This week we are excited to debut the newest extension of our Venice community — Gjusta Studios.
Gjusta Studios is comprised of two studio spaces tucked between Gjusta and Gjusta Goods, dedicated to hosting and supporting the evolving practices of interdisciplinary artists.
The spaces are purposefully meant to be open-ended, blank canvases for artists of all kinds to use as they need, from seasonal residencies to venues for presentations, shows, or pop-ups.
Gjusta Studios will open this week as a gallery showing a selection of work from local photographer and collaborator Pascal Shirley — if you’re in the Venice area, we invite you to Gjusta Studios tonight from 5-8pm for the opening reception of our debut exhibition, Shirley’s “Reflections, Refractions, & 3 Burros.” The exhibition, featuring images captured around LA and throughout the West Coast on Shirley’s road trips over the last two years, are on display now through Sunday, April 3 (open to the public from 11am-4pm daily).
Shirley’s sister, Sarah Brunnier, writes of “Reflections, Refractions, & 3 Burros”:
“I keep having the sense, this early spring morning, as I look across my brother's photographs for his upcoming show, of glimpsing a mind in meditation: watching as it winds its way through the elements, listening, as it shapes itself into a kind of nondenominational Hosanna.
There are treble notes made by the sun: permutations as it differentiates, dapples and rainbows, sparkles and halos, and even bursts into atmospheric electricity.
There are base notes made by cliffs and mountains, embraced by oceans or stilled by snow. There are arpeggios of silhouettes wrapped in pastel comforters, and cadenzas of cityscapes balancing ions. There is even a mysterious melody of Mediterranean palm fronds and kingly desert burros, hinting multiple ancient allegories, each one, placed gently into score cairns, for pilgrims making their way through rather frightful weather, seeking peace.”
For readers out of town, we welcome you to experience Shirley’s exhibition virtually through his photographs below. All framed works are for sale for $850 (email email@example.com), and additional prints are available through the artist’s print shop, Pascal Printing.
About Pascal Shirley
Pascal Shirley (b. 1980) is a Los Angeles, CA based photographer focusing on lifestyle, portraiture, travel and food photography. He received his MFA in Photography at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco where he studied under Larry Sultan, Ari Marcopoulos, Jim Goldberg, and Todd Hido. He was honored as one of PDN’s top 30 photographers in 2015 and has been a part of many exhibitions up and down the West Coast.
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Gjusta Studios (@gjustastudios)
324 Sunset Ave
Venice, CA 90291
(Next to Gjusta and behind Gjusta Goods)