Diane Williams | INcongruence
A solo show exhibition at Gallery 825

825 North La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90069

March 17 – April 20, 2018

Opening reception: March 17, 6pm-9pm

Gallery 825 in Los Angeles, California is pleased to present INcongruence, a solo show exhibition by Diane Williams.

Diane Williams is a Los Angeles based artist whose work includes several disciplines to approach the subject of xenophobia and gender bias. In her work, Williams seeks to find a common ground between the art she makes and the community at large. The project aims to reflect the immigrant communities as well as the whole nation, illustrating the idea of an extended community while challenging assumptions and norms.

INcongruence involves a participatory art piece and an installation that will confront viewers, turning them into active participants. The installation consists of 8 large modules made out of wire, recycled and manipulated fiber such as: yarn, thread, fabric, and shredded paintings, interwoven together and creating an immersive structure that fills Gallery 825’s largest front space. These materials have personal history, discarded or purchased from the artist’s neighborhood Thrift Shop in Glassell Park and the Fabric District in Downtown Los Angeles called Santee Alley, frequented by many lower and middle income immigrant families. Williams intertwined these elements into modular weavings, reminiscent of protest signs and roadside memorials that will operate as obstructions, confinement and disruptions. The polychromatic modules are an amalgamation of diverse textures and components. A reminder that America is clearly divided as a nation but we have more in common than we are often led to believe. Diversity is what makes this country great.

About Diane Williams
Diane Williams is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Los Angeles, CA. She earned her BFA degree from California State University, Long Beach in 2013. Her work has been featured in select publications and exhibited in solo shows including Beautiful Creatures at Cerritos College Gallery (2018) and several group exhibitions: With Liberty and Justice for Some at Walter Maciel, Culver City, Personal Narrative at the Annenberg Beach House Gallery, Santa Monica (2017), WE: Visual Reflections of the American Experiment, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa. Williams has works in both private and public collections: National Immigration Law Center, Los Angeles and Washington DC headquarters (2016) and Azusa Pacific University (2017). She’s currently working on a solo show in March of 2018 at Gallery 825 in Los Angeles and a residency at Museum of Art and History – MOAH, Lancaster, CA scheduled for late 2019.
http://www.dianewilliamsartist.com

About Gallery 825
Gallery 825 is the exhibition arm of the Los Angeles Art Association. Purchased in 1958, the gallery, which is located in the heart of Los Angeles at 825 North La Cienega Boulevard, provides LAAA artists with a professional venue in which to show their work.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10-5pm

 

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.

http://fig-art.blogspot.com/

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

 

 

Erika Lizée

Eternally Searching (0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13…)

 

Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825
825 N La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles Ca 90069

On view October 21, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Opening Reception October 21 6-9pm

http://www.erikalizee.com
http://www.laaa.org

Neither representative nor completely abstract, artist Erika Lizée constructs site-specific installations with painted biomorphic forms that evoke a sense of wonder and a greater connection to the universe. Aimed at altering perceptions and expanding the collective consciousness, Lizée creates visually mystifying paradigms as she finds new ways to entice and express the powerful relationships between all living beings and the universe they inhabit.

Finding inspiration in the eternal search for understanding life as we know it, as well as the artistic space of the gallery itself, Lizée utilizes the white cube walls as symbolic thresholds between life and death and what is known and unknown in this world. Beyond the wall’s superficiality, more complex biomorphic forms combine within the natural boundaries of sacred geometry and the golden ratio, while other forms expand and emerge into the physical realm of the viewer.

Using the techniques of trompe l’oeil and sculptural painting, Lizée works in conjunction with actual light and perception—as if physical materials—to spark a sense of wonder in the viewer. Lizée’s artistic whimsy and soulful provocation create a transformative experience as viewers’ perceptions shift into greater understanding of the relationship between artistic materials and exhibition space. Creating a purposeful epiphany guides viewers into an enlightened state of being as they explore all of the complex details in the installations and discover new truths around every corner.

Finding fuel in scientific theory, mathematical truths and sequences, and the core similarities in all-natural creations, Lizée creates work that reflects her personal thirst for knowledge and understanding, while inspiring and engaging viewers into asking more questions and sparking more curiosities. Her work is not observational but participatory and stimulating.

