K7APT, a new space for art in Koreatown, is proud to announce MAGI, our inaugural exhibition. Connecting diverse neighborhoods of Los Angeles, MAGI is a mixed-media group show featuring five Los Angeles based artists: Karl Jean-Guerly Petion, Nanuka Tchitchoua, Monica Nouwens, Jullianna Ostrobsky, and T. Wade Ivy. MAGI explores the mythical and subjective representation of symbolic narratives from Haiti, Republic of Georgia, and Los Angeles - the Microcosmic and the Magical. Bringing the essence of Salon tradition forward, MAGI presents drawings, paintings, and sculptures, with weekly events including film & videos, installation, performance, and other surprises from these alchemists.
Drawings by T. Wade Ivy explore a narrative visualization of history and the future with line drawings of intricate detail and crude abstraction. His film works take these drawings as a starting point.
Georgian artist/filmmaker Nanuka Tchitchoua’s work often places the ethereal, sensuous and high-spirited woman on center stage in a dreamlike state. Following the flights of birds, constantly evolving from one painting to another. Tchitchoua invites us over for wonders and an amazing discovery of life both in Georgia and Los Angeles in her works.
Monica Nouwens’ video 'Trenton Rooftop Dance' was a part of Nouwens’ project ' Look At Me As If You Have Known Me Before' exhibited at Photography Museum Amsterdam. Composed of an audio visual multiscreen installation, video and prints, Nouwens describes a group of sub culture youth who survive with very little aid of money, or shelter, or a regular job or a formal education and yet keep their bursting creativity unhindered and flow in Los Angeles.
A community artist, Julianna Ostrovsky’s paintings in the Museum shop are based on the 19 century exploration of microscopic structures as the examples of an ideal life in form and function. Conversely, they are biomorphic observations on microcosmic chaos and outlaw organisms and street level jargon.
Haitian artist Jean-Guerly Petion’s paintings and sculptures reach back to Haitian intellectual history that integrate African mythologies, psychoanalysis and the surrealist movement. It presents a physiological study on “becoming feminine” regardless of gender, at the center of the ethical question of the “minor” body.