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Stephen Robert Johns

"While sitting in my window seat, inspiration strikes. Quickly, I grab a
pen, only to realize my sketchbook is in the overhead compartment.
Cities, farmlands and winding rivers are going by too fast. I need paper!
Located in front of me are magazines and air sickness bags. I grab a bag
and begin to draw...
Back in my studio, days, weeks and months after returning home from my
travels, drawings on air sickness bags become models for future paintings,
retracing my flights and the geometric, aerial views..."

Stephen Robert Johns

Steve is a great friend of mine, and that's how he got on my Site, If you are a Builder or a Home Owner and you would like to purchase some of Steve's Art Work, which would be fabulous for any High-end Showhome or Corporate Offices, or any wall space that needs some beautiful Art, drop me a line or go straight to Steve's Site to see his Work and talk to him directly. Tell him "Ailsa said Hello"!

Steve has pieces in all sizes, but he has some amazing pieces that are huge, and perfect for those enormous spaces we have in our fancy big houses, now. You know that giant wall in the Front Entry, or above the Two-Story Fireplace Area? Those are perfect spaces to hang a piece of Art by Stephen Robert Johns. Pop into Steve's Site to see which pieces you love!

Steve's Latest Project (October 26th, 2006.)

BANK OF AMERICA proudly presents Artists’ Showcase Series, curated by Los Angeles artist Stephen Robert Johns. Mr. Johns is recognized as a renowned artist and painter, both Nationally and Internationally. His work is included in private, public and corporate collections, represented by museums and galleries in Los Angeles, New York, Costa Rica and Japan. Johns has curated exhibitions for the City of Los Angeles- Department of Cultural Affairs, LAX, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, and Don O’Melveny Gallery. Six exhibitions have been scheduled through 2007 at the BANK OF AMERICA in Brentwood, 11911 San Vicente Boulevard, Los Angeles CA 90049 (310) 996-7819.

Please enjoy the exhibition Two Photographers and feel free to inquire about the photographs exhibited. All of the photographs are for sale. The exhibit will run through February 2007. For more information, please contact bank personnel, or call MR Johns:
(310) 490-8172 • (310) 399-1543


TWO PHOTOGRAPHERS is an exhibition of contrasting artists-
Nicola Dill and Carol Ring. Both are photographers living in the Los Angeles area. Both capture a photographic image and produce (10) very high quality, limited edition digital prints. Both capture fragile and fleeting moments.

Nicola Dill has a sensitive eye. Her subtle photographic work conveys the many moods and characteristics of the sea and sky, as well as the environment that is the immediate boarder between these two elements: the finely textured sand, molded by waves and wind. Seaweed tossed in the currents and frozen in an instant, just to disappear. Grasses blown by the on-shore winds, revealing a depth of shadows and movement. Clouds in subtle shades of whites, grays and blues mimic the ocean’s thoughts. Within this oceanic world, no people can be seen. No birds or any other life forms, be it man or aquatic, are visible. There is only ONE visible life form- the sea, with it’s primal foundation- sand, water, seaweed and shore line grasses; and the reflection of the sea itself, interacting, ever changing and framed upon the airy sky.

Carol Ring, on the other hand, has an eye for the obvious- the obvious we should see, but missed. The obvious we don’t see until we look harder. As introspective as Nicola Dill is with her subtle photographs of the seascape, Carol Ring focuses her camera on garish colors- colors represented in gritty, urban signage found in the city as every day signs created for the purpose of direction, advertising; and signs created by graffiti artists- “taggers,” making their own artistic, signage statement. Assembled as interlocking grids, or quilts, Ring’s letter compositions reflect a social statement representing the present- trendy colors, ads, machine-made type styles, and signs usually recognizable. Yet when her compositions are studied, surprise the viewer, revealing the not so obvious. These images are interwoven with micro-cropped squares of hand-sprayed graffiti, an art form in itself representing the city, begging for documentation, and making a social statement for NOW…Subject matter soon to be either out dated, torn down, or painted over.

Art Exhibit in Los Angeles, California

AGL - Above Ground Level: Exhibition of Aerial Views Opens at LAX
An exhibition of contemporary paintings, prints, and sculpture based on artists' interpretations of aerial views is on display at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The exhibition, entitled AGL - Above Ground Level, was on view for ticketed passengers in Terminal 1 at LAX through November 1, 2004. The exhibition is presented by the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department in collaboration with Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). Stephen Robert Johns, a Los Angeles-based artist, served as the guest curator.

