ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Arthur Taussig - Cohen Gallery - March 27th - May 2nd <p class="style32" align="justify">Cohen Gallery is pleased to announce&nbsp;<em>A Life of Reflection</em>, an exhibition of work from four separate series from the long career of LA-based artist Arthur Taussig, from March 21 &ndash; May 2, 2015. The opening reception will be Saturday, March 21st at 7pm. Taussig will be in the gallery on opening night, and will return on Saturday, April 11th to host an intimate concert of his acclaimed fingerstyle guitar music.</p> <p class="style32" align="justify">A native of Eagle Rock, Arthur Taussig studied Physics at UC Berkeley before accepting a position at the Ford-Aeronautics Corporation in Orange County in 1964. After discovering Orange Coast College he began studying art and photography with John Upton, and soon went under the tutelage of Minor White, Imogen Cunningham, Jerry Uelsman, Robert Heinecken, Ansel Adams, and Paul Caponigro, among others. By 1967, Taussig had left the military-industrial complex behind and recorded his first album, entitled &ldquo;Fate is Only Once.&rdquo; Though the record remained obscure upon its release, it was picked up by Tompkins Square Records for re-release in 2010. Taussig played the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, TX in 2013 and was ranked among the 50 best performances that year by Wired Magazine. By 1971, Taussig had his MS in Biological Chemistry and a PhD in Biophysics, both from UCLA, and was beginning to exhibit his artwork internationally.</p> <p class="style32" align="justify">Taussig&rsquo;s work is representative of some of the larger themes of the 1970s photography scene in Los Angeles. Photographers of this decade were determined to stretch the boundaries of the medium, to steer it away from landscapes and street subjects and toward the concerns of the era&rsquo;s contemporary visual art trends. For Taussig and contemporaries like Robert Heinecken, experimental techniques and counter-cultural aesthetics became the norm.</p> <p class="style32" align="justify">For a series called &ldquo;Signs O&rsquo; The Times,&rdquo; Taussig brings a sardonic eye to street photography, capturing Southern California road signs and billboards that often seem to be a parody themselves &ndash; like a tantalizing Kent Cigarette ad next to a Mount Sinai billboard promising that pre-arranged interments unburden your loved ones. Throughout this series, Taussig employs the boundaries of the frame to cleverly emphasize the illogic of the sign&rsquo;s placement, or omit the logic of it.</p> <p class="style32" align="justify">In a series from the late 70s/early 80s, Taussig arranges shards of mirrored glass atop the pages of his favorite art books and photographs the results. Great works of photography and Modern Art &ndash; by the likes of Mondrian, Arbus, Kertesz, and many others &ndash; are appropriated and fragmented into new images. Like a beam of light through a prism, a single image is splintered apart and spatially reordered: each part of the whole allowed to stand on its own, made to signify something new.</p> <p class="style32" align="justify">Also featured in this exhibition are selections of prints from two contemporary series: one is a Tarot Card deck called &ldquo;The Tarot Project&rdquo; and the other is entitled &ldquo;The Alchemical Adventures of Alice or The Ninety-Nine Headless Woman,&rdquo; and is based on&nbsp;<em>Alice in Wonderland</em>. Both series bring together images from 19th Century engravings, illustrated myths and fairy tales, anatomical atlases, cartographic illustrations, advertising, fashion, and books on art history and science. Made digitally, each collage is rich with Jungian symbology and full of allusions to literary works, scientific theories, and mass culture tropes. This series represents Taussig&rsquo;s ability to keep up with new techniques, as well as his interest in the intersections of art and science.</p> <p class="style32" align="justify">Arthur Taussig&rsquo;s work has been in numerous exhibitions and collections throughout the years: including at LACMA, The Getty, The Art Institute of Chicago, Denver Museum of Art, De Young Museum, Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Portland Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, and the New Orleans Museum of Art, among many others.</p> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 14:26:24 +0000 - 356 Mission - April 26th 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Launch for&nbsp;<em>Animal Shelter</em>&nbsp;#4 and&nbsp;Mark von Schlegell&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>Sundogz</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">With Mark von Schlegell and Chris Kraus in conversation, readings, and a screening &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp; - &nbsp;&nbsp;<a href=";e=725A80&amp;c=13EE5&amp;t=1&amp;l=7D91256&amp;email=uVXrp13wX0NE9LqoR%2BjhZFpfmtq89BuT" target="_blank">Animal Shelter</a>&nbsp;is an &lsquo;occasional intellectual journal&rsquo; published by Semiotext(e)</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp; - &nbsp;&nbsp;<a href=";e=725A80&amp;c=13EE5&amp;t=1&amp;l=7D91256&amp;email=uVXrp13wX0NE9LqoR%2BjhZFpfmtq89BuT" target="_blank">Sundogz</a>&nbsp;is the third novel in Mark von Schlegell&rsquo;s System Series &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 14:22:58 +0000 - Human Resources - April 28th 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">COMMUNITY FORUM &amp; Book Launch for&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Manuel Vason's&nbsp;</a><em><a href="" target="_blank">Double Exposures</a>.