Streetlights seem like such an unlikely subject for paintings. They’re so literal and functional. How could they be interesting? Why did I decide to create this ever expanding series of microcosm cityscape paintings? The whole story is oddly long, but let’s start at the beginning:
Maps. It all started with maps. Or perhaps more specifically, the Thomas Guide. (If you live in Los Angeles and don’t have a Thomas Guide, then you haven’t lived here very long. Go buy one. I don’t care if you have a cell phone to get around. Get a Thomas Guide. It’s an eye-opener if you want to get to know the city and it’s indispensable if you want to unplug from your devices.) So anyhow, there is this giant map, bound in book rings, and it sprawls and sprawls. It twists from one neighborhood to another, it veers across town on San Vincente, it straightens out as the skew of downtown becomes tidy in South LA. And it goes completely catawampus east of the river.
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To me, Los Angeles’ streetlights are the angels referred to in the name of our city, standing stoically, quietly observing as we pass: shedding light, security and beauty on their surroundings. They yield a glow which casts magic into the evening air and commands a footprint far more significant than their slight statures would suggest. In many ways, these lights represent individuals: each has its own fingerprint, history and story. But the more I paint these iconic Los Angeles features, the more I realize that the classic designs are found throughout the United States and that my fondness for street lights is a universal romance story.
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For this recent series of street light paintings, produced during Covid, I’ve asked people to send me photos of lights that they come across in their daily lives: either ones they see on walks in their neighborhoods, or outside their windows. Since my mobility has been limited due to the pandemic's Stay at Home orders, this has been a wonderful way to receive more source materials and connect with friends new and old. I’ve received photos of lights from New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Southern California, Brussels and beyond. Many of them I’m weaving into this series of paintings. I encourage you to send me photos of your local street lights too!
When I began thinking about an installation for Art at the Rendon, there were no apparent solutions and I knew I would have to let the ideas unfold in their own time – although there wasn’t much of that.
What I did know is that I am drawn to ideas of memory, experience and the soulful residues left behind by people as they inhabit, use and pass through physical spaces. Just as my ideas for an installation would have to unfurl over time, the layers of energy have been growing denser in the rooms of the Rendon Hotel with every generation of residents. I am aware of my experience of these energies, even if I cannot identify them.
I knew I wanted to work with materials that are fluid; not structured or dense. Light weight. Elusive. Layered. Materials that will conceal and reveal and abstract compositions that will raise more questions than they answer. To me, these materials have attributes like the snippets of experiences I want to convey. More poetry than documentary. More guided than directed. I want to create presence in the space without adding weight to it. I’d like the room to speak for itself.
Sun, June 3, 2018
11:00 AM – 8:00 PM PDT
2055 E. 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021
ART AT THE RENDON is an ongoing series of creative programs featuring art, musical performances, lectures, artist residencies and film screenings all designed to celebrate and support the arts.
In keeping with the rich history of the site, ART AT THE RENDON seeks to continue fostering creativity in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District by creating a dynamic space for art, performance, and celebration as well as rest and contemplation.
Starting with an activation of the entire vacant hotel, ART AT THE RENDON will begin with the multi-sensory event HIDDEN ROOMS. The inaugural event, curated by Cindy Schwarzstein of Cartwheel Art, takes place on the first weekend of June 2018. The concept is to utilize all three levels of the building and every one of its 50 rooms. HIDDEN ROOMS will feature artists, muralists, musicians, and performers. Every corner of THE RENDON will be transformed into an interactive community-centric installation. HIDDEN ROOMS is the first of what will be an ongoing presentation of cultural programs hosted at The Rendon prior to and subsequent to its refurbishment. This is truly just the beginning.
The environments created throughout the building, including the corner dive-bar and parking lot will feature over forty-five artists. The following are currently confirmed, with more TBA:
ARTISTS // Abcnt / Abel Alejandre / Aiseborn / Atlas / Augustine Kofie / Baker’s Son / Big Sleeps / Beau Stanton / Bisco Smith / Calder Greenwood / CALIFORNIA LOCOS / Christina Angelina (aka Starfighter) / Clinton Bopp / Chaz Bojórquez / Darcy Yates / David Lovejoy / Dave Tourjé / Davia King / Dytch66 / Emmeric Konrad / Francesca Quintano / Gabriella Fash / Gary Wong / Guerin Swing / INDECLINE / James P. Scott / Jacqueline Palafox / Jeff Ho / Johnny Cubert White / John Van Hamersveld / Joseph “NUKE” Montalvo / Jose "PRIME" Reza (K2S) / Josh Webb (aka Joex2) / Kelcey Fisher (aka KFiSH) / Kelly "RISK" Gravel / Keya Tama / Lisa Schulte / MAN ONE / Maria Greenshields-Ziman / Mark Dean Veca / Michael Torquato deNicola / MYMO (aka Mimo Mali) / Moncho 1929 / Mr. Trixter / Natasa Prosenc Stearns / Nicholas Bonamy / Norton Wisdom / Ralph Ziman (aka Afrika47) / Restitution Press / RETNA / RhoXRose / Robert “Sticky” Shaw / Sarah K. Walsh / Shrine / Sma Litzsinger / Stephen Seemayer / Susan Feldman / Tanner Goldbeck // Teale Hatheway / VALTD / Vanessa Chow
SUNDAY'S MUSIC // Jesika Von Rabbit / Purple Mountain Majesties / Tom Freund / Vignes Rooftop Revival
BENEFITING // Proceeds will benefit Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (ICA LA) and Artshare L.A. The donation to ICA LA will benefit the museum’s learning program with Metropolitan High School. Both have an impact on our Arts District community.
