ArtSlant - Recently added http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/show en-us 40 Group Show - bG BLEICHER/GORMAN - February 13th - February 29th <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p>For the exhibit Sculpture-Maze, curator and artist Airom will fill the gallery with a labyrinth of sculpture-lined pathways. Using his signature technique of turning a group exhibit into a singular installation, Airom arranges the works of many sculptors into a visually captivating journey.</p> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 20:02:13 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list - bG BLEICHER/GORMAN - February 10th - February 10th Wed, 10 Feb 2016 19:49:13 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Russell Tyler, Brian Rochefort, Matt Mignanelli - Richard Heller Gallery - February 20th - March 19th <table class="mcnTextBlock" width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody class="mcnTextBlockOuter"> <tr> <td class="mcnTextBlockInner" valign="top"> <table class="mcnTextContentContainer" width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" align="left"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="mcnTextContent" valign="top"> <div><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Solo Show in our East Gallery</span><br /><br /><strong>Russell Tyler:&nbsp;<em>Collision Course</em></strong><br /><br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;">3 person show in our West Gallery</span><br />&nbsp; <p class="p1"><strong>Matt Mignanelli</strong></p> <p class="p2"><strong>Brian Rochefort</strong></p> <p class="p2"><strong>Russell Tyler</strong></p> <br /><strong>Opening Reception:&nbsp;</strong><br />February 20, 2016<br />5 - 7 p.m.<br /><br /><strong>Exhibition Dates:</strong><br />February 20 - March 19, 2016<br /><br />2525 Michigan Avenue, Suite B5-a<br />Santa Monica, CA &nbsp;90404</div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table class="mcnTextBlock" width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody class="mcnTextBlockOuter"> <tr> <td class="mcnTextBlockInner" valign="top"> <table class="mcnTextContentContainer" width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" align="left"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="mcnTextContent" valign="top"> <h2 class="null"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>About Russell Tyler</strong></span><strong>:</strong></h2> <p class="p1">Born 1981 in Summertown, Tennessee. Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. &nbsp;Tyler received his MFA&nbsp;from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and BFA from Concordia University in Montreal. &nbsp;<br /><br />Tyler&rsquo;s practice consists of&nbsp;two complementary qualities: the gestural and the hard edge, or geometric. The geometric&nbsp;paintings are redolent of both the history of abstract painting as well as the contemporary image space of the computer screen. While sensuous and tactile, with expressively applied oil paint and rich impasto, the work is also highly structured and unfolds with deliberate shifts in color schemes and forms. The work invites a playful dialogue with several dueling movements from the history of abstraction, including Minimalism, Concrete Art, and Expressionism. While Tyler&rsquo;s work shows the strong influence of artists from these movements such as Josef Albers, the work is also distinctly of its time, related to digital technologies both outmoded and new. The unfolding blocks of color refer to the computer&rsquo;s organization of virtual dimensional space on a flat surface.&nbsp;<br /><br />Tyler has had solo exhibitions at Denny Gallery in New York, B15 Gallery in Copenhagen and EbersMoore Gallery in Chicago. &nbsp;He has received press coverage in&nbsp;<em>Artforum</em>,&nbsp;<em>The New York Times,</em>&nbsp;<em>NY Arts Magazine</em>, and&nbsp;<em>La Monde.</em></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table class="mcnTextBlock" width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody class="mcnTextBlockOuter"> <tr> <td class="mcnTextBlockInner" valign="top"> <table class="mcnTextContentContainer" width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" align="left"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="mcnTextContent" valign="top"> <h2 class="null"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>About Matt Mignanelli</strong></span><strong>: &nbsp;</strong></h2> <p class="p1">Born in 1983 in Providence, Rhode Island. &nbsp;Lives and works in New York City.&nbsp;Mignanelli received his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design, Rhode Island, in 2005 and was an Artist in Residence at Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont, in 2001.<br /><br />This exhibition will present six new paintings and marks a return to color after more than four years of working strictly monochromatically.