LOS ANGELES, April 5, 2021 – The non-profit arts organization The Billboard Creative opens its Seventh exhibition, bringing large-format art from emerging and established artists to 30 billboards across Los Angeles.

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2021 Show

Curator: Victoria Burns
Press Release
For more than 30 years Victoria Burns has advised new and experienced collectors and corporations on building significant art collections. Burns is passionate about supporting innovative arts organizations, emerging artists, and believes that art and culture can create, challenge, or change points of view. She is a partner with the VIAART Fund, whose grants emphasize works mounted beyond traditional exhibition environments, and a co-founder of Angeles Art Fund (AAF) whose annual grants support arts non-profits and artist-led projects with an interest in social justice. Recent AAF grant recipients include The Underground Museum, The For Freedoms Congress, Artadia, The Mistake Room, and L.A.N.D.’s mounting of Khalil Joseph’s BLKNWS during the Hammer Museum’s Made in LA this fall.Burns is also a member of Art Here and Now at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, an acquisition group which focuses on bringing works from emerging Los Angeles-based artists to LACMA’s permanent collection, and of the national non-profit Art Table, which works to advance the professional leadership of women in the visual arts including a fellowship program to address the marked lack of diversity in arts employment.

Ramiro Gomez

Ramiro Gomez is an American artist who lives in Los Angeles. His artwork addresses social justice issues, focusing specifically on topics of immigration, race, and labor. While his work demonstrates a variety of styles and media, including canvas, cardboard, magazine, and paper, his message remains to bring the Latino domestic and menial workforce to the forefront of public discourse.

Phung Huynh

Phung Huynh is a Los Angeles-based artist and educator whose practice is primarily in drawing, painting, and public art. Her work explores and challenges cultural perceptions of beauty standards and representations of Asian racial identity and culture. Her most current work of drawings on pink donut boxes and cross-stitched, personalized California license plates explores the complexities of the refugee experience in Southeast Asian communities.
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Narsiso Martinez

Narsiso Martinez’s drawings and mixed media installations include multi-figure compositions set amidst agricultural landscapes. His images are drawn from his own experience as a farmworker and Mexican immigrant. Martinez’s work focuses on the people performing the labors necessary to fill produce sections and restaurant kitchens around the country. Martinez’s portraits of farmworkers are painted, drawn, and expressed in sculpture on discarded produce boxes collected from grocery stores.

Calida Rawles

Calida Rawles is a Los Angeles based painter, merging sharp hyper-realism with poetic abstraction. Rawles paints African-American women and men submerged in glistening water; bodies are swarmed by a flurry of bubbles, ripples, and refracted light. For Rawles, water is a spiritually healing element. At times, her work is tied to sensitive civil rights issues. In other moments, her works are purely celebratory of the resilience, strength, and beauty of African American culture

Adele Quartley Brown

Adele Quartley Brown is a NYC-based conceptual artist whose photographs focus on the intersection of perception and misconception, raising questions about what we believe and what we know. Interested in illuminating the space between actual and alternative realities, she photographs commonplace scenes with a surrealistic perspective. Her information gathering experiences as a nonfiction writer, licensed investigator, and humanitarian sector advisor inform her art.

Alicia Aldama

Alicia Aldama is a photographer in San José. While working and going to school, she was fascinated by the variety of people and the sounds that came out of the city. Her work aims to highlight social issues within her community. Aldama also turns the camera towards herself in self portraits as a way of exploring how the community sees her

Amber Allen

Amber Allen is a painter based in San Francisco whose work combines her passion for space travel, environmentalism, scientific theory and feminism. Her work combines visions of a retrofuturist space age alongside realistic renderings of spacesuits and planets. Allen explores the connections between our past and future with a focus on space age themes as a metaphor for the human condition.

Andrea Davis Kronlund

Andrea Davis Kronlund is a photographer and visual artist based in Stockholm, Sweden. Her work explores the meeting of the personal, cultural and political in black women’s hair. She is a founder and creative director of krullmag.com. Co-opting the visual language of ethnographic photography, “Hairpiece” represents how black people in the minority western societies navigate personal issues of beauty, culture, artistic expression, identity, place, professionalism, and acceptance around their hair.

Andrew DeCaen

Andrew DeCaen is an artist exploring works on paper disciplines including drawing, printmaking, and sculpture. His work is known for examining mundane experience in contemporary life with special interests in rituals and habits surrounding eating and the body. His recent work studies images of people standing in lines, without clear context of the lines’ purpose. They suggest our connectedness and our separateness through body language and physical appearance.

Deborah Kennedy

Deborah Kennedy is an author and artist whose work, Walls Within: Berlin Wall, East Germany 
In 1989, is a series of large-scale installations on the surface of the Berlin Wall, as well as a series of photographs captured six month before the wall fell. The whole project explores the vulnerability of the individual before the unrestrained power of a military police state. This project remains relevant today with the wall and the humanitarian crisis at the border of Mexico and the United States.

Dimpy Bhalotia

Dimpy Bhalotia is a photographer based in London and Bombay. Having worked in the fashion industry for many years with renowned designers in Europe, she found her love in black and white street photography. She finds art in the extraordinary details of the seemingly ordinary life on streets. To her, street photography is her visual lexicon, which has no smokescreen.

Eric McCracken

Eric McCracken is a Canadian artist living in San Francisco. He conceives and constructs exoskeletons, headdresses and costumes to visualize mental illness as an autobiographical narrative, as a means of self exploration. He draws self-portraits in a unique visual language that gives a visual representation to personal issues of mental illness and addiction.

