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LOS ANGELES &mdash\; The Craft &\; Folk Art Museum presents Artif acts of a Life Lived by the Living (To Live)\, curated by contemporary artist Chris Johanson. This interdisciplinary exhibition celebrates the me ditative ritual of the artmaking process for a group of artists who are com pelled to create art to sustain a certain balance and order in their lives. Johanson has selected a group of artists that he deeply admires\, whose wo rks include drawings\, painting\, site-specific installations\, sound\, per formance\, and movement. Fea­\;tured artists are Alex Cohen\, Alicia McC arthy\, Carmen Papalia\, John Ratliff (Swan)\, Justin &ldquo\;Kutmah&rdquo\ ; McNulty\, Kal Spelletich\, Kim MacConnel\, Liz Harris\, Michael Bernard L oggins\, and Sue Tompkins. The exhibition will be on view from September 29 \, 2013 through January 5\, 2014.

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Johanson chose this selection of artists\, whom he considers &ldquo \;beautiful people in the sea of life\,&rdquo\; based on their intriguing s tories&mdash\;individuals &ldquo\;who create with intention to be in rhythm with the world\,&rdquo\; he adds. Each artwork serves as a document of the energy these artists use to make their lives livable. His intention is to share the idea that making magic often involves a creative balancing act or meditative ritual that creates a space for personal peace.

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A large number of the exhibition artists create work that is interactive and involves a high degree of audience part icipation. Portland-based artist Carmen Papalia\, who is legally blind\, le ads walking tours in which the participants experience their surroundings t hrough non-visual methods of interpretation. These tours are documented wit h text\, audio\, and photographs. Bay Area-based artist Kal Spelletich is k nown for making kinetic\, interactive sculptures using found materials. For the installation &ldquo\;Head in the Clouds\,&rdquo\; Spelletich will proj ect the faces of visitors into a video installation that invokes the open s ky.

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Alicia McCarthy&rsquo\ ;s delicate abstract paintings embrace a punk/folk aesthetic that combines the street culture of San Francisco with forms of folk art. Made with humbl e non-art mate­\;rials such as house paint and discarded wood\, McCarthy &rsquo\;s work recalls the intricate pat­\;terns of dé\;modé \; textiles. Kim MacConnel\, whose work has been featured in the Whitney Mu seum of American Art Biennial on five occasions\, creates sculptures and in stallations from plastic that has washed ashore the beaches by his home in San Diego.

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A f ew of the artists use text and the written word as a vehicle to contextuali ze their anxiet­\;ies and concerns. Glasgow-based artist Sue Tompkins ma nipulates the rhythm of written and spoken words for her installations and performances\, in which words\, and not their content\, are centerpieces. J ohn Ratliff\, also knows as Swan\, is a poet\, journalist\, and for­\;me r television news reporter who creates a daily newspaper. Diagnosed with sc hizophre­\;nia many years ago\, Swan spends his days in the Mission Dist rict of San Francisco taking care of animals. He has been living on the str eets for over a decade.

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Michael Bernard Loggins is an artist who has been creating writin gs\, drawings\, and paintings through a program in San Francisco called Cre ativity Explored. In 1995\, Log­\;gins began listing his fears and 138 w ere published in zine format called Fears of Your Life. Over the next seven years\, Loggins&rsquo\; list of fears grew into another zine\, which was p ublished in 2004 by Manic D Press. Fears of Your Life was also read on NPR& rsquo\;s &ldquo\;This American Life&rdquo\; in 2004.

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The repetition of motifs and pattern s in drawings help center artists such as Justin &ldquo\;Kutmah&rdquo\; McN ulty and Liz Harris. Kutmah is a London-based artist and DJ of Egyp­\;ti an and Scottish descent\, who was deported in 2010 without advance warning from his home in Hollywood\, CA. He was detained for two months in New Mexi co under immigration charges\, during which time he sought solace in drawin g. In order to keep himself sane\, Kutmah used only a short pencil and an I D card to create a collection of 39 drawings.

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< span style="font-size: small\;">Harris&rsquo\; meticulously calculated hand -rendered images display an almost obsessive at­\;tention to line and pa ttern. Mirroring the repetition of line as mantra\, the act of painting bec omes a mode of meditation through which Harris both acknowledges her inabil ity to make perfect lines\, and questions the utility of such perfection in the first place. Harris is also known as Grouper\, a solo sound artist who combines the music genres of ambient sound\, drone\, and folk.

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Alex Cohen is a 22-year-o ld painter\, ceramicist\, and installation artist studying at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. His socially and politically charged works a nd installations are influenced by his love and involvement with hip-hop\, graffiti\, and skating.

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Artist and curator Chris Johanson was born in San Jose\, Californ ia in 1968. He was part of a community of artists formed in San Francisco&r squo\;s Mission District in the late 1990s\, and gained widespread attentio n for his participation in the 2002 Whitney Biennial. Johanson has exhibite d widely in museums and galleries internationally over the past decade. He has had solo exhibitions at museums including the Malmö\; Konsthall\, 2 011\; Portland Art Museum\, 2007\; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art\, 200 3\; and the UCLA Hammer Museum\, 2001. His notable group exhibitions includ e Dialogue of Hands\, Glasgow International 2012\; A New York Minute\, Depa rt Foundation\, Rome\, Italy\; the 2006 Berlin Biennale\, Germany\; the 200 5 Istanbul Biennial\, Turkey\; Monuments for the USA\, CCA Wattis Institute \, San Francisco\; Beautiful Losers: Contemporary At and Street Culture\, C ontemporary Arts Center\, Cincinnati and Orange County Museum of Art\, Newp ort Beach\, CA.

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\n< p class="Pa0" style="text-align: justify\;">The opening reception for Artifacts of a Life Lived by the Living (To Liv e) will take place on Saturday\, September 28 from 7:00 &ndash\; 9:00 p.m. The reception is open to CAFAM members and the public.

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This exhibition is supported in part by the An tonia and Vladimir Kulaev Cultural Heritage Fund and the Andrew Will Winery . Special thanks to Roberts &\; Tilton and Flaunt Magazine.

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