ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 William Hemmerdinger - MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) at Grand Ave. - July 30th - July 30th Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:16:24 +0000 JAMES GRIFFITH, Antonio Pelayo, Jennifer Celio - Launch LA - La Brea - August 2nd - August 30th <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">LAUNCH LA is proud to present&nbsp;<em><strong>Monochromart</strong></em>&nbsp;a new group show featuring James Griffith, Antonio Pelayo and Jennifer Celio. Despite being limited to a single color for their works, all three artists present unique works which, rather than being drab and uniform, are alive with an eclectic mix of perspectives and styles.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Griffith's paintings explore Darwin's theory of Natural Selection through skilful images of animals painted with tar on canvas. Executed with a depth of feeling akin to Durer's famous naturalistic sketches, these animals blur and morph into each other; in some places the tar is thick and in other parts it seems to fade into the white background - a visual marker for the dance of evolution and extinction. Though some of these animals are locked in combat, humans, are markedly absent as apex predators. Sea-birds painted in a substance very similar to crude-oil are enough to infer the devastation our species is capable of.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Celio cobbles together her references from different photographs to create dreamlike landscapes: wild horses and snippets of famous scenic spots appear alongside 'inconvenient and ugly elements of the urban environment' like oil derricks, graffiti, low flying airplanes and food trucks. The nonchalant way both unnatural and natural elements coexist in Celio's drawings is pleasantly absurd, yet it also exposes the fantasy that environmental issues disappear if keep out of sight and out of mind - in the real world this level of harmony does not exist.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Pelayo alternates between public figures and intimate portraits of family members for his drawings. His evident admiration for both is matched only by his reverence for technical perfection. He captures the 'hook' of each personality behind the face - emotional intensity, childhood innocence and nativity or the depth of his subject's life. Without a single coloured pen or daub of brightness, Pelayo brings out the color in each character he draws.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Celio and Pelayo both chose to use graphite and yet still came up with strikingly different results: the ambiance of Celio's work is that of a fata-morgana, her greys catching light like spider-silk, while Pelayo's subtle lines emanate a sort of nostalgic warmth, as if looking back through the blur of memory at a loved one's face. The tar Griffith harvested from the L.A. Tar Pits for his works, though still 'monochrome' alternates between amber and pitch-black depending on the fluidity of its application.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Diverse as its component parts may be, when viewed together this body of works reveals the fragile relationship between humanity, its environment and the other life-forms we share it with.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">James Griffith has been working as a painter in Los Angeles since 1981. He received his MFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena where he also taught painting and drawing. His paintings have been shown in many galleries in California and are in collections around the world. In recent years, James has made a shift from working with traditional oil paints to painting with non-traditional materials such as tar from the La Brea Tar Pits, pollen, volcanic dust, human ash, and various chemicals he finds either in nature or under the kitchen sink. The subject of his painting has always been humanity's relationship with Nature. Currently he is producing a series of tar paintings called "Natural Selection" in which he makes a poetic interpretation of Nature after the theory of evolution.&nbsp;<br /><br />Jennifer Celio is a native of Southern California who actually loves Los Angeles. Jennifer received a B.F.A. in Drawing and Painting from California State University, Fullerton in 1996. She was raised in the suburbs of L.A. and now lives and works in Long Beach, CA. Her drawings have been exhibited in solo exhibitions at Cristinerose Gallery and Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts in New York City, the Creative Artists' Agency in Los Angeles, Romo Gallery in Atlanta, GA among others. Her work has also been included in group exhibits in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Indianapolis and Canada. She a recent recipient of The City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) Individual Artist Fellowship, as well as a number of other prestigious awards. Her work was published in Studio Visit (2009) and New American Paintings (2003) and was Shortlisted in the 2008 London International Creative Competition. Her drawings have received critical review in such publications as&nbsp;<em>The Los Angeles Times</em>,&nbsp;<em>LA Weekly</em>,&nbsp;<em>Art Papers</em>,&nbsp;<em>Art Ltd. Magazine</em>,<em>Artillery Magazine</em>&nbsp;and the&nbsp;<em>Huffington Post</em>.&nbsp;<br /><br />Artist Antonio Pelayo, born in Glendale, California and raised most of his childhood in the Mexican countryside, has never had his own country. Moving from an American suburb to a tiny village has kept his world unstable; yet that very instability has made him an artist. Drawing on muses like Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and non-Mexican influences like the surrealism of the late H.R. Giger, Antonio creates art with a distinctly American flavor. His first solo exhibition<em>Mi Familia</em>&nbsp;was held at LAUNCH LA in 2012. This has since been followed by further solo shows, such as for&nbsp;<em>El Velorio</em>, a day of the dead tribute and fundraiser for the Plaza Del Raza cultural center in Los Angeles in 2013. He has also appeared in group shows in museums around the world, earning several awards including 'Best of Show Ontario Museum 2007' and the 'People's Choice Award' at the 3rd Ward Open Call NY. His drawings have been featured in&nbsp;<em>Lowrider Arte Magazine</em>,&nbsp;<em>Chicano Art Magazine</em>&nbsp;and the&nbsp;<em>Latino Heritage Calendar</em>.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 07:43:12 +0000 - UCLA New Wight Gallery - September 3rd - September 19th Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:15:51 +0000 Doug Argue - Richard Heller Gallery - September 6th - October 7th Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:10:35 +0000 - Luckman Fine Arts Complex - October 18th 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Known throughout the world for their athleticism, passion, and intellectual depth, ODC/Dance is at the forefront of artistic innovation. Hailed by the <em>San Francisco Chronicle </em>as "a return to what modern dance is all about - exhuberant repertory...daredevil intensity, and considerable emotional candor."</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Tickets available via&nbsp;<a href=";majorcatid=10002&amp;minorcatid=12" target="_blank">Ticketmaster</a>&nbsp;or the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Luckman Box Office</a>.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:04:41 +0000 Julie Orser - Luckman Fine Arts Complex - September 13th - October 25th <p style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition features new photography and video works by Los Angeles-based artist Julie Orser that explores motifs of Alfred Hitchcock&rsquo;s film <em>Vertigo</em>. Works in this exhibition examine representations of female characters (including the Hitchcock Blonde), the double, cinematic memory, narrative repetition, fear and desire, the possession of images, and the agency of music.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:01:30 +0000 Rashid Johnson - David Kordansky Gallery - September 13th - October 29th <p style="text-align: center;">*We will reopen September 13th at our new location at 5130 W. Edgewood Place with the exhibition:<br /> <br /> Rashid Johnson<br /> <em>Islands</em></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:59:52 +0000 - Rosamund Felsen Gallery - August 15th - September 1st Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:47:04 +0000 Andy Warhol - MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) at Grand Ave. - September 20th - February 2nd, 2015 <p style="text-align: justify;">In 1978-79 Andy Warhol produced <em>Shadows</em>, a monumental, 102-part series of silkscreened canvases. The work's internal compositions are culled from photographs of shadows taken in The Factory, the artist's New York City studio. In Shadows, Warhol extended his long-standing interest in seriality and repetition while forgoing the cultural icons and commodity forms that most often populate his art. MOCA's presentation will feature the full collection of paintings from Dia Art Foundation. Installed edge to edge, the series of abstract panels-once referred to by Warhol as "disco decor"-create a haunting, environmental ensemble.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:45:17 +0000 The Clayton Brothers - Mark Moore Gallery - August 16th - September 20th <p class="unit_copy" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Mark Moore Gallery</strong> is proudly presents "<em><strong>Open to the Public</strong></em>,&rdquo; an expansive exhibition of mixed-media drawings, assemblage, photography, video, and installations by the Clayton Brothers. Consisting of brothers Rob and Christian Clayton, the duo examines the mythos, culture, and visual language of an archetypal second-hand store located near their studio. Drawing from their observations of the venue and its visitors, the brothers entwine their independent approaches, styles, and palettes into works that operate as co-authored epics &ndash; which are rife with reoccurring motifs, gestures, and figures. The end result is a drama of shared experiences that fuse the concept of self with that of the communal, both in subject matter and practice.</span></p> <p class="unit_copy" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Hailed as a thrifting mecca for several decades, Sun Thrift Store in Sunland (CA) draws its share of both unusual characters and the commonplace man - all partaking in the hunt for trash-turned-treasured objects. For this exhibition, the brothers appropriate not only the trinkets and discarded paintings retrieved from the business, but also the handmade signage, categorical displays, and shopper behavior. Unlike the polished and elaborate paintings that the brothers are known for, anonymous figures are drawn with stark immediacy &ndash; personalities that correspond with a series of projected candid photographs of perusing customers and muted wall spaces. Acting as fl&acirc;neurs or urban observers, the brothers investigate both the construct of &ldquo;thrifting culture&rdquo; as well as the members that form this unique microcosm of consumption. Taken as a whole, the exhibition draws upon the subject matter of the everyday as a window into contemporary Americana. Through a nonpartisan lens, "Open to the Public" explicates the people&rsquo;s narrative as a universal struggle to create, cherish and ultimately abandon.