ArtSlant - Recently added http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/show en-us 40 - LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art - October 19th - February 1st, 2015 <p style="text-align: justify;">To complement <em>Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist</em>, this installation features works from LACMA&rsquo;s permanent collection that reveal scenes of daily life in rural and urban areas of the United States just before and during the Great Migration. During this period, which ran from about 1910 to 1970, African Americans in the South began to make their way to urban areas in the North (and eventually the West) in search of better economic and social opportunities. Facilitated by increasingly accessible rail travel, families and individuals relocated to cities such as New York, Chicago, Kansas City, and Detroit, among others. To many black communities at the time, the migration was also believed to be God&rsquo;s will.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The objects that are part of <em>LACMA Collects: Scenes from the Great Migration</em> illustrate the different ways that white and black artists responded to this movement. While Archibald Motley and his family had migrated two decades before this significant demographic shift, his later works, particularly his scenes of African American neighborhoods in Chicago, document the initial emergence of dynamic diverse communities in large cities.</p> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:25:23 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Maria Hassabi - Hammer Museum - January 31st, 2015 - February 1st, 2015 <div id="c8534" class="csc-default csc-typography"> <p style="text-align: justify;">The work of choreographer and artist&nbsp;<strong>Maria Hassabi</strong>&nbsp;is rooted in the discourses of contemporary sculpture and theater. Hassabi&rsquo;s durational choreographies confound the perception of time and the act of viewing in gallery, theater, and everyday contexts.&nbsp;<em>Hammer Projects: Maria Hassabi</em>&nbsp;will be the most recent follow-up to Hassabi&rsquo;s recent pieces <em>PREMIERE&nbsp;</em>and&nbsp;<em>INTERMISSION</em>&nbsp;(both 2013), which reflect upon the conventions of display and the language surrounding performance-based work while also pursuing an idea of stillness in relation to the physical body. Performed by Hassabi alongside Hristoula Harakas, Molly Lieber, and Oisin Monaghan,&nbsp;with an original sound score by Morten Norbye Halvorsen, this new work unfolds throughout the museum&rsquo;s hours of operation and occupies the gallery as well as other ancillary spaces throughout the Hammer&rsquo;s courtyard and lobby.</p> <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;"><em>Hammer Projects: Maria Hassabi</em> is organized by Hammer curator Aram Moshayedi with MacKenzie Stevens, curatorial assistant.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.555;">Hammer Projects: Maria Hassabi </em>is presented through a residency at the Hammer Museum.</p> </div> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:20:43 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Joseph Mallord William Turner - Getty Center Los Angeles - February 24th, 2015 - May 24th, 2015 <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>The first major exhibition on the West Coast devoted to the masterful British painter</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Extraordinarily inventive and enduringly influential, J. M. W. Turner (1775&ndash;1851) produced his most important and famous pictures after the age of sixty, in the last fifteen years of his life. Demonstrating ongoing radicalism of technique and ever-original subject matter, these works show Turner constantly challenging his contemporaries while remaining keenly aware of the market for his art. <br /><br /> Bringing together over sixty key oil paintings and watercolors, this major international loan exhibition is the first to focus on the unfettered creativity of Turner's final years. <br /><br /> The exhibition was organized by <a href="http://www.artslant.com/lon/events/show/345790-the-ey-exhibition-late-turner-painting-set-free" target="_blank">Tate Britain</a> in association with the J. Paul Getty Museum and the <a href="http://deyoung.famsf.org/exhibitions/j-m-w-turner-painting-set-free">Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco</a>. It is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities.</p> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:10:43 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Caspar David Friedrich, Philipp Otto Runge, Gustav Klimt - Getty Center Los Angeles - February 10th, 2015 - May 17th, 2015 <p style="text-align: justify;">Between 1800 and 1900 the Germanic world underwent profound intellectual, social, economic, and political changes. The Industrial Revolution, the formal unification of Germany into a nation state, and the invention of psychoanalysis shaped modern life and its representations in art. This exhibition&mdash;which includes the works of Caspar David Friedrich (1774&ndash;1840), Philipp Otto Runge (1777&ndash;1810), and Gustav Klimt (1862&ndash;1918)&mdash;brings together paintings, drawings, and prints from the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, and distinguished local private collections to examine this pivotal moment in Germanic history.