No Risk, No Reward

April 25  – June 6, 2015

Sabine Pearlman, photography
Ellwood T. Risk, mixed media

Conversation Series with Artists:
Sunday, May 24, 2 – 4pm


galerie102 is pleased to present “No Risk, No Reward,” a two-person show featuring Ellwood T. Risk, mixed media and Sabine Pearlman, photography opening Sat., April 25th with an artists reception from 5-7pm.

In arresting and beautiful graphic images, “No Risk, No Reward” explores America’s obsession and fascination with the right to bear arms. Ellwood T. Risk’s sexy and sassy silhouettes positioned on large targets contrast with the serenity of Sabine Pearlman’s photographic bullet cross-sections, revealing the beauty and timelessness of their construction.

In his Los Angeles Times review of Risk’s work, Peter Frank says “There are few more potent, less obscure images than the target.  The concentric circles signal the drawing of attention to the center – unwelcome attention, predatory and destructive.  In a backhanded homage to contemporary America, Ellwood Risk conflates sex and violence by superimposing the target on silhouettes of (usually female) objects of lust. Oh yes, and then he fires away.”

Risk credits his inspiration to the likes of Sigmar Polke, Hunter S. Thompson and William S. Burroughs.  “Although the actual inspiration for this body of work must be attributed to my father and his invitation to join him for a day at the firing range during Christmas 2001,” he says. “The concept of using what I view to be tools of destruction, to create works of art, continues to be the driving force behind my desire to explore this particular body of work.”

Risk (b. 1964) is a Philadelphia native and self-taught artist who has lived and worked in Los Angeles since 1992, currently residing in Long Beach, CA.  His pistol targets have been featured in film and television since 2003.  Four of his works including Training Target and Insurgent have been featured on the Showtime hit Californification from its debut in 2007 through Season 6.  The Blue Halo Target continues to be featured on TNT’s Franklin & Bash. Other industry credits include The X Files, Six Feet Under, Modern Family, Curb your Enthusiasm, CSI, Shmucks, Haywire and The Soloist.  Risk has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA; Compound Project, Malibu, CA; Hall/Spassov Gallery, Seattle, WA and Linksman Interior, New York, NY.

In October 2012, Pearlman visited a WWII bunker in Switzerland.  Intrigued by the vast amount of ammunition used in battle, she decided to document it in a way that seemed less threatening.  Her AMMO series contains 900 specimens, including those in the current exhibit, in which she captures the intricate beauty and composition of the bullets cut in half; unveiling layers of gilding metal, copper alloys, steel and lead cores that become, when enlarged, intricate and dynamic dimensions of shape, color and pattern.  In doing so, she reveals their handsome forms and unassuming complexity of elements, as well as the representation of the evil and the beautiful; in essence a representation of the human condition.

Sabine Pearlman (b. 1980) was born and raised in Austria and moved to the U.S. in 2004.  Currently, Pearlman lives and works in Los Angeles.  Pearlman has studied photography at Pratt Institute, Otis College of Art and Design and Santa Monica College.  She has exhibited both nationally and internationally and recently had a solo exhibition “Fatal Beauty” at PYO Gallery South in Seoul, Korea.