ArtSlant - Recently added http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/show en-us 40 Akio Takamori - Frank Lloyd Gallery - November 8th 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM <p style="text-align: justify;">Frank Lloyd Gallery and Craig Krull Gallery are pleased to invite you to join us&nbsp;Saturday, November 8th&nbsp;for coffee, donuts, and a series of artist talks. First, artists Hilary Brace and Ann Lofquist will speak at&nbsp;10:00 amat the Craig Krull Gallery about their current exhibitions.&nbsp;<br /><br />We&rsquo;ll then move to the Frank Lloyd Gallery at&nbsp;10:30 am, where Akio Takamori will discuss his new work with curator Jo Lauria. The sculptures in this show come from a series of works in glass produced by Takamori during his visiting artist residency at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington. To prepare himself for this residency, the artist studied historical glass including Roman vases and bottle forms, as well as Egyptian alabaster sculpture.<br /><br />We appreciate your RSVP, and hope you&rsquo;ll be able to make it out to Bergamot Station on&nbsp;Saturday, November 8th&nbsp;to take advantage of this opportunity to hear from these artists in person!</p> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 05:52:40 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Robert Olsen - Luckman Fine Arts Complex - November 8th - December 20th <p style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition surveys the works of late Los Angeles- based painter Robert Olsen (1969-2014), whose unique and nocturnal palette centered on the nightscape of Los Angeles.</p> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:45:00 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list - Commonwealth and Council - October 25th 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">The Fence Mechanisms, a new performance installation by EJ Hill, is the first part of a larger body of work that sources early childhood triumphs and traumas (and adult loves and losses) in an attempt to better understand the difference between self-care and self-defense. This is Hill&rsquo;s second exhibition with the space.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">EJ Hill is an artist living and working in Los Angeles. Recent exhibitions and performances include: Racial Imaginary, Nichols Gallery at&nbsp;Pitzer College, Claremont; David Bell and EJ Hill:&nbsp;O Captor, My Captor!, Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn; Have At It, Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles; and Signaling Through the Flames, LA&gt;&lt;ART/Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Los Angeles. Hill received his MFA from University of California, Los Angeles and BFA from Columbia College Chicago.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">_______________________</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The playground lacks hiding places; we are dropped off and expected to figure it out. For many of us, it is the place where we first realize we are completely on our own; both predator (bullies) and prey (anyone showing any fear) must occupy and identify this space together, forming both physical and psychological relationships amongst each other and with the grounds itself. Some will feel comfort in this environment and thrive; others will suffer and find contemplative spaces to go, or inanimate friends&mdash;a ball, a rope, a wall&mdash;a simple motion that can be repeated for the duration of the stay.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">You&rsquo;ll learn the way your body moves. You&rsquo;ll learn people are faster than you, whether you can throw or not; you may never want to throw anything ever again. You&rsquo;ll learn that people are terrible to one another, and some may want to fight you for reasons you won&rsquo;t understand. We all walk off with different ideas of what it means to play.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">We return to the playground as adults and see the hiding spaces that were not supposed to exist and have since lost access too. We return to the place that left us in an endless pursuit of places to hide.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&mdash;David Bell, 2014</p> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:32:29 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list - Commonwealth and Council - November 1st 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Carmen Argote&rsquo;s work and process reveal a duality at play between sites, or between histories, often having to do with movement between places, transplantation, and adaptation. Painting for an exterior wall (2014) is a 6 by 7 feet of stretched canvas that mirrors the same color and painted lines of the handball courts in LAUSD elementary schools. Made mobile, this court can freely move between districts and neighborhoods, becoming a site of transference and muscle memory. Repeat actions mark the surface of the painting like bruises from dirt on a rosy pink handball that resembles an old eraser.