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AMERICAN CONTEMPORARY

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CONTENTS
JUNE 2010
UPFRONT
12 Museums 14 Gallery News

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STARTING ON PAGE 29 PUBLISHER Richard Kalisher EDITOR Donovan Stanley DESIGN Eric Kalisher
On the Cover Martín Reyna, Untitled (2), 2009, watercolor on paper, 26” x 20” from his exhibition at the Hogar Collection in New York City. See page 20.

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I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest May 13 – June 19, 2010

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Piet van den Boog / Close to reborn, without fear of the unknown...without fear of further losses / 2010 / Oil and acrylic on black steel / 59 x 86 1/2 inches (149.86 x 219.71 cm)

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(clockwise from bottom left) Lee Bontecou: detail - Untitled, 1976, pencil and colored pencil on prepared paper. 15”x11”. MoMA, the Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection Gift; detail of Untitled, 1980-1998, welded steel, porcelain, wire mesh, canvas, and wire. 7’x8’x6’. MoMA, gift of Philip Johnson (by exchange) and the Nina & Gordon Bunshaft Bequest Fund; Marilyn Minter: Orange Crush, 2009, enamel on metal, 108”x180”. Courtesy of John and Amy Phelan; Gimme, 2008, cprint, 70” x 97.25” AP. Courtesy of the artist & Regen Projects, Los Angeles. All work © respective artists.

Lee Bontecou MoMA New York [through Aug 30]

Lee Bontecou first exhibited her steeland-canvas sculptures at New York’s prominent Leo Castelli Gallery in the 1960s. Although they bear little resemblance to the Minimalist and Pop art dominant at the time, these wall-mounted sculptures—made in New York between 1959 and 1967—elicited both critical acclaim and curiosity. Writing about one of them, a reviewer asked, “Is it apterodactyl? A spaceship? An outsize artichoke or a monstrous whorl of giant flower corollas?” Bontecou’s imaginative vision encompasses all of these possibilities. For decades she has left her work untitled, preferring not to restrict the ways in which it may be understood. Bontecou’s excitement about the Space Age and her memories of the Second World War are fundamental to

her visual language. While her art defies easy classification, suggestions of infinite expanse, anxiety, and threat are pervasive, expressed, for example, in the black circular forms that have been insistent motifs in her work. The cavernous black voids of her steel-and-canvas sculptures and the deep black circles of her drawings conjure associations as varied as volcanic craters, jet engines, eye sockets, and cosmic black holes, invoking what the artist has described as “the visual wonders and horrors” of the natural and man-made worlds. In 1971 Bontecou left New York City. Since then she has worked primarily in rural Pennsylvania, where her engagement with the natural world has become more pronounced. The sculpture suspended at the center of this installation— a slowly whirling galaxy of forms she worked on for eighteen years—represents a fulfillment of her longstanding desire to create art that celebrates “no barriers, no boundaries, all freedom in every sense.”

Marilyn Minter MOCA Cleveland [through Aug 15]

One of the most adventurous and accomplished artists working today, Marilyn Minter uses bold, luscious colors and glossy surfaces to depict extreme closeups of women – often fashion models – to examine beauty and decadence while exposing the pleasures and dangers of glamour. Minter’s world, though steeped in fashion and glitz, is one in which beauty has gone awry. She says that her art is invested “in the moment when everything goes wrong. . . when the model sweats.” This exhibition presents a focused selection of Minter’s work centered on one of her most recent major paintings, Orange Crush, 2009, a 9 x 15 foot triptych. Accompanying the painting are five related large scale photographs and an acclaimed video, Green Pink Caviar, 2009, originally featured on a billboard in Times Square.

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Combining Art and Architecture ART SHACKS INVADE LAGUNA ART MUSEUM

Art Shacks: (top left) Marnie Weber; (bottom left) Jason Maloney (right) Kenny Schart

ombining art and architecture, thirty-three California artists including Don Ed Hardy, Shag, Paul Frank, and Sandow Birk will install their art shacks at Laguna Art Museum. Most shacks will be open to visitors, and some will include interactive components such as music and film. Abandoning the rules of the art market and pressure to create work to sell, art shacks allow the artists to create an experiential environment, narrowing the distinction between art and function, object and environment. Though few of the included artists have any direct experience with living in shacks, they are present in their collective memory through

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post-apocalyptic films like District 9 or childhood games like MASH (MansionApartment-Shack-House). Along the west coast, locals are quite familiar with surf shacks, date shacks, and Tiki-inspired shacks—romantic, boutique-like bungalows for the leisure visitor. Architecturally, a shack is the lowest form of construction, meant to serve the most basic or immediate needs. By definition, a shack is a place of disrepair made of the most humble scrap materials like plywood, corrugated metal, and plastic. According to the United Nations, more than one billion people (one-sixth of the world's population) live in slums—a settlement made of shacks. In every sense of the word, a shack is temporal. It even implies to the more humorous, subversive, and misbehaved—to "shack up"—or

abandon social norms and "shack up in the mountains." As part of the exhibition, Don Ed Hardy’s Tat Cat Shack (Tattoo Hut) will feature an activated tattoo machine. Jeff Gillette studied slums in India as the inspiration for his art shack, while Marnie Weber's shack will feature a Super 8 film, The Red Nurse and the Snowman. Craig Stecyk will have a small shack on the roof of the museum only visible through the security camera monitors, and Kenny Scharf will have a trailer shack that’ll only be shown at the opening night reception. Ultimately, the artists in this exhibition defy the norms of rules set against them, questioning the modes of mass production, social restrictions, and perhaps global capitalism.

Art Shack will be exhibited at the Laguna Art Museum in Laguna Beach, CA from June 13 through October 3. The opening night reception is June 12. Museums

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GALLERY NEWS

Bringing Contemporary African Art to Los Angeles
by Gloria Huwiler
Contemporary African art is something few international collectors have access to in the States, mainly because few galleries exist that carry the work. Yet both continental and diasporic African Artists abound and their rare and innovative work is testimony to the creativity and insight that exists. Actress and gallery cofounder Gloria Huwiler speaks about discovering her interest in the field and the creation of Anajuwa Gallery. In 2006 I had recently graduated from Brown University and moved to New York to pursue acting. I also took up a part time job in a contemporary art gallery in the Time Warner Center, Millenia Fine Art. My mother has always been a collector of African Art, and I grew up with a keen appreciation and love of the field. Coming from this background, a part time job in a gallery was an ideal creative day job while I immersed myself in New York’s acting scene. Carlene Soumas, the gallery director at Millenia Fine Art asked her new assistants to put together ideas for prospective exhibitions by researching emerging artists, offering the possibility of an exhibition at Millenia Fine Art, New York, if she approved of the concept. I immediately turned to the plethora of contemporary African Artists I’d been exposed to at home and put together a presentation for a group exhibition of Zambian painters and sculptures entitled “Realizing an African Renaissance.” With the help of Carlene Soumas and various people on the ground in Zambia, the exhibition took place within the next six months and featured nine Zambian painters and one sculptor. The exhibition at Millenia Fine Art was well received by collectors, and several of the artists' work sold out quickly, showing a strong demand for this new, unseen work. In the course of preparing for the exhibition, I realized just how underde-

(above) An Opening at Anajuwa with actress Sydney Tamiia Poitier, writer/director/producer Oz Scott, Anajuwa founder Gloria Huwiler; (below) Vincentio Phiri, Chibede, 48” x 36.8”.

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African artists in Los Angeles. In my time here, I have found the the exposure of contemporary African art to be lacking, as in New York. Apart from the superbly curated exhibits at the Fowler, few commercial galleries carry contemporary African art and none specialize in it. While few generalizations can be made on so broad a field, contemporary African art is a fusion of traditional influences with modern and contemporary styles and forms. Debate often abounds on the nature of the work and the question of authenticity is a commonly held concern of intellectual art critiques. How “African” does contemporary African Art has to be, in order to be considered authentic? The question seems utterly inane when one considers that art is an expression of an artist’s experience, his vision – a projection of himself on reality. Contemporary African art is precisely that, an expression of modern Africa through the eyes of its artists, and the result is the rich, hybrid, combination of influences that post modernism has wrought on African itself.
Sydney Tamiia Poitier and Sir Sidney Poitier at an Anajuwa opening.

veloped and underexposed the field of contemporary African art in the United States was. Only one contemporary African artist, Yinka Shonibare, has been sold at auction in Sotheby’s Contemporary Section. No auction at present is dedicated exclusively to the field, despite the fact that contemporary African art of superb quality continues to be produced, and auctions in contemporary Chinese, Latin, Indian, and European work take place regularly. Rather, the mainstream representation of African art that exists in New York is dedicated solely to antiques and tribal artifacts. Yet, with the proposed Museum for African Art currently under construction on Museum Mile on the Upper East Side, contemporary African

art is slowly entering mainstream consciousness and getting the necessary exposition and exposure it deserves. Having seen the success of the work at the Time Warner center, I was confident of the interest in contemporary African art – if well curated and exhibited in a central and well exposed venue – and have been committed to continuing to provide access and exposure to contemporary African Artists since. In following my acting ambitions by moving to Los Angeles, I met a business partner keen on opening a contemporary African art gallery. Anajuwa Gallery was borne out of our mutual interest in the field, and is dedicated to showcasing emerging and established contemporary

Anajuwa’s inaugural exhibition, Integration, was displayed at Anajuwa Gallery’s Melrose. The opening reception was hosted by Sydney Tamiia Poitier, and attended by Sir Sidney Poitier, Bernie Casey, Gina Ravera, and various members of the African American and entertainment community in Los Angeles. The exhibition features the work of artists William Bwalya Miko, Mwamba Mulangala, Geophrey Phiri, Vincentio Phiri, Rikki Lungu, Baba Jakheh, Lutanda Mwamba, the Zata Brothers and Stary Mwaba. The work will be on display at the 8360 Melrose Avenue gallery till the end of May and then relocated to the Fairmount Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica. Gallery News 15

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“Superman flying naked and low to the ground in order to avoid radar” Charcoal on paper. 20x24 inches. Circa 2009.

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A selection of Abramović's iconic photographs is installed in the main gallery, providing a visual time line of the evolution of this pioneering performance artist. Works such as Rhythm O, Lips of Thomas, Carrying the Skeleton, and Cleaning the House chart the trajectory of her career over more than 40 years. The main gallery also includes one of her newest videos, which is a startling image of Abramović, her face covered in gold leaf, staring out at the viewer. The faint ruffling of the gold leaf is the only motion in the video, so draws the viewer in close for further inspection; they ultimately find themselves meeting Abramović's direct gaze. antique vessels and statuary, arranged in lyrical patterns. Fabienne Lasserre combines linen, paint, steel, paper, and handmade felt to create forms that stretch, lean and drape. Her multifarious sculptures can mimic human interaction while also implying science fiction creatures.
Marina Abramović Sean Kelly Manhattan [through June 19]

Personal Archaeology is an intimate look into the development of Marina Abramović as one of the most important artists of our time, beginning with her historic performance work of the 1970's through to her most recent work from 2010. The title collection of the sculpture has not been shown before in the US. This highly personal work from 1997-99 consists of a large wooden cabinet containing numerous drawers, in which artifacts from Abramović's life are displayed. The public is encouraged to look through the drawers to view the variety of revealing objects and mementos that Abramović has collected, including photographs and handwritten notes, that has influenced her work. The trio of artists included in this group exhibition utilize a wide range of materials in unlikely combinations. Painting detritus is reclaimed as a medium for drawing; sculpture is co-opted as a vehicle for painting; and drawing is used as a tool to mimic gestural painting and explore abstraction. Chris Duncan uses mirrored paper as a surface for painting, stitching, or collage. Human Abstraction (4, 5 and 7) each feature a circular form composed of hundreds of hand painted multi-colored dots. The surfaces partially reflect the viewer, but are obscured by spray paint and stitched paper. In Joseph Hart’s mixed media drawings, color, line, and form have equal presence. Gestural marks are as pronounced as representational imagery. All-over compositions feature fragments of Concrete Firmament continues Christopher Cook's work in liquid graphite (graphite powders, oil, and resin) on aluminum panels or coated paper. In this new sequence of images, Cook explores the formal and psychological qualities of road tunnels throughout Italy. In doing so he is also able to reconsider an earlier fascination with worlds within worlds, and encapsulated space. These 'graphites' contain both photographic (or cinematic) and painterly elements, often in the same image. Cook's method lends an enigmatic air to the everyday, allowing him to suggest the proximity of apparently unrelated emotions, such as fear and nostalgia. The same method also emphasizes the connection be-

Marina Abromović, Portrait with Golden Mask, 2010, color video projection on DVD, 30’ loop.

“All This And Not Ordinary” Jeff Bailey Manhattan [through June 19]
(from left:) Joseph Hart, Untitled (Vessel Study), 2010, collaged paper, ink, acrylic, colored pencil and graphite on paper, 19”x15”; Fabienne Lasserre, Cradled Drawing 1, 2010,linen, wire, acrylic polymer, acrylic on paper; Chris Duncan, Platform, 2010, wood putty, spray paint, acrylic paint and mirrored paper on panel, 23.25”x32”.

tween our experience of the world and the means by which we form such experience. Additionally, the dualities present in this work — light and dark, hard and soft, interior and exterior — create a dynamic that not only conveys the magical sense of encapsulated space, a realm 'out-of-place', but also of consciousness moving towards a fierce and intrusive light.

Christopher Cook Mary Ryan Manhattan [through June 19]
Christopher Cook, Flicker on the Cave, 2010, graphite, oil, resin on coated aluminum, 40” x 59”.

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Ben Gocker PPOW Manhattan [through July 16]

Ben Gocker’s first solo exhibition, There is really no single poem, does not include any poems per se among his bright installations, drawing series, and wall-mounted sculptures. He pays significant attention to the idea that no work of art should or can exist alone. This creative ethos is reflected in Gocker’s inscription of the names of numerous friends, acquaintances, and loved ones in one of the show’s centerpieces, the large painting titled simply Names—as it Expanding and melding his ongoing explorations of landscape, architecture, the void of nothingness and light, Martín Reyna’s paintings celebrate the accident as a thing that can be controlled. With the use of minimal gestures his paintings provoke a poetic blurring of the distinction between the recognizable, the purely abstract, and the place where the two meet together in a dreamlike state. In both his heavily textured oils on canvas and his intricately woven watercolors, a vivid use of color plays a vital role in the representation of metaphorical analogies of existence and creation. With the use In this new series, Edge of Everywhere, Sarah Walker continues to develop her highly active and dense surfaces, this time primarily on panel rather than paper. Structures found within technology, the sciences, nature, and architecture provide the internal organization and logic for her paintings, which work to visually organize information. Walker's earlier works can be seen as attempts to visually organize the information overload around us. In her recent paintings, she deals further with the chaotic and multi-dimensional reality of existing simultaneously in the data overload of the real and the virtual worlds. One painting,

is in Gocker’s display of book covers for imaginary books, Floating Collection, a fantastic prelude to unrealized genius. Each of these works contains elements that cannot stand in solitude, that invite other elements to surround, contextualize, and interrogate them. Each is also brilliantly illuminated by others in the show; Gocker emphasizes interaction, dialog, allusion, and sociability even as he mourns the ephemeral service into which these forms are pressed. of familiar yet mostly camouflaged imagery such as trees, geometrical shapes, and spatial perspectives, the works pave a way into the convergence of a space where landscape meets an abstracted tapestry, weaving together the most miniscule of components to make up the whole and refracting all of the possible colors of the spectrum into a transcendental space that is both contemplative and meditative. The prismatic qualities are fused to formulate and exude a metaphysical by-product where particles collide, explode and separate creating a unique and spiritual view of the universe. Everywhere Is Always, hints at Walker's attempt to get at where the so-called real and virtual have merged and the two realms are no longer easily distinguishable. Ken Weathersby's paintings are intense, elegant grids of primary color that subtly invert expectations in a number of ways. While some of the carefully penciled and painted canvases display their colorful patterns, others, in whole or in part, are turned to face the wall. Several have cut-away sections, which have been replaced by fitted inset panels painted with grids that either mimic or contrast with the surrounding canvas. The exhibition also contains a number of twosided paintings, which may be flipped and re-hung during the course of the show to expose a hidden view. Another painting is set flush within a carved-out hole and is situated within, rather than hung on, the surface of the gallery wall. This exhibition as a whole and the individual works within it are oriented to create a visual play of optical experiences, but also a particular kind of mental or conceptual engagement.

