ArtSlant - Current exhibits http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/show en-us 40 Jorge Santos - 101/exhibit - April 13th, 2013 - June 15th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>101 /exhibit Los Angeles</strong> presents<em> <strong>Paintings</strong></em>, a solo exhibition from <strong>Jorge Santos</strong> including seven momentous works ranging from 2010-13. This is the artist’s first solo showing with the new Los Angeles gallery space, which opened in October of 2012. The opening reception with the arti st will be held on Saturday, April 13 from 7 – 10 pm. The exhibition will c onclude on June 15. The gallery is located at 8920 Melrose Avenue at the intersection of Melrose and North Almont Drive.<br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Jorge Santos paintings are a profound display of picture making for the sheer purposes of formulating an all but transparent narrative via highly technical draftsmanship and paint handling. As a self-taught a rtist, the e volutionary process of his work is often subject to reconfiguration, repositioning, and refinement until the grand conclusion is met. Narrative is of such importance that even compositional concerns may be subordinate to the inclusion of a necessary motif in the storyline. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">One may recall the Latin term “dues ex machina,” which is a literary device used to resolve a troubled plot. In Engl ish, this translates to “God out of the machine.” It refers to an unexpected, artificial, or improbable character, de vice, or event intro- duced suddenly in a work of fiction to untangle a plot. For instance, consider the artist’s 2012 work entitled <em>Maitre D</em> where a fork between one of the dinner participant’s toes is tied by string to a wine bottle in the foreground thus preventing it from crashing to the f loor. How or why did this happen? This whimsical instance is the result of a mid-production decision to reposition compositional elements in order to resolve the foreground in a more provocative way without having to repaint the bottle. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">This almost humorous result often surfaces in a Santos work, as for the artist, there are little rules he truly feels the need to play by. Paintings for the arti st e xist as a cocktail of source materials, from still life to imagery of the mind’s eye. They are not pre-assembled sets such as that of the Realist painter, and any “photo realist” instances are purely the result of the artist’s skill to portray a likeness. In fact, the ambient lighting and elongated figures are more stylized than authentic, echoing the Italian Mannerist painters of the 16 th century.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"> Though highly refined and emotive, a Santos painting may have a poetic title but this is not a necessity, it’s just by way of the artist’s improvisational nature. He seems to be commenting on pop culture, derives source material from TV, Internet videos, and other mass media but is humble and quite reluctant to be billed as a social critic. In his pictures, settings come off as irrational or precariously balanced, moods are secretive, illusory, and often ambiguous but there is no argument to their blatant allure and charm over the viewer. These complexities may seem to deliberately provoke interpretation but Santos will only entertain his personal opinion that he is simply an image-maker. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Born in 1959, Jorge Santos is of Portuguese descent. His childhood was spent in Luanda, Angola before his family fled to Lisbon, Portugal in order to escape a violent political agenda. As Portugal sunk into its own re volution, Santos relocated to the United States in 1982. Through out these years, the artist consistently honed his draftsmanship as a form of escape from life’s unrest. Particularly str uck by an Odd Nerdrum show at Forum Gal lery, NY in the 90s, Santos began to experiment with and use paint thereafter. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"> </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Jorge Santos has exhibited previously with 101/exhibit for a solo show in Miami in 2010 . He has participated in over 20 solo and 70 group exhibitions at numerous galleries, museums, and fine art fairs since 1986 including the Laguna Beach Art Museum in Laguna Beach, CA; the Joslyn Art Ce nter Gallery in Torrance, CA; Art Miami, Miami, FL; Art Platform, Santa Monica, CA; Art Chicago, Chicago, IL; SCOPE, Miami, FL; and Art Los Angeles Contemporary and George Billis Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. </span></p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 10:17:11 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Alexandra Grant - 18th Street Arts Center - April 15th, 2013 - June 28th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong><b>Public Drawing Days:</b> Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 11am until 3pm, April 15 - May 31, 2013 (ongoing)</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest</strong> is a dual-venue exhibition and publication by Los Angeles-based artist Alexandra Grant in collaboration with Paris-based writer Hélène Cixous. This multi-dimensional project, which includes a residency component and contributions by both Los Angeles-based and Paris-based artists, is presented from April 15 to June 28, 2013 at 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, CA and from September 6 to October 20, 2013 at Mains d’Oeuvres in Saint-Ouen, France. Pilar Tompkins Rivas, Curator and Director or Residency Programs at 18th Street Arts Center, and Isabelle Le Normand, Curator of Visual Arts at Mains d’Oeuvres, are co-organizers of this project.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Project background</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Several years ago, the iconic French author, poet, playwright and philosopher Hélène Cixous gave Grant one of her books, <em>Philippines</em>, as a source for imagery and entreated the artist to make work about the concepts present in the text.  <em>Philippines</em> is based around the story of <em>Peter</em> <em>Ibbetson</em>, a novel by Georges du Maurier, where two childhood friends are separated by class and country and reunite as adults in their shared dream-life.  The themes of <em>Philippines</em> are often paired: dreaming and reality; telepathy and empathy; the “perfect other;” the shape of two nuts found in a single mandorla or almond (known as a Philippine); and relationships between north and south, man and woman, colony and colonizer, and adult and child.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Grant’s response to Cixous and <em>Philippines</em> is the project <strong>Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest</strong> centering on the image of a forest as a representation of both the shared imagination and a place for congregation and collaboration.  <strong>Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest</strong> includes a large-scale installation of a forest and a collaborative drawing that invites community participation. Trees in the interior forest will be made of both text and textiles. The drawing, functioning both as an illustration and a text scroll, represents a visual narrative of <em>Philippines</em>. Created by Grant in conjunction with other artists and members of the public, the process of working jointly invites contemplation of Cixous’s concepts and develops a platform for shared imagining. The two iterations of the installation in both Santa Monica and Saint Ouen function as mirror images, or twin versions of the same whole.