Show Duration: June 17 – (extended through Thursday July 14th).
Location: Bleicher Gallery, 355 N La Brea Ave. LA CA 90036 Phone 323 545 6018
Bleicher Gallery is pleased to present FLOOD, featuring dynamic new works by Australian artist Josh Rosenthal. Josh creates a visual narrative in which each image flows interconnected to the work next to it. The body of work was conceived of before the recent floods in Australia and Japan, though, created in their aftermath, the parallels are notable. A mass of water floods from one work to the next covering everything in its path and interacting with his subjects to bring to light sociocultural-economical divides and the guilt of excess in the face of displacement and misfortune.
A portion of the exhibition proceeds will benefit Homeboy Industries. Homeboy Industries assists at-risk, formerly gang-involved youth and the recently incarcerated to become contributing members of our community through a variety of services in response to their multiple needs. Their free programs – including counseling, education, tattoo removal, job training, and placement – enable young men and women to redirect their lives and provide them with hope for their futures.
Born in Melbourne, Australia, Josh Rosenthal began his art education at Wesley College where he was distinguished with the Art Award for Excellence and graduated with the highest mark in the state in Fine Arts. As a result, he was invited to exhibit in Australia’s national public galleries and went on to obtain a degree at the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney.
From there he began to distinguish himself as an actor and appeared in several popular Australian TV Shows, including “Police Rescue”, “Water Rats”, “Heartlands”, “Murder Call”, and the film, “The Bet.” He recently finished filming “The Last Godfather” with Harvey Keitel, Jason Mewes, and Michael Rospoli. Rosenthal’s stand out stage work includes Louis Nowra’s “The Jungle” and in “Sir Tom Stoppard’s “The Real THing” where he played at the Sydney Theatre Company.
Rosenthal has exhibited in group shows in the U.S. and abroad including, Chase Contemmporary Arts and Sotheby’s International in Washington D.C.
“Josh works with the negative space of his works — filling it withan underlying tone of voyeurism…His work is reminiscent of the German Dada artists George Grosz and John Heartfiled. Their scaled and sketchy lines make the viewer think about Basquiat.”
- Erin Mackay, Chase Contemporary Art, D.C.
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