…A celebratory exhibition of LA’s most discoverable artists.

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Mash Gallery presents I OF LA, a celebratory exhibition of LA’s most
discoverable artists. Los Angeles, CA, June 30, 2020.

Mash Gallery celebrates the DTLA Arts District community with its expansive exhibition, I OF LA, opening August 29, 2020. I OF LA features 20 of the area’s best discoverable artists—selected from almost 200 submissions and single-handedly curated by MASH Gallery founder and artist, Haleh Mashian. This breathtaking summer show provides a much-needed and safe opportunity to bring the community together to find solace through art.

“Mash Gallery added every precaution to make this an exciting indoor/outdoor event while being totally safe. Come inside or stay outside, for a unique art experience,” encourages MASH.

I OF LA encompasses the space between vision and communication, between artist and audience. “I aim for symbolic interactions to create a contrasting visual syntax for I OF LA. The works possess an energetic rawness and were not designed to be exhibited together. My goal is to highlight this kinetic visual energy against an orderly and refined structure to enhance the high degree of visual complexity around us,” says Haleh.
Haleh explains that the term “emerging artist” can be misleading. So-called emerging artists are sometimes freer and less restrained to experiment with ideas, concepts and materials that don’t immediately resonate with each other—but the unexpected results can generate an energy, a fluidity, that lay previously undiscovered. “I wanted to give these voices a presence in an established gallery,” adds Haleh.

Showcased artists include vivid abstractionist Moises Ortiz, whose arresting works evince an energetic use of color and composition; Terri Lloyd, whose faceless figures grace the stark suburban pastel backgrounds of her childhood; abstract photographer of ordinary household items, Laura Hull; urban street artist and portraitist, Jacob Root; modern-day Lichenstein
descendant, Dan Litzinger, whose pop-comic style mixes mid-century aesthetics with current pop culture imagery; the minimalist installation art of Alex Chiu among many others.

To meet the safety needs of social distancing, the MASH Gallery venue is uniquely suited for today’s live gatherings that require more space and open air. Haleh Mashian has created a true indoor-outdoor space made possible by large, glass garage doors that open directly onto street-level and a high volumetric ceiling fan with two exhaust fans that blow fresh air into the gallery. Helpful floor markings will adhere to six-feet social distancing guidelines, so that at any given time, the gallery is never at over-capacity.

Artwork will hang on outside walls as well as displayed on mobile walls on the sidewalk outside MASH. This summer opening will feature aDJ or live music and a wine bar facing the street. Safety is MASH’s first priority as the gallery knows that inspiring and continuing community is just as important during this time of recovery.

MASH Gallery is a contemporary art gallery located in the Los Angeles Arts District conceived to accommodate independent curators in order to manifest their vision. The brainchild of artist Haleh Mashian, the venue is designed to create intimate conversations between those curators, artists, and the Los Angeles art audience. MASH places its commercial programming into the hands of an ever-changing rotation of curated shows. While scheduling and presenting art installations is an expected feature for museums, it is new territory for a commercial art space. Instead of representing individual artists, MASH Gallery showcases a robust schedule
of compelling contemporary art shows, bringing the art gallery to life like never before.

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Gratitude, Love & Mutual Aid #4


Corn, digital collage, © 2014 Terri Lloyd/Pink Buddha

Gratitude and love are revolutionary.

Nothing like a pandemic, a capitalist market “fluctuation”, and the fact that a mentor is now in hospice to remind me about what is truly important. What can one do when faced with things so much larger than oneself? Reorganize and prioritize.

All of this stuff we’re experiencing is so real it demands being present, fully present. But, man is that work. When I get a bit overwhelmed, I have to take a step back. The best way for me to do that is, as cheesy as it sounds, is to practice gratitude. Nothing big, just think about things, mundane, every day things, that I am grateful about.

I could list the material stuff, like the house, the cars, the computer, groceries, stuff like this. But then there are the more mundane things that often get lost in the shuffle of the struggle to be something or someone in this society. Like the birds shouting their chisme (gossip) across the Backyard Emirates in the late afternoon. Or the smell of the cats when I put a little kiss on their heads, just to annoy them. Yes, Castor smells different than Ozzy.

This week I’m truly grateful that I was able to put to words how my mentor has affected me, the mark he made not just on my art practice, but on me as a person —in my life. It was important for me to let him know that I see him, truly see him. That what he has done for artists over the years has been out of love, and that is fucking revolutionary.

Wading Pool Party, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 36 inches

Magical things do happen, even in a pandemic. During one of my FaceTime painting sessions with my dear friend Pina (she’s in NY), we discovered that we could merge our energy to create something new and beautiful to share it with other artists, students, and so on. It was as if we both had half of a heart-shaped charm and finally found the piece that was missing. I won’t reveal too much, because we need to put this talk into action to see if it will work. I will say it incorporates other hand painting and a little something sort of zen.

