My Ugly/Beautiful Friends
Dani Dodge solo show

Shoebox Projects
660 S. Ave. 21 #3
Los Angeles, CA 90031

Opening reception: 3-6 p.m. Sunday, March 31, 2019
Open by appointment and during Brewery Artwalk April 6 and 7
Closes: April 14, 2019

In “My ugly/beautiful friends,” Los Angeles artist Dani Dodge uses sculpture, video and mixed media works to create an installation exploring adaptation and survival.

Her muse is the Joshua Tree.

The early American explorer, John C Fremont, who first mapped the Oregon Trail, described Joshua trees as “the most repulsive tree in the Vegetable Kingdom.” But Dodge fell in love with these otherworldly plants as she began a residency in 2018 in the Mojave National Preserve. She was inspired by their strangeness, their symbiotic relationships, and their sensitivity.

“I spent every day of two weeks visiting the Joshua trees and getting to know them on an individual and personal level,” Dodge said. “I was fascinated by the bold, frightening shapes they created against the desert sunrise, and captivated by the warm, beautiful stories they told beneath their spikey exterior.”

And, I was deeply inspired their ability to survive within a very small area of Earth, while feeling devastated by the knowledge that the species could be decimated within my lifetime.”

Climate models have shown that this iconic plant, which exists only in the Mojave Desert region of the US between 1,300 and 5,900 feet elevation, will lose 90 percent of its range in eastern California by 2100.

Basically, the Joshua trees, which grow to more than 40 feet tall, reproduce and disperse too slowly to keep up with climate change. They have survived this long because they developed a shallow network of roots, that spreads about 18 feet around each plant to suck up the infrequent rainwater.

Without nectar to attract pollinators, Joshua Trees rely solely on the tiny yucca moth for pollination, a creature that at first appears unassuming but on closer inspection sports unique bizarre, tentacle-like fronds from its mouth. And the yucca moth depends on the Joshua Tree for its survival.

Over Dodge’s time in the Mojave National Preserve, and also during a 2019 residency in the Prime Desert Woodland Preserve in Lancaster, Calif., Dodge continues to get to know these plants, who she now considers her friends.

“Like many of my human friends, they have a tough exterior, but a sweetness within,” Dodge explained. “They need us now and with this exhibit I hope to bring more awareness of their plight.”

In the exhibit, she deconstructs the Joshua Tree spikes into separate stories of survival, love, and loneliness. She deconstructs photos of the plants into a scribbled S.O.S. on their behalf. And she constructs a powerful installation that shows ugliness and beauty are as symbiotic as the Joshua Tree and the yucca moth.
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About Dani Dodge
Dodge creates immersive, surrealist environments and installations. This is her second solo show at Shoebox Projects. Dodge shows her work in Los Angeles and internationally, including in Mexico City, Budapest, and Stockholm so far in 2019. She is a member of the Durden and Ray collective in Los Angeles. For more information about Dodge, please visit http://www.danidodge.com/

About Shoebox Projects
Shoebox Projects is an experimental art space in DTLA, where emerging and midcareer artists are given an opportunity to freely experiment with new ideas and directions for their practice. Founded by Kristine Schomaker, multimedia artist and director of Shoebox PR, Shoebox Projects intends to give artists a chance to recharge and renew their relationship with their work. http://www.shoeboxprojects.com

ARTIST KAREN HOCHMAN BROWN USES MATH AND MUSIC TO CREATE
ONE-OF-A-KIND DIGITAL PORTRAITS DURING LA’S STARTUP ART FAIR

Karen Hochman Brown
stARTup Art Fair Los Angeles

February 15 to 17, 2019
Opening Celebration
February 15, 7-10 PM

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The Kinney Venice Beach
737 West Washington Blvd
Venice, CA 90292
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A self-described high school “math geek” chose instead to study art and has managed to merge her two passions into masterful digital creations of startling power and beauty. Los Angeles artist Karen Hochman Brown has married the flexibility of art and the precision of mathematics into a virtually unlimited paintbox.

“The computer has been tied to my artwork, and my life,” Hochman Brown says. “I never looked back.”

Hochman Brown will be premiering brand new work at the stARTup Art Fair, running February 15th to 17th at The Kinney Venice Beach. You can see more of Hochman Brown’s work in a solo show “Digital Ambrosia” at MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, in Santa Barbara running February 23 to April 7, 2019 as well as Descanso Gardens Sturt Haaga Gallery in “Unusual Views” opening February 10 to June 9, 2019.

