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Support System curated by Jeff Rau for Sixpack Projects at Phantom Galleries Long Beach


Sixpack Projects at 170 N Promenade


On the occasion of the Women's Conference visit to Long Beach, curator Jeff Rau and Sixpack Projects present Support System, an exhibition of local, national, and international, contemporary women artists.


Support System presents the work of women artists responding to concepts of feminine empowerment through mutual encouragement and community building. The exhibition title is borrowed from a work by Lynn Aldrich constructed from a collection of bras, anonymously donated by women in the art world - curators, dealers, writers, artists, teachers and students. Playing on the actual function of the undergarments, the quilt focuses attention on this community of women in the arts serving as a support system of another kind.


In a day of multiple and occasionally conflicting feminisms, women artists continue to re-interpret their positions in the world. Through diverse materials and methods, the eight artists included here employ humor, beauty, metaphor and mystery in an exchange of tangents and trajectories. From this dialogue a larger concept emerges, one of nurture and development, where individuals and ideas thrive and affect change when they are confident of the support of a shared community.


Artists in the exhibition:

Lynn Aldrich

Natalie Anderson

Monica Bock

Jenine Haard

Anna Von Mertens

Cielo Pessione

Susan Porteous

J.R. Uretsky


Sixpack Projects at Phantom Galleries Long Beach is located at 170 N Promenade in downtown Long Beach at the corner of Broadway and Promenade. The exhibition will be on view, October 16 through December 4, 2010. Gallery admission is free. Gallery is open Thursday through Saturday evenings and by special appointment; regular hours are THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY 4 - 7pm (there is 24/7 pedestrian viewing). To schedule a viewing contact Sixpack Projects at info@sixpackprojects.com, or for more information visit www.SixpackProjects.com and www.PhantomGalleriesLA.com. Also on Facebook.


Sixpack Projects is a collective of six artist/curators committed to organizing innovative contemporary art exhibitions and events throughout Southern California. This project is made possible through a partnership with Phantom Galleries Long Beach and The Long Beach Redevelopment Agency. The Long Beach Redevelopment Agency is proud to partner with Phantom Galleries LA/Long Beach in the revival of empty storefronts along our major corridors, while also showcasing the arts and helping to build a sense of community and culture in Downtown Long Beach.



November 13, 2nd Sat Art Walk, Downtown Long Beach Art Walk

(All of our galleries will be open)


Saturday November 13th 2010 6 -10pm


Receptions: Promenade openings: Dark Matter, Backspace, The DownCrowd Gallery and Sixpack Projects

E 3rd at Elmopenings: AMC Gallery, LarkGallery Online, Amy Fox, Gallery at 122 E 3rd St


Artist Receptions for November 20: The Projects Gallery and more TBA.




Dark Matter Gallery



Photography of Neil A France


Phantom Galleries LA/Long Beach is pleased to present Recalculate, Photographs of the Urban, Suburban and Exurban landscape at Dark Matter Gallery 218 N Promenade in downtown Long Beach.

I have been photographing the Urban, Suburban and Exurban landscape for the past twenty years. I was born in South America Guyana and as a boy I would sit on our front porch and watch the rain sweep in north. I was fascinated by light and how it moved across the fields. Of course as a seven year old buy I wasn’t sitting around thinking “ my the quality of light today is amazing”. That fascination with light and it’s movement did push me to start using the family camera to photograph everything around me.

I started my work of landscape because of my constant and unrelenting amazement with the space we live in and how everything moves and works or doesn’t work. It’s all thought provoking the way a city is planed the way we choose to make a statement about our selves in the way a house is decorated. The way the economics of a community influences what is place in that community.


For further information please contact Neil France at 310 892 0756 or neilafrance@hotmail.com


Backspace gallery




November 13- December 3, 2010


Phantom Galleries Los Angeles and Backspace Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of mět'l-ûr'jē, a group exhibition curated by Michael Walsh of new work by artists Debbie Carlson, Yassaman Farmani, Mike Feeney, Angeling Krajewski, Elise Preiss, Michael Steinmetz, Lydia Tijoe and Diane Weimer.


Continuing Backspace Gallery’s interest in exploring artists’ materials, techniques, and how they use their specific medium to translate ideas visually, mět'l-ûr'jē focuses the discussion around one medium, and intends to showcase various manifestations of artwork created either entirely of metal or with metal as the primary media.


From stand alone objects to objects intended to interact with or be worn on the body; from functional works to those whose “function” is elusive and/or humorous; from meticulously crafted precious metal works to large-scale installation mět'l-ûr'jē will showcase creative and innovative forays into the world of metal artwork.


The exhibition will open on November 13th, with an opening reception from 6-9 p.m., and will be on view through December 3, 2010. Backspace Gallery is located at 218 North Promenade Long Beach, Ca 90802. For more information, please email backspacegallery218@gmail.com




Youth, luxe

A collaborative exhibition featuring new mixed media work of Long Beach artists, curated by Stephanie Libanati.


DownCrowd Gallery


216 The Promenade N, Downtown Long Beach, CA


Youth, luxe


Today, young adults cannot seem to “settle down.” The gab between adolescence and adulthood is as wide as the range of youth that activate it. In 1970, Yale psychologist Kenneth Keniston coined the new life stage “youth.” This youth is taking longer to answer questions that define the transitional phase more than any preceding generation. They proactively seek answers to questions of relationships, comprehension of partaking in society, questions of vocation, lifestyle, and dedicated social role. Without struggle for comfort, no motivation triggers detachment, achievement, or pursuit of individual wealth.