Like a mysterious, alluring phantasm or the inner workings of a biomechanical beast, Lizee’s illusory paintings will transform the exhibition space at Gallery 825, leaping off the walls and infiltrating the minds and imaginations of visitors during her solo exhibition. The Dura-Lar paintings will push and pull with viewers’ perception of art and art space, of real and unreal, and of representation and abstraction. Speaking to the deep-rooted questions we all face with regards to the existence of the universe and our role, as humans, in it.

About the artist:
Erika Lizée received her MFA in Painting from CSU Northridge in 2007. In 2008, she was hired as full-time faculty at Moorpark College where she is currently an Associate Professor of Art, as well as the Director of the Moorpark College Art Gallery. Lizée is an artist that creates site-specific installations, as well as paintings and drawings. Most recently, Lizée built installations within the International Terminal at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and ArtShare LA. In September 2017, she participated in a group exhibit at Launch LA. Lizée’s work has been featured in Juxtapoz, Beautiful/Decay, Hi Fructose, The Huffington Post and Beautiful Bizarre Magazine. She currently resides in West Hills, California with her husband and two young children.

John Rosewall Bargain

John Rosewall

Grip

Los Angeles Art Association/ Gallery 825
825 N La Cienega Blvd
West Hollywood, California 90069
http://www.laaa.org/
http://johnrosewall.com/

September 9 – October 13, 2017
Opening reception, September 9th 6-9pm

(Los Angeles) – Los Angeles Art Association is pleased to present Grip, a solo exhibition by Los Angeles based painter John Rosewall. Grip is both a noun and a verb. It means to take and keep a firm hold of something or to grasp tightly while simultaneously referencing a feeling or emotion as in to be gripped by… A grip, rather than to grip, references something is held in the hand, or for example a “tight grip.” The ambiguity and double entendre the word engenders is at the root of Rosewall’s paintings.

Seen in context of these definitions, Rosewall’s acrylic paintings both grip the viewer and illustrate the myriad ways people hold, or hold onto each other— be it a handshake, a pat on the back or a gesture of restraint. Each of Rosewall’s painting stems from the media and depicts altered images of violence culled from news photos. Painting them in muted colors, Rosewall reduces these appropriated images to their essential elements. Stripped of context, as Rosewall removes the background as well as any recognizable imagery or facial features, the scenarios become generic representations of violence taken for granted.

Most of Rosewall’s figures are anonymous– he rarely paints facial features– instead relies on gesture and implied bodily relationships. The act of aggression presented in painting such as Obedience and Cull (both 2016) depict two figures in the midst of a fight. In Cull one man has another in a chock hold. The victim, blindfolded by a thickly painted white sash, has an expression of anguish on his face. Only the strong muscular arms of his attacker are shown. Similarly, in Obedience, two figures tussle, their abstracted forms emerging from the deep black background. In Touch (2016) a disembodied black-gloved hand extends from a blue jacket resting on the back of a man wearing a stark white tank-top who faces the background void. Like Touch, Reach (2017) depicts the backside of a headset-wearing figure sitting in a chair facing a target on a computer screen. The man’s hand grips a red joystick.

The tight grip between two suited male figures shaking hands centered in Bargain (2017) clearly articulates the tensions Rosewall wants to present in these paintings. The works are about power, specifically the abuse of power and depict victims of violence, repression and exploitation. Through his painting, Rosewall communicates the reality of the human condition making aesthetic images that avoid the trap of aestheticizing violence.

John Rosewall, a self-taught artist living in Northeast Los Angeles, was born in Watsonville, California. He studied creative writing receiving a B.A. from UCLA (1984) and an M.A. from UC Davis (1986). Though he started out as a photographer making documentary style images, he later moved into abstraction and is now making quasi-representational paintings derived from news photographs. He states, he is “distilling the images into emblematic representations of violence, injustice, and oppression, with the aim of critiquing systems of power in the United States and abroad.”

Rosewall’s works have been presented as solo exhibitions at L.A. Artcore Brewery Annex (2014), Hale Arts Space (2013), drkrm (2012) and The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. Local and national group exhibitions include Incarceration at Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (2017), Electric Salon, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (2013) as well as shows at I5 Gallery and the Basement (2004, 2003). Rosewall also maintains the Blog Terrain. Begun in 2012 Terrain is an “interpenetration of news, critical theory, photographic images, essay writing, and most of all, painting.”

