GALLERY TWO: GROUP SHOW
In the adjunct space, the Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition featuring recent works by Christopher Barnard, Margie Livingston, Tadashi Moriyama, Christopher Russell, Jason Sherry, and William Staples.
Christopher Barnard is a graduate of the University of Southern California (MFA 2005) and Yale University (BA, 1999). His paintings represent an ongoing examination of the connections and gaps between landscape painting and contemporary socio–political events. More specifically, they focus on the manifestations of American expansion and its consequences on various environments. Employing different methods of representation, Barnard’s work critiques the country’s ongoing ideology for power and military expansion by focusing on ideas of authority, imperialism, and environmental degradation. Chris has presented solo exhibitions with Luis De Jesus and Sam Lee galleries and the Denison Museum of Art in Granville, Ohio. He lives and works in Los Angeles.
Margie Livingston A Fulbright Scholar (2001-2002) and graduate of the University of Washington (MFA 1999), Livingston is the recipient the 2010 Neddy Fellowship Award in Painting, awarded annually by Seattle’s Behnke Foundation. Letting accident and discovery meet invention and experimentation, Margie’s goal is to make works that surprise and direct the viewer into new territory. Her recent work investigates the properties of paint pushed into three dimensions. Reversing her usual process of building “organic” objects as models for painting, she now uses paint to construct objects that are both dimensional paintings and sculptures made of paint. Margie will have her first solo exhibition at Luis De Jesus in February 2011.
Tadashi Moriyama Born in Tokyo and raised in Japan and the United States, Moriyama attended Tyler School of Art (BA 2003) and the University of Pennsylvania (MFA 2006). His intricately detailed aerial views of post-apocalyptic landscapes explore themes of creation and subsequent collapse of cities, memories, space and time, where technology and digital media function as manipulators and instigators of fear, death and hopeful renewal. Inspired and influenced by Buddhist and Hindu miniature painting, Italian Renaissance painting, as well as personal experiences, his overcrowded, over-systematized metropolises sprout consumptive organs, and breeding buildings evolve into chaotic knots of life-sustaining connective tissue. This will be Tadashi’s first exhibition with Luis De Jesus Los Angeles. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Christopher Russell A graduate of Art Center College of Design (MFA 2004) and California College of the Arts and Crafts (BFA 1998), Russell employs photography, bookmaking, writing, drawing, and digital-media printmaking to illustrate his explorations of the darker side of the human psyche. Investigating, and sometimes fabricating, the reasons people live or behave outside of socially acceptable margins, his work offers visions of what many would deem dirty, broken, useless, or criminal. Chris was the subject of a Hammer Projects exhibition in 2009 and from 2001 to 2005 designed, edited, produced, and distributed the “destroy-to-enjoy” literary art zine Bedwetter. He also wrote and edited an essay for the catalog that accompanied his curatorial debut, Against the Grain, at LACE in 2008. He is now represented by Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, where his solo exhibition will open on October 23, 2010.
Jason Sherry An intrepid scavenger and collector of vintage negatives, pulp photography and ephemera, Sherry’s work sheds light on the absurd, irrational, and unpredictable side of human nature. He employs a broad range of media and techniques (printmaking, photography, collage, sculpture, and video), weaving together images of long-forgotten Hollywood celebrities, rock stars, and politicians into richly layered works that skewer history and contemporary society. His new video “Antartic-huh?” will premiere this coming June in Here Not There, a survey exhibition being organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Jason will have his third solo exhibition with Luis De Jesus in September 2011. He is a graduate of San Diego State University (BFA 2001).
William Staples A graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago (MFA 2002), where he lives and works, Staples was the subject of a 12x12 Series solo exhibition in 2005 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. He is also a co-founder of BAT: A Quarterly Art Journal. Staples sees his practice as a continuum with the tradition of western painting, one that advances through color, line, form and pictorial space toward a “psychology of truth.” He draws on a variety of themes to insure that the work is about painting not content, using the iconic setting or figure—interpretations of cultural and media images, domestic interiors and scenes, as well as variations of paintings from western art history—as a springboard for abstraction and contemplation, and a launching pad for his explorations into artifice.
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