Artist Erika Lizée creates large-scale installation in Pierce College Solo Show

Erika Lizée
Gazing into the Great Unknown

August 27 – September 27, 2018
Reception: Thursday, September 13th, 6 – 8 pm

Pierce College Art Gallery
6201 Winnetka Ave.
Woodland Hills, CA 91371

https://www.erikalizee.com/

(Woodland Hills, California) – Please join us Thursday September 13th 6-8pm at the Pierce College Art Gallery for the reception of Erika Lizée’s Solo Exhibition. Lizée is a painter who creates illusion-based installations. Mysterious, biomorphic forms appear to exist within the walls of the gallery, while tendril-like elements expand and emerge into the physical space of the viewer. She imagines gallery walls as symbolic thresholds between different realms of existence, between life and death. The illusionistic quality of these installations also speaks to how perceptions and beliefs create reality.

The use of illusion in her work is important, as it gives rise to simultaneous feelings of wonder and uncertainty in viewers. For Lizée, it serves as a metaphor for how we can feel such awe for the beauty, complexity and interconnectedness of the world we live in, while also harboring intense feelings of doubt and anxiety surrounding the big questions of where we come from, what the purpose of our lives is and what happens when we eventually die.

Lizée has always been drawn to Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, which is a tale that considers how our perceptions of the world around us create what we believe to be real. When our perceptions change through experience, so do our concepts of what is real. In her installations, the use of illusionistic and sculptural paintings work in conjunction with actual light and shadow to create a transformative experience for viewers, as their perceptions shift with a greater understanding of the relationship between artistic materials and exhibition space.

The installations serve as a parallel for the journey of our personal and shared life experiences. Individually, each piece has its own inspirations, pulling from sacred geometry, nature and symbols of the feminine. Overall, these works speak to the deep-rooted questions we have always faced in relation to the existence of the universe and our role in it.

Erika Lizée was born in Chicago, Illinois, yet was raised in a tiny town in Northern Wisconsin. Much of her childhood was spent exploring the woods, swimming the lakes and climbing the snowdrifts of this serene part of the country. Her upbringing fostered a strong connection to the natural world, which remains an important aspect of Lizée’s life and artwork.

Ms. Lizée is an artist that creates site-specific, illusion-based installations with acrylic paint. Most recently, she has built installations within the Vita Art Center, Gallery 825, Launch LA, ArtShare LA, and the International Terminal at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Her work has been featured in Juxtapoz, Beautiful/Decay, HiFructose, The Huffington Post and Beautiful Bizarre magazines.

Erika Lizée earned a BFA in Painting from UNC Asheville, and her MFA in Painting from CSU Northridge. She is a Professor of Art at Moorpark College, as well as the Director of the Moorpark College Art Gallery. She lives and works in the greater Los Angeles area.

Blue Roof Studios Arts Festival: A Day of Encounters and  Discovery

Saturday, June 23, 12:00pm to 5:00pm

 

June, 2018:  Blue Roof Studios is pleased to announce Blue Roof Studios Arts Festival,  celebrating the summer solstice, will take place on Saturday, June 23 from 12pm to 5pm, at 7329 S Broadway. The festival highlights the richness and diversity of the arts in South Los Angeles and beyond, reflecting Blue Roof Studio’s commitment to fostering and amplifying creativity, connection, and inclusion within the community.

Blue Roof Studios and festival founder Galia Linn describes the vision of the festival, “In the current climate of increased tension and isolation, melting away the barriers is the duty of those who care. We come together and see each other in a joint celebration of art.”

Offering an immersive multidisciplinary art experiences the day will feature artwork by over 60 artists and 20 Artisans reflecting the diversity of Blue Roof Studios neighborhood as well as greater Los Angeles. Local tacos, homemade popsicles, pizza by Delicious Pizza and other culinary treats will be offered by neighborhood businesses and community members as well venders from the greater LA area.

