ArtSlant - Current exhibits en-us 40 Rirkrit Tiravanija - 1301PE - September 6th - November 1st Fri, 05 Sep 2014 09:56:09 +0000 Miljohn Ruperto - 18th Street Arts Center - July 14th - October 3rd <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">For the latest iteration of 18th Street Arts Center&rsquo;s Artist Lab series, artist&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Miljohn Ruperto</a>&nbsp;brings the Lab framework into dialogue with science and philosophy. In collaboration with animator Aim&eacute;e de Jongh and neuroscientist Rajan Bhattacharyya, he will investigate the speculative possibilities of mineral &ldquo;deformities&rdquo; inspired by Georges Canguilhem&rsquo;s text,&nbsp;<em>Knowledge of Life</em>. The three come together to grapple with a particular assertion by Canguilhem, a philosopher of science, that &ldquo;there are no mineral monsters,&rdquo; or rather that the scientific category of mineral is incompatible with human notions of deformity. Ruperto&rsquo;s exhibition&nbsp;<em>Mineral Monsters&nbsp;</em>delves into a space wherein humans are irrelevant, unable to project their own attributes onto or against the material world. His work then troubles that space by introducing visual aspects that trigger our implicit, negative responses, such that the neutral tenor of Canghuilhem&rsquo;s position shifts to a more troubling, oppositional one. Ruperto will use the Artist Lab as a working studio to untangle the relationship between science and philosophy and contemplate the ways in which our categorization of natural phenomena both shapes and hinders our broader conceptualization of life. Working together with animator de Jongh, Ruperto will create computer-generated visuals. These visual forms will be derived from conversations with Bhattacharyya and from his research based in concrete scientific principles.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Canguilhem, a French philosopher and physician, served as a mentor to many scholars and philosophers, notably Foucault and Derrida.&nbsp; His work often questions accepted science, arguing that it serves to reduce organisms to neatly functioning and predictable machines when in fact biology is complex and subject to wide variation. According to Canguilhem, all minerals exist in nature, whether they contain mutations or not, and thus the idea that there exists typical and atypical varieties of minerals is simply a human construction. Ruperto and his collaborators use Canguilhem&rsquo;s negation of human potential for influence over nature as the starting point for a meditation on the basic nature of humans to be governed by attraction and repulsion.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Ruperto&rsquo;s interest in scientific philosophy and history is ongoing, represented by his earlier collaboration with artist Ulrik Heltoft,&nbsp;<em>Voynich Botanical Studies</em>, exhibited at the Thomas Solomon Gallery in New York in 2013 and in the 2014 Whitney Biennial.&nbsp;<em>Voynich Botanical Studies&nbsp;</em>was inspired by a 16th&nbsp;century manuscript containing drawings of various species of plants whose historical existence cannot be corroborated scientifically. Also displayed at the Whitney was an earlier collaborative animation created by Ruperto with de Jongh.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em>Miljohn Ruperto&rsquo;s Artist Lab Residency at 18th Street Arts Center and all associated events have been made possible through the generous support of the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Los Angeles County Arts Commission</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts</a>.</em></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em>&nbsp;</em></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>Saturday, September 6, from 6 - 9pm</strong>.</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p><em>To RSVP, please visit:&nbsp;<a href=";c=xgUbt_dLs2HNzdBrn9WUP-HrdwEZI7TZV2b54YemVqCEE26BFG6Ptw==&amp;ch=4dnU_UHb9iFDJqGSFsRN7IIhUf5i57AwwfAXd7DDDHHuZkrlU4Gq-w==" shape="rect" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em>&nbsp;</em></span></p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:19:36 +0000 Yukako Ando - 18th Street Arts Center - July 14th - October 3rd <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">18th Street Arts Center&rsquo;s visiting artist&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Yukako Ando</a>&nbsp;presents several site-specific installations in the Atrium Gallery that engage with themes of urban daily life in Los Angeles. This exhibition documents Ando&rsquo;s questions and impressions informed by the humor of American &ldquo;pop consumption culture&rdquo; and by her interior responses. Ando&rsquo;s approach to her work is diaristic, instinctive, and personal. Ando uses daily necessities to create the important elements of her work and explore ideas of time and space, drawing additional inspiration from the city&rsquo;s climate, buildings, and freeway connections. The works on exhibit reflect her experiences of Los Angeles collected from past visits and during her residency.