Whose/Who’s California? – Part 3

Golden State X10

Special Opening Night Performance By Double Naught Spy Car

  • Date & Time: Opening: September 24, 2005, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    Regular Gallery Hours: Tuesday thru Sunday, Noon to 5:00 PM
  • Location: Armory Center for the Arts Mezzanine Gallery 145 N. Raymond, Pasadena
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact: Richard Amromin at (626)398-9278 or email at info@newtownarts.org

Featured Artists

Sandow Birk
Cheri Gaulke
Michael Guccione
Clement Hanami
Dana Lovell
Gilbert Lujan (Magu)
Ben Sakoguchi
Suzanne Siegel
The Dark Bob
LaMonte Westmoreland

Whose/Who’s California: Golden State x 10 is the finale of NewTown’s series exploring California artists’ views of their home state.  Perhaps saying more about our state than we wish to know, Sandow Birk’s ironically idyllic paintings of California prisons and Ben Sakoguchi’s Manzanar series both commemorate, in their own way, the Golden State’s propensity for incarcerating its citizens.  Cheri Gaulke’s installation explores the status of women in our state, while Dana Lovell probes our seemingly endless penchant for residential transience.  New installations and sculptural works addressing “Californianess’, in its numerous guises, are being prepared by Gilbert Lujan (Magu), Michael Guccione, LaMonte Westmoreland, Suzanne Siegel and Clement Hanami, artists all too rarely seen in Southern California, while The Dark Bob returns to the gallery scene with his “viewer” sculptures and watercolors.

The opening night party includes a special appearance by the legendary Double Naught Spy Car. “DOUBLE NAUGHT SPY CAR sprang into existence in the 20th century to provide the soundtrack for the approaching meltdown of civilization. In sweat drenched shows harkening back to 50‚s jazz clubs, the stinging Stratocaster of Marcus Watkins, the Telecaster and spooky steel of Paul Lacques, the nihilist/classicist bass of Marc Doten, and the all knowing unyielding drums of Joe Berardi beguile, bewilder, bait, and beatify their audience–no pesky vocals or lyrics to water down the twang and throb.