Paul Loya Gallery


September 7 - October 12, 2013

September 7th – October 12th, 2013
Opening Reception: September 7th, 6-10 pm

Paul Loya Gallery is proud to present Tom Fruin’s solo show, LOCALS ONLY.

When we asked Tom Fruin for a title for his upcoming first solo show with the gallery, he told us, “I was born and raised in L.A. and been working NY for the last 16 years, so… LOCALS ONLY!”. We couldn’t agree more with the way the title describes his work and method in which his pieces are created. Combing the streets of Brooklyn he finds dicarded objects that create a narrative and history that have become artifacts of his surrounding. Altough the materials he uses are cold and lacluster, he fills them with life and warmth by bringing to our attention their translucent color and by molding them into unique forms to create body and personality.

In these new works he has focused on cultural touchstones that radiate a specific time and place. Works like Black Ball and the eponymous “Locals Only” clearly refer to his beach upbringing while No Entry Strategy and the drug bag flags for which he has become well known, reflect new surroundings in a more urban East Coast environ. Several works are literal Maps of nearby housing projects and parks transcending the genesis of the found materials.

Also on display are the beginnings of an ambitious new project created specifically for Los Angeles: Billboard. The latest piece in his internationally recognized ICON series, Billboard is a full-size recreation of California’s ubiquitous billboard advertisements. Fruin’s work replaces the usual trite messages with patterning based on his found-object quilts using colorful scraps from sign shops and industrial cast-offs. Like Copenhagen’s Kolonihavehus (first in the series), Brooklyn’s Watertower, and forthcoming Detroit’s Smokestack, Billboard will be a beacon of light for miles around.

Tom Fruin, 39, was born and raised in Manhattan Beach, California. Since 1996 he has called Brooklyn, NY, his home.

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