<br /> <br /> Carmen Argote (b. 1981 in Guadalajara, Mexico) is a Los Angeles-based artist who has lived in and around the downtown area most of her life.&nbsp;She received her MFA from University of California, Los Angeles in 2007 and was an artist-in-residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2009. In 2010, she created a dual-site-specific exhibition that took place at her childhood home in Pico Union and Gallery G727. Upcoming exhibitions include: a solo exhibition at Human Resources, Los Angeles in November 2014; a dual-site-project at MAK Center for Art and Architecture and High Desert Test Sites in April 2015; and an MTA commission for the future Metro Expo Line station at 17th and Colorado in Santa Monica in early 2016.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">_______________________</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The playground lacks hiding places; we are dropped off and expected to figure it out. For many of us, it is the place where we first realize we are completely on our own; both predator (bullies) and prey (anyone showing any fear) must occupy and identify this space together, forming both physical and psychological relationships amongst each other and with the grounds itself. Some will feel comfort in this environment and thrive; others will suffer and find contemplative spaces to go, or inanimate friends&mdash;a ball, a rope, a wall&mdash;a simple motion that can be repeated for the duration of the stay.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">You&rsquo;ll learn the way your body moves. You&rsquo;ll learn people are faster than you, whether you can throw or not; you may never want to throw anything ever again. You&rsquo;ll learn that people are terrible to one another, and some may want to fight you for reasons you won&rsquo;t understand. We all walk off with different ideas of what it means to play.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">We return to the playground as adults and see the hiding spaces that were not supposed to exist and have since lost access too. We return to the place that left us in an endless pursuit of places to hide.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&mdash;David Bell, 2014</p> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:31:34 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list EJ Hill - Commonwealth and Council - October 25th - November 1st <p style="text-align: justify;">The Fence Mechanisms, a new performance installation by EJ Hill, is the first part of a larger body of work that sources early childhood triumphs and traumas (and adult loves and losses) in an attempt to better understand the difference between self-care and self-defense. This is Hill&rsquo;s second exhibition with the space.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">EJ Hill is an artist living and working in Los Angeles. Recent exhibitions and performances include: Racial Imaginary, Nichols Gallery at&nbsp;Pitzer College, Claremont; David Bell and EJ Hill:&nbsp;O Captor, My Captor!, Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn; Have At It, Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles; and Signaling Through the Flames, LA&gt;&lt;ART/Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Los Angeles. Hill received his MFA from University of California, Los Angeles and BFA from Columbia College Chicago.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">_______________________</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The playground lacks hiding places; we are dropped off and expected to figure it out. For many of us, it is the place where we first realize we are completely on our own; both predator (bullies) and prey (anyone showing any fear) must occupy and identify this space together, forming both physical and psychological relationships amongst each other and with the grounds itself. Some will feel comfort in this environment and thrive; others will suffer and find contemplative spaces to go, or inanimate friends&mdash;a ball, a rope, a wall&mdash;a simple motion that can be repeated for the duration of the stay.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">You&rsquo;ll learn the way your body moves. You&rsquo;ll learn people are faster than you, whether you can throw or not; you may never want to throw anything ever again. You&rsquo;ll learn that people are terrible to one another, and some may want to fight you for reasons you won&rsquo;t understand. We all walk off with different ideas of what it means to play.