Hochman Brown coined the term “digitography” from a combination of photography and digital process. Working from primarily floral and vegetative images, she uses a graphic synthesizer to create custom virtual-paintbrushes, changing settings of endless parameters that react to a visual reference. The brushstrokes are applied one by one based on information such as shape, color, orientation and luminance. In this process, she is not limited to using photographs for reference and can venture into a world of totally algorithmic creations. Results can mimic natural painting styles or come off as purely graphic. In addition to 2-D prints, the artist processes images over time to develop animations.

Most recently, Hochman Brown has begun to work with photo portraits. In the “Portrait Project”, she turns portraits of people into synthesized pieces of visual music. Based on the model of the sound synthesizer, Hochman Brown creates custom brushes that play upon the photograph’s visual information in the same way that a synthesizer plays a riff of music. The computer assists the drawing process, generating brushstrokes that change based on color, shape, texture, luminance and other information found in the photo file, changes that include anything from the angel the stroke is applies to the actual structure of the brush. Her portraits are lively and colorful variations on the subject’s visage.

These inspiring works expand the boundaries of new media and technology-driven art with their lush and evocative depictions.

About Karen Hochman Brown
Karen Hochman Brown received her B.A. in Art from Pitzer College, has continued to study math, and did post-graduate work at California College of the Arts and Crafts where her Master’s thesis introduced Construction Geometry via Art, a Junior High School curriculum she taught at Pasadena Waldorf School. She continued to study the interconnections of math and art via technology at UCLA studying graphic design in late-nineties. Her work has been widely exhibited in California and the United States.

John Waiblinger
A solo exhbition
The Beauty of Men

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March 2 – 16, 2019
Opening reception March 2, 6-9 pm

Closing reception and Artist Talk
March 16, 1:30-4pm

Hellada Gallery
117 Linden Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802
hellada.us

(Los Angeles) — Los Angeles-based queer artist John Waibliner’s solo show opening at Hellada Gallery on Saturday March 2nd, breathes romance and intimacy into hardened images of pornography. The Beauty of Men: Celebrating Tenderness features images gathered from the artist’s personal collection and online gay porn sites and re-purposes them into softer, floral images that show men in an entirely different light.

Waiblinger reconstructs found images and combines them with his own photography to transfigure the carnal into his own embodiments of adoration and celebration. The images portray a masculinity that celebrates intimacy and creates tension between the normative and the transgressive, investigating and broadening our perceptions of masculinity.

“It’s not often that men are seen in this kind of soft and tender manner,” says Waiblinger. “I think it’s important to express that each and every one of these men is a sex worker. This is my way of honoring them and the joy they have given to me as an individual, and to say that they are something more than an object. That beauty is something that I want to share with the world.”

The Beauty of Men will run from March 2-16 at Hellada Gallery. The opening reception is Saturday, March 2, 6-9 PM with a closing reception and art talk on the topic of “Masculinity in Art” on Sunday, March 16, 1:30-4:00 pm.

About John Waiblinger
John Waiblinger resides and works in Hollywood, CA. With an academic background with degrees in English, Women’s Studies and Library Science, Waiblinger redefined himself as an artist in his early 60’s first exhibiting work at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts. He exhibits regularly in Los Angeles galleries and has recently been heavily involved with Long Beach’s OutLoud Queer Arts Festival. Last year he completed a collaborative installation project with fellow artist Sean Yang focused on the “coming out process” at Cerritos College and a solo show at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art. He will be a participating artist in this year’s SuperFine! Art Fair in downtown Los Angeles. Waiblinger is a member artist of the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art and the Los Angeles Art Association.

Leonard Greco

Solo Exhibition

Fairyland

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February 23 to March 31
Opening reception TBA

MOAH
665 W. Lancaster BLVD
Lancaster, CA 93534
lancastermoah.org

(Los Angeles) — Purposely stamped with informed wit and a wry knowing humor, Los Angeles artist Leonard Greco presents Fairyland, opening at MOAH Cedar on February 23.

In Fairyland, Greco has created a theatrical spectacle that is peculiar, visually arresting and deeply personal. He challenges his own reserved nature and internalized homophobia by making work that is, in his words, “boldly queer” and “openly flamboyant”. Touching on the tableau of the Temptation of St. Anthony of the Desert and the perilous trials of Herakles, Greco turns to camp and light humour to explore these deep existential themes.

