Kira Vollman. Ascending Intervals. The Neutra Institute Museum & Gallery. May 2017. Photo Credit Kristine Schomaker

Kira Vollman
Ascending Intervals

solo exhibition

 

The Neutra Institute Museum & Gallery
2379 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Opening reception May 13, 6-10pm
On View May 9 – 28, 2017

Artist Talk May 21st 3pm
Moderated by Kristine Schomaker

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Los Angeles- Kira Vollman, longtime contributor and collaborator in both the art and experimental music scene in Los Angeles, will present Ascending Intervals a solo exhibition at Neutra Institute and Museum in Silverlake opening May 13th, 6-10pm.

Vollman is a multi-media artist who mixes painting, photography, sculpture, sound and repurposed scrap to create surreal landscapes and soundscapes, sometimes bringing all of these elements together in one piece. Her exhibition at Neutra can be described as having the ability to transform and transcend. The items she uses in her work, whether it be a mundane home decor item or industrial surplus, scrap metal or tree branches waiting for a chipper, all become about personal transformation. The pieces/installation on view takes as its point of departure the idea of the spaces between—between materials, between structures, between thought and between meaning.

Drawing upon her background as a composer and musician, she often incorporates inter-active sonic elements into her installations and wall sculptures. While the title, Ascending Intervals, refers to a musical term for the intervals of a scale from one note to another, Vollman has appropriated the term as a metaphor for ascension which can be applied politically, spiritually, culturally and personally.

Kira Vollman is a Los Angeles based visual and sound/performance artist who is also the co-owner/director/curator at ARK, an Altadena gallery and performance space. She has performed and exhibited her works throughout Southern California, Europe, and Canada. Vollman has been included in exhibitions at Beyond Baroque, Side Street Projects, Armory Center for the Arts, Sylvia White Gallery and Dangerous Curve. Recently Vollman was interviewed by Kara Tome for GYST Radio.

In addition to creating visual works, Vollman has been active in the local experimental/avant-guard/improv music scene for over thirty five years, both as a multi-instrumentalist and a composer. Non Credo has been Vollman’s main musical outlet with her collaborator and fellow multi-instrumentalist Joseph Berardi.

For more information please visit her websites http://www.kiravollman.com and http://www.noncredo.com

Martin Cox – Far Away Right Here

Husavik Museum, Iceland

June 3 – Sept 1, 2017
Reception June 10, 3pm

Martin Cox Fine Art Photography

Husavik, Iceland (June 2017) – This summer, Los Angeles-based, UK born photographer Martin Cox will open an ambitious solo exhibition, Far Away Right Here at the Husavik Museum in Iceland. Many of the photographs that will be on exhibit stem from Cox’s month-long residency at the Fjuk Art Center in Husavik Iceland in 2016. While in residence in Husavik, Cox explored the climate and created a series of images that were inspired by the landscape and history of Husavik.

His key project, is a large, site-specific photo collage, an image of the local harbor in Husavik, made of hundreds of hand printed photographs that he shot in various light and weather conditions. Cox tells a visual story of the port, its trades, and activities; weather, mountains and light are major characters. He extends time in this work by including old photographs from the museums own historic archive showing activities in the port from long ago. The future is represented by including images of local children, photographed by their parents. Mostly completed in his studio in LA, the final images of the collage will be added as work is mounted in the museum.

Cox has acknowledged the influence that growing up in the port town of Southampton, England, an industrial location and its adjacent country of Hampshire has had on his work. Coupled with his explorations of the deserts surrounding Los Angeles, Cox remains fascinated and inspired by the silence, distance and geography of these compelling landscapes.

A counterpoint to the collage, Cox will also present a series of almost monotone landscapes depicting surrounding valleys. His series Snjorteikning (Snow drawing) looks at the extreme minimalism in the nearby landscape under heavy snow that was specifically shot when conditions of the snow laden sky transformed the vista.

Scale and colour are investigated in a third project of twilight photographs of the banks of snow plowed up into heaps to keep the town’s streets clear. As twilight sets in, Husavik’s own street lights provide the vibrant lurid and varied colour temperature and direction of light to illuminate these partially man-made creations.

Speaking about his interest in landscape, Cox explained, “I work with landscape to better see it. Landscape is us and our activates projected onto a larger time scale; erosion, land use, agriculture, geology, weather, industry and plate tectonics all unfold as clues around us, and quite likely provide the chief undercurrent of emotion in our daily lives. Operating, as it were, out of the corner of the eye, occupying the base note to our experience. Landscape is time marked. Landscape is as a map of the past, a reflection of now and our future. Human concerns projected; erosion, land use, agriculture, geology, weather, industry, climate change and plate tectonics all unfold as visual clues. Landscape operates as the chief organ of sentiment in our lives, existing out of the corner of the eye, yet occupying the base note to human existence.”

