The new exhibit at sp[a]ce gallery, entitled Unvarnished Truth and curated by Mark Todd, features over 25 works by local artists: Ryan Heshka, Celia Jacobs, Kozyndan, Poul Lange, Paige Moon, Martha Rich, Jeff Soto, and Mark Dean Veca. This group of artists is eclectic, each presenting a different technique and a unique point of view.

I found much delight in the works by Poul Lange, whose collage pieces at first seem simple but then tell you much, and whose patience is reflected in his photographs. Lange was born in Denmark, but has lived in the US for over 20 years, first in New York and now in Los Angeles.

Poul Lange / “Strange Leaves” / Collage, wood, leaves / 5″ x 5″ / $500
Poul Lange / Guggenheim, New York, 1984 / Archival giclee print / 11.5″ x 17″ (18″ x 24″ framed) / $600


Likewise, I enjoyed the works by Celia Jacobs, which made me think of Paul Gauguin. Jacobs was born in Oregon, now living and working as an illustrator in Los Angeles.

Celia Jacobs / “Hammock” / Acrylic on wood panel / 10″ x 10″ / $400


Very interesting was the work by Mark Dean Veca, whose psychedelic-like pieces are full of intense (and sometimes colorful) swirls. He was born in Luisiana, has exhibited in New York City and London, and has been honored with multiple fellowships and grants.

Mark Dean Veca / “Oso” (Bear) / Acrylic on canvas / 32″ x 48″ / $11,000


Martha Rich made the individual pieces that you see in the featured picture at the top of this article. Each of the pieces can be purchased individually and several of them have already sold. Her work is fun and colorful, the art of a graduate from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena who found a fabulous way to rise above tough times.

I’ve told you here about only half of the artists exhibiting at sp[a]ce. Go on Saturday or Sunday, from 11 am to 5 pm, and check the entire exhibit for yourself. It won’t take long, but it may tempt you to buy a piece. Every work is on sale. The exhibition will continue through July 1, 2018.

sp[a]ce gallery is located at 39 E. Walnut Street, in Pasadena 91103. More information here.