ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Matt Merkel Hess - ACME - May 28th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <div align="center"> <div> <div align="left"> <div align="center">Please join&nbsp;<a href=";c=M43iKvwfUoc8D-GgZl3fmxEuwHFApHLpP8bLje3XhrRxcU_qpGR2jw==&amp;ch=3jmwGqgZ0yqWsx5cg_bjxAKGkCA9vdoXRLKnz9ubZ2QmgpnJevaxiQ==" shape="rect" target="_blank">ACME.</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href=";c=M43iKvwfUoc8D-GgZl3fmxEuwHFApHLpP8bLje3XhrRxcU_qpGR2jw==&amp;ch=3jmwGqgZ0yqWsx5cg_bjxAKGkCA9vdoXRLKnz9ubZ2QmgpnJevaxiQ==" shape="rect" target="_blank">The Pit</a>&nbsp;for the launch of the very first issue of Merkel Magazine from 6-8pm, Thursday, May 28 at ACME. 6150 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048.&nbsp;<br /><br /></div> <div align="center">The 28 page magazine is edited by Matt Merkel Hess.&nbsp; The magazine is the latest limited-edition, Risograph-printed artist book from The Pit.&nbsp; Printed in an edition of 100, Merkel Magazine will be available for $15 each at the launch party and via the online shop&nbsp;<a href=";c=M43iKvwfUoc8D-GgZl3fmxEuwHFApHLpP8bLje3XhrRxcU_qpGR2jw==&amp;ch=3jmwGqgZ0yqWsx5cg_bjxAKGkCA9vdoXRLKnz9ubZ2QmgpnJevaxiQ==" shape="rect" target="_blank">here</a>. The first 10 copies sold at the launch party will include a free pancake print by Matt Merkel Hess! Other products advertised in the magazine will also be for sale.</div> </div> </div> <div align="left"> <div align="center">&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <div align="center"> <div>Matt Merkel Hess'&nbsp;<a href="" shape="rect" target="_blank">UR Merkel exhibition</a>&nbsp;at ACME. will be up through Saturday, May 30.</div> </div> Sat, 23 May 2015 16:38:52 +0000 Jess, Lawrence Jordan - Kohn Gallery - June 6th - June 27th <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>The 40 and 1 Nights</em>, or Jess&rsquo;s Didactic Nickelodeon [1955], [consists] of a short film that Jess made in collaboration with experimental film maker Lawrence Jordan (born 1933), whose collage animations and films chimed with, and were inspired by, the works of Jess. The collaboration began in 1956 when Jordan filmed a collage suite by Jess made the previous year. [This collage suite was thought to be lost until it resurfaced in 2014]. In<em> The 40 and 1 Nights</em>, forty-one images of Jess's paste-ups appear in rapid succes- sion. each accompanied by a corresponding snippet of music and ambient sound chosen by Jess, such as the voice of Irish novelist James Joyce, whose radicallyfractured textual narratives paralleled his own visual experiments." -Nicholas Cullinan, May 2010&nbsp;</p> Sat, 23 May 2015 16:28:35 +0000 Gretel Stephens - Ruth Bachofner Gallery - June 6th - July 18th <p style="text-align: justify;">Ruth Bachofner Gallery is pleased to present our inaugural exhibition of new work by Los Angeles-based artist&nbsp;<strong>Gretel Stephens</strong>. There will be a reception for the artist on Saturday, June 6, 5-7 PM.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Throughout the course of her career, Gretel Stephens has navigated spatial and figurative relationships within abstraction. As the formal center of her work shifts with each body of work, her interest in scale, space and material integrity remain consistent. All of her work comes from careful consideration of subtlety and small gestures that ultimately present themselves with a luminous presence - whether she is considering movement within softly rounded forms on the verge of melting into smoky grounds; or her more minimal works, whose soft edges brim with inner light; or more cosmic-centered imagery that appears to capture dramatic cosmic explosions.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For this new body of work, Stephens continues her process of dry-brushing layers of oil paint over linen surfaces. Numerous thin applications of paint allow the surfaces to remain open and penetrable, but always with subtle shifts and visual vibration. The artist refers to her palette in terms of birthstones: topaz, moonstone, sapphire, etc. The hardness that the reference to stone conjures, and the vast accumulations of paint involved in the production of the work belies the ultimate levity of Stephens' gently shimmering colorfields. While the paintings are generated with a focus on material relationships, the paintings consider both physical and conceptual limits and ephemerality. The radiance of the work induces metaphorical readings, while allowing access to infinite permutations within color.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 23 May 2015 16:23:56 +0000 Laura Fayer - Ruth Bachofner Gallery - June 6th - July 18th <p style="text-align: justify;">Ruth Bachofner Gallery is pleased to present Dreamscape, an exhibition of new work by New York-based artist <strong>Laura Fayer</strong>. There will be a reception for the artist on Saturday, June 6, 5-7 PM.