"Cotton Candy Tumbleweed:" A Panel Discussion with Carmen Argote, Phyllis Green, Joel Otterson, Bill Stern and Bari Ziperstein

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Cotton Candy Tumbleweed, 2013 Tumbleweed, Paint, Flocking, Glitter, Dyed Polyester 36 X 48 X 48 Inches © Courtesy of the artists and Diane Rosenstein Fine Art
"Cotton Candy Tumbleweed:" A Panel Discussion with Carmen Argote, Phyllis Green, Joel Otterson, Bill Stern and Bari Ziperstein
Curated by: Bill Stern

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Los Angeles , CA 90038
July 27th, 2013 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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Los Angeles, History, sculpture


Diane Rosenstein Fine Art invites you to "Cotton Candy Tumbleweed" -- a panel discussion about living, breathing and making work within the Los Angeles landscape.
Carmen Argote joins curator Bill Stern and artists Phyllis Green, Joel Otterson and Bari Ziperstein in a conversation about the impact of their “L.A. stories” on artistic practice. 

The title of the panel, “Cotton Candy Tumbleweed,” is taken from Carmen Argote’s heart-shaped sculpture by the same name. “The Selig Zoo” series is inspired by a legendary unrealized zoo that once stood in on North Mission Road in the 1920s, across from the artist’s current studio. Miss Argote’s connection to this history, and the surrounding cultural landscape of Lincoln Heights, will be the catalyst for this conversation. Each of the panelists will consider how Los Angeles as place and story has manifested itself in their practice. 

“Cotton Candy Tumbleweed” is a conversation about artists who are digging where they stand. 

About The Panelists:

Carmen Argote (Mexico, b.1981) received her BA (2004) and MFA (2007) from the University of California, Los Angeles where she specialized in ceramics. She is the recipient of the “Emerging Artist” grant from 2013 CCF/Fellowship for the Visual Arts in Los Angeles. Currently, her work is on view at DFRA in our First Anniversary Exhibition; and her site-specific installation, Shape Seeps Through was at the Vincent Price Art Museum in Monterey Park, CA (Summer 2013). She was an artist-in-residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2009) and twice received a D’Arcy Hayman Scholarship (2005 & 2006). This year, she received a commission to create artwork for a Metro Expo Line station in Santa Monica. Carmen Argote lives and works in Los Angeles.

Phyllis Green received her BA from the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada (1972) and MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles (1981). Trained as a ceramic artist, she produces mixed media sculpture and installations that include video. Her work as a sculptor and animator has been exhibited extensively in exhibitions. In 2011, she received a retrospective, Splendid Entities: 25 Years of Objects by Phyllis Green, at the Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design. She was recently included in Fiction@Love, at MOCA Shanghai, Shanghai, China (2006), and in two important group exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art: From Head to Toe: Concepts of the Body in 20th Century Art (1998) and Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity, 1900-2000 (2000-2011). Ms. Green is the recipient of individual artist's fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. She lives and works in Los Angeles.

Joel Otterson (USA, b.1959) earned his BFA at Parsons School of Design, New York City, New York (1982). In 1987, at the age of 28, he received a solo exhibition, as part of the Elaine Dannheisser Project Series, at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (1987). Recently, he was included in Made in L.A. 2012, at The Hammer, Los Angeles; CA. Joel Otterson deploys an impressive array of mediums, materials, and methods of fabrication. His recent quilts, furniture, and objets d’art mix an earnest and adept pursuit of craft with a playful sensibility that leads us to consider how experience informs our aesthetics. His work is in the permanent collections of Cincinnati Art Museum, The Broad Foundation, Santa Monica, CA, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel, and the Yokohama Museum of Contemporary Art, Yokohama, Japan. 

Bill Stern (USA) is the Executive Director of the Museum of California Design. He is a curator, writer and lecturer who studied at Columbia University, New York, NY and received a BA from the University of Alaska (1963). Recently, Mr. Stern curated California’s Designing Women: 1896-1986, at the Autry Museum, Los Angeles, (2012-2013), and was the consulting curator for California Design 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2011). He also curated Myth & Manpower: Graphics and the California Dream, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2009), California Pottery: From Missions to Modernism, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2001). Stern's writing on the urban landscape and the decorative arts has been published in Los Angeles Magazine, Westways, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, and the L.A. Weekly, among others. His essay, “War and Peace: Unexpected Dividends,” is published in California Design 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way, the 2011 LACMA catalogue. Bill Stern lives and works in Los Angeles.

Bari Ziperstein (USA, b.1978) received her BFA in painting from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio (2000) and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA (2004). Bari Ziperstein's work uses sculpture to explore America’s perverse love of excess and desire to collect. Her practice, which is often site-specific, employs ceramics, photography, papier-mâché, found objects, and assemblage to draw attention to the way various built environments relate to desire and aspiration. Recent exhibitions includes Interior Forest (curated by Alexandra Grant & organized by Pilar Tompkins), 18th Street Projects, Santa Monica, CA (2013), Decorative Protection, Emma Gray HQ, Los Angeles, CA (2013), and 1,095: ONE YEAR’S WORTH OF OTHER PEOPLE’S PLATES, Bristol Biennial, Bristol, England (2012). The artist was the recipient of an Anderson Ranch Arts Center residency for sculpture in Snowmass Village, Colorado (2011-2012). Ms. Ziperstein lives and works in Los Angeles.