</p> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:07:52 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list - Fowler Museum at UCLA - January 29th, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Bringing a contemporary twist to the traditional Middle Eastern&nbsp;<em>takht</em>&nbsp;ensemble and celebrating the new exhibition&nbsp;<em>Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates</em>, Takht Dirty returns for&nbsp;a riveting performance&nbsp;spotlighting the musical arts of the Persian Gulf and greater Arab world.</p> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:03:28 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list - Fowler Museum at UCLA - January 29th, 2015 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">The United Arab Emirates has a growing art scene that emerged in the 1950s and is flourishing today. <em>Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates</em> showcases recent works by artists engaging a variety of media. <em>Past Forward</em> co-curator Noor Al Suwaidi introduces the work of a selection of featured Emirati artists and discusses the environment in which they build their own traditions and thrive at home and on the international scene.</p> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:02:05 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Khalid Shafar, Shaikha Al Mazrou - Fowler Museum at UCLA - January 25th, 2015 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">The first major touring exhibition of Emirati art, <em>Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates</em>, showcases paintings, photographs, sculptures, video installations, and other media&nbsp;by twenty-five leading Emirati artists. In conjunction with the opening day of <em>Past Forward, </em>exhibition co-curators Noor Al Suweidi and Curtis Sandberg, Senior Vice President for Arts and Cultural Programs at the Meridian International Center, and exhibiting artists Khalid Shafar and Shaikha Al Mazrou share their insights on contemporary life and the emerging art scene. An Emirati coffee and tea reception follows the panel.</p> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:00:48 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Group Show - Fowler Museum at UCLA - January 25th, 2015 - March 8th, 2015 <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>The Fowler Museum at UCLA presents Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates, </em>the first major touring exhibition of Emirati art.&nbsp; The exhibition was organized by the Meridian International Center and the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates (uae) and premiered in Washington, D.C., in May 2014. As part of its eighteen-month U.S. tour&mdash;which includes stops in Texas, California, and Washington&mdash;the exhibition will be on view at the Fowler Museum at ucla from January 25 to March 8, 2015.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> This comprehensive exhibition features over fifty paintings, sculptures, photographs, and works in other media by a group of twenty-five notable male and female artists who together represent all seven Emirates. The exhibition showcases the rich history and culture of the uae, emphasizing the importance of kinship and home, nature and landscape, as well as the nation's rapid development and focus on innovations. A lively contemporary art scene began in the uae over forty years ago, and <em>Past Forward </em>includes works by several of these pioneering artists, including Abdul Qader Al Rais, Dr. Najat Makki, and Obaid Suroor.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Today&rsquo;s young Emirati artists are increasingly immersed in a fast-moving environment, which is continually updated with the latest technology. Nonetheless, they remain deeply connected to their roots and traditions. Shamma Al Amri, Mohammed Al Qassab, Alia Saeed Al Shamsi, Hamdan Buti Al Shamsi, Lamya Gargash, Alia Lootah, Lateefa bint Maktoum, and Khalid Shafar approach rapid urbanization by creating works that reference earlier times. To preserve long-standing traditions, Mattar Bin Lahej, Alaa Edris, and Salama Nasib illustrate the significance of oral histories and local pastimes in the uae, while Ammar Al Attar, Farah Al Qasimi, and Afra Bin Dhaher photograph everyday life. Works by Khalid Al Banna, Shaikha Al Mazrou, and Khalid Mezaina look at the psychology of contemporary existence and depict the artists' visions for the future. Meanwhile, Ebtisam AbdulAziz, Zeinab Al Hashemi, Maitha Al Mehairbi, Maitha Demithan, and Mohammed Saeed Harib experiment with inventive techniques, including animation and other digital media, to convey traditional themes.