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Yukako Ando is a visual artist who focuses on the everyday phenomena from which the fundamental questions of life are configured. Ando, born in 1972 in Osaka, Japan, currently lives and works in D&uuml;sseldorf, Germany. She graduated from the Department of Sculpture of Kyoto Seika University in 1994 and earned her MA degree from Kunstakademie D&uuml;sseldorf in 2001. She has won numerous international scholarships and prizes. Most notably she is a recent recipient of the Program for Arts Fellowship by the Japanese Department of Cultural Affairs who is the funder for her current residency at 18th Street Arts Center. Additionally, she is currently a 2014 Japan-United States Exchange Friendship Program in the Art Fellow, which is sponsored by the Art of Japan-United States Friendship Commission.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em>&nbsp;Atrium Gallery programming is underwritten by the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts</a></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em>&nbsp;</em></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em><strong>Saturday, September 6, from 6 - 9pm</strong>. </em></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em>To RSVP, please visit:&nbsp;<a href=";c=xgUbt_dLs2HNzdBrn9WUP-HrdwEZI7TZV2b54YemVqCEE26BFG6Ptw==&amp;ch=4dnU_UHb9iFDJqGSFsRN7IIhUf5i57AwwfAXd7DDDHHuZkrlU4Gq-w==" shape="rect" target="_blank"></a>.</em></span></p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:19:29 +0000 Tsai Shih Hung - 18th Street Arts Center - September 6th - September 26th <p style="text-align: justify;">Presented in conjunction with a three-month residency supported by the <a href="" target="_blank">Ministry of Culture Taiwan</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Taiwan Academy Los Angeles</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">TSAI Shih-Hung</a> exhibits an installation of recent paintings completed while in residence in the Curator&rsquo;s Lounge.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In Tsai Shih-Hung&rsquo;s eyes, human life is being destroyed by technology and the digital world. He uses the canvas as a screen, evoking smart phones and computers, to show the world his ironic observations. Tsai&rsquo;s working process begins with a Google image search, based on a keyword such as &ldquo;war.&rdquo; He collages several found images by hand, drawing them into different parts of a painting so as to question what is &ldquo;real&rdquo; and what is &ldquo;virtual.&rdquo; In works such as his <em>Lab series</em>, he addresses topical issues such as the fear of &ldquo;mad cow disease&rdquo; that has affected the importing of American beef into Taiwan. Despite the sometimes harsh images of war scenes and ruins in Tsai&rsquo;s work, one can also find colorful shooting stars, which express a hopeful appreciation of the possibilities that digital technologies still hold for improving people&rsquo;s lives.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><a href="" target="_blank">Tsai Shih-Hung</a> earned an MFA from the Taipei National University of the Arts in 2006. He has also won several awards including ART TAIPEI MIT and Art Tainan in 2013, and a Kaohsiung Award in 2012.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition receives generous support from the <a href="" target="_blank">Taiwan Academy</a> and the<a href="" target="_blank"> Ministry of Culture Taiwan</a>. 18th Street Arts Center has collaborated with these notable partners since 1999, fostering cultural exchange by hosting two visiting artists from Taiwan each year.</p> <p><em><strong>Saturday, September 6, from 6 - 9pm</strong>.</em></p> <p><em>To RSVP, please visit:&nbsp;<a href=";c=xgUbt_dLs2HNzdBrn9WUP-HrdwEZI7TZV2b54YemVqCEE26BFG6Ptw==&amp;ch=4dnU_UHb9iFDJqGSFsRN7IIhUf5i57AwwfAXd7DDDHHuZkrlU4Gq-w==" shape="rect" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p> <script type="text/javascript" src=""></script> <script type="text/javascript" src=""></script> <script type="text/javascript" src=""></script> <script type="text/javascript">// <![CDATA[ var fctb_tool=null; function FCTB_Init_9ab23a6c4e126343b95a9e629f0294bc(t) { fctb_tool=t; start(fctb_tool); } FCTB_Init_9ab23a6c4e126343b95a9e629f0294bc(document['FCTB_Init_3e38184698249d4880e8dc0ad98a64e8']); delete document['FCTB_Init_3e38184698249d4880e8dc0ad98a64e8'] // ]]></script> Sat, 06 Sep 2014 16:49:39 +0000 Bernar Venet - Ace Gallery- Los Angeles - July 20th, 2013 - September 27th <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;"><em>&ldquo;My works are often the result of an unexpected event. The impression of precarious equilibrium that this sculpture evokes is in fact the result of a group of arcs&rsquo; accidental slippage.