ArtSlant - Openings & events http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/show en-us 40 Daniel R. Small - Hammer Museum - June 30th 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM <div id="moz-reader-content" style="display: block;"> <div id="readability-page-1" class="page"> <div class="content-main "> <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Daniel R. Small</strong>&rsquo;s contribution to <em>Made in L.A. 2016 </em>centers on the archaeological excavation of the site where Cecil B. DeMille filmed <em>The Ten Commandments </em>(1923) and the ways that this and other filmic imagery have colored notions of ancient Egypt in the popular imagination. Small and <strong>Jack Green</strong>, deputy director of the Corning Museum of Glass, will discuss the artist&rsquo;s foray into archaeology and excavation in its myriad forms.</p> <div id="c13551" class="csc-default"> <div id="c10432" class="csc-default csc-typography" style="text-align: justify;"> <p>ALL HAMMER PROGRAMS ARE FREE<br /><strong>Location: </strong>Annex<br /><strong>Ticketing: </strong>This drop-in program is not ticketed. Seating is first come, first served.<br /><strong>Parking: </strong>Under the museum, $3 cash flat rate after 6 p.m. Cash only.&nbsp;(Please note: Parking fees will go up to $6&nbsp;on June 1, 2016)</p> </div> <div id="c13446" class="csc-default csc-typography"> <p class="p1 small" style="text-align: justify;">All Hammer public programs are free and made possible by a major gift from an anonymous donor.</p> <p class="p1 small" style="text-align: justify;">Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, an anonymous donor, and all Hammer members.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1 small" style="text-align: justify;">The Hammer&rsquo;s digital presentation of its public programs is made possible by the Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Sat, 28 May 2016 15:58:18 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Brad (Tiki Shark) Parker - La Luz de Jesus Gallery - July 1st 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Brad &ldquo;Tiki Shark&rdquo; Parker is truly a world class, award winning creator of Polynesian Pop Surrealistic Art with a Hawaiian twist.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">A creative partner of Body Glove, Tiki Farm and numerous international brands, Hawaii&rsquo;s King of Tiki returns for his fourth Biennial Exhibition at La Luz de Jesus Gallery.</p> Sun, 19 Jun 2016 10:51:43 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Aaron Marshall, Shag, Frank Kozik, Alan Forbes, Marco Almera, Pizz, Dirty Donny, Von Franco - La Luz de Jesus Gallery - July 1st 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>A 16 Year Collection of Paintings by Poster Pop Artists including Aaron Marshall, Marco Almera, Alan Forbes, Pizz, Shag, Dirty Donny and Von Franco.</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Poster Pop Collection spotlights several important paintings by Poster Pop Artists in the tiki, Hawaiiana, alternative and hotrod genres.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Highlights of the Collection include paintings by Pop Surrealists&nbsp;<strong>Aaron Marshall</strong>; <strong>Shag,</strong>&nbsp;the first oil painting by <strong>Frank Kozik</strong>; &ldquo;Priscilla Ua,&rdquo; widely considered to be one of <strong>Pizz</strong>&rsquo;s top five works along with rare paintings by <strong>Alan Forbes</strong> and <strong>Marco Almera</strong>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Since 1997, Poster Pop has created merchandise and published art prints based on the artists&rsquo; work. I&rsquo;ve always enjoyed a great working relationship with my Poster Pop artists,&rdquo; says Matt Getz &rdquo;It was both logical and key that I started collecting the original art.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The show at La Luz de Jesus and the the upcoming book on the Collection will feature over 120 works with forwards by Dirty Donny and BigToe. The volume will be written by Poster Pop Founder, Matt Getz.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Poster Pop is located in Huntington Beach.</p> Sun, 19 Jun 2016 10:51:50 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Bing Han - Night Gallery - July 1st 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Sun, 19 Jun 2016 14:41:48 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Cheng Ran, Huang Yuxing, Xue Feng - Night Gallery - July 1st 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Sun, 19 Jun 2016 14:43:06 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list M. Casey Rehm - SCI-Arc Exhibitions - July 1st 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p><em class="redactor-inline-converted">Control</em>&nbsp;utilizes a conflation of techniques between interactive media and formal generation to produce a space which engages interface as a domestic and cultural condition.