ArtSlant - Current exhibits en-us 40 Jorge Pardo - 1301PE - November 15th - January 17th, 2015 <p style="text-align: justify;">1301PE is pleased to announce the sixth exhibition with Jorge Pardo and U.S. premiere of Pardo&rsquo;s DADS CUBA. This piece debuted in the Havana Biennial at the Centro de Arte Contempor&aacute;neo Wifredo Lam. It was both Pardo&rsquo;s first return to Cuba since his family left in 1968 and his first work made in Cuba.<br /> <br /> Pardo created "DADS CUBA," during the run of the biennial with the help of a computer routing machine or a CNC machine. Visitors could watch as the paintings were made, hand painted and hung on the wall. The color palette references the primal landscapes and hybrid iconography of Cuban artist Wifredo Lam&rsquo;s paintings. The textured, star-shaped paintings fit together like puzzle pieces. For the final week of the exhibition, fabric lamps were hung from the ceiling, extending the piece into the volume of the room, linking the wall works to the architecture of the space. <br /> <br /> "The work is very dependent on currency, on emotional currency. It's not trying to make something out of nothing."<br /> <br /> Accompanying DADS CUBA, Pardo will include a series of new ceramic works. Since 1996, Pardo has worked with Ceramica Suro creating pots, tiles and lamps. Pardo seeks to bend, stretch, and break the boundaries between sculpture, installation, design, and d&eacute;cor thus upsetting art&rsquo;s traditional dichotomy of high and low. This can be seen in his monumental hacienda work, Tecoh (2012), or temporary installation at the Mus&eacute;e des Augustins in Toulouse in 2014. <br /> <br /> Jorge Pardo was born in Havana, Cuba. He holds a BFA from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and lives and works between M&eacute;rida, M&eacute;xico and New York. Pardo has exhibited widely in various international institutions since his first solo show in Pasadena in 1988. In addition to participating in numerous international group exhibitions, Pardo has realized many permanent projects, including Reading Room at the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam (1996), Pier in the Skulptur Projekte in M&uuml;nster (1997), 4166 Sea View Lane with the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles (1998), Untitled (Caf&eacute;-Restaurant), K21, D&uuml;sseldorf (2002), Delegates Dining Room, German Parliament, Paul-L&ouml;be-Haus, Berlin, (2003), Penelope, Liverpool (2004), Tecoh, Yucat&aacute;n, M&eacute;xico (2008), Reinstallation of Latin American Galleries, LACMA, Los Angeles (2008-present), and Streetcar Stop for The City of Portland, (2013). <br /> <br /> He has had major solo exhibitions at institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (1997), the Museum Boijmans in Rotterdam (1997), The Dia Foundation in New York (2000-2003), The Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens in Deurle (2002), Fundaci&oacute; La Caixa in Barcelona (2004), Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, (2007), K21 in D&uuml;sseldorf (2009), Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin (2010), and The Bronx Museum of the Arts in The Bronx (2014).</p> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:11:06 +0000 Group Show - 356 Mission - November 16th - December 24th <p style="text-align: justify;">"You can hardly expect an enterprise whose philosphical underpinnings drew equally from Marx, Freud and Mao to play out in some tidy fashion. By adopting strategies of esthetic and political action, they were able to invest their work with conceptual rigor. The early explorations of the limits of materials, the liberating process of doing, the transgression of boundaries between the event and the public became situations where the works formed links with each other. Whenever the works confront each other affinities remain apparent."<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; - Bernard Ceysson in&nbsp;&nbsp;<em>Supports / Surfaces</em>, 2014</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Opening&nbsp;Sunday, November 16&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Panel discussion begins at 2&nbsp;PM&nbsp;<br />with&nbsp;<strong>Fran&ccedil;ois Ceysson, Amanda Ross-Ho<br />Raphael Rubinstein, and Wallace Whitney</strong></strong></p> <p><strong><br />Reception at 4&nbsp;PM</strong>&nbsp;<br /><strong>with DJ Mira Billotte</strong></p> <p><strong><strong>Announcing special holiday hours at 356 Mission / Ooga Twooga!&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;<br /><br />We'll be open a few extra days next week - come by and see "Supports/Surfaces" before it closes and get your last-minute shopping done at Ooga Booga!