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Collaboration with others/Artists Residencies</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Grant has created two ways for Los Angeles-based and Paris-based artists to participate in her project. First, collaborating artists are invited to produce “Visiting Trees” (<em>Arbres d’Ailleurs</em>) inside the <strong>Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest</strong> installation in either city. Second, Grant has established “Drawing Residencies” as part of the process of creating the large-scale drawing. Artists are invited to lead the public, including students, guests and passersby, in 3-hour guided sessions, helping to realize the larger work. Participants to date in the project at 18th Street Arts Center creating “Visiting Trees” include Channing Hansen, Bari Ziperstein, Annelie McKenzie and Tina Linville, and participants in the “Drawing Residencies” include Steve Roden, Renee Petropoulos, Lita Albuquerque and Audrey Cottin.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Programming</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">At 18th Street Arts Center, Grant and USC professor Robert Nashak will host a reading group beginning in January 2013 for members of the Los Angeles community interested in Cixous’s work.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Programming at Mains d’Oeuvres includes a public lecture by Hélène Cixous, and a reading of <em>Philippines</em> by Cixous’s long-term collaborator, Daniel Mesguich, an actor and director of the Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Publication</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">18th Street Arts Center and Mains d’Oeuvres will co-publish an exhibition catalog documenting the mirror-image projects of <strong>Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest</strong> and the collaborative nature of Grant’s work. Contributors to the publication include Alexandra Grant, the curators Isabelle Le Normand and Pilar Tompkins Rivas, Hélène Cixous, Grant’s long-term collaborator, the hypertext pioneer Michael Joyce, and Los Angeles-based art critic Andrew Berardini. The full-color catalog is edited by John Farmer and designed by Jessica Fleischmann.</span></p> <p>–</p> <p><strong>For more information:</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.foretinterieure-interiorforest.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.foretinterieure-interiorforest.com</a></p> <p>Facebook: <a href="http://www.facebook.com/ForetInterieureInteriorForest" rel="nofollow" id="yui_3_7_2_1_1358731448590_2525" target="_blank">www.facebook.com/ForetInterieureInteriorForest</a></p> <p>Twitter: @InteriorForest</p> <p><strong>Or contact:</strong></p> <p>Pilar Tompkins Rivas</p> <p><a href="mailto:ptompkins@18thstreet.org" rel="nofollow">ptompkins@18thstreet.org</a></p> <p>18th Street Arts Center</p> <p>1639 18th Street</p> <p>Santa Monica, CA 90404, USA</p> <p><a href="http://www.18thstreet.org/" rel="nofollow">www.18thstreet.org</a></p> <p>Isabelle Le Normand</p> <p><a href="mailto:isabellelenormand@me.com" rel="nofollow">isabellelenormand@me.com</a></p> <p>Mains d’Oeuvres</p> <p>1, rue Charles Garnier</p> <p>93400 Saint-Ouen, FRANCE</p> <p><a href="http://www.mainsdoeuvres.org" rel="nofollow">www.mainsdoeuvres.org</a></p> <div class="post-meta"> <div class="row"></div> </div> Mon, 13 May 2013 21:43:07 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Cameron Gainer, Mark Hagen, Emilie Halpern, Mungo Thomson - AMBACH & RICE - April 6th, 2013 - June 1st, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em>Civilization is revving itself into a pathologically short attention span. The trend might be coming from the acceleration of technology, the short horizon perspective of market driven economics, the next-election perspective of democracies, or the distractions of personal multitasking. All are on the increase. Some sort of balancing corrective to the short sightedness is needed-some mechanism or myth, which encourages the long view and the taking of long-term responsibility, where 'long-term' is measured at least in centuries.</em></span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Stewart Brand</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Founding board member of The Long Now Foundation</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>A &amp; R</strong> is pleased to announce<em> Rocks &amp; Clocks</em> a group exhibition featuring new works by Cameron Gainer, Mark Hagen, Emilie Halpern, and Mungo Thomson. The exhibit will include video, sculpture, photography and painting that expand and challenge notions of time and space.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Cameron Gainer</strong>’s practice spans photography, video and sculpture. His work investigates themes that include metaphysics, cognition, and natural phenomena. Gainer will debut Sunrise/Sunset, a video installation comprised of a projection of a sunset through a hand blown hourglass. As the sand in the hourglass descends the projection will gradually materialize to physically manifest and quantify a representation of time and its unrelenting and cyclical nature.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Cameron Gainer received his MFA from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA. Gainer has been the subject of solo museum exhibitions at the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA, and the Museum of Contemporary Art at the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL. Recent group exhibitions include Midnight Party at the Walker Art Center Minneapolis Mn, Paranoia of Time at Carter and Citizen, Field Notes at Bard College, NY, and Portal at McClain Gallery in Houston Tx, Recent awards and fellowships include a Pollock- Krasner grant, a McKnight Fellowship, and a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. He currently resides in Minneapolis, MN.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Mark Hagen</strong>’s carved and polished obsidian sculptures refer to the rock’s utilitarian function in tools once employed by ancient civilizations while acknowledging its current obsolescence as a sculpted glass. Hagen begins by imposing a strict geometry, carving the obsidian into cubes and rectangular shapes that negate the molecular composition of the mineral-like substance. The pieces are then chipped away at by hand in a  manner that is inherent to the material’s property.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Mark Hagen was born in Black Swamp, VA and received his MFA from California Institute of the Arts. Black Swamp, a solo exhibition at Almine Rech, Brussels BE is currently on view. Recent group exhibitions include A Handful of Dust at the CAF in Santa Barbara, Made in L.A. at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Art Public, at the Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL; and Lost Line: Contemporary Art from the Collection, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Mark Hagen lives and works in Los Angeles.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Emilie Halpern</strong>’s oeuvre explores a wide range of subjects that include astronomy, mythology and geography by employing a combination of poetic restraint and humble gestures. Big Dipper, centrally installed in the east gallery, is composed of a collection of beach rocks suspended from the ceiling above a mirror on the floor. These celestial placeholders are hung at heights correspondent to their distance from the earth, which nullifies their seemingly haphazard arrangement. When their reflection is viewed in the mirror the eponymous constellation materializes.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Emilie Halpern received a BA from the University of California Los Angeles and an MFA from Art CenterCollege of Design. Halpern’s work has been exhibited at Anna Helwing Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Art Palace, Houston, TX; Blum and Poe, Los Angeles, CA; Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA; and Leo Koenig, New York, NY. Halpern recently had a solo show Jamais Vu at Pepin Moore in Los Angeles.