ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Instructor Betsy Holster - City of Brea Art Gallery - April 26th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM <p>After the tremendous success of Betsy&rsquo;s Colored Pencil workshop last August, the City of Brea Art Gallery is pleased to present another wonderful seminar with international prize-winning artist and Cal State Fullerton Professor Betsy Holster! Those who attended her previous class will be excited to hear that this session will be highlighting new and interesting techniques that will add to already established skill sets, while still focusing on foundational skills for beginners. You don&rsquo;t want to miss this rare workshop that explores the versatile and fascinating medium of colored pencil! To register, call the City of Brea Art Gallery at (714) 990-7731 to register with a credit card stop by the gallery in person. A limited number of seats are available and it is sure to fill up fast, so reserve your spot today!&nbsp;</p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:14:15 +0000 Pamela Mayers-Schoenberg - dnj Gallery - May 3rd - May 31st <p>"The Vermont Project" by Pamela Mayers-Schoenberg</p> <p>Vermont Avenue, 1998</p> <p>Vermont Avenue runs for thirty miles through Los Angeles, from Griffith Park, through Los Feliz, Hollywood, Koreatown, and South Central, to the harbor. It serves by the Observatory, the Greek Theater, Los Angeles City College, USC, and the Coliseum, but I prefer to focus on the smaller entities of the street: homes, shops, schools, clubs, parks, and markets, and the people.</p> <p>It is one, single community, made up of independent, yet interconnecting parts. Los Angeles is, and has always been, a great melting-pot. Through my images, I want to build a collective vision and create an interaction among the various neighborhoods.</p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:54:40 +0000 - Human Resources - April 21st 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>A discussion with Joanne Nucho, Suzy M. Halajian &amp; Sasha Ussef</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">The session will explore the idea of not-knowing found within the highly contested Lebanese context. Taking Lebanon as a site to unpack ideas of not-knowing at the intersection of various temporalities -- ever-shifting and explosive, both virtual and "real" -- the session will question imagined states, the production of memories, as well as the gaps in historical narratives through an emphasis on contemporary artistic and cultural practices as well as other interdisciplinary ethnographic modes of inquiry. Artistic works under discussion include those by Rabih Mrou&eacute;, Mounira Al Solh, Ilaria Lupo, and Marwa Arsanios. This event will be an open discussion format.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Bios:</strong></span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Joanne Randa Nucho is a filmmaker and anthropologist who lived and worked in Beirut from 2010-2011.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Suzy M. Halajian is a curator now based in Los Angeles. She lived and worked in Beirut in 2013 and summer of 2011.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Sasha Ussef is a curatorial and urban planning graduate student at USC. She spent time in Beirut in the summer of 2013.</span></p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 08:00:33 +0000 Group Show - Human Resources - April 18th - April 20th <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong><a href="" target="_blank">RECAPS</a>&nbsp;</strong>Magazine launches Issue 11 with&nbsp;<em>Rethinking Environment</em>, a weekend-long series of events, including an exhibition, presentations, and workshops.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>For a full schedule of events: visit&nbsp;</strong><a href="" target="_blank"></a></span></p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 07:57:43 +0000 - BLEICHER/GOLIGHTLY/GORMAN - May 7th - May 20th <p>**</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 07:55:17 +0000 Vincent Cacciotti - CoproGallery - April 19th - May 10th <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong><strong>Copro Gallery&nbsp;</strong></strong>presents 3 separate solo exhibitions by 3 different artists<strong><strong>.&nbsp;</strong></strong></span></p> <p class="style11" style="text-align: justify;"><strong><em>Vincent Cacciotti's</em></strong>&nbsp;work blends surrealism and fantasy depicting the travels of the human mind, body and soul. Vincent began painting as a child. He studied at The Art Students League in New York City and The California Art Institute in Westlake, CA. 'however is mostly self taught. His latest work for this show deals with girls behind masks and shows his talent for painting figurative realism/surrealism.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong></strong></span></p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 07:51:59 +0000 Timothy Robert Smith - CoproGallery - April 19th - May 10th <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong><strong>Copro Gallery&nbsp;</strong></strong>presents 3 separate solo exhibitions by 3 different artists<strong><strong>.