ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Group Show - Platt & Borstein Galleries at American Jewish University - August 10th - August 28th <p>This exhibition highlights the artistic talents of the members of The Fine Arts Council of the American Jewish University, with a special exhibition of the paintings of Mary Leipziger in the Borstein Gallery.</p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:41:20 +0000 Carlos Donjuan - AR4T Gallery - August 7th - August 31st <p>LAGUNA BEACH, CA (July 14, 2014) &ndash; Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow is proud to be the first art gallery to showcase the works of Carlos Donjuan in a solo exhibition in California. A broad selection of Donjuan&rsquo;s watercolor and acrylic paintings and drawings will be on view August 7-31, 2014, with a reception on Aug. 7, Laguna Beach First Thursday Art Walk, from 6 to 9pm.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The works, in watercolor and acrylic on Arches paper and Birch wood, aim to define Donjuan&rsquo;s perception of illegal aliens, a concept that has been with him since his childhood move from San Luis, Mexico to Dallas, Texas -- where he lives and works today, now raising a son of his own. Donjuan states that attempting to grasp the term &ldquo;illegal alien&rdquo; as a child was one of his first creative realizations: &ldquo;I always wondered what everyone was talking about, imaging weird creatures in my head&hellip;I wanted to meet one and to know what they looked like.&rdquo; Revisiting his childhood curiosity, he asks: what do illegal aliens look like? He paints masked figures, hybrid animal people, pyramids and blob creatures that together create a dialogue of about the journey they have embarked on in search of a better life.&nbsp; His choice of medium also comes from his early days as a painter: &ldquo;I am big fan of watercolor and the layering process that it involves. It&rsquo;s a medium that was introduced to me as a kid in high school and it just always stuck with me, even after college.&rdquo; &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Donjuan&rsquo;s first California solo show comes at an exciting time when the artist is the midst of back-to-back banner years, personally and professionally. In 2013, he was featured in a 6-page article in the April issue of Juxtapoz Magazine, and his work appeared on the cover of New American Paintings as a featured artist and Artist of the Year. &ldquo;Carlos Daniel Donjuan&rsquo;s paintings evince both the raw energy of his street art beginnings and the refinement of his academic training. The combination is potent,&rdquo; wrote the magazine, noting Donjuan&rsquo;s notable reach as an active graffiti artist and art professor. His first public art project came to fruition last year, a large mural on Dallas&rsquo; Jefferson Viaduct, made possible due to a large grant awarded from the city. This year, his work has really begun to travel the globe: first in February as a solo exhibition with Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea in Milan, Italy, and recently as part of the Cheech Marin Collection, the largest private collection of Chicano Art in the world, which last month exhibited in Bordeaux, France. Donjuan&rsquo;s rise and success in art hardly compares to his favorite personal achievement: &ldquo;The birth of my son has been the biggest change in my life and career. I have never been so focused and&nbsp;driven as I have been since he became a part of my life. I have stayed busy in hopes that I can build something for him.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Carlos Donjuan is among a curated platform of ascending artists that Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow and Vans have committed in collaboration to bring to southern California in 2014.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 01:55:40 +0000 Joan Tucker - George Billis Gallery- LA - September 13th - November 1st <p>George Billis Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by abstract artist Joan Tucker. The show, One More One, will have an opening reception Saturday, September 13th, 5-8pm and will run through November 1st, 2014.</p> <p>The artist writes of her work: "When I begin a painting, whether it's on a blank canvas or one covered with old newspapers picked up in my travels, rice paper, pieces of paper bags or thick splashes of paint, I have only a germ of an idea. That idea can come from something I've seen...somewhere I've been...a feeling or just a thought. While my work is primarily abstract, a subject or story begins to reveal itself to me while I'm working. Often it is the "idea" that I started with, but just as often the painting goes in a whole different direction. The painting is waiting for me to discover it.</p> <p>I attack the canvas, and together the painting and I begin to "work it out." I'm interested in the hidden world beneath the surface - in layers of texture and color. So I begin to dig and shape... to push and pull...using old paintings, more paper, torn photographs, discarded bits from my wastebasket...whatever I feel it takes to create the finished painting.