||FREEDOM & REVOLUTION
A Conversation with Curators Cat Jimenez and Veronica Thomas
Cat Jimenez founded Edition One Hundred to provide beautifully packaged and produced art and photography at prices within reach. Operating on the Internet, Edition One Hundred is a gallery without walls, open twenty-four hours a day in any time zone around the globe.
Cat Jimenez, founder of Edition One Hundred, is currently the Executive Director of the Lucie Foundation, a position she has held since 2005. The Lucie Foundation’s mission is three tiered: to honor master photographers; to discover and cultivate emerging talent; and to promote the appreciation of photography through various programs, which Jimenez has spearheaded during her tenure. In 2009 Ms. Jimenez and Lucie Foundation founder Hossein Farmani co-founded the Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA), an annual month-long celebration of the still image on the left coast. MOPLA’s mission is to create a comprehensive, citywide, collaborative effort that brings together media partners, galleries, institutions and museums in celebration of the photographic form.
Veronica Thomas is the Director of Marketing, PR and Events at A&I Photographic and Digital Lab in Hollywood, CA. She was formerly the Gallery Director of Kopeikin Gallery in West Hollywood where she oversaw shows for Chris Jordan, Andy Freeberg, and Susan Anderson. During her tenure at Kopeikin, Thomas booked Edition One Hundred artist Estevan Oriol for his first exhibition with his father, Eriberto Oriol, scheduled for 2011, curated by Aaron Rose. Thomas has an aggressive strategy to re-brand A&I’s Gallery space to become a studio that will be on the forefront of progressive exhibitions in the Los Angeles area. She is looking forward to presnting curated exhibitions with up-and-coming photographer Rick Shameless, Amy Arbus (Diane Arbus’ daughter), Alix Smith, Steve Olson in conjunction with Juice Magazine and many more.
Miles Regis created an original piece for this show which continues to explore a character that appears in most of his work, and he challenges the view to consider the concept of Freedom as a state of mind.
When I conceived the theme, the artist Brooke Ashe emerged. I have purchased her art over the last 7 years. She is the embodiment of Freedom and Revolution. Her spirit is afire and she comes from a long line of fighters, ancestral and spiritual. She is a fighter without a doubt. Her piece will explore cultural and personal symbols of Freedom and Revolution and is as bold and original as it's maker. Brooke Ashe connected me to artist Wendell Mc Shine who is a Mexican resident of Trinidadian descent who successfully fuses old and new world symbolisms fluidly through his art and animations. There is an expansive feeling to his detailed work that demands more than mere minutes of pause, but arrested moments of examination, questioning and introspection.
Ardith Ibanez is an innovator who is considered a pioneering woman in web design. She is also a Pilipino compatriot whose work I've come to know through Barkada Ko (translation = "My Posse" in Tagalog). She is artist, designer, illustrator and soulful human being who has travelled the world and kept all of her art to herself in her journals, for the most part. Introducing her art through Edition One Hundred is a pure pleasure and an honor.
I found Kevin Hayes’ work by a fluke – just your everyday web surfin. I stumbled upon his blog via his good friend David Choe. What I was most intrigued by was a series he did of provocatively photographing highly obese women. What I found so interesting is how Kevin was able to document – to some what may be considered grotesque – so beautifully. The layers upon layers of curvatures of the subjects were almost, seductive. He was successful at being able to alter a viewer’s perception of a pre-conceived societal judgment.
Cynthia Loebe is an eccentric. She is a bohemian, a nomad, a gypsy, a vamp! She is simply brilliant. And her work exudes all this – she is the personification of a free spirit, and she will be starting a revolution so you better get “dialed-in”.
As more people begin to understand that art, and great art at that, can be accessible, I hope they'll consider supporting more artists, not just those that are championed by the Art World. And if we're fortunate at EOH, we'll get some of that talent out there that has been embraced by the Art World because they are at the end of the day, free thinkers that believe art is just as much for the masses as it is for the wealthy.
Veronica Thomas: Some would say that art being offered on the web devalues the piece—well I’d say to those critics, “the buyer got to affordably acquire a great print, and the artist got money in their pocket from that purchase.” It’s a win-win formula that in no way devalues the artists’ body of work as a whole—it’s a single print of an edition of one hundred.