Prohibition Gallery Hosts Artist Jeff Kies

 by Craig Stephens

 

Opened in 2011 Prohibition Gallery in Culver City  has developed a reputation as a  haven for  emerging artists catering for a range of tastes and styles, the space hosting everything from  experimental painting to graffiti and illustrative based work.

 

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 The next milestone for the thriving space is a solo show opening on October 12 by Los Angeles-based artist Jeff Kies titled “The View From Here.”  Citing the likes of Paul Klee  as an infuence Kies’ early Neo-Symbolist work is a form of “petroglyphic graffiti.”

 

Kies career has seen him experiment with materials such as sandpaper, foil, glass, and found elements. This particular exhibition encompasses a new series of work that is purely abstract. He’s been working on a large scale, using a pre-Roman era style called “verre eglomise” or reverse glass painting. The effect is dense with color, and detail with an elusive magic that transports the viewer.

 

JeffKies2Jeff Kies is the quintessential Los Angeles artist.  An abstract painter born in Ohio, he studied at the Columbus College of Art and Design, came to L.A. in his early twenties and has been making art since. His work can be found in numerous private collections throughout the United States.

 

Prohibition’s portfolio of developing careerists include LA artist Michael Gittes, son of film producer, Harry Gittes, who exhibited his first sold out solo show at Prohibition in 2011. He has since  shown at The Armory Show New York City in May 2013, and the upcoming Art Basel Miami in December.

 

Eliot Saarinen, first exhibited with Prohibition in 2012. Saarinen has gone on to exhibit highly successful shows at Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station (2012), and Knoll Factory in Austin, Texas (2014). Wyatt Mills,  is another  early careerist  who shows at the space. He will also be showing a new body of work at the Brewery Artwalk, Los Angeles (October 2013), and Miami Project, Art Basel (December 2013).

 

Artist Duke Choi also enjoyed a highly successful show at the space with his Post Modern Shamanistic City Maps. In addition to performing some infectious Mongolian throat singing, his collection of ink on paper pieces hope to serve as a blue print of the mind and the network of the collective consciousness.

 

The  works use of picture-writing and cartography depicts the nature of systematic cities. The artist implements traditional techniques to create his own ink, paint, and paper, along with the use of a one hundred-year-old pen and one brush. Rich intricacies and a high level of detail will compel the viewer to read each work as a book.

 

Prohibition Gallery, was founded in 2011 by Glenn Williams. Before opening his own gallery, Williams made a name for himself as a highly successful fashion designer .His work has been profiled in Vogue, GQ, the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times. An ardent collector Williams started buying art in his early twenties.  His collection includes Jean-Michel Basquiat, Louise Nevelson, Ovadia Alkara, the photography of Joyce Tenneson, Jonathan Borofsky and Salvador Dali. 

 

As a champion of artists, Williams says wanted to do something more meaningful than just collect, hence he opened Prohibition. In the face of economic adversity and a brutally dismissive  and cynical hierarchy embracing art of various standards in Los Angeles, his stoic commitment to aiding in the  development of early career artists is admirable.

 

Jeff Kies “The View From Here.”  opens Saturday Oct 12

Enquiries: Shanoa@prohibitiongallery.com /310.633.1737

 

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