Ivy Bottini, Jay Jorgensen,
Michael Kirwan, and Miguel Angel Reyes will be exhibiting.
of Finland Foundation will also have an exhibit about the life and
work of its namesake.
Ivy Bottini is an artist, actor, comedian, director, mother and
political activist. She is a founder of the first chapter of the
National Organization for Women, in 1966, and designed their national
logo in 1969. She founded the first AIDS organization in Los Angeles,
AIDS Network; founded the Los Angeles Lesbian/Gay Police Advisory
Board; and helped spearhead the defeat of the Briggs (No on 6),
No on LaRouche and No On 64 Initiatives.
Ivy was a full time artist for 25 years. She is
currently preparing for another Art Show while doing her activism.
In 1991 she received Drama Logues “Best Performance
Award” for the highly acclaimed “Against the Rising
Sea,” and in 1998 the “Ivy Theatre” was established
and named in her honor.
Currently she is the Co-Chair of the City of West
Hollywood’s Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board and, under her
leadership, the Advisory Board spearheaded the exploration/issue
of both partner abuse and the use of crystal meth within the Gay
and Lesbian Community.
Ivy is a Founder of the non-profit Gay and Lesbian
Elder Housing Corp. The Corporation is building 104 units of affordable
apartments. The building is the first of it’s kind in the
nation and is located in Hollywood, California.
Jay Jorgensen was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
in 1964. He picked up his first camera at a very young age and was
hooked. Growing up, he began shooting landscapes and pictures of
friends. An early influence were the beautiful nudes and photographs
of dancers by Kenn Duncan in "After Dark" magazine. "It
was one of the few gay-related magazines that you could just buy
on any newsstand," Jorgensen says, "and it was very important
in shaping the way I looked at photography."
Moving to Los Angeles in 1985, Jorgensen's work took a turn when
a friend asked him to take some nudes. "It opened up a whole
new way of expression for me, and I began asking friends to pose
for me. Those early images allowed me a certain intimacy in the
images because of my familiarity with the subjects.
"There was a great renaissance in black-and-white
photography about that time. Herb Ritts, Bruce Weber, Helmut Newton
were all publishing books," continues Jorgensen, "and
the images were like none I had ever seen before. I realized the
sky was the limit. Horst and George Platt Lynes are also two of
my favorite photographers and I have learned a lot by looking at
their mastery of shadows.
"Capturing the human body on film allows me
to speak with a vocabulary that I just don't have with words,"
says Jorgensen. "When I'm photographing, I leave the color
world and step into a fantasy world of black-and-white shadows.
Form and light are the most important components of my images -
but I also love telling stories of graceful dancers, romantic couples,
artists struggling with their art or whatever ideas I want to explore
at the time."
Michael Kirwan was born in both New York City and 1953. He discovered
his talent for drawing early on, but was was discouraged by his
family because it was sissyish. After many interesting and entertaining
years (the details of which are fuzzy due to his fondness for gin)
he began producing illustrations for porn magazines in the mid-1980s
and became a professional —but often penniless — freelance
smut artist in 1990. His closest friends describe him as "smarmy,
irreverent, snide, manipulative, duplicitous, arrogant, ridiculous
and possibly a sociopath".
He's had quite a few exhibits in L.A.,
Miami. New York and a few other places that have slipped his alcohol-sodden
mind. Michael's artwork has appeared in numerable magazines —
both gay and straight — and is collected by the most sophisticated
people on the planet. He is currently the "Artist in Residence"
at the ToFF House, has a "Hall of Fame" award, and just
been approached for a book about his images. You can view the extent
of his labors at www.KirwanArts.com.
Miguel Angel Reyes:
Los Angeles-based portrait and figurative painter, muralist, printmaker
and illustrator Miguel Angel Reyes incorporates expressionist brushwork,
a saturated palette and the classical tradition in his subject portrayal.
Born in Colima, Mexico in 1964, 10-year-old Reyes
immigrated to the U.S. with his family and grew up in Southern California.
He graduated from Otis Art Institute/Parsons School of Design in
Los Angeles with a BFA in illustration. Aside from a season working
as a jazz and modern dancer for the San Diego Dance Theater in 1993,
the whole of his professional career has been devoted to visual
Reyes' study of both dance and photography have
always served the way he creates visual art. Knowledge of movement
and anatomy help him pose his subjects. And by taking his own photos
- whether on the street, in clubs, or for specific portrait commissions
- he creates an intimate connection with his subjects.
Since 1989, Reyes has had fifteen solo exhibits
and been featured in over hundred group shows throughout the US,
as well as in Mexico, Europe and Asia. His prints hang in major
museums and in private collections. In 2002, he produced charcoal
illustrations for the CD covers and posters in the Savoy Jazz "Timeless"
series. In 2003, he produced silkscreen prints for the L.A. Country
Office of AIDS Living Responsibility Campaign.
An accomplished muralist, in 1995 Reyes completed
one of the largest mural projects in Los Angeles, the 750 foot Amistades
(Friendships) at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Argyle.
As an artist for whom the personal is political,
Reyes has contributed both artwork and his talents as a curator
to a wide variety of causes including Project Angel Food, Self-Help
Graphics, and CARECEN (Central American Refugee Center).