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">We return to the playground as adults and see the hiding spaces that were not supposed to exist and have since lost access too. We return to the place that left us in an endless pursuit of places to hide.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&mdash;David Bell, 2014</p> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:30:41 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Carmen Argote - Commonwealth and Council - October 25th - November 1st <p style="text-align: justify;">Carmen Argote&rsquo;s work and process reveal a duality at play between sites, or between histories, often having to do with movement between places, transplantation, and adaptation. Painting for an exterior wall (2014) is a 6 by 7 feet of stretched canvas that mirrors the same color and painted lines of the handball courts in LAUSD elementary schools. Made mobile, this court can freely move between districts and neighborhoods, becoming a site of transference and muscle memory. Repeat actions mark the surface of the painting like bruises from dirt on a rosy pink handball that resembles an old eraser.<br /> <br /> Carmen Argote (b. 1981 in Guadalajara, Mexico) is a Los Angeles-based artist who has lived in and around the downtown area most of her life.&nbsp;She received her MFA from University of California, Los Angeles in 2007 and was an artist-in-residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2009. In 2010, she created a dual-site-specific exhibition that took place at her childhood home in Pico Union and Gallery G727. Upcoming exhibitions include: a solo exhibition at Human Resources, Los Angeles in November 2014; a dual-site-project at MAK Center for Art and Architecture and High Desert Test Sites in April 2015; and an MTA commission for the future Metro Expo Line station at 17th and Colorado in Santa Monica in early 2016.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">_______________________</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The playground lacks hiding places; we are dropped off and expected to figure it out. For many of us, it is the place where we first realize we are completely on our own; both predator (bullies) and prey (anyone showing any fear) must occupy and identify this space together, forming both physical and psychological relationships amongst each other and with the grounds itself. Some will feel comfort in this environment and thrive; others will suffer and find contemplative spaces to go, or inanimate friends&mdash;a ball, a rope, a wall&mdash;a simple motion that can be repeated for the duration of the stay.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">You&rsquo;ll learn the way your body moves. You&rsquo;ll learn people are faster than you, whether you can throw or not; you may never want to throw anything ever again. You&rsquo;ll learn that people are terrible to one another, and some may want to fight you for reasons you won&rsquo;t understand. We all walk off with different ideas of what it means to play.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">We return to the playground as adults and see the hiding spaces that were not supposed to exist and have since lost access too. We return to the place that left us in an endless pursuit of places to hide.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&mdash;David Bell, 2014</p> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:29:15 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list - Track 16 Gallery - October 28th 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM <h1 align="center"><a href="http://www.eventbrite.com/o/track-16-gallery-7403036025" target="_blank"><span style="font-size: small;">RESERVE SEATS&nbsp;</span></a></h1> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:28:25 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Dawn Kasper, Liz Glynn - Redling Fine Art - November 1st 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM <p align="left">For vs. Against&nbsp;<br />Matter vs. Anti-Matter&nbsp;<br />Models vs. Experience&nbsp;<br />Abstraction vs. the Real&nbsp;<br />Potentiality vs. Probability</p> <p align="left"><a href="https://go.madmimi.com/redirects/1414100032-f7dc22f179b20f257964c15c83ac7483-5a6e057?pa=25830419456" target="_blank">Glynn vs. Kasper</a></p> <p align="left">wo seatings:&nbsp;<br />Saturday, November 1st 8pm&nbsp;<br />Sunday, November 2nd 5pm</p> <p align="left">.