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Contact: Gabriela Baez or Caye Brundage Riley at (562)907-4974        

Reference: 03/04: 15

Date: Oct. 2, 2003                                                                                                                                                  

“Columbarium:” New Works on Paper 


WHAT:                        Mark Housley’s latest solo exhibition of vibrant, colorful drawings. 

WHEN:                        8 a.m.- 5 p.m., Monday – Friday, Oct. 13 – Nov. 7

                             Opening reception : Sunday, Oct. 19, 3-5 p.m. 

WHERE:                 Greenleaf Gallery at Whittier College, 13406 Philadelphia St., Whittier  

COST:                    Free 

ADD:                      Housley’s latest solo exhibition transforms generic images of medicine bottles into iconographic symbols, which ambiguously can be seen as both life-givers and death-dealers.  These vibrant, colorful drawings, almost innocently inhabiting the same space, this paraphernalia of sexplay also covey a sense of both danger and healing.  A columbarium is a structure of vaults lined with recesses that hold funeral urns.  Housley’s new work was inspired by a visit to “The chapel of the chimes,” a columbarium in Oakland, Calif., designed by the architect Julia Morgan.  The drawings are memorials, depicting memories of love, lovers who have died, the death of sex and relationships that have ended.  The exhibition showcases an array of intensely realized images that center on the big themes of life: loss, desire, death. 

                             Mark Housley’s work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows over the past decade.  He has been the subject of pieces in, among others, the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Artscene, Artnet.com, Artweek, and Details magazine.  His articles have appeared in such journals as Art Issues, Coagula Art Journal, and Juxtapoz

INFORMATION:         Contact Kim Russo, gallery director, at (562) 907-4200, ext.4687.  For more on the Greenleaf Gallery, visit http://web.whittier.edu/krusso/gallery.html 

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