<br /><br />In these new works, Mignanelli&rsquo;s approach to painting has evolved from subtle monochromes to a stark black / white, deep blue / white, and deep blue / black palette. While continuing to explore relationships between structure and nature, which are relayed through the use of harsh light and shadow against architectural elements, Mignanelli has been reexamining the evolving interactions amongst light and surface in these works.<br /><br />The hard edge is applied over gestural strokes and drips of the background. Mignanelli allows for the hand to come through again on his surface through the use of hand-painted shapes and the&nbsp;imperfections the human hand creates&nbsp;amongst them. Chance enters into these&nbsp;paintings through the mode of execution; the works are all painted flat on a table. As Mignanelli moves around the work, painting in sections,&nbsp;the viscous enamel splashes and drips into the negative spaces. This spontaneity that emerges makes the paintings feel alive, and have allowed the works to become much more about painting itself.<br /><br />The subtle variation of shapes in each painting creates areas of &ldquo;disruption&rdquo; within these environments. The visual breaks within the repetition of shape create a movement that forces the eye to dance.<br /><br />The return to color in Mignanelli&rsquo;s works has been marked by another significant change in his life, the birth of his daughter this past summer. The many sleepless nights that followed changed his work. The midnight blues of the night sky, and the early morning light inspired the deep blue palette for these new works. There is a certain serenity in the palette, representing those peaceful moments when the world is still asleep.<br /><br />Mignanelli has had recent solo exhibitions at&nbsp;Grattan Street, LUCE Gallery in&nbsp;Torino, Italy, and&nbsp;Marianne Friis Gallery in&nbsp;Copenhagen, Denmark.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table class="mcnTextBlock" width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody class="mcnTextBlockOuter"> <tr> <td class="mcnTextBlockInner" valign="top"> <table class="mcnTextContentContainer" width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" align="left"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="mcnTextContent" valign="top"> <h2 class="null"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>About Brian Rochefort</strong></span><strong>:</strong></h2> <p class="p1">Born and raised in Rhode Island. Lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Rochefort&nbsp;received his BFA in Ceramics at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2007. &nbsp;<br /><br />Rochefort is a mixed media sculptor working in ceramics, glaze (on vessels) and automotive paint (on sculpture). &nbsp;He was awarded the Lillian Fellowship from the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana 2007-2008.<br /><br />Rochefort's vessels, ceramic &ldquo;paintings&rdquo; and sculptures flaunt the anxious and risky mindset of disorder and chaos in the face of the viewer, reminding us that the&nbsp;Horror Vacui exists. His works are homages to both AbEx and contemporary&nbsp;painting, he builds layers slowly and uses multiple firings in his quest for texture.<br /><br />The seductive messes and goo that spread out in our lives, regardless of our&nbsp;attempts to contain them, are the insistent presence at the forefront of the work. Freezing untidy, mucky moments, the works scream at us to pay attention to their nauseous ornament, throwing up our most&nbsp;base fun-house selves, celebrating the pleasure, beauty and horror of the&nbsp;entirety of what is worldly and human.<br /><br />Rochefort has had recent exhibitions at&nbsp;Sorry We're Closed, Brussels, Retrospective Gallery, Hudson, New York, and Vault Exhibition, American Museum of Ceramic Art, AMOCA, Pomona, California.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 19:04:36 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Group Show - Torrance Art Museum - November 14th, 2015 - December 11th, 2015 <p>South Bay Focus is Torrance Art Museum&rsquo;s annual Contemporary and Traditional Juried art exhibition. The 2015 South Bay Focus is presented in conjunction with the Torrance Artists Guild and the South Bay Watercolor Society and is open to all artists living or working in the South Bay, San Pedro and Long Beach. This year's Juror is Maurizzio Hector Pineda, Assistant Curator of the Torrance Art Museum.</p> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 05:34:42 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Group Show - bG BLEICHER/GORMAN - February 6th - February 21st <p dir="ltr">bG Gallery presents its second annual group exhibit of artists that have the ability to spark our imagination and create spectacular worlds without the use of overt color. The limitless possibilities of myriad shades of gray, and their particular application in ranges of contrast are the focus of this year's installment as well as a cast new artists not previously exhibited at the gallery.