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> As <em>Past Forward</em> travels across the US, the exhibition is complemented by public programming and education outreach to encourage increased cultural understanding. Khalid Shafar and Shaikha Al Mazrou, two Emirati artists featured in the exhibition, will attend the Los Angeles opening and participate in workshops and lecture programs in the area. Of note to local visitors, the uae was recently chosen as the "Featured Guest Country" for the 2015 LA Art Show and a selection of works from <em>Past Forward</em> will also be displayed at that event before coming to the Fowler.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>More Information</strong><br /> The exhibition was organized and circulated by <strong>Meridian International Center with support from the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington, D.C</strong>. Additional support for <em>Past Forward</em> is provided by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, the Salama Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation, and Etihad Airways. The exhibition is co-curated by Dr. Curtis Sandberg, Senior Vice President for Arts and Cultural Programs at the Meridian International Center, and Noor Al Suwaidi, an expert on contemporary Emirati art. The Meridian International Center is headquartered in Washington, D.C. It works with the U.S. Department of State and with government, private, and ngo educational sectors globally to create lasting international partnerships through leadership programs and cultural exchange. For more information: <a href="http://www.meridian.org" target="_blank">www.meridian.org</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Public Events</strong><br /> Sunday, January 25, 3 pm<br /> <em>Past Forward</em>: A Conversation about Contemporary Art and Design from the Emirates<br /> Fowler OutSpoken<br /> The first major touring exhibition of Emirati art, <em>Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates</em>, showcases paintings, photographs, sculptures, video installations, and other media&nbsp;by twenty-five leading Emirati artists. In conjunction with the opening day of <em>Past Forward, </em>exhibition co-curators Noor Al Suweidi and Curtis Sandberg, Senior Vice President for Arts and Cultural Programs at the Meridian International Center, and exhibiting artists Khalid Shafar and Shaikha Al Mazrou share their insights on contemporary life and the emerging art scene. An Emirati coffee and tea reception follows the panel.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Sunday, January 25, 1&ndash;3 pm&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> Kids in the Courtyard<br /> Purdy Birdy<br /> In the United Arab Emirates and many other parts of the world the falcon is a greatly admired bird. Explore <em>Past Forward </em>to find artworks depicting falcons and other birds. Use recycled materials such as bottles, cardboard, and popsicle sticks to make your very own birdhouse. Let your imagination soar with this special activity inspired by <em>Past Forward</em> and Pascale Marthine Tayou&rsquo;s collection of birdhouses entitled <em>Favelas ABC</em>. Presentation begins at 1 pm.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Thursday, January 29, 12 pm<br /> Noor Al Suwaidi on New Art from the Emirates<br /> Culture Fix<br /> The United Arab Emirates has a growing art scene that emerged in the 1950s and is flourishing today. <em>Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates</em> showcases recent works by artists engaging a variety of media. <em>Past Forward</em> co-curator Noor Al Suwaidi introduces the work of a selection of featured Emirati artists and discusses the environment in which they build their own traditions and thrive at home and on the international scene.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Thursday, January 29, 6 pm<br /> Takht Dirty<br /> Fowler Out Loud<br /> Bringing a contemporary twist to the traditional Middle Eastern&nbsp;<em>takht</em>&nbsp;ensemble and celebrating the new exhibition&nbsp;<em>Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates</em>, Takht Dirty returns for&nbsp;a riveting performance&nbsp;spotlighting the musical arts of the Persian Gulf and greater Arab world.</p> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:53:26 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Castillo, Kristine Mays, Michelle Robinson, Bre Gipson, Raksha Parekh - California African American Museum - November 7th - May 3rd, 2015 <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>CAAM Courtyard Series: From Women&rsquo;s Hands</em> features the art of five women of color who address female presence and agency. These artists have filled our Courtyard with large installations that, though widely varying in materials and style, have in common metaphorical references to the female body and experience. Castillo and Kristine Mays focus on traditional sources of female power: hair and clothing, respectively. Castillo incorporates actual human hair into imposing wall-hung mounds as a tribute to her ancestors, while Mays creates airy, metal-knitted garments that express female strength despite their apparent fragility. Other works subtly convey womanhood: Michelle Robinson paints geometrical figures and feathery lines on the wall and on a large wooden structure that evokes the female body, and Bre Gipson&rsquo;s mantra-like, gestural paintings incorporate undulating organic shapes reminiscent of natural forms. Raksha Parekh&rsquo;s stitched canvases encode symbols of slavery and forced labor into deceivingly appealing fields of warm colors and delicate tone gradations. These works are crafted from sugar, a sweet substance associated with domesticity that Parekh turns bitter through a burning process.