ArtSlant - Closing soon en-us 40 Group Show - Cella Gallery - July 27th, 2013 - August 23rd, 2013 <p class="p1">Cella Gallery is pleased to present &ldquo;Paper &amp; Pulp&rdquo; a group exhibit of paintings, drawings, collage, prints, sculpture and installation made on or of paper.</p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;&ldquo;Paper &amp; Pulp&rdquo; features collage and cut-paper work by L. Croskey, Ashley Fisher, Karen Kang and Dani Vinokurov; screen-printing by Paul D&rsquo;Elia; drawings and paintings by Tom Haubrick, Sunny Jinn, Macsorro and Wiley Wallace; and a special interactive installation by Ariel Deandrea.&nbsp; There will also be a selection of limited edition artist prints and books available for the duration of the show (July 27 - Aug 23) as part of our summer art retail market.</p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;&ldquo;Paper &amp; Pulp&rdquo; champions the humble and often overlooked medium of paper.&nbsp; With its multifarious uses, forms, textures, sizes and strengths, paper is one of the most versatile and utilized mediums for artists of almost every discipline. Whether used for jotting down ideas and sketching out preliminary drawings, or creating a finished masterpiece of great detail and depth, paper remains indispensable, even under the shadow of the computer.&nbsp; Paper&rsquo;s inherent delicacy, creates an intimacy for the artist and in turn the viewer.&nbsp; So, whether it is drawn upon, painted, dyed, torn, cut, folded or glued; paper is something special.</p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 22:36:33 +0000 Mira Schnedler, Chris Trueman - CMay Gallery - August 10th, 2013 - August 23rd, 2013 <p class="normal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">The <strong>AndrewShire Gallery </strong>is pleased to present <strong><em>Take Five: Series 5</em></strong><em>,</em> the<strong><em>&nbsp;</em></strong>fifth and final exhibition in the series. This show will feature new paintings by recent Claremont Graduate School grad <strong>Chris</strong> <strong>Trueman,</strong> and German artist <strong>Mira Schnedler,</strong> a recent transplant from Berlin.</span><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="normal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">This series of two and three-person exhibitions feature Los Angeles-based artists and the improvisational interplay of their artworks. &nbsp;Although the exhibitions are not thematically based, there is an interesting exchange between each artist and their work.</span><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="normal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Trueman</strong> and <strong>Schnedler</strong> were clearly born from different art worlds, each deriving their inspiration from different artists and artistic sources. <strong>&nbsp;Trueman&rsquo;s </strong>work is heavily influenced by American artists and art movements, while<strong> Schnedler&rsquo;s </strong>paintings have much more of a European feel to them. Both, however, freely create their work from divergent artistic approaches while creating work that is uniquely their own.</span><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="normal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Chris Trueman nimbly and consciously combines the forces between hard edge lines and the organic fields of color that occupy his expansive yet immersive canvases. While his command of the painted surface is apparent in the formal qualities of his work, he simultaneously questions and reconstructs the ideological precepts of light and space art, hard edge and organic abstraction.</span><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="normal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Like Trueman, Schnedler also borrows from divergent sources, but she differs from Trueman in that she does not combine her disparate influences into one art piece but rather her work forms a collective whole made of different canvas, each with their own style.&nbsp; The art movements of German Expressionism, French Impression and gestural abstraction permeate these works. There is an order to her disorder, and energy and charge to each piece that is clearly mastered by one artist who has not limited herself to one style but rather to one artist&rsquo;s own expression.</span><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="normal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">AndrewShire Gallery is dedicated to the development and exhibition of innovative contemporary art works by international and local talents. &nbsp;In addition to its Los Angeles location, the gallery established an alternative space in Singapore in 2006. &nbsp;AndrewShire continues to push the international envelope while remaining an integral part of the local community. &nbsp;The gallery is located at 3850 Wilshire Boulevard #107, Los Angeles, CA &nbsp;90010. AndrewShire Gallery, Singapore, is located at 63 Hillview Avenue #10-13, Lamb soon Building, Singapore, 669569.</span></p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 08:39:35 +0000 Vinoodh Matadin, Inez van Lamsweerde - Gagosian Gallery Beverly Hills - July 12th, 2013 - August 23rd, 2013 <blockquote> <p><span style="font-size: small;"><em>Basically every picture we take is a self-portrait—a picture of how we feel at that moment in our lives.</em></span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">—Inez &amp; Vinoodh</span></p> </blockquote> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Gagosian Gallery</strong> is pleased to present a major exhibition of photographs by<strong> Inez &amp; Vinoodh</strong>, following their first exhibition with the gallery in Paris earlier this year.