ARTISTS TO REMEMBER - JULY 2015
Anthony Lepore, Gimme, 2015, archival pigment print
Anthony Lepore is a Los Angeles-based photographer. His work is both vaguely ordinary and strikingly unusual and seems to connect the mundane to the whimsical. His most recent show at Francois Ghebaly Gallery featured new work hugely inspired by (and created in) his father's bikini factory. The fact that he refuses to digitally manipulate his prints mirrors the "old-fashioned" work method in the sewing factory that has continued largely unchanged since the 1970's.
Anthony Lepore, Four Way Stretch, 2015, archival pigment print
In many of his photographs, Lepore stages interactions between the physical workplace and the fabric used to make a bikini, and the abstraction of the work contrasts with the literal and functional aesthetic of the factory. Lepore received his BFA from Fordham University in 2000 and his MFA from Yale University in 2005. His work has exhibited internationally and has also been acquired for the permanent collections of many prestigious museums, including the Guggenheim Museum, NY; the Hammer Museum, LA; and the Yale University Art Gallery.
Los Angeles-based artist Mark Bennett, born in 1956 in Tennessee, is best known for his blueprint lithographs of imaginary floor plans from popular television shows from the 1950s-1970s. They are captivating, despite the dry format of his architectural designs. The contrast of the seriousness of the drawings with the whimsy and imagination of the subject matter seduces the viewer and draws us in.
Mark Bennett, Home of Dr. Frasier Crane, 1998, ink and pencil on vellum
In re-creating spaces that were meant to only exist temporarily on the screen, the work points to a society obsessed by television and celebrity culture. These heavily detailed blueprints are quite nostalgic, as these "homes" are familiar to anyone who grew up watching these TV shows. In an interview with the Wall St. Journal, Bennett said, "There are times when I have to take a few liberties because some parts of the houses never appeared on the shows. But many of the details in my drawings were part of the sets, even though they didn't appear in every episode."
Mark Bennett, Home of Laverne and Shirley, 1996, ink and pencil on vellum
Bennett received his MFA from NYU in 1982 and has been included in over 30 significant museum and group exhibitions. His work has been acquired by multiple prestigious institutions, including Museum of Modern Art, NY; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and Corcoran Gallery of Art, DC.