&nbsp;<br /><br />Monday, December 22: 11 AM - 6 PM&nbsp;<br />Tuesday, December 23: 11 AM - 6 PM&nbsp;<br />Wednesday, December 24: 11 AM - 2 PM&nbsp;</strong></p> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:42:31 +0000 Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda - 356 Mission - December 3rd - January 18th, 2015 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>SOLUTIONS TO COMPOUND PROBLEMS</strong>&nbsp;depicts two site-specific works at Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin. The interior architectural features of the gallery, located in a Gr&uuml;nderzeit-era apartment, formed the basis of the first work,&nbsp;<strong>Toter Winkel&nbsp;</strong>(2010). The second work,&nbsp;<strong>Untitled</strong>(2014), portrays three gallerists of matrilineal descent, Monika Schmela, Ulrike Schmela-Br&uuml;ning, and Lena Br&uuml;ning, who operated her gallery from 2012-2013 in the apartment directly above Galerie Bortolozzi.&nbsp;<br /><br />Exhibition-related events:&nbsp;<br /><br /><strong><strong>Opening Reception&nbsp;</strong><br /></strong>Wednesday,&nbsp;December 3 at 7 PM&nbsp;<br /><br /><strong><strong>Reading with Jay Chung</strong>&nbsp;<br /></strong>Saturday,&nbsp;December 6 at 2 PM&nbsp;<br /><br /><strong><a href=";e=5C0E81&amp;c=13EE5&amp;t=1&amp;l=7D80790&amp;email=OQETNp5mpK8QfGTPp0qA8HzBjzlZ2TJR" target="_blank"><em>Blondes in the Jungle</em></a>&nbsp;(2009, 48 min)&nbsp;<br />Screening and discussion with Jay Chung and filmmaker Lev Kalman&nbsp;<br /></strong>Sunday December 7 at 7 PM<a href=";e=5C0E81&amp;c=13EE5&amp;t=1&amp;l=7D80790&amp;email=OQETNp5mpK8QfGTPp0qA8HzBjzlZ2TJR" target="_blank">&nbsp;<em><br /></em></a></p> Sat, 29 Nov 2014 06:47:13 +0000 Peter Shire - A + D Museum - November 8th - January 31st, 2015 <p style="text-align: justify;">PUBLIC WORK is the first exhibition to focus exclusively on L.A. based artist Peter Shire&rsquo;s public and private architectural commissions. Executed over the course of three decades, the architectural works demonstrate Shire&rsquo;s understanding of the formal principles of twentieth century art and architecture collided with his interrogations of popular culture and the vocabulary of visual design. Plying graphic forms and structural geometry with radically saturated colors, Shire&rsquo;s architectural constructions are high-voltage improvisations of artistic legacy and traditional architectural platforms. The resulting works exuberantly transform space and environment.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition charts Shire&rsquo;s commissions from his first public entry in the 1984 Olympics (Los Angeles), to a 1990 sculptural installation commissioned by Sapporo Corporation, Hokkaido, Japan, to the most recent 2012 River Park, Ventura County public art installation. This creative journey will highlight architectural models and sculptural elements, ideation sketches, finished drawings and paintings, and varied objects of inspiration that have functioned as source material and propelled Shire&rsquo;s imagistic installations. &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Spanning a career of path-breaking interventions and showcasing Shire&rsquo;s cross-disciplinary approach to materials and art categories, the architectural commissions exalt the blending of &ldquo;fine&rdquo; and &ldquo;applied&rdquo; art. They celebrate Shire&rsquo;s knowledge and production of ceramics, furniture, sculpture, drawing and painting, as all are essential attributes that potently inform Shire&rsquo;s architectural work and artistic vision.</p> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 03:36:05 +0000 Amy Adler - ACME - November 15th - December 20th <p style="text-align: justify;">ACME. is pleased to present "Location," a solo exhibition of new work by Los Angeles based artist Amy Adler. The show features life-sized drawings based on photographs taken by the artist while location scouting for a film. In these oil pastel drawings on canvas, Adler turns to the behind the scenes process of filmmaking, using location shots of children's playgrounds as subject matter. <br /> <br /> Amy Adler's works are well known for their interplay between drawing, photography, and film. Past bodies of work include photographs of her drawings. In this process, the original drawing was destroyed and the final product, a unique photographic print of the drawing became the original, questioning our notions of authenticity and originality. Since 2005, Adler has inverted this process by displaying the original drawings, but always in relation to film and photography. Adler's most recent work includes a short, first person documentary exploring ancestry through the narrative of childhood fantasy.