COMMUNITY SPONSORS // A + R / Angel City Brewery / Artisan Craftsman & Supplies / Bread Lounge / Califia Farms / Cartwheel Art / Dia de los Puercos / DromeBox / Iron Triangle Brewing / Greenbar Distillery / Lost Spirits Distillery / Lucky Jack Coffee / Pizzanista / Silverlake Wine / Stumptown Coffee Roasters / The House of Machines / The Pie Hole / The Spirit Guild / More TBA
SPECIAL NOTES //
...and Merry Christmas from the studio! 2017 has been quite the year, hasn't it? I have experienced expansive growth in unexpected and exciting ways.
Thank you for your wonderful support and friendship over the last year! You all bring great conversation and such joy into my life. You are a resourceful, smart, generous and fun crew and I'm grateful to be on your team.
I hope you are spending this Christmas weekend carousing with loved ones, circling the wagons and kicking your feet up, whether you celebrate the holiday or not.
Keep your eyes peeled for a new series of paintings coming this Spring! I can't wait to share them with you. And if you are curious about what Pearl and Maude has to say about the holiday season, find that story here.
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Opens: February 25, 2017
7:00PM - 10:00PM
If there’s one thing Angelenos love, it’s their city. Rich in iconic images stretching from the ocean to the river. Palm trees, street art, mountainous horizons, and the surreal, witty architecture of the last two centuries — LA is always ready for its close-up.
Opening Night: 2/25, 7-10PM
Sally Ann Field
Jose LaLo Garcia Jr
801 E. 4th Place, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Free parking across Hewitt St. (look for the Aztec calendar mosaic).
Gallery hours are Wed-Sun, 1-6PM.
The Beverly Hills art SHOW
October 15 – October 16
10 am - 5 pm
Beverly Gardens Park
Beverly Hills, California 90210
(center of the block on Santa Monica Blvd. between Canon and Crescent)
This weekend is the famous Beverly Hills Art Show! I am delighted to be one of the featured artists and subsequently, my work has been used in copious amounts of their print and online advertising. While the piece seen above has sold, I have many others to show you!
Spread out over four blocks, the Beverly Hills Art Show is recognized in the Southern California region for both it's scale and quality. The range of art works and luxury items available at this particular art fair makes a great opportunity for art collectors of all investment ranges to find work they truly love and want to live with. The artists are well curated with a balance of styles from mixed media to glass art, traditional painting, contemporary painting, sculpture, drawing, jewelry, ceramics, photography, watercolor and more.
I find myself frequently amazed by the work of the artists I share the park with at this event. The lovely surroundings and cocktail gardens make for a great day out! I hope you will come visit us in Beverly Hills!
For more information, visit the art fair's web page.
I’m in love. So that’s great! (This is not new news. But we are fairly private people, so to you, maybe I just vanished into thin air?)
Of course, I have another lover who is pretty annoyed with me right now. Actually, it’s not entirely clear that he’s noticed I wandered away. Sorry art career as I know you, I adore you, but you don’t keep me warm at night. It’s a classic scenario. Things were ticking along at a good pace… Lots of shows… Many sales. Great friendships. A social life that outpaced my inclinations. Press. Lots of press. And then along came M.
I wasn’t looking for someone who lives elsewhere. In fact, I was so work-driven that I had to be beaten over the head to see who was standing in front of me. The rest is history and I have become an expert in packing for weekend get-aways. Traveling for love means that I am not out pounding the pavement as much as I used to. I have to allocate my time differently. In order to be true to the relationship of my heart, I choose to adjust my other relationships accordingly.
But Art – I won’t quit you! I wrestled with the notion of launching an online shop for my paintings for well over a year. The fear was real. You see, there is a rift between gallery and self representation. It’s like oil and vinegar (so much more flavorful than water). I get it. Mostly. Sort-of. But I don’t think it’s necessary. (More on that later.) Regardless, my loyalty is to making art and thriving. When I succeed as both an artist and a person, I can provide more value to my gallery, collector and personal relationships. I owe it to all of us to find a way to make it work.
Selling my paintings on line was the first and most public step in the process of self representation, and so far, well, it’s going quite well! I’m taking some business classes and expanding my on-line presence. It is an exciting time and also a ton of work! Building a business from scratch WHILE hand producing considerate, quality paintings I am proud of is a little mind boggling. (Bless galleries for this reason, among many others.) I’m happy to say that sales are steadily climbing though. Yay!
So thanks for sticking with me on this journey! If you are not already on my email list, please sign up for early access to launches of new series of paintings and exhibition announcements. Also, please consider sharing my work with your friends, associates, clients and families. I could very much use your help as I grow!
And of course, check out my online shop! THIS IS WHERE THINGS ARE HAPPENING
PS - I cannot wait to introduce you to M. He’s a wonderful photographer and a kind, generous and ambitious human. I’m am over-the-moon grateful to have him in my life.
I'M ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTED TO HAVE SENT THIS LARGE 4'X3' PAINTING OFF TO A NEW HOME IN OAKLAND. DO YOU SEE THE BUFFALO HEAD HIDING IN THE BACKGROUND? THE PAINTING IS MY HOMAGE TO THE MILLION DOLLAR THEATRE IN LA AND IT'S COMBINATION OF SPANISH BAROQUE AND SOUTH WEST ARCHITECTURAL ORNAMENT. IT'S COMPLETELY OVER THE TOP. INK, ACRYLIC, BLEACH ON LINEN OVER PANEL. GO OUT INTO THE WORLD AND SPREAD JOY, BABY!
Teale Hatheway is a Los Angeles based artist known for her mixed media paintings and installations of local architecture, streetlights and ornamental details.