July 3 – August 30, 2009
HAPPY is pleased to present “Never Odd or Even”, an exhibition of new work by Jim Gentry. Gentry uses image and language to lure the viewer into his “drawings” of birds and insects. Creating idiosyncratic gestures with sewn thread and contrasting this erratic style with subversive and stealth messages, Gentry’s seemingly innocent works are at once contemplative and visually arresting; static victims of the artist’s hand yet ultimately uplifting. Gentry’s subjects are manipulating in their simplistic beauty: soaring, dripping, electric and almost sculptural. Gentry earned his BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
Showing in Happy’s closet is “Cut Back”, a site-specific installation by Leia Jervert. Jervert creates a life size hedge, composed of leftover material - refuse, odds and ends, scraps, things that were cut away in the past - to form an ornamental sculpture. What was once discarded will now be incorporated in the construction of something new. Where the hedge becomes unruly, viewers are encouraged to gently prune Jervert’s bittersweet reminder of what is lost and how to come to terms with it. Jervert earned her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York and her MFA at Claremont Graduate University. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
HAPPY stocks well designed home and lifestyle accessories, and features revolving art shows with local and international artists. HAPPY combines gift, garden and gallery to create a unique space, full of inspired gifts and thoughtful embellishments.
Please join us for art, wine and really nice people!