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Forthcoming Exhibitions - Offramp Gallery

Claire Keith: Paintings, from September 14 - October 12, 2014. There will be an opening reception for the artist on Sunday, September 14 from 2-5pm. There will be a closing reception and artist's talk on Sunday, October 12 from 2-5pm. The artist's talk will begin at 3pm.

Claire Keith's small contemporary still lifes draw the viewer in, transporting us from our shallow, fast-cut digital world to a richer, more contemplative state. Keith paints in oils from careful observation and preparatory drawings, skills that for the most part were thrown out with the proverbial bathwater in the mid-twentieth century.

And yet there is nothing still about Keith's still lifes. Swirling glazes and decorative motifs on ceramics, glassware, mugs and cups are juxtaposed with patterned textiles, veined plywood and reflective surfaces -- creating movement, contrast, and a commanding presence for the objects depicted.

Keith states: My paintings "are about 'things,' the relationships between them and their relationship to their surroundings. In the course of painting them, these ordinary things acquire a presence more important, more informative, and more mysterious than one first supposed."

Keith pays homage to Pop art in a pair of paintings, Coke Cups and Puzzle. The former depicts a cluster of empty red and white Coca-Cola paper cups with straws starkly displayed against a white background, while the latter, a vase containing two tulip buds with arcing stems, stands in front of a cardboard box advertising an Andy Warhol "Flowers" jigsaw puzzle within.

Several other paintings make poignant discussion-starting commentary on the "spot" paintings of Damien Hirst. In one, Flat and Round, an orange rubber ball and pink golf ball are situated on a small shelf and background covered with multi-colored dotted fabric, their hyper-realism contrasting wryly with the flat dots. In another, Games, an eye-poppingly realistic soccer ball and its smaller cohort, a ping-pong ball, dominate the flat black and white polka-dotted backdrop as Keith both literally and metaphorically paints circles around Hirst.

Claire Keith graduated from Occidental College and earned a Masters Degree in Art at California State University at Long Beach. She taught drawing, painting and design at Long Beach and Chico State Universities and various community colleges. She also taught Basic Drawing for the landscape architecture students at UCLA Extension. Keith lives and works in the Los Angeles area.

Claire Keith: Paintings is Keith's first exhibition at Offramp Gallery.

Minoru Ohira: Sculpture from September 14 - October 12, 2015. There will be an opening reception for the artist on Sunday, September 14 from 2-5pm and a closing reception on Sunday, October 12 from 2-5pm.

Minoru Ohira’s hand-crafted sculpture and wall works are made from found and recycled materials such as burned or painted wood, dead branches, metal, stone and construction waste. Influenced by the natural beauty and thatched roofs of his native village of Kurokawa, Japan Ohira’s work blends traditional Japanese motifs with a contemporary sense of design.

Three of the five wall hung pieces from Ohira’s Landscape series use contrasting vertical bands of wood patterned by burning, cutting, and painting with sumi ink, patinaed copper sheets riveted with nail heads, and pieces of broken slate, to form richly textured landscapes; evoking rain, snow, rice fields and other natural phenomena. Another large piece, Santa Ana Wind, rolls off the wall in a smooth wave of bent, broken and chipped wood and brings to mind Hokusai’s iconic woodblock print, The Great Wave. Other pieces are created by carving light colored wood into smooth rounded shapes, covering them with resin and graphite, then carving leaf-like patterns into the shapes.

Ohira has exhibited extensively at galleries and museums in the US, Mexico and Japan and is in the collections of The Hara Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo), the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Long Beach Museum of Art (Long Beach, California), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Thailand (Bangkok) and the National Museum of Art in Mexico.

In 2013 Ohira was the recipient of the prestigious 26th Denchu Hirakushi Award for the art of wood carving. In 2009 he was awarded the 36th Teijiro Nakagawa Award, the first artist residing outside Japan to be honored with the award.

Minoru Ohira: Sculpture is Ohira's first exhibition at Offramp Gallery.

Olly Olly Oxen Free

September 14 - October 12, 2014
Opening Reception: Sunday, September 14, 2-5pm

Offramp Gallery is pleased to present Olly Olly Oxen Free, an outdoor group sculpture exhibition curated by Kristi Engle, from September 14 - October 12, 2014. There will be an opening reception on Sunday, September 14 from 2-5pm.

There is a certain genre of film that uses a first person POV, pulling back a palm frond to reveal a fantastical and/or wondrous scene or a close up of a map that then pans to the exact location where “X marks the spot.” Inspired but the work of Charles Simonds, Olly Olly Oxen Free strives to engender that euphoric feeling of discovery and the delight that accompanies the unearthing of hidden treasure.

Artists include: Margaret Adachi, Michael Arata, Marshall Astor, Annie Buckley, Sydney Croskery, Davis & Davis, Katie Herzog, Noel Korten, Rebecca Lowry, Mary J Mallman, Amy Maloof, Thinh Nguyen, Jeremy J. Quinn, Cindy Rehm, Michelle Rozic, Cathy Stone, David E. Stone, Carrie Ungerman.

Kristi Engle studied Italian Baroque painting before she became more preoccupied with contemporary art. She ran the Kristi Engle Gallery for seven years, in downtown Los Angeles and then Highland Park. Click here to see an archive of the gallery’s history. Kristi lives in Northeast Los Angeles with her husband and their dog. The artists that have influenced her the most are Caravaggio and Bruce Naumann.

The exhibition will run concurrently with Claire Keith: Paintings, Minoru Ohira: Sculpture and will be part of ArtNight Pasadena on Friday, October 10 from 6-10pm

Chuck Feesago
October 26 - November 23, 2014
Opening Reception: Sunday, November 23, 2-5pm

Echiko Ohira
October 26 - November 23, 2014
Opening Reception: Sunday, November 23, 2-5pm

Patssi Valdez
December 7, 2014 - January 4, 2015
Opening Reception: Sunday, December 7, 2-5pm

Lou Beach
December 7, 2014 - January 4, 2015
Opening Reception: Sunday, December 7, 2-5pm

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