“State of the Union” at Brainworks Gallery

“State of the Union” at Brainworks Gallery

Scott Froschauer
Scott Froschauer

“State of the Union”

A group show curated by

Erin Adams, Kristine Schomaker and Diane Williams

February 4 – 25, 2017
Opening reception February 4, 5-8pm

Brainworks Gallery
5364 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, Ca 90019
http://www.brainworksgallery.com/

The dawn’s early light on November 9, 2016 found much of California aghast at what their democracy had wrought. In the weeks leading up to the presidential inauguration, artists have come forward to express fear and outrage, but also hope for a better future. Joining the lineup of galleries presenting works of resistance is Erin Adam’s new artist-run space, Brainworks Gallery, with “State of the Union”, opening February 4 through February 25.

According to recent polls, greater than 80% of Americans say the country is more deeply divided on major issues this year than in the past several years. Polarization between urban and rural communities, liberals and conservatives, and the widening gap between the wealthy and the poor has created deep and painful wounds in the national spirit.

Artists have always been able to be the voice for the unheard. Art gives us a place to begin conversations of healing and renewal. State of the Union seeks to discover who we are as a nation, where we are hurt and how we can heal the divisions among us.

Participating artists include:
Ajuan Mance, Dwora Fried, Edi Dai, Emily Wiseman, Erin Adams, Jane Szabo, Kim Abeles, Kio Griffith, Linda Sue Price, Marjan Vayghan, Narsiso Martinez, Richard Wilks, Rick Dallago, Robbie Conal, Scott Froschauer, Terri Lloyd, Vincent Tomczyk, Yasmine Diaz

About Brainworks Gallery
Brainworks Gallery is LA’s newest artist-run gallery on Mid City’s vibrant West Pico Boulevard. In this diverse neighborhood, Brainworks Gallery will be a showcase for emerging artists, conversation, and a truly independent perspective on the artistic voice in today’s world. Erin Adams invites a more lively dialogue between artists and the city about what it means to have a voice and how we use it. Shows will feature both emerging and established artists whose work has a strong point of view. As an artist-run gallery, Brainworks Gallery intends to function as a place to meet new voices that are curated but unconstrained by market forces.

 

Author

Kristine Schomaker is a new media and performance artist, painter and art historian living and working at the Brewery artist complex in Los Angeles. For over 14 years she has been working with various interdisciplinary art forms including online virtual worlds to explore identity and the hybridization of digital media with the physical world. Whether virtual or physical, the object-based work Kristine creates combines elements of color-based gestural abstraction, animation, pattern and design, neo-Baroque and Populence. Using installation, text, photography, mixed media, video and performance for her ongoing conceptual project My Life as an Avatar, she visualizes a narrative/dialogue with her virtual persona, Gracie Kendal. Kristine then documents her experiences on her blog. In 2012, exploring ideas of community, Kristine turned a local gallery into a modern day creation of Gertrude Stein’s salon of the 1920’s with a live mixed-reality dinner party merging the physical world with the online virtual world. Over the summer she also performed The Bald and the Beautiful in which she had her head shaved as a statement to challenge society’s standards of beauty. Currently, Kristine is working as an Artist-in-Residence through the Linden Endowment for the Arts creating an immersive virtual environment which she is planning to bring into the physical world via sculpture/public art work.

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