ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Etam Cru - Thinkspace - December 12th - January 16th, 2016 <div> <div style="text-align: justify;" align="justify"><strong>Thinkspace</strong>&nbsp;is pleased to present the very first Los Angeles exhibition of renowned Polish duo Etam Cru, in<em>&nbsp;Galimatias</em>. Considered two of the best muralists working in the world, Etam Cru is made up of individual artists Bezt and Sainer. They began making work as a pair in art school, both 2012 graduates of The Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz, Poland, and have embraced a playful irreverence in their sensibility ever since. Bezt and Sainer have been refining their synchronistic style as Etam Cru, inspired by many of the same interests and themes, while developing their individual voices in tandem. Working collaboratively on site-specific public murals, the duo prefer to work independently on their respective exhibition works, allowing each to define their own use of space. The rapport and connection between their individual styles and approach is clear, however, as each draws the viewer into an intoxicating world of surreal fantasy, folklore, and graphic precision.</div> </div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Known for their focused realization of ambitious and monumentally scaled works, the pair is famously resistant to the ascription of excessively symbolic readings, preferring instead to let the aesthetic and physical experience of viewing the work speak for itself. In keeping with this open-ended, and evasive, penchant for ambiguity, their name "Etam" loosely translates from Polish to "whatever" or "I don't care," though this namesake is intended in the spirit of creative freedom and subjective association rather than in that of flippancy or dismissal. Both Bezt and Sainer encourage the viewer to create personal readings of the work, and to draw their own conclusions about what their loose symbolism means. True to this unrestrictive preference, the exhibition title&nbsp;<em>Galimatias</em>, a French word meaning "gibberish" or "nonsense," suggests an allegiance to the power of imagery rather than to the defining imperatives of words.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Working with a combination of media for individual works, including oil and acrylic on canvas and graphite on paper, but preferring the use of canned house paint and rollers for the execution of their huge murals, (though spray paint is also incorporated), Etam Cru mix their own pigments and create their own unique colors. The vibrancy and contrast of their palette is one of the many distinctive aspects of their work, ranging from saturated primaries to subtly graded pastels. Their imagery often incorporates the surreal and the grotesque, and plays expertly with shifting scales and unique environments. Often including animals and playful elements from nature, their compositions are simple and poignant. Though the two have evolved their aesthetics dynamically, each informed by the other, Bezt is known for his use of more graffiti inspired styles and characters, while Sainer tends to take a more realism based approach to figuration and the depiction of nature. Though the two hands remain distinctly visible, the end result of their&nbsp;collaborations is seamlessly balanced and subtly nuanced.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Etam Cru has created spectacular works all over the world, including public architectural murals as large as 10 stories tall that require a whole arsenal of scaffolding and cherry pickers to complete. The team came to the U.S for the first time in 2013 to create their internationally acclaimed mural&nbsp;<em>Moonshine&nbsp;</em>in Richmond, Virginia, for the Richmond Mural Project; an amazing, epically scaled, rendering of a beautiful female figure, sitting in a jar of muddled strawberries, kept companion by a single bird. The piece was listed among the top five best pieces of street art in the world in 2013. In conjunction with their exhibition,<em>Galmatias</em>, Etam Cru will be transforming the six story facade of a building in the flower district in Downtown LA, gifting the city with its very own permanent piece; one of undoubtedly enviable proportions.&nbsp;</div> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:09:01 +0000 Phranc - Craig Krull Gallery - November 28th - January 16th, 2016 <p style="text-align: justify;">Phranc, also known as The All-American Jewish Lesbian folksinger, is a self-described "Cardboard Cobbler," who fashions cardboard, paper, gouache, and thread into life-size, three-dimensional replications of everyday objects. As a teenager, Phranc attended The Feminist Studio Workshop at The Woman's Building in Los Angeles, but she traces her obsession with cardboard back to childhood. She says, "From the time I sat in my first refrigerator box submarine, I knew the cardboard sea was for me." &nbsp;Her third exhibition at Craig Krull Gallery includes interpretations of vintage toys, stuffed animals, Davy Crockett costumes, and the gender play of Raggedy Ann and Andy.