La Luz De Jesus Gallery Presents Happy Spaces, a Solo Exhibition by Californian Pop Surrealist Zachary Benson Friedberg

Artist preserves and reimagines iconic Californian mid century modern architecture

Los Angeles, Jan 7, 2023 – From January 15 through February 4, La Luz De Jesus Gallery will feature international artist and painter, Zachary Benson Friedberg (aka Speczacular) for his largest solo exhibit to date.  The exhibition, Happy Spaces, is a follow up to Relatively Quotidian, Friedberg’s sold out solo exhibit at the gallery in 2021. Happy Spaces consists of 21 new paintings that feature iconic Southern Californian mid century modern architecture with Friedberg’s surreal and futuristic twist.

“Themes of Streamline and Googie architecture, space travel, and alien worlds are brought together through a palette of colors that come straight from the T & C Surf catalog,” said Matthew Gardocki, Gallery Director for La Luz De Jesus Gallery. “Freidberg’s paintings are quintessential Southern California.”

“My favorite mid century modern architecture embodies an optimistic vision of the future where humankind takes its place among the stars,” said Friedberg. “My artwork aims to preserve essential representations of such iconic architecture, while reimagining these buildings on other worlds, among alien explorers, in alternate dimensions, and in a future where the promise of everyday travel to the stars is realized.”

Exhibition Details: January 14-February 5, 2023 

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 14, 4 pm-8 pm

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About the Artist and Gallery:

Zachary Benson Friedberg is a Southern California based painter creating vibrant artwork exploring themes related to the unknown and escapism. His acrylic paintings are most notable for their attention grabbing use of highly opaque fluorescent paints applied with print like precision. His artwork has been exhibited internationally, including exhibits at La Luz De Jesus in Los Angeles, Clutter Gallery, in New York, Secret Fresh Gallery in Manila, and Laputa Space Gallery, in Shanghai. 

La Luz de Jesus Gallery is one of the most important, ground-breaking galleries in Los Angeles, which quickly garnered a considerable reputation with collectors, galleries, and artists around the world and gave birth to a genre of California art that would come to be known as Lowbrow.

Can’t Believe My Eye – 18 x 24 inches – acrylic, vinyl, and resin on wood

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