</p> <p align="left">RSVP to&nbsp;<a href="mailto:lists@redlingfineart.com" target="_blank">lists@redlingfineart.com</a>&nbsp;<br />seating limited</p> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:19:40 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Dawn Kasper, Liz Glynn - Redling Fine Art - November 2nd 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p align="left">For vs. Against&nbsp;<br />Matter vs. Anti-Matter&nbsp;<br />Models vs. Experience&nbsp;<br />Abstraction vs. the Real&nbsp;<br />Potentiality vs. Probability</p> <p align="left"><a href="https://go.madmimi.com/redirects/1414100032-f7dc22f179b20f257964c15c83ac7483-5a6e057?pa=25830419456" target="_blank">Glynn vs. Kasper</a></p> <p align="left">wo seatings:&nbsp;<br />Saturday, November 1st 8pm&nbsp;<br />Sunday, November 2nd 5pm</p> <p align="left">.</p> <p align="left">RSVP to&nbsp;<a href="mailto:lists@redlingfineart.com" target="_blank">lists@redlingfineart.com</a>&nbsp;<br />seating limited</p> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:19:35 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Dana Louise Kirkpatrick - KM Fine Arts - November 8th - January 17th, 2015 <div class="column"> <p>Dana Louise Kirkpatrick (b. 1976, Cambridge, Massachusetts) is an artist gaining rapid renown for her bold, large-scale artworks in mixed media. Her work references elements of Modern art, in particular German and Neo-Expressionism. She grapples with the dichotomies and contradictions embedded in contemporary Western culture, religion and humanity, using forceful iconography and a highly expressive technique.</p> <p>Raised in Washington DC, Kirkpatrick was educated privately but lived on the fringes, struggling to stay in school and at one point becoming homeless. She went on to study Fine Arts at Georgetown University, graduating with honors in 2001. Here she received the DaVinci Medal for Excellence in Studio Art and the Misty Dailey Award for Outstanding Work in Studio Art.</p> <p>Kirkpatrick creates expressive large-scale drawings and paintings that command immediate attention. Classically trained her oeuvre draws on the annals of art history. Art giants Picasso, De Kooning, and Basquiat live</p> <p>most fervently in Kirkpatrick&rsquo;s work, and in so doing she creates a vehicle for not only preserving their memories, but also breathing them new life. Her own milieu, living in New York City and Los Angeles in the twenty-first century, both continues and updates their narrative, contributing to a visceral documentation of modern humankind and our culture.</p> <p>Kirkpatrick&rsquo;s work is in a large number of private collections, including Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Justin Timberlake, Tony Hawk, Tim Armstrong, Gina Bellman, Gabrielle Fialkoff and Timothy Hutton, Tony Hawk, Producer Stephen Nemeth, Dana White, Lyndley and Samuel Schwab, director/producer James D. Stern and Cyril Aouizerate.</p> <p>Her recent showing at Art Miami 2013 sold out to several important collections including the personal collection of esteemed collector Jorge M. Perez of the Perez Museum and restaurant critic and music producer Steve Plotnicki and his wife Linda.</p> <p>The artist currently lives and works between New York City and Los Angeles. She has trained at The Art Students League of New York and also consults for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. She has donated work to many charity auctions for organizations such as the Rema Hort Mann Foundation, Silverlake Conservatory of Music, The MusiCares and GRAMMY Foundation, Surfers Healing and the Tony Hawk Charitable Foundation.&nbsp;</p> </div> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:36:13 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Jesse McLean - Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian - November 23rd 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM <p><strong>Sunday, November 23, 2014, 7:30pm</strong></p> <p><strong>Los Angeles Filmforum presents</strong><strong><br /> </strong><strong>Jesse McLean: The Message is the Medium</strong><strong><br /> </strong><strong>At the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028</strong><br /> <br /> Jesse McLean in person from Iowa City, Iowa! <br /> Los Angeles premieres! </p> <p>Filmforum is thrilled to host Iowa-based filmmaker Jesse McLean for her first solo screening in Los Angeles. McLean&rsquo;s work explores the complexities of mediated human behavior and interaction as well as the confounding, often exaggerated emotions that accompany these experiences. Employing appropriated home movies, internet videos, television shows, and archival materials, McLean redefines our interchange with various forms of media. Through expert use of collage, each of McLean&rsquo;s videos subtly question viewers&rsquo; associations with the information we consume daily while reimagining a world in which everyday media tropes are hijacked and transformed. Join us for a survey of McLean&rsquo;s work wrought with emotional twists and turns, querying our relationships to each other, to ourselves, and to the mediated material world that defines us.