SOURCE: Eileen Koch & Company

November 08, 2007 10:00 ET

FACE VALUE: Artist Chris Lattanzio's "Faces" Light Up San Francisco

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - November 8, 2007) - Roger Kornberg, George F. Smoot and Stephen Chu have one more thing in common. Aside from being Nobel Science recipients, they were the subject of Chris Lattanzio's artwork masterpiece.

Lattanzio, known for his intimate, spirited and subtle three dimensional line sculptures (of depth and shadow basked in white) continues on his light provoking journey with his latest creation, "Nobel Portraits for a Noble Building" -- featuring the faces of all female Nobel Prize recipients of the USA and Nobel winning scientists from the Bay Area (Stanford, UC Berkeley and UCSF).

Commissioned to accentuate the life (& light) of the beautiful and immense halls of the Wareham Development's Emeryville Station East (5885 Hollis Ave. in downtown Emeryville), the laboratory building now boasts a veritable gallery vibe, housing Lattanzio's life affirming line sculptures that honor the Nobel recipients.

Chris' signature 3-D white-on-white line portraits are an extension of the artist's own minimalist perspective and exemplify an economy of material. Capturing the subject in his viewfinder, he reduces the image to simple lines, sketching in ink, and then applying the image to surfaces or planes carved and assembled on a flat base. Ultimately, the depths of the lines inform the exchange of shadow and light. The art works are finally painted white to enhance this light play -- a perfect backdrop for Emory Station East.

Lattanzio -- honored to be the artist chosen to depict these extraordinary people whose work is so intrinsically infused with intelligence, mystery, hope and deep compassion -- seems like a natural choice, sharing a similar sensibility in his own work. These themes, so integral in the spirit of his work, and instinctual is his ability to manifest essences, Chris has decided to embark on a new cross country project: Ten Faces for each of the major cities across the United States, beginning with Los Angeles. Face THEM Facts!

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