Lisa Adams Interviewed by Ezrah Jean Black.

Avian Avatar, 2011

Here’s a 30 minute interview with gallery artist Lisa Adams from Creative Current. Ezrah Jean Black and Lisa discuss her paintings in her recently closed CB1 Gallery exhibition, “Paradise Notwithstanding.” (Did you know that there have been 23 articles, interviews and reviews about Lisa’s latest show published in print or online in the past 3 months?)

If you missed seeing her show, stop in and see several of her paintings in our back room and check out her book, which we have available for purchase.

Woulden, New Work By Paul Donald.

Paul Donald’s work carries references both to the body and to actual marks, bodily made. That sense of a body-as-being and body-as-making and body-in-mind is applicable to whatever “body” is willing to accommodate self-reflection: we all carry the weight of our own history, our own self- beliefs, our own self-demands, and must come to terms with a “world” where certainty is merely a layover.


Woulden, Paul Donald’s first Los Angeles exhibition opens on Saturday, October 29, 2011 and will be on view in our West Gallery through December 4, 2011. The thirteen sculptures in the exhibition push the limits of how identifications function: corporeal effort changes materials into deliberately confusing hybrid “bodies” that turn binary thinking inside out.



everyone is spirit / everyone is alone / everyone wonders why / everyone protects what they love / everyone wants to be free / everyone needs to relax

everyone dreams / everyone makes mistakes / everyone cries alone / everyone is beautiful sometimes / everyone wants to be different / everyone wants to be found

everyone has a story that they can never tell / everyone wants an answer / everyone knows the truth / everyone has a secret / everyone is damaged / everyone is a target

everyone wants more / everyone is hungry / everyone owes someone / everyone loves a happy ending / everyone wants it to stop / everyone doesn’t want it to end.


everyone is alone, 2011

After writing everyone, artist Chuck Agro realized that everyone didn’t need an image to define it. What it needed was to fill a space and to make that space a poem the reader could inhabit, walking between the cadences and feeling the slurring, the mumbling, the enunciation and the volume of the words and the slipperiness of people’s lives. 

everyone will be on view from Saturday, October 29 through Sunday, December 4, 2011, at CB1 Gallery. An opening reception for the artist will take place on Saturday, October 29, 2011, 5 – 7 p.m.

Jeannie Lee on Amy Yoes’ Light Lab.

Writer Jeannie Lee stopped by the gallery on Saturday, the day before our opening, and checked out our two new shows.  Here’s what she has to say on her blog about the exhibitions.

Amy Yoes, Light Lab, Mixed media (MDF, paint, lights), 23' x 18' x 13'

Amy Yoes’ white and black constructed installation fills the front room of the gallery like a haughty, well-bred aunt, who might prefer that you not mention the faint similarity to the mash-up of architectural ornament that is Disneyland’s ride, It’s a Small World. Indeed, the sculptural is elegant and speaks of a modernist connection with clean lines and geometric shapes, despite the ornamental trim. Hidden alcoves and nooks are well lit and encourage the eye to explore, even to the floor and all the way up to the lofty ceiling. The hand-painted surface adds visual pleasure and intrigue to the looking; and despite an initial sense of sterile angularity, every surface has been touched: sometimes the black is intentionally abraded to resemble newsprint and there are areas of gradient shades gray. Yoes’ black-and-white silver gelatin prints in the front room add more “spatial conundrum” to the show, while Hilde Overbergh’s oils on linen in the west gallery continue the conversation of interior abstracts in color (CB1 Gallery, Downtown).

Amy Yoes and Hilde Overbergh Open September 11, 5 – 7 p.m.

We have a great season of exhibitions scheduled for the 2011 – 2012 season, starting with two exceptional shows that open on September 11, 5 – 7 p.m.  In our East gallery artist Amy Yoes uses the cathedral-like space of CB1 Gallery, a former bank lobby, to construct a geometric structure built along a quasi-organic logic in which lit voids and constructed forms emerge out of the universal language of building: bracket, ramp, tower. Light Lab is an exhibition not to be missed.

A view of Amy Yoes' Light Lab taken during the installation process.

And, in our West gallery Hilde Overbergh‘s exhibition, Repositioning Basics, presents the artist’s new paintings which use re-contextualized snap shots of interior spaces as a starting point for her compositions. Major alterations occur in the process of the transformation from the original snapshots/collages to the artist paintings, achieving an abstract spatial dualism. CB1 Gallery is exceedingly pleased to present Hilde’s first US solo exhibition.

Artist Hilde Overbergh at work in her studio in Leuven, Belgium.