Eros Reconsidered
Painted and Embroidered Paños & Erotic Sketchbooks


Detail from sketchbook

Gustavo Leclerc • Barbara Jones


*For mature audiences only; Strong sexual content

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The Avenue 50 Studio is proud to present Eros Reconsidered, an exhibition of works by contemporary artists Gustavo Leclerc and Barbara Jones. The exhibit opens with an artists' reception on Saturday evening, April 9, 2010 from 7 to 10 p.m. and closes on Sunday, May 8, 2010.

The tradition of paño art has had a long legacy with Chicano inmates. Using only ballpoint pen drawings they communicate with the outside world with themes revolving around life in prison, life on the streets, love letters, or simple iconographic images relevant to Chicano culture. Leclerc and Jones took that tradition as a point of departure for their paño series, combining vibrantly colored ballpoint pen drawings with intricate embroidery and beading. Their collaborative process consists of back and forth improvisation, adding layers of embroidery, beading, and drawing to each paño. The process is very "jazzy". The themes of their paño vary -- from surreal portraits of familiar people, abstract horses, and exotic luchadores, to images of the Virgen of Guadalupe, and erotic visions. Gustavo Leclerc. Gustavo Leclerc is an architect, designer/artist and founding member of ADOBE LA (Artists and Designers Opening the Border Edge of Los Angeles). Leclerc, as a member of ADOBE LA, has been included in several exhibitions and publications, most notably "Urban Revisions" at MOCA Los Angeles and "House Rules" at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio. In addition he is advisor for the Council of Latin American Students of Architecture (CLEA) at Woodbury University. He has lectured throughout the

U.S. on issues of architecture, design, art and cultural criticism. Leclerc's sketchbooks became a safe place to explore ideas about his immigrant experience – a refuge from the cultural microscope he experienced living in the affluent Bel Air community in the hills of Westside of LA.

Barbara Jones is a visual artist who received her BA at UC Berkeley and is currently working on her Master's degree at UCLA. She has been involved with organizations such as the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) and ADOBE LA of which she is a current member. As a visual artist, her work revolves around various themes related to both personal experience and the external environment. In collaboration with Leclerc, she developed this series of paños.
>Please join us on Saturday, April 9, 2010 for the opening night reception of Eros Reconsidered.

When: Saturday, April 9, 2010 from 7-10 pm

Where: Avenue 50 Studio, 131 North Avenue 50, Los Angeles, CA 90042

April 9 through May 8, 2011

Avenue 50 Studio is proud to be a member of the Northeast LA Gallery Night for our gallery night map

Coffee generously provided by Café de Leche Highland Park