</p> <p>I scribble imaginary shapes. I create a private alphabet. I apply paint and scratch it away with my fingernails or an old brush or alcohol. The whole process is very exciting - full of energy and emotion and yet the principals of design are there fighting to be considered. In the end I have a painting that was begun in an emotional and intuitive state, tamed and controlled by the basic elements of organization and composition that invokes a secret world...a provocative world...a rich and sensual world to get lost and found in."</p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 23:30:16 +0000 Patricia Chidlaw - George Billis Gallery- LA - September 13th - November 1st <p>George Billis Gallery is pleased to announce new paintings by American realist Patrica Chidlaw. The exhibition, Uncommon, will have an opening reception Saturday, September 13th 5-8pm and will run through November 1st.</p> <p>The artist writes of her work: "When asked what kind of paintings I make, I usually call my work "Urban Landscapes" to distinguish them as paintings about areas of human habitation rather than landscapes that reference the natural world. But my subjects are certainly not all urban &ndash; some are suburban, some small towns and some are ruins, such as a faded sign and abandoned business bleaching in the desert sun as once populated areas return to their former empty silence. While I often treat older architectural forms, I want to make it clear these are not paintings about nostalgia &ndash; all are contemporary scenes, recently observed. Currently I've painted a number of pictures which seem neither urban nor rural but are set in that particular non-space that now covers so much of the landscape &ndash; the limbo of freeway exits and on-ramps and their attendant fast-food franchises.</p> <p>What I feel these mostly unpopulated places I choose to paint have in common is a potency, some kind of emotional charge that enables them to function as settings for a subjective fictional narrative. As the artist I choose and edit the scenes, setting the stage for viewers to bring their imaginations and private meanings to these places made special by my selection and attention."</p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 23:25:00 +0000 Brooks Salzwedel - George Billis Gallery- LA - September 13th - November 1st <p>George Billis Gallery is pleased to announce new works by Los Angeles based artist Brooks Salzwedel. The exhibition, A Ranging Massif, will have an opening reception Saturday, September 13th, 5-8pm and will run through November 1st.<br /><br />Salzwedel's recent works focus on American landscapes that reflect the subtle friction between urban development and nature. His work evokes the fragility of our environments often giving hints of mankind&rsquo;s encroachment on massive landforms such as mountains and forests. His medium of choice is a statement of this clash, graphite, a natural mineral, resin, a byproduct of plant materials, and mylar, a manufactured film. With this process by use of graphite and tape on semi-transparencies, resin on panel, Salzwedel is able to accomplish ethereal artworks with a sense of depth. Salzwedel casts some of these pieces in vintage medicine tins and corroded pipe-ends, lending an intimate quality to the works. As a whole he brings these together creating a beauty and calm out of the detritus we have laid upon the earth.</p> <p>Brooks Salzwedel earned his BFA Cum Laude from Art Center College of Design in 2004.&nbsp; Since graduating from Art Center, Salzwedel has shown at galleries throughout the East and West Coast. His work has been displayed at the Hammer Museum and MOCA, and acquired by The Houston Museum of Contemporary Art and the Portland Art Museum. He has been commissioned by Ron Herman at Fred Segal and The Four Seasons hotel in Washington DC. In addition to his fine art practice, Salzwedel is the designer and producer of an award winning line of belt buckles, featured in Los Angeles Magazine&rsquo;s 2006 Best of issue among many other publications. Brooks Salzwedel lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.</p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 23:19:27 +0000 Doug Aitken - Regen Projects - September 6th - October 11th <p style="text-align: justify;">Regen Projects is pleased to present&nbsp;<em>Still Life</em>, an exhibition of new work by Los Angeles-based artist&nbsp;<strong>Doug Aitken</strong>. Spanning a variety of media encompassing photography, sculpture, publications, sound, and single and multi-channel video installations,&nbsp;<strong>Aitken</strong>'s work explores the modern landscape and posits possibilities for new uncharted frontiers. This exhibition, the artist's fourth solo presentation at Regen Projects, will feature an installation of new sculptural objects within a labyrinthine space designed to create an experience of unexpected encounters and a sense of mystery and discovery for the viewer to navigate.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Taking its name from the traditional concept of&nbsp;<em>nature morte</em>,&nbsp;<strong>Aitken</strong>'s&nbsp;<em>Still Life</em>&nbsp;presents an immersive environment where place and time dissolves, where the individual exists adrift in an electrically charged space. Wending their way through the gallery, viewers are confronted with a series of signs and symbols that at first glance appear familiar but upon closer inspection reveal their foreign nature. A series of internally illuminated light box sculptures hover on the gallery walls. Combining text and image into physical form, they each represent the crystallization of an idea captured from the frenetic modern landscape.