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;[Jesse McLean&rsquo;s] films ask her audience to see themselves as active participants in the media they consume and not just as passive voyeurs.&rdquo; &ndash; Underground Film Journal</p> <p>&ldquo;Her pieces resonate emotionally in surprising ways as she goes about seeking some chord that rings true to our collective experience.&rdquo; &ndash; Pamela Cohn, BOMB Magazine<br /> <a href="http://bombmagazine.org/article/1000167/jesse-mclean" rel="nofollow">http://bombmagazine.org/article/1000167/jesse-mclean</a></p> <p>Jesse McLean Interview with Kent Lambert: http://jessemclean.com/biblio/interview-with-kent-lambert/<br /> <br /> Tickets: $10 general admission; $6 students (with ID)/seniors; free for Filmforum members. <br /> Tickets available in advance at: <a href="http://bpt.me/906810" rel="nofollow">http://bpt.me/906810</a><br /> For more event information: <a href="http://www.lafilmforum.org" rel="nofollow">www.lafilmforum.org</a>, or 323.377.7238</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Screening</span>:<strong><br /> <em>The Eternal Quarter Inch</em></strong><strong> (2008, video, 9 mins.) &nbsp;Los Angeles premiere!</strong><br /> Rising fundamentalism and a government that cites faith to defend war actions have helped grow a desperate society. Dipping between ecstasy and despair, transcendence and absurdity, this movie journeys to a hidden space where you can lose your way, lose yourself in the moment, lose your faith in a belief system. An exhausted and expectant crowd waits on this narrow span. It is not a wide stretch, but it can last forever. (JM)</p> <p><strong><em>Magic for Beginners</em></strong><strong> (2010, video, 20 mins.) Los Angeles premiere!</strong><br /> Magic for Beginners examines the mythologies found in fan culture,&nbsp;from longing to obsession to psychic connections. The need for such&nbsp;connections (whether real or imaginary) as well as the need for an&nbsp;emotional release that only fantasy can deliver are explored. (JM)</p> <p><strong><em>Just Like Us</em></strong><strong> (2013, video, 15 mins.) Los Angeles premiere!</strong><br /> A familiar landscape comprised of box stores and parking lots proves a rich site for longing, intimacy, and radical change. Celebrities are observed in this environment and are reduced to ordinary beings in the process. An enigmatic protagonist reveals little moments of subjectivity that escape into the piece like a contaminant, rupturing the view and evidencing the paradox of connection and belonging within systems that simultaneously contain us and comprise us. (JM)<br /> <br /> <strong><em>Remote</em></strong><strong> (2011, video, 12 mins.) Los Angeles premiere!</strong><br /> There is a presence lingering in the dark woods, just under the surface of a placid lake and at the end of dreary basement corridor. It&rsquo;s not easy to locate because it&rsquo;s outside but also inside. It doesn&rsquo;t just crawl in on your wires because it&rsquo;s not a thing. It&rsquo;s a shocking eruption of electrical energy. (JM)<br /> <strong><em><br /> The Invisible World</em></strong><strong> (2012, video, 21 mins.) Los Angeles premiere!<br /> </strong>A deceased hoarder, reconstituted through technology, recounts a difficult childhood as inhabitants of a virtual world struggle to reconcile materialistic tendencies. A scientist leads an effort to understand the passage of time, but the data is unreliable. The question remains, what happens to our things after we are gone?</p> <p>[&hellip;]</p> <p>The present world is packed with objects that evidence human productivity, yet the desire to possess things remains somewhat mysterious. Lifeless objects become imbued with emotional significance, and possessions linked with personal identities, even as these objects bear a cool and distant witness to human struggles. The rapidly arriving future portends an intangible new world of virtual experience. How will we relate our materialist tendencies in this new world of immateriality?<br /> <br /> <strong>Jesse McLean </strong>is a media artist whose research is motivated by a deep curiosity about human behavior and relationships, and is concerned with both the power and the failure of the mediated experience to bring people together. She has presented her work at museums, galleries, and film festivals worldwide, including the International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Rome Film Festival, Italy, Venice Film Festival, both Italy; Transmediale, Berlin; 25 FPS Festival, Zagreb, Croatia; European Media Arts Festival, Osnabr&uuml;ck, Germany; Impakt, Utrecht, The Netherlands; CPH:DOX, Copenhagen; Images Festival; Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Kassel, Germany; Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow; BIOS, Athens, Greece;&nbsp; CCCB, Barcelona, Spain; Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis; Interstate Projects, PPOW Gallery, both New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit; Gallery 400, Three Walls, both Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. She was the recipient of a Jury Prize (First Prize) in the International Competition at the 2013 Videoex Festival, Z&uuml;rich, Switzerland, received the Ghostly Award for Best Sound Design at the 2012 Ann Arbor Film Festival, and the Overkill Award at the 2011 Images Festival and the Barbara Aronofsky Latham Award for Emerging Experimental Video Artist at the 2010 Ann Arbor Film Festival.