Ben Gocker, Names, 2010, wood, canvas, plaster, acrylic, sand. 69” diameter.

Martín Reyna Hogar Collection Brooklyn [through June 28]

Martín Reyna, Untitled (2), 2009, watercolor on paper, 26” x 20”.

Sarah Walker & Ken Weathersby Pierogi Brooklyn [through June 27]
(below left:) Sarah Walker, Compound, Blue Haze (detail), 2010, acrylic on panel, 10”x11”. (right:) Ken Weathersby, 177 (gothic marxism), 2010, acrylic and graphite on linen, 20”x33”.

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Kathryn Cornelius [through June 26]

Curator's Office Washington DC

In this exhibition, The Feeling of What Happens, Kathryn Cornelius presents three new video series that investigate how frames of interaction can be constructed to elicit emotive responses in the viewer. She also explores how our individual experience and underlying biological systems come to bear on how we make meaning out of action. Cornelius explores the flexibility of the term 'performance' through such diverse performative subjects as physical people and their actions, video editing as choreography, narrative and dialog construction, and visual versus auditory context. Each series is an experiment towards engaging the audience interactively in the work so that the feeling of what happens is ultimately expressed by the viewer. The first series includes How We Learn to Love, two videos in which the dynamics of Martina Nehrling’s visual vocabulary is based on the immediacy of the brushstroke and the flexibility of color. Her latest exhibition, What the Walls Heard, reflect these qualities. She paints from a near compulsion to respond to more than the merely visual world and as a means of engaging in a dialog — communicating through the primacy of the mark compounded by the myriad associations inherent in color. Her paintings project visual rhythms inspired by the sounds of daily life, giving off a perspective that is airy while also being substantial. Nerling says, “Compelled by the pulsation of the beautiful and horrific relentlessly clashing, I create

interpersonal relationships are explored through simplistic actions and the extremes of their expression. In the second series Or, Death Speaks for Us, Cornelius creates images without images, text and context without explicit visual grounding. These videos are small, intimate looks into the personal lives of individuals that serve as mini-portraits, imagined narratives of what these individuals may experience and see in their final moments. The third series, Home Again, Home Again, presents two alternatives to the film "trailer" form — the comedy version and the tragedy version. In its entirety, the exhibition presents a maelstrom of tragicomic emotions with the goal of engaging the viewer as the ultimate producer of each of the presented works. compositions of accumulation. Grouped or tangled together, I use multiple distinct brushstrokes for their graphic directness and use particular color relationships to interrupt or punctuate the tracking of patterns of value and intensity.”

Kathryn Cornelius: (left and top) How We Learn to Love, Vol. 1, 2008, single-channel video (HD DVD), 2:52 (looped); (middle) Or, Death Speaks for Us (Heather), 2010, single-channel video (HD DVD), 3:07. (directly above) Home Again, Home Again (“In my case, self-absorption is completely justified...” - Laura), 2010, singlechannel video (HD DVD), 5:20. All: edition 1 of 10 + 2 APs. Courtesy of Curator’s Office and Artist.

Martina Nehrling ZG Chicago [through July 10]
Martina Nehrling: (right below) untitled (detail), acrylic on canvas, 36” x 60”; (bottom) Garden Drunk (detail), acrylic on canvas, 48” x 144”.

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Rob Matthews Gallery Joe Philadelphia [through June 26]

In his new work, Rob Matthews delves into man’s interaction with his natural surroundings. Landscape is clearly the dominant force here, while man is a fleeting bit player. These intimate drawings, most 10 x 8 inches, of intense graphite work are full of symbolism and iconographic imagery (a snake, a mound of salt, or a carefully placed skull reflecting). As in Matthews’ past shows, his passion for the work of Albrecht Durer, Hugo van der Goes, and Giotto shows through. The Devil’s Pool No. 1 & 2, two densely worked landscapes show sections of the Wissahickon Creek. Paul F. Keene, Jr., was a master painter who exemplifies the success, tenacity, dedication, and humanity of his generation. His artistic success and achievements in Philadelphia and beyond, opened doors for African American artists by demonstrating what was possible. Keene’s major solo and group exhibition record extends across four continents, including shared exhibition space with Picasso and Leger in Paris. Keene lived and worked as an artist in Philadelphia for seven decades. His passionate and soulful paintings were inspired from Carlin Wing's Ceilings Where I Sleep, 20052010 is a collection of 130 chronologically organized photos of interior and exterior spaces in which the artist has spent at least one night during the last five years. Shot in various formats, including analog, digital, and cell phone cameras, this ongoing archive documents the architectural details that frame the artist's drifting into and awakening from sleep. With her gaze fixed upward on a changing canopy of textured walls, cheap veneers, patterned curtains, and banal lighting fixtures, Wing constructs

Matthews has removed a bridge to present what appears to be a pristine scene. These compositions reveal little trace of a human presence, yet are unsettling within the context of the other landscapes. Fresh death is present in a large drawing of Fairmount Park showing dozens of recently killed bats nailed to a tree, evidence of a bat hunt the night before. Scattered beer cans in a companion drawing hint at activities leading up to the hunt. For Matthews, “We attempt to organize and contain nature to experience it on our terms but in the end we lose control and succumb to our own end.” his life experiences and sophisticated international education. Keene absorbed the colors, diversity, and rhythms of urban life while growing up in North Philadelphia. In this retrospective, Remembering a Modern Master, Keene’s paintings can be viewed documents of a very personal confrontation with the canvas. Images of jazz, urban walls, geometric forms and bold color combinations define much of his work. As a master of paint, drawing, composition, and color, Keene had all the necessary tools to communicate and express his inner world. a prosaic catalogue of intimacy whose affective kernel remains tantalizingly hidden. Wing also addresses the history of photography and conceptual art. Her mapping of domestic topography resonates with the modernist archival impulse of Eugène Atget, among others, and its subsequent iterations in the typologically organized, serially structured photographs of artists like Bernd and Hilla Becher and Ed Ruscha. Unlike these precedents, Wing shifts her attention from public spaces and monuments toward architectural interiors and libidinal worlds and from a vertically positioned optical apparatus to a horizontally sited bodily matrix. Though she may use photography's evidentiary language, Wing dissolves the objective lens through which 20th century documentary and conceptual practices have tried to capture and classify experience and replaces it with an unpredictable phantasmic organ. - Nuit Banai

Rob Matthews, The Devil’s Pool #1 (detail), 2009, graphite on paper, 10”x12.5”.

Paul Keene Sande Webster Philadelphia [through June 26]

Paul Keene, Winter Urban Landscape, 28”x40”.

Carlin Wing Anthony Greaney Boston [through July 20]
Carlin Wing, INDES Sport Hotel, San Salvador, October 24-30, 2005, inkjet fiber print, 4”x5.33”.