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Mungo Thomson</strong> utilizes conceptual strategies to produce irreverent examinations of art history, science and mysticism in a range of mediums. With simple gestures and dry wit Thomson repositions the viewer to reconsider the banal and commonplace as remarkable. Thomson’s animation Untitled (Time) condenses eighty years of TIME Magazine covers over the course of 2:30 minutes. This skittering panoply of history</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">and mass culture is a literal portrait of both TIME and time.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Thomson attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in New York and received an MFA from UCLA. Solo exhibitions of Thomson’s work are currently on view at SITE Santa Fe and at the Times Museum in Guangzhou, China. Forthcoming shows and performances will take place at the High Line in New York City, ArtPace in San Antonio, and the Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery. A monograph is forthcoming from SITE Santa Fe and Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery, and later this year JRP|Ringier will publish Thomson’s musical score with Michael Webster, Crickets. Thomson has also had solo exhibitions at The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; The Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, FR; and GAMeC, Bergamo, IT, among others. His work was included in the 2011 Istanbul Biennial; The 2008 Whitney Biennial; and Performa 05, among others. He lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.</span></p> Mon, 13 May 2013 21:43:16 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Joe Reihsen - Anat Ebgi - April 13th, 2013 - May 25th, 2013 <div style="text-align: justify;"> <div><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Anat Ebgi</strong> is pleased to announce <strong><i>Clean Title, No Accidents</i></strong>, <strong>Joe Reihsen</strong>’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. The show will open on April 13, and will be on view until May 25. A reception will be held at the gallery on Saturday, April 13, from 6-8pm, coinciding with the grand opening of the new gallery space located at 2660 La Cienega Blvd in Culver City.</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: small;"> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size: small;">In <i>Clean Title, No Accidents</i>, Reihsen pushes the boundaries of surface, color, and flexibility of paint. Reihsen employs a performative method he describes as "capturing and intensifying the earlier version."  The paintings are executed using pneumatic devices and commercial painting tools. As the paint dries, the texture flattens and we are left with an impression of the original composition; a variation of frottage. The result is an acidic rainbow of pigments, creating optical illusions, where shapes leap forward and lines vibrate.</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: small;"> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size: small;">The paintings effectively embody a play between the hand, machine, and perception. The skilled application of paint feels as if they are made of another medium -- a Xerox print, photograph, or emulsion on film, leaving the viewer to wonder "how the f were these made?" The tension between the indistinguishable optical and organic forms triggers a hallucinatory afterimage that burns in the brain long after viewing.</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: small;"> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size: small;">Joe Reihsen, b.1979, Blaine, Minnesota, lives and works in Los Angeles. Joe received his BFA in painting and New Genres at the San Francisco Art Institute. In 2008, Joe received an MFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was awarded the UC Regents Fellowship. In May, the gallery will present a solo presentation of Joe’s paintings at the NADA Art Fair in New York City.</span></div> </div> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 15:32:53 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Group Show - Angels Gate Cultural Center - May 20th, 2012 - August 17th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Angels Gate Cultural Center presents our exhibition year entitled&nbsp;<em>Into the Wilderness: The Journey Within</em>. Over the course of the next year, artists and curators will engage the term "wilderness" from multiple perspectives ranging from ecological to introspective. The exhibitions consider how our ideas of wilderness continue to define our contemporary life and contemplate how we can find new opportunities to re/define the transition between physical and imaginary geographies.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Although, on first impression, "wilderness" may call to mind places of intense experience in nature far from civilization, it reveals itself to be much more than a location. Traditionally associated with a land of uncultivated, abandoned and inhospitable conditions or inhabited only by wild animals,<sup>1</sup>&nbsp;during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries its meaning expanded subjectively to include more Romantic and transcendental notions like "the reflection of our own unexamined longings and desires" and "the best antidote to our human selves," while mysteriously remaining the site of "something profoundly Other."<sup>2</sup>&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Whether places considered wilderness are ultimately to be regarded as wastelands or sacred spaces, in either case it is not the places themselves that define the nature of the wilderness experience. "Wilderness," regardless of where it is situated or whether it is described as frightening or divine, is a cultural construct that is typically placed in opposition to "civilization," located apart from the human world as something pure and essentially natural, to be preserved and protected both from the outrages of global industrial exploitation as well as the small defilements of daily life.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">We disagree. We consider that creating even the most high-minded dualism between humans and nature sets up a dynamic that creates conflict and does not lead to effective stewardship of the environment, either locally or on a global scale. We also believe that rather than being defined either as a physical or an imaginary location, "wilderness" is more a state of mind that defies location, either geographical or imaginary-one in which social structure relaxes, logic slips away and time and space collapse. This open state of mind, or "wonder," can be experienced in natural environments that inspire fear, disorientation, foreboding or other qualities of "sublime" landscape appreciated by the likes of Edmund Burke<sup>3</sup>-and it can also unexpectedly arise in the midst of degraded urban grittiness or in an unexplored corner of a superficially unremarkable backyard.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Artists in our group discover natural wonder in many places-from Antarctic icebergs to carcasses of dead birds. And just as we respect "wilderness" in all of its manifestations, we believe that biodiversity and sustainability can only be maintained if we humans give up trying to isolate "unspoiled" nature and instead seek a complete relationship with the natural world that includes responsibility and respect for the global interface of ecosystems, be they planetary or microscopic, that we unavoidably impact.