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 01:08:43 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Mia Loucks, Slim Tailor - bG BLEICHER/GORMAN - February 7th 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM <p dir="ltr">bG Gallery presents a series of narrative musical performances the first Sunday of every month.</p> <p dir="ltr">Singer songwriters with indie-folk-experimental leanings.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:46:26 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Bruce Cohen - Leslie Sacks Gallery - February 20th - April 2nd <p style="text-align: justify;">Leslie Sacks Gallery is pleased to present&nbsp;<em>Bruce Cohen: Recent Paintings</em>. This exhibition will feature the latest in a series of oil paintings by renowned Los Angeles artist, Bruce Cohen.&nbsp;<br /><br />Bruce Cohen's paintings are in a word: captivating. The immaculate application of oil and flawless rendering of imagery compels deep engagement and contemplation. These mesmerizing paintings are unapologetically beautiful, toeing the line between pleasant and surreal. There is always something more than meets the eye as Cohen explores spiritual narratives and metaphors suggestive of human presence, but without a figure ever inhabiting the scene. The late painter Paul Wonner, Cohen's friend and mentor, said of his paintings, "I feel sometimes that I am looking at a place where some tremendous, mystical event has just taken place. The people concerned have just moved on out of sight, but there remains on the scene the residue of a magic moment."&nbsp;<br /><br />Bruce Cohen is a painter's painter; genuinely concerned with the theoretical and technical aspects of painting. His grasp and competency of the medium are profoundly evident. The paintings are a combination of observations, memories and invented details, which paired with his mastery of the material, instinctively draws the viewer into his world. Working from maquettes and small color studies, he begins first with graphite renderings of light and shadows and then moves into what he calls the "observation collage process." This process, which combines memory and reality, elicits his characteristic surrealist style. There is an enigmatic otherworldliness that carries throughout Cohen's work. Writer John Seed has aptly asked, "How long has the window been opened, you have to wonder? What just happened? The image is crystal clear, but the events surrounding it are not." And like Cohen himself, there appear to be concealed elements; yet neither he nor the paintings are hiding anything.&nbsp;<br /><br />Bruce Cohen has been painting for over forty years. He comes from a deeply art historical background, which has unquestionably informed his work. Most apparent is the nod to Dutch 17th century still lifes and floral paintings. Dutch still life painters demonstrated mastery of the medium with meticulous detail and tightly rendered compositions. Nothing is out of place and everything is purposeful. Cohen invents his realities and just as Dutch painters combined flowers that did not bloom within the same seasons, there also exists an unreality to his precise paintings. Also evident is the influence of Surrealism. It is in the unconscious memories of time and space that brings about the surreal. As with Rene Magritte and Max Ernst, stylistically, Cohen's refined brushwork and his commitment to the illusion of three-dimensionality, accentuate the dreamlike quality of his interiors. Cohen's paintings, though pretty, are also dramatic. He is a master of shadow and light, at once accepting and rejecting realism. Similar to the film sets of German Expressionist movies, which disoriented viewers with their disregard for conventional perspective and proportions. Cohen deliberately exaggerates and dramatizes a scene to affect an emotional response.&nbsp;<br /><br />Bruce Cohen's paintings are held in numerous esteemed public and private collections, among them the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art, San Jose Museum of Art, Frederick R. Weisman Foundation, Palm Springs Desert Museum and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, among others.</p> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 17:49:12 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Samantha Thomas - Anat Ebgi - March 19th - April 23rd Thu, 04 Feb 2016 17:04:55 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Lucas Knipscher - Thomas Duncan Gallery - February 27th - April 9th Thu, 04 Feb 2016 16:49:37 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Ryan McGinness - Kohn Gallery - March 19th - April 22nd <p style="text-align: justify;">Kohn Gallery is pleased to present its second solo show with New York-based painter, sculptor and installation artist, Ryan McGinness. This highly anticipated show will include pieces from several bodies of work and a careful selection of works on paper.