Debora Medici Guetta
November 14, to December 18, 2021
EXTENDED!! To January 22, 2022
November 14, Sunday, 4pm to 7pm
In 2010, Debora Medici-Guetta made up her mind to make a new start, picked up a camera and began the intuitive process of reframing who she was, one image at a time.
It had been nearly a decade since the Italian-born, Los Angeles-based photographer had focused on her own creative practice. Her passion for graphic art, photojournalism, and documentary films had given way to the demands of family and the unexpected ascent of her partner’s career. A return to artmaking meant embarking, in Medici-Guetta’s words, on “a big, long, introspective journey.”
After several years refining her technique and honing her perspective, she would reveal a series of photographs aptly titled, “Out Of The Shadow,” a haunting body of images that reflected Medici-Guetta’s desire to shed the trappings of the past and position herself as an artist in the world. Fitting then that she followed this initial exhibition with “Landed”, a series of collages that capture the frenetic and freeing energy of the world’s great urban centers.
Debuting in Spring 2015, “Landed” introduced a new technique Medici-Guetta utilized to manipulate photographic prints in unique ways. By cutting and hand-weaving together separate images of the same metropolitan scene, the artist crafted a heightened sense of space and movement. Reveling in both the chaos and peace of these manipulated moments, “Landed” sees Medici-Guetta assert herself as a vital witness to the madness and beauty of contemporary life.
As her vision grew, so did her understanding of how best to apply her impact. She began working with and eventually joined the board of directors for We Do It Together (WDIT), a nonprofit that produces films, documentaries, TV, and new media uniquely dedicated to the empowerment of women. Recently, for International Women’s Day, the group launched “One of Us”, a documentary for which Medici-Guetta served as honorary set photographer. The film, sponsored by Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles, follows four Italian women who are challenging gender bias and discrimination in their fields of work.
Continuing to explore and push against the boundaries of identity and status, Medici-Guetta is presently preparing her largest exhibition to date, again titled “Landed,” to be presented by Speedy Gallery in November 2021. The collection includes new works that apply her distinctive cut-and-weave techniques to large photographic prints of natural subjects, reconstructing otherwise ordinary portraits of flora into monumental abstractions of color and light.
“It’s more about feelings now than the experience,” says Medici-Guetta, referring to her everevolving journey, one in which capturing the moment is perhaps less important than releasing it from its cage.
2011 – CPW Group Show – Edward Cell Art+Architecture
Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2012 – CPW Group Show – Edward Cell Art+Architecture
Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2013 – CPW Group Show – Edward Cell Art+Architecture
Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
2014 – Photo L.A.
2014 – CPW Group Show – Wall Street Gallery, West
2014 – Beverly Hills at 100 – Marc Selwin Fine Art,
Beverly Hills, CA
2015 – Multiple Images – Wall Street Gallery, West
2015 – Solo Show- Wall Street Gallery, West Hollywood,
2016- Photo L.A. (work was included in the Be-Art
Magazine as best top ten art photo of the exhibition)
2017- Photo L.A.
2019 – Exhibited – Wordless Statement, Tokyo, Japan
2019 – Multiple Visions – Whole 9 Gallery, Culver City,
To be announced! Stay Tuned!
2525 Michigan Ave. B5B. Santa Monica, CA, 90404
Hours of Operation
Saturdays : 12 – 7 pm
Tuesday to Friday : 12 – 5pm
Please Call for Appointment (323-333-0489)
From December 19, 2021 to January 5, 2022
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ART – A New powerful way to change the world.
The first gallery in Los Angeles dedicated to the works of Japanese artists
How many Japanese artists do you know? Ken Watanabe, Takashi Murakami or perhaps, Steve Aoki. But of these three, Takashi Murakami is the only contemporary artist. Ken is an actor, and Steve is a son of the famous steakhouse owner who became a popular DJ.and more…
I opened the Speedy Gallery in Los Angeles in May 2019. My love for art knows no bounds, held many art events on my own as a collector, from shows where Chef Watson (AI) competes with artists to museum exhibitions that exclusively featured exotic rare plants from around the world. These are more than art exhibitions; they take people by surprise and joy, showing significance of art events to those who weren’t so interested.