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AGL - Above Ground Level (the title is a reference to the aeronautical terms used to describe the liftoff of an airplane), presents artworks by eight Southern California and New York artists who are known for their work coast-to-coast and internationally. Peter Alexander, Laddie John Dill, GRONK, Mary Heebner, Stephen Robert Johns, David Kapp, Scott Katano, and Peter Shire have captured the essence of what it is like to fly, view the world from above and interpret those sensations through their art. According to curator Stephen Robert Johns, these artists, while individually unique in their approach, are inspired by the weight-less freedom of flight; by the diverse and constantly changing landscape as it is viewed from above.

AGL – Above Ground Level
AGL- Above Ground Level is an aeronautical term used to describe the liftoff of
an airplane. It is a key phrase communicated between the pilot of an airplane and
the control tower. AGL represents not only the physical act of an airplane in flight,
but also a transition—from viewing the world on the ground, to actually
observing the world from above.
While in flight, perspective views below are constantly changing and twisting; a
variety of natural textures expose themselves, such as mountains, rivers and
deserts, accented by age and the time of year, dominating the landscape while
giving way to the geometric overlays of the man-made geography, such as highways,
farms and cities, which provide a wealth of subject matter. Nighttime
reveals miles of darkness, abruptly punctuated by the geometric grid of twinkling
lights of a city... definitely fuel for the imagination. Then again, the view from atop
a high- rise looking down on the city below, or the observation looking through a
microscope at cellular structure can give the same impression as a view from
30,000 feet looking down on a body of windswept land; or upon a network of
streets and rivers, neurons and veins, crisscrossing one another.
If an artist of today was to interpret aerial views, looking down upon the world
below, what would the art look like? What materials would the artist use to
describe that feeling of wonderment of what it is like to fly, to be above the
ground on which they live? What would influence the artist's compositions?
Materials used to construct airplanes – could they not also be of value to an artist
as a medium for art? How about the exhilarating feeling of travelling through air
at blinding speeds—could that not also be of inspiration?
Eight artists, whose artworks have been inspired from being above ground
level, make up this exhibition. Each artist has his or her interpretation of what it
looks like, what it feels like, to view the world from above.
Stephen Robert Johns, Curator

AGL - Above Ground Level will also be on view at Ruth Bachofner Gallery, located at 2525 Michigan Avenue, Building #G-2, at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, California, from August 4 to September 3, 2004. A reception for the artists will be held on Saturday, August 7, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. For more information about the exhibit at Ruth Bachofner Gallery, please call 310.829.3300.

The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding with the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department to administer and provide curatorial services for the Art Exhibits Program at Los Angeles International (LAX) and Ontario International Airports. The purpose of the Arts Exhibits Program is to educate and entertain the traveling public while emphasizing a cultural experience that highlights what makes Los Angeles unique and interesting. Exhibitions are currently on display in Terminal 1 and in the Tom Bradley Terminal at LAX, and in Terminals 2 and 4 at Ontario, California.

Art Space One Museum, Ito City, Japan
Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Denise Bibro Fine Arts, New York, NY
Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano, San Jose, Costa Rica
Fukuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, Fukuoka, Japan
Galeria Nacional Museo de los Niños, San Jose, Costa Rica
Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art, Kitakyushu, Japan
Los Angeles County Museum of Art / Art Rental Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Nagasaki Museum of Art, Nagasaki, Japan
Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, New York, NY

Allstate Insurance Company, Los Angeles, CA
Art Front Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Artsource LA, Inc., Santa Monica, CA
Atlantic Richfield Company, Los Angeles, CA
Galeia Nacional Museo de los Niños, San Jose, Costa Rica
Hotel Monaco, Washington, DC
Hyatt Hotel Corporation, New Orleans, LA
USC Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA

David Kapp
"Places, objects and space seen from above or the use of aerial perspective
is an unexpected orientation for the viewer. This creates a moment
between experience and recognition that is one of the painting's primary
—David Kapp
ACA Galleries, New York, NY
Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
David Beitzel Gallery, New York, NY
Marita Gilliam Gallery, Raleigh, NC
Inman Gallery, Houston, TX
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
Tibor De Nagy Gallery, New York, NY
Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, NY
Hilton Hotel, New York, NY
Metropolitan Life, New York, NY
Prudential Insurance Co., Newark, NJ

