving towards abstraction and reductive work. I managed to get shown in several galleries and lived as an artist is expected to. The sum of those ten years’ work did not measure up to my expectations. I believed that the work must communicate; but instead it merely referred to itself. It was as if I had nothing to say as my work was not art, but was foremost a reflection of my identity as an “Artist”. It was at that moment I realized that I had no concrete reason to continue painting and subsequently,I ceased doing so. Throughout the 1990’s I was but a disinterested voyeur of anything to do with painting. I believed I was finished and good riddance for that matter. I continued with “civilian” life. I was both blessed and cursed to rediscover Art without the burden of the mantle of “Artist”. This came about from two seminal experiences. First, listening to Johnny Cash’s version of the mercy seat, a song written by Nick Cave, that occurred in 2003. Second, a near-death experience in 2011. As to the latter, I experienced a transformative event, which I cannot and will not attempt to describe. My work now exists for that very purpose. For more info on Eric Minh Swenson or project inquiries visit his website: www.thuvanarts.com ART FILM SERIES: www.thuvanarts.com/take1

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        • HEIDI KHATAMI : LIFE TEXT MESSAGING

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          A Film by Eric Minh Swenson. Music by James Lucchesi. Heidi Khatami: The genesis of my art is research. I begin with a series of powerful quotes that impact and influence me and then select a symbol or a blend of symbols representative of each citation. The symbols are then redesigned using the selected quotations to draw and define the icons, adding layers of meaning to build a powerful statement from carefully chosen raw materials. The use of symbols and symbolic imagery provide more information than mere words and elicit deeper, more influential meaning. For example, the piece Ischtar, 2004 uses the quote “Don’t ever forget Matriarchalism” to recreate the line of an eight-pointed star symbol -- the ideogram for Ischtar, queen of the heavens -- to bring back the lost era when women ruled the heavens and earth. At first glance the universal symbols, constructed entirely of compelling citations, strike the viewer as still and quiet. However, as the viewer’s eye is drawn in closer and begins to follow the flow of the words through the structure of the icon, the dynamics and movement of the piece rise to the surface and further engage the viewer. This movement and vitality reinforces the consciousness that defines it; and, working as one, these diverse elements come together and function almost as a living being to create a life force not possible by the parts alone. For more info on Eric Minh Swenson or project inquiries visit his website: www.thuvanarts.com ART FILM SERIES: www.thuvanarts.com/take1

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          • KARRIE ROSS : GRADATIONS

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            Film by Eric Minh Swenson. Music by James Lucchesi. Karrie Ross, a native of Los Angeles, California paints and draws tones, gradations of life...the internal musings. The artwork featured in this film represents the current edition of her on gong journey of finding and joining the mediums of pen & ink, and watercolor. A journey that began in the 1970s and shows up as a new, advanced, edition every 10 years since. Exploring hands/feet; dancers; exploding volcano's and now the asking of questions, in the seeing of out and through. Through glasses and hands, birds and fish; gradations of energy out from questions ever exposed in the subject matter of finding a "safe home," a balance, in each piece. The film narrative follows Ross' history of inspiration, beginning at 4 years old with a story of surreal fascination, moving along to 19 years old story that introduces her to the concept that everything has a vibration and ending with the remembering of her fathers hands. She shares her palette, technique, thoughts on painting in small spaces, and her never-ending joy of process. Be sure to visit her website at http://www.karrierossfineart.com for more about her life and artwork. For more info on Eric Minh Swenson visit his website at thuvanarts.com. His art films can be seen at thuvanarts.com/take1

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            • COSIMO CAVALLARO – VOLUMINOSITY

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              Film by Eric Minh Swenson. Music by James Lucchesi Nye + Brown is pleased to present Voluminosity, a two person exhibition with sculpture by Cosimo Cavallaro opening Tuesday, April 9th, 2013. Cosimo Cavallaro’s brilliantly hued sculptures take the recognizable shape of beans, seamlessly merging color and form with sensuous ferocity. Working alongside master fabricator Jack Brogan, Cavallaro has over the course of a year tested a wide range of materials and methods to refine the impeccable surface and intense colors. While the artist certainly pays homage to work from 1960’s Los Angeles (a la school of Finish Fetish—much of which “Cowboy Jack” Brogan had a hand in making), Cavallaro’s Jelly Beans resonate with an unbridled sense of humor and joie de vivre entirely his own. Cosimo Cavallaro was born in Montreal in 1961. The son of Italian Immigrants, Cavallaro was raised both in Canada and Italy and attended art schools in each country respectively, as well as the United States. During the 80s and 90s, Cavallaro worked as a television commercial film director winning numerous prestigious awards. Since 1995, he has created a unique body of work from perishables that have been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad, such as Chocolate Jesus and Twiggy in Cheese. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. For more info on Eric Minh Swenson or project inquiries visit his website : www.thuvanarts.com ART FILM SERIES: www.thuvanarts.com/take1 MUSIC VIDEOS: www.thuvanarts.com/musicvideos