</p> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:36:12 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Trang T. Le - Ruth Bachofner Gallery - January 10th, 2015 - February 21st, 2015 <p style="text-align: justify;">Ruth Bachofner Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Trang T. L&ecirc;. There will be a reception for the artist Saturday, January 10, 4-6 PM.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For this exhibition, Trang L&ecirc; continues a series of paintings titled <em>Threads. </em>As with previoius works in the series, the artist draws upon the combined influences of nature and personal experience in her abstract oil paintings.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">L&ecirc; navigates an intensely personal space that translates onto her canvases as contrasting formal actions, where metiuculous marks float over dense, gestural grounds. The marks range from individual pointilist dots, to tightly massed loops and long, stretching delicate lines. L&ecirc; configures her quivering marks into varying formations that impart a sense of the arrested movement of marine life undulating in water, bundles of yarn mounding over one another, streaks of falling water or arid horizons.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The painterly grounds enhance the hand-rendered delicacy of the artist's linework. L&ecirc;'s heavily layered, often moody spaces, contrasted with the buoyancy of her thread-like delineations, impart a range of emotions from which she draws. Turmoil and grace, strength and vulnerability, intuition and calculation, gravity and weightlessness merge in the impactful oil paintings. For L&ecirc;, he term 'thread' works as both a formal framework and a metaphorical reference to personal unraveling and pulling back together. As in her other works, the obsessive delineations are cathartic acts, filtered through personal toil and joyous moments of a personal journey.</p> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:10:13 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Trygve Faste - Ruth Bachofner Gallery - January 10th, 2015 - February 21st, 2015 <p style="text-align: justify;">Ruth Bachofner Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Trygve Faste. There will be a reception for the artist on Saturday, January 10, 4-6 PM.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Trygve Faste's work emerges from a response to prevailing currents in consumer culture, architecture, design and technology. These systems, which shape our physical and psychological environment, are explored by Faste through his own language of abstraction. The artist constructs and paints three-dimensional works that suggest a unique interface between industry, fine art and technology. These discordant impulses seamlessly merge in his works through conceptual motivations and formal practices.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Faste shapes and paints his objects using precise geometry and a clean, crisp palette to form a visual kinship with mass-produced, high-tech objects. The compositions, with their acute angulartiy and sheared surfaces, imply a sense of propulsion, speed, precision and utility often associated with products. While the influence of industrial design informs Faste's practice, including the use of Computer Aided Design and laser cutters, the work remains grounded in the realm of abstract painting. The scuptural quality of the stretchers he builds himself, the skillfully fractured planes and intimate grading of paint all counterbalance an initially slick, manmade impression. In this new series, Faste introduces landscape elements, which pushes the merged dynamic of manufactured sensibility with fine art even further.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;This body of work is an exploration into a confluence of an industrially designed culture and the imaginary space possible through paint,&rdquo; Fast states. &ldquo;These pieces engage the futuristic aspirations of an architecturally and technologically influenced cultural existence... Consumer culture, of which both art and design are integral, necessitates innovation, creativity, style, seduction and manipulation to propagate itself. My work engages these conceptual issues of material creation through an abstract visual language of implied technology and function.