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Partners in life and work for twenty-five years, Inez &amp; Vinoodh were among the first photographers to harness the full potential of digital manipulation in portraying the human condition. Combining the beautiful with the bizarre, the elegant with the extreme, the classical with camp, they depict human identity as exquisite corpse, the spirit of transformation that has fueled the march of art history and which has become, more than ever, a sustaining aesthetic principle of our own time. Beginning in the early 1990s, they have embraced and updated classical genres (nude, portrait, still life), inspired by hyperrealism and Pop art. Photographs created independent of commercial commissions and magazine editorials are genre-melding and boundary-riding in form and representation. Using the digital medium as the very tool of the uncanny, Inez &amp; Vinoodh suggest the complex internal dynamics that lie beneath appearances, mapping postmodern beauty in all its guises from the classical to the utterly extreme.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Embracing a passion for flowers and the iconographically charged still-life paintings of their Dutch heritage, Inez &amp; Vinoodh have produced a series of lush yet edgy flower photographs, compositions of strange beauty more akin to the heightened mannerist genre of Karl Blossfeldt, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Nobuyoshi Araki than to classical nature studies. Envisaging these botanical ensembles with an approach that is both idiosyncratic and exquisitely precise, they imbue mere flowers with the force of human subjects.</span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> Portraits taken over the last fifteen years juxtapose the famous with the lesser or little known—from legendary actors and actresses Sophia Loren, Clint Eastwood, Vanessa Redgrave, and Tilda Swinton, to the anonymous innocence of a picture-perfect baby. All reflect the complicity established with the photographers, and the decisiveness with which Inez &amp; Vinoodh capture, distill, and sometimes even sublimate the individual characters. Lady Gaga is a cyborg in mirrored shades with amphibian scars; then a slouching punk in a grubby t-shirt. A strangely inert Natalie Portman sports a black goatee literally powdered with make-up onto the photographic surface of her lunar complexion; a male hand tugs at her brow to wrest expression from her blank beauty as an allusion to the invention and control required for both acting and photography. Some images—from Stephanie Seymour's siren gaze to Mickey Rourke's rugged heft—are utterly modern and candid, while nude studies of topical fashion models form a taxonomy of postmodern female archetypes.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Inez &amp; Vinoodh’s photographic imaginings, whether one or many steps removed from reality, frequently involve casting the subject in an unfamiliar pose or guise, with further manipulations in post-production.  A bare-chested Ed Ruscha poses in awkward pin-up but with a knowing smile and Bill Murray sprouts daisies from his beard, revealing the whimsy beyond the deadpan of his on-screen characters, while the ideally formed Carmen Kass transforms into a three-headed beast from an unwritten fable. With their preference for disturbance and displacement, Inez &amp; Vinoodh work to unsettle the real and make the familiar ever strange.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Inez &amp; Vinoodh</strong> were born in 1963 and 1961, respectively, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. They met while studying art and photography. Since beginning to work together in the late 1980s, they have created images for many leading international brands in luxury and fashion, as well as regular editorial features for magazines such as <em>i-D</em>, <em>Interview</em>, <em>Purple</em>, <em>Pop</em>, <em>Vanity Fair</em>, <em>Vogue USA</em>, <em>Vogue China</em>, <em>Paris Vogue</em>, <em>Vogue Hommes International</em>, <em>Vogue Italia</em>, <em>Another Magazine</em>, <em>Gentlewoman</em>, <em>Visionaire</em>, <em>V</em>, <em>V Man</em>, and <em>W</em>. Their retrospective project <em>Pretty Much Everything</em> is the most comprehensive record of their work to date. The catalogue published by Taschen is a magnificent limited-edition book in three volumes, designed by M/M Paris with essays by Glenn O'Brien, Michael Bracewell, Bruce Sterling, and others. The extensive travelling exhibition of the same name—which mirrors the book and juxtaposes images of all genres and formats—is updated with new material at each new showing. "Pretty Much Everything" opened at FOAM, Amsterdam in 2010, traveling to Sao Paulo in 2011, and Dallas Contemporary, Texas in 2012. The trade edition of <em>Pretty Much Everything</em> is currently in preparation.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Inez &amp; Vinoodh live and work in New York.</span></p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 11:30:43 +0000 Nick van Woert - L&M Arts, Los Angeles - July 12th, 2013 - August 23rd, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">L&amp;M Arts is pleased to present <em>Labyrinth</em>, an exhibition of new sculpture by New York-based artist Nick van Woert. Fascinated with the convergence of the natural world and human intervention, this exhibition examines the implications of the increasingly prevalent usage of synthetics as surrogates for raw materials. Challenging historical perceptions of elements and their properties, his work establishes a link between seemingly antiquated notions of construction, industrialism, and sustainability amidst shifting societal values and consumer demands. </span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> The artist has assembled six hanging wall sculptures