</p> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:52:02 +0000 Carol Es - Craig Krull Gallery - November 28th - January 16th, 2016 <div style="text-align: justify;">Joshua Tree is an artists' refuge, a place of freedom as well as meditation. Carol Es refers to it as "a kind of Deadwood town where unique exteriors are built seemingly without codes or restrictions," and where precarious rock formations balance one's soul. Recently, Es made a journey of artistic and spiritual exploration into Joshua Tree, hoping to leave behind her baggage of fear, depression and childhood abuse. She said "I found myself making art about what surrounded me in the present, instead of what consumed my insides regarding the past." Es' brightly colored paintings of simple cutout shapes and patterned cloth on birch panel possess a playfulness and raw simplicity, echoing fanciful architecture amidst boundless piles of colossal rounded stones.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><em>Rock and Refuge</em>, Carol Es' first exhibition at Craig Krull Gallery, will include her Joshua Tree paintings as well as a drawing installation from her ongoing&nbsp;<em>Journal Project</em>. Hand-cut manila garment patterns inscribed with daily diary writings and drawings will be pinned to the wall in an organic cluster with sewing pins. Carol Es is a self-taught artist, native Angeleno, Pollock-Krasner Fellowship recipient, and her artist books have been collected by the Getty Research Institute as well as The Pompidou.</div> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:51:38 +0000 John Huggins - Craig Krull Gallery - November 28th - January 16th, 2016 <div style="text-align: justify;">John Huggins' series,&nbsp;<em>Once</em>, was partially inspired by a familial passage, the loss of his father.&nbsp; His soft-focus color photographs embody what the artist calls, "the perfectness of a fond memory."&nbsp; The images put into form the idealized remembrance one may have of indelible moments experienced in youth.&nbsp; Like distant memories, they are stripped of unnecessary details and reduced to their essential components. Rather than being sentimental, these evocations have what Huggins describes as a "peacefulness" that comes from one's associations with a moment in the "purity of recollection." This second exhibition from the&nbsp;<em>Once</em>&nbsp;series is titled,<em>Once Again</em>.</div> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:50:26 +0000 Sandow Birk - Koplin Del Rio Gallery - December 5th 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM <p>Price signed $100 (plus tax)</p> <p>Please RSVP by November 28</p> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:29:27 +0000 Group Show - Ruth Bachofner Gallery - December 5th - January 9th, 2016 <p style="text-align: justify;">Ruth Bachofner Gallery is pleased to present a group show of small works, representing a range of approaches and practices by 18 gallery artists.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">There will be a reception on Saturday, December 5, 4 &ndash; 6 PM</p> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 18:21:15 +0000 Mariángeles Soto-Díaz - Ruth Bachofner Gallery - December 5th - January 9th, 2016 <p style="text-align: justify;">Ruth Bachofner gallery is pleased to present <em>El Sujeto Debe Rotar Como el Sol/ The Subject Must Rotate&nbsp;</em><em>Like The Sun </em>a painting installation by Mari&aacute;ngeles Soto-D&iacute;az. There will be a reception for the artist on Saturday, December 5, 4-6 PM.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The work of Mari&aacute;ngeles Soto-D&iacute;az, whether in the format of installation or painting, is centered around a strong consideration of place. Much of her work has a connection with her native country of Venezuela, which comes through as a response to political issues as much as in her re-appropriating the country's tradition of abstract art. In her recent residency at the Torrance Art Museum, she was situated within the walls of the museum working with materials culled through the Orange County Craigslist system, all the while considering the stuff of her immediate surroundings. In other work, she evaluated the place of women and diversity within the art world through a site specific installation. While each project comes with a different focus, there remains a continuous thread of combining North and South American traditions of abstraction and an exploration of color primed with underlying conceptualism.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For this exhibition, Soto-D&iacute;az created a series of heavily layered abstract paintings, titled with the date of completion. Here, she considers her place within her own creative process, while also referencing the writings of a Venezuelan poet, Eugenio Montejo. The title of her exhibition is a line from one of his collections in which her paint application is analogous to concepts of non-linear, overlapping time.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>&ldquo;The Notebook of Blas Coll</em>,&rdquo; Soto-D&iacute;az explains, &ldquo;engages what he calls 'the alphabet of the world,' imagining a cubist conception of time where all dates coexist simultaneously in the same space. In <em>The&nbsp;</em><em>Subject Must Rotate Like the Sun </em>series, each painting is titled with its date of completion, like periods marking the end of a perplexing color sentence, punctuating overlapping creative cycles. A color fragment in the sentence may be dragged, brushed or precisely applied onto another, in a space where neither color nor technique dominate. For this series, I think of Montejo's notion of the rotating "subject" in many senses - person, idea, thing - and the paintings, resonating with the subject of <em>The Notebook of Blas Coll</em>, are constituted through attempts to connect fragments that suggest but can never fully reveal an elusive &ldquo;larger picture.