96 Past Shows
April 29, 2017 - May 29, 2017
War Paint is a collection of portraits and figurative paintings that reinterprets historic Native American imagery through stylized freehand manipulation. LeBrun illustrates the unique aesthetic details of the handcrafted garments of various indigenous tribes through the heavy use of line, deliberate brush strokes, and a bold primary color palette. The subject matter is associated with life and death, as well as artifact studies and animated still life.
War Paint is a tribute to American Indians, Native American culture, and indigenous American ideology. LeBrun, who is part Iroquois, salutes their historic example and continued respect for the Earth and all things natural. Growing up in the United States, he had little education about the severe atrocities suffered by the original occupants of the land he calls home. Thus the pride that accompanies his citizenship is offset by a sense of shame in the knowledge that his country was stolen and claimed by foreigners. Even today, the heritage and rights of American Indians are exploited, as exampled by Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their peaceful protests of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
March 25, 2017 - April 24, 2017
Featuring different manifestations of his working style, Parallel Projections explores Huxley’s interests in humankind’s place in the cosmos, the effects of technology on society, and the pursuit of rendering them artistically. Continuing his motif of the space traveller, several paintings feature isolated figures, void of context, afloat in a "neon afterlife" with pops of color and geometry.
Huxley also revisits a cinematic series featuring mutant toys set against picturesque cityscapes. Goliath monsters, made from hacked-together toy parts and animal bones, burst from covert experimentation chambers into the streets while their caretakers flee for their lives. The inspiration behind this series is the ludicrous projects that the military industrial complex embark upon with little thought about the potential effects on society and the environment.
March 4, 2017 - March 20, 2017
The extreme behavior of the current Presidential administration has left many people shocked and frustrated. March Forth! addresses those feelings, as well as presents the positivity that can emerge from them, including creative expression, activism, unity, and exercising our hard-fought-for civil rights.
20% of sales to benefit the Immigrant Legal Resource Center
Made In The Ghetto
January 14, 2017 - February 13, 2017
Norm Maxwell: Made In The Ghetto (1969-2016) honors the life and body of work of the recently-deceased urban contemporary artist and long-time Luna Rienne Gallery collaborator.
Born in Philadelphia, PA on January 25, 1969, Maxwell and his two brothers had a rough upbringing in a broken home. He was fully susceptible to and influenced by street life, finding his expression in writing graffiti as “Ice”. His mother’s artistic inclinations, frequent visits to the Philadelphia Museum Of Art, and encouragement from teachers led him to pursue an academic degree in art.
After art school, Maxwell moved to downtown Los Angeles (AKA Skid Row) to pursue his art career. There, he met his two life-long peers, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Clarence Williams and urban art visionary Doze Green. Scraping by on their creativity and wit, they pushed each other to evolve into working artists. Maxwell and Green cultivated their fine art painting while also beginning to design graphic tees and street wear.
Several years later, Maxwell and Green made their way to San Francisco, which at the time was busting at the seams with underground culture. Late-night venues like the Kennel Club (now The Independent) hosted live and DJ music events with artists selling their wares. There, Maxwell began hawking his “Made In The Ghetto” t-shirts and met his Revolution Clothing partner Shinobu Funahashi.
San Francisco in the mid-1990s boasted not just an unstoppable cultural output in music, nightlife, and design, but also the birth of the World Wide Web. In addition to showing his art in Upper and Lower Haight, creating club flyers and hip hop album covers, and designing clothing, Maxwell partnered with fledgling Internet start-up fabric8 (now Luna Rienne Gallery) to build an animated, ecommerce website that garnered numerous design awards.
Maxwell took that newfound skill, along with his wife and young daughter, back to Los Angeles to establish roots for his family. He became the art director for a music video production company whose high-profile clients included TLC, Madonna, Janet Jackson, Snoop Dogg, and Destiny’s Child. Maxwell also produced and directed his own short film, titled The Osiris Project.
In 2007, Maxwell decided to focus on his fine art career and opened Norm Maxwell Studio Gallery in West Los Angeles. The studio moved twice before finding its final location in Fairfax Village. Through his studio gallery, which he ran for 6 years, Maxwell created a vast and diverse body of work, including commissions for patrons in Los Angeles, Paris, Seoul, Berlin, and Dubai.
At the time of his passing in July 2016, Korean patrons had recently opened Norm Maxwell Gallery Seoul and Maxwell was hard at work on a series entitled Voyage Through The Void.
Maxwell was a prolific artist whose skills and subject matter spanned the extremes of painting. From acrylic spray to oil brush, street life to ancient myth, and urban strife to family life, Maxwell addressed both the evil and beauty of humanity – a duality that he personally struggled with during his short and magnificent life. He is survived by his wife and two children.
Affordable Art Series 5
December 10, 2016 - January 9, 2017
The Affordable Art Series is a thorough exploration of the flourishing local art community, offering avid collectors and interested newbies a peek at the current mindset in urban painting. Luna Rienne will regularly release new collections of this series.
What's Left SF
October 22, 2016 - December 5, 2016
Many artists have begun their careers in San Francisco, flourished here, and, most likely, felt a shift in the zeitgeist of the city in recent years. Whether positive or negative, SF has left an indelible impression on them, and they would like the city's current population to contemplate, celebrate, and otherwise react to their reflections. The purpose of the exhibition, which asks both “what has left” and “what is left", is to increase the dialogue about what some perceive as a diaspora and a cultural divide.
Old Souls 2
September 10, 2016 - October 17, 2016
Old Souls are portrayed in the rich colors and knowing glances of Telopa's female subjects, who exist in timeless, otherworldly scenes. Gilded frames and elaborate laser-etched patterns provide an added dimensionality to the artist's surrealistic works.
Garland Of Hours
July 30, 2016 - September 5, 2016
Garland Of Hours introduces Gage Opdenbrouw's series of faceless portraits that are a reflection of mortality, love, and loss. These oil paintings are sentimental in subject matter while also suggesting the disintegration of time. The absence of facial features evokes different emotions depending on the viewer, and allowing him/her to complete the picture.
July 30, 2016 - September 5, 2016
Rich Fonseca borrowed the show name, Ah Um, from the title of a Charles Mingus album. It is the sound one makes before introducing themselves to a large audience. With this, his second solo show, Fonseca will present his developing series of single- and mutli-plane vortex paintings. Using house paint and found wood, he expresses a raw, organic energy in an abstract, jazzy manner.