Sweet Subversives: Contemporary California Drawings

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Deer_1 (Semi-Upright Left Turn) , 2009 Graphite On Wood Paneling 34" H X 26" W © Courtesy of the Artist and Long Beach Museum of Art
Signals-#4, 2008 Graphite Pencil On Paper 10 X 7" © Courtesy of the Artist and Long Beach Museum of Art
rain 1, 2009 Charcoal On Vellum 11 X 14 © Courtesy of the Artist and Long Beach Museum of Art
Untitled 50 Graphite On Mylar 5"X6" © Courtesy of the Artist and Long Beach Museum of Art
Sweet Subversives: Contemporary California Drawings
Curated by: Amy Grimm

2300 East Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90803
October 16th, 2009 - February 14th, 2010
Opening: October 22nd, 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Thu 11-8; Fri-Sun 11-5
Long Beach Museum of Art


The Long Beach Museum of Art is preparing a new exhibition titled Sweet Subversives, which will open October 16, 2009 on the first floor of the Museum’s gallery pavilion. Sweet Subversives is a unique gathering of 32 drawings by Southern California artists who explore their personal vision of what a drawing means to them and how they achieve this vision. Many artists stretch themselves within the traditions of mark-making on paper. Although all artists begin their creative process with the seemingly simple concept of a drawing, each artwork is taken on a complex journey—the media becomes mixed, papers become installation, and how we think about drawing moves within the complexities of each artist’s vision. Every artist in this exhibition represents the best of contemporary drawings and mixed media drawings in the greater Los Angeles area. Selected artists include Kiel Johnson, Tom Knechtel, Erika Lizée and Adonna Khare.

While each work in Sweet Subversives is unique, each piece reflects the artist’s personal interest. The artists challenge themselves artistically and conceptually with line drawings on paper. Regardless of the media, these artist drawings in all forms are much more than sweetly subversive to the restrictive understanding of drawings, the work in fact broadly includes abstract concepts and ideas, implied narratives, mathematics and issues of identity and personal expression. This exhibition further explores the growing pluralism in contemporary art, especially as artists address drawing. The eclectic intellectual and practical functions of drawings are substantial. Regardless of the subject or materials these drawings reflect the idiosyncratic but widely fantastic art created in the LA area. Sweet Subversives will close February 14, 2010.

Sweet Subversives will be celebrated with a private opening reception for artists, sponsors, and press on October 22, 2009, followed by the return of the LBMA After Dark which begins at 7:00 PM and is open to the general public with a $10 admission fee.

Admission is free for Museum Members! Sign up for a Museum membership at any level, and receive free admission for you and a guest for an entire year.

Happy Hour prices on all food and drinks are offered through the support of Claire's at the Museum.