ndependent curator Tim Christian is pleased to present Wild Things, an exhibition of works by Los Angeles artists Soo Kim, Kim Schoenstadt, and Fran Siegel. These artists, all enjoying national and international acclaim, explore the physical world through strategies incorporating traditional and digital practices. More than an examination of environment, these artists strive to move beyond traditional views of the wild or sublime and seek to illuminate a hidden world, a new frontier, visible to anyone who will take the time to contemplate, to imagine, and to believe in the potential of the wild to thrill, enrich, and nourish us.
More than simply wild, the wilderness offers nourishment of the soul, and boundless opportunities for our imaginations to run free. As our world becomes increasingly bound, paved, controlled, and restrained, our need for an outlet increases, with limited opportunities. Each of these artists considers the urban space as a wild place, adaptive to our curiosity and imagination. Although bound by architecture and human development, these unique places, part real and part imagination, open the viewer to a psychic space outside the bounds of our buttoned-up world. "A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain." (The Wilderness Act, 1964)
Soo Kim (b. 1969, South Korea, Active, Los Angeles) is a professor and Program Director of Photography, at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles. Her work has been exhibited at the J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Indianapolis Museum of Art,Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University, Orange, CA, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, and Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA. Public collections include the J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, and the Broad Foundation. She received her MFA at California Institute of the Arts, and BA at University of California, Riverside.
Dean Monogenis (b. 1973, New York City, active Brooklyn, NY) was awarded the residency at CCA Andratx, Mallorca, Spain, 2012; the Fountainhead Residency, Miami in 2010; and was the Dyson Artist in Residence at Pace University in 2008. His works have been exhibited at Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles; Galerie Xippas, Athens; and Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York; as well as Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ; Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York; and Herter Art Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He received his BFA degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Kim Schoenstadt (b. 1973, Chicago, active Los Angeles); has exhibited nationally an internationally at venues including Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford CT, Santa Monica Museum, Santa Monica, CA, VanAbbe Museum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL and Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake, UT. received the first Catherine Doctorow Prize for Contemporary Painting from the Salt LakeCity Art Center and the Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Foundation. She received her BFA degree at Pitzer College, Claremont.
Fran Siegel (b. 1960, New York City, active Los Angeles) was awarded a 2010 prestigious California Community Foundation Fellowship from the Getty Trust and a residency award at the Bogliasco Foundation in Italy.Previous grants include an Individual Artist Fellowship from The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (C.O.L.A.), The American Academy in Rome, and The Fund for U.S. Artists. Siegel earned her M.F.A. from Yale University School of Art, and B.F.A. from Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia and Rome. She a professor in the Art Department at California State University Long Beach.
Tim Christian is an independent writer and management consultant, working in art administration since the 1990s. He has a BA degree in Linguistics and Cultural Anthropology from Pitzer College, Claremont and has studied in the graduate art history program at UCLA. Formerly he held positions at Otis College of Art Design and the School of the Arts and Architecture at the University of California, Los Angeles where he was the administrative manager of the New Wight Gallery. He has held positions at Angles Gallery, Cherry and Martin, and Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles. Since 2001 he has written about contemporary art, including several catalogue essays for exhibitions, and art reviews for major publications. His interests and research focus on contemporary art, with special attention to how new works by living artists dialogue with divergent practices from the 20th century. He has worked extensively in public art, collaborating with artists on several successful public art commissions. He is the founder and principal of Real Art Works, a consultancy dedicated to professional project management, outreach and grant writing for artists, and administrative management for galleries and not-for-profit organizations. His most recent curatorial project was the critically acclaimed 2010 mid-career survey, Splendid Entities: 25 Years of Objects by Phyllis Green (cocurated with Jo Lauria).