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Linda Fleming’s solo exhibition, Lingering, is comprised of medium and large-scale sculpture works of, primarily, painted and chromed steel. With complex geometric forms that give equal consideration to the potentialities of both the ephemeral and the fluidly architectonic, each sculpture reflects an introspective investigation of the natural world and Fleming’s distinctive expansion upon it. Her intersection of circuitous flowing elements with hard-edged materiality invokes the many substantive dualities inherent in her work — masculine/feminine and organic/hard-edged — all residing in the Weep and Wonder, the latest work from Jennifer Nehrbass, continues the artist's focus on women and her attempt to turn of the pose of the helpless female inside out. The highly technically skilled paintings in oil on canvas often convey an eerie clarity and might just as easily be photographs staged for a psychological encounter and a restrained yet ambiguous eroticism can be found in many of Nehrbass’ paintings. Weep and Wonder was inspired by Margaret Atwood's book, The Penelopiad. This ongoing series of paintings imagines each of the twelve maidens as oval cameo portraits expressive of modern Colliding polarized trends within contemporary art, Joe Ramiro Garcia merges Pop Art's distanced reproductions of cultural icons with an expressionistic, painterly aesthetic. Colorful images of whimsical figures and everyday objects in his playfully provocative paintings animate a space that seems at once recognizable and eerily mysterious - a tableau of discordant players depicting an enigmatic narrative. By referencing both popular culture and private experiences, his psychologically resonant oil-and-alkyd paintings navigate between the delight of instant recognition and the riddle of a dream or elusive memory. Referencing the ocean as both a bridge and a barrier between Japan and the West, Hiroshi Yamano's art offers the sea as an evocative symbol of the conflicts between tradition and change, isolation and openness - an elemental space that both encloses and embraces the complex dialogues of personal and national identity. Celebrated equally for fertile ground in-between. As a vast ongoing study over the years in form and scale, Linda Fleming’s own studio maquettes continue to inform and evolve as pivotal source material for the artist. Investigating the forms in nature and humankind’s place within, her intricate maquettes suggest encompassing universes beyond human perception. Considered contextually, these differing approaches to scale allow a view into the artist’s larger thought process exploring a consciousness that exists simultaneously in both the concrete and the abstract. dilemmas, simultaneously ancient and contemporary. Ambiguity, realism, and fantasy play atmospherically in a narrative moment akin to magic realism. Drawn from a Victorian obsession with sex and death, these portraits speak to forbidden thoughts and desires, suggesting that what is hidden from, and forbidden to the maidens, is ultimately denied to the viewer. What the portraits yield is an intimacy of time and place that meanders through rich details and nuanced perplexity. For the artist, bafflement is as necessary to experience as delicate reasoning. their astounding formal innovations and considerable conceptual richness, Yamano's sculptures are praised as instances of the most technically accomplished glass art produced today. In a unique method the artist adapted from Japan's history of metal crafts, complex forms of blown, sculpted, cut, and polished glass are fused with delicate layers of silver leaf while still hot and preceding copper plating, allowing him to emulate the intricate decorative surfaces of Japanese screen paintings.
Linda Fleming Robischon Denver [through June 19]

Linda Fleming, Cumulus 1/3, 2010, chromed steel, 72”x46”.

Jennifer Nehrbass Klaudia Marr Santa Fe [through July 11]

Jennifer Nehrbass, Lights Out, 2010, oil on canvas, 22”x28”.

Joe Ramiro Garcia & Hiroshi Yamano LewAllen Santa Fe [through June 27]

(above) Joe Ramiro Garcia, Daytime TV, 2010, oil & alkyd on birch, 18”x16”. (left) Hiroshi Yamano, Nagare #106, 2009, blown sculpted glass, silver engraving and copper plating, 31”x6.5”x3”.

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Maria O’Malley

An Encaustic Journey

by Roberta Carasso

tics do not deteriorate, yellow, or darken; and do not have to be placed under glass. In fact, the Greeks used encaustic and resin to weatherproof their ships. While the process is laborious, a work of art has a permanency rarely seen in other materials. Also important is health hazards are reduced or eliminated making the process environmentally sound. Requiring a heat of 180 to 200 degrees, molten beeswax is like scalding thick syrup.  It does not unite with water or many other materials and requires significant experience to know when it is ready to use. Like a neophyte chemist, O’Malley made her studio into a laboratory, finding her way in unexplored territory. Many experiments were disasters and dangerous,  however, perseverance prevailed. Not only has she gained expertise, O’Malley has tailored the encaustic process to suit the materials she loves and her particular artistic style. Today she blends drawing materials into wax; invents her own equipment, and incorporates disparate supplies bought at lumber yards. O’Malley’s unique process integrates natural resins, and fuses drawing, painting, and relief sculpture. When O’Malley went from oils to encaustics, her style and subject matter altered, yet certain key signature features remain. Her encaustic landscapes, as her oil-based figurative paintings, engage the viewer with large open negative spaces and linear configurations. A lone tree or a few trees in a solitary open white field are haunting images. Or, graceful trees, with elegant branches may cover the entire surface. Painted in grays and blacks from graphite pencil shavings, or reds of melted Conte crayons, O’Malley’s landscapes are painted more from imagination than observation. Their enigmatic quality comes from a fusion of layers that

Maria O’Malley, Cosmic Landscape, encaustic and graphite on panel, 36”x48”.

or three consecutive nights, Maria O’Malley, an accomplished figurative oil painter, dreamed of bees. Her ancient Greek ancestry taught her to be sensitive to the interconnectedness of life and that dreams can convey messages. Because of these dreams and their repetitive nature, O’Malley paid attention. Her subconscious thoughts and ensuing research about bees led her to determine what the dreams meant. She discovered that beeswax, also known as encaustics, is an ancient art form. Except for Jasper Johns’ encaustic resurgence, the medium was not popular at the time of O’Malley’s dreams. With no knowledge of working in encaustics, O’Malley learned all she could about using beeswax in her art. While the artist investigated and studied new art supplies, she continued to paint in oils. O’Malley’s figurative oils won several first place prizes and were part of a

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long list of fine exhibitions. These include the Laguna Art Museum and Chapman University. Working in familiar oils and less familiar encaustics, the artist realized she was at home using the beeswax process. Following every lead, she sought to know more about her life’s new direction. Eventually, an unknown, elderly artist in New York City graciously taught her much of what she needed to know. O’Malley never anticipated that her Greek ancestry would come to her aid in the 20th century. Almost 3,000 years ago, Greek artists, were accomplished in encaustic portraits and mythological scenes on panels which still exist today. Homer, the epic Greek poet, sited the use of encaustics in describing the battle of Troy. Increasingly O’Malley was drawn to beeswax when she realized its durability over other art materials. It has no toxic fumes and requires no solvents. Encaus-

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may appear deceptively flat or texturally thick, but always painterly as O’Malley builds layer upon layer, up to 30 layers of encaustics and resins varying the density of each area. This arduous process requires continuously adding and removing materials by abrasion and application; includes various drawing methods - thick and thin brushstrokes and mark making; and sculptural methods - the carving and building up of tactile surfaces. The result of this rich process of constructing and deconstructing, is a luminous and matte surface that reflects light in varying degrees throughout the composition. In addition, an interplay of layers, with edges of one process meeting layers of a former process, gives the surface an other worldly appearance as if one can see and feel different time periods simultaneously. Viewing an O’Malley painting is like being in the moment yet going back in time, peeling through stratum of the past that are either covered over or seem to juxtapose past with present. Using thick leather welding gloves, sculpting tools, torches, hot air wallpaper guns, and working with molten materials, it is impossible to have preconceived notions or be formulaic. Rather encaustics demand discovery. Consequently, trained in a representational style, O’Malley now works conceptually, becoming a partner

Maria O’Malley: (above) Red Dune, encaustic and conte on panel, 32”x38”; (below) White Lake, encaustic and graphite on panel, 6”x24”.

with the process as she finds sacred places and spaces that are intuitive and organic. With each step, each abrasion, each overlay of placing natural resins and beeswax on the panel, surprises continuously occur. Like a symphony conductor, O’Malley guides each element to fruition, keenly overseeing the many dynamics simultaneous at play. Thus, like her Greek ances-

try, O’Malley creates timeless and luminous encaustic imagery that will endure.   Roberta Carasso, Ph.D., is an elected member of the International Art Critics Association, curator, and art writer. Her website is carasso.com/roberta. For more information about Maria O'Malley visit mariaomalley.com.