</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Join us a community forum exploring the relationship of performance art to photography, and photography's relationship to performance art. This forum celebrates the publication of&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Manuel Vason</a>'s&nbsp;<em>Double Exposures</em>, a series of collaborations between the London-based photographer and some of today's most important and provocative performance artists. Artists featured in&nbsp;<em>Double Exposures</em>&nbsp;include Mat Fraser (pictured above), Ron Athey, Franko B, Helena Goldwater, Joshua Sofaer, Oreet Ashery, Jamie Lewis Hadley, and Martin O'Brien. Join Manuel in a conversation with H. Cassils, Zackary Drucker, Jamie McMurry, Jennifer Doyle and more! All are invited to contribute to this artist-centered conversation about the cultivation of productive collaboration between photographers and performance artists. We'll show images from&nbsp;<em>Double Exposures</em>, and there will be copies of the book for sale.</p> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 14:19:13 +0000 Ross McLain, Natalia Margulis, David Kwon, Carla Jay Harris - UCLA New Wight Gallery - April 30th - May 8th Sat, 25 Apr 2015 07:16:53 +0000 Marc Karzen - SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS - April 26th 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM <div align="center"><em><strong>Late Night with David Letterman</strong></em></div> <div align="center"><em><strong>History Discovered</strong></em></div> <div align="center"><em><strong>by</strong></em></div> <div align="center"><em><strong>Marc Karzen</strong></em></div> <div align="center">&nbsp;</div> <div align="center">Discussion&nbsp;with the Artist Marc Karzen</div> <div align="center">In conjunction with</div> <div align="center">&nbsp;</div> <div align="center"><a href=";c=vQZy3AUA6NhCC5zSbfnzs4dHkaG1_fygO9wI1jUkjDJJmoAeXan8hQ==&amp;ch=S3O2JG45UXfuIFp36Y9gp1S9523LNeJgzYTNR_hVnkt-IoI775Sv9Q==" shape="rect" target="_blank"><img class="CToWUd" src="" alt="" name="14cdd014003af005_ACCOUNT.IMAGE.750" width="174" height="59" border="0" hspace="5" vspace="5" /></a>&nbsp;</div> <div align="center">&nbsp;</div> <div align="center"><em>THIS&nbsp;</em>Sunday &nbsp;<strong>April 26, 2015&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;from 3-6pm</div> <div align="center"><em>&nbsp;</em></div> <div align="center"><em>&nbsp;</em></div> <div align="center">All works listed below will be up for auction at the</div> <div align="center"><strong><em>The Last Day of May Sale</em></strong></div> <div align="center">Sunday&nbsp;May 31, 2015 starting at&nbsp;12pm</div> <div align="center">&nbsp;</div> <div align="center"><a href=";c=vQZy3AUA6NhCC5zSbfnzs4dHkaG1_fygO9wI1jUkjDJJmoAeXan8hQ==&amp;ch=S3O2JG45UXfuIFp36Y9gp1S9523LNeJgzYTNR_hVnkt-IoI775Sv9Q==" shape="rect" target="_blank">Full PDF list of works by Marc Karzen here</a></div> <div align="center">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">From 1982-1992, Marc Karzen photographed a series of slice-of-life-moments that punctuated segments, introduced&nbsp;guests and branded this historic ground breaking show.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">This unique collection of artwork was all photographed by Marc Karzen and have been stored in his archives for more&nbsp;than two decades. They were thought to be missing and have never been displayed or viewed by the public until now.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Each photograph in the Art of Late Night collection is a master C-print, some with hand collage and all are signed on&nbsp;verso by the artist. The Late Night nomenclature is included in every image. These striking, witty and inventive artworks were used multiple times throughout the eleven years that Letterman's show was on NBC.</div> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 06:53:54 +0000 Marten Elder - Tif Sigfrids - May 2nd 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Please join us for a talk-through with Marten Elder of his exhibition&nbsp;<em>New Color Photographs&nbsp;</em>at the gallery&nbsp;Saturday, May 2nd. &nbsp;The talk will begin at&nbsp;12 PM.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 06:50:03 +0000 Group Show - bG BLEICHER/GORMAN - May 9th - May 23rd <p>bG Gallery presents a group exhibit, New Nude, contemporary and modern artists who have experimented with the nude subject or pushed it into new territory. From sensual to impassive, passionate to cerebral, the naked human form continues to inspire.</p> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:19:43 +0000 Jessica Williams - Young Art - May 9th - June 6th Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:23:18 +0000 Cammie Staros - François Ghebaly Gallery - April 25th - June 6th <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;A kiss is the beginning of cannibalism.