"I tend to be influenced by the environment where I live—and it's an
urban environment. There, you continually see one culture leaving a mark
which is modified or utilized by another culture...."
Daniel Saxon Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX
Galerie Claude Samuel, Paris, France
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
Mexican Museum of Art,San Francisco, CA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Carngie Art Museum, Oxnard, CA
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Corner House, Manchester, England
Denver Museum of Art, Denver, CO
The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM
Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM
National Museum of Art, Washington, DC

Mary Heebner
"Rivers meander like wild serpents homing towards the sea. Edges where
the land and sea meet flux and torque wildly. I imagine I am looking
through the lens of a microscope at the world on a cellular level, tides
pull away like the stretch marks of mitosis parting and growing. Trees,
blown down from a volcanic blast; hair follicles, badlands, no more than
the wrinkled knuckles on my hand.
Years of traveling on airplanes, thumbing through atlases, and following
maps to explore new lands have inspired my work – real and imagined
charts where a spirit can dream and a mind can wander..."
Mary Heebner
Allrich Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Casa de Cultura, Oaxaca, Mexico
College of Creative Studies Gallery, University of California, Santa
Barbara, CA
Cheney Cowles Museum, Seattle, WA
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Markel/Sears, New York, NY
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
Sullivan Goss Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
U.S. Embassy Ambassador's Residence, Santiago, Chile

Peter Alexander
"I like things that glow..."
Peter Alexander
Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Barbara Mathes Gallery, New York, NY
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
Franklyn Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY
Galerie Janine Rubeiz, Beirut, Lebanon
Sezon Museum of Art, Tokyo and Seibu Tsukashio , Japan
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Eli Broad Collection, Los Angeles, CA
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Getty Museum, Malibu, CA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art, New York, NY
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Photo Credit: Michael Childers

Peter Shire
"I am 56 years old and I have tied my shoes 16,790 times more or less
since I was five years old. My friend describes my work as plainly as I
see it. ‘Peter's work is sort of a collage, a sort of unstable collage of more
or less broken geometric volumes, more or less broken mathematical
surfaces, and then there are lines crossing everything and there are
memories on top.’ My sculptures, however, are NOT toys. They are what
we think toys are, about seeing things for the first time. Good memories,
precarious balance and good luck..."
Peter Shire
Daniel Saxon Gallery, West Hollywood, CA
Design Gallery Milano, Milano, Italy
Gallery Saito Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Frank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Toby Moss Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
UCP Ueda Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Houston Museum of Art, Houston, TX
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
Judisches Museum, Frankfurt, Germany
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Great Britain

Scott Katano
"Formally and conceptually my work draws from such current
fascinations as Japanese anime, mid-century modern furniture, rave
culture, consumer culture, car culture, and the cult of celebrity. My work
is about fad, fashion, and style, and examines the allure of and attraction
to the surface, the microscopic, the ornamental, the colorful and shiny..."
Scott Katano
Armand Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Claremont College Gallery, Claremont, CA
Coagula Projects, Los Angeles, CA
Fukuoka Museum of Art, Fukuoka, Japan
Gallery Soolip, West Hollywood, CA
Caren Golden Fine Art, New York, NY
Il Forno Fusorio, Tavernole, Brescia, Italy
John Wayne Airport, Costa Mesa, CA
LA Artcore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Andrew Shire Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Clifford Smith Gallery, Boston, MA
Sunam Gallery, Pusan, Korea

Laddie John Dill
“Laddie John Dill translates nature's larger themes into his works; not just
the appearance of land and atmosphere, but visual metaphors for the
earth's basics: geology, oceans, the ebb and flow of tides and streams, the
telling effects of time...”
Michael Smith, Curator, Baxter Art Gallery, 1978
"The manipulation of ambient light combined with the lights' interaction
on matte and reflective surfaces has prevailed in my work for years. The
employment of aircraft aluminum allows the work to capture ambient
light and gives the illusion of kinetic energy..."
Laddie John Dill, April 2004
Endowment for the Arts, Artist Fellowship, 1975 / 1982
John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, 1979
Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL
Greenville County Museum, Greenville, SC
Laguna Beach Museum of Art, Laguna Beach, CA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA
Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA

Contact: Sarah Welch, Cultural Affairs
Through October 31, 2004 213.473.8481

Gaby Pacheco (LAWA)

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