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Linda Vallejo

ART AS A NEPANTLERA JOURNEY
“Bridges are thresholds to other realities, archetypal, primal symbols of shifting consciousness. Bridges span liminal spaces between worlds, spaces I call nepantla, a Nahuatl word meaning tierra entre medio. Transformations occur in this in-between space, an unstable, unpredictable, precarious, always-in-transition space lacking clear boundaries.” - Gloria Anzaldua

In Her Own Words:

My art is an eclectic mixture of the

many nepantla realms I inhabit as an artist and woman of color. Renowned feminist scholar Gloria F. Orenstein notes I believe that authentic artworks can that my work “narrates a mythic jouronly be created through an understandney from nepantla, the space between ing of the artist’s own individual jourdivided worlds--cultures, lands, states of ney combined consciousness, with an artisideologies, tic style deidentities--to veloped over an envisaged decades of archetypal dedication. realm of light I commit at and enlightleast five years enment.” I to any new am indebted body of work. to ProfesI believe that sor Orenstein long-term for bringing commitment the nepantallows me to lera journey discover and to light. This proficientconcept dely illustrate scribes my the multiple practice of and complex moving from points of an one artistic idea. idea or process to the next. I As a viewer, continuously I am attractabandon situed to unique ations of certainty and Linda Vallejo, Electric Landscape Full Moon in Daylight, 2009, oil on canvas, 50”x60”. and complex technical aptravel to unknown places where I am compelled to these cultural strongholds, I am remind- proaches in the application of paint and create new images. I ask myself, “Can the ed of the alchemical processes that art- mixed media. I am especially drawn to artist move seamlessly from one idea and ists use in transforming information and images that juxtapose philosophical, media to the next and remain centered experiences into new works. As a young sociological, spiritual, and political eleon their personal vision?” And I find that painter living in Spain, I was deeply in- ments drawn from a wide span of history. my answer is always a resounding “Yes!” spired by Pablo Picasso, particularly I am deeply attracted to images that draw by his ability to develop a multitude of influence from an extended historical I was born in East Los Angeles, an area unique and disparate styles. His ability to context to create an image of the contem-

of diverse racial and cultural traditions. My father, an officer in the Air Force, was stationed throughout the US and Europe, so our family traveled extensively. I was able to visit many of the world’s greatest museums and study the masterworks in their collections. Recalling images from

leap from one idea to the next, over his long creative lifetime, fascinates me and continues to influence my own work.

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porary world in all its complexity. In my forty-year career, I have generated several distinct bodies of work, in a variety of media, often focusing on a series of ideas around a central theme. Many times, the impetus to create a new series of works comes from an accident of artistic alchemy. Sometimes, I find that the meaning of a particular work of art is not clear until long after its completion. Many require considerable time for reflection.

from Gustav Klimt’s emphatic patterning, combined with the visual repetition and coloration of Huichol yarn painting and indigenous ceremonial beadwork. These are artists and images that I have studied and enjoyed over many decades. This

es, media, and style in an effort to create my own unique image and vision. Artistic leaps and accidental alchemies have kept my artistic juices alive, and I always look forward to the next influence and inspiration. What others have said about Vallejo's work: Artist, educator, and art critic Nancy Kay Turner: "Vallejo’s work demonstrates a relentless exploration and manipulation of materials while remaining true to her inner vision. There is a profound consistency here despite the diversity of materials and influences. Vallejo’s prodigious body of work, like the artist herself, is a force of nature.”

My newest suite of works, The Electrics, began as “portraits” of the California oak trees that surround my home in Topanga Canyon. For twelve years, I had been painting California landscapes in a magical realist style. Then one night, I tried William Moreno, forto capture the glow of an mer Director of the Claoak bathed in the light of remont Art Museum and a full moon. The painted the Mexican Museum in field dissolved into mulSan Francisco: “Vallejo’s tiple organic shapes and broad command of a vabold marks painted in riety of mediums: paintunexpectedly heightened ing, sculpture and sitecolors. Since that fateful specific installations are night, I have completed all within her prolific oeuseveral oaks, landscapes, vre. Vallejo’s interests and and portraits inspired by subject-matter spans are Linda Vallejo, Electric Landscape Joshua Tree, 2008, oil on this first effort where color considerable. Themes of canvas, 48”x36”. became “electric,” movbeauty, consumption, war, ing and vibrating across the canvas. In Nepantlera may arrive in an uncharted excess, world pollution, iconic references thinking through the process, I believe artistic place, but she brings a melange of to international indigenous peoples and that The Electrics have been influenced memories to the new creative locale. earth-based installations all reside in her by Andy Warhol’s pop icons, the splotchy works.” "pixels" of Chuck Close’s portraits, and Like a true Nepantlera, I have traveled For more information about Linda the psychedelic palette of 1960s artist full circle to emulate Picasso and his unlike Peter Max. I can also see influences canny ability to mix and match influencVallejo, visit lindavallejo.com. Artists

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Tim Hawkinson Blum & Poe Los Angeles [through June 26]

Tim Hawkinson’s work is known for its sprawling, surrealistic self-portraiture in which the body, through intense introspection, becomes an alien landscape open to radical redefinition and transformation. This artistic agenda is mirrored materially by Hawkinson’s use of familiar and ubiquitous consumer packaging and household objects in highly unconventional ways. The new work continues these refrains, while also exploring more pointedly, temporality, mortality, and the cyclic. Hawkinson works in a wide array of media involving sculpture, painting, photography, and installation. The exhibition reflects this range, with such pieces as Orrery, a towering eight-foot tall This exhibition of rare drawings by Donald Judd, created between 1963 and 1977, will illuminate the process by which his sculpture was conceived and realized, and provide an overview of the iconic forms for which the artist became best known: stacks, progressions, boxes, and various forms that the artist called “Specific Objects.” Emerging in the 1960s in New York, Judd became known as a major exponent of ‘Minimalism,’ a label he strongly rejected, preferring to describe his work as “the simple expression of complex thought.” The years between 1963 and 1977 were his most fer-

sculpture of a woman at a spinning wheel atop a platform of rotating concentric circle tire treads. This piece looks to mechanical models used to illustrate the motions of the planets and their moons in our solar system. A sculptural collage of water bottles, plastic shopping bags, recouped hardware, and odds and ends comprise the woman’s head, hands, eyes, ears, and spindle; every part of the piece is interconnected and eternally spinning. A companion sculpture, Candle, takes the form of a giant foam candle, nearly eight feet tall. The dramatic scale propels this domestic object into a caustic landscape and volcanic totem.

Tim Hawkinson, Orrery, 2010, plastic bottles, shopping bags, inkjet prints, twine, string, wire, foam, springs, tape, lead, steel, 93” x 96” x 96”.

Donald Judd Maloney Los Angeles [through July 2]

tile years, a period in which the artist established the formal dictum that would guide and inform his work throughout his life. In these drawings, one can trace the trajectory of Judd’s thought processes as he found a starting point for the reinvention of American art. Judd’s desire was to make a distinct break from the tradition of European Art. He rejected the symbolism and emotive work of the abstract expressionists, based on free-wheeling use of color and gesture, and by introducing the use of industrial materials, Judd developed a vocabulary of sculptural form that remains unrivaled. their 2112 tour. These perceptions become a mash-up, a summation of personal existence that can't be contained by any historical account. America’s founding fathers, persecuted witches, Jesus, and other subjects from mythology and the artistic canon populate these works, interacting fantastically with situations and personages from distant and recent history. The incongruencies are absurd, and the absurdity itself pulls them into the present. White's satire disarms imposing and familiar figures, relieving them of their historical and academic baggage and rendering them comical and approachable. It becomes our history again, on equal terms with the present and once again acceptable as subject matter for contemporary painting. Historical gravity, leavened by wit, becomes a source of pleasure and fascination. - Lara Bank

Donald Judd, Example work from Drawings, 1963-1977. Courtesy of Maloney Fine Art.

Ben White's paintings merge anachronistic personages, events, biblical narratives, and popular culture to create a fantastic, nonlinear interpretation of history. These conBen White structions play with the nature of subjectivBlythe Projects Los Angeles ity and historical memory. He uses history [through June 26] as a medium, abstractly arranging topics displaced from their proper contexts. To achieve this dislocation, he filters his personal interests through Google searches, juxtaposing disparate, arbitrary results. Each work is a mental self-portrait from a certain moment, showing the multiplicitous aspect of thought – one might be reading about Gauguin’s Jacob Wrestling with the Angel while listening to the Ben White, The First Council of Nicaea Agrees on the Nature of Leviathan, 2009, acrylic and spray paint on panel, 30” x 49”. band Rush and dreaming about