&nbsp; More at http://jessemclean.com/<br /> ----------------------------------</p> <p>This program is supported by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; and the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. Additional support generously provided by American Cinematheque. We also depend on our members, ticket buyers, and individual donors.</p> <p>Los Angeles Filmforum is the city&rsquo;s longest-running organization screening experimental and avant-garde film and video art, documentaries, and experimental animation. 2014 is our 39<sup>th</sup> year.</p> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:15:23 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list - La Luz de Jesus Gallery - November 2nd 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>At least twelve contributors&nbsp;</strong>will be joining<strong>&nbsp;Tom Neely</strong>&nbsp;at the closing party for&nbsp;<em><strong>Henry and Glenn Forever and Ever</strong></em>&nbsp;on&nbsp;Sunday, November 2nd from 3-6 PM. It's your last chance to catch the exhibition of the irreverently amorous adventures of Punk Rock's favorite couple, and to get a baker's dozen signatures on your collection.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:56:09 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Group Show - New Image Art Gallery - October 25th - November 1st <p style="text-align: justify;">Building upon an ongoing project, Disposable is a tribute to a period in time when people shuffled through and held photos in their hands. This exhibition shares it's allegiance to 90's era values and serves as an homage to the disposable camera and 1 hour photo processing experience. Disposable is a subtle nod to a generation that preceded the current shift in photography's direction and calls upon those who have had their hand in this process of picture taking and photo collecting. Bringing it back to when curiosity and chance were directly involved in the act the photo making.</p> <div><br /> <div style="text-align: justify;" align="center">With support from: House Beer, Heel Bruise, Huf, and Us Versus Them</div> </div> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:43:47 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Group Show - UCLA New Wight Gallery - November 6th - November 20th <p style="text-align: justify;">An exhibition featuring work by UCLA Department of Art MFA students graduating at the end of the academic year, including work in ceramics, interdisciplinary studio, new genres, painting/drawing, photography, and sculpture. Curated by Christine Robinson.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">(Closed Tues, Nov 11, Veterans Day)</p> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:41:22 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list - Cal State Fullerton Grand Central Art Center - November 1st - January 11th, 2015 <p style="text-align: justify;">Experience local and student artist's hand-crafted ceramic and glass works during the much&nbsp;anticipated&nbsp;Glass &amp; Ceramics Show + Sale at&nbsp;<a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=0010tv5uFh_CLvAt7zDOpZ_u0CGa6zin4-JXzjs-5gI7UXwSPv0F2neBLHdncsWp4cy6VhbiEvvl4NY5wLEuKmOZfeGsDmIvcWVnv8FaWMKIhJcV53YTezLjlLOvZMZKnBfGins2xJgNjEhkoCFEJQbur4GRv3Gf-6DR151QqOVtH-TibDHRHkc8yYTbUZpStip&amp;c=29wWnid00-OM55XihfDZQ5WaxNdwyzGCZ_K9uQkaOhiQDDFosihs8A==&amp;ch=kXY5hjCtTgSVrTWMnHuHjKwGMuSRsnBSxuVMXoIABZPOtZxx7MXmow==" shape="rect" target="_blank">Grand Central Art Center</a>. Present this coupon at time of purchase to receive 10% off your in-store purchase.*</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">*Cannot be combined with any other discount. Valid from&nbsp;November 1, 2014 - January 11, 2015.&nbsp;Must be presented at time of purchase to receive discount.&nbsp;No cash value.</p> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:30:23 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Kirk Pedersen - Launch LA - La Brea - October 25th 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">LAUNCH LA is proud to present&nbsp;<em><strong>Ambiguity</strong></em>, an exhibition of new works by Kirk Pedersen. Graphically bold and possessed of confounding depth, this series combines Asian influences with a thoroughly American style of abstract expressionism, creating an engrossing and unique hybrid aesthetic.