ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Benjamin Lord - Monte Vista - February 7th - March 1st <p style="text-align: justify;">Monte Vista Projects is pleased to present <em>The New Retail Mycology</em>, an exhibition of new photographs by Benjamin Lord. The project explores notions of the made and the found, and how personal experiences are constructed and demolished in an age saturated by advertising.<br />&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The photographs depict elaborate but ephemeral sculptural tableaux,&nbsp;conjoining the intentionality of highly wrought craft objects made by the artist with a range of scavenged materials whose provenance is more obscure.&nbsp; Reversing the customary assumption of a photographer&rsquo;s studio as a place of rigid authorial control, Lord&rsquo;s illusionary assemblages depict tenuous arrangements that walk a line between earnest handicraft and absurdist satire. Mushrooms and fungi appear throughout the project as both physical materials and as a deliriously mixed metaphor for spontaneous organic generation, the corporate branding of psychedelic experience, and the limits of scientific knowledge. Combining influences from advertising imagery, Japanese flower arranging, and the freeform juxtapositions of the internet, these images extend Lord&rsquo;s longstanding interest in the illusionistic space of &ldquo;sculptures&rdquo; that exist only in the photographic imagination. Presented in candy-colored painted aluminum frames, Lord&rsquo;s miniature worlds chart a space of freedom where the deliberate and the accidental mingle imperceptibly.</p> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:21:46 +0000 Serban Savu, Adrian Ghenie, Ciprian Muresan, Marco Palmieri, Razvan Boar, Michiel Ceulers, Robin von Einsiedel, Przemek Pyszczek, Nathlie Provosty - Mihai Nicodim Gallery - January 31st - March 7th <p style="text-align: justify;">Mihai Nicodim Gallery is thrilled to announce the opening of our new space in Downtown Los Angeles. Join us for an opening preview of our inaugural group exhibition on Saturday&nbsp;Janurary 31st from 6-8pm.</p> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:19:04 +0000 Sabrina Gschwandtner - Shoshana Wayne Gallery - February 21st - April 18th <p style="text-align: justify;">Shoshana Wayne Gallery is pleased to present Film Quilts, a solo exhibition of new work by Sabrina Gschwandtner. This is the artist&rsquo;s first exhibition with the gallery. Film Quilts features fifteen quilts constructed from celluloid and presented in framed light boxes. Gschwandtner&rsquo;s work engages viewers on multiple levels; from a distance, bold textile patterns glow like light filtered through stained glass. Up close, individual strips of film converge to form narratives about materiality, labor, and handcraft.<br /><br />Since 2009, Gschwandtner has been working from a collection of 16 mm films that were de-accessioned from the Fashion Institute of Technology and given to her by Anthology Film Archives. These short films, dated between 1950 and 1980, are educational documentaries about textiles as art, craft, fashion, military camouflage, political expression, and scientific metaphor. The artist makes new meaning out of this source material by cutting and sewing it into configurations based on popular American quilt motifs.<br />&nbsp;<br />Gschwandtner&rsquo;s work connects experimental filmmaking methods to the forgotten history of early cinema, in which cameras were constructed from modified sewing machine parts and women with agile sewing fingers were employed as editors. Images of hands at work &ndash; weaving, dyeing cloth, feeding fabric into machines &ndash; are repeated throughout the exhibition, reminders not only of the artist&rsquo;s labor and the handcraft history of film editing, but also of the tactile quality of film. To further underscore her treatment of film not as a projected image but as a series of tactile prints, the artist freely uses countdown leader, her own footage scrawled with film lab notations, and film she has marked with lithography ink. In each work, Gschwandtner creates a dialogue between the images inside the frames and the symbolic and historical meanings of the quilt patterns, thereby engaging the notion of filmic suture in a reconfigured form. By pairing the centuries-old craft of quilting with the near-obsolete medium of celluloid, Gschwandtner presents viewers with a new kind of montage.