Environmentalism at World Wide Art Los Angeles through Claus Larsen.

WWALA Exhibitor Claus Larsen exhibiting with Just Art Gallery speaks on the Environment.

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An important and changing moment occurred in the consciousness of the world regarding environmental risks when the first energy crisis evolved in the 70′s, when for the first time world-wide, people realized that the resources of the planet were limited. Similar to a limiting reagent in a chemical reaction, pollution and environmental health just became the limiting reagent to human life on earth.

A vast opinionated movement came about, initially in California, labeling the movement ecology. It was the idea of a new relationship of harmony between man and nature, which sent into substantial crisis the idea of progress without limits. It was in this phase that the critical debate began, to progressively move from the circumscribed problem to the correlations with the system of galleries and museums, to the somewhat more complex theme of the relationship between art and nature.

Climatic change is already so evident, that the contamination of the ground, of the air, the deforestation and depletion of the plant and animal diversity as well as the pollution of the deep layers of the seas and oceans are the neon signs that the crisis is well underway.

The global ecological crisis is known as the manifestation of a vaster crisis, that of a cognitive and social nature or, an ecology of the mind, that occurred well before that of the environment.

My works suggest many levels of interpretation where nature and the collective memory comprise fundamental points of reference. The vivid and brilliant colors of my works help create a painting of the highest definition (long before High Def Television), made of optical illusions and traps for the eye. My approach to painting is typical of the humanist except one with a scientific background breaking away from the optical chemistry while integrating the knowledge of art history yet utterly contemporary. A careful reading of the paintings takes the spectator through the muddle of aesthetic transfiguration and the tight weave of optical illusions, towards a larger more encompassing environmental knowledge and awareness.

VIP opening Thursday October 16th 5-10pm. Email us for tickets.  Show opens to the general public on Friday October 17th – 19th 10-7pm.

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Old World Charm and Contemporary Art

   10209-Old-World-Charm-2Just Art Gallery made it to the news stands with Art New England (September/October Issue), the Providence Monthly and East Side Monthly (http://www.providenceonline.com/stories/Just-Art-Contemporary-Gallery-Italian-art-Providence-East-Side-Monthly,9646).

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Our space is a casually elegant maze with over 400 linear feet of display space. The artwork is owned outright demonstrating the strength of our conviction in the works we sell and artists we represent. In today’s society, very few things are purchased to last a lifetime art however, is.

Think about a new car; you spend a fortune to get it off the lot and as soon as you drive off the lot it depreciates. As the years and miles accumulate, the value declines. You spend money to repair it, to insure it, to feed it and when you go to bed at night, it sleeps elsewhere. So what is the point of a car except to get from point A to B? It should only be that, a means to get to where we need to go, cheaply and safely versus a status symbol that sits in a garage or is only enjoyable as long as you can keep fuel in it and when driven to and from work. loggiatouffizi

Art on the other hand, lives and breathes with you, in the environment where one resides and for the lucky and smart ones, where they work. So few things are purchased for the significance beyond our lifetime. Why not leave art to one’s children, something that says so much more than just physical money? Buying art does not mean you need an education, it means you need a feeling. If the work talks to you, speaks to something inside then that is the piece for you. How and where do you start? By trusting in galleries who put their money where their mouth is. People who are experts in the works they sell and who invest in the works and artists they represent. embrace

Just Art Gallery has risked its own capital and is the leader in imported Italian Contemporary art today. Our focus and specialty is unique and brings to American soil, artworks, talent and fresh images rooted in antiquity. Just think, you do not have to go to Europe to “feel” the strength and history among the old streets of the Old World but you can feel that through these works of art. Upon stepping in to the gallery, one feels immediately the sensation of art beyond the realm of America.

We are upfront about the pieces and will tell you the flaws because art is not perfect it just “is.” We are honest about the works and today that goes along way in a world full of tricksters. We love Italy, we love art and we love to talk about what we have. Make our space your destination where you can come and not be pressured to purchase. PlantOld

Go to our website to request our mailing list, check out our online store for some of our catalogs and if you wish to see works via email from some of our artists, just ask and we will be happy to send them. If you live outside Rhode Island, consider a B&B weekend in this lovely state and take your time to enjoy the “scrappy” kind of old world charm The Plant provides along with three art galleries and the Cuban Revolution Restaurant. This is where you will find people who have settled in Rhode Island after living in New York or Europe running world-class galleries and proposing real life topical issues along with our gallery’s centric Contemporary Italian and European art. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAtheplant1

From Points North
Take Interstate 95 South into Providence. Take Exit 21 – Atwells Avenue. Turn right onto Atwells Avenue and continue straight 1 mile. The Eagle Square Shopping Center will be on your right. Turn left at the light on Valley Street. The Plant is 1/2 mile on your right at the corner of Valley and Delaine Streets. To park, take left at 4-way stop to Delanie Street. Take first right into parking lot. To enter the building, cross the street, through the arch, proceed up the ramp, there is a intercom on your left. Dial “852” to be buzzed into the building. We are in Unit 25 on the third floor at the end of the long hallway.

From Points East
Take Interstate 195 West to Interstate 95 North. Take Exit 21 – Broadway. Take the second left off the service road onto Atwells Avenue and continue straight for 1 mile. The Eagle Square Shopping Center will be on your right. turn left at light onto Valley Street. The Plant is 1/2 mile on your right at the corner of Valley and Delaine Streets. To park, take right at 4-way stop to Delanie Street. Take left at 4-way stop to Delanie Street. Take first right into parking lot. To enter the building, cross the street, through the arch, proceed up the ramp, there is a intercom on your left. Dial “852” to be buzzed into the building. We are in Unit 25 on the third floor at the end of the long hallway.