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Trygve Faste received an MFA in painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2004, and a BA in Mathematics-Computer Science and Studio Art from Whitman College in 1997. Faste&rsquo;s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, and is in the permanent collections of The Cranbrook Art Museum, Compuware Inc. and Chrysler. Trygve Faste lives and works in Eugene, Oregon where he is an Assistant Professor of Product Design at The University of Oregon.</p> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:09:04 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Farrah Karapetian - Von Lintel Gallery - January 17th, 2015 - February 28th, 2015 <div style="text-align: justify;">Von Lintel Gallery is pleased to announce&nbsp;<em>Stagecraft</em>, an exhibition of new works by&nbsp;<a href="https://t.e2ma.net/click/26paj/69i6al/i7gsoc" target="_blank">Farrah Karapetian</a>. This will be the artist&rsquo;s first solo show with the gallery. Comprised of photograms and the band of sculptural negatives built to produce them, Karapetian&rsquo;s latest series challenges the stability of the photographic image through analogy with staged musical performance and sound.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">In this body of work, Karapetian isolates and escalates her investigation of the abstract potential of photography. Just as the production elements of stagecraft underwrite the illusion of theater, photography is the result of multiple acts of fabrication. The photogram can deconstruct photography into its constituent parts - object, photographic paper, light source - but how then an artist pushes these parts defines the artist's concerns. The object in Karapetian&rsquo;s practice is often a &ldquo;constructed negative&rdquo; &ndash; transparent in either material (cymbals cast in glass) or form (the armature of a drum kit) &ndash; fabricated by the artist and exhibited as sculpture, challenging the notion that a negative is merely a means to an end.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">The title of the exhibition also points to the parallels between stage performance and the performative nature of Karapetian&rsquo;s methods: subjects are invited into the darkroom to reenact postures of music-making and works are installed to interplay in real space as might the components of a band, highlighting the ability of a photograph to both describe and occupy space. Usually the photogram makes a very flat space, a silhouette against a field of color, but Karapetian is interested here in persuading movement and volume from the picture plane. In this setting, the rhythms of object and shadow on paper translate into wavelengths of musical sound; reflection easily interpreted as reverberation. Description aside, much like attending a concert, experiencing Karapetian&rsquo;s work is best done live.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Karapetian was born in Marin, CA, in 1978. She received a BA from Yale and an MFA from the University of California Los Angeles. Recent exhibitions include the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, CA; the Torrance Art Museum in Torrance, CA; the UCR/California Museum of Photography in Riverside, CA; the Orange County Museum of Art; and the Vincent Price Art Museum in Monterey Park, CA. Recent grants include the California Community Foundation Mid-Career Artist Fellowship and the Artswriters grant from the Warhol Foundation | Creative Capital. Her work is included in the collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She lives and works in Los Angeles.</div> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:04:36 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Liat Yossifor - Armory Center for the Arts - January 17th, 2015 - March 22nd, 2015 <p>In this exhibition, Yossifor&rsquo;s time-based painting process converges with the quintessential time-based medium, wet cement. The more the material moves, the faster it dries; each subsequent motion a consequence of the gesture that came before.<br /><br />&nbsp;<a title="Press Release" href="https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B-BBGA1qAhkVbjIwMnVxZWJlOTg&amp;usp=sharing" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>&bull;&nbsp;View Press Kit</strong></a></p> <p>Image: Liat Yossifor, Detail 4 from&nbsp;<em>Gesture (as) Consequence</em>, Cement on Concrete Canvas, Courtesy of the artist</p> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:24:42 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Joel Glassman - Armory Center for the Arts - January 17th, 2015 - March 22nd, 2015 <div class="float-left"> <p>The Armory presents a series of unrealized, never-before shown, and groundbreaking early works (produced from 1971 through 1989) examining Glassman&rsquo;s musings with the mundane. Through repetition and simple gestures, he reveals and isolates moments in time that often go unnoticed, and creates visual poetry with his chosen materials.