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Wilderness Mind: Dissolving Duality includes the work of fourteen artists from the Southern California Women's Caucus for Art's Eco-Art Collective. As a group we embrace collaboration; we have worked together to study and work as eco-artists since 2005. This proposed exhibition represents work that ranges from photography to non-representational painting, performance, and installation; it spans a continuum of references to water from suburban irrigation systems to the arctic ice cap; to wildlife, including Barr owls, sea otters, and golden trout from the Sierras; and to locations from San Pedro Harbor to Mozambique. Within the frame of wilderness, the group's work articulates themes of degradation and emergence, natural cycles, mystery, concern for the environment, and connected oneness. We hope that the artistic diversity and interrelatedness of our work for this exhibition will give visitors an experience of our collaborative approach as an alternative to more traditional strategies of agency through domination, and to the possibility for everyone to experience "wilderness" in any number of settings, not just in uninhabited nature. Through the visual messages communicated in our work as well as through workshops and programs offered to the community in conjunction with the exhibition, our ultimate goal is to inspire visitors to participate in effective stewardship of the environment.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;"><small><sup>1</sup>&nbsp;New Oxford American Dictionary, Oxford University Press, third edition.&nbsp;<br /><sup>2</sup>&nbsp;Cronon, William, "The Trouble with Wilderness; or, Getting Back to the Wrong Nature," Uncommon Ground: Rethinking the Human Place in Nature, New York: W.W. Norton &amp; Co., 1995, 69-90.&nbsp;<br /><sup>3</sup>&nbsp;Burke, Edmund, A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful, 1857.&nbsp;</small></span><br /><br /><em><span style="font-size: small;">Deborah Thomas is an artist, professor and independent curator who lives in Los Angeles; she has also lived and worked as an artist in Geneva, Switzerland and New York. With an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and an MA and ABD from the University of Pennsylvania, Thomas currently teaches art history and contemporary art and theory at Pasadena City College, Glendale College and the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art. She is a longtime member of the Eco-Art Collective sponsored by the Southern California chapter of the Women's Caucus for Art (SCWCA) and one of the chairs of the Women's Caucus for Art (WCA) national Eco-art Caucus; she also helped to organize "Elements," an eco-art conference produced by the Pacific Region WCA chapters last year in Berkeley. Thomas' recent artwork includes a series of conceptual installations and mixed media pieces using photographic images and found text; her work on environmental themes typically explores place and the environment metaphorically and builds from a personal point of view using domestic objects. She has also developed and curated several recent exhibitions: Day of the Dead Planet, Bringing the Past to Light: New Art from Old Images, Intimate Geography:&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">The Eco-Art Collective is a Los Angeles-based group of fourteen women artists that uses art to explore the many connections between creative and environmental practices through exhibitions, educational programs and public actions. The group was first organized in 2005 by artist/eco-activist Linda Lundell and is sponsored by the Southern California chapter of the Women's Caucus for Art (SCWCA), a national organization dedicated to creating community through art, education and social activism. In April 2007, they mounted their inaugural exhibition at Barnsdall Art Park in Los Angeles. Members subsequently showed together at the 2010 Blue Planet exhibition juried by Kim Abeles at SOMArts in San Francisco and at the Day of the Dead Planet exhibition curated by Deborah Thomas at Avenue 50 Studio in Los Angeles. Individual members have exhibited their environmental work in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and throughout the rest of the United as well as Asia and Europe. The collective also engages the community through lectures, installations and events. Expedition artists Danielle Eubank and J. J. L'Heureux have lectured at zoos and natural history museums across the country. San Pedro-based artists Annemarie Rawlinson and Hiroko Momii often intermix their meditative and activist practices.</span> <br /></em></p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 18:04:50 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Linda Besemer, Tony de los Reyes, ADAM ROSS - Angles Gallery - April 13th, 2013 - June 22nd, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;" align="justify"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Angles Gallery</strong> is pleased to present<strong><em> Between Known and Unknown</em></strong>, featuring new paintings by <strong>Linda Besemer, Tony de los Reyes,</strong> and<strong> Adam Ross</strong>.  The exhibition will be on view April 13th through May 18th with a reception for the artists on Saturday, April 13th, 6-8 PM.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;" align="justify"><span style="font-size: small;">Radical depictions of space have occupied painters for centuries, alternately enhanced and hindered by the expansions and limitations of science and knowledge. Works by the three artists presented here confront the viewer with related yet distinct strategies for depicting space and "space." The viewer will be challenged by optical illusions, perceptual shifts, representational slippage, and finally, spatial levels that transform the canvas into a transparent window, the interplay of surfaces.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;" align="justify"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Linda Besemer</strong>, renowned for her deft use of color and geometric abstraction, continues to refine her characteristic point of view that unites the color theories of 20th century modernism with the plasticity of 21st century design. The complex simplicity of the optical effects vibrates and swells. <strong>Tony de los Reyes</strong>, exhibiting at the gallery for the first time, confronts the viewer with a radical reinterpretation of the pouring and staining techniques that he has made so much his own for more than a decade. The new canvasses address absolute space transformed to abstract space that is contained and ordered, yet tactile and provocative. <strong>Adam Ross</strong> is represented by a new body of work that returns to the intimate scale of his earlier years. Brimming with vast expanses of space and diminutive suggestions of architecture, the glossy surfaces pull the viewer into a world of spectacular depth and clarity.</span></p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 18:34:57 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Joao Silva, David Hume Kennerly, Edouard H.R. Glück, Ashley Gilbertson, Carolyn Cole, Alexandra Avakian - Annenberg Space for Photography - March 23rd, 2013 - June 2nd, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY</strong>: <em>Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath</em> will open at the Annenberg Space for Photography on March 23, 2013 and run through June 2, 2013. This exhibition has been organized by The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY</strong> encompasses over 150 images going as far back as 1887 through present-day and is arranged by themes presenting both the military and civilian point of view including the advent of war, daily routines, the fight itself, the aftermath, medical care, prisoners of war, refugees, executions, memorials, remembrance and more.  </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">The exhibit includes the work of award-winning portrait photographers and photojournalists, military photographers, amateurs and artists including iconic images such as Joe Rosenthal’s Old Glory Goes Up on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima and Alfred Eisenstaedt’s V-J Day, Times Square, New York.  Recognizable from news coverage is Eddie Adams’ image of the execution of a Viet Cong prisoner on the streets of Saigon.  </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Specific to the Los Angeles exhibit will be the Annenberg Space for Photography’s original short documentary film and digital image presentation produced by Arclight Productions. Both the documentary and digital gallery will feature over 500 photographs exclusive to the Photography Space from six acclaimed contemporary conflict photographers: Alexandra Avakian, Carolyn Cole, Ashley Gilbertson, Edouard H.R. Glück, David Hume Kennerly and Joao Silva.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">In interviews in the film, these six photographers share their experiences, including life-threatening situations faced by their subjects and themselves. Photographer Joao Silva revisits sites in his native South Africa, recalling the violence that led up to that country’s first democratic election in 1994. Ashley Gilbertson is filmed in Midland, Texas, on the final shoot for his book, Bedrooms of the Fallen, which examines the bedrooms of young soldiers who never returned home from war.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY</strong> arrives in Los Angeles from The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston on March 23, 2013 before it travels to the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and the Brooklyn Museum.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span size="2" style="font-size: small;">Though normally closed on Mondays (and Tuesdays), we will be open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. Please check ASP website in late May for Memorial Day hours of operation.</span></p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 21:47:04 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Caroline Cox - Another Year in LA - March 19th, 2013 - May 3rd, 2013 <p align="center" style="text-align: left;"><b>“SWERVE” – sculpture/installations by Caroline Cox</b></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><b>March 19 – May 3, 2013     </b></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><b>Opening Reception:  Tuesday, March 19, 5pm – 8pm</b></p> <p>“Swerve” is the first solo exhibition at Another Year in LA by NY based artist, Caroline Cox.  Cox’s work is whimsical and ethereal.  At its foundation, the work assumes it own form with meandering permutations that culminate in lyrical sculptures formations – all made using a simple material – plastic filament.  When installed, the works create a visual dialogue replete with both static and kinetic nuances.  The forms in this incarnation entitled, “Swerve” indicate matter with energy; directionality as a response to force in nature.</p> <p>Cox says, “My work is physically transparent, so I’m always concerned about the context that I put it in. Fortunately, for the most part, viewers are pretty good at focusing in on what they want to see.  I make my work without sketches or pre-planning – it typically goes through numerous permutations.  I set the piece in motion focusing on the materials that I use, ignoring content.  I want the piece to come into being through the process.  My interests are eclectic and I incorporate diverse materials, objects and ideas into my installations.  While making this piece I was particularly interested in a wide range of natural structures: from warping of the space/time fabric to diatoms to microscopic structures of mold.  I trusted that these interests would surface during the process of making the piece and I didn’t consciously introduce them.”</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 13:23:16 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Joe Hoyt - Aran Cravey - April 11th, 2013 - May 19th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><a target="_blank">Aran Cravey Gallery </a>is pleased to present <strong><em>A to B</em></strong>, a solo exhibition of paintings and drawings from Los Angeles based artist Joe Hoyt.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The paintings and drawings exhibited in the gallery depict various locations in Los Angeles and surrounding areas.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The works capture the constructed environment in which we live through the filter of memory and perception, revealing only the fragments that remain as our visual references. In the six drawings presented, the artist explores the Central Valley communities to be linked by the first phase of California's controversial new high-speed rail system. Below is a text by artist Amy Howden-Chapman based on Hoyt’s process of gathering imagery along this potential path.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>A to B is from here to there. </em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Moving from A to B is moving past a car into a dark bush. </em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>A is walking to find a scene. A is finding a scene and observing the scene. </em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>B is multiple points, in ink on paper. B is A rendered in image. </em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>A is the details of a stranger’s color- it is just there in front of you. You grow familiar with A. B is all you have left when A has left.</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>A is abstraction, B is representation, and then there is moving between them.</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>There is A- suburban infrastructure and there is B - urban infrastructure. This path from A-B is a road. The path from A-B is a train track. The path from A- B is time. </em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>A is a drawing. A is enlarged and it becomes B.</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>B is a painting.</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>A is a watery wash. B is a graphic mark. Looking back though B, we see the remains of A, that sunset stain, sadness stain, staring.</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>A is architectural renderings, A is stenography, A is new topography. </em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>B is the influences of A corrupted by the hand and eye. </em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>A is a full view of a building. B is a corner of A. B has rough edges. </em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>A is an anecdote that ends in mid-sentence.</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>B is your memory of A.</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>A is light on a building.</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>B is A captured, made flat, given to you.</em></p> Sat, 30 Mar 2013 18:11:59 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Nate Page - Armory Center for the Arts - July 8th, 2012 - June 30th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Armory Center for the Arts</strong> presents a temporary, site-specific installation by Los Angeles-based artist<strong> Nate Page</strong> in its central stairwell through June 2013. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Page’s newest work, entitled <em>Instituted Angles of Path and Display</em>, challenges the ultra-functional design of the Armory’s main stairwell. Page has removed one of the stairwell’s two large metal handrails, turned it 90 degrees, and mounted it in the middle of the space on a pedestal-like structure that follows the crooked trajectory of the stairs and the landing. This simple gesture both highlights and alters the existing framework and prescriptive design of the space, which remains fully functional although visually distorted. Central to Page’s practice is an interest in engaging elements of perceived and given space in built environments, often through objects dismissed as peripheral or incidental.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Page acknowledges that railings generally can serve two functions: one for handrail support, and the other as a boundary. By turning a railing on its side and using it to bisect the Armory stairwell, Page shifts our point of view what a handrail is for. Page has created a topography of the climber's passage and an opportunity for visitors to become aware of their physical and psychological relationships to the architecture by negotiating passage (stair) vs. path (boundary railing). Familiar visual and spatial rhythms are interrupted, inviting the viewer to reconsider the function of the space – and possibly, the artist hopes, to find more potential than what it is programmed for.