C.S. Ashworth aka Creekbird was one of the first artists on board for the exhibition. He is a multi-talented performer from the Los Angeles circuit widely known for his ditties on the ukulele and children's entertainment act Safari So Goody that notably includes a drummer in a chimp suit. Rumors of circular artwork cut on a bandsaw and abstract music coming from different sources in the art space leave us suspensefully wondering what he will come up with next. Oliva Beall is an impressive abstract artist. Her knowledge of paint, how it interacts, blends and adheres to a surface is unrivaled. Her experience as a professional painter and experince working for dozens of blue chip artists like Mike Kelley and Ivan Morely gives her wisdom in the medium. She knows contemporary art and artists better than most. Her paintings will take you by surprise as your gaze deep into her creations. Jasmine Bazzi will be contributing work in a variety of mediums. Her striking abstract photographs are eye-benders that disorient the viewer from their normal perceptions. With close-ups, distortions and blurs she transforms the mundane into provoking original visions. She has a strong sense of what could be categorized as 'kitsch' where her found objects meld into a sort of classic aesthetic that refreshes the agonizing laments of a white-washed-gentrified-uninspired world. Susan Cumbow's abstract artwork comes from a different direction. With over fifteen years experience in graphic design, she has a shrewd sense of correctness when compiling an image. This, combined with her career shift as a specialist in education, fuses her overall capacity as a therapeutic visionary. Organic shapes and soft colors dominate the work in an expression that brings a sense of peace to the viewer. At this time, Angie Gray is in Spain, probably painting away. Her abstract expressionist artworks could be described as storms in paint. They are elegant, while also portraying an emotional quality that is visceral and stirring. This is quite different from her other creative outlet as a documentary videographer of the underground music scene, but retains a sense of action. Hailing from Peru, Nelson Munares is exhibiting for the first time in Los Angeles. His work has a consciousness that reflects on the crisis of L.A.'s homeless population. His current series combines photographs of sleeping homeless people converted to decorative patterns with iconic moviestars. He takes special care to make each print unique, changing the digital art images slightly each time he make a print. Amanda O'Connor draws and paints in a style that blends pop with modernism. She dares your eye to move across the surface of the picture-plane with lines that push and pull, creating momentary glimpses of optic effects. Her near 20 years of experience teaching art and photography at a K-12 level gives her an objective perspective on her own creativity. Phillip Haut's abstract watercolors spark a musical jazzy quality that reflect his experience as a musician and sound engineer. Vibrant colors on white ground simulate movement, like musical notes come to life. Bridgette Reed creates with a youthful energy conjured up in her mind's eye. Paintings and handicrafts are her forte. She engages the viewer to reflect on the work with appreciation. Victor Acevedo is an active artist who has kept on the forefront of digital art from its crude beginnings. His work is often collaborative, incorporating the people he knows and the music he loves. Nico Zurita is more than just the embodiment of urban chic, but it is a good place to start. Her abstract paintings and silkscreens are smart and clean. Her creativity extends into fashion which influences her aesthetic decisions. She astutely rivals any "experts" attempt to make artwork in the same vein.
The artwork on view at The "O" Mind Gallery on September 9th is remarkably fresh. We are proud to be a part of it and hope it reaches out to people in a powerful way. Please make a point to see it, and regard the artists sharing their work with us. It is a momentous compillation.