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Laura Fayer's mixed media paintings are inspired by observations of landscapes, nature, and impressions from daily observances. Fayer approaches her work with a loose sense of structure that is interjected with intuition. Beginning with aqueous pools of color, she slowly builds each painting using successive layers of media. Acrylic washes are overlayed with collaged rice paper markings inspired by ordinary objects and experiences; branches, shadows on sidewalks, pooled water and foliage inform her pattern-making, which she creates using hand-made printmaking tools.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Without a preconceived notion of how the paintings will resolve, Fayer allows her imagery to gradually emerge. By building successive layers of media, Fayer allows certain areas to recede beneath veils of rice paper, and embraces imperfections and accidental relationships. Areas of rice paper are allowed to wrinkle and jostle, while others are kept crisp and map-like. Fayer's marks slowly gather into gently undulating compositions, resulting in a series of paintings that offer levels of interpretation, but are ultimately defined by impermanence, visual economy and intimacy.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;I participate in a delicate balancing act between creating something complete and ordered, with leaving just enough imbalance and disorder to give the work a subtle beauty,&rdquo; the artist states. &ldquo;This allows the viewer to experience the movement, rhythm and ambiguous transitions as the painting comes together as an embodiment of naturalistic form.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Laura Fayer is a graduate of Harvard University in Visual and Environmental Studies and holds an MFA in painting from Hunter College in New York City. She lives and works in New York City.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> Sat, 23 May 2015 16:23:02 +0000 Yosuke Ueno - Thinkspace - May 23rd - June 13th <div style="text-align: justify;" align="justify">Thinkspace&nbsp;is pleased to present&nbsp;<em>Beautiful Noise</em>, the gallery's fourth solo exhibition for Japanese artist Yosuke Ueno. A self-taught painter, Ueno has been creating fantastic worlds and characters as long as he can remember. Highly stylized and beautifully imaginative, his works are surreal and emotional; an alternate reality expressed through a quasi-mythological orbit of his own making. Like tightly knit universes unto themselves, his bizarre and wonderfully unhinged worlds feature a recurring cast of characters and repeated motifs. An intensely emotive painter who, by his own admission, allows his cathartic approach to dictate the development of his works as they're made, Ueno's take on pop surrealism is at times explosive and at others meditative, but is consistently seeking the reconciliation of darkness and whimsy. &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;" align="justify">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;" align="justify">Inspired by Japanese graphic cultures such as manga and anime, and drawing on the unique stylization of Japanese street fashion, Ueno's graphic paintings are galvanized by his love of visual culture. Channeling both anger and optimism in the creation of his creatures and surreal landscapes, he seeks the transformation of the negative by invoking hope and positivity through his imagery, even when it betrays trauma and distress in equal parts. Ueno approaches painting as a communicative conduit, and as something powerfully invested with the capacity to make people feel. Because of this implicit responsibility, he has actively sought love and redemption in his imagery rather than indulging in destruction and sadness. Painting is a process of discovery for Ueno, one that he likens to scientific experimentation and unknown variables. He allows his paintings to evolve intuitively, not knowing what the end result will be.&nbsp;</div> <p style="text-align: justify;" align="justify">His interest in striking a balance between light and dark imagery is immediately apparent in some of his more recent works. These manage to reconcile the suggestion of sweetness and innocence with the presence of something more sinister and foreboding. Wide-eyed, plushy, rainbow-colored characters are offset by skulls and abject anatomical references, and cotton candy landscapes are punctuated by the suggestion of something harder and menacing, or deeply melancholic. Despite a recurring invocation of love and hope that verges at times on a plea, the works clearly convey the coexistence of often irreconcilable oppositions. Ueno has spoken openly about how his work and imagery were greatly affected by the earthquake, and resulting Tsunami, that devastated Japan in 2011; an event that has left an indelible trauma on its culture. His work, following this tragedy, became less about his omission of negativity, and more about his attempt to summon love and hope in its midst.