in the West Gallery, modeled to resemble the mappae mundi of medieval society. Arranged as neat, seemingly ordered compositions, each spherical map holds a collection of intentionally crude bronze casts of primitive tools such as arrowheads and rudimentary hammers. The rough edges of these objects bleed into blurred, asymmetrical surfaces - insinuating that the tools have been well worn and useful. Noticeably contrasting, the pristine placement of the small, simple tools on the globe-shaped background recalls the fixation of Enlightenment-era explorers who glorified human technological advancements through the rabid plundering and ceremonious display of common objects from far away lands. </span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> In <em>Garden of Forking Paths</em> (2013, pictured above), van Woert has taken a cue from the complex mappae mundi (that depicted not only geographic details of bodies of land and water, but also sacred texts, city plans, navigational charts, historical narratives, lists of natural resources, etc.) to devise his own register of significant items and personal histories. This large, sculptural lexicon is the sum of the artist's influences and ideologies. It includes casts of relevant books, childhood toys, peace pipes, and other meaningful objects that, together, helped to amass his character. </span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> On display in the East Gallery is <em>Course of Empire</em> (2013). It consists of two hundred plexiglass boxes whose transparent casings reveal a hodgepodge of contemporary provisions. For his largest sculpture of this kind to date, he has erected a site-specific network of AstroTurf, garden hoses, asphalt shingles, cat litter, aquarium rocks, dirt, ketchup, junk mail, dog toys, marzipan, and T-shirts (to name just a few). Isolating humanity's contributions to the material world, van Woert mirrors a topography heavily informed by the colors and conditions of these man-made materials. He notes that we often overlook the prevalence of these items in our everyday life and built environments, choosing instead to restrict the definition of scenery to the woods, sea, and mountainous backdrops that have long been the acceptable subjects of landscape painting. <em>Course of Empire</em> de-purposes and re-contextualizes its' contents, suggesting that a picturesque structure can be built using plastics or other non-traditional elements. In doing so, van Woert asks that we acknowledge and appreciate the tremendous visual influence that materials put forth by human invention have had on our surroundings. </span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> van Woert's sculptures are ammunition for a material revolution that rebels against the dividing qualifiers of 'fake' and 'authentic'. Selected for individual traits, rather than an ability to replicate the favored materials of antiquity, van Woert engages the inherent aesthetics, palettes, and textures of each material he chooses. By promoting a delineated hierarchy of materials, his work challenges us to become increasingly aware of the artificial concoctions that populate our contemporary habitat. Considering them to be as significant as organic elements, his work reveals an altered and expanded periodic table that more accurately represents the components to our material world. </span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> Nick van Woert was born in Reno, Nevada and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.</span></p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 14:11:49 +0000 Group Show - L.A. Louver - July 18th, 2013 - August 23rd, 2013 <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;">Venice, California - L.A. Louver is pleased to announce Rogue Wave 2013. This group exhibition includes 15 artists whose work encapsulates the vibrancy and excitement of art being made in Los Angeles today. Co-curated by the gallery’s Chief Preparator Christopher Pate and Founding Director Peter Goulds, this is the fifth group exhibition in L.A. Louver’s ongoing Rogue Wave program. Painting, drawing, photography and installation will be on view throughout L.A. Louver’s first and second floor galleries, Skyroom and exterior spaces.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Painter <b>Sarah Awad</b> depicts female nudes poised in classical form. taking an abstract and unabashed approach to color and brushwork.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Photographer <b>Matthew Brandt</b> pushes the chemical processes of the darkroom and commercial printing to dramatic effect by incorporating water sourced directly from his landscape subjects.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Abstract painter <b>Kent Familton</b> combines a muted color palette and poetic line work with a sophistication of composition and form.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">In his paintings. <b>Asad Faulwell</b> pays reverence to the unsung female freedom fighters who took arms against the French occupation of Algeria in the 195os and 196os. adorning them with elaborate motifs and collage elements reminiscent of Moroccan and Persian textiles.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"><b>Sherin Guirguis</b> reinterprets Islamic patterning in hand-cut paper works emblazoned with ink and watercolour in bold and brilliant marks. as well as an intricately perforated large-scale wood sculpture.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"><b>Peter Holzhauer</b>'s<b> </b>black-and-white. exquisitely crafted photographs document fragments of the personal, the textural and the urban, with sensitive visual acuity.