<br /> <br /> Amy Adler was born in 1966 and raised in New York City. She received her BFA from Cooper Union, her MFA in Visual Art from UCLA and her MFA in Cinematic Arts from USC. She has had one person shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and The Aspen Art Museum as well as galleries worldwide. Her project, Amy Adler Photographs Leonardo DiCaprio, was shown at the UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles in 2002. In the spring of 2005 Twin Palms Press released a monograph of her work entitled, Amy Adler Young Photographer. Her work is included in several permanent collections including The Broad Foundation, Los Angeles, The UCLA Hammer Museum, LACMA and The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles. Amy Adler currently lives in Los Angeles and is Professor of Visual Art at the University of California San Diego.</p> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:24:47 +0000 Adam W. Brown, Robert Root-Bernstein, James Griffith, Dan Goods, David Delgado, Santiago Lombeyda, Rebeca Mendez, Jennifer Steinkamp - Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery - October 4th - January 18th, 2015 <p style="text-align: justify;">*Also includes artifacts and writings by James Ferguson (1710-1776), William Herschel (1738-1822), and Isaac Newton (1642-1727).</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:52:25 +0000 Luke Diiorio - Anat Ebgi - November 1st - December 20th <div style="text-align: justify;">Anat Ebgi is pleased to announce the first Los Angeles exhibition of New York based artist Luke Diiorio, opening&nbsp;November 1&nbsp;and on view through&nbsp;December 20, 2014.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Luke Diiorio&rsquo;s paintings are minimal compositions made of canvas and linen, methodically and repeatedly folded in a linear pattern. The folds of the works conceal much of the fabric&mdash; the physical process of folding leaves only one-third of the material visible. Through this process, Diiorio exposes the potential of repetition within material. Almost completely neutral in color, the works are either bleached white with faint blotches of pigment or left in their original raw state. The presentation of the raw material is simultaneously the structure, surface and composition of the work.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Alongside these paintings is an installation of site-specific sculptures of rough interior walls that have been sliced and collapsed upon themselves. These &ldquo;folded&rdquo; walls contain all the necessary materials of a functional studded drywall, but the structures cease to operate as the objects they resemble. Both the canvas and walls are dissolved of their functional flatness&mdash; they can never go back to being a flat surface for other content. Like the canvas and linen of the paintings, most of the physical material is hidden beneath the surface and becomes an assumed presence; the invisible as important as the visible.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">In an attempt to eradicate all narrative content from his work, Diiorio&rsquo;s folded compositions exist as an artifact of pure gesture and material. Regardless of the works&rsquo; dependence on materiality and process, the sculptural works are indebted to an unmistakable presence of the artist&rsquo;s hand. Drawing from sources like Agnes Martin whose hand-drawn gridded pieces appear minimal but are deeply imbued with indexical traces, each fold differs slightly from the next. The imperfect handmade quality of the works is something intrinsic, but faint and barely perceptible. It is through tempo and repetition that the works can oscillate between opposites. By balancing the utilitarian and handcrafted; the visible and the concealed, Diiorio&rsquo;s works become at once a dialectic and a tautology&mdash; each fold a meditative experience.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Luke Diiorio (b.1983) lives and works in New York and received his MA from the Royal College of Art, London in 2013. Recent exhibitions include a solo presentation at Robert Blumenthal Gallery in New York. Forthcoming exhibitions include group shows at Brand New Gallery, Milan and Kinman Gallery, London.</div> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:35:08 +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 - November 15th - January 3rd, 2015 <p style="text-align: justify;">Angles Gallery is very pleased to present&nbsp;<em>Hidden and Revealed: Representations of Women by Women</em>, a group exhibition that will examine the representation of women in society, the media, and art. &nbsp;This group exhibition is comprised of paintings, photographs, and works on paper by 13 women from North America, Africa, and Asia.