&nbsp;The installation exploits the ubiquitous distribution of intelligent agents as daily mediators of our environment and lives as a device to rethink surface and tectonic as instruments in service to both human and inhuman agencies.&nbsp;Eschewing the urge to treat surveillance as invasive and design towards camouflage or isolation,&nbsp;<em>Control</em>&nbsp;instead embraces the narcissistic and exhibitionist qualities emerging in contemporary society to explore an aesthetic based on temporality and localized coherence (fiction) within a mutable field.</p> <p>M. Casey Rehm founded Kinch as a design and algorithmic consulting studio.&nbsp;The office&rsquo;s work spans architectural design, interactive media, robotic software development, data visualization and algorithmic consulting.&nbsp;The studio currently focuses on projects driven by the use of non-human intelligent agents to mediate and amplify the relationship between the digital, analog, and the human.&nbsp;In addition to his own work Casey&rsquo;s expertise has also been utilized by disparate fields from fashion design to video game design.&nbsp;The studio reconsiders the role of the designer from someone who generates fixed objects or finalized realizations, to someone who produces adaptive and extensive systems which can continuously generate new futures through response to human and non-human agencies.</p> <p>M. Casey Rehm received a MSAAD from Columbia University in 2009 and his BARCH from Carnegie Mellon University in 2005. He has over 10 years of architectural experience, working for firms in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, and London prior to opening Kinch.&nbsp;His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and featured in several publications.&nbsp;In addition to his professional experience, Casey has been a full time faculty member at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, assisted studios at Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Pratt Institute.&nbsp;Additionally he has taught workshops in conjunction with Eyebeam in New York.&nbsp;Currently he teaches graduate design studios and seminars in architecture, programming and robotics in design at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles.</p> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 05:54:52 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Group Show - bG Gallery - July 2nd 4:00 PM - 7:00 AM <p id="docs-internal-guid-43048cee-507c-f90b-6fe9-30419295b58d" dir="ltr">Part curatorial, part installation Spectrum-Gestalt brings together artists&rsquo; works from a wide variety of genres and mediums, grouping them into an expansive spectrum of color. The first spectrum was one of our most popular exhibits and the unofficial launch of our new Bergamot Station space and has since become an annual open call, allowing the gallery to discover new talent. Spectrum-Gestalt is part of an ongoing series of installation/curatorials exploring gestalt principles by Australian artist/curator, Airom.</p> <p><br />Bleicher Project Space is located inside Bleicher/Gorman (bG) Gallery in Bergamot Station G8A, next to Hiromi Paper. bG specializes in artists who have blurred boundaries between traditionally divided art approaches in their work with a particular emphasis on bridging &lsquo;inside&rsquo; and &lsquo;outside,&rsquo; and &lsquo;highbrow&rsquo; and &lsquo;lowbrow.&rsquo; Bleicher Project Space is an exhibit area within the gallery that has a focus on experimental projects and collaborative installations.</p> Sun, 19 Jun 2016 23:04:05 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Shio Kusaka - Blum & Poe - July 2nd 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p class="normal">Blum &amp; Poe is pleased to present Los Angeles-based artist Shio Kusaka&rsquo;s second solo exhibition at the gallery.</p> <p class="normal" style="text-align: justify;">For this presentation, Kusaka establishes a narrative via a body of work comprised of varied shapes, textures, sizes, techniques, and motifs.&nbsp;Ceramic pots carved to resemble wood grain, porcelain beach balls, pots painted with grids and lines, and miniature porcelain animals, can all be understood as a response to ceramic traditions.</p> <p class="normal" style="text-align: justify;">Installed in the three main-floor galleries, on a seemingly continuous pedestal over one hundred feet in length, Kusaka&rsquo;s installation calls for each work to be considered within the context of the collective whole. While each pot does function as a stand-alone work, a certain rhythm emerges as individual works gesture to the whims of form and content of surrounding works.