I’m constantly thinking about unique ways to curate art events; hence, I established the Speedy Gallery to introduce artists that are recognized in Japan yet have potential to be celebrated worldwide.
Branding Through Art
I wouldn’t call myself an art producer. I’ve spent many years in corporate brand consulting for Asian clients from Japan to China. Now, I’m planning to brand Japanese art globally through this gallery.
It was easy for companies to build a brand in the past. Before internet, television and magazines were the main media of 20th century. More you invest on marketing and advertisement, more exposure you had. But the rise of multimedia and social media changed the game. Building awareness of the product and services are not enough. Today, it’s about sharing. Sharing the information, users’ benefits, and the experiences with others through media. Companies have expanded beyond television and internet, creating actual spaces where people can directly interact to share the experiences. Many successful brands create these interactive spaces, share the experience through social media and get the people to love their brand. I believe that Speedy Gallery will be beneficial to the people of Los Angeles and the community at large.
Connecting with Society Through Art
Of course, Speedy Gallery will sell amazing artworks like other galleries, and all proceeds will be donated to charities. But it’s more than that. Speedy Gallery is a community space for every art lover and for those who wants to make changes in the world.
Through my career, I have obtained deep understanding of the internet businesses and how the digital natives think. They understand that internet allows people to explore the unknown corners of the societies. They utilized the power of social network to change the society. Take Ice Bucket Challenge, for example, it helped raise awareness of ALS, the Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong, Greta Thunberg’s environmental activism and more.
Please come visit Speedy Gallery to enjoy the art and make change in the world.
Born in Osaka, 1965. Graduated from the Art Department of Nihon University
Founder of Sony Digital Entertainment Inc.
Yokohama College of Art - Visiting Professor
K.I.T. Graduate School - Visiting Professor
Other than consultancy, our activities are wide and far-reaching, from acting as talent agent for the actress "NON", management of an art gallery in Los Angeles, event planning and casting business in Beijing, business development utilizing blockchain from Estonia, hosting "AI Salon" for corporate clients, and development of resorts and high tech agriculture in Okinawa and more.
Also drew attention for intorducing the "American-type Talent Agency Contracts" with affiliated artists, which was new to Japan's entertainment industry.
In 1998, as the Vice President of Sony Pictures Entertainment, he was involved in founding the satellite broadcasting network "Animax", "AXN", and more.
Cartier Award “Change Maker of the Year” (2016)
Warner Brothers’ Award “Best Marketer of the Year” (3 consecutive years 2010 – 2012)
Selected as one of “21st Century’s 51 Key IT People” by Nikkei (2001)
Agency for Cultural Affairs: appointed as “Content Researcher”
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry: “Information Age of Discovery” member
Ministry of International Affairs and Communication: “Media ＆ Software Study Group” member
“Breezing Thru DX” (Koryosha Books)
“Ready for the Paradigm Shift?: Creative Minds Post Corona” (Speedy Books)
“You Are Not Thinking to Profit from Social Media, Are You?” (Shogakan)
“This is OK as a 14 Year Old!” (Kodansha)
“Vox Pop is a Lie” (Satemaga Books)
Speedy, Inc. - President
Speedy Property Management Inc. - President
Speedy Gallery Inc. (CA, U.S.) - President
Speedy Euro OÜ - President
Speedy China - Director
Koryosha Inc. - Director
- Representative Director of The Association of Achantemama
- Representative Director of Non Profit Organization Sosaigigi
- Auditor of Fathering Japan Auditor
- Co-founder of Tiger Mask Foundation
Company: Speedy, Inc.
Established: September 7th, 2017
Address: 7-7-7 8F Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Company Details: Worldwide entertainment group with offices all over the world in locations such as Japan, North America, China, and Estonia.
Handles a wide range such as brand consulting, talent agency, art gallery management, publishing, online live streaming, and VR public viewing.