As a closing event for Waxing the Bud\, please join us among an assortment of nosegays for a humble incantation of poetry on blossoms\, both bodily and floral. The computerized reading will include poems by Olg a Broumas\, Mark Doty\, Patricia Hampl\, Marsden Hartley\, Gerard Manley Ho pkins\, Brigit Pegeen Kelly\, César Moro\, Chase Twichell\, May Swenson\, J ames L. White\, Dean Young\, and others.

Waxing the Bud is an ex hibition organized by Erich Bollmann that features work by Deanna Erdmann\, Esmeralda Montes\, Orlando Tirado\, and Paul Waddell. Through a selection of works that presage an idyllic land both fictive and ordinary\; Waxing th e Bud channels a pastoral rhythm that is routine for Los Angeles\, where pa radisaical profusions bloom in stark contrast to the built environment. Wan tonly reeking of copulation\, the exhibition evokes the flower’s stamen and pistil\, as well as the reproductive features of the human body. The artis ts use disparate strategies to reveal the shape of splendor\; reframing sex \, ourselves\, and nature in their act. 

Deanna Erdmann presents a kaleidoscopic vision of flesh in her video\, “COLT.” Sex is presented th rough mantra like repetition as vintage erotic films collapse into one cont inuous barrage. Erdmann examines rote acts in a dazzling parade of bodies o n hammocks\, under waterfalls\, and inside each other. Each split second cl ip keeps its original audio track to jolt the viewer with a frenetic audito ry collage that includes a smattering of bird chirps and guttural moans. 
Casting from an amorphous and perverse family of subjects\, Esmer alda Montes contributes a new painting from her most recent body of work. M ontes' figures populate a vivid landscape redolent with mutating bodies\, w here legs sprout from mountainsides\, and flora adorns flesh in comic scena rios set on a lush field of marks.

Orlando Tirado examines the e roticism that blossoms in the gaps between stucco and debris in a new sculp ture that amalgamates the city and our bodies. Tirado presents an image of flesh and adornment in a work both detailed and austere. His sculpture take s cues from the verdant artifice of 18th century brautkronen -German weddin g crowns- and the jaded tenderness of hustler culture. 

Paul Wad dell proffers an abstract rejoinder to the other glimpses of ecstasy on dis play in a new painting that traces coy and debased silhouettes. His fervid shapes over lurid color suggest a Los Angeles both more mundane and more my thic than itself: timeless like Eden\, yet soiled\, hybridized\, ever envig ored. Waxing the Bud alludes to this Los Angeles\, land of furtive embraces and public exposures\, imagined selves within dense\, dense foliage\; a co llaborative daydream enlivened by in the warm\, warm sun.

Deanna Erdmann is an artist living and working in Los Angeles. She received her M FA (2008) from University of California\, San Diego\, where she was a Russe l Grant recipient\, and her BA (2002) from UC Irvine. Her work has been inc luded exhibitions and screenings at the Hammer Museum\, Luis De Jesus\, Pat rick Painter\, REDCAT\, Angels Gate Cultural Center\, LACE\, Kavi Gupta Ber lin\, Sundown Salon\, Lui Velasquez\, Honor Fraser\, compactspace and The N ew Children’s Museum San Diego. In 2012\, she received the Center for Cultu ral Innovation Artist Resource Completion Grant. Upcoming her work will be included at Images Festival\, Toronto Canada and Move In at Honor Fraser Ga llery in Los Angeles. 

Esmeralda Montes is an artist whose work examines personal family history\, online dating sites\, and film to genera te characters\, events\, and non-sequential narratives. Her work has been e xhibited in Rome\, Philadelphia\, and Los Angeles\; most recently in the gr oup show Paradox Maintenance Technicians at the Torrance Art Museum. Montes received her BFA (2007) from California State University Long Beach\, and her MFA (2010) from Tyler School of Art\, Temple University. She lives and works in Los Angeles\, CA.

Orlando Tirado is a writer\, artist\, and award-winning filmmaker. His work has exhibited in the US and abroad\, including at Commonwealth &\; Council\, REDCAT\, and Cirrus (LA)\, Pre- teen (Mexico City)\, and The Photographer's Gallery (London)\, among others . He has collaborated with Margaret Haines\, Math Bass\, Vaginal Davis\, an d OneOhTrixPointNever. His first short film Wunderkammer (2008) directed by Andrea Pallaoro\, screened internationally\; his first feature Medeas is s et to premiere this year. Orlando was named a 2013 MacDowell Fellow and a 2 012 Fellow by the California Association of Museums. He lives and works in Los Angeles and New York City.

Paul Waddell is a painter and per formance artist living and working in Los Angeles. He graduated in 2005 fro m the School of the Museum of Fine Arts\, Boston. Waddell has exhibited ext ensively throughout the United States. His most recent exhibitions include Ponding Purple Grass\, Night Gallery\, LA (2012)\; Moving In\, Honor Fraser \, LA (2012)\, Grand Re-opening\, Human Resources\, LA (2011)\; I like Mass achusetts...\, MEME Gallery\, Cambridge (2010)\, The life of a house cat\, Waterloo Centre for the Arts\, Waterloo\, IA (2010). Waddell's work has bee n reviewed in the LA Weekly\, Artslant\, Notes on Looking\, A Righteous Tra nsfer!\, Time Out Boston\, Big\, Red &\; Shiny\, and Inter Magazine.

Erich Bollmann is an artist and writer based in Los Angeles. Bollma nn has previously organized exhibitions such as\, So\, Sangfroid at Pieter and Berenstain Bears at C-Annex Space. He has shown his work at Commonwealt h &\; Council\, Dan Graham\, and Workspace among others. Bollmann is a f ounding member of the Bradley Manning Prayer Club\, and is working on his f irst book of poems.

Gallery Hours: Saturdays 12:00-5:00 pm\, and by appointment.

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LOCATION:Actual Size Los Angeles\,741 New High St. \nLos Angeles\, CA 90012 SUMMARY:Poetry + Flowers\, Deanna Erdmann\, Esmeralda Montes\, Orlando Tira do\, Paul Waddell END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR