As a native-born Angeleno, he’s always had a love for the beauty of the city that surrounds him. Lefner’s work reflects a nostalgia for its aging, but unique storefronts, signage, and architecture from all Los Angeles areas: the Valley, glamorous Hollywood, or especially his current home in downtown LA. For the last 16 years, Lefner has lived and worked in his studio at The Brewery. This urban landscape, complete with its burnt-out, broken neon, faded and peeling movie posters and advertisements, the web of power-lines and telephone wires overhead, as well as the occasional graffiti piece, serve as the perfect inspiration for his detailed, very limited-edition, reduction linoleum block prints.
Sykes is drawn to the negative spaces of branches and leaves; the elegance and energy of natural forms. Working with enlarged and closely cropped images, the identity of the actual plant often gets abstracted to an unrecognizable point – Sykes is interested in the visual dialog between figuration and abstraction. The random patterning of incumbent shadows affords a palpable experience with inherent contrasts of an expressionistic push-pull, creating a lyrical flow in the shapes that spin a web across a neutral ground with a sensuous surface of juicy, liquid oil paint.
The images Morgan creates are the physical expression of his imagination and environment. Something as simple as a plane of color or texture can elicit an emotional response. The addition of an intersecting line, shape or symbol, furthers the dialog started by the optical image. In this way the visual exchange between the artist and viewer is expanded.
Engaging with a material that is by nature cold, rigid and inflexible challenges Hill’s creativity and expands his understanding of the world. Through a process of cutting, forming, and welding, steel as a metaphor vividly expresses the human condition; we are challenged to be both flexible and durable, beautiful and formidable. The amazing possibilities and stubborn resistance of metal illustrate the paradoxical nature of steel and make it the most expressive material for Hill as an artist.
The paintings Elias makes are specific structures that serve as maps. He see each of us with our own private architecture creating our own worlds comprised of Light and Vibration. Elias paints visual samplings of these worlds. The connection from the viewer to the painting is funneled through Light and identifiable Forms.
Although we’ve only listed a few, there are so many other talented artists here at The Brewery that we love. Come on out for Brewery ArtWalk next weekend to explore for yourself!