September 30, 2014

“California to Cairo” Reflects Global Realities

 

Tops Gallery Malibu presents an exhibit combining art and poetry, “California to Cairo,” that opens Oct. 1 and runs through Oct. 27, with an opening reception on Sat., Oct. 6, 6-9 p.m., and a closing reception Oct. 27, 6-9 p.m. Book signings will take place October 13 and 20, 6-9 p.m.

Traveling the world for ten years Anthony Hassett and Erin Currier have witnessed the struggles and triumphs of oppressed and marginalized human beings during times of immense social and political change. Combining art and poetry they have created a stunning visual commentary on the global realities that affect us all and trumpet a major shift in our social and political consciousness.

Anthony Hassett, a native Angeleno, tells his story with words and images that are disturbingly real. The simplicity of Hassett's portraits of ink and paint on wood panels allows his subjects — the South American transvestite prostitutes, the "world leaders," the Everyman — to tell their own stories. There is an immense sadness to his art but never resignation, and his exquisite poetry insists we linger.

Erin Currier's bold and colorful portraits express a passionate awareness of what it means to be human in this complicated and uncompromising world. Her use of mixed media demands our participation. With what she calls "disinherited consumer waste" that she collected from her travels, Currier creates a unique visual and literary experience. Her subjects range from an Egyptian bathroom worker to Mohammed Bouazizi, whose act of setting himself on fire became the catalyst for a revolution. Experiencing Erin Currier’s art may reignite the revolutionary as you experience this soulful travel journal.

“California to Cairo” is presented by TopsGalleryMalibu at Hamilton Galleries, 1431 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401; (310) 451-9983; topsgallerymalibu.com; topsgallerymalibu@gmail.com. There is complimentary valet parking.