</p> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 16:22:56 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Vishal Jugdeo - 18th Street Arts Center - January 19th - April 1st <p style="margin: 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 20px; text-align: justify; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: small;"><a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000; text-decoration: underline; background: transparent;" href="http://18thstreet.org/residents/vishal-jugdeo">Vishal Jugdeo</a>&nbsp;brings his signature experimental approach to video to the Artist Lab at 18th Street Arts Center. Drawing upon his recent explorations in narrative structure which combine documentary footage, personal account and fictional story construction, Jugdeo will use the Artist Lab Residency as a starting point towards the development of a scripted web series, made in collaboration with local performers. This project builds on previous videos and installations that have taken television formats such as a talk show or a family drama in unexpected directions, as well as a recent body of work considering the artist&rsquo;s research into his family&rsquo;s migration from India to Guyana and later Canada.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 20px; text-align: justify; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: small;">Recently Jugdeo has been looking more directly at scripted television as a format with radical potential for the expression of complex subjective experience. Where as &lsquo;the televisual&rsquo; has always informed his work, its apparatuses typically been explored with quotation marks; as a set of conventions from which he has abstracted. For his current project, he is interested in exploring the the democratizing space of the internet as a way of moving outside of the rarified world of the exhibition space. To that end, over the course of three months, the Artist Lab will be used as a writer&rsquo;s room, a pre-production studio, and a set, while the artist develops a series of vignettes that will act as anchors for the larger project. Jugdeo&rsquo;s ongoing investigation of migration and assimilation informed by queer and transnational perspectives, aided by an eye for the absurdity of human relationships, will be translated into a more conventionally structured web series.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 20px; text-align: justify; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: small;">Canadian-born, Los Angeles-based Vishal Jugdeo is the recipient of a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship in support of his new body of work, which develops from 2012&rsquo;s Goods Carrier, filmed in the artist&rsquo;s ancestral land of origin, India, and debuted at the Hammer Museum&rsquo;s Made in L.A. 2012; as well as A Shaky Picture Has No Weight (2013), filmed in Jugdeo&rsquo;s parents&rsquo; homeland of Guyana, and debuted at Performa13. Tracing the movement of Indians under British rule from the subcontinent to the Caribbean and South America during the nineteenth century, Jugdeo&rsquo;s work is a meditation on contrasts between exotic and familiar, near and far, intimate and estranged.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 20px; text-align: justify; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: small;">Born in 1979 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, Vishal Jugdeo graduated from Simon Fraser University, Vancouver (BFA, 2003) and the University of Los Angeles (MFA, 2007). He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2005. Jugdeo has exhibited at the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), LAXART (Los Angeles), the Orange County Museum of Art, and the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art (Netherlands). He has received grants from Art Matters, Artadia, the California Community Foundation, and the Canada Council for the Arts. Jugdeo teaches in the Intermedia Department at the University of Southern California Roski School of Art and Design and is based in Los Angeles.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Reception: February 20, 6-8PM</strong></span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Free and open to the public. Kindle RSVP</span></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 20px; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;" dir="ltr"><a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000; text-decoration: underline; background: transparent;" href="http://18thstreet.org/residents/vishal-jugdeo">Vishal Jugdeo</a>&nbsp;brings his signature experimental approach to video to the Artist Lab at 18th Street Arts Center. Drawing upon his recent explorations in narrative structure which combine documentary footage, personal account and fictional story construction, Jugdeo will use the Artist Lab Residency as a starting point towards the development of a scripted web series, made in collaboration with local performers. This project builds on previous videos and installations that have taken television formats such as a talk show or a family drama in unexpected directions, as well as a recent body of work considering the artist&rsquo;s research into his family&rsquo;s migration from India to Guyana and later Canada.