&nbsp;</strong></strong></span></p> <p class="style11" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Timothy Robert Smith</strong>&nbsp;is a Los Angeles painter whose "Kaleidoscopic Realism" jumbles and disorients. His works have an air of visionary fiction that offers a dazzing antidote to what Smith calls the "tunnel vision" of civilization's dominant linearity. (<a href="" target="_blank">excerpt from Huffington Post article</a>)</span></p> <p class="style11" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Some of the themes of Timothy Robert Smith's paintings include:</span></p> <p class="style11" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Modern physics and the nature of reality: this includes time and space, hidden/alternate dimensions, and probable selves. Showing a cinematic picture of the universe based on these ideas.</span></p> <p class="style11" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Art as Science: &agrave; la Leonardo Da Vinci</span></p> <p class="style11" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Radical/intuitive/mystical/primitive science and the fine line that exists between what is/isn't considered "scientific": for example Nikola Tesla and his "psychic powers." Also, how our accepted ideas of physical reality are always in flux (see Steven Hawking's The Grand Design).</span></p> <p class="style11" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Consciousness: belief systems and how they alter the nature of reality, The role of "the self" in our technological-based consumer society ("Technocracy"). The struggle to survive, the fine line between sanity and insanity... Who are we really?</span></p> <p class="style11" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">The theory that everyone is really their own opposite: we are beautiful Contradictions, acting out roles in a theatre of the absurd.</span></p> <p class="style11" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Finding peace within a civilization: empowerment through enlightenment.</span></p> <p class="style11" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Enlightenment: that undefinable sense of knowing. Operating like a Zen koan, throwing around paradoxical visual ideas designed to force a temporary glitch in our auto-pilot systems of consciousness.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong></strong></span></p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 07:52:11 +0000 David Molesky - CoproGallery - April 19th - May 10th <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong><strong>Copro Gallery&nbsp;</strong></strong>presents 3 separate solo exhibitions by 3 different artists<strong><strong>.&nbsp;</strong></strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>David Molesky was born in</strong>&nbsp;Washington D.C. He moved to the west coast in 1995 to study fine art and molecular biology at UC Berkeley.The science/art relationship combined leads to very interesting subject matter in his paintings. Mythological symbolism, animals, the sea, and ancient cultures pervade his work and are reflective of his travels to exotic places.Traces of Rembrandt, as well as the Venetian Renaissance style can be seen in his classical approach to a canvas with the use of light and brushwork. Living in Norway for several years as an apprentice to Odd Nerdrum, Molesky has managed to absorb his encounter with the Norwegian modern master and generate an artistic style that is quintessentially his own, This exhibition includes a continuation of a series of figures finding tranquility in nature juxtaposed with new paintings of political upheaval. In recent months media coverage of the Kiev protests inspired David to combine his interests in painting figures and fire.&nbsp;</span></p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 07:52:25 +0000 Group Show - Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) - May 22nd 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM <p><strong style="font-size: 1em;">Join the party:&nbsp;</strong><a style="font-size: 1em;" href="" target="_blank">LA Weekly thinks LACE knows how to throw a great event!</a></p> <h3><span style="font-size: 12px;">Bidding starts May 8 at&nbsp;</span><a style="font-size: 12px;" href="" target="_blank"></a></h3> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Start early and bid on artworks by the artists that make Los Angeles an exciting place to be.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Host Committee</strong></div> <div><strong>&nbsp;</strong></div> <div><span style="font-size: 1em;">Jeff Cain, Kenturah Davis, Melanie Edmunds, Kathie Folie-Meyer, Maureen Haines, Bill Moreno, Jackie Sharp, Ben Smith Marta Sullivan, Blake Koh, Mark Steven Greenfield, Chad Clark, Gary and Tracy Mezzatesta, The Honorable Robert M. Hertzberg, and Juliet McIver.