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">-Georges Bataille</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Fran&ccedil;ois Ghebaly is pleased to present<em> Man Shall Know Nothing of It</em>, an exhibition of new sculpture by Cammie Staros.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Staros continues her investigation into the abstract, mutant possibilities of antiquated forms. Body-scale works in wood, brass, and ceramic both invite and repulse the viewer&rsquo;s touch. Staros&rsquo;s sculptures size us up, as if to envelop and devour. Meanwhile, they seem to watch us back through painted eyes&mdash;perched, for example, in a tuck of Venetian blinds.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Staros mates tropes of Modernism with the ancient forms of Greece and Egypt; the resulting double-entendre&rsquo;d objects are at once coolly elegant and quietly salacious. The shapely hips of clay pots stacked into a precarious totem flaunt the voluptuous undulations of a Brancusi. An oversized pot lies semi-prostrate, propped on its handles, impassive as a reclining nude. The simple lines and circles on its sides evoke soft bodily protrusions in the language of Picasso or Mir&oacute;. Where detailed narrative paintings ring fired surfaces of ancient artifacts, Staros wipes these pots into red, white, and black abstractions.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The present sculptures bear a similarly abstracted relationship to the human form. The language of bodies and of vessels overlaps; round bellies belong to clay jars, wood carvings have hands. Recalling LeWittian angles, shelves in the posture of Egyptian reliefs or wooden snakes extend to the height of a standard doorway. These uncanny sculptures push traditional dynamics between man and object until their sensual anthropomorphic shapes seem to veil a threat. They promise much, yet relinquish little&mdash;beyond echoes of a lecherous past; a dry orgy of antiquities; histories stacked and interpenetrating; bodies reduced to patterns in abstract congress.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Cammie Staros graduated from Brown in 2006 with a BA in Art and Semiotics and from CalArts in 2011 with an MFA in Art.</p> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:02:44 +0000 Dave Hullfish Bailey, CamLab, Ken Ehrlich & Mathias Heyden, Rafa Esparza, Robby Herbst, Olga Koumoundouros, Liz Nurenberg, Michael Parker - Armory Center for the Arts - May 9th - September 6th <p>This group exhibition focuses on Victor Papanek&rsquo;s pioneering influence on sustainable, socially responsible, human-centered design and the relevance of his oeuvre to current discourses in contemporary art, particularly in providing a critical framework for an object-oriented social practice. The project asserts Papanek&rsquo;s legacy as a galvanizing force in contemporary visual art and social practice.</p> <p>Victor Papanek (1923, Vienna - 1998, Lawrence, KS) was an American designer, critic, and educator. He studied design at Cooper Union and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was briefly a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, taught and lectured widely around the country and in Europe, and had a deep impact here in Southern California, where he was a founding dean at California Institute of the Arts. He found a strong ally in Buckminster Fuller, who wrote the introduction to his book&nbsp;<em>Design for the Real World</em>, which remains one of the most widely read books in the field of design, particularly in universities.</p> <p>Papanek did not believe in patents, feeling they stymied innovation and prevented urgent design solutions from reaching their audiences.&nbsp;<em>After Victor Papanek: The Future Is Not What It Used To Be</em>&nbsp;pairs reproductions of Papanek&rsquo;s original unpatented plans and drawings with realized projects by artists and art teams that offer interpretations of those original plans, using Papanek&rsquo;s works as &ldquo;prompts&rdquo; or &ldquo;scores&rdquo; for the creation of new work by contemporary artists.</p> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 20:00:41 +0000 Sam McKinniss - Team Gallery - June 7th - August 16th <p style="text-align: justify;">Team (gallery, inc.) is pleased to announce a solo show of work by American painter Sam McKinniss. The exhibition will run from 07 June through 09 August 2015. Team (bungalow) is located at 306 Windward Avenue in Venice, CA. Concurrently, our 83 Grand Street and 47 Wooster Street spaces in New York will house a solo exhibition by Tabor Robak and a group show by Andrew Gbur, Jaya Howey and David Ratcliff.