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William Swanson’s new show, Mass Continuum, takes a slight departure from his old, both in terms of perspective and placement of imagery. Although still interested in presenting an illusionary view of highly architectural forms colliding with natural environments, he now takes the viewer inside to peek at the conceptual structural designs from the interior. The works examine propagation of flora within vacated public spaces including halls, corridors and atriums. The empty spaces stand as skeletal frameworks holding grids of light fixtures, sections of walls, and partitions. These structures indicate a once active corporate or retail infrastructure now abandoned and stripped of its original function. Done from hand and without any computer generated imagery, the compositions are created with multi-layers of visual information piled on top of each other. In Swanson’s paintings, Ginger Wolfe-Suarez explores the psychology of built space and perceptions of place while re-engaging notions of site-specificity. Approaching fragility and impermanence, the material, textural, and odiferous with the same complexity as site and scale, Wolfe-Suarez’s sculptures operate phenomenologically, the exhibition space reformed into a temporal and experiential zone for the viewer’s body. Utilizing a material palette of wood, rock, paint, transparencies, light, yarn, as well as various odors and scents, her latest exhibition, Memory Objects includes sculptures and installations questioning how moments are made physical. Wolfe-Suarez negotiates a tension between One Piece is a dynamic ocean culture exhibit by Mike Saijo, including collaborations with fashion designer and artist Puma Yoshie Seki. The exhibit juxtaposes eastern and western sociocultural history in relation to oceanside life. Saijo and Yoshi cross cultures as well as art forms, drawing from both popular and academic movements. Conceptual mixed-media, traditional Japanese painting, surf art, Anime, and other forms converse to explore the mythology and ethos of the ocean environment. While Saijo is known for his “book pieces,” deconstructing pages of books and interplaythe imagery creates a dialogue between the eco-system and man-made constructions – and the effects both have on each other respectively. | In her new work, Jill Weinstock continues the use of repetition in cast rubber forms with an emphasis on the nostalgia of one’s own childhood. Using an original Fisher Price dollhouse from the 1970s as her mold, Weinstock casts the toy in different shades of pigmented rubber to explore how experiences of objects in early youth bridge the gap between reality and reminiscence. Through this intensive process of transforming the toys into conceptual “mementos,” Weinstock recalls the object’s past, suggesting it’s greater connection to our collective memories, desires, and disappointments. Weinstock's sculptures put forth a potent cultural resonance for representing memory in tandem with the formation of self-narration. presence and non-presence, dispelling notions of reduction, in what the artist terms a “symbolic abundance through absence." Both a collapsing of representation and a questioning of material and process are embedded within the trajectory of Minimalism and the Minimalist object. Meaningfully endowing memory with physicality, the artist’s sculptures explore boundaries between constructed, found, and cast-objects as well as distinctions between collective, psychological, personal, and historical memory. ing them with images upon text, he will be branching out to new areas for this exhibit, including on-location beach installations, sculpture, and the incorporation of painting, glass, and sculptural elements into his works. Collaborations with Puma Yoshi begin with Mike's usual Xerox compositions on book pages as the starting point for new forms. Saijo reengages the Contextualist ideal of deriving meaning in art from soci-cultural and historical contex.
William Swanson & Jill Weinstock Walter Maciel Los Angeles [through July 2]

(Top of Page) William Swanson, Particle Horizon, 2010, acrylic on wood panel, 30” x 47”. (Directly Above) Jil Weinstock, Group of Doll Houses, 2010, pigmented cast rubber, edition of 2 each, 10” x 15.75” x 9”. Courtesy of Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles.

Ginger Wolfe-Suarez ltd Los Angeles [through June 26]
Ginger Wolfe-Suarez, Here (detail), 2009-2010, wood, concrete, glitter, rock, mirror.

Saijo, Grand Line (detail), wax & charcol on pages of Jung’s Symbols of Transformation on wood panel.

Mike Saijo & Puma Yoshie

Bleicher/Golightly & Hamilton Galleries Santa Monica [through July 2]

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Patrick Graham & Arshile Gorky

Jack Rutberg Los Angeles [through July 31]

(above) Arshile Gorky, Untitled, c.1930-35, twosided drawing, graphite on paper, 11.25”x8”. (center page) Patrick Graham, Wreath (Collateral Series), 2005-2006, oil on canvas diptych, 72.87”x134.63”.

Mark Harrington Edward Cella Los Angeles [through July 10]

Monumental paintings and drawings by Patrick Graham, widely regarded as Ireland’s most important contemporary artist, will be featured in this major exhibition of his recent works, joined by a number of the artist’s most iconic, large-scale paintings of the last 25 years. Patrick Graham has been credited by art historians with changing the face of Irish painting, and has been recognized by Ireland as a “living national treasure” through his induction into Aosdána since 1986. Fact of the Matter is his first exhibition in Los Angeles since 2002. It offers a rare opportunity to view a major presentation of Graham’s works; some recently exhibited in the critically acclaimed museum exhibition The Quick and the Dead in Dublin. | Opening in conjunction will be a rare exhibition of drawings Armenian-born Depth of Field, a new exhibition from German-based artist Mark Harrington, presents new non-representational paintings, distinguished by their thickly layered surfaces organized in rhythmic bands of subtle, contrasting color. Inspired by the cinematographer's term “depth of field” – the range of distance within a photograph or film image that is acceptably sharp – the exhibition presents a sequence of paintings exploring the dynamic visual relationship between the painting's physical surface and its illusory visual ground. With a debt to fresco, Harrington imbeds multi-tonal veins of color into monochromatic fields through repeated insertions and reduc-

artist Arshile Gorky (1904-1948), one of the 20th century’s most important painters and a seminal force of American modern and contemporary art. The exhibition will feature Gorky’s early sketchbook drawings dating from the early 1930s. It was during that period when Gorky absorbed and redefined European avant-garde sensibilities, having at that time a profound impact upon such artists as Willem deKooning, Hans Burkhardt, Stuart Davis, John Graham, and Isamu Noguchi. [In fact, Burkhardt was responsible for introducing Gorky's work to the Los Angeles artists and curators.] The drawings in this exhibition reveal Gorky’s early ruminations on cubism and biomorphic abstraction, predating his encounter with the European expatriates who arrived in New York during World War II. tions of paint. Using a minimal or reductive system of compressed layers of built-up and stripped-away paint, the artist controls what the eye perceives in terms of imagery. In doing so, Harrington establishes a dialogue between illusory bands of transparent, distressed color and the plastic, sculptural nature of his materials. Investigating the interaction of color and line, Harrington's large-scale abstractions focus on space, pictorial depth, and light. Employing the workmanship inherent to the classical traditions of European painting, Harrington's paintings represent a contemporary reinterpretation of the aesthetics of modernist painting.

Mark Harrington: (top) Depth of Field 2, 2010, acrylic on linen, 43.25” x 38.25”. (bottom) Great Whale, 2010, acrylic on linen, 79.5” x 72.5”.

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Mostly known for her performancebased sculptures that test the permanence of objects, New York artist Jamie Isenstein presents a room of objects on fire in House of Hot. For the exhibition, Isenstein transforms various tchotchkes, including cookie jars, Jell-o molds, novelty teapots, and porcelain figurines into functioning oil lamps. As products of mass-production gathered from junk stores and garage sales, these objects are inconsequential and replaceable, yet made from enduring, permanent materials. Unlike candles that melt when set on fire, these oil lamps are not consumed by the flames they sustain. Drawing on Isenstein's interest in immortality and the concept that art is supposed to last forever, these oil lamps reference the uses of oil lamps in religious establishments, burial memorials, and the Olympics as a way to invoke the realm of eternity. In addition, in response to the term Step in Time, a new exhibition by Bay Area artist Judith Foosaner, features black and white abstract paintings and collages. Foosaner's work commences with a delicate line that evolves into bold complex forms and compositions. In her painting, Kiss, organic forms resembling leaves float gently within fields of rich black paint. Similar shapes are found and transformed into puzzle-like collages in Pursuit. The fluidity and rhythm of each shape is disrupted, cut and then mounted on canvas, resulting in even more elaborate compositions. The interplay between light and dark, consistent throughout New York artist Rachel Harrison's practice includes sculpture, painting, collage, photography, video and installation. Her work is consistently layered, creating a multiplicity of meaning and perspectives, engaging the viewer both visually and conceptually. Investigating space, time, and context, the works redefine existing terms between images and forms while positing alternate relationships to consider. Playing with color, objecthood, and language, Harrison constitutes analogies that lead to new thoughts and investigations. This exhibition – Asdfjkl; – presents six sculptural works composed
Jamie Isenstein

Michael Benevento Los Angeles

[through June 26]

Jamie Isenstein: (above) Flowers of Evil, video installation of photographs; (images on right) two selections from the House of Hot exhibition. Courtesy of Joshua White/Michael Benevento.