<br /><br /><a title="Press Release" href="https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B-BBGA1qAhkVQTBKSGNfS2RWYzQ&amp;usp=sharing" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>&bull;&nbsp;View Press Kit</strong></a></p> <p>Image: Joel Glassman,&nbsp;<em>Uneasy Attitudes</em>&nbsp;(detail), c. 1989, Ink and watercolor on paper, 15 x 22 inches, Courtesy of the artist</p> </div> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:39:50 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Sara Kathryn Arledge, Charles Irvin, Jim Shaw - Armory Center for the Arts - January 17th, 2015 - March 22nd, 2015 <p><em>The Making of Personal Theory: Mysticism and Metaphysics in the Work of Sara Kathryn Arledge, Charles Irvin, and Jim Shaw</em>&nbsp;is a three-person exhibition that takes notions of &ldquo;the mystical&rdquo; as an entry point to consider daily encounters that are marked with eccentricity, the surreal, and a dream-like passage of time. Representations of mystical or spiritual alternatives to normative culture suggest that the common is oftentimes complex and culture oftentimes askew, and that subjective, &ldquo;alternative&rdquo; normals are equally legitimate.<br /><br />&nbsp; &nbsp;<a title="Press Release" href="https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B-BBGA1qAhkVQV9yLTVaZkJEYjg&amp;usp=sharing" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>&bull;&nbsp;View Press Kit</strong></a></p> <p>Image: Sara Kathryn Arledge,&nbsp;<em>Untitled (abstract woman, baby inside)</em>, 1969. Watercolor on paper, 22.25 x 31 inches. Courtesy Armory Center for the Arts &amp; the Sara Kathryn Arledge Memorial Trust.</p> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:35:22 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Jason McLean - Wilding Cran Gallery - January 17th, 2015 - February 21st, 2015 <p style="text-align: justify;">Wilding Cran Gallery is pleased to announce&nbsp;<em>Soda Gardner</em>, a solo exhibition of new work by Brooklyn-based artist Jason McLean.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Soda Gardner&nbsp;</em>will be on view&nbsp;January 17 - February 21, 2015&nbsp;and will include several pieces that highlight McLean&rsquo;s characteristic combination of mixed media and found objects, such as military grade helmets, wooden doors, presidential imagery and vintage ephemera. Also, on display will be McLean's new collage drawings, created with the spirit of the traveller.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">During a brief but transitional stay in Los Angeles in 2014, McLean created works that explore history and relate it to recent memory.&nbsp;<em>Soda Gardner</em><em>,&nbsp;</em>his first solo show with Wilding Cran, will present drawings and mixed-media works that he created during his time in Los Angeles as well as new work from his studio in Brooklyn.&nbsp; McLean&rsquo;s time in Los Angeles inspired him with a renewed spirit towards art making which is revealed in this exhibition.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Jason McLean was born in 1971 in London, Ontario. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1997 from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, Canada.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">His diverse practice as an artist has included drawing, sculpture, installation, sound&nbsp;performance, zines, and mail art. Using multiple mediums, such as pencils, felt markers,&nbsp;acrylics and pastels, McLean records his daily experiences, observations and personal&nbsp;stories. Working on a range of surfaces from paper, and papier mach&eacute; to found objects&nbsp;such as baseball gloves and shoes, his drawings are often described as mental maps.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Much of McLean&rsquo;s work contains collaborative elements. McLean&rsquo;s&nbsp;artistic&nbsp;influences&nbsp;include the automatic drawings of the Surrealists, the paintings of Jean-Michel Basquiat, and the drawings of Raymond Pettibon.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">His art has been exhibited internationally at Colette, Paris; Richard Heller Gallery, LosAngeles; Mother's Tank Station, Dublin, Ireland; Bee Studios, Tokyo; Museum of&nbsp;Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto; Neon Gallery, Brosarp, Sweden;&nbsp;Spencer-Brownstone Gallery, New York; Franklin Parrasch, New York; Abel Neue Kunst Gallery, Berlin; Perugi Art Contemporenea, Padova, Italy; and Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice among other institutions and galleries.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">McLean received the Vancouver Arts Award in 2004. He is currently a member of the&nbsp;Advisory Board for the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in Toronto for the upcoming Jean&nbsp;Michael Basquiat retrospective. He is also working on a book with Black Dog&nbsp;Publishing.</p> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:55:27 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list