Jaimee Itagaki, Sheila Rollins, Nancy Uyemura
July 25th – Sept 11st, 2013 – Artists Reception Thurs July 25th 7-10pm
3 is an exhibition of selected works in mixed media photography, mixed media and painting by three Los Angeles women artists whose work has been seen around the world and has influenced generations of younger artists.
Nancy Uyemura’s work deals with memory, the physical artifacts of nostalgia and longing and suggests a fascination with the often whimsical associations conjured by cabinets of curiosity. There are faint echoes of Georgia O’Keefe in the work of Sheila Rollins and Jaimee Itagaki whose graceful, abstract and subtle use of warm color and soft forms reveal complimentary sensibilities.
The show is one in a series featuring artists who emerged from the urban LA arts scene over the past 30 years presented by District Gallery, a project of the Arts District 501(c)(3) arts non-profit, Los Angeles Downtown Arts District Space.
JAIMEE ITAGAKI is a Los Angeles-based photographer shooting fashion, music, advertising and fine art photography. She has worked in Milan, Italy, New York, Seattle, San Francisco, and numerous other cities across the United States.
Having grown up “inner city,” the Los Angeles native’s images express the urban/ethnic spirituality–lost and found–from the daily stresses of modern urban life. Ongoing feelings of alienation and an awareness of a deeper meaning of existence are juxtaposed with the external, and ultimately, hope. Her subjects are portrayed with a romantic reverence for the importance and belief in the human spirit.
She has been shown in numerous community and fine art galleries in Los Angeles: Galeria Otra Vez, Doizaki Gallery, Pacific Design Center, Gallery lV, LA Artcore, Otis Gallery, Photography Center of LA, George Gray Gallery, and Barnsdall Gallery.
SHEILA ROLLINS explains, “painting for me is a wonderful, maddening, ultimately joyous experience. The view into the unknown, as well as various interfaces between order and chaos, are some of the things that drive my work. Pure color is a recurrent ingredient of my painting, and I’m strongly influenced by the mysteries of the natural world.”
NANCY UYEMURA has lived and worked in the arts district for more than three decades. Working in several different mediums, her work is about life and transcendence, energy and healing. She shows both locally and in Asia with numerous public art commissions.
Nancy Uyemura, “Memories”
LADADSpace is creating an Arts District Center for the Arts that will feature a 99-seat theatre, screening room and 3,000 sq. ft. exhibition space to be located at One Santa Fe in the Arts District across from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) on the east side of Santa Fe between 1st and Fourth Streets. It will be a key element in an arts complex that will include 88 units of low-income artists’ housing, an outdoor performance space in an art park to be built adjacent to the new 6th St. Bridge and an exhibition space for architecture at SCI-Arc. It is the mission of LADADSpace to preserve the Arts District as a true creative community by creating opportunities for artists working in a variety of genres to connect with audiences and to present the work of emerging artists from around the world. The Arts District Center for the Arts will focus on contemporary, post-modern work that challenges prevailing cultural norms and encourages collaboration among artists working in different genres. For more, see ladadspace.com.