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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
August 5 - 31, 2005
Los Angeles , CA

Marc Arrañaga Contemporary Art & RiskPress Gallery
present:

Chiaroscuro Spaces
Doug Cox: Paintings and Drawings

Artwork by Doug Cox

Opening reception Friday, August 5, 6 - 11 PM
Note: Marc Arrañaga will soon moving to New York and
invites his L.A. friends to say "good bye" at the opening reception for this event.

The beguiling images of Doug Cox suggest stories untold, feelings waiting to be expressed and ideas looking to be shared. His evocative narratives hint at enigmatic relationships contextualized in the often alienating environment of modern lives that are at times fully absorbing yet misunderstood.

Los Angeles artist Doug Cox is best known as a painter of provocative works documenting the dark side, or chiaroscuro spaces, of the gay life in LA. The exhibition continues his exploration of sexually charged spaces and the male gaze.

Cox’s passion is the human figure. His dark and brooding works feature male figures alone and in groups, and are often sexually charged. His recent work includes a series of male nudes inspired by his work as an HIV counselor at gay bathhouses and sex clubs in Los Angeles. “These are dark spaces and my work reflects that,” Cox says. “I feel compelled to capture the chiaroscuro moments that inhabit these spaces.” Working in graphite and oil on both paper and wood panels, Doug Cox’s art captures the human form in its most personal and primal moments.

Aaron Smith, who is has been the recipient of many teaching awards and painting commissions since becoming a faculty member at the Art Center College in Pasadena writes, "I can think of no other artist who brings more honesty to the representation of masculine longing than Doug Cox. He paints with astonishing economy and infinite subtlety. In these intimate works, heroism is not represented in the body, but in the struggle to connect with others."

Even though the works are a direct interpretation of the artists’ environment, the figures in the artwork and the formal quality take precedent. Independent curator Marc Arranaga writes, “The work isn’t necessarily about the homo-erotic, but rather about the process of drawing and painting and the struggle for a connection brought through in the artwork.

This exhibit is organized by Marc Arrañaga, an independent curator and art historian. Arranaga has staged many groundbreaking exhibitions featuring national and international queer artists. In addition, he produced a lecture series for queer art historians writing about gay and lesbian history. He is currently working on a Jean Cocteau exhibition that will travel to Japan in 2005/6. Visit http://marc-jasper.com/exhibits.htm to learn more about these events.

RiskPress Gallery is a space devoted to allowing artists, a different one each month, to have the opportunity to experience the production of an exclusive showing of their own work. RiskPress does not receive any of the proceeds from sales made by the artists, nor does RiskPress require the artists to pay for their time with us. The gallery’s mission is to provide an efficient and attractive space for artistic presentation.

RiskPress Gallery
Gallery Hours:
Thursday - Saturday 2:00 - 9:00 PM and by appointment.
8533 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA
90069 Map  310.659.4680

Marc Arrañaga Contemporary Art Website

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MATTERS OF SIZE
“Cock size doesn’t matter to me. I didn’t start doing those gigantic cocks until the censors let the magazines publish full frontal nudity. I had to come up with something you couldn’t get in a photograph. So those big cocks are all for the other guys — I’m an ass man myself.” — Tom of Finland