Sensual Abstraction in the “The Pleasure Principle” at VillaBerta

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Thru July 15th.
The Pleasure Principle

STUDIO CITY, CA – The VillaBerta Gallery is pleased to announce a group show of Los Angeles painters in “The Pleasure Principle” at a beautiful residential space, curated by Charity Burnett. Hosted by Clara Berta.

Sharon WEINER, Sharon SUHOVY, Charity BURNETT
Between sensual indulgence and tranquility, these process painters explore associative play and the limits of desire. They express thirst-quenching colors, ‘cravable’ textures, fantasized gratification, soothing ambient moods, and healing or therapeutic transcendence. Works on view in “The Pleasure Principle” have aesthetics of tactility that simulate a physical quality. Creative processes allow for chance or serendipity. As westernized culture puts increasing importance on leisure and recreation, – over-stimulation, even addiction as a result of arousing the primitive brain’s pleasure circuitry meant for survival.

The resurgence of an intuitive process in painting is a result of artists reacting to their data driven and analytic culture, becoming a phenomenon coinciding with the Digital Age. These artists have come to abstract painting as innovative collaborators to the mid century moderns. Several of these painters create a hybrid of cultural aesthetics from polarized genres while also being true to their times.

Summer Janelle and her artwork.

VillaBerta Gallery

Copyright 2012


The Pleasure Principle” exhibition runs Friday, May 18th to Sunday, July 15th 2012.

Closing Party: Sunday, July 15, 2012, 4:00pm to 6:00pm


Hours are by appointment and during opening/closing receptions. Tours scheduled on some weekends. For more info email


To learn more about Alex Couwenberg watch this short art documentary on his artist process. Vid is by Eric Minh Swenson.

A special congratulation…
to the Alex and Andi Couwenberg on the opening of the Lancaster Museum. Also Chris Trueman was recently selected by LA’s top art critic, David Pagel to kickoff the recent LACE auction in Hollywood. The Sangria curator at VillaBerta has several choice pieces by these artists. To inquire about selections and pricing send you contact info to


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