<br /><br />Collectively, the artists consider colonial, racial, religious, patriarchal, and class influences on the determination of power relations and control. &nbsp;Various forms of gender violence, repression, sexuality, body image, visibility, identity, and community are revealed, in the process of considering the historical impulse to place anything that is desired or despised onto the female body.</p> Sat, 15 Nov 2014 15:38:31 +0000 Iwan Baan, Stephen Wilkes, Paula Bronstein, Jonas Bendiksen, Monica Nouwens - Annenberg Space for Photography - December 13th - May 3rd, 2015 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em>Sink or Swim: Designing for a Sea Change</em> explores the human story of resilience, from adaptation for survival to ambitious infrastructure planning, in some of the richest and poorest of the world&rsquo;s coastal communities. Rather than showing pristine architectural photography, the photographs present viewers with various human responses to changes in their landscapes due to sea level rise. &nbsp;<em>Sink or Swim </em>aims to foster critical dialogue through the provocative juxtaposition of diverse responses to a challenge shared by millions worldwide.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Curated by architecture writer and radio host <strong>Frances Anderton</strong> with the Annenberg Space for Photography, <em>Sink or Swim</em> features newly commissioned and archival works by photographers<strong> Iwan Baan, Stephen Wilkes, Paula Bronstein, Jonas Bendiksen </strong>and <strong>Monica Nouwens</strong>. This is the first exhibition for Annenberg Space for Photography to feature commissioned works.&nbsp; Through the work of this select group of architectural, fine art and news photographers, the exhibition casts an eye on both the problem of climate change in densely populated coastal regions and contemporary design as a means to navigate the changing landscapes. &nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">&ldquo;We were eager to organize an exhibition focusing on architecture but adamant that we wanted it to tell the story from a human perspective,&rdquo; says Wallis Annenberg, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of the Annenberg Foundation.&nbsp; &ldquo;We are delighted that these new works tell such powerful stories about resiliency, climate change and architecture as well as engage with viewers on a humanistic level. &nbsp;The exhibit&rsquo;s capacity to foster dialogue that offers fresh perspectives on the environmental issues of our day -- and how communities are rising up to meet the challenges -- is very much keeping with the mission of the Photography Space and the Annenberg Foundation.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">In the face of increasing global attention on climate change and rebuilding in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Indian Ocean tsunami, Superstorm Sandy, and the&nbsp;Tōhoku&nbsp;tsunami, <em>Sink or Swim</em> is a timely examination of resiliency strategies in architecture and design. &nbsp;Images range from highly complex coastal flood-mitigation in the Netherlands, controversial sea walls in Japan, to innovative homes and community buildings by leading architects including Pritzker prize-winners <strong>Thom Mayne, Toyo Ito</strong> and <strong>Shigeru Ban</strong>.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Anderton collaborated with photographers experienced in capturing fragile built environments to determine the locations, design projects and communities across the world that served as subjects for the commissioned works in the exhibition. &nbsp;Sea walls, floating schools and temporary disaster relief housing in disparate ecological and social contexts provide concrete starting points for considering questions about nature, culture and design at the heart of <em>Sink or Swim</em>.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">&ldquo;It has been a privilege to dig into these extraordinary photographers&rsquo; rich archives and also send them back out on assignment to create compelling new work that we look forward to sharing with the public through the exhibition,&rdquo; says Anderton.