"nature morte," these oil lamps are grouped in clusters of still-lifes with the flames enlivening and giving presence to the static objects. In the back gallery, presented like a greenhouse full of plants are Flowers of Evil, a series of photographs documenting flowers officially registered with sinister names such as Ghost Train, Anvil of Darkness, and Armageddon. This relates the flowers to the historical art tradition of using flowers as symbols for mortality; the price of each flower is displayed below the name suggesting that even death is for sale. her work, accents the shadows of the lines and shapes that encompass the entire canvas. With her signature style, her new work continues to exude energy and fervor. The East gallery will feature Wheatfields, wallmounted sculptures by Los Angeles based artist Carlo Marcucci. The artist creates smooth, minimal sculptures by mounting dry pasta side by side in rows creating an illusion of wood or mosaics. Some of the sculptures are designed in multiple sections and others include intersecting structures made of transparent Plexiglas, changing the nature of the pasta itself.
Judith Foosaner & Carlo Marcucci

Lora Schlesinger Santa Monica [through July 9]

Carlo Marcucci, Wheatfields LXII (62), 2007, udon noodles, squid ink spaghetti, regular spaghetti, salmon spaghetti on plexiglas, 14.5”x9”x 4”.

Rachel Harrison of statuesque abstract forms painted and Regen Projects Los Angeles combined with ready-made objects. These [through July 10] sculptures are complex amalgamations that resemble monuments but are completely non-referential. The title (Asdfjkl;) describes the standard placement of one's fingers when typing. It is mentally tactile, as it speaks to the moment when one is just about to touch an object. The rapidly changing relationship to writing produced by the aid of maRachel Harrison, Asdfjkl; (installation view). Courtesy Regen chines is central to this title. Projects, Los Angeles. Photograph by Brian Forrest.

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Lael Corbin Luis De Jesus Santa Monica [through June 26] In this new show, Greetings from Earth, Lael Corbin compels us again to redefine our understanding and relationship to material reality. Taking his cues from the space programs of the late 1970s, like NASA’s Voyager spacecraft and its Golden Record, Corbin examines ideas and ways in which we might communicate with extraterrestrial life. He offers an installation of specific images and objects that draw upon both narrative and poetic relationships to language, while evoking such notions as hisThese new minimalist paintings by the New York artist Teo González were achieved by the artist methodically painting thousands of tiny dots in loosely gridded arrangements. Subtle variations in the size, density, and placement of the forms result in shifting, dynamic compositions that engage and captivate the viewer. The paintings on view present a new direction in González’s working method. Previously, the artist applied paint to the canvas in tiny droplets using an emulsion that forces the pigment to the outer edge as it dries. Left behind were In his recent paintings, Jeff Adams creates levels of physicality by incorporating a variety of mixed media onto his canvases, using everything from acrylic, oil, and jute, to burlap, asphalt and plaster. However, his is a "material with no implied or inferred meanings." Instead, Adams' paintings highlight the artist's interest in achieving a work that is highly subjective. Viewers react to his paintings with sensorial responses – or "the silence of an action" as Adams calls it – while others could feel they are devoid of meaning. Adams builds upon the flat surface of canvases that hinge on the nuances of the figure and memories of landscapes, tory, science, space, and time, as well as play, curiosity, and wonder. Corbin has frequently dealt with language through the use of fable, allegory, narrative, and poetry, exploring how fictitious or inanimate objects can convey precept or truth, and calling into question the very materials and methodologies that form, what he calls, “the multitude of other conceptual frameworks that shape our perception today.” This has led him to experiment with a broad range of methods and unconventional materials, employing a strategy in which research, building, and manufacturing processes mix seamlessly together with dream-like imagery, fragments of information, syntax, memory, and competing timelines. Stripped of a normal context, objects and processes that, at first glance may appear familiar, in the end force us to question how these forms fit into our larger consciousness.

Lael Corbin, Brûnâ-77, 2010, wood, glass, shoes, audio and video recordings, 48”x12”x18”.

Teo González Brian Gross San Francisco [through July 3]

ghost-like traces that call to mind various natural forms, such as cells, stars, eyes, eggs, and molecules. In his new works, Gonzalez mimics the residual forms by painting the shapes directly instead of using droplets— eliminating the element of chance inherent in the dropping method and giving the artist greater control of the creative process. The result is vacillating abstract fields that are at once meticulously precise and rhythmically organic, possessing a vital energy that gives them a life of their own.

Teo Gonzalez, Untitled 593, 2010, acrylic on canvas over board, 78” x 78”.

Jeff Adams & Younhee Paik
Braunstein/Quay San Francisco

[through June 26]

Younhee Paik, St. Peter Rotunda, 2008, oil on canvas, 50” x 54”.

and through varied brushwork and texture, highlight action. Younhee Paik, an artist participating in the ACCESS Program, derives inspiration from nature and the constant challenge of finding one’s place in the vastness of time, space, and beyond. "I try to explore and express my ever expanding perception of the relationship between the physical and the spiritual," writes Paik. Many of the images in her work are memories from her childhood in a Korean fishing village: the waves of the ocean, ships on the water, and stars at night. Floor plans of cathedrals and the geometry of New York high rises also play a role in her paintings.

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Frederick Hayes' latest exhibition, Cityscape: Drawings, Installation, and Painting, continues his exploration of African American portraiture and urban landscape using charcoal and paint. Hayes's exhibition takes the viewer on a walk through his city – albeit a fictionalized city – filled with faces both known and unknown, billowing cloud formations over geometric urban cityscapes, and detailed brick facades of massive architecture. His subjects are never accidental, but rather thoughtful and provocative, providing a rich portrait of urban life. "I have an undeniable interest in portraiture, the African American experience, the working class, and the sort of learned approach to art making that manifests itself in various guises and disguises," says Hayes. Also on display is the work of artist Ernest Jolly, who combines his musical background with visual artistry in unique ways. Jolly's exploration of material and form is inspired by Wonder Box, a solo show of Matthew Palladino's latest paintings, references a 19th century viewing device that contained exotic scenes that a small audience could see through a peephole for a nominal fee. It is in this vein that Palladino's new paintings are presented, a contemporary peep show where ideas of morality are disoriented and reconfigured in a playful fashion. The pieces lack any clear moral compass, causing the This show includes a new installation, Inverse Studies, featuring twenty-four oil and encaustic paintings. They represent a departure from Amy Ellingson’s established scale (all works are 16 x 12 inches) and methodology of predetermining all elements of her paintings via digital technology. The works are indicative of a rediscovery and integration of a more intuitive painting method, social and ecological issues. His installations bring together sculpture, sound, and light, using common building materials like concrete, wood, and wire. In Just Off Shore, Ernest Jolly collaborates with M. Chris Evans, a cellist, who combined a variety of sounds with Jolly's video projection of a hazy coastline and foreground sculptures that suggest a pier and broken boat. The combination creates a serene installation that also alludes to the decay and abandonment of man-made materials.
Frederick Hayes & Ernest Jolly Patricia Sweetow San Francisco

[through June 26]

(left) Frederick Hayes, Cedrick, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 14” x 11”. (right) Ernest Jolly, Alchemist I (detail), 2010, mixed media, 46”x117”x46”.

Matthew Palladino Baer Ridgway San Francisco [through June 12]

viewer to investigate the images' ideological content through the unique lens of their own experience. The gallery door becomes the hole and, once entered, the viewer is within the Wonder Box for a peek at the artist's distorted scenes of the erotic, spiritual, and mundane. Not unlike a private dancer at a peep show, these pieces, painted up and protected by a layer of glass ask the viewer to “look, but don't touch”. contrasted with Ellingson’s familiar geometric module. In Summer Frieze, works are presented in a linear installation, with the paintings placed at irregular intervals over a varying progression of laser-cut vinyl elements, composed in situ. This layering beautifully highlights the juxtaposition of colors employed in both the paintings and the vinyls.
Amy Ellingson, Inverse Study #1, 2009, oil and encaustic on panel, 16” x 12” x .875”. Courtesy of Haines Gallery, San Francisco.