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Nate Page</strong> lives in Los Angeles.  His work has been seen at Lothringer Dreizehn Space for Contemporary Art in Munich, Hotel Pupik in Schrattenberg Austria, Warsaw Academy of the Arts, Warsaw, John Michael Kohler Center for the Arts in Sheboygan, WI, No Name Exhibitions @ The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, and at Cooper Union and Jen Bekman Gallery, both in New York. Page has produced many environments with Machine Project in Los Angeles including A Field Guide to LACMA at Los Angeles County Museum of Art and has shown nationally including Woodbury University Hollywood Gallery, Institute of Visual Arts at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. From 2001-2004, Page co-directed an experimental artist collaborative and exhibition space in Milwaukee called the Rust Spot. He received a MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and a BFA from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and attended the Warsaw Academy of Art in Warsaw, Hotel Pupik in Schrattenberg Austria, and the New York Studio Program and the Summer Residency at The Cooper Union, both in New York City.</span></p> Mon, 03 Sep 2012 09:00:44 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Connie Samaras - Armory Center for the Arts - March 1st, 2013 - June 23rd, 2013 <div class="float-left"> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"></span><span style="font-size: small;"></span>Over the past two decades, <strong>Connie Samaras</strong> has used photography and video to represent particular built environments she characterizes as “speculative landscapes” against the backdrop of daily life. She explores the aspirations and anxieties of the imagined future – how the US dreams itself – along with the psychological and social dislocation within the everyday. <br /><br /> Samaras reveals the paradoxes of these surreal environments – vast, impersonal constructions such as the cities of Las Vegas and Dubai and the remote, scientific colonies of the South Pole or Spaceport America, an emerging corporate space launch facility in the remote desert of New Mexico. Her objective is to unhinge the speculative from the normative and thus illuminate the multiple timelines and social possibilities – the rich subjectivity – in any given moment of daily life. Works from six completed series will be presented – <em>Angelic States-Event Sequence, After the American Century, V.A.L.I.S. (Vast Action Living Intelligence System),</em> and <em>Spaceport America</em> – as well as works from the ongoing series <em>Surface Events</em>. Collectively, the works in <em>Tales of Tomorrow</em> address the social and economic construction of “future imaginaries” and the variable membrane between fiction and real world. <br /><br /> In addition to featuring works from the six series noted above, this survey exhibition debuts <em>Edge of Twilight</em>, new photography from the first part of an expansive trilogy that launches a conceptual turn in Samaras’ work. Historically the artist’s projects, such as those shot in Dubai and South Pole, depict the future imaginaries of global capitalism, or how the future is held out as a singular <span style="font-size: small;">probability. <em>Edge of Twilight</em> looks at humble and everyday future imaginaries inflected by social change movements, in which the future is seen as a series of shifting possibilities. Featuring photographs of homes in a women’s retirement RV park in the desert of the U.S. southwest, <em>Edge of Twilight</em> borrows from the genres of time travel and tourism literature as way to reconsider the intersecting complexity of marginalized, cross-generational personal experience and political histories. The long exposures of the photographs and the vapor light under which they were shot create an enigmatic environment in which black skies and yellow RVs are punctuated by the vivid colors of rainbow flags. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;"><em>Tales of Tomorrow</em> is the largest and most significant exhibition of Connie Samaras’ work to date. The exhibition is accompanied by a full-color, 108-page, hard-cover catalogue edited and with an introduction by exhibition curator Irene Tsatsos and texts by Charlotte Cotton, Lisa E. Bloom, Juli Carson, Ken Gonzalez-Day, Alice Echols, Kate Flint, Julie Lazar, Catherine Opie, Kavita Philip, Claire Phillips, Anna Joy Springer, Tyler Stallings, Roberto Tejada, and Matias Viegener. The catalogue was designed by Lorraine Wild of Green Dragon Office and is being distributed by D.A.P. The exhibition and publication have been supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Pasadena Art Alliance. In addition, the artist received support from Creative Capital for the production of <em>Edge of Twilight</em>.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>About the Artist<br /></strong>Connie Samaras was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1950. She has exhibited for over twenty-five years, mounting solo shows at venues such as the California Museum of Photography, the San Francisco Art Institute, Detroit Art Institute, School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, and Franklin Furnace. A full professor at University of California/Irvine, Samaras has received more than four-dozen research and production grants from foundations such as the California Community Foundation, the National Science Foundation, Anonymous Was A Woman, Art Matters, Banff, and the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition to an extensive record of exhibitions and lectures, Samaras has published feminist critiques of the culture wars in the late ‘80s/early ‘90s (<em>New Art Examiner</em>, <em>ArtForum</em>, <em>New York Law School Review</em>); edited texts on technology and the cultural production of death (<em>Terminals</em>); and written experimental fiction (<em>Whitewalls</em>, <em>Central Park</em>) and critical narrative (<em>The Scholar and the Feminist Online</em>, <em>Remix: Santiago Bose</em>).<br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">This exhibition and publication supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Pasadena Art Alliance. In addition, the artist received support from Creative Capital for the production of <em>the Edge of Twilight</em> series.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><img class="leftAlone" src="http://armoryarts.org/assets/images/warhol2.png" alt="" title="" height="41" width="331" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"> </span></p> <p></p> </div> Mon, 27 May 2013 16:27:48 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Gina Osterloh, Betsy Lin Seder, JEANNIE SIMMS, Gabie Strong, Kristine Thompson, Carrie Yury - Armory Center for the Arts - April 27th, 2013 - June 23rd, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Contested Destination</em> features photography, drawings, and video by six artists – Gina Osterloh, Betsy Lin Seder, Jeannie Simms, Gabie Strong, Kristine Thompson, and Carrie Yury. All of the artists are former students of artist <a href="http://www.conniesamaras.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Connie Samaras</a>, a full professor at University of California, Irvine, whose exhibition <em><a href="http://armoryarts.org/exhibitions/exhibitions-2013/connie-samaras-tales-of-tomorrow/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tales of Tomorrow</a></em> is currently on display in Armory’s Caldwell Gallery. <em>Contested Destination</em> has been organized by Armory chief curator Irene Tsatsos with Connie Samaras.