&rdquo;&nbsp;</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;">&ndash; Bernar Venet</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;">The revelation of the processes of production in the work of art is clearly the governing principle behind the series&nbsp;&nbsp;<em>Indeterminate Lines</em>&nbsp;that made their appearance in Bernar Venet&rsquo;s work from 1979. &ldquo;Indeterminate&rdquo; because they are diametrically opposed to the mathematical determination of their predecessors.&nbsp; More vague and less tangible, they cannot be reduced to an equation: they nevertheless seek a form of physical certainty strong enough to silent the confusion of meanings and to demonstrate explicitly that their one truth and reality is that of a piece of work.&nbsp; The obvious geometrical forms of previous pieces are here replaced by the direct manipulation of a raw material.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;">Venet&rsquo;s daily working process is a sort of satisfying game of natural constraints between his artistic intentions and the material itself.&nbsp; Each orients the other and is oriented in its turn.&nbsp;The artist proposes directions but at the same time he&rsquo;s directed by the steel bar that resists. In this fascinating subtle game of concessions, the artist must leave its autonomy at the helm. The esthetical result is a compelling testimony to the act of forming and to the inherent possibilities of the material.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">*Opening Concurrently at Ace Gallery Los Angeles &amp; Beverly Hills<br /> Saturday July 20, 2013<br /> Beverly Hills 6:00 Pm - 8:00 PM<br /> Los Angeles 8:00 Pm - 10:00 PM</span></p> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 08:23:30 +0000 Mary Corse - Ace Gallery- Los Angeles - March 3rd - September 27th Mon, 08 Sep 2014 08:23:28 +0000 Charles Fine - Ace Gallery- Los Angeles - March 3rd - September 27th Mon, 08 Sep 2014 08:23:17 +0000 Phil Frost - Ace Gallery- Los Angeles - March 3rd - September 27th <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">New York based painter Phil Frost (b. 1973) has evolved a consistent, instantly recognizable aesthetic synonymous with his name, which he refers to as &ldquo;intuitive perceptive portraiture.&rdquo; This first exhibition of new work at Ace Gallery testifies to his relevance and extensive cultural reach as a leading contemporary artist who is self taught. Frost&rsquo;s title for the exhibition, with its multiple meanings, alludes to the ascetic life. Referring to the internal struggles involved in the act of painting, it is often an unnerving personal journey involving intense discipline and patience in self-imposed isolation. Encoded in the pursuit, there is no straying from a discipline in which he is immersed. As many artists and writers experience, <em>The Solace of the Sword </em>references the struggle with solitary confinement required to create. Frost&rsquo;s visual language melds layers of flat-white, culturally indeterminate mask-like forms with bold typographical and fluid,&nbsp; glyphic, geometric, and sinuous shapes that dance above vivid spectrums of painterly color, forming the long-necked busts and repetitions of faces that are pronounced as his intuitive portraiture.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Raised in rural Western Massachusetts, from a young age he grew up searching for and sometimes finding Indian adzes and arrowheads in farm fields and forests, and he made use of a natural fountain found at the edge of the woods that spouted clay by sitting at its rim and forming shapes in his hands. Early artistic experiment found him repetitiously drawing the white streak found in the hair of comic book scientist Reed Richards of The Fantastic Four, as well as scenes of Pac-Man chasing ghosts, and the antennae found on Batman&rsquo;s mask. Just before his early teens, Frost began to enjoy spending time on summer visits with an older cousin who was an authority on antique glass bottles found in Northwestern Ohio. Together they would go on expeditions armed with maps of former times from the library and dig farm fields and abandoned rural dumps for glass vessels.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">The unearthed treasures were impressed upon his mind and this archaeological drive influenced him, and would continue to. It was later revealed when he began making work imbued with collected and found objects, as a way to present the actual passage of his life gesturally into the context of a painted visual passage&mdash;a representation to articulate how the now inflects a lineage of experience in time and space that is formed both physically and intuitively from what is around him.