Curated by John O'Brien, Criss-crossing is a group exhibition that explores collaboration in art making. This exhibition focuses on LA – based artists who overtly collaborate with other peers, be they artists, writers, or people from other fields.
Criss-crossing acknowledges the multiplicity of identities which converge in art making today. Whether it is within the context of an academic environment such as an MFA graduate program, a loose confederacy of emerging artists such as an artist-organized exhibition program, or in the extended studio practice such as an established artist who jobs arts of their overall production out to peers and friends; the art world is increasingly an interdependent and collaborative universe where the criss-crossing of boundaries regarding the ideation and fabrication of art is a constant. While the art market still depends upon putting the names of single individuals on the marquee, this exhibition celebrates the ways in which multiple strands of art making, art thinking and art speaking wind together in an output of collaborative synergies.
This is a particularly significant exhibition to hold at this site since the Kellogg University Art Gallery was directed for so many years by Patrick Merrill, an artist and curator who brought to the foreground, the collaborative spirit and interpersonal practice of the arts today.
Carole Kim: in collaboration with Paul Outlaw
Multipoint US (Linda Parnell, Pam Strugar, April Durham)
Vincent Johnson: in collaboration with Jill Poyourow
Mona Kasra: in collaboration with Gabriel Dawe
Laura Cooper and Laura Paddock
John OBrien: in collaboration with Molly Bendall
Cielo Pessione: in collaboration with Pierluigi Cappello
Nancy Popp: in collaboration with Denise Spampinato
Joe Santarromana: in collaboration with Jon 9 and Agent X-Ray
Ehren Tool: in collaboration with Daniel Molyneux