Spreading over Broadway avenue sidewalk, Blue Roof’s parking lot and the entire building – The day’s rich assortment of offerings will be a drum circle lead by master drummer Aboubacar Kouyate – whos talking drum can be heard on the Black Panther soundtrack; free cooking demonstrations by RootDown LA; music by local DJ Joaquin Romero /DJ Wordamouph;  a participatory performance utilizing three rocking chairs and three people by interdisciplinary performer Nehara Kalev; an Art Makers Bazaar curated by Kaleidoscope Kollective featuring handmade clothing, henna tattoos, unique objects and work by local and LA-based artists and artisans such as Alexandra Grant X-Artists’ Books and GrantLOVE project; art workshops by Barnsdall Arts; CAAM, and Blue Roof Studios resident Beverly Morrison.

The art installations will include: RADIANT a group exhibition curated by Leonardo Bravo / Big City Forum celebrating how we honor the light, our connection to the earth, the sun, and to each other; an exhibit curated by Bettina Hubby from Curatorial Hub featuring  a diverse selection of works under $500 by well-known and emerging artists from Los Angeles and beyond; and Kristine Schomaker of Shoebox PR will curate “IMAGINE” a show of works by artists from her community of artists. In addition, Blue Roof Studios resident artists  Diana Sanchez, Terri Klass, Jacqueline Palafox, Zemer Peled and Beverly Morrison will open their studios for the event. Guest artists installations by Corazon Del Sol in collaboration with Marguerita Drexel and Linda Franke.

About Blue Roof Studios

Founded in 2016 by artist Galia Linn, Blue Roof Studios is a new multidisciplinary art hub located in South Los Angeles that offers a place for artists to work in an environment that fosters creativity and community. We are dedicated to developing long-term relationships, opening doors to meaningful experiences in the arts, growing accessible programs such as free art workshops, screenings, artist talks, exhibitions, and festivals.

The Blue Roof Studios Arts Festival is funded in part by the LA Department of Cultural Affairs, CANNDU/Empower LA, LACI CleanTech incubator, Maker City LA, and the generous support of friends of Blue Roof Studios. Additional support provided  by Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr., the California African American Museum, BardoLA, On Broadway Tattoos and social.experiment.

For more information and a complete list of of participants and schedule of events,

visit https://www.blueroofstudios.org/blue-roof-studios-arts-festival/

Diana Sanchez: blueroofstudios6@gmail.com

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A.M. Rousseau
Lines of Inquiry

May 5 to June 2, 2018
Opening Reception: May 5, 6-9pm
Artist Talk/Book Signing:
June 2, 2-4pm

Jason Vass
1452 E. Sixth Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021

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(Los Angeles, California) – Jason Vass is pleased to present Lines of Inquiry, an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by A.M. Rousseau. Rousseau is a multi-disciplined artist, writer and photographer currently living in Southern California who has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Rousseau’s works are imbued with an investigation of line. She takes her inspiration from a Paul Klee dictum: “Take a line for a walk, aimlessly for the sake of the walk.” She sees each line as a metaphor for the way life happens: one point leading to another, ever changing. For her, “Every line is a reflection of individual will, a unique indicator of purpose and direction, just as in hieroglyphics, a kind of handwriting that can be read if the system of mark making is understood.”

The works on view range from black and white works on paper like Downward Hang, and Left Leaning in which a succession of quasi concentric black lines gracefully flow as if suspended across two supports. The algorithm used in creating these works becomes more complex as Rousseau moves across multiple sheets of paper adding color into the mix. In works like Fire and Ice Quartet and 100 Line Rush Triptych the undulating curves have a wave-like pattern reminiscent of an abstracted ocean. When Rousseau moves from paper to canvas and from ink and colored pencil to acrylic paint, she begins to fill in shapes creating denser compositions where the linear elements originate from a central core.

Rousseau’s lines are both gestural and used to outline geometric forms as in Perspective Collective and Spiral Quartet. Her work has much in common with the timeless quality of ancient Chinese and Japanese calligraphy, at the same time as it is firmly rooted in contemporary art practice as comparisons to works by conceptual artists Sol LeWitt or Robert Mangold are apt as are connections to the works of Julie Mehretu.