For more information please visit http://www.johnrosewall.com

 

 

John Rosewall Obedience

 

John Rosewall Cull

Leonard Greco, Goblin Market

Leonard Greco
Fairyland

Opening reception: July 8th 7-10pm
On view: July 8th to August 8th

Avenue 50 Studio
131 N Avenue 50
Los Angeles Ca 90042
avenue50studio.org
leonardgreco.me

Leonard Greco, known for his neo-medieval paintings, sculpture and installations has a solo exhibition opening July 8th 7-10pm at Avenue 50 Studios in Highland Park.

At this stage of Greco’s life, off center of a century, he is grappling with ways in which to express his “being-ness”. Unable to avoid the “who am I” question any longer, he is reaching beyond his usual studio practice of oil painting into diverse disciplines including fabric sculptures in the round. These “dolls” are fashioned by fully embracing the pre-conceived sissy element of this art. It is in this extension of his practice that he is exploring, his identity as a queer and terrified man; the specter of the pansy boy he was being given new voice in his latest ongoing project “Fairyland”. It is in this new series of projects, where paint, needle and thread give expression and validation to a long suppressed self-loathing.

The very name “Fairyland”, a word once delivered with bloody blows transcends beyond, with a message of empathy, compassion. pride, and he hopes, humor. Reclaiming the fairy has been empowering. The art he attempts to create is intended to express the spirit of furtive repression breaking free.

Leonard Greco is a multidisciplinary artist living and work in Los Angeles. He has exhibited national and internationally. Recent exhibitions include: 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 will be featured in numerous exhibitions including “Personal Narrative” at the Annenberg Beach House Gallery, Santa Monica; “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.

“Reflection of a Harsh Super Ego”

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.

 

Ross Ice Shelf

J.J. L’Heureux

 

Artist and naturalist, J.J. L’Heureux has traveled to Antarctica seventeen times since 2000 documenting the landscape, the creatures that live there and attempts at human habitation. She recently returned home to open several exhibitions at museums and galleries across the United States.

J.J. L’Heureux is a visual artist based in Venice, CA who makes documentary style photographs as well as paintings and collages. She is an environmentalist who is interested in the micro and the macro. This has led her to photograph both near and far— the community around her Venice Beach studio as well as the exotic Antarctic landscape.

In 2000 L’Heureux made her first foray to Antarctica and returned every year thereafter accumulating a huge archive of digital images that range from close-ups of albatross and penguins, to expansive shots of the Ross Ice Shelf as well as more intimate pictures of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s hut at Cape Royds. L’Heureux initially traveled to Antarctica to photograph the patterns of ice and snow as source material for a series of abstract paintings. She was seduced and intrigued by the beauty of the white on white wilderness and realized there were more aspects of the landscape that attention must be paid to that she expanded her project to include photographing Antarctica’s environs, wildlife and history.

L’Heureux is a naturalist and true adventurer. Her numerous photographic series include images of penguins, seals and polar bears as well as photographs of the people she encounters on her expeditions. To travel so far and endure harsh conditions takes a seasoned traveler and if L’Heureux was not that before her first journey she has certainly become one.
In order to make the photographs included in her vast and amazing archive she experienced Antarctica as a passenger on a Russian icebreaker, participated as an art and photography lecturer on adventure cruises as well as on her own in a small motor sailor, the Golden Fleece, to circumnavigate South Georgia Island. L’Heureux also participated with the South African Penguin Study on Robben Island, South Africa, collecting data that the Marine and Coastal Management Unit of South Africa used to learn about the habits of this endangered species.

L’Heureux’s work has been included in hundreds of national and international solo and group exhibitions since the 1980’s. She attended the San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California, the Academy of Art, San Francisco, California, the Parsons School of Design, New York, New York, and Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan.
L’Heureux isn’t slowing down. She has 3 solo exhibitions being installed over the next 2 months and she is currently participating in several group exhibitions throughout the United States.

Solo Exhibitions:
“Faces from the Southern Ocean,” Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston, TX,
June 16, 2017 – March 18, 2018.
“Faces from the Southern Ocean,” New York Hall of Science, NYC,
June 3 – September 8, 2017.
“Faces from the Southern Ocean,” The Explorium, Lexington, KY, March 6 – June 2, 2017.

Group exhibitions:
“Personal Narratives,” Annenberg Beach House, Santa Monica, CA, February 29 – June 4, 2017.
“At The Museum 2017,” Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA, March 4 – August 27, 2017.
“Animalia,” Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, April 7 – May 13, 2017.
“At The Walker,” Walker Art Gallery, Garnett, KS, April 3 – May 28, 2017.
“Resonance & Memory,” Irving Arts Center, Irving, TX, April 22 – July 9, 2017.