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">In his adolescence Frost moved, along with his younger sister and mother, by whom he was solely raised, to Cooperstown, NY for just over two years. There, an early fascination with baseball and in particular the position of pitching and the arabesque-like gesture made by a swinging bat was deepened.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">His teenage years were spent in Albany, NY and were consumed by skateboarding downtown in the Capital District, where various terrain included Ellsworth Kelly sculptures and the perfectly transitionally-formed marble quarter-pipes, the glass walls on the architecture of Wallace Harrison&rsquo;s Egg, and the marble playground he designed known as The Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza. His often taking off on excursions to New York City to skateboard with friends led to an awareness and depth of interest in graffiti and anonymous mark making. Eventually cracking both of his kneecaps and repeatedly breaking both wrists, Frost was about to drop out of high school when a principal recommended an independent-study art class, to make up extra credit. With no teacher but the materials put in front of him, Frost would figure out how best to stretch a canvas, venture to find objects he could use as material in left over fire pits, and decide that he wanted to be a painter on his own terms. At a yard sale he attended with his mother he scored a 25-cent brown paper bag of oil paints along with a copy of David Sylvester&rsquo;s Interviews with Francis Bacon that led to his further conviction. Captivated, he read it intently and repeatedly. Also self taught, Bacon&rsquo;s ethos resonated deeply and triggered in Frost, at the age of eighteen, an eager thirst for art-historical precedents, including in particular, Alberto Giacometti, whose fascination with heads, busts and figures in space began the evolution and direction that has defined Frost&rsquo;s work today.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">At eighteen, late in the summer of 1991, Frost moved on his own to Long Island City, Queens. Here, he took union jobs, laboring in the night on the backs of trucks so that he could have his days free to persistently explore museums, scour the streets for materials, and make his work in the tiny, windowless basement studio that he inhabited. Surrounded by many different ethnicities and without speaking or understanding any language other than English, Frost found immense inspiration in closing his eyes on the subway and listening to the sound of multiple languages being spoken all at once, recording fragments of words and charting with his eyes closed a hybrid of language. Early work with typography found him knocking out the negative space created by letterforms with white, as a way to "pop," or form random patterns of shape, to react against color. These fluid and sinuous patterns of white shapes that often dominate his work of late came from a progressive evolution of the reduction of words that in the same way often form a nonsensical lingual chanting woven throughout the intricate layering in his painting.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Phil Frost was born in Jamestown, NY in 1973 and currently lives and works in the Upper Hudson Valley region of Upstate NY.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 08:23:24 +0000 Group Show - ACME - September 6th - October 4th Tue, 12 Aug 2014 05:45:00 +0000 Deborah Hede - AMBACH & RICE - September 6th - October 4th <p style="text-align: justify;">Ambach &amp; Rice is pleased to present the invisible subject, an informal survey of sculpture and drawing by Los Angeles based artist Deborah Hede.<br />&nbsp;<br />Hede&rsquo;s work employs myriad visual cues, and her hand and body as measuring tools.&nbsp; She brings the experience of her daily walks into close proximity with her work in the studio, describing her practice as being akin to &ldquo;a heartbeat, or breathing.&rdquo; Her modest processes manifest drawings and sculptures that embody an uncanny confluence of humanity and formalism, life and art.<br />&nbsp;<br />Jack Kerouac once described Los Angeles as &ldquo;that loneliest and most brutal of American cities.&rdquo; Hede encountered this quote spray-painted across a wall on one of her outings. She was struck by this commentary; amplified by its discovery along empty sidewalks.<br />&nbsp;<br />Her recent readymade sculptures cast back this latent sense of place. On her walks Hede happens upon throw aways&mdash;spent light bulbs, gnarled dog toys and mysterious fragments of objects divorced from their source.