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Merging sculpture and photography, <b>Farrah Karapetian</b> stages elaborate. life-sized photograms that ghostly silhouette soldiers in the midst of combat. accompanied with a display of military weaponry cast in resin.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Rooted in Renaissance tradition. <b>Laura Krifka</b>'s paintings and sculptures portray the human body with awkward vulnerability in mysterious, often psychosexual vignettes.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">In defiance of still photography. <b>Owen Kydd</b> composes “durational photographs." object-oriented video works that capture the subtle movements of his subjects over a sustained span of time.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Sculptor <b>Ashley Landrum</b> fabricates minimal geometrical structures of wood and metal tubing, with segments concealed by patterned steel panels and fabrics.</span></p> <pre><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Painting on a large scale, <b>Heather Gwen Martin</b> creates tension and movement between<br />vibrant color forms that bend across luminous linen surfaces.</span></pre> <pre><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Materials are celebrated in <b>Christopher Miles</b>‘ ceramic sculptures, as well as in a larger work constructed of paper, paint and aluminum tubing, comprising gnarled biomorphic forms<br /> dripping in layers of thick color. </span></pre> <pre><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Sculptor. filmmaker and performance artist <b>Alison O‘DanieI</b> creates sculptural wall reliefs <br />embellished with delicate metal chain. These works are inspired by the musical score <br />commissioned for her second feature film, “The Tuba Thieves." the first segment of which will be projected in L.A. Louver's South Gallery.</span></pre> <pre><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"><b>Kim Schoenstadt</b> fuses architectural renderings. social interaction and geometric abstraction to produce a site-specific mural to cover the exterior walls of the gallery's Skyroom. A <br />painting on panel with three-dimensional elements will be installed in the gallery's entryway.</span></pre> <pre><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">A former cartoonist. <b>Eric Yahnker </b>reappropriates and combines popular cultural icons <br />through highly detailed and realistic drawings in a form of satirical comedy.</span></pre> <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;"></p> <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;"><i>Rogue Wave </i>was initiated in 2001 as a group survey exhibition examining Los Angeles-based artists, with additional editions presented in 2005, 2007 and 2009. Following this cycle, L.A. Louver launched <i>Rogue Wave Projects</i>, resulting in solo exhibitions with Eduardo Sarabia (2009), Olga Koumoundouros (2010) and Matt Wedel (2010). At the start of 2013, we undertook our first international <i>Rogue Wave Projects </i>exhibition with Australian new media artist Grant Stevens. L.A. Louver’s next international project will feature work by Beijing-based photographer and artist Chen Man, in January 2014. To learn more about <i>Rogue Wave </i>and past projects, please visit: <b><i></i></b>.</p> <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;">Artists' Reception: Thursday July 18, 2013 6 - 9pm at L.A. Louver, Venice, CA</p> <p class="p2" style="text-align: justify;"></p> <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;">Thursday Night Artist Talks, 6:30pm</p> <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;">During Rogue Wave 2013, L.A. Louver will host weekly artist talks every Thursday night at 6:30 pm, providing visitors the opportunity to walk through the exhibition spaces with the artists, as they speak about their work.</p> <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;">25 July: Sherin Guirguis / Owen Kydd / Kim Schoenstadt</p> <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;">1 August: Asad Faulwell / Peter Holzhauer / Alison O’Daniel</p> <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;">8 August: Laura Krifka / Ashley Landrum / Heather Gwen Martin</p> <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;">15 August: Kent Familton / Christopher Miles / Eric Yahnker</p> <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;">22 August: Sarah Awad / Matthew Brandt / Farrah Karapetian</p> <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;">As space is limited, reservations are recommended. Please RSVP to (310) 822-4955 or</p> <p class="p2" style="text-align: justify;"></p> Sat, 29 Jun 2013 07:35:10 +0000 Group Show - Moran Bondaroff - July 19th, 2013 - August 23rd, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">A man faces a window. Streaks of light cross sky, skip through glass and illuminate his face. A bolt of brightness holds his glance, blinding him momentarily. He is confronted by the room, the borders of the corners, its straightness. The light, aggressive in the pursuit to intrude, reveal speckles of dust, little particles that wistfully float. A breath pushes them spinning. He sucks in his lip, biting the bottom and tries not to breath. Holding the air until the dull base hits just behind the ears; the sound becomes interior. He hears his body. Leaning against the glass, the weight of his head rests against his forearm. The palm of his hand marks the pane. He looks outside and catches himself, doubled.</span></p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 17:16:30 +0000 Yvonne Venegas - Shoshana Wayne Gallery - June 1st, 2013 - August 23rd, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Shoshana Wayne Gallery</strong> is pleased to present a solo show of photographs by <strong>Yvonne Venegas</strong>.  This is Yvonne’s second show with the gallery.