Newman's Subconscious

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Newman's Subconscious

9000 Overland Avenue
Culver City, CA 90230
October 19th, 2009 - December 4th, 2009
Opening: October 27th, 2009 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

culver city/west la
Mon-Fri 10-4
West Los Angeles College


West Los Angeles College Art Gallery

4800 Freshman Dr.

Culver City, CA 90230


Exhibition Dates:  October 19th - December 4th, 2009.

Gallery Reception:  Tuesday, Oct. 27th from 6:00-9:00 PM.

Gallery Hours: Mon.- Fri., 10:00am-4:00pm

This show will feature artworks by:  Aaron Brewer, Kristin Beinner James, Suzanne Adelman, Pamela Jorden, Kristi Lippire, Christopher James, Tracy Miller, John Pearson, Ernie Ramirez, Keith Walsh and Matt Wardell.

"Newman’s Subconscious"

In touching upon the issue of identity and shared consciousness, the objective of this show is to stimulate confusion and contemplation around it's subject matter:  Newman’s Subconscious.

The group of artists selected in this show have the skills and sensibilities to articulate a range of viewpoints that highlight the confusion of the subject:  Which ‘Newman’ are we speaking of?  The artists may address the question of the subject by way of means not limited to formalism, popular imagery, high/low cultural juxtapositions, the esoteric, ephemera, spirituality, art history, and music. Some ‘Newman’ subjects may be living, some have passed on, others are fictitious.  Regardless of their corporeality or not, each shares one that ultimately reflects a facet of America’s own character and culture.

Recent scientific research has shown that we can 'read' or enter each other's minds by way of reading expressions that set off a firing of mirror neurons.  The brain is activated in the same way for both the subject and the receiver.   As well, very specific areas of our brains have been mapped while picturing a variety of objects.  Perhaps conscious or not, this mapping points to an amalgam of culture and shared identity within us.  But then again...what exactly is a subconscious and who knows what is lurching in the neurological alchemy and accumulated warehouse of each other's minds?

Within this mediating capacity, between the process of the artwork and what the spectator brings to the gallery, art is therefore in the service of role-playing, exploring the nature of the self, and the nature of itself, as a mirror of shared consciousness.

**This event is free and open to the public.


About the artists:

Tracy Miller is a painter living and working in New York City. She has been showing with Feature Inc. gallery since 2000 and has been included in more than 30 group shows throughout the US since 1992.  Miller studied at the University of Iowa, the University of California at Berkeley and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and has received numerous awards including two Pollock-Krasner Awards, an Elizabeth Foundation Award, a Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Grant and an American Academy of Arts and Letters purchase prize.

Matt Wardell is an artist and curator living in Los Angeles.  Wardell is a founding member of the artist collective 10lb Ape (Ten Pound Ape).  Wardell has shown work in the United States and Mexico, including LACE, REDCAT, Black Dragon Society, 16:1 Gallery, SFMOMA, among others.  Recent excursions include a solo project at Post in Los Angeles, a Ten Pound Ape project at the Claremont Museum of Art, and will have a solo show at S1F Gallery in February.

John Pearson's recent shows have included Observatory, a solo exhibition at the Open Studio Gallery in St. Petersburg, Russia and The Fuzzy Set, a screening program at LAXART.  He has participated in numerous exhibitions in Los Angeles and New York, as well as having curated several exhibitions.  He is a member of the WPA, an artist run cooperative gallery located in the Chinatown arts district. John received his MFA from California Institute of the Arts ('95).

Pamela Jorden lives and works in Los Angeles, California.  She has shown her abstract paintings in solo exhibitions at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, Brooklyn, NY and David Patton Gallery in Los Angeles.  She is a member of the WPA art collective in Los Angeles' Chinatown, and recently exhibited work in their inaugural group show "An Exhibition of Selected Skills of the Unemployed".  She received a MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 1996.

Keith Walsh lives and works in Los Angeles. Most recently, his sculptures, drawings, and collages have been exhibited at The Torrance Art Museum in the Baker's Dozen exhibition, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Andrew Shire Gallery, Kristi Engle Gallery, Sea and Space Explorations, L2K Gallery, Woodbury Hollywood Exhibitions, and Glendale College.  Walsh teaches drawing at Woodbury University in Burbank.  His on-going music project, The Keith Walsh Experience, performs and records frequently in Los Angeles.

Kristi Lippire has exhibited with d.e.n. contemporary art, Ace Gallery, and the Riverside Art Museum. Upcoming exhibitions include group exhibitions at California State University at Los Angeles, the Torrance Art Museum and the traveling exhibition Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago that will open Summer of 2010.  Lippire has also participated and organized multiple gorilla art projects in Los Angeles and Mexico and is currently in a collaborative project at the Claremont Museum of Art.   Kristi Lippire has also started a backyard video screening project which also includes off site screenings at the Torrance Art Museum and the University Art Museum on the campus of California State University at Long Beach.  Kristi Lippire is an artist living in Los Angeles.

Christopher James is a landlord who lives in Los Angeles.  A lot of his artwork is about maintenance.  Sometimes it is about sponsorship.  This year he sponsored a team of explorers to locate the most Northern point of land on earth.  Earlier this summer he was afforded the opportunity to work at the Jungfraujoch, a high altitude research station in Switzerland where he produced a project called "An Atlas of the Sun".   Currently he is working on a video documenting the time he got lost at sea and washed up on an island off the coast of California.

Suzanne Adelman is an artist and curator living in Los Angeles.  She holds a B.A. from Vassar College and an M.F.A. from CalArts.  She has exhibited her artwork at Kristi Engle Gallery, Glendale College Art Gallery, the Riverside Art Museum, Sea & Space Explorations, Sesto Senso in Bologna, and Momenta/White Columns in New York, among others.  She has also curated exhibitions at Woodbury Hollywood Exhibitions, the Cabrini Gallery, Bliss, CalArts, and the Kristi Engle Gallery.

Kristin Beinner James makes art in Los Angeles.  She graduated from Colgate University in 1989 and then, spent some time at the San Francisco Art Institute.  After that, she roved about Williamsburg, Brooklyn showing at various locations with art Moving, the Rotunda Gallery and in New York at John Connelly Presents. She is co-founder of the Lazy J, established in Brooklyn but re-settled in Los Angeles.  Kristin participated in Andrea Zittel’s High Desert Test Site 3 in 2003 and Super/Sonic 2006. Ultimately, she learned to knit her brow in the MFA program at Art Center College of Design in 2006.  She is currently working on a short “film” for the project space of Altman Siegel Gallery in SF.  With two toddlers in tow,  she is preparing for many future shows.

Aaron Brewer had a solo exhibition, DO GOOD, earlier this year at David Patton Los Angeles.  He is currently working on a series of articles about David Askevold, one of which was published in this summer's Artillery magazine LA issue. Brewer was a founder of the gallery Canada in NYC, and has been a regular contributor to C magazine. Originally from Hartford, CT, he now lives in Los Angeles. He has shown internationally.

With special guest artist Ernie Ramirez...