<br /><br /><em>Contested Destination</em> is an evocative look at ideas of precedents and homage, an alternatively organized matrix of time, and what <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donna_Haraway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Haraway</a> calls “reinscribed history,” all through the lens of artworks that evoke performance and performativity. The show includes:</p> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;">photographs by <a href="http://www.ginaosterloh.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Gina Osterloh</strong></a> from <em>All of Our Edges</em>, a series that depicts an obscured figure in a monochromatic environment and reflects the tension between blending into and remaining distinct from an environment or an external presence;</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">a series of photographs entitled <em>Fool’s Gold</em> (from the <em>Elephant</em> series) by <a href="http://betsylinseder.net/folio/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Betsy Lin Seder</strong></a>, which lavishly represent that glittering mineral while evoking feelings of ambiguity, aspiration, and loss;</li> <li style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://vimeo.com/51407039" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>I’ll Keep Merapi’s Lava Away from the People</em></a>, a video by <a href="http://www.jeanniesimms.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Jeannie Simms</strong></a> that features women teaching or mimicking the dance-like movements of one another; the work is from her <em>Readymaids</em> series, which consists of videos made collaboratively with women inside a maid-training agency in Java, Indonesia;</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">video by <a href="http://www.gabiestrong.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Gabie Strong</strong></a>, entitled <em>Memories of the Space Age</em>, which shows a rocket being launched in slow motion; the title of the work distorts a sense of time by implying nostalgia for something that arguably has not happened yet, and the imagery literally slows down something as its accelerating; </li> <li style="text-align: justify;">a photograph of <a href="http://www.kristinethompson.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Kristine Thompson</strong></a> integrating – or ingratiating – herself into a photograph of artist Ana Mendieta as part of a series of works in which she responds to the work of deceased artists who addressed issues of self-portraiture, sentiment, and the relationship of their bodies to specific sites;</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">drawings by <a href="http://www.carrieyury.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Carrie Yury</strong></a> from a series entitled <em>(My) Performance Anxiety</em>, in which the artist addresses her conflicted relationship to performance art through a series of drawings of famous feminist performance art works, revised by having placed animal masks on their faces.</li> </ul> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 16:44:45 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Erin Hammond, Judy Zimbert, Carl Smith, Bettina Mauel, Gerhard Völkle, Gel Jamlang - Artspace Warehouse - April 18th, 2013 - June 20th, 2013 <p>April 18 through June 20 at Artspace Warehouse: <br />People in Motion</p> <p>New artworks by UK artist Fabio Coruzzi, Los Angeles artists <a href="http://www.artspacewarehouse.com/artists/ErinHammond.html" class="pink" rel="nofollow">Erin Hammond</a> and <a href="http://www.artspacewarehouse.com/artists/JudyZimbert.html" class="pink" rel="nofollow">Judy Zimbert</a>, Baltimore artist Gel Jamlang, and German artists <a href="http://www.artspacewarehouse.com/artists/BettinaMauel.html" class="pink" rel="nofollow">Bettina Mauel</a>, <a href="http://www.artspacewarehouse.com/artists/CarlSmith.html" class="pink" rel="nofollow">Carl Smith</a> and <a href="http://www.artspacewarehouse.com/artists/GerhardVoelkle.html" class="pink" rel="nofollow">Gerhard Völkle</a>, among many others.</p> <p>Opening Reception Thurs, April 18, 6:30-8:30pm. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/247002985434138/" class="pink" rel="nofollow">RSVP on fb</a></p> <p>Erin Nicole Hammond was born in Milwaukee, WI. She studied Fine Art with an emphasis on painting and sculpture at University of Wisconsin Parkside. Erin recently moved to Los Angeles. She expresses an eclectic style of fashion statement through her work. Many of her artworks are created first by writing which later turns to sketching, and finally into visual understanding.</p> <p>After a first career in radio and television, Judy Zimbert was able to channel her energies fully into what she’d always dreamed of doing…painting. Having studied for years in Taos, New Mexico with famed chiaroscuro artist David Leffel, she began a long examination of German Expressionist Art and incorporated the freshness of contemporary images. This was followed by a series of portrait commissions that helped refine her artistic voice.</p> <p>Bettina Mauel was born 1959 in Wuppertal, Germany. She studied at the Düsseldorf Art Academy with Professor Gerhard Richter. Since 1984 Bettina lives and works in Cologne, Germany. Vitality and sensuality are expressed in her paintings. “I paint what I experience, "she articulates, “This includes landscapes, flowers, people and always dancing.”</p> <p>Gerhard Völkle was born 1953 in Lörrach, Germany and studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule Basel, Switzerland. The connection to the Spanish island Lanzarote and the fascination with the ubiquitous volcanic rocks has long been reflected in his artworks. In order to capture the same color and structure as his metalworks on canvas, he is using the same media, the rust. A special technique to create metal oxidation allows Völkle to work with real rust which creates amazing visual effects.</p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 05:44:35 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Merwin Belin - Assembly - April 13th, 2013 - May 11th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Assembly</strong> and <strong>Tomwork</strong> (Tom Jimmerson, formerly of Cardwell Jimmerson Contemporary Art) present "<strong><em>Merwin Belin: Frontpages</em></strong>" on view from April 13 to May 11. Artist's reception is Saturday, April 13, 6-9 pm. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Ronald Reagan served as President of the United States from January 1981 until January 1989. Sometime in 1984, when the so-called "Reagan Era" was coming to be recognized as the political and cultural sea-change that it was, Merwin Belin embarked on an ambitious series of artworks of and about that era and the culture-wars that followed. The logic of Belin's project is as simple as it is relentless. Portions of a newspaper's front page--The Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and Herald Examiner--are excised by x-acto knife and discarded. Other portions from "the back" of the paper so to speak, are moved forward and substituted, thus generating a new narrative that was arguably already there; this within a design format--the front page--that is itself a "readymade" composition. Rinse and repeat.</span><span style="font-size: small;"> </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Belin has so far executed more than two hundred such pieces, one hundred of which are on view here. Each is as particular and as general as the day it addresses. Collectively however, they raise two important critical issues. One is the matter of "method," Belin's means of production. The other is "time" and the circumstances of his reception.</span><span style="font-size: small;"> </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">In the 1974 book "Theory of the Avant-Garde," Peter Burger identified collage / montage as the wedge dividing a (false) organic realism from a (true) dis-continuos reality. Collage was thus declared "the fundamental principal of avant-gardiste art" as it developed in the early twentieth century. Things have changed. Collage is now taught as an introductory art technique from kindergarten to the old-age home. No longer radical, it has instead become almost shockingly routine. Indeed, in the "cut and paste" digital workplace, are we not all collagists now? Belin concurs, comfortable in the knowledge that, except for frames and plexiglass, these now old-fashioned paper documents barely even register as art.