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 20px; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;" dir="ltr">Recently Jugdeo has been looking more directly at scripted television as a format with radical potential for the expression of complex subjective experience. Where as &lsquo;the televisual&rsquo; has always informed his work, its apparatuses typically been explored with quotation marks; as a set of conventions from which he has abstracted. For his current project, he is interested in exploring the the democratizing space of the internet as a way of moving outside of the rarified world of the exhibition space. To that end, over the course of three months, the Artist Lab will be used as a writer&rsquo;s room, a pre-production studio, and a set, while the artist develops a series of vignettes that will act as anchors for the larger project. Jugdeo&rsquo;s ongoing investigation of migration and assimilation informed by queer and transnational perspectives, aided by an eye for the absurdity of human relationships, will be translated into a more conventionally structured web series.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 20px; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;" dir="ltr">Canadian-born, Los Angeles-based Vishal Jugdeo is the recipient of a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship in support of his new body of work, which develops from 2012&rsquo;s Goods Carrier, filmed in the artist&rsquo;s ancestral land of origin, India, and debuted at the Hammer Museum&rsquo;s Made in L.A. 2012; as well as A Shaky Picture Has No Weight (2013), filmed in Jugdeo&rsquo;s parents&rsquo; homeland of Guyana, and debuted at Performa13. Tracing the movement of Indians under British rule from the subcontinent to the Caribbean and South America during the nineteenth century, Jugdeo&rsquo;s work is a meditation on contrasts between exotic and familiar, near and far, intimate and estranged.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 20px; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;" dir="ltr">Born in 1979 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, Vishal Jugdeo graduated from Simon Fraser University, Vancouver (BFA, 2003) and the University of Los Angeles (MFA, 2007). He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2005. Jugdeo has exhibited at the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), LAXART (Los Angeles), the Orange County Museum of Art, and the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art (Netherlands). He has received grants from Art Matters, Artadia, the California Community Foundation, and the Canada Council for the Arts. Jugdeo teaches in the Intermedia Department at the University of Southern California Roski School of Art and Design and is based in Los Angeles.</p> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 16:14:57 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Søren Hüttel - 18th Street Arts Center - January 19th - March 4th <p style="text-align: justify;">For his debut solo exhibition in Los Angeles, Copenhagen-based artist&nbsp;<a href="http://18thstreet.org/residents/soren-hu%cc%88ttel" target="_blank">S&oslash;ren H&uuml;ttel</a>&nbsp;looks at how modern and contemporary art appears in popular visions of the future from television of the 1980s and 1990s, the artist&rsquo;s formative years. H&uuml;ttel mines images of paintings and sculptures that appeared in the sets of Star Trek: The Next Generation. These artworks reflect aesthetics that were already out of date within contemporary art by the time the episodes originally aired, but while &nbsp;they all relate to mid 20th century modernism, they are presented here as &ldquo;futuristic&rdquo; 24th century contemporary art. Actual historical artists and artworks also appear in Star Trek: TNG, including references to Salvador Dali and Piet Mondrian. Through painting, and installation, H&uuml;ttel creates &ldquo;a cross-section of obscure bad art and pop culture&rdquo; that combines his characteristic humor with a sharp critical edge. &nbsp;The work is structured within a mock-academic context that reflects the television program&rsquo;s attempt to envision a fictional construction of the art history of the future.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition funded by:</p> <p><a href="http://www.kunst.dk/"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-106651" src="http://18thstreet.