“I draw indiscriminately upon diverse seemingly unrelated archetypes and themes from many sources, including Classical mythology, British folklore, Wagnerian operas and the biblical text of my Catholic youth,” says Greco, “doing so in order to touch upon that which is culturally familiar to me, to others – and if we believe Jung – found deeply rooted as archetypes in our souls.”

While the work possesses decidedly camp sensibilities it is never ironic nor cynical, “…for no other reason than the inherent affection I hold for my motley crew of heroes, saints and sinners,” Greco said.

Please join us on February 23, 2019 4-6pm, at MOAH Cedar for the opening reception of Fairyland.

About Leonard Greco
Leonard Greco has had a successful career as a decorative painter and muralist for over 25 years. He is also a self-taught painter and printmaker living in Los Angeles who has been exhibiting his artworks in local and international group exhibitions since 2011. These include shows at the Pasadena Museum of California Art (2011); Clive Hicks Jenkins, Wales, UK (2012); Couturier Gallery Los Angeles (2014) and La Luz de Jesus (2016). In 2017 his work has been featured in numerous exhibitions including “Stitch Fetish 5,” The Hive, Los Angeles; “Pickles Galore,” curated by Linda Vallejo, Lamperouge Gallery, Los Angeles; “The Faces Within,” South Bay Contemporary, San Pedro and” With Liberty and Justice for Some,” Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles.

Photography by Ken Pivak for Duane Meltzer art exhibits.

Mel Greet
The Truth of Consequences

February 9-28, 2019
Opening reception Saturday, February 9, 6-9 pm

Bruce Lurie Gallery
2736 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
luriegallery.com

 

https://www.melgreet.com/

 

Bruce Lurie Gallery invites you to discover The Truth of Consequences by Los Angeles artist Mel Greet, opening February 9, 6-9 pm.

Mel Greet, child actor turned movie marketing executive turned artist, pulls no punches when telling it like it is. From gun violence to social media, we are living in a time where the truth is being stretched in multiple directions. Greet demands we take notice and realize there is a consequence for complacency.

“Sculptural social surrealism” best describes the work by combining conventional objects with social concerns we all must grapple with into unique and powerful conceptual art.

The sense of humor and crisp perceptions are inspired from Magritte, along with the multi-dimensions and contradictions of Man Ray, the political and social import of Ai Wei Wei and the stylistic inventiveness of Italian graphic designer Armando Testa. Each has influenced the way in which Greet observes and records the world.

The power of the connectivity is paramount. Greet encourages the viewer to engage, to understand, to commit, and ultimately – to act.

The Truth of Consequences runs February 9 through 28 at Bruce Lurie Gallery in Los Angeles. You can also see Mel Greet’s work at the LA Art Show with Bruce Lurie Gallery # 812, January 24 – 27.

About Mel Greet:

Born and raised in Hollywood, Greet’s show biz experience as a child actor and film studio marketing executive informs his work, allowing it to both entertain and educate through vibrant, powerful imagery. After receiving a BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Greet pursued a successful advertising career in New York, then returned to Los Angeles, working in the entertainment industry as a creative director for Twentieth Century Fox and Universal Studio. He relates that these experiences made him bracingly aware of how imagery can impact society, shape communication, and have a profound effect on viewers.

Greet’s past exhibitions include, LA Climate Change Concert, Whiskey A Go Go (2015); Sofa Expo, Chicago (2018), LACDA: Snap to Grid Exhibit (2018) and Art Miami Basel (2018).

Photography by Ken Pivak for Duane Meltzer art exhibits.

Samuelle Richardson
Solo Exhibition
Ghost Dogs

MOAH Lancaster
January 26 – April 21,
Opening reception January 26, 4-6 pm

http://samuellerichardson.com/
https://www.lancastermoah.org/

(Los Angeles) – In Ghost Dogs, opening January 26 at MOAH, Los Angeles artist Samuelle Richardson has created a series of wood and fabric sculptures that depict wild dogs of the African Bush. For Richardson, these predatory animals capture the human imagination because of our fascination for untamed realms and for their danger and their beauty. She believes that our passion is aroused by exotic things that can destroy us and remembers her own encounters with disquieting vulnerability.

Richardson’s group of sculptures conveys a dichotomy between savage and benign as the structures come together with opposing qualities: Gnarled and rough wood is paired with the crush and pull of fabric as it relates to skin over bone and attention is given to craft while embracing flaws in the material. Stitching the fabric over the finished structure secures it in place and the stitching becomes a form of mark making. Most of the materials are found or discarded, such as tree branches and recycled clothing.

