RON RIZK’S SECOND SOLO EXHIBITION OPENS SAT.

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Lora Schlesinger is pleased to announce Ron Rizk’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. New Paintings features thirteen masterfully rendered oil paintings by the artist. The exhibition opens with the artist’s reception on Saturday, March 2 from 5-7 pm and is on view through April 13, 2013.

Rizk’s new paintings continue a long-time consideration of man-made small objects, their uses, and their intimate history both actual and fictional or invented. Strange tools that have become obsolete in a mechanized age, worn and forgotten toys and fragments of torn photographs and paper are all reborn on his panel. Rizk reminds the viewer of the history of each object with great attention paid to their surfaces. Juxtaposing his perfectionism with imperfect objects. Each painting reveals a glimpse into the imaginary world Rizk has created for each object and its environment.

Rizk was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He received a diploma from
the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art, his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and his MFA form the University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana. He is a Professor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing
at the University of Southern California Roski School of Fine Arts.He
has exhibited nationally since the late 1960′s in galleries across the United States and with museums including the Denver Art Museum, CO; Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA; Grand Rapids Museum of Art, MI; Laguna Beach Museum of Art, CA; Long Beach Art Museum, CA; Oakland Museum, CA.

The East Gallery presents Patsy Krebs’ Parable of the Oxherder, featuring new aquatint etchings by the artist. Parable of the Oxherder is based on the Zen parable the Ten Oxherding Songs. Traditionally the koan-like narrative describes in poem and/or image the drama of the Oxherder and
Ox as they lose and find one another, exchange ascendency, achieve equilibrium and finally transcend the world of phenomena altogether. Envisioned here in abstract form, the Songs are understood as various conditions of being, or interior situations, along the Way; the Dao.
The painting “Untitled (Pale gold/maroon)” is a continuation of a body
of work Krebs began in 2008. The image is made up of very thin washes
of acrylic, feathering out from a central rectangle, with undertones
and overtones creating a subtle complex interior pattern echoing the
notion of a painting as a window into an unknown place.

Krebs’ work is featured in the collections of the Achenbach Foundation
at the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, CA; Denver Art Museum, CO; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; Norton Museum, West Palm Beach, FL;
San Jose Museum of Art, CA; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA. She has been featured in publications and new-papers such as Art in America, ARTnews, San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times. Krebs has received numerous awards including the Pollack-Krasner Foundation Artist’s Grant and The National Endowment for the Arts Grant. She currently teaches at Dominican University of California.

The shows open with the artist’s reception on Saturday, March 2 from 5 – 7 pm. The gallery is located in the Bergamot Station Art Center, 2525 Michigan Avenue, T3, Santa Monica. For additional information please call (310) 828-1133, view our website at www.loraschlesinger.com, or e-mail: gallery@loraschlesinger.com.
Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 -5:30 pm

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