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Authors often write about topics that most directly concern them - be it a person, location, or zeitgeist that grips them. Lately, authors gravitate towards the environment, and increasingly in dystopian novel form. 

Art in all forms has begun to ruminate on environmental resources, and this rumination includes water at the forefront of thought. This makes sense – water is key to life in many ways. We need to consume water, but we also use water for hygienic and recreational purposes.

Bladerunner 2049 (for those of the film persuasion) or Pierce Brown’s Red Rising series (for those of the nerd persuasion) feature air showers in lieu of water. Showers with air, because in these futuristic societies water has become a resource only for the rich when not for consumption (and surely then, even at a premium).

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Shades of Water is The Montalbán’s meditation on water: a needed and present resource for life (and livelihood).

Shades of Water is a group show that honors water as omnipresent and essential to modern society. Not in a foreboding or reprimanding way, but vis a vis depictions of water in our everyday lives.

In particular, Daggi Wallace’s work caught my eye. Wallace has a beautiful hand and finished product (at an incredibly reasonable price I might add). Wallace also achieves classic social portraiture but with a 21st-century subject.

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Shades of Water is being exhibited at The Montalbán from November 16, 2018 to January 31, 2019.

This group show is curated by Baha H Danesh, and partners with an annual Toy Drive benefiting MEND Poverty. While this exhibition is enjoyable and thoughtful, it’s made even more special since it benefits a volunteer organization with a holistic approach to ending poverty.

Where: 

The Montalbán

1615 Vine St.

Los Angeles, CA 90028

When:            

November 16, 2018 – January 31, 2019

Cost:              

$10

Featured Artists:

Amabelle Aguiluz, Artist

Barbara A. Thomasonn

Chenhung Chen

Daggi Wallace

Erica Halpern

Eric Minh Swenson

Felís Stella

Joan Scheibel

Joelle Cooperrider

Karen Hochman Brown

Kellie Thomas-Walker Artist

Kristine Schomaker

Margaret Hyde

Rebecca Laws

Scott Froschauer

Students of Birmingham Community Charter High School

Susan Poms Amorde

Winston M. Secrest

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Raleigh Barrett

Raleigh Barrett is a vegan Angeleno transplant who has lived in the NoHo Arts District for five years. She certainly won’t be leaving California in the next four years. Raleigh recently graduated from the University of Chicago with a Master of Arts specializing in Linguistic Anthropology. While in Chicago, she worked as the Gallery Assistant at the Renaissance Society. Raleigh is thrilled to be back and blogging for the NoHo Arts District.

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  • Comment Link Daggi Wallace Tuesday, 27 November 2018 18:33 posted by Daggi Wallace

    Thank you so much for the article about this show and my work in particular. I'm glad it resonated with you and really appreciate the shout out! My pieces in the show are offered at a greatly reduced price:)

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