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for immediate release

August 23 - September 12, 2003

Aritsts: Lucas Reiner, Mindy Shapero, Masami Teraoka, Alexis Weidig
opening reception: Saturday, August 23, 2003; 7 - 11PM

OVERTONES is pleased to present "SuperNatural" an exhibition of work by Lucas Reiner, Mindy Shapero, Masami Teraoka and Alexis Weidig. "SuperNatural" brings together four artists who use nature as means to look inward rather than outward.

Lucas Reiner's paintings of trees, skies and fireworks are at once an observational record of his journeys throughout Los Angeles and a sort of intense form of psychological portraiture. His work was recently featured at Roberts & Tilton in Los Angeles. A one-person show of his painting is scheduled to open later this year at Shaheen Contemporary Fine Art in Cleveland.

Mindy Shapero's work is informed by fantasy and children's books. Her ephemeral installations depict dream-like scenes of tree stumps, fog and flocks of birds. Suspended somewhere between image and object, her subjects hover in the realm of dream, memory and the unconscious mind. Mindy Shapero is a recent graduate of the University of Southern California's MFA program.

Masami Teraoka left Japan, arriving in Los Angeles in 1961. For Teraoka, the comparative experience of living in America and Japan has informed his work throughout his career. His landscape imagery is executed in watercolor on paper, painted in the style of traditional Japanese woodblock of the 19th century Edo period, appropriating the aesthetic, compositional and stylistic concerns of such artists as Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865) and Katsushika Hokusai (1759-1849). In 1979, the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, hosted a major solo exhibition of his work.

Alexis Weidig's sculpture flirts with landscape imagery through a combination of a wry critique of post-minimalist sculpture and a deeply personal investigation of her Albanian Orthodox heritage. In her newest work Weidig incorporates representational objects and imagery ranging from artificial birds and flowers to sewing appliqu•8s and rhinestones. Recently she was commissioned to create a temporary public art project for the City of Ventura.

OVERTONES is a creative venue that supports and promotes visual and performing arts, with emphasis on emerging talent, diversity of Los Angeles communities, social responsibility and good times. OVERTONES is dedicated to searching outside the confines of established art structures and presenting work that has the potential to engage a wide range of audiences.