&nbsp;</span></div> <div> <h3>&nbsp;</h3> <p><strong><span style="font-size: small;">Sponsors</span></strong></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">Allan Jeffries, Art Mechanics, Art Services Melrose, Artillery Magazine, Beverly Hills Picture Framing Gallery, California Cactus Center, Ota House, Panera Bread of La Canada Flintridge, Random Gallery, Stone Brewing CO., Trader Joe's, Universal Framing Gallery</span></p> <div><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div> <div><strong>Purchase tickets online with,&nbsp;</strong><strong>or you may purchase tickets over the phone by calling: 323-957-1777&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" alt="Eventbrite - LACE Happening 2014: Benefit Art Auction" /></a></div> </div> </div> <div><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></div> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 07:38:04 +0000 Chris Engman - Luis De Jesus Los Angeles - April 19th 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM <div align="center">Join us for an artist's talk with</div> <div align="center">&nbsp;</div> <div align="center"><strong>CHRIS ENGMAN</strong></div> <div align="center">&nbsp;</div> <div align="center">as he discusses his new photographs and current solo exhibition</div> <div align="center">&nbsp;</div> <div align="center"><strong>INK ON PAPER</strong></div> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 07:24:51 +0000 Yung Jake - Steve Turner Contemporary - May 3rd - May 31st <p>Steve Turner Contemporary is pleased to present&nbsp;<em>Drawings</em>, a solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Yung Jake, featuring&nbsp;a new series of computer-generated drawings.</p> <p>Yung Jake was born on the Internet in 2011. He is best known for his rap videos that integrate the worlds of hip-hop, technology, social media and contemporary art.&nbsp;<em><a class="fancybox-youtube" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Datamosh</a></em>&nbsp;(2011) parodied the trend in music video of datamoshing (a digital technique that distorts images) while playing to a contemporary digital art audience. In&nbsp;<em><a class="fancybox-youtube" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a></em>&nbsp;(2012), he commented on the pursuit of Internet fame. His work has been screened at Sundance (2013) and he has performed in Los Angeles at the Hammer Museum and&nbsp;Redcat (2013) and at MOCA (2014). He earned a BFA at CalArts in 2012.</p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:06:27 +0000 Camilo Restrepo - Steve Turner Contemporary - May 3rd - May 31st <div class="post-entry"> <p>Steve Turner Contemporary is pleased to present&nbsp;<em>El Sue&ntilde;o De La Raz&oacute;n Produce Monstruos&nbsp;</em>(The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters), a solo exhibition by Medell&iacute;n-based artist Camilo Restrepo, who creates drawings based on his proximity to the epicenter of drug-related violence in Colombia.</p> <p>In this, Restrepo&rsquo;s second solo exhibition at Steve Turner, the artist will present works from two series:&nbsp; three large-scale drawings from&nbsp;<em>A Land Reform</em>as well as a group of portraits from a new series,&nbsp;<em>Los Caprichos</em>. In both bodies of work, Restrepo creates images that are based on narco traffickers and the aliases they assume as reported daily in Colombian newspapers. The aliases are often based on television and comic book characters; celebrities; animals; and commercial brands. The childish nature of these assumed identities contrasts starkly to the traffickers&rsquo; vicious, violent behavior.</p> <p><em>A Land Reform</em>&nbsp;consists of seventy individual sheets of paper that are torn from the artist&rsquo;s drawing book and then crudely taped together. Filled with collaged newspaper clippings and Restrepo&rsquo;s cartoon-like characters, the various scenarios are connected by a series of what appear to be red hoses&mdash;or are they veins of blood? The hoses pass through the sheet onto the reverse side where there is another complicated system of hoses, both sides alluding to the interconnected intricacy of the armed conflict in Colombia.</p> <p>Taking his title from Goya&rsquo;s monumental series of etchings filled with images of human folly, vice and absurdity, Restrepo&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>Los Caprichos</em>&nbsp;cover much the same territory in contemporary terms. &ldquo;Salvador,&rdquo; a Dali-like character, rides a horse whose head has been cut off while balancing an espresso cup in one hand&mdash;is it filled with coffee, or blood? &ldquo;Cristobal,&rdquo; a cartoon Columbus on bended knee, holds his sword wrapped in a vein of blood in one hand while taking a cell phone selfie with his other hand. The tattered, emblematic sail of the Santa Maria, entwined with an arterial-like ribbon, is beside him.</p> <p>Each of the portraits in&nbsp;<em>Los Caprichos</em>&nbsp;is surrounded by a distressed white background, one that Restrepo created by removing the top skin of paper, first by weakening it with his saliva, and then, by scraping it away. He then applied tape to heal the wounded paper&mdash;but the scars remain visible, yielding a devastated surface consisting of twelve sheets of paper barely held together, much like Colombian society. But Restrepo&rsquo;s images, like Goya&rsquo;s are not limited to the national environment that inspired them, they carry the weight of universal human madness.