February 23-March 30, 2019
Opening Saturday, February 23, 4-7p
Artist Talk with Steven Wong: Saturday, March 30, 2019, 2-4 PM
Juried by Steven Wong, Curator at LA Municipal Gallery
Artists Shiva Aliabadi, Clara Berta, Michael Chang, Teresita de la Torre, Yumiko Fujiwara, Marcela Gottardo, Chiho Harazaki, Gina Herrera, Ali Hval, Sasinun Kladpetch, John Koller, Sandra E. Lauterbach, Nancy Goodman Lawrence, Heather Joy Layton, Sonny Lipps, Carmen Mardonez, Kim Marra, Sonya McAlister, Elizabeth McFalls, Sarah Naim, Cristina Natsuko, Kelly O’Briant, Ann Phong, Ella Ritts, Amelia Sargent, Anna-Lena Sauer, J. Sloman, Jonathan Takahashi, Emilia Ukkonen, Josh Vasquez, and Valerie Wilcox
FRESH: not previously known or used; new or different. recent, latest, up-to-date, modern, modernistic, ultramodern, newfangled, original, novel, innovative, unusual, unconventional, unorthodox, radical, revolutionary, informal, offbeat
FRESH encourages artists, from LA and beyond, to consider how their work can make an impact by representing current ideas and trends through contemporary art. “If what we produce as a creative community does not shift our thinking nor move our society forward for everyone, what is it good for?” our juror, Wong, poses. As a conceptual artist and activist, Wong is inspired by what meaningful ideas drive artists to create as well as the emotional process they encountered in the making of their art and what effects were produced as a result.
FRESH attracted over 700 entries from 236 artists, and after careful consideration by Wong and SoLA Gallery director, Peggy Sivert Zask, around 30 finalists have been selected to show their work for the FRESH 2019 opening reception. One artist from the group, who will be announced at the Artist Talk on March 30, 2019, will be awarded a solo exhibition at SoLA Gallery next summer 2020.
ABOUT THE JUROR:
Steven Wong was born in the City of Angeles at Queen of Angels Hospital, a place that no longer exists. He is currently a curator at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Art Park. Previously he was the Interim Executive Director and the senior staff curator at the Chinese American Museum where he developed and implemented both contemporary art and history exhibitions. In 2014, Steven curated LA Heat: Taste Changing Condiments, an exhibit that brought together over 30 L.A. based artists from disparate art worlds, to explore sociocultural plurality and hybridity of L.A. via the city’s culinary innovation. As part of the Getty’s 2017 Pacific Standard Time LA/LA, Steven conceived of and co-curated an exhibition examining the historic circuits of migrations, cross-connections, and flows of artists and Chinese diasporic communities influenced artistic production within the larger development of Caribbean art. Previous to his work at CAM, he was the Director of Digital Literacy Initiatives at the Little Tokyo Service Center, and has lectured at UC Santa Barbara and was an adjunct professor at Ventura College and Pasadena City College in Asian American Studies, History and Art Studio Departments. Sill an artist at heart, Steven manages to create visual art in has exhibited in museums and galleries in Los Angeles and New York. Steven holds a Masters in Asian American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles (1998) and a Master in Fine Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara (2000).
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