A.M. Rousseau received her undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts College of Art and a Master’s Degree in Fine Art from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. She is the recipient of a National Endowment in the Arts Fellowship, The Djerassi Foundation Affymax Fellowship, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Artist Residency, Yaddo Artist residency, the Virginia Center for the Arts residency, the Manhattan Borough President’s Award for Excellence and Service in the Arts, and the Harc Foundation Award. She has been exhibiting since 1990 including most recently exhibitions at the Upland Museum of Art (2017), the Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (2016), CMay Gallery, Los Angeles and Korea (2015).

 

Los Angeles based Jeff Iorillo works with a variety of media to create sculptural pieces that resonate in the subconscious of the viewer. Jeff has recently been in Black at The Loft at Liz’s. In April, he will be part of “Scranch”, a group happening in Twentynine Palms. Then, opening May 3, he will be in a three-person show at LA Artcore Brewery Annex.

jeffiorillo.com

Artist Statement
I’m a Los Angeles-based painter, sculptor and filmmaker working in acrylic, enamel and mixed media on canvas, masonite, and metal, as well as clay, plaster, sheet steel, and video.

I am essentially a process artist, inspired by the investigation of materials and methods. This ongoing process exploration leads to distinct bodies of work, whose consistent throughline is a bold abstract approach pushing mass and momentum, color and gesture. I’m interested in seizing the attention with an immediate impact, then holding it with a dynamic technique and details that encourage speculation.

I’m looking to create images and objects with a presence that feels substantial, inhabited. I’m less interested in communicating my own story than I am in providing a moment of contemplation that invites the viewer to create their own. I’m going for work that has a tone, a feeling specific to itself.

The work lives at the boundary between control and chaos: a specific, usually invented, technique pushed to its breaking point to achieve a spontaneity and unrestrained quality beyond my original intention.

Shoebox PR is proud to share the exciting work of our artists and their latest exhibitions. We are honored to work with a diverse group of contemporary artists whose work ranges through conceptual, narrative, surreal, technical, historical and scientific. You will find them poetic, heart wrenching, awe-inspiring and more. Our artists are collected; they have press histories, growing resumes and they are making things happen.

If you are planning an important and thought provoking exhibition, our artists may provide the impact you want. We are happy to arrange studio visits, interviews and articles with our growing list of emerging and mid-career artists.

Thank you so much for your continued support. We would love to hear from you.


Glen

Glenn Waggner’s latest body of work combines landscapes, architecture and figures in alternate worlds. His solo show, The Existential After Party, at Neutra Institute Gallery & Museum, opens March 31, with a reception 7–10 pm, until April 15.


Kathryn

Kathryn Hart is busy creating new work for her trip to New York in May where she will be showing at A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn and in a solo show at School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. Kathryn was recently written up in Diversions LA.


Catherine

Catherine Ruane was showing in Feminism Now at Shoebox Projects and at Porch Gallery in the Thomas Fire Artists’ Recovery Exhibition earlier this month. She’s now at work preparing for an upcoming group show at Coagula Curatorial in June and for a solo show in September at West Valley College in Phoenix., AZ. Catherine was recently profiled by Gary Brewer in Art and Cake and her work was featured in the Drawing Issue of Artillery Magazine this spring.


Frederika

Shoebox is pleased to welcome Frederika Roeder to our group. Frederika is a painter influenced by a passion for extreme sporting, as a surfer and skier. She is currently showing Naked As a Daisy exhibit at Shockboxx to March 25 and in Art in Place at Art Exchange until May 6. She will also be in StArt Up Art Fair San Francisco April 27-29.


Robert

Robert Nelson is gearing up for a busy 2018. Robert has work in “Bottle Rocket to the Future” at Lyceum Gallery presented by West Coast Drawing until April 15 and you can find Robert’s work in Art in a New Place, at Art Exchange in Long Beach until May 6. Coming up this year, Robert has two solo shows. From August 11 to September 30, Robert will be at MOAH Lancaster with new work and then, running October 20 to November 30, Robert’s Dialog with the Future series will be at LAAA/Gallery 825.