</span><span style="font-size: small;"> </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Time? It is a peculiar and perhaps defining feature of Belin's work that a statement made in time, about a specific moment in time, might take yet more time--years or perhaps even decades--to become fully legible. "Timing is everything," according to the vulgar phrase that so neatly fits into the pragmatic ideology of neo-liberal economics. Likewise, "yesterday's paper" was shorthand for something valueless back when newspapers still mattered. But there could be another, more subtle view of temporality that applies here. When the philosopher Nelson Goodman grew tired of circular arguments about "what is art," he countered with the question "when is art?" In the twilight of the once mighty print culture this artist so closely observes, Belin's "Frontpages" answer, "now."</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Exhibition hours are Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6:00 pm. Assembly is located at 2045 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90232. Ample parking is available in the lot adjacent to WSS Shoe Warehouse at the same address.</span></p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 08:16:50 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Takashi Murakami - Blum & Poe - April 13th, 2013 - May 25th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Blum &amp; Poe</strong> is very pleased to present <strong><em>Arhat</em></strong>, an exhibition of new painting and sculpture by <strong>Takashi Murakami</strong>. This occasion will mark the artist's sixth solo exhibition with the gallery and his first major presentation in the United States since the 2007-2009 traveling survey titled <em>© Murakami</em>. Coinciding with this momentous exhibition will be the world premiere of Murakami's first live-action feature film, <em>Jellyfish Eyes</em>, presented with Film Independent at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Bing Theater on April 8, 2013. The film has been ten years in the making and utilizes both live-action and computer generated imagery (CGI) in a coming-of-age tale about a boy in contemporary Japan confronting its past and future, post-Fukushima.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">The cycle of paintings on view at Blum &amp; Poe continues Murakami's newest mode of painting, developed for his exhibition <em>Ego</em>, mounted in Doha, Qatar in early 2012. The <em>Arhat</em> paintings conflate historical, contemporary, and futuristic Japanese references with a myriad of styles, methodologies, and forms into single picture planes. The artist's long-standing interest in Japanese <em>nihonga</em> painting and the contemporary practices of <em>manga</em> and animation are highlighted in this important body of work.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;"><em>Arhat</em>, which derives its name from the ancient language of Sanskrit, translates to "a being who has achieved a state of enlightenment." The largest gallery will contain three imposingly scaled paintings measuring between eighteen and thirty-five feet in length, whose source imagery is drawn from an ancient tale of Buddhist monks confronting decay and death. Demonic monsters and decrepit monks in traditional robes and paraphernalia wander psychedelic landscapes. Standing tall and center amongst these large paintings will be a monumental new sculpture depicting a massive skull enveloped in flames, whose antecedents can be found in Buddhist statuary located in temples throughout Japan.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">The gallery's second room will consist of a new suite of six-by-five foot paintings, combining the artist's optimistic and bright, smiling flower faces with his dark and brooding skull imagery. These paintings intermingle the handmade, silkscreened, and gestural techniques that have become a trademark of the artist. This gallery will also feature Murakami's first wall-mounted sculpture, portraying a constellation of cascading skulls overlapping and melding together in a highly crafted manner.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">The third gallery will include a series of painted self-portraits featuring Murakami and his beloved dog "Pom." In the center of the gallery will be a third new sculpture made of highly polished stainless steel; a self-portrait of the artist with his dog, sleeping flat on their backs. This body of work furthers Murakami's investigation into his own image, most notably seen in the recent sculptures, <em>Oval Buddha</em>, 2008, several versions of <em>Pom &amp; Me</em>, 2009, and<em>Welcome to Murakami Ego</em>, 2012.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Taken as a whole, <em>Arhat</em> articulates more than twenty years of Murakami's mastery of melding form, content, history, and methodology into a succinct body of work. Murakami distills his signature "Superflat" style into a reflection on high, middle, and lowbrow culture.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Takashi Murakami was born in 1962 in Tokyo, and received his BFA, MFA, and PhD from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. He founded the Hiropon factory in Tokyo in 1996, which later evolved into Kaikai Kiki Co., a large-scale art production and art management corporation. In 2000, he organized a paradigmatic exhibition of Japanese art titled <em>Superflat</em>, which traced the origins of contemporary Japanese visual pop culture to historical Japanese art. His work has been shown extensively in venues around the world, including the Qatar Museum Authority; Palace of Versailles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Brooklyn Museum; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao; Fondation Cartier pour l'art Contemporain, Paris; Serpentine Gallery, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston</span>.  </p> Mon, 13 May 2013 21:43:59 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list - Bowers Museum - May 21st, 2011 - July 7th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em>The bygone era of American whaling led many men on distant voyages in search of the giants of the sea. In spare time whalers carved the teeth, bone and other unused parts of the whale, developing a carving tradition that came to be called scrimshaw.</em></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em><strong>Scrimshaw: The Art and Craft of the American Whaler</strong></em> celebrates this unique American folk art, created purely for the necessity or enjoyment of its makers, which captures the reality of life at sea. Nearly 100 objects of various types are displayed in this exhibition including tools made for mending clothes and ship sails, cribbage boards and dice for gaming, household articles and toys made for loved ones, and a variety of personal items including tools for shaving, smoking, writing and other daily activities. Whole whale teeth are carved with images of beautiful ladies in fashionable clothing, notorious female pirates, sailing ships of the period and animated scenes of whalers at work. Additionally, the exhibition includes incredible works of carved bone and ivory art produced by late 18th and early 19th century French prisoners-of-war confined on prison ships afloat or in buildings ashore. These small masterpieces include model ships complete with full rigging and cannons, and wonderful mechanical carvings, including working guillotines that lop the heads from miniature figures.</span></p> Mon, 13 May 2013 21:52:17 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list