</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;"> </span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Venegas continues to investigate the notion of portraiture. This practice was instilled in the artist through the work of her father- a photographer who captures various social events in the Mexican city of Tijuana.  As a youth, Yvonne began her exploration of capturing images through photographs that she took of her twin sister Julieta, now a famous pop singer in Mexico.</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;"> </span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">For her current exhibition, the main gallery features 16 images taken from a body of work titled  “Inedito”.  Yvonne was on set for select sessions of filming the third season of the Mexican telenovela “Rebelde”.  Most of the images are taken either at Televisa San Angel Sound Stage 3, on location at Royal Forest country club or live at concerts in the US.  The telenovela follows a group of students from an elite academic institution, as several students create a band.  The fictional band created for the show became a national sensation and performed live concerts to thousands of fans around the world. </span><br /><span style="font-size: small;"> </span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">It is this particular notion of blurred reality that fascinates Venegas.  In her images, it is often unclear what is a set, and what is reality.  A few images focus on the fans of the band, who seek to emulate the band members by mimicking their school uniform.  The irony of fiction juxtaposed with reality becomes crystallized in many of the shots she takes.  The process of perception in understanding roles- who is an actor, what is real; is blurred even further in some images, as the subjects of some photos mistake Venegas for her famous twin sister and attempt to capture her image while she is taking theirs.  On a larger social scale, the telenovela actors take on huge impact in the culture with their mass popularity.  It is suggested that a few of the actors are paired with local politicians in real life as strategy to boost election votes for that candidate.  Again fiction runs side by side with reality.</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;"> </span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">In the smaller gallery, Venegas chooses a selection of photographs from a recent body of work “Gestus”.  This series is currently in progress, and the installation hints at the unfinished nature of the work.  In “Gestus”, Venegas builds what she calls a “documentary project about portraiture” by seeking anonymous subjects who want to be photographed as well as photographers for hire and other amateur photographers as they document their subjects.</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;"> </span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Yvonne Venegas has exhibited at Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey Monterrey, Mexico; Museo De Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City; Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; Museum des Beaux Arts, Orleans, France; Bozar Museu, Brussels. </span><br /><span style="font-size: small;"> </span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Venegas was the recipient of the Magnum Expression Photography Award in 2010 and is also featured in the first ever “Biennale Online”.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Yvonne Venegas lives and works in Mexico City, DF.</span></p> Wed, 15 May 2013 18:33:13 +0000 Group Show - Von Lintel Gallery - July 18th, 2013 - August 23rd, 2013 Tue, 18 Feb 2014 04:11:25 +0000 Katrina Umber - Charlie James Gallery - July 27th, 2013 - August 24th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">The present exhibition <em>And</em> brings together two recent, ongoing photographic series by Los Angeles artist Katrina Umber in her first solo show at Charlie James Gallery. As the title &ldquo;<em>And</em>&rdquo; suggests, the space of the photograph is continually proposed in these series as a means of conjunction, a conjoining or combining of images. Images are paired off or layered on top of one another, two-ness and separation giving way to a questioning of the notion of relationality itself, its logical procedures and ontological implications.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Enlarged black-and-white split-frame photographs comprise the Included Middle series, in which the space of one standard negative is divided in half to yield a twofold image. Sequential images are inexorably coupled by the camera, diptychs that loosely evoke the private narratives of everyday life as well as the formal language of art history: the release of white fluid from a sexual organ, then black out; the luminous appearances of a Suprematist-like square and acute triangle on shadowed walls; Vija Celmins&ndash;esque images of sunlight falling on agitated waters. Alluding to Aristotle&rsquo;s Law of the Excluded Middle, which states that every proposition or its negation must be true, this series suspends the structure of logic to shift the inquiry into truth towards the ontological. Each photograph in this series not only presents the capture and juxtaposition of two different moments, but also represents the passage through space and time lived in between. Thus, each photograph appears to affirm the presence of both the paired images as well as what those two images are not&mdash;the passage or void created by and in between the two. The principle of the &ldquo;Included Middle,&rdquo; then, would simply be the affirming of presence as true in and of itself: presence is truth.