Steve Seleska

“Uncharted Territory”

 

Exhibition: June 3 – June 30
Reception: Saturday, June 17, 3-6 pm
Open Studios Art Tour:
Saturday, June 3 + 4, 11 am-5 pm

ARK Gallery
2599 Fair Oaks Ave.
Altadena, CA 91001
ark-arts.com
steveseleska.com

(Los Angeles – April 2017) – Opening at ARK Gallery June 3rd, artist Steve Seleska presents his first solo exhibition “Uncharted Territory.” As a study of microscopic environments and fantasy landscapes, Seleska’s work prompts the viewer to consider what is happening in the world on a molecular level that affects our existence. Indicative of the national climate that produced March for Science rallies in 600+ cities worldwide, “Uncharted Territory” speaks to the unprecedented rallying cry to protect present facts, what we can discover as truths, and the lifespans of our natural landscapes.

As we swiftly enter an era that prioritizes commerce over our collective natural health, Seleska explores how fragile eco-systems fail if they are not taken care of. “Uncharted Territory” creates an elusive environment that sits between what can and cannot exist. Blending abstract and natural representation to shift a sense of place.
The dismantlement of National Parks and the abandonment of climate change science coerces our view of the natural world and work that engages it. The original intention of work representative of nature transforms and becomes inherently political.

Drawing from quantum theories and the cosmos down to molecular levels, Seleska’s work reveals the colors, patterns, and palpable textures that can exist, yet are not fully familiar. Created with the mark of fearlessness, his layering reveals how materials and process can be utilized to experiment with priority and dimensionality.

‘Uncharted Territories’ will be a part of the Open Studios Art Tour organized by Open Studios Alta/Pasa/Dena on June 3rd and 4th, 2017.

About Steve Seleska
Steve Seleska is a self-taught painter living and working in Frogtown Los Angeles. He has been exhibiting locally since 2009, recently showing at Walter Maciel Gallery, Torrance Art Museum, Artshare LA, San Diego Art Institute, San Francisco Arts Commission, Prohibition Gallery, South Bay Contemporary, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825.

About ARK Gallery
ARK Gallery is an alternative, artist-run space in Altadena, CA. Ark has work studios, a stage and a gallery/exhibition space. Exhibitions and concerts are curated by Kira Vollman. As a part of the larger Altadena and Pasadena art community, ARK Gallery contributes to the area’s growing rich heritage of cultural appreciation.

 

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