</p> <p>Camilo Restrepo (born 1973, Medell&iacute;n, Colombia), earned an MFA from CalArts (2013) and a masters degree in aesthetics from the National University of Colombia (2008). He has had solo exhibitions at Steve Turner (2013); Untitled, Miami Beach (2013); Galer&iacute;a Santa Fe, Bogot&aacute; (2011); Casa Tres Patios, Medell&iacute;n (2010); Galer&iacute;a de la Oficina, Medell&iacute;n (2010) and LA Galer&iacute;a, Bogot&aacute; (2009). In 2010, Restrepo was nominated for the Premio Luis Caballero, the most important prize in Colombia for artists over 35.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:03:43 +0000 Christiane Lyons - Anna Meliksetian | MJBriggs - April 19th - May 30th <p><span style="font-family: helvetica; font-size: x-small;"><strong>Christiane Lyons</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: helvetica; font-size: x-small;"><strong>A Good Line: Can&rsquo;t Live Without You</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: helvetica;"><strong>April 19th&nbsp; to May 30th&nbsp; 2014</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: helvetica;"><strong>Opening reception: Saturday April 19th&nbsp; 6-8pm</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: helvetica;">Anna Meliksetian and Michael Briggs are pleased to present <em>A Good Line: Can&rsquo;t Live Without You</em>,&nbsp;Christiane Lyons&rsquo; second solo show at the gallery.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: helvetica;">Lyons&rsquo; practice is driven by an ongoing investigation into the process of painting and the use of&nbsp;appropriated material to recontexualize images and provoke new meanings and visual intepretations.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: helvetica;">The works in <em>A Good Line: Can&rsquo;t Live Without You</em> are the result of manipulating found imagery by&nbsp;drawing upon the foundational, primary elements of painting.&nbsp;The paintings in Lyons&rsquo; last exhibition, <em>What Goes Around Comes Around</em>, drew upon the notion of the&nbsp;Rorschach inkblot as their primary compositional device, an image of bilateral symmetry, and its use&nbsp;continues in the current exhibition. This bilateral split offers an opportunity to combine normally&nbsp;unrelated source imagery by means of common colors and shapes, as well as less obvious&nbsp;commonalities, such as abstract notions of symmetry especially in relation to time and historical context.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: helvetica;">Often Lyons&rsquo; sources are taken from the art historical canon, reflecting her interest the production of art&nbsp;and the historical and social context in which art works were produced, along with their resonance in the&nbsp;contemporary world.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: helvetica;"><em>A Good Line: Can&rsquo;t Live Without You</em> is comprised of nine works, three different paintings followed by&nbsp;the repetition of each painting three times; one is the original, one is its inverse, or difference, and one is&nbsp;primary-color or black-and-white based. Lyons uses repetition as a tool to further abstract qualities&nbsp;when the paintings are viewed as a group, in addition to the abstract qualities created by the use of&nbsp;Rorschach&rsquo;s bilateral symmetry. Lyons confidently breaks down and reassembles colors and forms,&nbsp;patterns and structures and blurs the lines between abstraction and representation. Not only is Lyons&nbsp;concerned with paintings theoretical history, but also its technical history as well, posing questions&nbsp;about current image making and representation in general.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: helvetica;"><em>Christiane Lyons received her MFA in Painting/Drawing in 2004 from the University of California LosAngeles (UCLA) and her BA from the University of California, Berkeley. She lives and works in Los&nbsp;Angeles and San Francisco</em>.</span></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:49:36 +0000 Group Show - De Re Gallery - May 16th 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>De Re Gallery</strong> will open to the public on Friday, May 16.&nbsp; The gallery offers a vibrant new exhibit space where contemporary art from Europe, New York and Los Angeles intertwine, and modern prodigies mingle with established masters.</span><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Initial painting, photographic and sculptural artists to be exhibited include Gretchen Andrew, Alison Bignon, Sophie Dickens, Victor Gingembre, Stephanie Hirsch, Caroline d&rsquo;Andlau Hombourg, Cyrus Mahboubian, Margherita Marzotto, Florence de Ponthaud, Mike Sagato and Stefanie Schneider, whose works will be displayed alongside those by Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann, Fernando Botero, Banksy and others. &nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:49:41 +0000 Group Show - Kayne Griffin Corcoran - May 17th - July 5th <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong>Surface to Air: Los Angeles Artists of the &lsquo;60s</strong></span></p> <p>May 17 &ndash; July 5, 2014<br /> <strong>OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY, MAY 17TH, 2014 7-9pm</strong></p> <p>Kayne Griffin Corcoran is pleased to present Surface to Air: Los Angeles Artists of the &lsquo;60s, curated by Robert Dean. This exhibition devotes itself to artists working in Los Angeles in the 1960s who shared certain commonalities in their use of materials and fabrication techniques that, for the most part, were specific to the environs of Southern California. Artists include Peter Alexander, Hobie Alter, Kenneth Anger, Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, Judy Chicago, Ron Cooper, Ron Davis, Robert Irwin, Craig Kauffman, John McCracken, Ken Price, Ed Roth and Ed Ruscha.