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">In contrast to the coupled images in the Included Middle series, the photographs in Soft Mirrors entail images that overlie and eat into others. The photographs in this series have been dually processed: black-and-white negatives are printed on chromogenic paper and then these prints are soaked in dyed water. In the resulting photographs, faded images of indoor and outdoor scenes give way to unexpected patterns and vibrant eruptions of color. Cobalt and ultramarine blues, violets, vermillion, crimson, and a range of siennas leech away the referential and indexical to reveal the unpredictable yet systematic process of erosion the paper underwent in its watery bath. The immutable laws of chemistry dictate the dissolution and destruction of one image that leads to the efflorescent emergence, a coming into being, of yet another.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em>Text by Kavior Moon</em></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Katrina Umber</strong> (b. 1979. Minneapolis, MN). She received her BFA from Art Center College of Design (2004) and MFA from University of California Los Angeles (2010). She also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2011). Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally; most recently in the group show FLICKER curated by Jan Tumlir at Control Room Los Angeles. Her work is included in the Stewart and Lynda Resnik Collection and has been profiled in publications including the current Fabrik. She lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.</span></p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 16:41:01 +0000 Matthew Brandt, Michael Henry Hayden, Chris Succo, Christopher Richmond, Bobbi Wood - Charlie James Gallery - July 27th, 2013 - August 24th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">We may be the most restless people to date. We move around a lot. We see things remotely, we see things at speed, we find it hard to dwell on things. We exist in a constant state of arrival, neither fully here nor fully there. We click through endless images, constantly communicate through shifting platforms. Our jumbled experiences arrive out of order and in no particular order. Chronology removed, we are left in the perpetual now.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">What happens then, when through artistic device, the context and point of origin are lost? By striping down, visually parsing the information presented, the viewer is left to identify with reduced space, dwelling in the experience without necessarily contextualizing it. This loss of context allows the viewer to reach a dream-like, tranquil state with shapes and objects that are familiar and whose potential readings are now doubled and tripled through redaction. To the dreamer, a dream is like reality and the anchor is not so much lost as it is displaced.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em>Dwelling in Erasure</em> brings together five artists working across all media who employ acts of removal and dislocation to suspend the viewer, creating quieter, contemplative moments allowing for reflection and simply being.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Michael Henry Hayden</strong>&rsquo;s and<strong> Chris Succo</strong>&rsquo;s works appear like a blurred memory, faded or manipulated. Hayden&rsquo;s use of ubiquitous domestic architecture allows the viewer to dwell in the memories of recorded non-moments. For Succo, it is not what to paint, but how to paint. While there is a layering to remove it is not random. The poetic decision of each gesture and composition is foregrounded. The process becomes the anchor.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Similarly, <strong>Christopher Richmond</strong> removes the narrative, the story&mdash;the very thing being told&mdash;to focus instead on the telling, the discourse. The viewer is left in a non-place, the loop seamless, the experience without orientation.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Matthew Brandt</strong>&rsquo;s and<strong> Bobbi Wood</strong>&rsquo;s works literally paint over and wash away parts of the image until very little is left for the viewer to &ldquo;hold on to.&rdquo; This loss of context forces the viewer to hold tightly to what is left and from there to find a way out, to make out meaning.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em>*With special thanks to Tellef Tellefson, Dwyer Kilcollin and Randall Wetzel.<br /> </em></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Matthew Brandt</strong> (b. 1982, Los Angeles, CA) received his BFA from Cooper Union in 2004 and MFA from the University of California Los Angeles in 2008. His work is held in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; The Columbus Museum of Art; the Brooklyn Museum of Art; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Elton John Collection, UK; the UBS Art Collection, NY; Bidwell Projects, Cleveland, OH; and the Statoil Collection, UK. His first solo exhibition at M+B was selected by Modern Painters as one of &ldquo;The 100 Best Fall Shows&rdquo; and reviewed in the December 2011/January 2012 edition. Other notable press includes The New Yorker, TIME Lightbox, Arte Fuse and Elle D&eacute;cor. Brandt&rsquo;s second solo exhibition at M+B is scheduled for Fall 2013 and the Columbus Museum of Art will present Brandt&rsquo;s first solo museum exhibition later this year. Brandt lives and works in Los Angeles.