Patrick Grugan, untitled, oil and photo transfer on board, 2012
image courtesy of the artist
What We See
Paul Carmichael, Patrick Grugan, Dennis Keeley, Jon Nakamura, Frank Rodriguez
Organized by Sabrina Orozco, Getty Multicultural Intern
The Community Room will feature work by Angels Gate Cultural Center studio artists. In an effort to understand what we see, the works selected are representations of experiences in perception and perspective and how ultimately What We See is a reflection of our own experiences. In line with Angels Gate Cultural Center's exhibition year theme, Gettin' off the Ground: Contemporary Stories from an American Community, we would like visitors to reflect upon their own experiences and perspectives as they hear and see the stories of their fellow community members throughout the galleries.
Paul Carmichael is an artist whose works are mixed media arts. He graduated from California State University, Dominguez Hills in 1976 with a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts and a Minor in Art History. In 1979, Mr. Carmichael was a founding member of L.A. Artcore and was on the Board of Directors alongside Lydia Takeshita. Mr. Carmichael has also held a studio at Angels Gate Cultural Center and served on the Board of Directors for a number of years. Having recently returned to Angels Gate Cultural Center, he continues his fine art practice. Mr. Carmichael has exhibited extensively both in one man and group shows from 1979 to the present day.
From 1976 to 2006, Mr. Carmichael was a teacher with the Adult School Division of the Los Angeles Unified School District, having since retired from teaching, Mr. Carmichael continues to teach private art classes and senior exercise to this day.
Patrick Grugan is a mixed media visual artist, whose work uses oil paints, digital photo imagery, glass and light. Educated in Philadelphia the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, he completed his MFA in 2009, and since then has participated in a number of group and solo shows.
His present work uses mixed media, specifically paint, photo images and glass. These media allow him to explore socially engaged content at times, while also pursuing his formal interests in color, texture and pattern. His present Research andDevelopment series uses digital photo imagery of extremely micro content (computer circuitry, neurons, etc) and extremely macro imagery (satellite images) as elements within paintings. Since Fall 2011, he has been living in the Los Angeles area.
Dennis Keeley has integrated the careers of artist, photographer, teacher and writer for more than 25 years. He has made photographs for hundreds of CD covers from Jazz to hip hop and now producesfine art projects for museums and galleries. His work has been exhibited innumerous one person and group shows and he is published internationally in studies concerning urban circumstances and condition. His work has been featured in "Everyday Urbanism," "You are Here," and the recent "Looking at Los Angeles." His book from the Getty Research Institute, "Looking for a City in America: Down These Mean Streets a Man Must Go," won numerous awards.
In addition to being the current Chair of Photography and Imaging program at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, he is also theWestern Regional Co-Chair of the Society for Photographic Education and sits on the boards of the Santa Fe Center for Photography and Angels Gate Cultural Center. In 2005 Mr. Keeley spoke at the United Nations NGO Conference concerning photography as a tool in peace building and non-violent conflictresolution.
Born in Los Angeles CA, Jon Nakamura was raised in an immigrant Japanese American family of six. His mother who ran a Buddhist ministry in Los Angeles, had an enormous influence on his life. After graduating from Fairfax High School, Nakamura worked as a line cook at a popular Italian restaurant. He later attended Otis Parsons where he earned a BFA in Photography in 1993. He then worked as a color separator for a high end silk screen studio for two years. After being awarded an artist's grant from Philip-Morris, Nakamura earned an MFA in Studio Arts from CalArts in 1997. After graduating he traveled around the Western United States on bicycle.
Frank Rodriguez, a long time resident of San Pedro, is a photographer who has been engaged in his current practice for the past eleven years. Rodriguez has had an interest in photography all his life, having majored in art and architecture at Harbor College, he took photography classes as electives. After college, Rodriguez worked in building design for twenty years, before becoming a longshoreman at the Port of Los Angeles. With a belief that one's aesthetics adapt to the environment they inhabit, Rodriguez explores the beauty that he finds while working in the port. Through his photography, Rodriguez hopes that audiences will be able to appreciate the beauty that is found within the San Pedro harbor.