Matthew Palladino, The Rapture, 2010, acrylic ink on paper, 49”x 37”.

Amy Ellingson Haines San Francisco [through July 10]

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Christy Rogers

SIREN: CAPTURING THE HUMAN FORM EMERGED IN WATER by Mark Olival

“Space intrigues me,” says Christy Rog-

ers, “My work is essentially a study in the intricate nature of space and time.” For an artist, this makes for boundless exploration. Her fluency in the language of three dimensions is hardly a fluke. The Los Angeles-based photographer began her career as a filmmaker. Over the course of various avant-garde projects, the self-taught artist intensely pursued her exploration of the visual. In photography, she found her most facile means of expression. Her new collection, Siren, praises the human form in water, a motif as magic as mermaids and as primal as the womb. Wrought from a minimalist palette, her figures within a watery darkness, at life-size, are deeply affecting. Nude and halfclad, the images of the figures dazzlingly mix the traditional and contemporary. Deploying the dance of human form with textiles of cool warmth, Rogers creates images that are hypnotic in the peace they induce. The works are printed on cotton archival matte, which further diffuses details already made smooth by the underwater shot. With gorgeous figures against a background of black, the photographs connote the best of oil painting. Those versed in the western tradition cannot help but see the iconic hands of Da Vinci

or the bold coloration of Michelangelo. Here the obsessed leitmotif of Courbet meets the glory of Delacroix’s action. Singular light worthy of Rembrandt illumines each lone figure. Born and raised on the Hawaiian island

back to the Islands, the first thing I do is dive into the ocean. It rejuvenates me." As viewers, we share that eureka moment of hers – the ecstasy of that first dive back into the ocean. Toward that end, it is the naked shot itself that is of paramount design. What she sees is what you get— the images have not been digitally manipulated at all. The catching of genuine ephemera gives these images their cachet. “I am obsessed,” she says “with the beauty of imperfection and the drama of human passion.” Her photos say nothing less. Raised in a family of musicians and artists, Christy Rogers is also a poet, filmmaker, and musician. Her newest project, Odyssey, which she has been working on since the beginning of the year, will showcase these disparate interests. A massive undertaking comprised of over a hundred life-sized images in concert with experimental video, the work-in-progress will allow the viewer to experience that which had previously only been allowed Odysseus, the opportunity to marvel at the song of the Siren. Siren is currently represented at Laura Rathe Fine Art in Houston, Texas; South Street Gallery in Honolulu, Hawaii; and Blackman Cruz in Hollywood, California. For information, visit christyrogers.com.

Christy Rogers, Argentina, 35”x46”.

of O’ahu, Christy Rogers frequented its superlative beaches growing up, regularly swimming in their turquoise and clear waters. “In L.A., I take a lot of baths,” she quips when asked how she’s made the transition to urban life. “When I come

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Angela Lynthia Ellefson

EMBRACING THE CHAOS OF THE UNCONSCIOUS
believed that a thought derived in a state of consciousness is protected by our egos. Jung views the ego as our sense of self and how we portray ourselves to the world. Our egos put limitations on our real self, which only emerges in dreams. This is a time when our unconscious mind lets go of the ideals and defense mechanisms that we hold to protect us from those things we feel make us vulnerable and afraid. Jung believed that all things can be viewed as binaries, such as, good/evil, male/female, love/hate, and black/white. Working in opposition to the ego, is the "counter-ego," or what he refers to as the “shadow”. The shadow represents the rejected aspects of ourselves, those things we do not wish to acknowledge. It is here, “In Shadows,” that I wish to create. Using “Black” and “White,” I strip down the egos illusions of self to a primitive state. Using variations of color would be my ego’s role of manipulating the artwork and thus creating an illusion of self, or an ideal of what art should be - an “imitation of life.” The end result of such thinking is a world of art that is merely a slight misrepresentation of another. To stifle the ego’s influence is to unleash the unconscious mind, allowing pure thoughts to emerge, thoughts that affect art in a way that has not been brought to light but merely lingered below the surface waiting to be harvested by our dreams. According to Jung, dreams are a way of communicating and acquainting yourself with the unconscious. Dreams are not attempts to conceal your true feelings from the waking mind, but rather they are a window to your unconscious. They serve to guide the waking self to achieve wholeness and offer a solution to the problems that arise. Dreams shift and sway in a way that is not completely controlled by our conscious mind, revealing strange archetypes and metaphors in place of conscious thoughts. Nietzsche said, "You must have Chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.” I create “Chaos when I approach a blank canvas with a clear mind, when my only intentions are to unleash movement. Through this process, I gain the freedom that’s lost within an immediate objective, and I find that my hands will solve a mystery that my intellect has struggled with in vain. By avoiding the path, but going instead where there is none, and then leaving a trail is one way to produce art that is different, that is personal; art that reveals a true sense of self in every piece. Françoise Sagan once said, “Art must take reality by surprise.” Through the “Art of Chaos,” reality is lost in a dream. It is here that we can float, where we can escape the constraints of the world, bypass notions of rhyme and reason. My art is filled with archetypes, subconscious omissions, shifting realms of terror and confusion. As shapes progress across the canvas, and the lines collide with one another, just like a dream, awareness brings revelations that have been waiting to emerge. Before long, faces, places, things form from the shadows to reveal a subconscious progression of thoughts. Upon a closer look, one can see there is order in chaos, there is beauty in the mundane. Ultimately, the artist is not a person endowed with free will who seeks his own ends, but one who allows art to realize its purpose within themselves.

Angela Lynthia Ellefson: (above) Under The Sea; (right page) Solar Plexus. Both works: 2010, black ink on acrylic paper, 12”x9”.

I’m an artist that is heavily influenced

by psychological thought and theories, especially those of Carl Jung. I define my artwork as,“The Art of Chaos,” an art process which is derived through an implementation of my beliefs, wherein the objective is to produce art that has no conscious beginning, but achieves distinctive end results. In theory, “Chaos” makes no predictions and appears as a state of disorder, making it very sensitive to its initial conditions. In other words, a number of variations in the initial condition produces a chaotic dynamic system that leads to even larger variations in subsequent behaviors. Art, on the other hand, is the process of deliberately or inadvertently arranging elements and objects in a way that affects our subconscious or unconscious mind. The unconscious is the area of mind that stores collected information that has been repressed and is not easily brought to our awareness. These repressed memories can be episodes of trauma, or even simple thought patterns, desires, and sense impressions that remain far below the accessible surface. They are in essence, inaccessible without psychoanalysis, but can drive and control the conscious mind through artistic forms of expression. It is

For more information about Angela Lynthia Ellefson, visit raisedinblack.com.

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Jaime Scholnick

IN HER OWN WORDS

Jaime Scholnick: (left) 2 Towers, 2009, styrofoam, black gesso, acrylic paint, 62”x24”x9”. (right) PS: Red Cross, 2009, styrofoam, gesso, acrylic paint, 22”x10.5”x 8”

This latest series is a return to sculp-

but that isn't my focus either. There is a desire to transform the refuse and not simply use it as found. The Duchampian ideal – "any object becomes art because I say so" – is an outdated paradigm. I am always most satisfied with work that is open-ended allowing the viewer to make their own comparisons and narrative meanings. If contemporary art reflects current dialogues then the very use of this material as the inception for the creative work encompasses a full spectrum of ideas and beliefs that I hold.

ture while exploring my obsession with line and love of drawing. The Styrofoam pieces in their original shapes (no cutting involved) dictate the design. It taps into a subconscious, spontaneous way of working that is devoid of the prior, selfconscious need to tackle big issues didactically. I feel that not being so obvious in meaning (as in my past series) makes this work stronger. This material was once debris, cushioning the far superior item that was desired. Here, the roles have been reversed, elevating this material to

"Art" while the initial object it held has or eventually will become the refuse. This desire to push my work to new levels energizes me. I think it was De Kooning who emphasized that it is paramount for an artist to reinvent herself over and over again to keep it fresh. The present work feels familiar but isn't. Certainly there are the obvious references to Dubuffet or any number of artists that have used Styrofoam. At the same time the work is unlike anything that has preceded it. Some pieces are architectural

Jaime Scholnick is represented by CB1 Gallery in Los Angeles. For more information, visit cb1gallery.com.

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