june 4 – july 31, 2010
opening reception friday, june 4, 6-10pm
KAREN FRIMKESS WOLFF: Calm Ideas & Mortal Things
In our main space, Karen Frimkess Wolff offers new graphite and pencil drawings specifically made for Happy. Known primarily for her sculpture and installation work, this is a rare opportunity to experience the Los Angeles artist’s haunting works. Using pure white gesso on press board as her surface, Karen’s landscapes convey a complex visual vocabulary that combines flora and fauna and a treasury of objects that sometimes soar, sometimes lay perfectly still, but always possess deep meaning. A brilliant draftsman and master storyteller, Karen returns to the simple act of drawing with a sense of aplomb, a hand that is always present and the soul of a gentle soothsayer. Whimsical and unapologetic in her approach, Karen creates meditative encouragements to thoughtful reflection. According to the artist “I want to notice carefully, to be grateful for beauty, to balance nature, artifice and my human contrivance.” Karen lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her B.A. in Painting from UCLA and her M.A. in Art History from California State University, Northridge.
CARLOS ULLOA: Schrank
Carlos Ulloa invades Happy with a menagerie of his signature collage silhouettes. Schrank (German for closet) presents these fragmented, ghost-like hybrids as secrets, memories, nightmares, antagonists or good friends that imbed themselves in Happy’s project room. Some fade into the woodwork while others expose themselves, shamelessly reminding the viewer of the skeletons we keep in our own closets. By creating these works and then repositioning them in our space, Carlos gives himself the opportunity to come to terms with the art he has created; he is able to further manipulate and re-investigate the work and ultimately exploit the delicate balance between the artist and subject. Limited-edition impressions are available in the Schrank. Come in and see what’s in Carlos’ closet. Carlos lives and works in Los Angeles. He received his B.F.A. from Hartwick College, NY and his M.F.A. from Vermont College of Fine Arts, VT.