New Works by Kiel Johnson and Mark Dean Veca

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Hatter , 2016 2 Acrylic On Canvas 72 X 72 Inches © Courtesy of Artist
New Works by Kiel Johnson and Mark Dean Veca
Curated by: Ichiro Irie

11851 La Grange Ave.
90025 Los Angeles

September 16th, 2016 - November 6th, 2016
Opening: September 16th, 2016 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Other (outside areas listed)
Saturdays noon to 4pm during exhibitions
painting, figurative, surrealism, graffiti/street-art, drawing, sculpture, mixed-media, installation


For this exhibition only, JAUS will be open to the public every Saturday from noon to 4pm.

JAUS is very pleased to present a two-person exhibition featuring new works which will include an outdoor installation, sculpture, drawing, painting and one big mural by artists Mark Dean Veca and Kiel Johnson. The idea for this exhibition arrived last year through casual conversation, as both artists expressed interest in creating outdoor projects on the JAUS premises. Veca wanted to make a large scale mural, as he has done countless times elsewhere, on one of the walls that surrounds the gallery that is visible from the street. Johnson was interested in creating a temporary installation on the exterior of the gallery itself which would give a cartoonish illusion that the building was catching fire.

Although aware of each other’s work, the two had never met before, and aside from being honored and thrilled that they would both want to do something of this nature at our venue, it seemed the perfect opportunity to have them fill the interior as well as the exterior spaces at JAUS. Both known for their immediate yet masterful draftsmanship, exhilarating imagery, and exacting use of line, the pairing seemed an ideal fit that would only highlight their contrasting approaches.

Aside from the mural and outdoor installation, Veca will showcase his most recent paintings that reconstruct found images into frameworks for what he calls “unbridled graphic improvisation”. Johnson will be presenting the results of a one month residency at Long Beach Museum of Art which will have culminated immediately preceding the opening of this exhibition.


Mark Dean Veca lives and works in Los Angeles. He received a BFA from Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles in 1985. Veca has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions internationally at venues including: The Museum of Modern Art, New York City; The Drawing Center, New York City; Bloomberg Space, London, UK; Instituto Cultural de Cabanas, Guadalajara, Mexico; and the San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA.

Current exhibitions include: Mark Dean Veca: Selected Works, Duke Art Gallery, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA; Vitality and Verve: In the Third Dimension, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA; Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi Fructose, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, VA; Made in America, The Lancaster Museum of Art and History.

Recent solo exhibitions include: Pony Show, Site:Lab, Grand Rapids, MI (2015); Everlast, Western Project, Los Angeles (2014); and Made For You and Me, Cristin Tierney Gallery, New York (2013).

Recent group exhibitions include: Happiness, Liberty, Life? American Art and Politics!, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (2016); Invisible College, Fort Wayne Museum of Art (2015); 2013 California-Pacific Triennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA (2013).

He received fellowships from The New York Foundation for the Arts in 1998, 2002, and 2008, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation in 2006, and a City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) Grant in 2011. His work has been reviewed in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Time Out New York, Artforum, Art in America, Art Review, Juxtapoz, and Hi Fructose.


Kiel Johnson is a Los Angeles based artist, currently running around the west coast, getting involved in any creative project that will have him. With an emphasis on drawings and sculpture his works always say, handmade, hard work and having fun. Kiel brings the inanimate to life, giving us a world not unlike ours but entirely his. Collaboration has become a big part of his practice as well. Through epic workshops, artist talks & collaborative video projects, Kiel uses simple materials and hand made ingenuity to bring the infectious disease of creativity to anyone willing to engage.

His work has been exhibited widely throughout galleries and museums around the country, with recent solo shows at Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Davidson Contemporary, New York, NY; The Taubman Museum, Ronaoke, VA. Johnson is also the recipient of numerous awards including The Pollock-Krazner Grant in 2008; Durfee Foundation ARC Grant, 2007; and the Outstanding Creative Achievement Award, 2003. Kiel has also been found speaking about his work at TED events around the world with recent talks at TEDxAlAin, United Arab Emirates and TEDxChristchurch, New Zealand.

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