</p> <p class="normal" style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition is accompanied by the first in an ongoing series of catalogues documenting a selection of Kusaka&rsquo;s artworks, inspired by Japanese pottery reference books. This first volume focuses on works from 2014&ndash;2016. It is published by Karma, New York and distributed by D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, Inc.</p> <p class="normal" style="text-align: justify;">Shio Kusaka (b. 1972, Japan) lives and works in Los Angeles. Her work was included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and has been exhibited throughout the world.</p> Sun, 19 Jun 2016 10:36:00 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Fran├žoise Grossen - Blum & Poe - July 2nd 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Blum &amp; Poe is pleased to present&nbsp;<em>Contact III,&nbsp;</em>an installation by Swiss-born artist Fran&ccedil;oise&nbsp;Grossen. This marks Grossen&rsquo;s second solo exhibition with Blum &amp; Poe, and her first in Los Angeles.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Emerging in the late 1960s,&nbsp;Grossen&nbsp;sought to relinquish the traditional tools and methods of textile and fiber art, instead utilizing a free-hand braiding and knotting technique allowing for greater freedom and spontaneity in her process.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Grossen&nbsp;quickly began exploring material mass, scale,&nbsp;and repetition to attain three-dimensionality and&nbsp;break the paradigms&nbsp;of her medium,&nbsp;which had&nbsp;reductively&nbsp;defined the genre as decorative.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Curator&nbsp;Jenelle&nbsp;Porter describes her practice: &ldquo;Grossen&rsquo;s&nbsp;knotted and plaited rope sculptures eschew the four edges that delimited traditional tapestry, and boldly enter the third dimension by hanging from the ceiling or unfolding directly onto the floor.&nbsp;Grossen&nbsp;pushes beyond this initial rupture with the rectangle and the wall to explore the weight of her material and its response to gravity, an investigation that aligns her art with broader artistic debates taking place in New York and elsewhere.&rdquo;&nbsp;<a title="" href="http://www.blumandpoe.com/exhibitions/fran%C3%A7oise-grossen-0#_ftn1">[1]</a>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">At an imposing thirty feet&nbsp;wide,&nbsp;<em>Contact III</em>&nbsp;is&nbsp;composed of seventeen knotted&nbsp;sections&nbsp;of rich, orange&nbsp;manila rope&nbsp;and is&nbsp;the largest in the&nbsp;<em>Contact</em>&nbsp;series&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;one of&nbsp;Grossen&rsquo;s&nbsp;earliest explorations of vertical repetitions. Hovering above the floor, the suspended&nbsp;mass&nbsp;is a paradoxical exercise that&nbsp;simultaneously&nbsp;employs and defies gravity, creating&nbsp;both&nbsp;tension&nbsp;in the fiber&nbsp;and&nbsp;an impression of lightness, fluidity,&nbsp;and&nbsp;grace.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Described by curator Nancy Neumann as a &ldquo;fringe under a large microscope,&rdquo; the installation was originally created for&nbsp;<em>Fiber Works: The Americas and Japan</em>, a group exhibition on textile art at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto and Tokyo in 1977.&nbsp;The work&nbsp;was&nbsp;later&nbsp;included in the exhibition&nbsp;<em>OLD TRADITIONS&nbsp;/&nbsp;NEW DIRECTIONS</em>&nbsp;curated by Rebecca A.T. Stevens&nbsp;at the Textile Museum, Washington, DC&nbsp;in&nbsp;1981.&nbsp;<em>Contact&nbsp;III</em>&nbsp;will&nbsp;be one of the focal points of&nbsp;Grossen&rsquo;s&nbsp;upcoming solo exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, in the fall of 2016.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Fran&ccedil;oise&nbsp;Grossen&nbsp;(b. 1943 in Neuch&acirc;tel, Switzerland) lives and works in New York City. Recent group exhibitions include&nbsp;<em>Revolution in the Making:&nbsp;Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947 &ndash; 2016,</em>&nbsp;currently on view at Hauser Wirth &amp;&nbsp;Schimmel, Los Angeles. Past exhibitions include&nbsp;<em>Fiber: Sculpture 1960&ndash;Present</em>, which was held at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston and traveled to the&nbsp;Wexner&nbsp;Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH and the Des Moines Art Center, IA (2014&ndash;2015).&nbsp;Grossen&rsquo;s&nbsp;work&nbsp;has been acquired by&nbsp;international public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the&nbsp;Renwick Gallery,&nbsp;Smithsonian&nbsp;American Art Museum, Washington, DC; and the State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia.&nbsp;Grossen&nbsp;is the recipient of The 2016 American Craft Council Award.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><a title="" href="http://www.blumandpoe.com/exhibitions/fran%C3%A7oise-grossen-0#_ftnref1">[1]</a>&nbsp;Jenelle Porter,&nbsp;<em>Fiber: Sculpture 1960&ndash;Present</em>&nbsp;(Boston: Institute of Contemporary Art, 2014), 198.</p> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 17:26:09 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Poeina, Slim Tailor, Robert Jacobson - bG Gallery - July 3rd 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM <p>bG Gallery presents a series of narrative musical performances the&nbsp;first Sundayof every month. Singer-songwriters with indie-folk-experimental leanings will be there to please us and inspire us, with artworks as a background.&nbsp;It's free, so feel free to join us.<br /><br />Performing at Bg Gallery:<br /><br /><strong>Poeina Suddarth</strong>, has been&nbsp;compared with Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse and Nora Jones.<br />Poeina is gearing up to release her second album "Junkyard Mermaid" in conjunction with her European tour with the German record label Songs &amp; Whispers July, 1st, 2016.<br />&nbsp;<br /><a href="http://www.soundcloud.com/poeina" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.soundcloud.com/poeina</a><br /><a href="http://www.poeinasuddarth.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.poeina.com</a><br /><br /><strong>Slim Tailor,&nbsp;</strong>Born in Los Angeles, CA, has been playing guitar for over a decade. From when he used to practice Tap-Dance as a child to becoming a musical artist. His many influences&nbsp;ranging from Buddy Guy, Wes Montgomery, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, John Frusciante, Bob Dylan, Sade &amp; Smokey Wonder.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.slimtailor.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.slimtailor.com</a><br /><br /><strong>Robert Jacobson&nbsp;</strong>explores new harmonies on stringed instruments, riding the edges between improvisation &amp; composition, and helping make outer space more musician friendly.<br /><strong>John Meador,&nbsp;</strong>a&nbsp;multi-instrumentalist with an interest in traditional music and dance. He has studied Traditional folk of Eastern Europe music and the music of Central France since the mid 1970&rsquo;s.&nbsp;<br /><br /><a href="https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/robertjacobson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/robertjacobson</a><br /><a href="https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/robertjacobson2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/robertjacobson2</a><br /><a href="https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/svara" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/svara</a><br /><a href="https://www.savvycard.com/robert-jacobson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><br /></a></p> Sun, 22 May 2016 01:02:26 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Group Show - ltd los angeles - July 8th 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Sun, 26 Jun 2016 17:19:56 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Group Show - Manhattan Beach Art Center - July 8th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">This art intensive is a collaboration between the Manhattan Beach Unified School District and Manhattan Beach Cultural Arts division to present the most gifted and dedicated high school students with an opportunity to fully delve into visual arts. Students have taken months to explore, experiment and create stellar artwork and showcase it during this exhibition.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 08:08:34 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Jim Barrett - bG Gallery - July 9th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p dir="ltr">bG Gallery presents a solo exhibit by artist Jim Barrett. &nbsp;Working in Los Angeles for the past forty five years, Jim Barrett finds inspiration in the magic landscape and people of the area. This body of work is an exploration of Los Angeles diversity and the complexity of the human condition. The exhibit will also feature the world premiere of Barrett's massive 30ft multi-panel work War Complex.</p> <p><br />&ldquo;It is tempting to fit people into neat categories: bag lady, illegal alien, redneck, conservative, liberal, simple, bite size portions that are easy to digest in order to fulfill some seeming need we all have to fit the "others" into one category or another. &nbsp;In my attempt to shed the labels, these paintings have turned into an invitation of sorts as well: an introduction to you to meet my neighbors and the neighborhoods that I've shared with them over the years.