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Among the other works featured in the exhibition is a cast public pay phone bathed in a luminous glow. Appearing as a relic of a bygone era and removed from its everyday function the work becomes a vessel emitting interactive light that brightens or dims depending on the viewer's proximity to its surface. A sonic fountain combines water and sound creating a visceral optical and auditory experience. A hexagonal sculpture features a collage photo of an aerial view of the LA freeway system infinitely reflected in a series of mirrors, creating a kaleidoscopic vision. Existing as a series of ruptures, the works in<strong>Aitken</strong>'s subconscious twilight terrain unfold in a parallel of time and space, perceptually suspended in time.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Doug Aitken</strong>&nbsp;(b. 1968) lives and works in Los Angeles. He has exhibited extensively in galleries and museums worldwide. Recent solo shows and presentations include&nbsp;<em>Mirror</em>, Seattle Museum of Art, Seattle (2013);&nbsp;<em>The Source</em>, Sundance International Film Festival, Park City, Utah (2013);&nbsp;<em>Electric Earth</em>, Nam June Paik Art Center, Yongin-si, South Korea (2013);&nbsp;<em>Song I</em>, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC (2012);&nbsp;<em>The Source</em>, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, England (2012);&nbsp;<em>Altered Earth</em>, LUMA Foundation, Arles, France (2012);&nbsp;<em>Black Mirror</em>, Deste Foundation, Hydra, Greece (2011);&nbsp;<em>Frontier</em>, Isola Tiberina, Rome (2009);&nbsp;<em>Sonic Pavilion</em>, Inhotim Contemporary Art Center, Brumadinho, Brazil (2009); and&nbsp;<em>Sleepwalkers</em>, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2007). In 2013, Aitken realized&nbsp;<em>Station to Station</em>, an ambitious multi-site month-long journey across America that brought together an international group of artists, musicians, writers, and thinkers.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Work by the artist is included in the permanent collections of numerous museums worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg; Vienna Secession, Vienna; Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Los Angeles; and La Colecc&iacute;on Jumex, Mexico City; among others.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This year Rizzoli published&nbsp;<em>100 YRS</em>, the most comprehensive monograph on Aitken's work to date, featuring contributions by Aaron Betsky, Francesco Bonami, Bice Curiger, Kerry Brougher, Tim Griffin, and Hans Ulrich Obrist.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 15:48:09 +0000 Todd Lerew, Kevin Robinson, Morgan Lee Gerstmar, Xina Xurner, Weba Garretson, Ingrid Lee, Juliana Snapper - Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) - July 27th 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong><a href=";id=25cc0f9eaf&amp;e=55639b7d50" target="_blank">Native Strategies</a></strong>&nbsp;continues&nbsp;<strong>Issue #5: Music Issues -&nbsp;<em>the privileging and negation of bodies of sound</em></strong>&nbsp; with a weekend of performances and dialogue on the&nbsp;<em>N(enter) S&nbsp;</em>stage. Performers and musicians from disparate artistic worlds of music and sound production will gather at LACE to perform to and for each other.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>ABOUT NATIVE STRATEGIES</strong></span><br /><span style="font-size: small;"><strong><a href=";id=011f9e2f72&amp;e=55639b7d50" target="_blank">Native Strategies</a>&nbsp;</strong>is a network of performance art makers, producers and critical thinkers who seek to invigorate and make globally visible Los Angeles&rsquo;s performance art community. Co-directed by Brian Getnick and Tanya Rubbak, Native Strategies is a 5 year long study&nbsp;(2011 &ndash; 2016) of LA performance modalities through the creation of 10 differently themed performance series and 10 uniquely designed journals, resulting in a book.&nbsp;This summer they welcome guest curator Jules Gimbrone to collaborate on&nbsp;<em>N (enter) S</em>&nbsp;at LACE and Issue # 5: Music Issues-&nbsp;<em>the privileging and negation of bodies of sound&nbsp;</em>with&nbsp;a series of weekly performances of sound and music production from&nbsp;July 17 through July 31.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Sunday July&nbsp;27&nbsp;</strong><br />1pm-2pm&nbsp;- Todd Lerew &amp; Kevin Robinson<br />2pm-3pm&nbsp;- Morgan Lee Gerstmar &amp; Xina Xurner<br />3pm-4pm&nbsp;- Weba Garretson &amp; Ingrid Lee<br />4pm-5pm&nbsp;- Juliana Snapper, Performance and in conversation with Brian Getnick</span></p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 15:42:35 +0000 - MOCA Geffen Contemporary - September 13th - October 4th <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Step and Repeat</em> is a multi-disciplinary program of performance art, music and sound art, comedy, and poetry and marks MOCA's return to live arts programming, a crucial part of the museum's historical identity. Stretching across four Saturdays this fall, <em>Step and Repeat</em> will present a mash-up of new voices from across the United States, with a special focus on the burgeoning performance communities in Los Angeles.