The Navarro Residence presents Cristian “SMEAR” Gheorghiu

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The Navarro Residence presents their inaugural exhibit featuring the works of Cristian “SMEAR” Gheorghiu A curated collection from past & present


March 10th, 2012

6:00pm – 10:00pm The Navarro Residence

5704 Baltimore St. Los Angeles CA 90042


The Navarro Residence is proud to present its inaugural exhibition featuring a curated collection of works from the past and present by Los Angeles based artist Cristian “SMEAR” Gheorghiu. This first event, in conjunction with NELAart Org and The Site UnScene, is designed to set a tone for a new series of events curated by collector Jessica Navarro, owner and founder of The Navarro Residence, and will run monthly with the NELAart Walk.

The recently launched Navarro Residence, a residential setting which houses the extensive collection of Navarro, was created to be a unique venue that promotes an atmosphere of both education and of experimentation with art collection. The space offers a unique opportunity for guests to experience “living with art.” Designed to spark interest in new collectors as well as introduce experienced buyers to emerging artists, Navarro comments, “Over the past few years, Iʼve been so fortunate as to have acquired many inspiring pieces of art from all over the world, and I want to share my personal collection, as well as exhibit new works, with the hope of providing a platform for artists to share the essence of their imaginations in an intimate and unique setting that will appeal to anyone in the art community.” The Navarro Residence welcomes artists, enthusiasts and collectors alike to come home and celebrate art.

The inaugural exhibition of the Navarro Residence will feature the work of Cristian Gheorghiu, aka SMEAR. His visceral, highly personal style of painting emulates the messy workings of the total-information age, layering forms and images with powerful brush strokes and frenzied lines, all coupled with brilliant color. His work oftentimes incorporates rags and tatters of cloth, reproductions, fragments of comic strips, and other collage elements of waste and discarded materials to convey maps of the mental states he is exploring in himself and within his audience.

The collection of works curated by Navarro from Gheorghiuʼs career reflect her attraction to work depicting the rawness of the artistʼs emotion during creation, work that tells the story of the artistʼs weanesses and of their greatness. Navarro comments, it’s “pieces that speak the truth.”

Recent works as well as older works from Gheorghiuʼs coveted catalogue will be on display and available for purchase, several for the first time since their inception for Gheorghiuʼs Ventura Museum retrospective.

The Navarro Residence is proud to partner with NELAart Org and The Site UnScene for the launch of their monthly NELAart Walk Series. NELAart Org provides a resource to share information and ideas and is dedicated to increasing the visibility of the thriving arts community in the Northeast area of Los Angeles. The Site UnScene works with galleries, artists and art lovers throughout the Los Angeles area to “help make art happen” in new and unique ways.

Media Contact: JB Jones