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Michael Henry Hayden</strong> (b. 1981, Siloam Springs, Arkansas) received his BFA from The Cooper Union, NY in 2004 and his MFA from the University of Southern California in 2009. Hayden also attended the prestigious Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Recent solo presentations of Hayden&rsquo;s work include Steve Turner (2012) and LA&gt;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Christopher Richmond</strong> (b. 1986, San Diego, California) received his BFA from the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University in 2005 and is currently an MFA candidate at the Roski School of Fine Arts at the University of Southern California. Richmond has shown his work widely, including exhibitions and screenings in Los Angeles, New York, and Europe. Most recently Richmond was featured in Aspect: The Chronicle of New Media Art and invited to participate in Fotogalerie Wien&rsquo;s exhibition, Appropriation - Re-enactment, curated by Petra Noll. Richmond currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Chris Succo</strong> (b. 1979, Dusseldorf, Germany) completed his MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art in 2012. He earned his Meisterschueler from Prof. Georg Herold in 2008 and his Diploma from the Academy of Fine Arts, D&uuml;sseldorf in 2009. Succo has shown throughout Europe including solo exhibitions at DUVE Berlin, Berlin; Rod Barton Gallery, London (upcoming); fiebach, minninger, K&ouml;ln; Tidens Krav, Oslo (upcoming), Kunstverein D&uuml;sseldorf; and Kunstverein Schichtwechsel, Liechtenstein. Recent group exhibitions include Brand New Gallery in Milan, City Gallery of Prague, Vigo Gallery in London, and 304 Days in Vancouver, Canada. Succo lives and works between London and Dusseldorf.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Bobbi Woods</strong> (b. 1973, St. Louis, MO) received her BFA and MFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Solo exhibitions of her work have been presented at Fourteen30 Contemporary, Portland; Workspace, Los Angeles; Annie Wharton, Los Angeles; and 2nd Cannons, Los Angeles; among others. Woods's work is currently included in the group exhibitions Painting in Place, Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND) at Farmers &amp; Merchants Bank, Los Angeles; More Young Americans at L&rsquo;Enclos des Bernardins, Paris; and California Visual Music at Chapman University, Orange, CA. Woods lives and works in Los Angeles, and is represented by Pepin Moore and Fourteen30 Contemporary, Portland.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Curatorial statement / text by Alexandra Wetzel, July 2013</span></p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 16:45:46 +0000 Group Show - Couturier Gallery - July 20th, 2013 - August 24th, 2013 <div class="Section1"> <p><st1:city>Couturier</st1:city> <st1:city><st1:state>Ga</st1:state>lle</st1:city>ry presents a summer exhibition of recent works and gallery inventory by artists working in a variety of mediums.  From high resin paintings to precision paper cutting; fine ceramics to bronze sculptures; and mixed media drawings to surrealistic fumage (smoke) paintings.  <b>Join us Saturday, July 20, for an afternoon opening reception from 3-5pm.</b> </p> <p> </p> <p><b>Special Event:  Saturday, July 27</b>.  Watch Antonio Muñiz demonstrate the art of fumage painting live in the gallery.  Muñiz will create a piece from start-to-finish using this unusual Surrealism technique of painting with smoke. </p> <p> </p> <p>Some of the featured artists are:</p> </div> <p><b><br clear="all" /> </b><b>Susana Espinosa</b> –  ceramics</p> <div class="Section2"> <p><b>Carlos Estévez</b> – mixed media drawings</p> <p><b>Toni Hambleton</b> –  ceramics</p> <p><b>Haruka</b> – cut paper</p> <p><b>Jay Kvapil</b> –  ceramics</p> <p><b>Arturo Mallmann</b> – acrylic &amp; resin paintings</p> <p><b>Jorge Marín</b> – bronze sculptures</p> <p><b>Antonio Muñiz</b> – fumage &amp; oil paintings<b></b></p> <p><b>Gertrud &amp; Otto Natzler</b> –  ceramics</p> <p><b>Olga Seem</b> – ink &amp; acrylic drawings</p> <p><b>Kevin Jay Stanton</b> – cut paper</p> <p><b>Maritta Tapanainen</b> – paper collage</p> </div> <p><br clear="all" />For additional information please contact the <st1:city><st1:place>galle</st1:place></st1:city>ry: <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a></p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 20:40:38 +0000 Larry Bell, Scot Heywood, Gustavo Perez, Mark Pharis - Frank Lloyd Gallery - July 20th, 2013 - August 24th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;">The Frank Lloyd Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the group exhibition <em>Polyform: Larry Bell, Scot Heywood, Gustavo P&eacute;rez, and Mark Pharis. </em>Presenting examples of painting and ceramic sculpture, this show illustrates the shared principles of sequencing, spatial and geometric relationships, and repetition. Consisting of multiple elements or engaging with the concept of multiplicity, these works heighten viewers' awareness of the space they occupy.</span><em><br /><br />Polyform </em>includes examples of Vapor Drawings by <strong>Larry Bell,</strong> and the works on display demonstrate the impact of repetition as a compositional device. Their horizontal planes have a geometric precision, while the subtle gradations of metallic particles move the eye rhythmically through the pieces. Like tapestries woven from light, the bands of these works interlace themselves into a cohesive image.<br /><br />The contemporary painter <strong>Scot Heywood</strong> is presenting work from his "Piano Paintings" series &ndash; a group of works that features simple arrangements of multiple panels. Painted in rich primary colors, the crisp lines of the rectangular panels are precisely offset.&nbsp;&nbsp;These cool counterbalances create a heightened spatial awareness and work to implicate the wall-space into the paintings themselves.