</p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:42:11 +0000 Kay Sekimachi, Bob Stocksdale - Mingei International Museum - San Diego - September 13th - March 15th, 2015 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">This new exhibition presents an inspiring, retrospective view of work by two of America&rsquo;s foremost pioneers in contemporary craft. Kay Sekimachi (1926-) and Bob Stocksdale (1913-2003) married in 1972. Seen together, their 50 years of work has a true poetic resonance.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Hailed as a father of American woodturning, Stocksdale revitalized the craft of lathe-turned bowls, beginning in the 1950s. In his exquisite works, he unveiled a compelling beauty in diseased and in rare woods, of which many are now endangered. Serpentine or ellipsoidal shapes&mdash; seemingly impossible to turn&mdash; are among his innovations. The exhibition features, for the first time on view, an example of his one-of-kind furniture.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Sekimachi is an influential master of complex weave structures in both off-loom and on multiple-harness loom techniques. Transparent marine creatures were the inspiration for her interlocking hangings in monofilament (fish line.) With these majestic pieces she ascended to the forefront of contemporary fiber art during the 1960s and 1970s. Throughout her sixty-year career she has created unique works of art in such natural materials as skeletal leaves, hornet&rsquo;s nest paper, and grass. The exhibition includes examples of&nbsp;her translucent&nbsp;sculptural hangings&nbsp;and room&nbsp;dividers,&nbsp;along with other&nbsp;woven forms &ndash;accordion-formatted books, vibrant scrolls, seamless nesting boxes, and jewelry.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Exhibition curator Signe Mayfield has authored the 210-page book of the same title, featuring scores of beautiful object photos. It includes essays by Melissa Leventon (former Curator-in-Charge of Textiles at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and founding member of Curatrix Group of museum consultants) and John C. Lavine (former editor of <em>Woodwork Magazine</em> and furniture maker.)</span></p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:40:39 +0000 - Long Beach Museum of Art - March 7th - September 14th <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Boats &amp; Harbors</em> examines the work of artists who worked, lived, or visited Southern California and painted local waterfront and harbor scenes along the coast and in San Pedro. All of these artworks, with the exception of one, are selected from the Museum&rsquo;s permanent collection for their subject matter of boats and harbors and span the time period of the early 1930s to 2010.</p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:33:46 +0000 - Long Beach Museum of Art - June 8th - August 31st <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Concepts of Beauty</em>, a joint exhibition curated in partnership with Millikan High School&rsquo;s Museum Studies Program, explores the meaning of beauty in all of its forms. Students used various forms of art including paintings, mixed media, and more to define what beauty means to them. From the environment to culture and much more this student exhibition exemplifies beauty in all of its form.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Concepts of Beauty</em> serves as the final exhibition for the 2013-14 academic year and showcases student artwork from Millikan&rsquo;s Art Department. This partnership began in 2012 and provides students with the opportunity to learn first-hand the process of coordinating an exhibition. The students in the Museum Studies Program curate, plan exhibits, and manage Millikan&rsquo;s on-campus art gallery.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This educational program was generously funded in part by Toyota TABC, Inc.</p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:32:02 +0000 Luis Fileto - Lancaster Museum of Art and History - September 13th - November 9th Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:29:09 +0000 Juan Delgado, Thomas McGovern - Lancaster Museum of Art and History - September 13th - November 9th Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:28:53 +0000 Linda Vallejo - Lancaster Museum of Art and History - September 13th - November 9th Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:28:25 +0000 Guillermo Bert - Lancaster Museum of Art and History - September 13th - November 9th Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:28:05 +0000 Peter Alexander, Albert Contreras, Nancy Rubins, Manuel Neri, Tom Wudl - Laguna Art Museum - June 29th - September 21st <p style="text-align: justify;">This selection of highlights from the museum&rsquo;s collection features representational paintings in the California Gallery and abstract works from the 1960s to the present in the Steele Gallery. On view are new acquisitions by Peter Alexander, Albert Contreras, Nancy Rubins, Manuel Neri, and Tom Wudl, each a stellar example of the artist&rsquo;s work.<br /> .<br /> Laguna Art Museum&rsquo;s mission is to collect, care for, and exhibit works of art that were created by California artists or represent the life and history of the state. The museum&rsquo;s collection consists of over 3,500 works from the early nineteenth century to the present day. All periods and styles of California art are represented.</p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:21:34 +0000