Gisele Olson

Gisele Olson is an artist living in Jackson, Wyoming, who primarily works with tapestry and collage. Her recent series “This America” reflects on the work of modernist poet Robinson Jeffers to contemplate “the impending collapse” of the imperial United States a century after Jeffers first envisioned it. In this project, Olson alters vintage postcards to create new narratives that dismantle the materials’ nostalgic, comfortable perception of the U.S., using collage to critique and reinterpret America’s idyllic self-image.

Humaira Abid

Humaira Abid is Pakistan born American artist working with sculpture and miniature painting. Her work challenges women’s roles in Asian and Middle Eastern culture, and pushes the boundaries of taboo in society. With her unique cross-cultural perspective, Abid aims to re-examine the way we see everyday objects, allowing for conversation and stories to unfold around subjects that are often buried under the surface.

Jay Wilson

Jay Wilson is a U.S. computer artist, designer, illustrator, muralist, printmaker, and   tapestry weaver living and working in Hawaii best known locally for his monumental   glass mosaic murals commissioned by the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and   the Arts.  Exploring composition and color on transparent layers, 5 times his computer    art has been selected as the cover image for the exhibition catalogs of the Museum    of Computer Art’s international, online competitions.  Lockdown, a self-portrait    with coronas refers to mental and physical survival in the face of a pandemic.

John Keatley

Dimpy Bhalotia is a photographer based in London and Bombay. Having worked in the fashion industry for many years with renowned designers in Europe, she found her love in black and white street photography. She finds art in the extraordinary details of the seemingly ordinary life on streets. To her, street photography is her visual lexicon, which has no smokescreen.

Julia Fullerton-Batten

Julia Fullerton-Batten is a fine-art photographer renowned for her highly cinematic visual story-telling. Each image in her large scale projects embellishes her subject matter in a series of thought-provoking narrative ‘stories' using staged tableaux and sophisticated lighting techniques. Julia’s use of unusual locations, highly creative settings, street-cast models, accented with cinematic lighting are hallmarks of her style. She insinuates visual tensions in her images and imbues them with a mystique that teases the viewer into continually re-examining the picture.

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Nancy Burson

Nancy Burson is an American artist known for creating photographs using computer morphing technology to alter the human face. She is best known for her pioneering work in morphing technologies which age-enhance the human face and still enable law enforcement officials to locate missing children and adults. Her piece, Human Race Machine, was used for over a decade as a diversity tool that provided viewers with the visual experience of being another race. Her recent text based work elaborates on the issue of race, deconstructing it to the molecular level of DNA which unites all of humankind.

Ora Clay

Ora Clay is a fiber artist living in Oakland. As a young child, she learned the craft of quilt making from her mother. Over the past several years, she has honed the art of quilt making beyond a hobby or simply utilitarian function, and into a method of artistic expression. Clay uses her quilts to tell stories and speak on issues of social justice and culture by incorporating photos, text, and commemorating people and events

Pamela Littky

Pamela Littky is a Los Angeles based photographer who is known for images of high-profile personalities. Her portraits capture well-known subjects in seemingly unguarded moments. In between shoots of world-famous actors and musicians for top commercial and editorial clients, Littky pursues personal projects that show a decidedly less glamorous but completely compelling side of American culture.

Raymond Bonavida

Raymond Bonavida is an emerging artist who challenges us to reimagine our environment. Motivated by his interests in light, spacetime, and human perception, he incorporates expressive camera movement into long exposure photography, producing bold, visceral images. As a former student of philosophy and psychology at UCLA, he continues to bring big questions about how we experience and understand the physical world into his art.

Sandra Cattaneo Adorno

Sandra Cattaneo Adorno is a photographer who uses her practice as a means of constant exploration and adventure. She has no preconceived subjects, but rather follows intuition. Adorno uses photography as a tool for human connection, creating a perfect justification to approach people and capture their stories.

Shelby Alexander

Shelby Alexander is a mixed media artist whose work expands contemporary concepts of drawing and painting by combining figurative works on paper with recycled textile backgrounds, aiming to call attention to the pollution of the fashion industry. Her work highlights the tension between the modern experience of beauty, consumption, and industrialization.

Shell Bird

Shell Bird is a Canadian mixed media and installation artist living in Ohio. Her work combines salvaged materials and ephemera to create visual narratives. While revealing new potential in the seemingly insignificant, she seeks to open up meaningful conversations at the intersection of culture, technology, and the environment.

Sherry S. Knutson

Sherry Knutson is a multidisciplinary artist working primarily with drawing and painting. Her work investigates the human condition reflected in our world today: relationships between culture and nature, young and old, the urban and the rural, art and craft, rich and poor, the feminine and the masculine.

Suzan Mandla

Suzan Mandla is a Canadian photographer, who draws from a practice of scientific experimentation into making images. The photos are often manipulated digitally as a variety of conceptual studies. Her love of nature and innate curiosity in the natural world is a recurring focus, which combines intuition and close research.

Thu Nguyen

Thu Nguyen is a Vietnamese artist currently living in Hawaii. After the fall of Saigon, she was separated from her family in a refugee camp near Hong Kong before immigrating to the United States. Her self portraits make use of elements in traditional Chinese art, which are interpreted through a contemporary lens, to explore issues of identity.

Tom Atwood

Tom Atwood is a photographer based in New York. His work over the past 15 years (Kings & Queens in Their Castles) has focused on an extensive series of portraits of prominent figures of the LGBTQ community, photographed in their own homes. This series alludes to actual queer kings and queens in history, while also featuring a contemplative look at the day-to-day scenes of these cultural luminaries.

Vicki DaSilva

Vicki DaSilva is an artist based in Canada, who uses a unique method of long-exposure photography to generate images. These images are perhaps more akin to ‘light-drawing’ or graffiti than photography. This process is time based, by nature, but also incorporates performance, intervention, and activism. At the same time, there is no physical trace of this work, which adheres to DaSilva’s core message of sustainability in the work.
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