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;" align="justify">The multiplicity of characters in Ueno's works, and there are over a thousand, hails from the artist's connection to Japanese Shinto; the polytheistic spiritual tradition in Japan that reveres the greatness in all small things in nature, and seeks the presence of the divine in the minute. In this belief system, there are millions of individual god figures, a veritable plethora of characters and personified energies for even the smallest of natural elements. Each individual part is as important as the whole. This spiritual pluralism is woven throughout Ueno's work, as the artist builds complex symbolic systems, holistic worlds and recurring metaphors to reinvent a personal spiritual iconography.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;" align="justify">Yosuke Ueno's works, though beautiful, contemporary and graphic, are loaded with a symbolism that betrays the artist's deeper spiritual connection to making. Giving his imagination free rein to create on impulse, Ueno builds a surreal cosmos with infinite possibilities.</p> Sat, 23 May 2015 08:04:10 +0000 Ariel DeAndrea - Thinkspace - May 23rd - June 13th <div align="justify">Concurrently on view in the Thinkspace project room are new works by Ariel DeAndrea in&nbsp;<em>Chasing the Current</em>. Working primarily in oils on linen, DeAndrea's paintings are beautifully serene expanses of water, gently travelled by delicate paper birds. By focusing on the recurring symbol of the origami paper crane, a talismanic object she reiterates in several aquatic contexts, the artist emphasizes the power and beauty of its unassuming simplicity. In a precisely realistic and understated style, DeAndrea renders the paper birds in a variety of patterns and colors, and stages them in open fields of rippling water. DeAndrea creates a stunning repertoire of images by exploring the subtle movement and variety in these repetitions. Not unlike hazy dreamscapes, her works feel intensely personal and heavy with meaning, conveying a feeling of arrested calm that borders on the uncanny at times. We are left with the feeling of having witnessed something simultaneously quiet and intensely poignant.</div> <div align="justify">&nbsp;</div> <div align="center"> <div align="justify">These inanimate objects become vessels for meaning that far exceeds their tangible significance. Vulnerable and beautiful, something ephemeral haunts the impermanence of the fragile paper bird. Finding resilience and beauty in small, humble things is a concept DeAndrea derives from her interest in the Japanese spiritual tradition of Shinto; a tradition that upholds the spiritual value of nature. By placing the little paper likenesses back into a depiction of the natural world, DeAndrea offers a powerful visual metaphor for a spiritual communion with nature.</div> </div> Sat, 23 May 2015 08:03:45 +0000 Liza Ryan - Kayne Griffin Corcoran - May 29th - July 11th <div style="text-align: justify;">Kayne Griffin Corcoran is pleased to present <em>Wind(shield)</em>, a new body of work by Liza Ryan. Suggesting at once landscapes and crash scenes, moments of quietness and violent impact, these works present an important culmination of long-running themes in Ryan&rsquo;s work.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Ryan&rsquo;s images are the visualization of an ongoing exploration of the idea of separation. Looking closely at boundaries such as skin, the walls of a house, or the cars that separate us from the world we speed past, she examines the fluidity of opposing concepts such as interior and exterior that we often take for granted. Her intellectual questioning of the soundness of these barriers manifests visually in Ryan&rsquo;s photographs. How permeable is the skin, how insecure are the structures we live in, how protective is the windshield? Ryan is not looking for security in answering these questions, but instead examines a certain relief that arises from blurring boundaries.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">In the <em>Wind(shield)</em> series, images of wrecked and abandoned cars show protective barriers to be fragile in their very nature. Not until there is a crack in the windshield do we notice its vulnerability. Questioning our illusions of safety, Ryan&rsquo;s &lsquo;shields&rsquo; become reflective and permeable fa&ccedil;ades. For example, in Wind(shield) hail, a vivid reflection of the sky positioned over a web of jagged cracks caused by hail transforms the windshield into a surreal landscape. In Clover, plants are literally growing into the car, poised to take it over.