&nbsp; In the studio these diminutive vestiges are memorialized in plaster bases.&nbsp; Each sculpture registers an isolation and absence that collectively shape an index of the city's present tense. Encountering these works can feel akin to discovering a narrative that has been abandoned by its protagonist.<br />&nbsp;<br />The exhibit will also include a site-specific sculptural work that will incorporate Hede&rsquo;s plaster wrapped wire configurations. These metal forms will build upon a part of the gallery's interior space to create a destabilized 'architecture' that alludes to the body.<br /><br />Deborah Hede lives and works in Los Angeles. In 2013 she was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant. Her work can be found in numerous private and public collections including The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation in Los Angeles.</p> Fri, 05 Sep 2014 09:53:58 +0000 Joe Reihsen - Anat Ebgi - September 13th - October 25th <p style="text-align: justify;">Anat Ebgi is pleased to announce&nbsp;<em>Aftermarket Interior, Factory Paint,</em>&nbsp;a solo exhibition of new works by Joe Reihsen opening September 13 and on view until October 25, 2014.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Aftermarket Interior, Factory Paint</em>&nbsp;is Joe Reihsen&rsquo;s third solo exhibition with Anat Ebgi, and his first show in the newly expanded gallery space. In his previous show,&nbsp;<em>Clean Title, No Accidents</em>, Reihsen focused on an intimate scale of works, akin to the size of a computer screen or sheet of paper. For this exhibition, Reihsen continues his exploration of the medium of paint, but on large-scale surfaces. Each panel deftly synthesizes three particular methods that Reihsen utilizes&mdash; the background stripes, gestural swathes of gesso emphasized with pneumatic painting devices, and the newest addition of paint &ldquo;skins&rdquo; applied to the top most layer of the abstraction.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The amalgamation of Reihsen&rsquo;s techniques creates panels that are entrenched in the language of abstract painting, while still exerting their relationship to contemporary digital culture. Like the ubiquitous digital screen, each of Reihsen&rsquo;s panels contains a profound sense of physical depth while remaining almost entirely flat.&nbsp;<em>Aftermarket Interior, Factory Paint</em>&nbsp;is a collection of Joe Reihsen&rsquo;s most sophisticated works in which the tensions between abstraction, digital technology and industrial materials are collapsed into monumental paintings.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Joe Reihsen (b. 1979. Blaine, Minnesota) lives and works in Los Angeles. Joe received his BFA in painting and New Genres at the San Francisco Art Institute. In 2008, Joe received an MFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara where he was awarded the UC Regents Fellowship. Recent exhibitions include a solo presentation at Miart Milan. Upcoming exhibitions include a solo shows at Brand New Gallery, Milan, and Praz-Delavallade, Paris.</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:39:17 +0000 - Angels Gate Cultural Center - May 12th, 2013 - June 19th, 2015 <p>The 2013 -2015 exhibition year at Angels Gate Cultural Center marks the beginning of a larger concept that explores our local community’s stories and personal narratives in the galleries. We hope to generate dialogue about how, as a community, we can share and communicate regardless of differing opinions and ideologies. The gallery will be turned into an experimental space where art and art-making become part of an ongoing conversation about the community. Through partnerships with local non-profits, artists, storytellers and the community at large, the galleries hope to capture a slice of Americana that is unique within our nation and particular to Los Angeles. Artist's work will rotate on an ongoing basis. <br /><br /><small><br /></small></p> Sat, 11 May 2013 02:32:05 +0000 Fausto Fernandez - Angels Gate Cultural Center - February 9th - January 9th, 2015 <p>Angels Gate Cultural Center (AGCC) exhibition cycle 2013-2015 explores how stories within the community shape the collective&nbsp;consciousness&nbsp;in San Pedro and South Bay area. For 2014, Los Angeles based artist Fausto Fernandez was selected to work on the next iteration of the exhibition cycle. The collaboration marks&nbsp;the beginning of a year-long partnership with the&nbsp;Southwest Regional Council of&nbsp;Carpenters,&nbsp;the Pile Drivers, Bridge, Dock and Wharf Builders Local Union 2375 whereby&nbsp;AGCC will explore the stories of members and their families, the history of the labor movement in San Pedro and how this impacts the community at large.