JJ LHeureux
Nude Male Maids
Venice, California

Feminism Now

Visual Art Exhibition by the Feminist Image Group, Shoebox Projects and Krogen Amerika

Shoebox Projects, Los Angeles
1660 South Avenue 21 #3
Los Angeles, California, CA 90031
http://www.shoeboxprojects.com
https://www.facebook.com/shoeboxprojects/

 

The exhibition will run Feb 24 – March 11, 2018
Opening Reception: opening Sunday Feb 25, 3-6pm
Gallery hours by appointment
All events free and open to the public.

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Members of the San Diego Feminist Image Group, Shoebox Projects and the Swedish Group Krogen Amerika present artworks that explore multiple visions of what feminism is today, in the context of Southern California and Northern Europe. Artists address the complexity of gender equality through themes such as sexism, body image, class, race, politics, spirituality, domesticity, biology, and history.

This exhibition will travel to Stockholm, Sweden in May 2018.

The public is invited to attend the opening reception on Sunday, February 25, from 3-6pm at Shoebox Projects in the Brewery Arts Complex, Los Angeles. Artists will be present to engage the public.

The Feminist Image Group was formed in 2009. FIG is a coalition of San Diego visual artists who meet to discuss art, see exhibitions, and support one another in our careers. We work across many media, including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, installation, digital media and performance. The group has had exhibitions at San Diego Mesa College, Art Produce Gallery, Hyde Gallery at Grossmont College, Art San Diego Artfair, and has an upcoming exhibition at the Women’s Museum of California.
“Krogen Amerika” is the name of a Swedish printmaking group in the region of Östergötland in Sweden. The group works out of a a red wooden house from 1704 in the very center of the Swedish city of Linköping. During the years, it has functioned as a private home, a local pub, and a meeting place for emigrants to America (hence the name of the house, “Krogen Amerika”). Now it is a fully functional printmaking studio and art gallery. This artist-run gallery and studio space is partly funded by the city of Linköping. About 20 artists work here, and also together manage the space, with the support from the local community. The gallery exhibits artists from all over Sweden. Krogen America has exhibited as a group at Norrköpings Museum, Östergötlands Museum, Grafiska Sällskapet, the Palo Alto City Hall, Odense Konsthall Danmark, Berlin Kunstfactor.

Participating Artists:

Agneta Östlund, Amy Paul, Ann Olsen, Anna Stump, Anna Zappoli, Anne De Geer, Åsa Kvissberg, Berit Hammarbäck, Bhavna Mehta, Bibi Davidson, Caroline Färnström, Catherine Ruane, Cathy Immordino, Cecilia Uhlin, Chenhung Chen, Christina Ruthger,, Cindy Zimmerman, Dani Dodge, Daphne Hill, Diane Williams, Dwora Fried, Emily Blythe Jones, Emily Wiseman, Erika Lizée, Ginger Rosser, Grace Gray-Adams, Hannah Johansen, Hasti Radpoor, Helen Redman, Irene Abraham, Isabelle Nilsson, Jane Szabo, Janice Grinsell, Jeanne Dunn, Jennifer Bennett, Jenny Treece Jorup, JJ L’Heureux, Judy Christensen, Kathi McCord, Kathleen Mitchell, Kathy Miller, Kathy Nida, Kim Niehans, Kit Aaboe, Kristine Schomaker, Lauren Carrera, Lena Möller, Lena Wiklund, Linda Litteral, Linda Rae Coughlin, Lisa Hutton, Marina Holmberg, Moya Devine, Nilly Gill, Nurit Avesar, Petrina Cooper, Pia Göransson-Lie, Prudence Horne, Randi Leirnes, Randi Matushevitz, Samantha Fields, Samuelle Richardson, Sheli Silverio, Stacie Birky-Greene, Stephanie Bedwell, Susan Amorde, Susan Osborn, Susan T. Kurland, Terri Hughes-Oelrich, Terrilynn Quick, Yasmine Diaz

 

 

Reality of Nature

On view September 9 to September 30, 2017
Opening reception September 9, 2017 6-9 pm

Launch LA
170 S La Brea Ave
Los Angeles Ca 90036
323-899-1363
www.launchla.org

The Reality of Nature as an environmental macrocosm is not always the nurturing, restorative, spiritual, user-friendly place one imagines; nor is it the heroic antidote to civilization as fetishized by our self-critical, urbane society. Nature is not only mankind’s victim but also its source and master. It is full of wonder. It loves its children but also takes revenge.

This group of 13 artists working in painting, photography, drawing, as well as quasi-sculptural and saliently hybrid mediums, each use both experience and concept to explore the conflicts and confluences between what we want and what we have when it comes to living in a world the belongs to both Man and Nature.

For curator Kristine Schomaker, landscape and metaphor is an infinitely expandable continuum, which as this diverse group of artists demonstrates, is vast enough to encompass a range of materials, styles and techniques from evocative total abstraction to narrative and conceptual pictorialism. In that conceptual and art historical context, The Reality of Nature reflects the complexities and contradictions not only of our mythological relationship to the natural world but of our actual existence within it.

Where many seek out and embrace the enduring beauty, majesty and intimate details in the forms of its flora and fauna, its skies, ice, storms, and sunsets, others take an approach of critique and caution, using industrial materials or depicting the dire consequences of humanity’s subjugation of nature. With motifs culled from sources in architecture and wilderness, science and science fiction, resource scarcity, pollution, evolution, tenacious adaptation, and sublime phenomenology, this timely, even urgent, exhibition uses visual art’s capacity for resolving paradoxes and imaging the impossible to demonstrate frameworks for changing the adversarial dynamic to one of cooperation and humility. Ultimately, a battle against nature is not only one mankind cannot truly win, but one not at all worth waging.

Participating Artists: Andrea Bersaglieri, Catherine Ruane, Constance Mallinson, Devon Tsuno, Erika Lizée, Jeanne Dunn, Jennifer Gunlock, JJ L’Heureux, Marie Thibeault, Samantha Fields, Steve Seleska, Terry Arena, Virginia Katz

“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.