All My Love For Eternity
Wendy Lee Gadzuk
With selected works by Daniel Martin Diaz in the portal. Click here to view his available work.
Sat, 11 September - Sun, 3 October 2021
Gallery hours 12-5 PM Saturday/Sunday & by Appointment
A self-defined “underground pop culture whore,” I love anything kitschy, tacky, wild and wacky, and get a kick out of bad taste. I like to poke fun at convention and have a dark sense of humor, and that often comes out in my artwork. My favorite art is that of outsider and folk artists – untrained craft persons who use recycled and found items to create something new. I was a teenager in the 1980s and love 80s punk rock. My “Dead Dolls” are a way for me to pay homage to some of the artists and personalities I have cherished who are no longer here in the flesh.
(Peter Fonda, February 23, 1940 – August 16, 2019)
Stuffed cotton doll with wings made from bird feathers
1/1, 2021 series
Size in packaging: Approximately 10" x 14.5"
Born and raised on the Monterey Peninsula, California, Brooke’s creative interests began early in life.
Her true passion for mixed media sculptures came later and is now her primary artistic focus. Her childhood passion for amusement parks, dollhouses and the morbid were reconciled when taxidermy and dioramas where fused.
Brooke’s pieces are radically unique from one another yet all share the concept of small worlds and environments situated in entities. Her work, while seeming almost manufactured, is meticulously composed with remarkable detail and skill. The majority of her work is made from repurposed taxidermy and consists predominately of recycled materials. Combining fantastical concepts with tangible play environments, Brooke’s sculptures entertain the viewer while provoking curiosity.
Brooke’s prolific body of work has been shown at numerous galleries across the U.S. and abroad. Currently residing in Los Angeles, she continues to create, evolve and show her work.
'Small Cat Castle Skull'
Real skull, clay, resin, paint in glass dome
L 4" x H 2.5" x W 2.5
It’s all collage…
I’ve been creating art for most of my life, and seriously practicing my art since 1990. Art is a practice that involves my whole life – both philosophically and creatively. When people ask what I do as an artist, it’s a tough question to answer because I’ve done everything from print-making to word-collage poetry, from paintings to sculptures…. created hundreds of collages, composed music, and for the last five years I’ve been a book designer. Besides that, I’m a novelist who has published four novels in since 2017.
Collage and synthesis is my philosophical approach to life and rules my creative endeavors. I love taking disparate elements and combining them to create a new idea, thought, or art piece. I do this with everything from sound collages to paper collages to paintings to… well, everything I create.
Online portfolio: http://portfolio.onehumanbeing.com
'Life In The Microcosm'
Medium: acrylic latex, colored pencils on wood panel
16" x 20”
Drawing from her own grief, death exploration, and profession in memorial taxidermy, Lauren Kane-Lysak’s work is an exercise in the processing of our own mortality and that of those we hold most dear. Shrines to the beloved, or relics that thread the line to other worlds where our loved ones may be, aid in the wake of loss by providing tangible testament and held space for mourning and healing.
Lauren lives and works in Twentynine Palms, CA, where she serves local patrons and the nation with private pet funeral and preservation services. She dreams someday of opening her newly acquired desert acreage to the public, as an art space and pet cemetery. You can see her work on Instagram @preciouscreature or visit her website, www.preciouscreaturetaxidermy.com.
Please note, all organic materials have been recycled or gathered ethically. No animals were harmed for the sake of the art. The artist cannot be held responsible, however, for any lingering souls coincidentally ensorcelling these works.
'A Safe Place to Die'
Bone, antler, leather, wax, marble, wood, lace, monofilament, fur, acrylic w/graphite drawing
26” x 46” x 13”
Wendy Lee Gadzuk is a visual artist, writer, musician, and diviner living and working in the Mojave Desert of California. Trained at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia as a jeweler and metalsmith, she now works in various mediums, resulting in 2 different bodies of visual art - finely detailed visionary work on paper, and altar-like 3-dimensional mixed media assemblage pieces. Inspired by our universal connection to the divine, religious and occult imagery as well as symmetry are recurring themes in her work.
For this show, I chose recent work that hints at the notion of embracing the beauty of the liminal space between the living and the non-living. In addition to 4 assemblage pieces, I created a large altar installation piece honoring my father, physicist Bill Gadzuk, who passed away on 1/8/21. I included things that speak to who he was (or still is?) including patches from places we traveled together when I was a kid, his Christening candles, his teeth, Washington Capitals memorabilia, and a rubber foot, representing the foot troubles that plagued him throughout his adult life, and eventually contributed to his death. When he knew he was not much longer for this world, he wrote a note to me that he gave to my stepmother who was instructed to give it to me after he passed. He signed the note, “All my love for eternity,” hence, the name of the show.
I invite you all to contribute to this living altar to the dead, and pin on notes to lost loved ones, photos, or whatever you’d like, to the “Memory curtains” of this installation.
‘And I’ll Be Waiting Here
For You With Open Arms’
Mixed media with rosebuds, religious charms, silk velvet, and wishbones
19" x 26" x 7"