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 00:11:23 +0000 Group Show - Angles Gallery - September 13th - November 1st <p style="text-align: justify;">Angles Gallery is very pleased to present&nbsp;<em>Transmogrification of the Ordinary.</em>&nbsp;This group exhibition will address representations of the domestic object in fine art, including issues of still life, consumerism, gender, and identity. &nbsp;Exploring destabilization and the transformative shifts in cultural and aesthetic value that elevate the ordinary to art, the exhibition examines how everyday objects can be lifted from the mundane.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:36:08 +0000 Group Show - Annenberg Space for Photography - May 31st - September 28th <p style="text-align: justify;">The Annenberg Space for Photography today announced its next exhibition, <em>Country: Portraits of an American Sound</em>.&nbsp; This exhibit presents images of the pioneers, poets and icons of country music, and will be offered free to the public May 31 through September 28, 2014.<strong>&nbsp; </strong>Guest curators for this exhibit are Shannon Perich of the Smithsonian&rsquo;s National Museum of American History, and Tim Davis and Michael McCall of the Country Music Hall of Fame&reg; and Museum.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Country: Portraits of an American Sound </em>uses historical and contemporary photographs to explore how images shape the public identity of country music performers and of the genre itself. &nbsp;Celebrated performers such as Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Keith Urban and Hank Williams&mdash;as well as deejays, fans, executives and musicians&mdash;are seen in the works of photographers who documented multiple generations of this popular history.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The work of the featured photographers spans from post-World War II America into the new century.&nbsp; The photographers include the late amateur photographer <strong>Elmer Williams</strong>; the late studio photographer <strong>Walden S. Fabry</strong>; veteran Grand Ole Opry staff photographer <strong>Les Leverett</strong>; the late Los Angeles-based photographer <strong>Leigh Wiener</strong>; Boston-based documentary photographer <strong>Henry Horenstein</strong>; iconic entertainment photographers <strong>Henry Diltz</strong>, <strong>Raeanne Rubenstein</strong> and <strong>Ethan Russell</strong>; and contemporary photographers <strong>David McClister</strong> and <strong>Michael Wilson</strong>. Through their work&mdash;a variety of documentary, studio, promotional and fine art images&mdash; guests visiting the Annenberg Space for Photography can see and experience the power of photography to portray American ideals that country music embodies.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In addition to over 110 prints, the exhibit will feature an original half-hour documentary commissioned by the Annenberg Space for Photography and produced by Arclight Productions.&nbsp; The film explores the image of country music and its 80 year evolution and highlights the role of photography in documenting its history, capturing its culture and portraying its uniquely American sound.&nbsp; The film features photographers Henry Diltz, Henry Horenstein, Les Leverett, David McClister, Raeanne Rubenstein, Leigh Wiener and Michael Wilson. &nbsp;Over a dozen country music artists also appear, including Roy Clark, Merle Haggard, Lyle Lovett, LeAnn Rimes, Marty Stuart and Lee Ann Womack.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Also on display will be country albums and film posters, a slideshow of digital images, archival artifacts from musical instruments to stage costumes and a jukebox containing rare audio files.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Woven throughout the Photography Space will be screens presenting short videos including one by Shannon Perich and The <em>Biscuit Factory </em>that gives an overview of the origin of country music; a short film by Henry Horenstein about the legendary Texas music hall the Broken Spoke and additional archival videos.</p> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 09:47:29 +0000 John Severson, Mike Salsibury, Rick Griffin, Thomas Campbell, Geoff McFetridge, Andy Davis, Tyler Warren - AR4T Gallery - September 4th - September 28th <p><br /><strong>EXPRESSION SESSION 2: An Exhibition of Paintings, Photographs, Prints &amp;</strong><br /><strong>Posters</strong><br /><strong>WORKS BY JOHN SEVERSON, MIKE SALISBURY, RICK GRIFFIN, THOMAS CAMPBELL,</strong><br /><strong>GEOFF MCFETRIDGE, ANDY DAVIS AND TYLER WARREN</strong><br /><strong>September 4-28, 2014</strong><br /><strong>Artist Reception: Saturday, September 6, 6-9pm</strong><br /><strong>Presented By: Vans</strong></p> <p><br />Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow is proud to present Expression Session 2, a<br />group exhibition of works spanning two generations of surf culture, featuring seven of its most influential artists.