</span></p> <p class="unit_copy" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Rob (b. 1963, OH) and Christian (b. 1967, CO) Clayton both received their M.F.A.s from Art Center College of Design (CA). They have had solo exhibitions at the Pasadena Museum of California Art (CA), and the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (WI) in addition to shows in Houston, New York, Beijing, Los Angeles, and Miami. Their work has also been included in shows at the Museum of the Moving Image (NY), Santa Monica Museum of Art (CA), Laguna Art Museum (CA), Kistler Beach Museum of Art (KS), Corcoran Museum of Art (DC), and the Dallas Museum of Art (TX), among others. They have also participated in more than twenty visiting artist lectures around the world. The artists both live and work in Los Angeles, CA.</span></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:35:59 +0000 Ben Tong - Commonwealth and Council - August 9th - August 30th Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:32:29 +0000 Marcus Herse - Commonwealth and Council - August 9th - August 30th Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:32:20 +0000 David Bell, Iris Yirei Hu - Commonwealth and Council - August 9th - August 30th Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:32:11 +0000 Katherine Bernhardt - China Art Objects Galleries - September 6th - October 18th Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:22:42 +0000 Group Show - Platt & Borstein Galleries at American Jewish University - August 10th - August 28th <p>This exhibition highlights the artistic talents of the members of The Fine Arts Council of the American Jewish University, with a special exhibition of the paintings of Mary Leipziger in the Borstein Gallery.</p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:41:20 +0000 Carlos Donjuan - AR4T Gallery - August 7th - August 31st <p>LAGUNA BEACH, CA (July 14, 2014) &ndash; Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow is proud to be the first art gallery to showcase the works of Carlos Donjuan in a solo exhibition in California. A broad selection of Donjuan&rsquo;s watercolor and acrylic paintings and drawings will be on view August 7-31, 2014, with a reception on Aug. 7, Laguna Beach First Thursday Art Walk, from 6 to 9pm.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The works, in watercolor and acrylic on Arches paper and Birch wood, aim to define Donjuan&rsquo;s perception of illegal aliens, a concept that has been with him since his childhood move from San Luis, Mexico to Dallas, Texas -- where he lives and works today, now raising a son of his own. Donjuan states that attempting to grasp the term &ldquo;illegal alien&rdquo; as a child was one of his first creative realizations: &ldquo;I always wondered what everyone was talking about, imaging weird creatures in my head&hellip;I wanted to meet one and to know what they looked like.&rdquo; Revisiting his childhood curiosity, he asks: what do illegal aliens look like? He paints masked figures, hybrid animal people, pyramids and blob creatures that together create a dialogue of about the journey they have embarked on in search of a better life.&nbsp; His choice of medium also comes from his early days as a painter: &ldquo;I am big fan of watercolor and the layering process that it involves. It&rsquo;s a medium that was introduced to me as a kid in high school and it just always stuck with me, even after college.&rdquo; &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Donjuan&rsquo;s first California solo show comes at an exciting time when the artist is the midst of back-to-back banner years, personally and professionally. In 2013, he was featured in a 6-page article in the April issue of Juxtapoz Magazine, and his work appeared on the cover of New American Paintings as a featured artist and Artist of the Year. &ldquo;Carlos Daniel Donjuan&rsquo;s paintings evince both the raw energy of his street art beginnings and the refinement of his academic training. The combination is potent,&rdquo; wrote the magazine, noting Donjuan&rsquo;s notable reach as an active graffiti artist and art professor. His first public art project came to fruition last year, a large mural on Dallas&rsquo; Jefferson Viaduct, made possible due to a large grant awarded from the city. This year, his work has really begun to travel the globe: first in February as a solo exhibition with Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea in Milan, Italy, and recently as part of the Cheech Marin Collection, the largest private collection of Chicano Art in the world, which last month exhibited in Bordeaux, France. Donjuan&rsquo;s rise and success in art hardly compares to his favorite personal achievement: &ldquo;The birth of my son has been the biggest change in my life and career. I have never been so focused and&nbsp;driven as I have been since he became a part of my life. I have stayed busy in hopes that I can build something for him.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Carlos Donjuan is among a curated platform of ascending artists that Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow and Vans have committed in collaboration to bring to southern California in 2014.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 01:55:40 +0000