&nbsp;<br /><br />Ambiguity primarily features thickly-layered collage pieces of acrylic paint, canvas, wood, advertisements and notices gathered on Pedersen's sojourn through the urban biomes of Asia. These paintings bear the names of the locales which inspired them or from which the detritus of ad-copy, ticket stubs and mysterious digits were gathered: 'Bangkok' and 'Hong Kong' - names that in the popular imagination are imbued with a sense of exotic vibrancy. Some pieces display overt visual cues to their origins, most often Chinese hanzi characters or segments of Thai script. Other pieces rely on a subtle harmony between their palette of bright reds, yellows and blues and peeling pastels to conjure spirit of the cities that inspired them.&nbsp;<br /><br />For avid travellers, or wishful romantics, paintings like 'Hong Kong 4040' or 'Hong Kong 49' may raise the image of bustling street markets: hawkers and stalls clamouring for attention to tottering towers of musty books, kitschy Hong Kong movie memorabilia or the delicacies of Kowloon's wet markets. The distressed surfaces, heaped layers of paint and saturated posters also hint at a more sombre truth however: cities in flux, caught up in the unparalleled growth of both their populations and wealth.&nbsp;<br /><br />Pedersen's visual style is strongly reminiscent of China's traditional hutong neighbourhoods, rich in signs of continued use and habitation, as well as the quieter, more forlorn back alleys of Bangkok. The works with a Chinese context document the accidental aesthetic of streets deemed too old fashioned or run-down to have a place in China's future. As Pedersen himself witnessed over his visits to China, such neighbourhoods often disappear in the space of months, razed to make way for ambitious new projects. Pedersen's work however is not inherently political: it seems driven by an outsider's fascination with the ephemeral beauty inherent in superficially mundane environments. Paintings like 'Bangkok Chinatown' feature elements of American branding, such as the ubiquitous Coca-Cola logo chopped and spliced into native textures. Such instances present an ambiguity of place and form a gateway to comparisons with American cities, such ethnic enclaves like San Francisco's Chinatown or the decaying grandeur of Detroit's inner city - or indeed Broadway in Downtown Los Angeles, with its shuttered Movie Palaces.&nbsp;<br /><br />Ambiguity has clear parallels with Pedersen's previous endeavour, Urban Asia, a collection of photographs gathered on his travels around China, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. This series included almost claustrophobic close-ups of crumbling plaster, suffocated by countless layers of peeling yellow posters and leaflets which seem to have marked the beginnings of Ambiguity's distinct aesthetic. Pedersen's latest works however also have a broader artistic context, reminiscent of Jane Frank's wood collages and even the work the German collagist Kurt Schwitters.&nbsp;<br /><br />The image of Pedersen as an enthralled foreign observer of Asia's by-gone splendours and its journey into an ambiguous future, echoes Lafcadio Hearn and other 19th century artists who derived inspiration from an Asia caught in the transition between eras.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Kirk Pedersen is a Los Angeles based multidisciplinary artist. Traveling to Hong Kong, Bangkok, Tokyo, Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, and many other cities in Asia to capture what he calls Urban Asia, Pedersen examines the seemingly ordinary stuff of life-sidewalks, curbs, markets, alleys-and, through his eye for synchronicity, reveals new truths about the world around us.&nbsp;<br /><br />Kirk Pedersen received his M.A. from San Francisco State University and his M.F.A. in painting from Claremont Graduate University. He has exhibited extensively at major galleries, art fairs and museums throughout the United States. Internationally, Pedersen's works have been featured in Germany, Switzerland, and China, including the Today Art Museum (Beijing) and the Duolun Museum of Modern Art (Shanghai). Since 1997, he has served as professor of painting and drawing at the Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA.&nbsp;<br /><br />Pedersen launched ZERO+ Publishing in January 2009 and the imprint focuses on street and Pop Surrealist artists from Los Angeles. By the end of 2014, they will have published 24 unique titles and many of the books include deluxe artist editions.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:06:48 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list