Iceland being a country that abuts the arctic circle, is experiencing climate change in dramatic fashion. The vast calm of these valleys belies inchoate cultural shifts forged when changing climate allows agriculture, thereby land use, to break from a thousand years of tradition.

Drawn to subjects where culture and nature rub together, recurring fascination is the visual impression time has made upon a place and how transition is being revealed. His photographs suggest the passage of time and presence of history with projects beginning as visual investigations then drawing upon research.

Martin Cox has been exhibiting since the mid-1980s. His solo exhibitions include Stranded, LOS ANGELES MARITIME MUSEUM, CA 2012-13, Summer Navigation: Passage through the pastoral (an 18th Century English Machine in the modern era), BALLARD’S GALLERY, Los Angeles 2011 and Perfect Echo, GALLERY 3517 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 2011. His group exhibitions include: LAND: Interactions Pasadena Photography Arts at Keystone Gallery, Los Angeles, 2015, Figurehead, FIX, Los Angeles 2014, Two Sides of the lake, FIX, Los Angeles, 2013.

Linda Sue Price  “Enlightened Systems”

Exhibition: May 16 – June 10
Reception: Saturday, May 20, 5-8 pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, June 3rd, 3 pm

TAG Gallery
5458 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036

taggallery.net
lindasueprice.com

On May 16th, TAG Gallery will premiere its new location in Miracle Mile with neon artist Linda Sue Price’s solo exhibition “Enlightened Systems.” Price’s show is a reaction to the escalating prevalence of Alt-facts in American and Western culture as a systematized effort to delegitimize truth, and ultimately respect.

Re-claiming vocabulary has been a method for activists to demand respect by creating their own boundaries and place in the world. Intentioned systems with a PR team invert such methods and create confusion. We can see the confusion caused by the inversion of Fake News to represent the delivery of information by mass media.

Price explores this inversion by focusing on weeds and the chemicals that keep them at bay. By using healing plants that can revive, she searches for potential balance and invokes the indigenous Great Plains medicine man, Black Elk’s, quote, “All things are our relatives.” To come to civility by abandoning humanity as a measurement for life.

Price is known for injecting her personal reflections to stimulate emotion and to manipulate how neon is perceived as a medium. All of the work in “Enlightened Systems” will be exhibited entirely on one wall to create a visible system of respect that will confront the viewer.

Linda Sue Price is also currently showing in the group exhibition, “Personal Narrative”, at Annenberg Community Beach House Gallery in Santa Monica and will be included in “Fresh 2017” at South Bay Contemporary’s SOLA Gallery in July.

About Linda Sue Price
Linda Sue Price studied neon as a medium under Michael Flechtner at the Museum of Neon Art beginning in 2004, where she developed her personal technique of bending. The Western landscapes of glowing motel and casino signs in Southern California and Las Vegas inspired her to study neon.

Price and Flechtner are now frequent collaborators and have shown together throughout Southern California, including Downtown Los Angeles at the Fine Arts Building. Price’s abstract works offset Flechtner’s delineative works.

About TAG Gallery
TAG Gallery is an artist run gallery where artists have the creative freedom to explore new subject matter, mediums, and techniques outside of the traditional marketplace. A long-time favorite at Bergamot Station, TAG Gallery is proud to join the cultural corridor of Miracle Mile alongside LACMA, the Craft & Folk Art Museum, and The Peterson Automotive Museum.

 

“Dance Me to the Edge”

Installation by Catherine Ruane
as part of Made in the Mojave

 

Museum of Art and History (MOAH)
665 W. Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534
https://www.lancastermoah.org/

On view May 13-July 30, 2017
Opening reception Saturday, May 13, 4-6 pm

http://www.catherineruane.com/

After over 1000 hours, artist Catherine Ruane completed an ambitious, large scale drawing for the upcoming exhibition “Made in Mojave” opening at the Museum of Art and History in Lancaster, Saturday May 13. The drawing focuses on thriving plants found at the edge of the world and tells the story of the relationship between a Joshua Tree blossom and a tiny moth.
“Made in Mojave” is the inaugural exhibition for The Mojave Project, a multiyear project exploring the physical, geographical and cultural landscape of the Mojave Desert. Ruane’s work focuses on the intricate complexity of nature as a reflection of our own human experience. She recognizes that overarching constructs, such as time, bind us together. Like the blossom and the moth, we share a space in time.