<br />Selected by guest curator Will Pennartz, founder and owner of The Surf Gallery (2001-2010), the exhibition consists of<br />paintings, photographs, prints and posters by John Severson, Mike Salisbury, Rick Griffin, Thomas Campbell, Geoff<br />McFetridge, Andy Davis and Tyler Warren. The show will be on view September 4-28, 2014 with an opening reception<br />on September 6. Among the works available will be never-before-exhibited prints of 1960s-era Surfer Magazine<br />drawings by Salisbury, as well as a new limited edition print from Thomas Campbell.<br />The Surf Gallery&rsquo;s temporary return to Laguna Beach is notable, because, AR4T Gallery owner Torrey Cook explains,<br />its 2010 closure left a hole in the Laguna Beach art community: &ldquo;Will created a incubator for the most innovative artists<br />in surfing and nothing can take its place,&rdquo; she said. From 2001 through 2010 Pennartz presented a reflection of the<br />changing modern surf culture by blending contemporary art and more traditional surf imagery in the small gallery,<br />which was just up the steps from the famous Thalia Street surf break. He also organized exhibitions in New<br />York, Tokyo, London, Paris, Sydney, Sao Paulo and more. In 2013, Expression Session 1 at Artists Republic 4<br />Tomorrow featured works from 16 influential contemporary artists in surf culture throughout the first decade of the<br />2000s.<br />In Expression Session 2, Pennartz brings two generations together starting with the very beginning: &ldquo;John Severson<br />was an inspiration for me to open The Surf Gallery, and I'm thrilled to still be working with him again,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;I've<br />always been a huge fan of Mike Salisbury's work - from his early drawings in Surfer Magazine to his photography and<br />design work. Thomas Campbell is a legend in his own right.&rdquo; Tyler Warren, 28, who Pennartz has featured in several<br />exhibitions, says, &ldquo;I am honored to be in such good company in this show. Andy, John, and Thomas are some of my<br />favorite artists. I have pieces by each of them in my personal collection.&rdquo;<br />"The combination of this carefully selected group of contemporary artists, alongside the original visionaries of the<br />industry, highlights the generational influence that this art has had on culture as a whole,&rdquo; says gallery co-owner and<br />co-curator Mark Weiner. &ldquo;The Surf Gallery helped shape my interest not only in surf culture, but in contemporary art in<br />general. I am very excited to be working with Will again in presenting works that I believe will also inspire generations<br />to come."<br />About John Severson:<br />John Severson revolutionized pop culture&rsquo;s vision of surfing and surf culture. In 1958, while in the Army and stationed<br />on Oahu, Severson surfed big waves and created a series of popular surf movies including Surf, Surf Safari, Surf Fever,<br />Big Wednesday and Pacific Vibrations. It was the posters associated with them that remain collector favorites today.<br />Severson&rsquo;s graphic skills translated to Surfer magazine, which he founded in 1960. He is the premier surf culture artist,<br />having expanded his career to include photography and a steady output of oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, and<br />prints.<br />About Mike Salisbury:<br />Mike Salisbury, the original art director of Surfer Magazine, has taught design, advertising, illustration and photography at UCLA, Otis Art Institute and The Art Center. He is a contributing editor, writer and photographer for Forbes, Men&rsquo;s Journal, and other magazines; his photography has additionally appeared in Vogue, Esquire, Newsweek, and many more. Salisbury has photographs in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York; his design work is in the Library of Congress, the National Archives and the Smithsonian. His photography and graphic work have been featured in museum shows worldwide.<br />About Rick Griffin:<br />Iconic Californian surf, rock, comic and psychedelic artist Rick Griffin (1944-1991) was one of the leading designers of psychedelic posters in the 1960s. Upon graduating from high school, Griffin went to work as a staff artist at Surfer magazine. His work within the surfing subculture included both film posters and his comic strip, Murphy. He also created record covers for surf music giants including Dick Dale and the Challengers, and later, some of the seminal images of the psychedelic era including a 1969 Jimi Hendrix poster. He was closely identified with the Grateful Dead, designing some of their best known posters and record jackets.