Richardson’s process involves researching scores of pictures to find those that highlight the animal’s expression and movement. Each structure begins with attention to the skeleton and muscle groups emphasizing the asymmetry of the form. As she works with the pictures in front of her, she strives to create a sense of believability rather than realism, knowing that new information will lead to discovery.

Richardson entered the industry as a commercial artist in charge of developing original artwork for the fashion industry. She credits years of travel, seeking venues that upend our everyday sense of normal, as having an impact on her vision.

About Samuelle Richardson
Educated in New York, Richardson’s art training ran for more than a decade in a self-directed curriculum. She studied at FIT, Parsons, School of Visual Art and the New York Academy of Art. Richardson has exhibited in galleries throughout California including Marin MOCA, Berkeley Art Center, Groundspace Project, Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825, LA Art Show Modern+Contemporary, Arena One Gallery, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park, and Studio Systems II Experimental Residency Project at the Torrance Art Museum. Today she lives and works in LA.

(photo by Martin Cox)

Elizabeth Tobias
Survivor! Share Your 98 Second Story
A spoken word, improvised sound performance

January 27th 2pm at the LA Art Show – West Hall Entrance

DIVERSE art LA
2019 LA Art Show
January 23-27, 2019
Los Angeles Convention Center

elizabethtobiasarts.com

(Los Angeles) — Artists who have been victimized by violence often lack the support and resources needed to come forward. For artists who have been affected by the trauma of sexual assault, rarely, if ever, are there adequate opportunities to create work that addresses their stories within and beyond the larger art community.

Los Angeles artist and expressive arts therapist, Elizabeth Tobias, will amplify her fusion of social practice, performance and sound to debut Survivor! Share your 98 Second Story at 2019 The Los Angeles Art Show. This immersive project addresses the sexual assault epidemic, one of the most pervasive, yet most under reported crimes. Survivor! addresses the staggering statistic that every 98 seconds, there is a sexual assault in America.

Weaving together spoken word and improvised sound, Elizabeth Tobias will perform with an ensemble of artist survivors to collectively promote needed awareness and advocacy for sexual assault survivors in the art community and throughout the public sphere.

Dr Jennifer Freyd, expert in the field of interpersonal violence has identified that the act of speaking out has a measurable impact on decreasing violence. Consequently, the performance has the potential to directly reduce the statistics. Survivor! Share Your 98 Second Story is a ground-breaking new performance that addresses trauma, courage and continuance.

Elizabeth Tobias, MA, is an Expressive Arts Therapist, Interdisciplinary Artist, Feminist, Educator and Community Organizer. As an Expressive Arts Therapist, she works in private practice and in clinical settings. As an artist and community organizer, Elizabeth creates immersive works of art and public events that address timely social issues such as interpersonal violence, trauma, discrimination, food scarcity and climate change. Her multi-media projects leverage art to engage the community in cultural, economic and social advancement. In 2014, she was awarded a Learning Innovation Fellowship from The National Science Foundation. She previously earned a Durfee ARC Grant for The Cupcake Project, a 3 year traveling exhibit about the hunger epidemic in America, which was featured at The Carpenter Center for Visual Arts at Harvard University. She also conceptualized SEE THRU, an experimental collaboration with Caltech Neuroscience Professor, Shinsuke Shimojo. She has worked with organizations including Vista Hill Parent Care, The San Diego Unified School District Department of Student Advocacy, La Jolla Elementary School, La Jolla High School, The LA Gay and Lesbian Center, Girl Up, Lifting Generations and The Expressive Arts Foundation.

Elizabeth earned her MA in Spiritual Psychology from The University of Santa Monica and her Professional Diploma from The Expressive Arts Institute in San Diego in accordance with standards set forth by The International Expressive Arts Therapy Training Network and in compliance with The European Graduate School in Saas Fe, Switzerland.

Participating artists to date:
Elizabeth Tobias, Dawniel Carlock Stewart, Naomi Tara, Jen Snoeyink, Robyn Alatorre, Tara Gravis, Felis Stella, Jennifer Korsen, Jessica, Joi Cole, Blake, Mona Lisa Lind, Franceasca Seiden, Aileen Seiden (in memorium), Kayla Cloonan, Aliza Bejarano, Kellie Gillespie, Catherine Singer, Alexandria Yalj, Ryan Freeze, Ciana Lee, Yolie

Supporting Artists: Anna Cirronis, Danica Teyssier, Caecilie Liv Carlson
Featured Cellist: Tara J. Atkinson