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Similar themes have appeared in Ryan&rsquo;s earlier work in which bodily boundaries are breached, meditating on occurrences of metamorphosis between human and nature. While in the past Ryan has used the human form to explore the unreliability of the skin as separator, in these new photographs the human presence is only implied: an exploded airbag, a discarded scarf, an effaced silhouette. Many of the images also obliquely reference landscape. Formally echoing the planes of land, sea, or sky, Ryan acknowledges the broader context within which she photographs &lsquo;nature&rsquo; and its shifting margins. This hybridization has long been part of Ryan&rsquo;s process of working with photographic imagery, through cutting and collaging pieces of her photographs or drawing directly onto them. In the Wind(shield) series, the collaging occurs in camera as she combines reflections and fragments within the composition of each frame. The multiple layers in these new works produce a unique sensation of glimpsing past, present, and future at once&mdash;blurring time as well. &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Liza Ryan&rsquo;s work has been exhibited at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the Miami Art Museum. She was one of three American artists included in the Biennale of Sydney in 2006. Ryan&rsquo;s work is held in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. A forthcoming publication of her mid-career work will be available at the end of 2016.&nbsp;</div> Sat, 23 May 2015 07:52:34 +0000 Dmitri Hertz, Kate Levant - Night Gallery - May 30th - July 11th Sat, 23 May 2015 07:38:24 +0000 Alex Ruthner - Ibid. Los Angeles - June 6th - July 25th <p>Ibid. is pleased to present a solo show with Austrian painter Alex Ruthner entitled&nbsp;<em>Temptation</em>. This will be the artist&rsquo;s first solo exhibition in America.</p> Fri, 22 May 2015 00:01:48 +0000 Ruth Weisberg - Jack Rutberg Fine Arts - June 13th - August 29th <p style="text-align: left;" align="center">Los Angeles, CA &ndash; Celebrated L.A. contemporary artist Ruth Weisberg is the subject of a new exhibition entitled <strong>&ldquo;Ruth Weisberg: Reflections Through Time,&rdquo;</strong> opening with a reception for the artist from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, &nbsp;at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, located at 357 North La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles. The exhibition extends through August 29.<br /><br /><strong>&ldquo;Ruth Weisberg: Reflections Through Time&rdquo;</strong> expands upon the recent Weisberg exhibition at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, presented on the occasion of receiving the prestigious 2015 Printmaker Emeritus Award from the Southern Graphics Council, the largest international body of printmakers in North America. (The SGC&rsquo;s previous awardee, in 2014, was Wayne Thiebaud.)<br /><br />Included in <strong>&ldquo;Reflections Through Time&rdquo;</strong> are selected works, such as Weisberg&rsquo;s iconic &ldquo;<em>Waterbourne</em>&rdquo; (1973). Here the artist joins both symbolic and literal reflections of light, and in this case, a personal passage of impending motherhood and the emergence of woman. Other works in the exhibition, including her most recent work &ldquo;<em>Harbor</em>&rdquo; (2015), engage reflections on personal history and of the convergence of art history and cultural experience.<br /><br /><strong>&ldquo;Reflections Through Time&rdquo; </strong>reveals Weisberg&rsquo;s decades-long interest in re-imagining the works of past masters such as Velazquez, Watteau, Blake, Titian, Veronese, Cagnacci, Corot, and Giacometti.&nbsp; In this exhibition, however, reflections of art history take on extraordinary, if not supernatural form in the painting titled, &ldquo;<em>Return</em>&rdquo; (2014) and its related drawings, as Weisberg recognized that the primary figure in a masterpiece painting in the Tel Aviv Museum, the self-portrait by Maurycy Gottlieb, entitled &ldquo;<em>Jews Praying in the Synagogue on Yom Kippur</em>&rdquo; (1878) is a virtual twin of Weisberg&rsquo;s son, Alfred (better known as the celebrated contemporary musician, Daedelus).