December 7 - January 18, 2003
Opening Reception
Saturday, December 7, 2003, 5 - 7pm
Rene Norman Dori & Joe DeCamillis
Piece of Mine Drive By LA
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Rene Norman
Piece of Mine
For the winter 2002 season, frumkin duval gallery is proud to present new work by Los Angeles based painter Rene Norman. In "Pieces of Mine", Norman's narrative abstractions combine the whimsy of contemporary cartoons and animation with classic traditions of California abstract expressionism. Her vibrant colors combined with visceral/tactile surfaces are delicately balanced between the decorative, the surreal and the romantic. The compositions build tensions along the edges of the canvas and the shapes dance with each other in defiance of gravity. The title plays with the way in which Norman has executed the works not only on canvas but also on wood and paper. The thread that ties them together is the line, either dripped on the surface and rotated as the moving line dries across the surface, or a series of lines that become stripes. Her new paintings have abandoned the bright sorbet colored backdrops for their paler, earthier palette. The works on paper are collages of abstract shapes which mimic the paintings in their playful tangling of form and color.

Dori & Joe DeCamillis

Drive By LA
While they were in town for their last solo at frumkin/ duval gallery, Dori and Joseph DeCamillis spent time traveling the alleys, streets and freeways of Los Angeles armed with a cheap camera and sharpshooter eyes. The miniature scenes they have painted based on those photos measure 6"x4" and are accompanied by even smaller paintings ranging from 3"x4" to 2"x3". They capture the swirl of color and motion that inform our vision of the city. For the first time in their collaboration they have not painted on the same image and their separate paintings will be identified. The DeCamillis team continues to travel to outdoor festivals in search of the perfect balance between "high" art and popular art venue. In the past year they have added these additional awards to their resumes:
Best in Show, Lakefront Festival of the Arts, Milwaukee, WI
Best in Show, Magic City Art Connection, Birmingham, AL
Juror's Award, Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver, CO
First in Painting, St Louis Art Fair, St. Louis, MO