<br />&nbsp;<br />Sabrina Gschwandtner received a BA from Brown University and an MFA from Bard College. Her work has been exhibited in the United States as well as internationally at institutions including the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC; the Museum of Arts and Design in New York; and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Her film quilts can be found in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the RISD Museum, the Philbrook Museum, and the Carl and Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation, among many other public and private collections worldwide. The artist lives and works in New York.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Walk-through with the artist: Friday, February 20, 2015 (Please call the gallery for time.)</p> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:14:59 +0000 Ekundayo - Thinkspace - January 31st - February 21st <p style="text-align: justify;">Ekundayo is a Hawaii based artist whose mixed media work harnesses the visual power of the subconscious through hyperbole and juxtaposition. Owing to his mastery of a surreal grotesque and his early beginnings as a graffiti artist, Ekundayo's work is monumental and larger than life. The artist's intuitive recombinations are uncanny and haunting, and betray an understanding of life's most aberrant and disturbing dimensions. Ekundayo channels the sordid and the abject, but mobilizes the imaginary to attenuate its ravages through fantasy. The artist combines the human with the animal to explore a conflicted interconnectedness, and creates imagery that is allegorical and even mythological at times. Much like an idyllic nightmare, beauty exists with deformity in its midsts. Ekundayo combines the monstrous and the teratological with the beautiful and the redemptive, to convey a profound empathy for the duality of the human condition.<br /><br />Artist Statement:<br />The theme of the show deals with the connections that people have with each-other, the world we live in and our quest for understanding who we are.&nbsp;<br /><br />The central inspiration for this latest series of work comes from the concept of "Mana" which the ancient Hawaiians believed was an extraordinary universal power that radiates though all living things for man to harness for his own use.<br /><br />The aspect of this idea that fascinates me most is that the ancients believed our thoughts can contain transformative powers in our lives when we choose to connect to this higher power that is all around us.&nbsp;<br /><br />There are moments in creating when time seems to disappear. I feel like I'm lost in another world, and this unexplainable feeling is what I believe to be that higher source the ancient Hawaiians meant when they spoke of Mana.&nbsp;<br /><br />This exhibition is my gift to that feeling I know we all connect to when reaching deep within ourselves.</p> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:05:08 +0000 Craig "Skibs" Barker - Thinkspace - January 31st - February 21st <p style="text-align: justify;">{adj: having the lower jaw dropped especially as indicating amazement or stupidity}<br /><br />Craig "Skibs" Barker likes legs. This Southern Californian artist grew up during the early '80s in the midst of both the punk rock and surfing culture explosions. These influences soon inspired his own fine art. With a healthy dose of punk flyers, album covers, and surfing magazines buzzing through his head as a youth, Barker began making flyers and t-shirts for his friends and his own punk bands. Mixing different approaches, techniques, and mediums, he creates a sense of memory, personal history, and appreciation for the female form. Combining elements of pop culture, literary censorship, and a positive mental attitude, he creates layered scenes of voyeuristic mischief. Barker's work explores the junctions between past and present, memory and imagination, fantasy and reality, while creating a dialog between image and viewer. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:05:17 +0000 Liz Magic Laser, Anna Sew Hoy - Various Small Fires - January 31st 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Please join VSF and&nbsp;<a href=";id=856004ccfc&amp;e=725de708a3" target="_blank">Area Sneaks</a>&nbsp;for a special signing of Liz Magic Laser's new catalogue,&nbsp;<a href=";id=fbdf7d72c4&amp;e=725de708a3" target="_blank"><em>Public Relations&nbsp;</em></a>(<a href=";id=3e2ecae4b5&amp;e=725de708a3" target="_blank">Sternberg Press</a>, 2014), as well as the launch and signing of the third issue of Area Sneaks Sheets, featuring Anna Sew Hoy.&nbsp;Both publications will be available for purchase.<br /><br />Sew Hoy will also read from a text amidst work from her current exhibition,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><em>FACE NO FACE</em></a>, in VSF's Outdoor Courtyard.