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Statens_Kunstraad_LOGO.jpg" alt="Danish Arts Council" width="140" height="41" /></a></p> <p><strong>Reception: February 20, 6-8PM</strong><br />Free and open to the public. Kindle RSVP&nbsp;</p> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 16:13:05 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Elham Rokni - 18th Street Arts Center - January 19th - March 12th <p style="text-align: justify;">Tel Aviv-based&nbsp;<a href="http://18thstreet.org/residents/elham-rokni" target="_blank">Elham Rokni</a>&nbsp;debuts a solo exhibition of new works centered around&nbsp;<em>The Wedding</em>,&nbsp;a video of her parents&rsquo; wedding which took place during the halcyon days before Iran&rsquo;s popular revolution gave way to a religious fundamentalist regime. Struggling to remember the exact date of the event, Rokni&rsquo;s relatives inadvertently draw a picture of the excitement, confusion, and eventual disappointment of those historic months. Rokni&rsquo;s works in video installation and drawing use her personal history, as a refugee from Iran who settled in Israel, to explore collective experiences of loss and displacement. Alternating between dreamscape and documentary, Rokni&rsquo;s works investigate the disconnection between people&rsquo;s hopes and expectations and their often tragic realities, using art to describe the imaginative, unconscious dimensions of experience.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Elham Rokni received her BFA and MFA from Bezalel Academy in Israel. She has participated in international film festivals and has received grants from the Israeli Ministry of Culture and Sport, the Yehushua Rabinovich Tel Aviv Foundation for the Arts, and the Fund for Video Art and Experimental Cinema in Israel. Her works can be found in various private collections. Rokni&rsquo;s work will be presented in two simultaneous solo exhibitions at 18th Street Arts Center and Shulamit Nazarian Gallery in winter 2016, and her work Crossing the Dune will be included in the exhibition Islamic Art Now, Part 2 and in the permanent collection at LACMA in 2016.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Elham Rokni is the 2016 Soraya Sarah Nazarian Middle Eastern Artist in Residence, made possible by a grant from the&nbsp;<a href="http://yandsnazarianfamilyfoundation.com/" target="_blank">Y &amp; S Nazarian Foundation</a>&nbsp;and</em><em>&nbsp;produced with support from Asylum Arts.</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em><strong>Reception: February 20, 6-8PM</strong><br />Free and open to the public. Kindly RSVP</em></p> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 16:11:52 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Ken Ehrlich, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Johanna Breiding, Cat Chui Phillip - Angels Gate Cultural Center - January 23rd - April 7th Thu, 04 Feb 2016 15:50:58 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Kenny Scharf - Hammer Museum - December 3rd, 2015 - May 22nd <p style="text-align: justify;">Kenny Scharf&nbsp;came to prominence in the early 1980s as a New York street artist, and over the years, his interdisciplinary practice has comprised clothing design, sculpture, installations, and video as well as painting&mdash;on walls and on canvas. Aspiring to reach a broad audience, Scharf has not shied away from commercial collaborations and merchandising, and working in the public realm has also expanded his reach as an artist. Improvised on the spot, his public murals convey a frenetic energy, reflecting his fast-paced production process, which stems from his early, unsanctioned work and the need to move quickly before being caught by the police. Even in a museum or gallery setting, Scharf stays true to those roots, retaining that sense of spontaneity in his work.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">As part of the first generation to grow up with television, Scharf is interested in the immediacy of popular imagery, particularly cartoon characters. These familiar, almost universally understood figures convey complex emotions through simple means and can suggest movement even in static images. Drawing on American cartoons from the 1960s<em>like The Jetsons</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>The Flintstones</em>&nbsp;as well as the work of fine artists such as Yves Tanguy, Scharf has developed a cast of original cartoon characters that recur in his work. Incorporating vivid colors, he employs the expressive faces and inherent energy of his characters to effectively communicate with viewers.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Hammer Projects: Kenny Scharf</em>&nbsp;is organized by curator Ali Subotnick with Emily Gonzalez-Jarrett, curatorial associate.</p> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 11:25:38 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list - Hammer Museum - February 4th 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;">The New York&ndash;based art critic&nbsp;Ben Davis&nbsp;has contributed to&nbsp;<em>Adbusters</em>,&nbsp;<em>Frieze</em>,&nbsp;<em>New York</em>,<em>Slate</em>, and the&nbsp;<em>Village Voice</em>. He is national art critic for&nbsp;<em>Artnet News&nbsp;</em>and critic-in-residence at Montclair State University, New Jersey. His first book,&nbsp;<em>9.5 Theses on Art and Class</em>,<em>&nbsp;</em>seeks to show how an understanding of class makes sense of what is at stake in contemporary art&rsquo;s most persistent debates.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;">A book signing follows the lecture.</p> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 11:20:54 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list