</p> <p>The &lsquo;60s Los Angeles culture of surf, sun and space brought with it the influence of new technologies, grasped by these artists as fresh resources to approach questions of process, form, and finish. In the late &lsquo;60s John Coplans applied the moniker &ldquo;finish fetish&rdquo; to these particular artists and in some ways it is an appropriate appellation&mdash;if we limit ourselves to discussions of this use of materials and techniques as a means to an end. However, this term is just as misleading as it is helpful, and like most terms applied to groups of artists by critics eager to discover new trends, the artists themselves have generally abhorred it. Still, all painting is surface, so Coplans may have a point when considering these surfaces of nonillusory condition. We are considering for the most part artists who had created objects that exist primarily as objects&mdash;and some crafting objects that have a sense of nonmateriality.</p> <p>In bringing these artists together, Surface to Air will examine not only the similarities between their work, but also the consequential divergence from one another in their practice&mdash;both because of, and in spite of, the nature of their shared context. While artists such as Billy Al Bengston and John McCracken celebrated the surface of objects, others&mdash;Larry Bell, Robert Irwin, Craig Kauffman, and to a large degree Peter Alexander and Ron Cooper&mdash;were interested in the interplay of light, optics, color and transparency within the object. Ron Davis riffed on his own brand of abstract expressionism and color field painting, and Ken Price obsessed over the geometry of skin articulated in his distinct blocks of color. Bengston and Judy Chicago employed recognizable motifs and patterning that often related to motorcycles and hot rods, and in their fascination with surface polish McCracken&rsquo;s planks and Kauffman&rsquo;s pinstriped vacuum-formed plastics recall surfboards. Kauffman also produced images of an abstract geometry and later explored issues of translucence, fabricating with a precision objects that were inspired in part by the work of László Moholy-Nagy. Meanwhile Irwin attempted, after an endeavor into abstract pointillism, the pursuit of no imagery; no illusion at all. Rather, this work became</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="page" title="Page 2"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>about the perception of an object in light and space whose significance was divided equally between the object itself and the light and shadows it would cast.</p> <p>This context, and indeed the artwork being produced by these artists, may be contrasted within the broader throes of East Coast Pop Art and Minimalism occurring at the same time. Drawing this comparison, Robert Irwin stated, &ldquo;We saw it and they didn&rsquo;t. They relied on conception while we worked in the domain of perception. Without any vast backdrop of history to support our investigations, we just had to rely on our eyes.&rdquo; (Irwin quoted in Weschler, Lawrence, Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing, p. 78).</p> <p>To further reflect upon the immediate cultural background that these artists drew upon, the exhibition will include antecedent &lsquo;folk&rsquo; objects and materials. &ldquo;As far as I&rsquo;m concerned,&rdquo; says Irwin, &ldquo;a folk art is when you take a utilitarian object, something you use everyday, and you give it overlays of your own personality, what it is you feel and so forth. You enhance it with your life.&rdquo; He continues, &ldquo;a folk art in the current period of time would more appropriately be in the area of something like a motorcycle. I mean, a motorcycle can be a lot more than just a machine that runs along: it can be a whole description of a personality and an aesthetic.&rdquo; (Ibid, p. 17). With this in mind, included will be objects such as a custom car designed by Ed Roth and a vintage surfboard by Hobie Alter. Also included are films by Ed Ruscha (Miracle, 1975) and Kenneth Anger (Kustom Kar Kommandos, 1965).</p> <p>Robert Dean is editor of the Edward Ruscha Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings and author of several other publications.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 22:35:37 +0000 - Cardwell Jimmerson Contemporary Art - April 19th - April 19th <p>Cardwell Jimmerson Contemporary Art is pleased to announce its final exhibition,&nbsp;<br />"BM: Retrospective-I."</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:49:34 +0000