<br /><br />Mexican ceramic artist <strong>Gustavo P&eacute;rez</strong> is represented by a large-scale installation titled <em>Triangulo. </em>This piece is composed of dozens of small cylinders, each cut at a precise angle and placed in face-to-face opposition. The sculpture forms an equilateral triangle, based in geometry but simultaneously alluding to minimal art and optical illusion. Other examples of his works seem to be part architecture, part mathematical pattern, and part lyrical movement.<br /><br />The contemporary ceramist <strong>Mark Pharis</strong> frequently works in series, with artworks that emphasize the interrelationship of multiple elements. Based in a casual geometry and using a restrained glaze palette, the pieces included in <em>Polyform</em> reflect the artist's interest in architecture. Their sculptural forms work in concert, playing with spatial relationships.<span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"><br /><br />By presenting contemporary ceramic sculpture alongside painting, <em>Polyform </em>seeks to explore how disparate mediums can share common formal and theoretical concerns. Utilizing repetition, sequencing, and spatial and geometric relationships, these four artists investigate how viewers perceive their artworks and the space they occupy.</span></p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 17:13:16 +0000 Katia Santibanez - Jancar Gallery - July 20th, 2013 - August 24th, 2013 Mon, 01 Jul 2013 18:21:32 +0000 Group Show - Katherine Cone Gallery - July 20th, 2013 - August 24th, 2013 <p>Inspired by recent travels to Paris, Katherine Cone Gallery is pleased to present a summer group exhibition, titled&nbsp;<strong><em>Rouge.</em></strong>&nbsp;The exhibition consists of original works of art that will include the color red by renowned artists&nbsp;<strong>Edith Baumann</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Sean Cheetham</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>John Eden</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>EL MAC, Shepard Fairey</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>John Van Hamersveld</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Brad Howe</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Eric Pedersen</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>DeWain Valentine</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>and Suzan Woodruff.</strong></p> <p>Rouge, The French word for "red,&rdquo; is a color commonly associated with passion, fire, beauty, danger, sacrifice, anger, and in some places happiness. It can be used as an expression, as in &ldquo;seeing red&rdquo; meaning to be enraged. Likewise, it can be a symbol of love and entertainment, such as the Moulin Rouge, a Paris cabaret known for it&rsquo;s seductive dancing and&nbsp;famously marked by the red windmill on its roof.&nbsp;</p> <p>Whether it means anger to one or love to another or is envied simply for the beauty of the pigment itself, the color red carries a powerful energy with it. Each of these ten artists has defined in their own context what the color red signifies to them. Please join us for a reception for the artists&nbsp;Saturday, July 20th, from&nbsp;6-9 p.m.&nbsp;The<em>Rouge&nbsp;</em>exhibition will run from&nbsp;July 20th until August 24th, 2013.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 27 Jul 2013 16:29:21 +0000 Kerry Skarbakka - Kopeikin Gallery - July 20th, 2013 - August 24th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Kopeikin Gallery presents artist Kerry Skarbakka&rsquo;s first solo exhibition with the Gallery. "Ten Years of Falling", a significant selection of work from his long term project, &ldquo;The Struggle to Right Oneself<strong>", </strong>opens with a reception for the artist on Saturday, July 20th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm and continues through September 7th. The exhibition is free and open to the public.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;In his ongoing series, Skarbakka, with the aid of climbing gear and other rigging, photographs himself perpetually falling to an uncertain fate in a series of ambiguous narratives. Skarbakka's images portray the artist hurling himself through glass windows, leaping off train trestles, plummeting down flights of stairs and toppling off ladders. Without a concrete conclusion, these images leave one to wonder if you are the witness to a suicide, fatal accident or daring escape. These images stand as ominous messages and reminders that we are all vulnerable to losing our footing and grasp. Moreover, they convey the primal qualities of the human condition as a precarious balancing act between the struggle against our desire to survive and out fantasy to transcend our humanness.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;&ldquo;I continually return to questions regarding the nature of control and its effects on this perceived responsibility, since beyond the basic laws that govern and maintain our equilibrium, we live in a world that constantly tests our stability in various forms." - Kerry Skarbakka</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Kerry Skarbakka is a visual artist and educator working in photography and video. He received his B.A. in 1994 from the University of Washington School of Art and in 2003 completed his MFA in Photography from Columbia College in Chicago. Including a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago<strong>,</strong> Skarbakka's work has been exhibited in numerous national and international exhibitions. He has received funding and support from the Creative Capital Foundation, the 1% for the Arts (City of Seattle) and the Illinois Arts Council<strong>. </strong>Publications include Afterimage, Art and America, ArtReview International and Aperture Magazine<strong>.</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 14:55:50 +0000 Group Show - Kopeikin Gallery - July 20th, 2013 - August 24th, 2013 Mon, 01 Jul 2013 18:25:24 +0000