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">&ldquo;Photography is an ideal medium through which to explore climate change and the built environment because ultimately this is a human story and the photographs get to the emotional heart of that story. Through images of coastal communities&mdash;the devastating impact of climate change, including super-storms and rising sea levels, and also the varied and innovated design solutions&mdash;<em>Sink or Swim</em> offers visitors the opportunity to engage with and enrich dialogue about all aspects of this predicament.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">An original documentary film commissioned by the Annenberg Space for Photography and produced by award-winning director Steven Kochones and Arclight Productions will include interviews with the artists, architects, historians and scientists engaged with climate resilient strategies for waterfront communities.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">A collaboration between the Annenberg Space for Photography and the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands will offer visitors to Sunnylands a preview of&nbsp;select prints from the <em>Sink or Swim</em> exhibition.&nbsp; The images will be on display beginning in October 2014 to coincide with a retreat at Sunnylands on the topic of rising sea levels and ocean acidification.&nbsp; An exhibition catalogue will be published by Sunnylands Press for release in December 2014.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>The Photographers</strong></span><br /><span style="font-size: small;"> Following his experience photographing the celebrated Makoko Floating School (designed by Kunl&eacute; Adeyemi for the Makoko community on the water near Lagos, Nigeria,) Dutch photographer <strong>Iwan Baan</strong> was drawn to the lake village of Ganvie in Benin, where residents have lived on the water for centuries. New work by Baan in the exhibition also includes photographs of the massive Deltaworks sea defenses; the promenade at Scheveningen near The Hague in the Netherlands, a flood-protection system interwoven with a tourist destination designed by Spanish firm De Sol&agrave;-Morales; and the post-tsunami Home-For-All community buildings by Toyo Ito and other leading architects in Japan.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">U.S.-based fine art photographer <strong>Stephen Wilkes</strong> revisited communities he first encountered in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy. &nbsp;His images include striking aerial photographs that present a unique perspective on infrastructure improvements within the context of natural landscapes that remain susceptible to flooding. Wilkes also created portraits of New Orleans area residents in the newly built homes, intended to be models for resilience, by the Make It Right Foundation and Global Green in the Lower 9<sup>th</sup> Ward and Holy Cross neighborhoods of New Orleans. One of the first photographers to capture aerial images of the coastline damage following Hurricane Sandy, Wilkes documented Staten Island&rsquo;s Oakwood Beach where homeowners have elected to sell their property to the state, which plans to return the area to wetlands rather than rebuild.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Veteran photojournalist <strong>Paula Bronstein</strong> traveled to Japan for <em>Sink or Swim</em> and captured the immense sea walls now being built off the tsunami-hit coast of Japan. She also captured daily life in the storage container structures designed by 2014 Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban to house refugees following the Tohuko earthquake and Tsunami.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Dutch-born, Los Angeles-based, photographer <strong>Monica Nouwens</strong> turned her lens on California, finding in the restored Malibu Lagoon a local example of wetlands restoration. She also captures a very human story of denial, exemplified in a photograph of a California woman walking her dogs, oblivious to a tsunami sign above her head.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em>Sink or Swim</em> also features Norwegian Magnum Photos photographer <strong>Jonas Bendiksen&rsquo;s</strong> documentation of Bangladesh coastal and delta communities, where increasingly unpredictable and intense flooding has prompted innovative adaptations in a culture that has dealt with seasonal flooding for centuries. Bendiksen spent two years capturing the low-tech structural and farming innovations in the challenging landscape, as well as the floating schools project designed by Mohammed Rezwan for his nonprofit Shidulai Swanirvar Sangstha.