May 19, 2017 Press Release – the OUT comes IN

/May 19, 2017 Press Release – the OUT comes IN
May 19, 2017 Press Release – the OUT comes IN 2017-05-26T18:01:39+00:00


Press Contact: Christopher Broughton 805-601-7530

FOUR FRIENDS GALLERY – Opens New Exhibition

Photography – Christopher Broughton

Sculpture – David Isakson

Sculpture and Photography – Larry Janss 


THOUSAND OAKS, CA – The Four Friends Gallery will hold a Public Opening Reception on June 2, 2017 from 6-9 pm of its latest exhibition. Complimentary light snacks and drinks will be served. Four Friends is located at 1414 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Suite 111, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362.

The exhibition the OUT comes IN opening will be June 2, 2017 from 6-9 pm and the show will run through July 12, 2017.  Gallery viewings are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm and by appointment.  The show will feature the photographic work of Christopher Broughton, sculpture by David Isakson, and sculpture and photography by Larry Janss.

ARTIST’S STATEMENT: Christopher Broughton

Les rues de Paris: A constant watchman looking past what is seen but anticipating what is about to be revealed.  The work cogitates the mise en scène of the street juxtaposed with the unscripted narratives of humanity.  Charles Nègre was the first to bring the camera to the streets, specifically Paris France in 1851.  Following within the pure roots of tradition and unnoticed observations, Les rues de Paris focuses on the multitudes of independent humanistic narratives interacting within layers of time. The camera’s invasive and subjective nature begins within the frame and its ability to include or exclude. Its subjectivity ends there.  Human interactions individually spontaneous and overlaid with time, allow true visual metaphors to be observed ever so briefly.


I am a small time operator. I find meaning in the contrast between opposites. My work is an effort to balance mind and body. I use technology against itself. I bring into question modern technology, as a point of reference. I bring antiquated technology, telephone parts, stereoscope viewers, antique drills, violins, piano parts, and animal bones, ad infinitum into a flux where the humor of the combination of materials begins to create, ex machina, meaning in and of itself. My name is David Isakson. I weld and join materials to make humorous deconstructions out of everyday objects. My art is an outsider deconstruction that blurs the distinction between the inside and outside world, thought and feeling.


As a youngster, I was surrounded by the works of many of the finest working artists of the day, my father having been a consummate collector of modern art. Wherever I looked, my gaze fell upon one sublimely beautiful, provocative artwork or another.

Later, when I was seventeen years old, I was brazenly bribed by my father. The deal he forced on me was that if I’d get my abysmal school grades up, he’d treat me to a summer photographic workshop with the acclaimed master, Ansel Adams, my then (and current) artistic hero. Thus, from my adolescent emersion in the great paintings and my teenage submersion in the study of the great photographs, my time and purpose in the world was predestined.

My recent experimenting in assemblage/constructive sculpture has surprised me and I’m rapidly falling under its spell. I am surprised and amused to I find that I am drawn to iconic religious themes in my assemblages – Catholic, Buddhist, Hindi, Judaic. When asked to list my religious preferences, I tick off “other”, though I admit that I most resonate with Buddhism and Judaism, as they are the gentlest of the great “isms” of ascendant thought.

The older and more “mature” I’m getting, the more willing I’m finding myself to simply chase my art wherever it takes me.

For information, please visit the gallery website: and the Facebook page at and Email or call them at  805-601-7530.




WHAT:  Four Friends Gallery premieres its latest exhibition the OUT comes IN featuring the works of Christopher Broughton, David Isakson, and Larry Janss..

WHEN:  Public Opening Reception on June 2 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

Show runs now through July 12, 2017.

Gallery hours for this show are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30PM to 5:30 PM and by appointment.

WHERE:  Four Friends Gallery

1414 East Thousand Oaks Blvd.  Suite 111

Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

HOW:  805-601-7530,, email and on Facebook.


Free Admission


Free parking is always available.


Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 8:00 pm Brogden Bay presents the next up in the live concert series:  An evening with Teresa James and Friends: Tramp/Babylon Revue. Brogden Bay Presents is delighted to bring blues singer Teresa James back to Thousand Oaks! Come hear this vocal powerhouse along with some of the finest musician in L.A. She can rock with the best of them and then use her sweet soulful vocals to bring back a haunted memory. But it always comes back to her killer voice. That killer voice.

Teresa is playing with musicians from two of my favorite L.A. bands: her own Rhythm Tramps and Babylon Social Club. Snuffy Walden (guitar, Emmy-winner for The West Wing) is a veteran of both bands!  Joining Teresa on stage from her Rhythm Tramps are Terry Wilson (bass), and Tony Braunegal (drums). And from Babylon Social Club: Leslie Smith (vocals, percussion), A special guest will be Jeff Paris (keyboards and vocals) who’s been part of Keb Mo’s band the last 10 years.

Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 8:00 pm Brogden Bay presents an evening with Chuck Cannon. Chuck Cannon grew up in the South Carolina Low country. He is a Southern boy whose voice echoes the R&B, Rock & Roll, Gospel, and Country music he grew up listening to. He is a multi-award winning songwriter who has been covered by an incredibly diverse array of mega-stars ranging from Pop artists such as Paul Carrack (Mike & The Mechanics, Squeeze and Ace) and Shawn Mullins to Country artists George Jones, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Wynonna Judd, George Strait and Toby Keith, to Euro-Pop super-group BoyZone and 80’s rock superstar band NightRanger, and Gospel’s Russ Taff and Bebe Winans. Opening the show is From Different Mothers, a duo consisting of Jimmy Yessian and Jeff Kossack, who you will recognize as two of the men in the Tall Men Group.