<br /><br />Through veils of washes and tones, Weisberg brings past-time into contemporary context. Memory is a dominant point of origin/departure in Weisberg&rsquo;s works as her themes also meld art forms as in her <em>&rdquo;La Comedia e Finita&rdquo;</em> (1977), depicting Watteau&rsquo;s <em>Pierrot</em> pulling back the curtain on the climactic scene of Marcel Carne&rsquo;s epic 1943/45 film, &ldquo;<em>Les Enfants du Paradis (Children of Paradise)</em>&rdquo;. Other recurring themes include diaspora and homecoming, phantom lovers and rites of passage. Her depictions of grouped children, as in &ldquo;<em>Together Again</em>&rdquo; (1975), are as evocative of memories of her own childhood in Chicago as they are to projections of those possibly lost in the Holocaust. <br /><br /><strong>&ldquo;Reflections Through Time&rdquo;</strong> includes a monumental drawing, &ldquo;<em>Island</em>&rdquo; (2007) inspired by 17<sup>th</sup>-century Italian painter Guido Cagnacci, which was shown in an exhibition at the Norton Simon Museum of Art. Weisberg is the first living painter to have been afforded a solo exhibition at the Norton Simon Museum, when she was invited to exhibit a body of work based upon a work in the Museum&rsquo;s collection of her choosing. Weisberg also holds a similar distinction as the first living artist to receive a solo exhibition at the Huntington Library, when Weisberg created a series of works inspired by William Blake&rsquo;s engraving, &ldquo;<em>The Circle of the Lustful</em>&rdquo; (1826-27), &nbsp;in that museum&rsquo;s collection. <strong>&ldquo;Reflections Through Time&rdquo;</strong> at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts also includes works from that exhibition.<br /><br />Ruth Weisberg is currently a professor at the University of Southern California, where she was one of the longest tenured Deans of the Roski School of Art and Design.&nbsp; Her first major survey in Los Angeles was in 1979 at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. The subject of over 80 solo and nearly 200 group exhibitions, Weisberg&rsquo;s work is included in the permanent collections of over 60 museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Whitney Museum of American Art, Portland Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Getty Research Institute, Norton Simon Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Detroit Institute of Arts, Biblioteque Nationale in Paris, and Rome Institute Nationale per la Grafica, among many others.<br /><br /><strong>Special event programs</strong> related to this exhibition will include an evening conversation with Ruth Weisberg and Jack Rutberg on July 11 at 8:00 p.m.&nbsp; Seating will be limited and reservations required.<br /><br /><strong>&ldquo;Ruth Weisberg: Reflections Through Time&rdquo; </strong>opens June 13 and extends through August 29 at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, located at 357 N. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, California, 90036. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For further information, phone (323) 938-5222 or email <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;" align="center">#&nbsp;&nbsp; #&nbsp;&nbsp; #&nbsp;&nbsp; #</p> <p style="text-align: center;">Images from the exhibitions are available for press purposes upon request.</p> Thu, 21 May 2015 21:44:10 +0000 Meg Cranston, John Baldessari, Todd Gray, Pearl C. Hsiung, Mustafa Hulusi, Stephanie Taylor, Mungo Thomson, CODY TREPTE, Jim Shaw - Meliksetian | Briggs - May 30th - July 11th <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong>Above/Below/Within</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Meg Cranston &amp; John Baldessari</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Todd Gray</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Pearl C. Hsiung</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Mustafa Hulusi</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Jim Shaw</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stephanie Taylor</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Mungo Thomson</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Cody Trepte</strong></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">As above, so below,</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">as within, so without,</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">as the universe, so the soul</span></p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em>-Hermes Trismegistus, T<em>he Emerald Tablet</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Meliksetian|Briggs is pleased to present <em>Above/ Below/ Within</em>, a group exhibition to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Telescope&rsquo;s launch into space. The discoveries brought by the Hubble&rsquo;s journey through deep space have led to profound new insights to the nature of the universe, space, and time, which have penetrated popular culture and our understanding of the universe&rsquo;s mysteries. The exhibition brings together a group of contemporary artists whose work is collectively informed by these radical new findings, literal and metaphorical ideas of the cosmos and humanity&rsquo;s place within it.</p> <p><em>Above/ Below/ Within </em>features works by Meg Cranston &amp; John Baldessari, Todd Gray, Pearl C. Hsiung, Mustafa Hulusi, Jim Shaw, Stephanie Taylor, Mungo Thomson and Cody Trepte.