</span></p> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 03:21:58 +0000 Angela Boatwright - AR4T Gallery - December 13th - January 18th, 2015 <p>Throughout the early '90s Angela Boatwright was a growing presence within the New York skate community and at underground hardcore shows. In the past fourteen years she's photographed countless celebrities and bands, such as Black Crowes, Interpol, Shephard Fairey, Andrew WK, Method Man, Ellen Page, and Juliette Lewis. Her photography has been featured in numerous magazines, campaigns, and art books, such as Monster Children, New York magazine, Spin, Nylon, Vibe, Dazed and Confused, Vice Photo Book, and Definition: The Art and Design of Hip Hop. In 2014 she completed a documentary film project with Vans titled East Los, and is currently working on a full length documentary film about the backyard punk scene in South Central and East LA.</p> Sun, 07 Dec 2014 00:26:02 +0000 Martine Syms, Kate Steciw, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Marco Braunschweiler - Aran Cravey - November 15th - January 17th, 2015 <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;">RHETORIC<br />Marco Braunschweiler, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Kate Steciw, Martine Syms<br />Organized by Marco Braunschweiler&nbsp;<br />November 15 to January 17, 2015</p> <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;">Opening Reception<br />Saturday, November 15<br />7-10pm</p> <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;">Aran Cravey is pleased to present Rhetoric, an exhibition of new works by Marco Braunschweiler, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Kate Steciw and Martine Syms. The opening reception will be held Saturday, November 15 from 7-10pm. The exhibition will remain on view through January 17, 2015.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:59:47 +0000 Martine Syms with photographer Cat Roif - Armory Center for the Arts - July 13th - January 30th, 2015 <p>Big City Forum (BCF) will occupy the second-floor Mezzanine Galleries at Armory Center for the Arts from Sunday, July 13 through Sunday, December 14, 2014, during Phase II of its 15-month residency entitled&nbsp;<em>City of Hope, City of Resistance: Research and Actions at the Urban Level</em>. With the Armory as a host venue, BCF, a project founded by Leonardo Bravo, will design and build a dynamic reading room/library as a site from which to present three exhibitions, conduct film screenings, and hold a series of conversations, workshops, and other discursive events. The first exhibition, from Sunday, July 13 through Sunday, August 31, will feature&nbsp;<em>The Queen&rsquo;s English</em>, work by Martine Syms with photographer Cat Roif. A reception, free and open to the public, will take place on Saturday, July 12, from 7-9pm. Big City Forum&rsquo;s residency&nbsp;<em>City of Hope, City of Resistance: Research and Actions at the Urban Level</em>&nbsp;is being facilitated by Armory&rsquo;s Gallery Director / Chief Curator Irene Tsatsos.</p> <p><em>The City of Hope/City of Resistance</em>&nbsp;reading room/library, a central element of BCF&rsquo;s residency at the Armory, is designed by Los Angeles-based artist Jeff Cain of Shed Research Institute to frame and facilitate conversations and engagement around the key questions raised during the residency and meant to serve as a dynamic, interactive platform for diverse, shared creativity. A dynamic, evolving set of programs within this context, with special guest contributors, will be featured in an exhibition format every two months. Programmatic continuity throughout BCF&rsquo;s occupancy of the Armory will be in the recommended reading shelf, comprised of books contributed by past BCF participants, with each book to include a small biography and statement from each contributor.</p> <p><strong>About Guest Contributors Martine Syms and Cat Roif<br /></strong>Featured guest contributors will be introduced throughout BCF&rsquo;s occupancy of the Armory. The first of three sets of guest contributors are Martine Syms with Cat Roif, whose work will be displayed from July 12-August 31, 2014.&nbsp;<em>The Queen&rsquo;s English</em>, a project by Syms, takes inspiration from librarian JR Roberts&rsquo;s 1981 annotated bibliography&nbsp;<em>Black Lesbians</em>, a book whose cover she was drawn to when browsing at a used bookstore with a specific intention not to purchase anything.</p> <p><em>The Queen&rsquo;s English</em>&nbsp;gathers books from the chapter of&nbsp;<em>Black Lesbians</em>&nbsp;entitled &ldquo;Literature &amp; Criticism.