&rdquo; - Jim Barrett</p> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 22:03:53 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Dominic Terlizzi, Mark Posey, Caroline Larsen, Riin Kaljurand, Roast Hoggmann, Keenan Derby, Chrissy Angliker - Craig Krull Gallery - July 9th 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p>Craig Krull Gallery is pleased to present <em>Paint is a Thing</em>, a group exhibition curated by Beth Parker.&nbsp; This exhibition showcases seven contemporary artists who use paint to create both an object and an illusionistic space.&nbsp; While these artists embrace the materiality of paint, they also depict images and narratives, allowing the paintings to become more than purely objects.&nbsp; Each piece incites a layered read, with a visceral reaction to the physicality of the surface, as well as a cerebral reaction to the illusion described.</p> <p>Chrissy Angliker scoops and smoothes acrylic paint with the back of a spoon, creating pools that drip down rocky surfaces.&nbsp; The paintings are a marriage of form and function, as they are fluid in both brush marks and subject matter. Her energetic strokes, reminiscent of abstract expressionism, add movement to her paintings, so that the water swirls, and the flowers seem to be perpetually shrinking and growing.</p> <p>Keenan Derby constructs his paintings with a mixture of acrylic and sand.&nbsp; Occasionally, he&rsquo;ll add in a little metallic paint, so that the dark, sea-like surfaces glimmer.&nbsp; Each layer is contradicted by the next, to the point where the painting&rsquo;s ripples really do seem to be on the surface of a deep abyss.</p> <p>The characters in Roast Hoggmann&rsquo;s paintings have one step in our world and one within that of the frame.&nbsp; Windows are glossy, jewelry is metallic, and frosting is matte.&nbsp; As he layers paint, he sculpts and cuts it, adding and subtracting until each element finds its natural place in space.&nbsp; The vulnerable figures are built up until they seem almost touchable, inviting us to share in their humorous and sweetly sad predicaments.</p> <p>Riin Kaljurand collages dried layers of acrylic and household paint, which she has manipulated with traditional handcraft techniques such as basket weaving, knitting and crocheting.&nbsp; She uses these techniques to reference jobs that women were required to do in the former Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic, where Kaljurand was born.&nbsp; She questions this socially constructed idea of femininity, however, by then depicting women from <em>Soviet Woman</em> (a magazine from Soviet Estonia) working in traditionally masculine milieus like farms, factories, and construction sites.</p> <p>Squeezing, weaving, and plopping, Caroline Larsen plays with paint until it is more than just the image that it&rsquo;s describing.&nbsp; The cacti and succulents on front lawns coil like yarn, and the pointed leaves wave off the surface as though they are being blown by wind. Car crashes and sinking boats are depicted in paintings woven entirely of thick single pigments squeezed like frosting. &nbsp;The textile-like surface veils the tragedy so that we may focus on the paint application, such as a cadmium ember suspended in a night sky.</p> <p>Mark Posey pours acrylic onto panels, creating a hilly terrain that he then covers with oil and spray paint.&nbsp; Bouquets, tabletops, trash-strewn yards, precarious piles of stones; Posey applies a cubist perspective to each scene he paints.&nbsp; The wobbly subjects defiantly ignore conventional perspective and their thick edges catch the light, playfully reminding us that they are built on a flat picture plane.</p> <p>With close inspection, Dominic Terlizzi&rsquo;s painted images dissolve into a mosaic of cast acrylic objects.&nbsp; Some of these shapes are immediately recognizable- the pretzels, Goldfish, and looped ends of ribbons- and some are ambiguous blocks of color, or shapes that, an artist statement divulges, come from homemade bread. &nbsp;His paint marks are truly small <em>things</em>, &ldquo;a found common object alphabet&rdquo;, which are applied to a surface, serving to transform &ldquo;minutia into grandeur.