Center for Audio & Visual Expression

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Exhibition Dates: December 10 – January 7 , 2017

Please join us for the Opening Reception at our


55 N. Venice Blvd 90291

Saturday December 10 | 6-9pm

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Zach Johnsen is an illustrator, painter and art director currently living in Portland, Oregon. His body of work is multi-faceted and expansive in style. Ranging from pen & ink, watercolor and graphite on paper, acrylic on canvas to installation work in wood.

Regardless of medium, the overarching theme in Johnsen’s work deals with modern day burdens and working mans’ interaction with the spiritual world and the energies that surround him.

With his newest body of work, we see a continuation of the impressive and memorable “Acid” series – which Johnsen is best known for. We are presented with a snapshot at the moment of man’s breakdown – or epiphany.  Executed with pop sensibility, Johnsen masterfully creates frenetic figures floating against stark white backgrounds. A stuttered mid-air explosive revelation is captured freeze frame – depicting the moment when an individual is suddenly struck by a vision of overwhelming clarity, or stripped of their barriers and flooded by insight.

Johnsen’s art has been exhibited throughout the United States as well as Australia, Japan, London and Denmark. Johnsen has also created original works for print and publication, skateboards, furniture, sneakers, snowboards, clothing and apparel as well as for music and motion graphics.

“Acid Test” is Johnsen’s fourth solo exhibition with C.A.V.E. Gallery. Johnsen has also exhibited with C.A.V.E. Gallery at SCOPE Art Fair in Miami and New York and at STROKE Art Fair in Munich.



John Park received his training at the Rhode Island School of Design. Soon after graduating, he felt constrained by the traditional and regimented style of classical realism that he was pushed to achieve in art school. In 2008, Park began to “live paint” at various venues across Los Angeles, including many C.A.V.E. Gallery’s events. The live settings allowed him to invite spontaneity into his work – and from this energy, his stylized urban aesthetic was sparked.

Park’s distinct technique of layering marker, charcoal, and acrylic continues to evolve. He employs a focused approach – first creating intricate base layers of text and architectural motifs for each piece, and then incorporating stylized figures in motion emerging from their environments – giving each piece a unique voice.

In his latest series “Body Politic”, Park examines the evolution of the modern world – observing how the synthesis and hybridization of ideas continues to assert themselves with ever increasing magnitude in every sphere of human existence. These new paintings also incorporate imagery that suggest a return to our origins as a species – symbolizing the next period in a endless cycle of revision and renewal, while simultaneously acting as a stabilizing counter-force in an era of chaos and uncertainty.

“Body Politic” is the artist’s fourth exhibition with C.A.V.E. Gallery.






“Images of women in art and advertising are often not about the woman whose image is depicted. The image is of her, but not about her. My work often explores this disconnect and how society views women.”


Bri Cirel received her Bachelor’s degree in Film and Media from the California College of Arts. After graduating from film and video school, Cirel began to teach herself to paint with oils while working as a resident artist for a movie prop house in Hollywood, CA. There, Cirel made custom paintings for commercial and movie backdrops and learned an array of techniques that helped develop her painting style – which is known to incorporate strong, graphical designs influenced by advertising, art history, punk music, and cinema.

“While at school, I developed a love for video editing which has significantly influenced my painting style. Because video is a time based medium, imagery and ideas are delivered to the viewer in a certain order. With paintings, all of the visual information is delivered to the viewer at once, but the way in which the viewer processes that information varies. This fascinates and compels me to compose images of text, shapes, portraits and figures in a layered process with competing qualities. I use text in my paintings to deliver commentary while also utilizing the font’s graphic qualities to distort or contain imagery, creating a visual propaganda puzzle intended to lure the viewer in.”