</p> <p>Rays emanate from a single point in Mustafa Hulusi&rsquo;s optically dazzling <em>Expander </em>painting, while Jim Shaw&rsquo;s appropriation of William Blake&rsquo;s <em>Ancient of Days</em> depicts Blake&rsquo;s mythological figure <em>Urizen</em> drawn in the style of Wayne Boring&rsquo;s <em>Superman</em> comics, bearing a compass to create and order the universe.&nbsp; Similarly, Pearl C. Hsiung explores the notion of creation in the microcosm, representing cosmic beings created in an epic volcanic eruption in the fantastical painting <em>Shecretes</em>, while Stephanie Taylor&rsquo;s markings in <em>Interstellar Paw Print</em> suggest traces of life on an ambiguous topographical landscape.&nbsp; Meg Cranston and John Baldessari&rsquo;s text piece <em>I SUPPOSE SO.</em> might read as a deadpan statement of resignation but in this context becomes one of quiet contemplation.</p> <p>Todd Gray, Mungo Thomson and Cody Trepte all draw inspiration from the Hubble Telescope&rsquo;s images. Trepte recreates the constellations in diamond dust and overlays the image with the word <em>Aleph</em>, &ldquo;the oneness of god&rdquo; in the Kabbalah and Judaic mysticism.&nbsp; Gray&rsquo;s work juxtaposes a Hubble starscape with a representative male figure descended from the cosmos and colorful textiles in circular frames, recalling planetary shapes.&nbsp; Thomson&rsquo;s sculpture is a constellation image taken from a book encased in resin, preserving its objecthood, alongside a drawing made of simple star images in photo-luminescent ink which become illuminated in darkness, much like our experience of the cosmos viewed from Earth.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 21 May 2015 20:52:40 +0000 USC Roski - California African American Museum - May 28th - September 6th <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The California African American Museum (CAAM), in collaboration with the USC Roski School of Art and Design, presents &ldquo;Shared Otherness,&rdquo; an exhibition of work by USC Roski students.&nbsp;&nbsp;This is the second&nbsp;such collaboration between USC Roski and CAAM&nbsp;as part of the CAAM Courtyard Series. &ldquo;Shared Otherness&rdquo; is a mixed-media exhibit referencing the communities to which USC and CAAM belong. USC artists and designers mix conceptual and concrete ideas, addressing their immediate geographical context while also contributing their voices to larger, national and international dialogues.&nbsp; Through &ldquo;Shared Otherness,&rdquo; the students hope to meet the diversity and change ever present around them with an exhibition equally as dynamic and multi-faceted.&nbsp;The students are guided by the collaborative professional team of Sherin Guirguis, Assistant Professor of Art at the USC Roski School of Art and Design, Vida L. Brown, Visual Arts Curator, CAAM and Ed Garcia, Exhibition Supervisor, CAAM. &nbsp;</p> <div class="yj6qo ajU"> <div class="ajR" data-tooltip="Show trimmed content">&nbsp;</div> </div> Thu, 21 May 2015 00:03:11 +0000 Petra Cortright - Depart Foundation - July 9th - September 19th <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Niki_Lucy_Lola_Viola</em>&nbsp;will be an immersive experience, comprised of several large-scale flash animations as well as new video work grounded in the artist&rsquo;s digital painting process. Petra cortright (b. 1986) is a los angeles based artist working in video, painting, and new media.&nbsp; She uses a range of media, both digital and analog, to explore the aesthetics and performative cultures of online consumption. Her works, which first gained notoriety in online communities, frequently employs effects, filters, and computer graphics, to highlight performative memes and behaviors common on video sharing sites. The press release announcing further exhibition details is forthcoming.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>About Petra Cortright</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Petra Cortright (B. 1986) is a Los Angeles based artist working in video, Painting, and new media. She studied at Parsons the new school for Design in New York and California College of the arts in San Francisco. Cortright uses a range of media, both digital and analog, aTo explore the aesthetics and performative cultures of online consumption. Her works, which first gained notoriety in online communities, frequently employs effects, filters, and computer graphics, to highlight performative memes and behaviors common on video sharing sites. In her paintings she approaches the classical Subject matter of the figure and landscape with the rapidity and fluidity of the digital tools employed to create them. Cortright's Work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including the New Museum in New York, the Venice Biennale, the Biennale de Lyon, And at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She has had solo Exhibitions at Steve Turner Contemporary in Los Angeles, Club Midnight in Berlin, Preteen Gallery In Mexico City, and most recently At Mama, Rotterdam, and Carl Kostyal, Stockholm.