WORK / Co-Owner, FOOD HOUSE - May 1992 - August 1995, Los Angeles, CA
In 1992 FOODHOUSE, which was imagined and operated by Robert Gunderman, Leonard Bravo, myself and later Randy Sommer, opened out of necessity for an artists run space that valued emerging artists’ work, performances and happenings in Los Angeles.
The high dollar art market of the 1980’s had ended and an economic recession had caused many galleries to close their doors.
As an artist run alternative art gallery, FOOHOUSE exemplified the contagious do-it-yourself energy of the early 1990’s. Opened in a small run down schoolroom in Santa Monica, FH exhibited 55 group and solo shows, hosted performance art nights and invited local bands to play.
But unlike a typical gallery FH would make some adjustments that would be in favor of the artist, namely a more favorable split in sales to the artist, and the gallery would not own a specific stable of artists but would have a working relationship with many artists.
EXHIBITIONS / PROJECTS (in chronological order)
Inaugural Exhibition June 9, 1992 - Closing Exhibition March 4, 1995
Gourp Show - Tom Hartman, Eo Harper, Antonio Gonella, Leonard Bravo, Michael Arata, Robert Gunderman, Tim Clare and Stephen Hartzog
Group Show - John Elder and JIm Richards
Nutrition - Group SHow
Group Show - Eo Harper, Jack Richardson and Carlos Mollura
"Tattoo" - curated by Bennett Roberts - Including Rory Devine, Carol Davis, LouAnne Greenwald, Noel O'Malley, Yolanda McKay, Leonard Seagal and Mary Broegger
Group Show - LouAnne Greenwald and Holly Wilder
Group Show - Kevin Appel, Michael Pavoni and Steve Hanson
"Mimosa" - curated by Leonard Seagul through Nomadic Sites - Including Rory Devine, Linda Stark, Patrick Nickell, Katherine Leighnor, Jacci Den Hartog and Marc Pally
Group Show - Kieth Pirlot, Noel O'Malley and Jim Richards
Group Show - Joe Smoke and Anne-Marie Sircello
"Thanks" - One Year anniverary group show
"Germinal Notations" - Group Show
"The Power of Positive Thinking" - curated by Sam Durant
Tammy Rosen, Ed Suman, Andrea Bowers, Lilly Van Der Stoker and Mitchel Syrop
Group Show - Salley Elesby, Jane Reynolds and Antonio Gonella
"Thanks Again" - Two year anniversary group show
"Late Photography" - Group Show - Including Miles Coolidge, Steven Criqui and Tyler Stallings
"Pretty" - Group Show - Including Kevin Appel, Andrea Bowers, Jeffrey Burton, Salley Elesby, Lisa Hein, Marisa Hernandez and Melissa Pokorny
"Time and Space" - Group show addressing the closing of the space - Including Rory Devine, Sam Durant, Allyson Hollingsworth, Carlos Mollura, Dave Muller, Carter Potter, Elizabeth Razzano and Kent Young