<br />About Thomas Campbell:<br />Thomas Campbell is a self-taught painter, sculpture, photographer, and filmmaker. He splits his time between his painting/sculpture/stuff making studio in Bonny Doon, California and traversing the globe making films. Campbell's artworks combine scribbles and scriptures, taking slogans and anecdotes from his unique vocabulary and juxtaposing them with a profound look at human nature. His movement-oriented paintings are as layered with meaning as they are with paint. The works, typically composed of several panels, are free-flowing with wide expressionist swipes of color, bold graphics and intricate renderings of characters and text. His photographs mimic the intensity of the paintings, yet in a more abstract fashion. Campbell has mounted solo exhibitions in New York, Paris, Tokyo ,Denmark ,The Netherlands, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Morocco. In 1999, he completed his first feature length surfing film, The Seedling, and in 2004 released his second, Sprout and has just completed his 3rd "The Present" in the spring of 2009. Campbell is also part owner and creative director of a small, independent record label based in Santa Cruz,Calif, Galaxia, which has released records by contemporary artists Tommy Guerrero, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Peggy Honeywell and The Black Heart Procession. Galaxia was established in 1993.In 2013 Campbell started an new creative platform called UM YEAH ARTS which is a nexus for the making of books, music and films.<br />About Geoff McFetridge:<br />Geoff McFetridge is an artist based in Los Angeles California. Born in Canada, he was schooled at the Alberta College of Art and the California Institute of the Arts. He is part of the Beautiful Losers Exhibition, and makes solo exhibitions from Los Angeles, Berlin, Paris, London, the Netherlands and Japan. McFetridge is a multidisciplinary artist -- from poetry to animation, from graphics to 3D work, from textile and wallpaper to paintings, McFetridge has complete control over widely divergent disciplines. He operates the design studio Champion Graphics which has done projects for Nike, Pepsi, St&uuml;ssy, Burton Snowboards, Girl Skateboards, Patagonia and many more.<br />Andy Davis:<br />Andy Davis was born in California and grew up between San Diego and Orange Counties. Art became a part of his life at a very young age, after hours of play, he would recreate his experiences of the day by drawing them with crayons. Later doodling became Andy&rsquo;s escape from the classroom; he dreamed of being on his skateboard, or at the beach surfing. After high-school he was accepted to art school and attempted to play by the rules, however, he felt trapped all over again. This time he was old enough to do things his way so he made the unconventional decision to leave school for good. After years of drawing freedom on paper, Andy had his first real taste and the truth is, he liked it. Today, his brand supplies beach wear to the thousands of cult followers who have remained loyal to Andy&rsquo;s clothing since the 90&rsquo;s. Davis currently lives in Encinitas, CA with his wife, Ashley and son Noah. He is a devoted surfer who spends his days at the beach, designing clothing, traveling and preparing for art shows around the world.<br />About Tyler Warren:<br />Tyler Warren is a creative individual that enjoys working refined renderings with oil on canvas and pen and ink. His images speak of a timeless era executed with classic style. Often depicting surf related beach scenes, surfing is a big part of his life. As a professional surfer and a surfboard shaper he is constantly in and around the water and surf<br />culture. He is 28 years old and lives in Southern California and has traveled world wide with his surfing and art, having shown his work at exhibitions in Japan, Brazil and beyond.<br />About Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow:<br />Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow is a contemporary art gallery in Laguna Beach, CA dedicated to the support of emerging and mid-career artists who not only make amazing works in the studio, but are leaders in life &ndash; travelers, curators, musicians, skateboarders, surfers, teachers, builders. AR4T gallery specializes in original works, prints, books and more. In 2014 we are excited to welcome Vans as a partner in continuing our mission to create a larger platform for new artists.<br /><br />EXPRESSION SESSION 2 opens Saturday, September 6 from 6 to 9pm. Artists will be in attendance. Show runs September 4-28, 2014 at ARTISTS REPUBLIC 4 TOMORROW, 1175 South Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA. Parking meters free after 7pm. Works are for sale. Gallery hours: Wed-Sun 11am to 7pm.</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:53:08 +0000