</p> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:47:41 +0000 David Musgrave - Marc Foxx - February 14th - March 14th Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:44:19 +0000 Mariah Robertson - M+B - February 14th - March 21st Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:43:20 +0000 Lynda Benglis, Hilary Harnischfeger, Rebecca Manson, Arlene Shechet - ACME - February 14th - March 14th Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:41:47 +0000 Alex Becerra, James O. Clark, Gerald Davis, Radamés “Juni” Figueroa, Yann Gerstberger, Jocko Weyland - ltd los angeles - January 23rd - February 28th <p style="text-align: justify;">ltd los angeles is pleased to present Alex Becerra, James O. Clark, Gerald Davis, Radames &ldquo;Juni&rdquo; Figueroa, Yann Gerstberger and Jocko Weyland in the group exhibition <em>Hit Pause: &ldquo;Sometimes you have to pee in the sink.&rdquo; </em>These six international artists highlight the absurdity of the human condition through their manipulation of banal scenes or through moments as an outsider.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For this exhibition, Alex Becerra paints women dancing atop mirrors perhaps in a gentleman&rsquo;s club or maybe a roller rink, creating a friction between what is possible and what is real. James O. Clark uses light as form in his sculptures to humorously glorify and display some of our most private moments while playfully referencing Duchamp and Klein. Gerald Davis&rsquo; drawing is a voyeuristic window into fantasy whether a schoolboy watching his neighbor picking up the mail or a dancer pausing in a nightclub. Radam&eacute;s "Juni" Figueroa paints his subject by providing details of clothing while the features of the wearer disappear. This removal allows the clothing to represent the identity of this individual, pointing to the notion of clothing as cultural signifier in framing ones&rsquo; complex identity. Yann Gerstberger uses cotton with natural and synthetic dyes to create his tapestries. These works are within the lineage of craft arts, while simultaneously exploiting this lineage to respond to its role in consumer culture. Jocko Weyland brings together the paradoxes of our desire for technology, communication, and information with our incessant need for a connection to our planet and the environment; ultimately caused by the dichotomy of our domination over and dependency on the environment.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Alex Becerra was born in Valencia, CA 1989. He received a BFA from Otis College of Art in 2011. Becerra has an upcoming solo booth in Zona Maco Sur in Mexico City, MX in February 2015. He currently lives and works in Inglewood, CA.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">James O. Clark was born in Coatesville, PA. He received his BS in from Kutztown State University, Kutztown, PA in 1974. Clark lives and works in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Gerald Davis was born in Pittsburg, PA in 1974. He graduated from School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999. Davis currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Radam&eacute;s &ldquo;Juni&rdquo; Figueroa was born in Bayam&oacute;n, Puerto Rico in 1982. He received his BFA from Escuela de Artes Pl&aacute;sticas in 2007. Figueroa currently lives and works in San Juan, PR.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Yann Gerstberger was born in Cognes sur Mer, FR in 1983. He studied at Beaux Arts de Marseille. Gerstberger lives and works in Mexico City, MX.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Jocko Weyland was born Helsinki, FN in 1967. Weyland graduated with a B.A. from University of California, San Diego in 1989. He lives and works in Tucson, AZ.</p> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:39:33 +0000 Jennifer Chan - ltd los angeles - January 23rd - February 28th Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:36:06 +0000 Featuring Works from the Collection of Mary and Armando Duron - Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) - February 21st - May 1st <p><strong>On Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 5pm-8pm, at 685 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA </strong>(Old Venice Police Station), SPARC&rsquo;s historic headquarters since 1977, The Dur&oacute;n Gallery at SPARC will present <em>A Short Essay on Chicano Photography</em>, showcasing works from the collection of Mary and Armando Dur&oacute;n that will feature a survey exhibition on Chicano photography that has not been mounted in any venue large or small since in many years. One can argue that Chicano photographers took their cue from their quest to create their own reality admitting that it was not objective but reactionary to the few quite negative images that existed about Chicanos and their ancestors. The exhibit reveals that the aesthetic and formal concerns were never ignored as Chicano photographers sought to make their mark on their terms. The works in this exhibition will attempt to go beyond photojournalism and to demonstrate that aesthetic, formal and social concerns were ever-present and together often formed the resulting images by the artists.