From Points South
Take Interstate 95 North. Take Exit 10 North – Cranston. Take Olneyville Square Exit. Take a left at light onto Westminster. Bear right at Olneyville Square onto Valley (there is no sign, Bank of America will be to your left when you turn onto Valley). The Plant is less than 1/4 mile ahead on your left at the corners of Valley and Delaine Streets. To park, take right at 4-way stop to Delanie Street. Take first right into parking lot. To enter the building, cross the street, through the arch, proceed up the ramp, there is a intercom on your left. Dial “852” to be buzzed into the building. We are in Unit 25 on the third floor at the end of the long hallway.

From Points West
Take Route 6 East towards Providence. Take left exit toward Broadway/Route 10 North. Turn left onto Broadway. After 1/8 mile, turn right onto Valley Street (there is no sign, Bank of America will be to your left when you turn onto Valley). The Plant is less than 1/4 mile ahead on your left at the corner of Valley and Delaine Streets. To park, take right at 4-way stop to Delanie Street. Take first right into parking lot. To enter the building, cross the street, through the arch, proceed up the ramp, there is a intercom on your left. Dial “852” to be buzzed into the building. We are in Unit 25 on the third floor at the end of the long hallway.

Please note: Visitor parking is available across the street, entrance on Delaine St. between Valley Street and Harris Ave., across from the Plant and The Cuban Revolution restaurant.

Art, from the Beginning of Time

There is no better way to escape the world than through art and yet, it is also the most secure and strongest link to the world.

Our ancestors invented art over 35,000 years ago but it was an art meant to communicate and was devoid of religious codification. The extraordinary images of Altamira and Lascaux, the same that made Picasso exclaim, “After Altamira all is decaying,” or those other exceptional figures carved into wood and stone by the aborigines and prehistoric peoples were not just simple decorations but a means to communicate with the spiritual forces, points of contact between life and death of this world and the unfathomable world beyond.

In this perspective, strongly negated by a more materialistic than spiritual modernity, art was and has remained the only human invention that brings from the physical world to the eternal empire, a mystery coinciding with art itself.

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Every art critic or curator should center their research and conjecture in an expressive direction and precise philosophy. The curator for Just Art works around two themes, Beauty and Tradition in the new,  modern-day times. Beauty is not meant just as an esthetic factor but as an ethical and spiritual category, courier of the mystery that sends us back to the original enigma of heaven invoked by our ancestors. Tradition of the new, an oxymoron, is a fundamental characteristic in all art, of all times and particularly, in Italian art.

Through the centuries the shapes used to represent reality have always been the typical bodies, objects, and landscapes but always transfigured by artists into eternal images, loaded with a strong force and new emotions, yet always renewing.

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Believe it or not, this was done over 500 years ago and looks as contemporary as art produced today. This is the history and tradition of art.

Thus, grand masters of our times join the young or old emerging and established artists and may begin their journey accompanied by traditions without time yet supplied with contemporary sensibility with Just Art Gallery.

Why Choose Contemporary Italian Artists?

ImageJust Art has been queried many times about its focus on Modern and Contemporary Italian Artists. The gallery response is based on both fact and the historical depth pertaining to all the arts, Italy has one of the world’s richest art heritages in fact, according to UNESCO, Italy is home to 60% of all the art in the world and 30% of that resides in Florence. Italy also has the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites, 47 of them to be exact. In fact, 80% of all stolen art on a yearly basis is Italian art. The country hosts 6000 archeological sites and loses roughly a museum’s worth of art every year to thieves.

Italy experienced for more than 2000 years migrations and invasions and, was divided into many independent states. This gave Italy one of the richest art legacies in the world. The country inherited a great diversity of civilizations and with those, numerous periods of art, which are heavily patronized worldwide. Italy unified relatively late, in 1861, and because of this has an enormously rich cultural heritage made up of customs and traditions from the many regions. This allowed Italy to contribute immensely to the cultural and historical heritage of Europe.

Clearly Italians know what they are doing when it comes to art. They live and breathe 2000 years of history everyday. They walk by ancient walls, gaze upon fascinating rooftops and cupolas from their office windows or homes as an everyday occurrence. There is more “eye candy” in Italy than Miami Beach.

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Just Art has recognized this cultural heritage and is focused on promoting the unbridled artistic talent residing in Italy; art did not stop after the Renaissance in fact, art has been the cultural turning point of every decade. Nowhere in the world is there such a concentration of talent. Do we need to mention Ferrari, Alta Moda, cuisine, jewelry designing and manufacturing, the silk trade of the northern regions, architecture, comics, literature, motion pictures, music, science and technology, sculpture and visual arts?

Just Art Gallery focuses on contemporary art but includes modern Italian masters and grand masters along with their European and American artists. The goal is to make the gallery a destination experience where one can go spend the day browsing the art books and general catalogs of many of the Italian masters and grand masters while seated outside in the courtyard under an umbrella sipping an espresso or a glass of wine or even a handmade fruit soda from the Cuban Revolution. The Plant is a wonderful environment for all, not just the many artists and clothes designers who live and work there in fact, that was one of the many reasons the gallery decided to open its doors at The Plant, it is a cultural hub for art.