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Mari&aacute;ngeles Soto-D&iacute;az has an MFA from Claremont Graduate University, where she studied with Karl Benjamin, and an MA in Aesthetics and Politics from the CalArts School of Critical Studies. Her work has been featured at MASS MoCA, the Wignall Museum of Contemporary art and the University of Iowa Museum, among other venues. She was awarded an Ahmanson Fellowship at CalArts and an Obermann Grant Wood Fellowship from the University of Iowa, making her one of the first inaugural Grant Wood Fellows in Painting.</p> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 18:18:12 +0000 Robert Pruitt - Koplin Del Rio Gallery - October 29th - December 5th <p style="text-align: justify;">Koplin Del Rio is pleased to announce Robert Pruitt&rsquo;s third solo exhibition,&nbsp;<em>Flight Risk</em>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This latest grouping of mixed media drawings were created by Pruitt while at the prestigious Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts residency in Omaha, Nebraska this past year. The show features works on paper in a variety of scales with a combination of hand-dyed or coffee toned paper and charcoal and pastel. In addition to signature portraits blending elements of science fiction and technology with traditional African patterns and ceremonial sculptures, Pruitt also explores imagery devoid of the figure with three large drawings. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a monumental 10-foot tall double portrait titled, &ldquo;Garveyite Celestials.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In the artist&rsquo;s words: &ldquo;<em>Flight Risk</em>&nbsp;takes as its departure rumination on escape, specifically melding themes common to my work: back-to-Africa ideologies and mothership-escape mythologies. My work implies a cosmology in which technology intersects with Human, Nature and Spirit &ndash; all this centered on the Black&nbsp;psychological liberation.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Two of the smaller drawings reference a continuing theme for the artist: super heroes and the comic book medium. &ldquo;Captain America&rdquo; is a powerful female figure clad in a spandex uniform incorporating a pattern synonymous with the bandanas worn by Blood gang members. &ldquo;Your Altitude Determines Your Attitude&rdquo; depicts another female hero dressed in seemingly ordinary clothes strapped into a futuristic jet pack as she&rsquo;s about to soar into the stratosphere.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Two mid-sized portraits came together simultaneously. &ldquo;I Need a Vacation From this Vacation&rdquo; is a male portrait of a pensive astronaut in a space helmet surrounded by a celestial expanse. The subject wears what appears to be a tropical patterned shirt, a nod to a scene from an Aaron Douglas painting titled, &ldquo;Into Bondage.&rdquo; The partner portrait piece, &ldquo;Woman with Halo,&rdquo; includes a Kongo religious sculpture nestled in the subject&rsquo;s ample hair. A glowing red orb on the statue&rsquo;s mid-section references the red circular face of Hal 9000, the A.I. computer from<em>2001, A Space Odyssey</em>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The final works in the show are epic in scale with bold painterly backgrounds of rich color. &ldquo;Archangel&rdquo; is a hovering memorial totem of offerings, suspended by an ominous drone. The piece pays homage to Eric Garner, who died from an act of police brutality in 2014. Symbols throughout the piece including the inscribed T-shirt worn by protesters reading, &ldquo;I Can&rsquo;t Breathe.&rdquo; The other two pieces depict a majestic life-sized tiger and a drawing of a Mende Ritual costume, both referencing titles and text from prominent Jean-Michel Basquiat paintings.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Pruitt elaborates on the four drawings: &ldquo;These are the pieces I had in mind when beginning the residency. I&rsquo;ve always been committed to drawing the human figure, but I started thinking about what it really was that I was trying to get at. I'm still trying to think through this question but what I have come up with so far is that I am trying to link these bodies, these black bodies to a humanity that I find our real bodies to be disconnected from. That there is an interior life present in us and that we should, ourselves, claim it and respect it. I felt like maybe I needed to look at trying to illustrate that interior world without the human figures. That is what these four larger works are for me, an attempt at describing some version of a dynamic interior world. I am looking at a larger networked mythology of Man, Machine, Animal and Spirit as a way to depict this world.