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              • SIMONE GAD : CATS, THE HOLOCAUST, AND CHINATOWN

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                Film by Eric Minh Swenson. Music by James Lucchesi and Victor Moller Simone Gad’s fu-dog paintings are part of her Chinatown facades and pagodas series, and are recent works focusing on the FuDog as mythical dragon cat/dog which protects and brings good luck to the old Chinese and Japanese buildings of Los Angeles. They are also part of her rescue pets and wildlife series. Gad’s been exhibiting in museums and galleries for over 44 years, including her 4th solo exhibition she just completed at L2kontemporary Gallery in Chinatown. Gad is also a Getty Sponsored Pacific Standard Time artist and is included in Lyn Kienholz's encyclopedia; L.A.Rising/So Cal Artists Before 1980. Gad is a 6 times grants recipient, and included in the Smithsonian Library Archives re LAICA Journals for 1976 and 1979, National Portrait Gallery Library Archives, and National Woman’s Museum of Art-all in Washington DC among numerous publications. Gad’s works are self-taught paintings and collages on paper and canvas. For more info on Eric Minh Swenson or project inquiries visit his website : www.thuvanarts.com ART FILM SERIES: www.thuvanarts.com/take1 MUSIC VIDEOS: www.thuvanarts.com/musicvideos

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                • MARK QUINN : PORTRAITS OF LANDSCAPES

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                  Film by Eric Minh Swenson. Music by James Lucchesi The Portraits of Landscapes series references Quinn’s momentous 2000 installation Garden as well as his ensuing Eternal Spring sculptures and flower paintings. Garden, originally installed at the Fondazione Prada, Milan, featured cryogenically frozen plants captured at the peak of their beauty and suspended in their lifecycle. Quinn has stated that he was inspired to create the piece when visiting a flower market, where all types of foliage from around the world can be purchased in a single place. Flowers that would never exist in the same climate or blossom at the same time of year now sit alongside one another; they are a symbol of how “human desire constantly reshapes nature’s limitations” and offer the perfect metaphor for Quinn’s exploration of the natural versus the artificial. For the print series Portraits of Landscapes, Quinn has re-appropriated imagery from his flower paintings and presented the visuals in a new format. By switching media from painting (large horizontal “landscapes”) to a blown-up portion of a painting (small vertical “portraits”), he plays even further with the ideas of preservation and manipulation. In the work’s new incarnation, Quinn examines in greater detail the exotic, tactile shapes of tropical plants and gleaming, fleshy surfaces of ripe fruit. Swaths of bright, saturated colors—symbols of youth—and the erotic interplay of forms take center stage, pulling the viewer up-close into a rich and lusty garden of paradise. In many of the pieces, delicate drops of snow can be seen lightly sprinkled over the fruit and flowers. This detail is a nod to the cryogenically frozen Garden installation. The work remarks on the transience of life and speaks to Quinn’s fascination with the inherent human desire to halt time. Contemporary culture’s obsession with preserving youth and beauty, often through unnatural means, contains a certain perverseness that is of interest to the artist. Quinn’s flowers are immortalized at the moment of full bloom, and are seemingly full of warmth and exotic sensuality. Yet the vibrant colors and voluptuous forms are deceptive; they mask the fact that the flowers are frozen and no longer living—are dead, but can’t decay. Marc Quinn is part of the Young British Artists (YBAs) movement. The group, which includes fellow artists Damien Hirst and Tracy Emin, gained notoriety in the 1990s for creating work with tremendous shock value. Quinn’s work Self was shown as part of “Sensation,” a 1997 exhibition curated by the influential collector Charles Saatchi. Self, an ongoing self-portrait of the artist made from his own frozen blood, elicited worldwide attention. Quinn has continued to explore themes about aging, the passage of time and ideals of beauty throughout his career. For more info on Eric Minh Swenson or project inquiries visit his website : www.thuvanarts.com ART FILM SERIES: www.thuvanarts.com/take1 MUSIC VIDEOS: www.thuvanarts.com/musicvideos

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                  • JAMES LUCCHESI : INCARCERATED

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                    Music video by Eric Minh Swenson. Shot at Terrell Moore Gallery, Downtown, Los Angeles For more info on Eric Minh Swenson or project inquiries visit his website : www.thuvanarts.com ART FILM SERIES: www.thuvanarts.com/take1 MUSIC VIDEOS: www.thuvanarts.com/musicvideos

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                    • EMS SKINSCAPE 4 : STARRING SHAE SNOW

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                      Film by EMS. @ thuvanarts.com. Music by James Lucchesi

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