Drawing The Line

The Los de Abajo Printmaking Collective


Kay Brown • Judith Durán • Antonio Escalante • Emelda Gutierrez
Chie Izuma • Sojin Kim José Lozano • Poli Marichal •
Don Newton • Marianne Sadowski • Victor Rosas
Opening night reception:  Saturday, May 10, 2008 from 7-10 pm

The Avenue 50 Studio is proud to present the Los de Abajo Printmaking Collective in an exhibition of experimental prints. In Drawing the Line, the Collective merges the centuries-old medium of printmaking with non-traditional media.  Their groundbreaking techniques challenge traditional conceptions of printmaking.
Each of our artists is enamored of line.  At times playful, the lines Kay Brown and Imelda Gutierrez utilize takes the edge off misfortune, drawing us into a whimsical world.  While Judith Durán juxtaposes the celestial with the emotional, questioning our capacity to admire or feel, José Lozano discusses hidden demarcations, uncomfortable feelings, unease, and desconfiansa.  Chie Izuma finds the natural formation of line in our bodies to be of utmost interest.  Her imaginative combination of clay with paper identifies the organic lines surrounding us.  Antonio Escalante, Poli Marichal, Don Newton and Mariana Sadowsky look at line through political eyes, speaking, respectively, to the US/Mexican border; the environment; political line; and line as an absurd division in landscape.  Sojin Kim speaks metaphorically about drawing lines to distinguish us from others. Victor Rojas is concerned with how divisions in our mind create social divisions.
Drawing the Line is indicative of this group's determination to experiment and take printmaking towards a more provocative direction.  Please join us.

When:   Saturday, May 10, 2008 from 7-10 pm

Where:  Avenue 50 Studio, Inc.,
a 501(c)(3) non-profit art gallery,
131 No. Avenue 50, Highland Park, CA 90042

May 10 through June 8, 2008

Contact:            Kathy Gallegos, 323/258-1435