Pina and I were also talking about how creating a thing of beauty can be a revolutionary act. It occurred to me that revolution doesn’t have to be violent, it can be as simple as changing one’s mind. Of course, there’s an element of risk. Change is often uncomfortable.
As I think about post-pandemic life, I really do not want to go back to “normal.” A return to normal is not good enough, and it’s not sustainable. Do I have a solution? Philosophically, yes. As for specifics, no, I don’t have answers. And maybe that’s okay for now. I think the important thing is to ask the right questions and have the hard conversations. Think beyond what we know. Do a little free falling into the abyss. Maybe just learn to love each other and ourselves a little bit more…

Be well, stay well…

P.S. Below are this week’s Mutual Aid and Cooperation introductions. Take a moment to mingle.

Alessandor’s Tea of the Weak

I met Alessandor through the Artery platform. She reached out to meet for coffee and we became fast friends. You know, she’s the one that coined “Anti Terri.” In a lot of ways, Alessandor reminds me of a young Terri. She’s way more driven and eloquent than I was at the same age, nonetheless, there is this no bullshit thread that weaves between our generations that I do adore. Never mind her wicked sense of humor mixed with the occasional pun or dad joke. Alessandor is also the mastermind behind Fuck The Art Market.

“The Tea of the Weak is my weekly t-shirt. Each week on Monday, I will release a design that will only be available for one week, until the following Monday, when I shall release a new one.”

If you like a naked cat, grab this Tee before it’s gone.

FB: AlessandorEarnest

Above, Chimney Swift

Steven’s facebook intro says, “Worker bee making shiny things for personal enjoyment and for the amusement of others.” I couldn’t agree more. Steven and I met at South Coast Contemporary in San Pedro about 5 or 6 years ago, where we were both exhibiting. I immediately fell in love with his work which reflects a thoughtfulness I appreciate and often a biting sense humor.


Like myself, Steven has a not so imaginary pal named Greenie. Greenie and Pink Buddha exchange holiday cards at Christmas time.

When asked if I could introduce him to you, Steven replied:

“Thinking about the info you asked for in your blog, I have come to realize that my life is the very definition of mundane and ordinary.  No story to tell–no criminal record, no world record, no vinyl record(ings); nothing.  Last brush with the law was when I was in grade school.  [My friends and I were busted tagging the back of Jefferson Bowl in Culver City.]   This is so embarrassing!  Ah, damn… “

No, Steven, I wouldn’t call you mundane. Not by any means.

FB: greenie.arts
Insta: @greeniearts

Above: Crime Rib T-shirt

Shane blew my mind about 10 or so years ago at a little event in Pasadena known as the Alternative Art Market. He showed up with his ODDoman sculpture and I couldn’t take my hands off the thing all day. He’s such a gentle being and here was this pokey strange almost S&M sculpture, I loved the paradox! Shane’s work reached beyond his soft sculptures. He produces some amazing digital works along with abstract painting and then some. One of the things I love most about Shane’s work is his sense of humor which lands somewhere between Archie McPhee and Mad Magazine. Especially his Silly Products T-shirts.


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Mutual Aid & Cooperation #3

Animal Power, 11 x 14 inches on canvas. Available at JeffHughart.com

Mutual Aid And Cooperation #3

This week, I have one artist to introduce, Jeff Hughart. I “met” Jeff online about 10 years ago through an art blog I used to write for. The blog is gone, but Jeff and I still talk via social media. We not only have art in common, we have Punk Rock and Los Angeles in common too.

Jeff is a self-taught and self-representing artist who works primarily in acrylics, producing paintings that are often raw, emotional, colorful, and energetic. Influences of his punk rock past are expressed in his characteristically vivid palette and visceral brushstrokes. Jeff sells his artwork in gallery shows, on his website (jeffhughart.com), on ebay, etsy and by appointment in his private studio in Bisbee, AZ. Although a relative newcomer to the art world, he is pleased to have hundreds of collectors from around the world, and has already had his paintings in many shows from San Francisco to London.

Pina, 2020, acrylic on paper, 18 x 24 inches, © Terri Lloyd

Checking in. How are you doing?
Yes, my friend I’m talking to you. How are you doing?

Are you struggling to keep your mind occupied?
Feeling like you have to over compensate with busy projects?
Are you taking advantage of the down time to push creative boundaries, experiment?

Or are you giving yourself permission to sit still?  Do you know what day it is?

Drop me a line and let me know how you are coping or not coping. I want to hear from you.

Something I’m doing, and I believe we talked about it a few weeks ago, is spending two two-hour sessions on FaceTime with a dear friend of mine in New York. We started out painting each other’s portraits and plan to continue our sessions past the portraits and into other works. This provides both of us with a bit of a structure, some accountability in varying degrees, and allows us to maintain our personal connection. All of which contributes toward a state of acceptance regarding the current shared circumstances.

Let me know how you are managing this new paradigm.

Be well, stay well,