“In the Buff” Opening Reception: Feb. 16 | New work from Venice artist, Isabelle Alford-Lago.

VAC Event of the Week:

“In the Buff is a new collection of work from local artist Isabelle Alford-Lago “Gorillas” series, which has captured the attention of many art lovers who have attended the Venice Art Crawl over the last year.

Says Alford-Lago of her work, “The Gorillas are a satirical representation of classic portraiture, using an unlikely subject to portray real human emotion and individualized presence.“This series mimics both historical and contemporary portraiture. In my work, ‘The Bathers,’ I borrow from a historical theme in art of nudes bathingThe Gorilla acts as the sitter and becomes humanized through its deliberate self-awareness. I am not painting monsters or horses. The Gorillas can take on both human form and human emotion. Each work embodies a tone, whether it is moodiness or sexiness. These characteristics are unexpected and add humor to what is classically a dramatic setting. The Gorillas are also anonymous. They are purely imagined and therefore free to one’s own interpretation.

Sneak Peak of New IAL work…

Who is Isabelle?
Santa Cruz native Isabelle Alford-Lago has quickly gained a reputation as an emerging artistic force in Venice, with her famous Gorilla murals popping up all over the city streets. She received her BA in painting from University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where she currently lives and works. Alford-Lago developed an earlier body of work based on simplied forms of Trulli architecture from the Italian region of Apulia. Her more recent work, although still done in oils, changed direction from abstract to figurative – humanized gorilla portraits. Her Gorillas have evolved into a prolific body of paintings, which have been featured in numerous shows in Los Angeles.

WHEN: The cocktail reception begins at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012
1317 Innes Place (Between Pacific Ave. and Main St.)
RSVP: at tencinema.com
WHAT ELSE: This is a free event.

Along about a mile of the picturesque Oceanfront walk, dozens of galleries showcase cutting-edge art from our talented residents, including William Attaway, Rip Cronk, Jules Muck, Isabelle Alford-Lago, Chase, James Berkowitz and others. Word is spreading about the great pop-up galleries VAC has to offer, attracting artists such as Shepard Fairey, who presented a new mural at the Dogtown Collective’s 811 pop-up in July. From music pouring out of a converted gas station, to abandoned houses transformed into burning man-inspired parties every surface is a canvas at this eclectic arts celebration.
True to Venice character, this is not your average art show! This crawl is a product of the artists, not a commercial venture, so the local talent is not only involved, but roaming the streets enjoying the scene with all of you. Many artists take this time to create new murals or artwork live, and past crawls have been full of book signings, spoken word performances, live body art exhibits and plenty of DJ’d shows for visitors to enjoy.

The Venice Art Crawl is 100 percent volunteer produced and we wouldn’t be anything without you! So thanks and enjoy our shows!
As always, more information about Venice Art Crawl can be found at www.veniceartcrawl.com. Also, join our fan page Venice Art Crawl on Facebook, where you can get updates on events and find out about other happenings in the area!

If you have any questions about the event or upcoming shows, please contact Erinn Deshinsky at 310-626-2753 or David Zentz at 310-745-9854.

About the author

Justin LaBaw-Rivers, chief ninja at WELO, loves to write about any random happenings in the music, art, & design scene. An artist himself & a lover of life, it's not uncommon to find this kid singing karoake or dancing with friends at local watering holes until the doors shut.

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