&rdquo; It also features a series of photographic diptychs in collaboration with Roif, along with other source materials, to consider the role of &ldquo;the reader&rdquo; as a position of power. About this notion, and in response to her project entitled<em>Reading Trayvon Martin</em>, Syms notes, &ldquo;Here, reading, once considered a solitary endeavor, is re-examined as an active stance through the added dimensions of posting, sharing, reframing, and thus contributing to a broader conversation across social media. The act of bookmarking becomes synonymous with the process of staking out a position, publicly declaring a side or a perspective.&rdquo;</p> <p>About&nbsp;<em>The Queen&rsquo;s English</em>, and her work in general, Syms says, &ldquo;I consider much of my work an excursus from a primary text. I&rsquo;m engaged in trying to read what&rsquo;s not there.&rdquo; The introduction of&nbsp;<em>Black Lesbians</em>&nbsp;states: &ldquo;As this bibliography undoubtedly proves, a body of [Black lesbian] literature exists, although it is often hidden or unidentified for reasons directly related to the social, political, and economic realities of being Black, female, and lesbian.&rdquo;</p> <p>Martine Syms is an artist and &ldquo;conceptual entrepreneur&rdquo; based in Los Angeles. Her work explores themes as varied as Afrofuturism, queer theory, the power of language, and the spiritual nature of the color purple. From 2007-2011, she directed Golden Age, a project space she founded in Chicago that focused on exhibitions, performances, and printed matter, and where she organized over fifty innovative cultural projects ranging from film screenings to interactive online exhibitions. She also initiated Dominica Publishing, which includes a catalogue of ten titles by international, emerging artists. Syms has lectured at Light Industry in Brooklyn; Project Row Houses and the Houston Museum of African American Art, both in Houston; South by Southwest in Austin; California Institute of the Arts, Valencia; University of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago; Johns Hopkins University and Maryland Institute College of Art, both in Baltimore; and MoMA P.S.1 in Queens, among other venues. Her artwork has been exhibited and screened at the New Museum in New York; Museum of Contemporary Art and School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Capricious Space in Brooklyn; The Wassaic Project in upstate New York; and at White Flag Projects in St. Louis. Syms is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a degree in Film, Video, and New Media.</p> <p>Cat Roif is a Los Angeles-based photographer, photo stylist, and editor who experiments with the relationships between color and light; figure and landscape; and sex, maximalism, and opulence. Her work has appeared in&nbsp;<em>Spin</em>,&nbsp;<em>Rolling Stone</em>,&nbsp;<em>Nasty Gal</em>, and more. Roif was raised in &ldquo;late Post-modern Miami,&rdquo; attended Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, and earned her BFA in Photography in 2010 from the School of Visual Arts in New York.</p> <p><strong>About&nbsp;<em>City of Hope, City of Resistance: Research and Actions at the Urban Level</em><br /></strong>Los Angeles is at a pivotal moment of transition and transformation. Social fragmentation and isolation is giving way to a celebration of plurality and difference; identities and communities are coalescing around collective, design-based solutions.</p> <p><em>City of Hope, City of Resistance: Research and Actions at the Urban Level</em>&nbsp;is Big City Forum&rsquo;s 15-month, three-part residency at Armory Center for the Arts; it brings together the creative forces of numerous participants across the fields of architecture, urban design, contemporary art, new media, and social and community activism. The residency explores, discusses, and produces various forms of social space from community-based initiatives; new physical and social architectures; individual and collective actions that have affected public civic engagement; and ideas and actions that will influence life in the region in constructive, positive ways.</p> <p>The project is organized in three separate phases. Phase I, from January through June 2014, has focused on research; Phase II, from July through December 2014, is the occupation of the Armory Center for the Arts; Phase II, from January through March 2015, will consolidate the ideas generated throughout 2014 into a publication, to be released in spring 2015.</p> <p><strong>About Big City Forum<br /></strong>Big City Forum (BCF), founded in 2008 by Los Angeles-based artist, educator, and activist Leonardo Bravo and co-directed with artist/graphic designer River Jukes-Hudson since 2013, is an independent, interdisciplinary project that explores the intersection between design-based creative disciplines within the context of public space, the built environment, and social change.