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Art exhibits in windows of unleased businesses a quick take on talent in town.

March 18, 2011|By Terri Martin

The Glendale Area Temporary Exhibitions Project (GATE), along with the city of Glendale and local property owners, has contrived a symbiotic relationship that promotes local emerging and established artists and brings beauty and culture to downtown Glendale by replacing “for lease” signs in temporarily vacant business spaces with thought-provoking, smile-inspiring artworks.

These exhibitions began in December with GATE’s premier exhibition, “Increments,” located at 101 N. Brand Blvd., which livened up several empty suites with an exhibition of sculptures by Cynthia Minet — oversize animals formed by recycled plastics accented with LED lights, titled “Unsustainable Creatures;” Dillon Markey’s exploded scale copper wire self-portrait sculpture; and half a dozen more artists’ presentations.

The next suite of exhibits has been installed in three different locations downtown, spreading the innovative idea of “public art space” into new corners. Three seasoned artists enhance drive-by views.

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Architectural designer and artist Jeremy J. Quinn’s street-level multimedia billboard installation piece, titled “Tomorrow”, is at 116 E. Wilson Ave., and energizes the block with an intent to stimulate a consciousness about the future. Bright yellow letters spelling out “TOMORROW” fill street-front windows to inspire diligent caution in passers-by.

Srboohie Abajian’s thoughtfulness about the responsibility of an artist to thread great stylized technique, together with an expression of the essence of the subject matter, is apparent in the presentation in suite 180 on the Broadway side of the building at 101 N. Brand Blvd. Abajian’s drawings and paintings, installed in between and behind fabric panels, speak clearly about their substance, just as the words of a good poet relay their own drama and emotion. Diaphanous fabric panels are hung at various depths. Paper hands hang randomly between veils, creating a mystical fog that shrouds Abajian’s line drawings on the furthest panels. The exhibit is appropriately titled, “Getting It.”

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