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For his debut Los Angeles exhibition, Sam McKinniss presents a collection of new paintings, representing the two visually disparate but complimentary practices in which he works concurrently. The representational works portray human figures, lithe bodies at once sexually suggestive and distinctly funereal. Similarly fraught with closely tied eroticism and morbidity, the second body of work consists of virulent, predominately grey-scale abstractions, overlaid with familiar cartoon renderings of ghosts. The willful incongruity of the two styles provides tension and counterpoint within the&nbsp;<em>oeuvre</em>: considered together, they engage in an encompassing exploration of the sex-death instinct from the discrete positions of the bodily and disembodied. References to the history of painting &ndash; from Baroque and Mannerist painting to Imagism and Abstract Expressionism &ndash; are present throughout McKinniss&rsquo; work, acting as the unlikely unifying quality in his seemingly irreconcilable modes of making. The artist foregrounds the cross-section of violence and indulgence, sexuality and death, that is omnipresent in our culture.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">With the figurative paintings, McKinniss works from photographs &ndash; both found images and pictures he has taken himself. His subjects range from reclining male nudes, to Alicia Silverstone in her role as Batgirl, to an anonymous night-time texter, to former boy-band member Zayn Malik. The artist probes points of unexpected emotional intersection: his bodies are taut with simultaneous aggression and sexuality, defensiveness and vulnerability, pathos and humor. The paintings evoke an onslaught of associations and visual precedents: the erotic enticement of Donatello&rsquo;s David, the anxiety and romance of Film Noir, the self-reflexiveness of Caravaggio&rsquo;s Narcissus. The artist&rsquo;s stylistic mimicry and wide range of subject matter places him in a blurred authorial position: he is at once consumer and creator, spectator and carnivore.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">McKinniss&rsquo; ghosts delve into the rough sensuality of the painterly act, its close relation to the friction and tactility of sex. The comingling and marbling of fluids on a surface reads as erotic and violent, while the smeared white ghosts are playful but disturbing manifestations of&nbsp;<em>Le Petit Mort</em>. The overlaid specters also explicitly reject and ridicule the notion put forth by many abstractionists that painting is pure and unto itself: by seamlessly pairing these cartoonish figures with copycat abstractions, McKinniss presents the painter as an (always) image-ridden image-maker.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Sam McKinniss has been featured in numerous group exhibitions. This is his first exhibition with Team.</p> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:48:59 +0000 Jessica Dalva - La Luz de Jesus Gallery - May 1st - May 31st <p style="text-align: justify;">A&nbsp;<em><strong>hapax legomenon</strong></em>&nbsp;(pronounced&nbsp;<a title="Wikipedia:IPA for English" href="" target="_blank">/ˈh&aelig;pɨks lɨˈɡɒmənɒn/</a>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<a title="Wikipedia:IPA for English" href="" target="_blank">/ˈheɪp&aelig;ks/</a><a href="">[1]</a>) (pl.&nbsp;<em>hapax legomena</em>, sometimes abbreviated to&nbsp;<em>hapaxes</em>) is a&nbsp;<a class="mw-redirect" title="Word (linguistics)" href="" target="_blank">word</a>&nbsp;which occurs only once in either the written record of a language, the works of an author, or in a single text. While technically incorrect, the term is also sometimes used of a word that occurs in only one of an author&rsquo;s works, even though it occurs more than once in that work.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Jessica Dalva</strong>&lsquo;s third feature exhibition at La Luz de Jesus Gallery is a new approach to her established formula. The work is multidimensional and multi-faceted, but the methods and accomplishment is an all-encompassing progression. So, accept what you know, and expect something extraordinary.</p> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:46:04 +0000 Annie Murphy-Robinson - La Luz de Jesus Gallery - May 1st - May 31st <p style="text-align: justify;">At first glance,&nbsp;<strong>Annie Murphy-Robinson</strong>&rsquo;s drawings look like photographs of impossibly beautiful girls in a range of settings&ndash;from the miraculous to the mundane. No works of emulsion on photo paper, these are charcoal drawings of the artist&rsquo;s own daughters. Prolonged viewing reveals the impeccable technique of the medium&rsquo;s greatest living artist capturing an essence that would be unavailable to anyone not immediately related to them. Annie&rsquo;s work exposes a familiarity that isn&rsquo;t just a perfect rendering, but reveals the complex emotions of her subjects in a way that transcends the sterility of forced poses. Her chosen medium may be charcoal, but her product is real human empathy.</p> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:43:11 +0000 Matt Connors - Cherry and Martin - May 9th - June 13th Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:38:30 +0000 Francisco Huichaqueo, Hugo Leonello, Mria José Rojas, Sergio Acevedo, Mario Z, Angie Saiz, Adrés Grillo - Human Resources - May 17th - June 3rd Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:29:12 +0000 Jamie McMurry - Human Resources - May 13th - May 21st Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:27:15 +0000