</p> Fri, 22 May 2015 16:25:55 +0000 So Youn Lee, Justine Lin, Mayuko Nakamura, Naoshi - La Luz de Jesus Gallery - June 5th - June 28th <h3 style="text-align: justify;"><strong>SO YOUN LEE<br /> </strong><strong><em>Dream Talk</em></strong></h3> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>So Youn Lee</strong> is a Korean artist who lives and works in Irvine, CA. She is best known for her whimsical and vibrant paintings that takes on narrative of investigating emotions, memories and hope. Lee&rsquo;s character &lsquo;Mango&rsquo; Explores a candy-like universe with its companion &lsquo;Choco&rsquo;, to find connection with individuals and what is happening in the culture today. In this show &lsquo;Dream Talk&rsquo;, the environment melts down into objects, objects becomes alive and Mango finds happiness in wonderment of its surrounding. This child-like imagination carries pureness, naive perspective about life that leads us to total positivity, yet unreachable nostalgia.</p> <h3 style="text-align: justify;"><strong>JUSTINE LIN<br /> </strong><strong><em>Noble</em></strong></h3> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Justine Lin</strong> paints surreal spaces and magical places inhabited by noble beasts. Her human and anthropomorphic characters remind us of both the lofty and low aspects of human nature. &ldquo;Noble&rdquo; is a celebration of the whimsical and the absurd, with a dash of introspection and melancholy, against the backdrop of a bucolic fantasy world.</p> <h3 style="text-align: justify;"><strong>MAYUKO NAKAMURA<br /> </strong><strong><em>Hentai</em></strong></h3> <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Mayuko Nakamura</strong> was born in Osaka, Japan.&nbsp;Utilizing vibrant colors and imagery, Mayuko depicts stylized and seductive women from her unique female perspective. &nbsp;Her girls are provocative and sexual, but even more importantly, strong and powerful&hellip;.as Mayuko herself aspires to be.</p> <h3 style="text-align: justify;"><strong>NAOSHI<br /> </strong><strong><em>Sweets Planet</em></strong></h3> <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;">Using shiny colorful sand, which is called SUNAE in Japan, I&rsquo;m making SUNAE art.&nbsp;I always get inspirations from things around my everyday life, such as my favorite sweets, sunny side up eggs,&nbsp;the big continuous sky and the rain, etc.&nbsp;My art is the reflection of my imagination. I usually get ideas and start sketching when I imagine surreal things and have a moment like&nbsp;&ldquo;Ah, the whole scenery would be funnier if those things looked like this!&rdquo; I always hope to live life brightly each day<br /> just like the sparkly shiny sand that gracefully slips through my hands and fingers.</p> Wed, 20 May 2015 17:23:01 +0000 Don Fritz - La Luz de Jesus Gallery - June 5th - June 28th <p style="text-align: justify;">Children&rsquo;s toys and books become objects of ritual when they are imbued with conscious and unconscious meaning based in cultural constructs of gender and power. Heavy and fragile are the underlying presence and psychological consequence of the menacing cultural narratives intrinsic in everyday objects; banality is easily transcended by over-sizing, but power is also trivialized. Guns, jet planes, and rocket cars hide violence beneath their glazed surfaces.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Fantasies of power are closely linked to gender identities, which are formed in adolescence. The toys that seem to reflect the innocence and freedom of childhood are embedded with weighty social contracts dictating gender&nbsp;roles. Here the objects are incorporated with the menacing presence of the atomic symbol as an investigation within American pop culture&nbsp;to show the disparity between our idealized dreams and our physical realities.</p> Wed, 20 May 2015 17:20:53 +0000 Doug Fogelson - La Luz de Jesus Gallery - June 5th - June 28th <p style="text-align: justify;">This series looks at reanimating objects via multiple exposures of colored light, blended to make new color mixes. The flora and fauna are representative of species becoming extinct at alarming rates in this Anthropocene era, due mostly to human induced climate change and related abusive actions. By showcasing them under broken glass in candy colors, the viewer is stimulated to look deeper at the quality of their forms.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Fogelson</strong> stresses that the objects dictate their own image as they index themselves in the cameraless process he uses with subjects sitting upon light sensitive materials. The agency of light and the work of collecting and composing complete it. States of decomposition are often colorful, and <em>Broken Cabinet</em> reminds us that this beauty carries a cost.</p> Wed, 20 May 2015 17:20:50 +0000