</p> <p>The Dur&oacute;n Family Collection consists of hundreds of works, together with an extensive library of books, catalogs and ephemera collected over 30 years. Armando Dur&oacute;n has spoken and written widely as a knowledgeable collector on Chicano art of Los Angeles. His unique perspective as a collector, long-time friend of Chicano(a) artists and avid student on the subject is widely sought from Los Angeles, to the Smithsonian, from high school students to professional appraisers. Dur&oacute;n writes an occasional column for <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Brooklyn &amp; Boyle</span> newspaper, &ldquo;From the Living Room Couch&rdquo; on Chicano art.&nbsp; Works from the collection are regularly shown throughout the country. The Mission of the Dur&oacute;n Gallery is to present socially relevant and politically conscious art, weather visual or performing, especially for underserved audiences, by established and emerging artists, artists&rsquo; collectives and student projects.</p> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:49:05 +0000 Olga Balema, Tom Humphreys, Win McCarthy, Emanuel Röhss, José Rojas, J. Parker Valentine - Thomas Duncan Gallery - February 28th - March 21st Sat, 24 Jan 2015 08:55:13 +0000 Katy Cowan - Cherry and Martin - 2732 - February 28th - March 28th Sat, 24 Jan 2015 08:53:31 +0000 Pat O'Neill - Cherry and Martin - February 28th - March 28th Sat, 24 Jan 2015 08:51:46 +0000 David Kapp - Ruth Bachofner Gallery - February 28th - April 11th <p style="text-align: justify;">Ruth Bachofner Gallery is pleased to present a new exhibition of paintings by David Kapp. There will be &nbsp;a reception for the artist, Saturday, February 28, 4-6 PM &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">David Kapp was born and raised in New York and has painted the city since the 1970's. Kapp&rsquo;s paintings &nbsp; extract the dramatic contrasts, harmonies, collisions and forms of urban architecture and movement. &nbsp; Images of traffic, buildings and pedestrians from skewed perspectives have become signature for the &nbsp; artist. Kapp has revisited certain views and streetscapes, yet these same subjects arrive in fresh ways &nbsp; with each new series. His extreme perspectives and dramatic plays of light continually evolve in images &nbsp; that have become tools for conveying the essence of the city, rather than literal portraits of his &nbsp; surroundings. &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In his latest body of work, Kapp brings a higher dose of geometry and an electric palette, particularly with &nbsp; collage studies that recall the optimism of Matisse's cut-outs. In his paintings, Kapp applies this same &nbsp; precise cutting to paint, where vertical views of a jagged sky through towering highrises become highly &nbsp; flattened, hard-edge abstractions. In some pieces, the context of the urban environment is barely &nbsp; discernible within complex, fractured geometries. These works are accompanied by more painterly &nbsp; approaches as well, where pedestrians, traffic scenes and crosswalks brim with energy. While the &nbsp; subjects are more recognizable in these paintings, Kapp has pared down the scenes to favor a gridded &nbsp; format with spare grounds. In all of his work, Kapp's focus is always on the light, which he sees of primary &nbsp;importance, the adhesive that binds the image together. &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Intentionality is not the primary component of the creative process,&rdquo; Kapp states. &ldquo;Experimentation and &nbsp; play are of equal importance. I don&rsquo;t want only results but will achieve results through the process of &nbsp; doing. Failure thus becomes an important part of the creative process. The process itself always indicates &nbsp;a direction of interest. Habit is the biggest enemy of creation. The subject of any painting is not the object: &nbsp;the object is the relationship between parts, forms and colors, bound by natural forces.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;David Kapp has received two Awards from The American Academy of Arts and Letters along with a &nbsp; Rosenthal Foundation award. His work is in many public and private collections including The &nbsp; Metropolitan Museum of Art, The National Academy of Design, and The Mint Museum of Art.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 08:49:16 +0000