</p> <p><strong>About Big City Forum in Residence at the Armory<br /></strong>The residency&nbsp;<em>City of Hope, City of Resistance: Research and Actions at the Urban Level</em>&nbsp;builds upon an existing collaboration between the Exhibitions Department at the Armory and BCF, which has been crucial in advancing public discourse on the notion of social and civic engagement within the built environment. Since spring 2012 BCF has been in residence at the Armory, upon the invitation of Armory&rsquo;s Gallery Director/Chief Curator Irene Tsatsos, during which time it has programmed two seasons of lively, discursive events (<em>Mapping LA</em>&nbsp;in 2012 and&nbsp;<em>Transforming the Social</em>&nbsp;in 2013) comprised of a series panels of leading architects, theorists, and planners who, along with a room of engaged participants, have explored current creative practices that inform the landscape, culture, and geography of Los Angeles. Along with the programmatic ambitions and theoretical investigations described above,&nbsp;<em>City of Hope, City of Resistance: Research and Actions at the Urban Level</em>&nbsp;serves as an incubation period for Big City Forum as it develops plans to launch future programmatic platforms. Big City Forum&rsquo;s residency at Armory Center for the Arts is being supported with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 22:25:59 +0000 Jake Dibeler, Mikey Estes, Anton Ginzburg, Bradford Kessler, Michael Max McLeod, Ryan McNamara - ASHES/ASHES - December 17th - January 30th, 2015 <p style="text-align: justify;">ASHES/ASHES is pleased to present its end-of-year exhibition,&nbsp;<strong>SOUS LA MOQUETTE/LA MOQUETTE</strong>. The exhibition brings together works from six artists: Jake Dibeler, Mikey Estes, Anton Ginzburg, Bradford Kessler, Michael Max McLeod, and Ryan McNamara. Their pieces coalesce to explore how contemporary artists subvert aesthetic conventions through the tension between overt appearances and their hidden realities, suburban contentment and undercurrents of violence &ndash; often tweaking and twisting norms without actually overturning them.<br /><br />The exhibition's title plays on a slogan of France's 1968 student protests, &ldquo;Sous les pav&eacute;s, la plage&rdquo; &ndash; &ldquo;under the cobblestones, there is the beach&rdquo; &ndash; and cynically contends that when peeling back the carpet of society, one is disturbed to uncover another layer of the same. The exhibition dares the audience to reconsider their comfort with the conventions of culture, entertainment, and politics. The six artists represented in&nbsp;<strong>SOUS LA MOQUETTE/LA MOQUETTE</strong>&nbsp;each maintain an individual perspective, but when woven together, their distinct voices become a collective chorus expressing the quiet horror of complacency.<br /><br />Ryan McNamara's arresting video work, The Latest in Blood and Guts, shows an entertainer eviscerating himself on stage and is paired with McNamara&rsquo;s thematic inverse, a large-scale collage from cut-outs of gallery visitors constructing their identities for a performance still. Photographs from Michael Max McLeod's Adult Cinema and Casual Encounters series, depicting empty pornographic theaters and individuals devoutly living out their desires, document the outlets for staging private lives. Bradford Kessler's striking wall decal, a life-sized portrait of the artist re-imagined as a video game protagonist, is both playful and iconoclastic, animating the concept of catharsis through violence. In Mikey Estes' installation, faux flora camouflage themselves amongst natural greenery, to comment on blending in and standing out (with varying degrees of success). Anton Ginzburg's altered busts of celebrated American presidents are upturned and precariously balanced, suggestive of an imminent collapse. Jake Dibeler's sister (black/black), composed of twin folding chairs dressed with black wigs and anchoring black balloons, collides the morose with the hysterical to provoke the audience into a state of reaction.<br /><br />Please join us for a gallery reception on&nbsp;<strong>Saturday, December 20th from 7 - 9 p.m</strong>.&nbsp;<br />Please contact for press inquiries.</p> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:06:14 +0000 Group Show - bG BLEICHER/GORMAN - December 13th - December 27th <p>bG Gallery presents &ldquo;CUSTOM&rdquo;, an exhibit of artists who create works inspired by patron requests. The exhibit will span the full spectrum of client focused work, from more traditional portraits, &nbsp;to innovative customization concepts, to large scale public installation.</p> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 04:03:03 +0000