Adolescence extends far beyond the 20-year mark. The delay of this maturity conversion creates an extended comfort zone of experimentation. Many factors play on the changing conceptions about effort, perception and necessity.

With everything at your fingertips, how far is it necessary to reach to get what you want in life?

Today the cohort of emerging adults is transient and undefined. This exhibition interchanges the subject matter of nostalgic youth, the ease of infancy, and the consideration in changing perspectives of societal expectations, and realities.


Live beats

free BIKE VALET provided by LONGBEACHIZE.com




East 3rd Street



344 E. 3RD ST




ART, MUSIC & CULTURE www.efrenluna.webs.com

Present: Nature Vs Manmande


A solo exhibition of Rebecca Homapour selected artworks



If you didn’t get a chance to see Rebecca Homapour’s BFA solo show at CSULB this is your chance. Read her artists statement and get a feel for what you’re in for! If you have any slight interest in sculpture or in art in general, you should definitely check out her work. She not only touches on the long dilemma of what is art, but she also searches for it in the physical and negative aspects of her sculptures. Her recent solo show at CSULB back in October 24th was amazing. Her art made of wood is really thoughtful and beautifully sculpted. Her art explores the nature in the wood and how the human manipulation interact…read from her own words below…


Nature Vs Manmade


What is art? That has been an all consuming question ever since Marcel Duchamp displayed his infamous “Fountain” in 1913 at the Armory show in Chicago. The question continues to be of interests, to artists, critics, museum curators, and anyone interested in the art world. To those who are not in this “Art World” this can be an even more perplexing question.


Art can be about the missing lines in a poem, not the written words. In can be about a feeling one gets when looking at something, and not necessarily about what they are looking at. It can be about an emotion that overwhelms us, a memory from the past, or a hope for the future. Art is the aesthetic impact something or someone has on us not about the physicality of them. Art is the energy that is hidden in the atmosphere.


For me Art is the space between the natural and “manmade”. As I looked for wood I was inspired by the form, texture, and possibilities of beauty hidden inside it. The inspiration for my work comes from the wood itself. As I worked with the wood, I found, my goal was to maintain the integrity of the natural form as I scraped, pounded, drilled, turned, sanded, broke, and skinned it. My goal was to reveal, in a formal way, what was always there.


I used wood because it was alive once and it has history hidden within it. I have worked with paper, charcoal, and yarn; all of which have come from wood, trees, and plants; however, none of them gave me the opportunity to create what I truly wanted.


My work has to do with the nature of the material, not what function it can have. I work with the natural design of the wood, emphasizing on the grain or the shape the tree that grew in. By manipulating its scale I change the viewer’s paradigm, to stare so close at a tree that on would typically glance from afar; and put the grain design blown up in their faces that they normally would need to zero in on.


I scrape the surface to reveal the color and design of its nature, and I pound holes in it to display the toils men have brought up its life. I chisel its core to illustrate the hardship it’s gone through. I take off its bark revealing its naked beauty and cut down on it to observe its anatomy. By stitching it back together I try to make it whole again. I glue it up, sprinkling dust on top of it struggle to recreate where it once was.


However, then emptiness comes in once more using its strength against itself ripping it apart, leaving me with a broken existence. All I’m left with is space, a negative void. So, I break its fence into pieces mounting them on a wall putting its beauty on display so no one can move past it without noticing its uniqueness. As a final step in the process of where nature ends and man-made begins, that is the space I work in. A void hat is there but invisible to the naked eye. The question is can you unveil your sight and see the bare truth that exists within and around each individual piece?


Rebecca Homapour


AMC GALLERY www.efrenluna.webs.com


LarkGallery Online


When : November 14, 6- 9 pm Where: 350 E. 3rd Street Long Beach,

LarkGallery Online presents i "Colors of Life" Exhibition Winners:


First Place: Art Venti

Second Place shared by: Michael Chearney and Kaleeka Bond

Third Place: Marilyn English


Honorable mention: Cynthia Rogers, Tatjana Raichineca, Juan Rosenfeldt, Marlene Struss, Vered Galor, Elisse Pogofsky-Harris, Teresa Lakier .


These artists were chosen by respected art jurors:

Peter Frank - Senior Curator at the Riverside Art Museum and editor of Fabrik Magazine - Main Juror

Edward Goldman - KCRW Art Talk’s resident art critic

Liz Gordon - The Loft at Liz’s Gallery Owner and Director

Dawne Camera - Founder of Dreaming Zebra Foundation

Airom Bleicher - Director, Bleicher/Golightly Gallery

Tony Clark – Art Curator, Board Member of American Association of Museum Directors

Gabor Ujvari - Mimo Gallery and Auctions Owner and Director


Five percent of the funds raised in this exhibition were donated to Dreaming Zebra Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that provides young, low-income artists with tools and resources to explore and develop their creativity.


The First place winner Art Venti impressed the jurors "with his virtuosity, along with the apparent physical breadth of his work and the complexity of his imagery, which goes back and forth between abstraction and the evocation of the landscape. The drama of his images and its texture, its very sensitive tonality, are all the more remarkable for having been hand-rendered" on the big scale- 8 feet long Somerset velvet water-paper.




The work of Amy Fox






Gallery 122 E 3rd Street



Open Galleries on November 13


346 E 3rd Street:

Long Beach City College Student Art Show.

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