Todd Hebert at Mark Moore Gallery

Mark Moore Gallery

January 4, 2007

Todd Hebert
Bubbles and Snowmen

January 6 – February 10, 2007

Mark Moore Gallery

2525 Michigan Ave., A-1

Santa Monica, CA 90404

Tel: 310-453-3031

Fax: 310-453-3831

Hours: Tues – Fri 10 – 5 pm,

Sat 11- 5pm

Mark Moore Gallery is pleased to announce five new paintings by acclaimed Los Angeles painter Todd Hebert.

In this series of work, Hebert uses his signature airbrush technique to juxtapose bubbles and snowmen in contrasting planes of perspective. He positions these precisely formed characters in unpopulated backyards that are “too strangely lit, too moody and impossible, to reflect the real world,” as Jessica Hough from the Aldrich Museum muses, “we naturally want to bring the image into sharp focus so that we can see all of what we think is there. But then we realize that the beauty and appeal of the paintings is in part due to this gossamer fog that cloaks the landscape.”

These pictures display images traditionally associated with whimsy and childhood play, allusions to the sublime pleasures of suburban life. However, Hebert purposely leaves them void of reference to nostalgia. He uses elements found in cinematic photography to bring viewers into the paintings and across their surfaces, creating succinct narratives of looking and seeing. While reading like elaborately staged film stills, these scenes remind one of Los Angeles legend John Baldessari’s conceptual based paintings that play with the nature of meaning and notions of art theory.

Hebert holds a BFA from the University of North Dakota and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Receiving the Emerging Artist Award from the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in 2005, his work is included in numerous public and private collections throughout the United States, including the Weisman Foundation, The Cartin Collection, The Nueberger Berman Collection and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Hebert lives and works in Los Angeles.

There will be a reception for the artist on Saturday, January 6th, from 5-7pm. For more information on this artist or the opening event, please contact the Mark Moore Gallery at 310-453-3031, [email protected], or http://www.markmooregallery.com.

Project Room

Martin Durazo
Empathy Design Company #1: Protomatic Philm Phestival, Phlea Market, and Showroom phor Home and Health

January 6 – February 10, 2007

The Mark Moore Gallery is proud to present the first solo exhibition of Martin Durazo’s new installation work at this gallery.

The exhibition will consist of a two-part installation taking place in the gallery’s interior project space and in front of the gallery between two travel trailer campers. The work is an exploration of coded manipulations in consumer culture and is presented in satire of systematic healing through consumption of material objects and entertainment. The interior space will contain various monitors and a single projection with new and older original video works as well as commercial pornographic material. Additionally the environment will have materials and objects that manipulate lighting sources and marry conventions of club atmosphere, day spa chic, and seedy peepshow claustrophobia. The external section of the exhibition is intended to frame boundaries for a flea market with vintage modernist furniture and other odd and random selections from area collections and prop houses. The trailers will also continue nuances contained in the interior gallery space.

Durazo graduated from the prestigious UCLA MFA program in 1998. Recent exhibitions have included solo shows at La Verne University Art Museum, Pomona College Museum of Art, Art Basel Miami Beach, The Armory Show, New York, ArtForum Berlin as well as shows at Suzanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, POST and Raid Projects.

There will be a reception for the artist on Saturday, January 6th, from 5 –7 pm. For more information on this artist or the opening event, please contact the Mark Moore Gallery at 310-453-3031, [email protected] or http://www.markmooregallery.com.