This ambitious large scale work consists of 12 individual round drawings 12” in diameter that surround a large scale 50” drawing. The central drawing features a Joshua Tree which represents “a metaphor for our own survival” as well as the delicate balance of cooperation and time to bring on new life. This theme of cooperation and a natural balance is further reinforced by Ruane who has laid out the 12” roundel drawings around the center like a clock. For this work, she emphasizes time as part of the process. Ruane notes that her drawings were created over 1000 hours in her studio studying and meticulously capturing the details of the blossom and moth. Like her subject of study, she has found simplicity in her process using the basics of drawing coupled with time.

Ruane has exhibited throughout the United States and Europe most recently showing at the Startup Art Fair in Los Angeles, The Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825, Beyond Baroque, and Phantom Gallery. Her work is included in several collections including the University of AZ Art Museum.

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  1. Tag all artists, galleries, institutions, etc. Use @ to locate their ‘username’ for tagging. Each platform may have different usernames. Branding tip: try to have the same username across all platforms.

  2. Hashtags are keywords. USE THEM on Twitter and Instagram.

  3. Research your favorite artists and organizations to see what hashtags they use. Find hashtags that your art relates to.

  4. When sharing multiple images on Facebook – “Add a description” in the caption. Otherwise there is no information for that image.

  5. Proof read everything!

  6. Photo quality is important- don’t post blurry photos. When sharing photos of your friend’s artwork, make sure the art is centered and there is a good composition.

  7. All of your art posts should be public so people can share them. Social media is about sharing. When you share an image from Instagram onto Facebook, be sure to go to Facebook and make the image public. It will automatically post as private (only friends).

  8. Share, share, share. Support your friend’s events, artwork etc.

  9. On Facebook events, mark that you are at least interested. This bumps up the algorithms so more people see your friends events.

  10. Spelling, Spelling, Spelling… especially names. Most of the time their name is right there in the post so this should be a no brainer.

  11. Ask permission before re-posting someone else’s images under your name. (Saving the image to your computer/phone and reposting) Always always always give credit (and tag) the photographer.

  12. @ and # are your friends.

  13. Always create events from your Facebook artist page, the gallery or PR company. Not your personal page. This will allow you to boost the event and automatically notifies people on your page that you have an event.

  14. Sometimes TMI is TMI.

  15. If you are working on building a successful art career, be professional, serious, committed and friendly. Don’t create negative posts. If you have to, create a special group of friends who you feel you can complain to. Anyone looking to buy your work or show it in a gallery won’t give you another second of their time.

  16. Engage. Be sure to comment on your friends/galleries/artists posts.

  17. Patience and perseverance

  18. Be authentic.

To be continued…

 

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Baggage Station

Susan Amorde

“In My Case”

April 29 – June 2
Reception April 29, 6-9 pm

LAAA / Gallery 825
825 North La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
https://www.laaa.org/
http://www.susanamorde.com/

(Los Angeles – March 2017) – For her solo exhibition at LAAA/Gallery 825, Los Angeles based artist Susan Amorde presents an installation of sculptures from her ongoing project which explores the notion of baggage- in all its emotional and physical manifestations. This is best illustrated by the 2014 work, Block and Tackle, 2014, in which Amorde ropes together four vintage suitcases and suspended from the ceiling by a huge pulley and held in place by an anchor. In this work she explores the relationship between floating freely and being tied down. Each suitcase is laden with history and exudes a unique personality. Amorde plays with these tropes, imbuing her works with a sense of nostalgia while simultaneously exploring the more psychological and emotional connotations of baggage.

The works on view range in size and scope— from the intimate to the universal. Baggage Station, 2017 is comprised of more than 50 ownerless cases carefully organized on wooden shelves. In this piece Amorde asks the viewer to imagine their contents as well as their diverse but absent owners. In works such as It’s Time (2014-2017) and Drowning in Indecision 2015 Amorde inserts antique metal portholes into individual cases into which she places small keepsakes that reference the passage of time or the notion of being hooked or captured. These thoughtful works become windows into the souls of the past.

It’s Time

Susan Amorde is a Los Angeles based sculptor and installation artist who received a BFA from California State University, Long Beach. She recently had a residency and solo exhibition at Shoebox Projects, Los Angeles. Her work has been included in local and national exhibitions since 2000. Recent group shows include: Personal Narrative, Annenberg Beach House Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (2017); South Bay Focus, Torrance, Art Museum, Torrance, CA, Zero Down Group Exhibition, 1019West, Inglewood, CA (2016) and the 2015 Los Angeles Exhibition, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, CA.

Block and Tackle

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