&rdquo;</p> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:04:45 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Simone Nieweg - Gallery Luisotti - July 9th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;">Gallery Luisotti is pleased to present the upcoming exhibition,&nbsp;<em>Simone Nieweg: Seeing the Forest for the Trees</em>. In celebration of Nieweg&rsquo;s 2016 Schirmer/Mosel publication,&nbsp;<em>Der Wald, die B&auml;ume, das Licht</em>, this exhibition features the photographer&rsquo;s compelling, light-filled images of forests and trees. The series represents 25 years of the artist&rsquo;s career, and contains photographs taken in Germany&rsquo;s Ruhr Valley, the south of France, as well as in Southern California.</p> <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;">A work that inspired Nieweg&rsquo;s photographs of forests and trees is Heinrich Heine&rsquo;s 1891 poem &ldquo;Waldeinsamkeit&rdquo; (Forest Solitude). Heine&rsquo;s poem playfully extols the virtues of getting lost in the woods. His language is full of childlike awe, referencing woodland creatures (elves and fairies) while finding wonder in the sublime aspects of nature. Heine, in this sense, in Germany&rsquo;s Thoreau, and &ldquo;Waldeinsamkeit&rdquo; sets forth the need for solitary communion with nature. Simone Nieweg&rsquo;s photographs take up this task: they are still and uninhabited landscapes. The piercing clarity of Nieweg&rsquo;s imagery, coupled with their scale, and her refined ability to capture the atmosphere of disparate times of day, weather patterns, and places, fully occupies Heine&rsquo;s Romanticism. However, Nieweg&rsquo;s photographs offer much more than a picturesque experience of place.</p> <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;">An important precedent for Nieweg&rsquo;s photographs can be in August Sander&rsquo;s<em>Rheinlandschaften</em>. These landscape photographs made near the Rhine River were made around 1940, following the arrest of Sander&rsquo;s son Erich in 1934. A political prisoner, Erich would die in a Nazi prison in 1944. This period of Sander&rsquo;s work would be marked by a melancholic spirit, as the photographer who was so known for portraiture had turned only silent forests as his subject matter. Though the formal and political circumstances are quite distinct, Nieweg&rsquo;s interest in the forest is similarly a break from the stark formalism of many of her peers and predecessors (most notably Bernd and Hilla Becher, under whom she studied).</p> <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;">Nieweg&rsquo;s work has often been marked by an interest in marginal landscapes. She has photographed the community gardens of Germany, for instance, which are often placed in areas that otherwise would go unused (set beside a railroad track, beside a highway overpass, etc.). In addition to the sacred visual experience Nieweg&rsquo;s photographs of forests and trees offer, we must also recognize how the photographer&rsquo;s expression of this attitude through the most mundane. Despite their locales, the forests and trees are not exceptional places, nor are the species found therein rare or uncommon. The poetics of each photograph thus result from Nieweg&rsquo;s careful attention to light and composition, in order to produce a singular visual experience. Each photograph, in this way, serves as a distinct event, as pure as memory.</p> <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;"><em>Seeing the Forest for the Trees&nbsp;</em>is Simone Nieweg&rsquo;s fourth exhibition with Gallery Luisotti, and her first to include work made in Southern California.</p> Mon, 06 Jun 2016 18:20:37 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Group Show - George Billis Gallery- LA - July 9th 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>George Billis Gallery is pleased to present The Cityscape Show VI, a group show of work by gallery artists and invited guest artists. The exhibition runs from July 9th to August 20th with an opeing reception on Saturday, July 9th from 5-8pm.<br /><br />The Cityscape Show V is the gallery&rsquo;s sixth exhibition of its kind. The show is a visual exploration of the environs we inhabit. Los Angeles is a unique city in many regards - in its architecture, geography, and natural environment. Spanning a space that includes mountains, ocean, and desert, Los Angeles and Southern California are a source of immense inspiration to many artists. This exhibition brings together a group of artists whose individual works together to show a multifaceted and fascinating city.&nbsp; These pieces illustrate the ever-changing urban landscape.&nbsp; From the downtown skyscrapers and iconic landmarks to the graffiti-ed back alleys and vast freeway networks, from the bright lights of the Hollywood Hills and clean lines of mid-century modern architecture to the train bridges and gritty rail yards, Southern California is striking in all its extremes.</p> Tue, 14 Jun 2016 19:14:50 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list