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Robert Pruitt&nbsp;was born in 1975 in Houston Texas. He received his BFA from Texas Southern University&nbsp;and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a founding member of the&nbsp;artist collective Otabenga Jones &amp; Associates. Pruitt creates sculpture, drawing, video, and installation&nbsp;works about the dichotomy of the black experience in America, and the impact of black cultural production&nbsp;on the global landscape. He has exhibited his work at The Pennsylvania College of Art &amp; Design, The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, PA, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Dallas Museum of Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and was a participating artist in the 2006 Whitney Biennial and the 2010 SITE Santa Fe Biennial, which traveled to MoMA PS1 in New York. Pruitt is a recipient of the Artadia Artist Award, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation award, and most recently a Joan Mitchell Foundation award in 2013. Pruitt&rsquo;s work is in the collection of The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, The Studio Museum of Harlem, NY, the Dallas Museum of Art in Dallas, TX, the University Museum of Texas Southern University in Houston and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston TX.</p> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 17:25:23 +0000 Atticus Adams, Ekaterina Ermilkina, Mark Acetelli, Paul Kirley, Heny Steinberg - Artspace Warehouse - October 17th - November 26th <p>Abstract Enlightenment explores artworks in a synthesis of tradition and modernity with underlying connections between representational landscapes and ephemeral dreamscapes. The featured artists keep examining the impact of each finished painting on the wider art movement. They put society and social relations under intense scrutiny. They increase the collective impressions of art on society, adding further experiences, while the individual minds collectively gather these impressions and tranlsate them into visual equality.</p> <p>Using oil paints and found objects that he builds up and scrapes away to create layered, textured compositions,&nbsp;<a class="pink" href="" rel="nofollow">Mark Acetelli</a>depicts figures that verge on abstraction. He has explored wide-ranging, universal themes including love, loss, and notions of absence and presence. Acetelli works in a palette dominated by earth tones, which he punctuates with colorful accents. His artworks are a product of continuously building up and tearing down, layer upon layer, adding and subtracting. A visceral dance between the conscious and the unconscious until the emotion is expressed.</p> <p><a class="pink" href="" rel="nofollow">Atticus Adams</a>&nbsp;is a sculptor whose work embodies the transformative power of art to create beauty, meaning, and emotional impact from industrial materials. Using mostly aluminum mesh&mdash;generally found in screen doors/windows and filters&mdash;he creates abstract pieces and installations, which sometimes resemble flowers, clouds, and other natural phenomena. His intricate wall sculptures explore shadow and transparency in endless ways.</p> <p><a class="pink" href="" rel="nofollow">Ekaterina Ermilkina's</a>&nbsp;highly textural oil on canvas artworks pop with color and motion, casting a candied haze across the cityscape. &ldquo;I am focused on art all my life. It makes me optimistic, full of energy and happy. The vivid colors of Crimea where I grew up, the beautiful marine of the Black Sea, inspired me to paint for the rest of my life. I believe that paintings can reflect our desires for beauty, poetics and perfection.&rdquo;</p> <p>In his large abstract canvas paintings&nbsp;<a class="pink" href="" rel="nofollow">Paul Kirley</a>&nbsp;expresses connections between representational landscapes and ephemeral dreamscape experiences. Links between the two worlds are created as a series of painted layers and gestures. The creative process of each piece presents opportunities to live fully immersed in the stories and places of our dreams.</p> <p><a class="pink" href="" rel="nofollow">Heny Steinberg</a>&nbsp;is a Mexican artist whose work invites us to travel from the map to the localized event. She is suggesting that the spatial memory guidelines residing in the relationship between a two-dimensional space existing in a vacuum and the human territories we inhabit. Her artworks are constructed by displacement over a lattice or a diagram by way of fragmentation, union and re-fragmentation. The shapes that inhabit this multi-dimensional space possess visual values that transcend their actual representation.</p> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 01:42:24 +0000 - bG BLEICHER/GORMAN - December 12th 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM <p dir="ltr">Holiday Open House</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p>Event: December 12th, 2015 &nbsp;12:00-5pm. &nbsp;Bergamot Station Holiday Open House</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">bG Gallery will be a part of Bergamot Station&rsquo;s Holiday Open House on December 12th (12pm - 5pm). &nbsp;Live music, food trucks and other activities will all be part of the festivities. &nbsp;The celebration be held at several of Bergamot&rsquo;s galleries. &nbsp;At bG giftable artwork will be on display and local Santa Monica artist and artist Daniel Rolnik will be creating free portraits from 12:30-1:15pm. &nbsp;</p> <p>T: &nbsp;+1 310 906 4211 E:</p> Sun, 22 Nov 2015 22:59:30 +0000 - UCLA New Wight Gallery - November 19th - December 10th <p style="text-align: justify;">An exhibition by undergraduate recipients of 2015-16 UCLA Department of Art and School of the Arts and Architecture scholarship awards.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Please join us for the opening reception on Thursday, November 19, from 5-8pm!</p> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 07:14:48 +0000