On April 25, the Cologne-based gallerist Bene Taschen will debut his internationally known Hardhitta Gallery in the US with a group exhibition at Paris Photo Los Angeles 2014 and a pop-up exhibition “Insights” at voila!
Hardhitta Gallery focuses on contemporary photography, which intimately documents emotionally charged situations reflecting the zeitgeist of an era. After Streets of L.A. (2011), 45. Point Blank (2012) and A Humanist Gaze (2013), three successful solo exhibitions of American photographers Gregory Bojorquez and Joseph Rodgriguez, Bene Taschen has extended his portfolio to include German-Ukrainian artist Miron Zownir. Photography from 1978 – 2013 (2014) is the gallery’s first group exhibition in Cologne bringing together all three artists.
With Insights from May 2 to May 23, 2014 Hardhitta Gallery will present a joint exhibition of photographs by Gregory Bojorquez, Joseph Rodriguez and Miron Zownir at Voila! in Los Angeles.Bene Taschen presents works of the three contemporary photographers, none of whom shy away from photographing difficult subjects or taboos. The exhibition consists of a selection of their best prints in cibachrome, silver gelatin and archival pigment print spanning four decades. Gregory Bojorquez will be present at the opening.
Gregory Bojorquez grew up in East Los Angeles and began his career photographing his friends and neighbors. He gained the confidence of some of LA’s notorious street gangs and began to document their gangland activities. After coming to the attention of L.A. Weekly he has been known to take pictures of such Hollywood greats as Snoop Dogg and Mike Tyson. His photos have been published in Rolling Stone and FHM magazines. In 2011 Bojorquez happened to capture images of riots on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles with his analogue camera. These pictures were published around the world.
Joseph Rodriguez, the multi acclaimed documentary photographer from New York is also known for his intimate and accurate portrayal of people who live on the edge of society. Rodriguez’s works were exhibited for the first time last year in Germany in a major retrospective by Hardhitta Gallery. A passion for photography saved Rodriguez from a life of theft and drug dealing. His award winning photos are published regularly in well-known newspapers and magazines such as The New York Times, Der Spiegel and National Geographic. His photos were recently exhibited in the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington in an exhibition called Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art.
As the “poet of radical photography,” German artist Miron Zownir has been chronicling the dark side of human existence for more than 30 years, in Western capitals such as Berlin, London and New York as well as in post-communist Eastern Europe. His photos depict outsiders in society: drug addicts, homeless people, prostitutes and minor criminals. Zownir’s radical works have been shown in numerous exhibitions including two exhibitions, Darkside I and Darkside II in the Fotomuseum Winterthur (CH) (2008/2009), where his photos were shown together with works by Araki, Nan Goldin, Robert Mapplethorpe, Weegee and Larry Clark.
Hardhitta Gallery was founded in 2011 as a temporary gallery for contemporary photography by Bene Taschen, son of publisher Benedikt Taschen. After successful solo exhibitions of American photographers Gregory Bojorquez and Joseph Rodgriguez, Taschen is extending his portfolio to include Berlin artist Miron Zownir. Previous exhibitions in Berlin, Cologne and Los Angeles include: ‘Gregory Bojorquez – Streets of L.A.’ (2011); ‘Gregory Bojorquez – 45. Point Blank’ (2012) and ‘Joseph Rodriguez – a Humanist Gaze’ (2013)
Recently, a customer brought in an oil painting that was severely damaged by mold. The painting had been in storage in London for a considerable amount of time, and fell victim to the extra moist climate. The 63” x 56” oil painting held too much sentimental value to part with, so our client brought the piece in for an assessment of damage and restoration.
Upon inspection by our Mater Restorer, we found that roughly 65% of the painting’s surface was infested with active mold. We began the restoration process immediately to prevent further growth. Below are close up images of the mold affecting the backside of the canvas!
First, a varnish was applied at 30% dilution to protect the surface of the painting. Second, the Restorer applied a mixture of chemicals to the affected areas of active mold. Third, the painting received a UV Light treatment to the front and back surfaces to kill the active mold. Fourth, another mixture of chemicals was applied to deeply cleanse the affected areas. Fifth, the painting was dressed with a third formula so as to remove the varnish from the painting, along with dust and dirt. Finally, we applied a protective varnish, fitted the painting with a new stretcher bar, and completed the restoration process for this customer.
The end result: a beautiful painting, free of mold, and looking brand new.
Once again, voila! breaks the…mold.
Over the past few months, voila! had the pleasure to host Reelz TV as they shoot their new series, The Treasure King! The Treasure King follows celebrity treasure hunter Richie Marcello on his hunt to buy and sell valuable treasure and hard to find Hollywood memorabilia. Our location was used for parts of the filming. It was a treat to experience being a part of a reality tv series! Watch some of voila! as the set of this new show in the short clips below.