Scott

Scott Froschauer unveiled his The Word on The Street public art installation in Glendale on November 2. The installation is still open for visitors at sites throughout the city and was mentioned in LA Times and on ABC7. Scott’s Ten Principles will be on display at Playa Art Park, Reno, Nevada until May. He is currently working on a long term installation at Beyond the Lines Gallery and trying to be modest about his participatin in No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man in the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington opening March 30.


Dani

Dani Dodge was snowed under in Ireland while on a residency at Cow House Studios. She created brilliant environmental works in the studio woods to honor the stormy weather.


Karen

Karen Hochman Brown is currently showing and demonstrating her process in “Botanic Geometry” at Crain Art Gallery in Crowell Public Library, San Marino. The show was reviewed by Kathy Zimmerer for Art and Cake. Coming up in April , Karen will be having a solo show at The Main Gallery in Santa Clarita. In May, she will be taking part in the LA Metro System’s “Through the Eyes of Artists” with posters on public transit throughout the city.


Douglas

Douglas Tausik Ryder creates large scale sculptures that replicate the look and feel of traditional, crafted objects but are made with computer-aided technology. Douglas will be having a solo show of his large works at Jason Vass Gallery in October.


J Fredric

J. Fredric May is currently showing in a two-person show at Keck School of Medicine of USC until April 19th. He is preparing for a solo exhibition of “Apparition: Postcards from Eye See You” at Blue Sky Gallery in the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, April 5–29, in Portland, OR. He will also have work in Construction: A Group Show About Memory and Fabrication at Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica Art Studios opening April 21.


Steve

Steve Seleska has recently closed shows at Irvine Fine Arts Center, Shoebox Projects, Coagula Curatorial and the San Luis Obispo Museum of Arts. Steve is currently at work in his studio getting ready for future exhibitions.


Lauren

Lauren Mendelsohn-Bass recently had work in Art in Place at Newberry Lofts, Long Beach and took part in Art Grind at the Mar Vista Artwalk. She is currently showing in Art in a New Place at Art Exchange just down the road. Next month, Lauren will be showing two pieces in Made in California opening April 21.


Cathy

Cathy Immordino’s busy schedule continues with work in the Member’s Show at the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO until April 7 and again in May. She is also part of a panel discussion at the Academy of Art University on May 2. Cathy’s photo, Leave Me Alone, has been accepted into Alluvian Spring 2018 Environmental Loss & Abandonment issue.


Jeff

Jeff Iorillo has work in Black at The Loft at Liz’s until March 26. In April Jeff will be part of “Scranch”, a group happening in Twentynine Palms. Then, opening May 3, he will be in a three-person show at LA Artcore Brewery Annex.


Chen

After a number of shows in early March, Chenhung Chen is in the studio preparing for the StArt Up Art Fair in San Francisco opening April 27 and for Studio Systems IIat Torrance Art Museum in June. Chen is delighted to have been chosen as one of the artists exhibiting at LAX – Los Angeles International Airport in their upcoming program. More details to come.


JJ

J.J. L’Heureux continues her busy schedule of showings in 2018. “Faces from the Southern Ocean” is on view at the Houston Museum of Natural Science until April. She also has work in “Art Speaks! Lend Your Voice” presented by the National Women’s Caucus for Art at Arena 1 Gallery in Santa Monica. Her show, 17 Expeditions: Antarctica continues at Moorpark College Art Gallery, until April 2.


Sam

Samuelle Richardson has had a number of shows in March, at LAAA/Gallery 825, in Art Speaks! Lend Your Voice and in Feminism Now. After seeking inspiration in Europe recently, she is preparing to be part of Studio Systems II at TAM in June and in a juried exhibition at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery opening July 22.


John Waiblinger

John Waiblinger is busy in the studio preparing for upcoming shows in 2018. He currently has work on display locally in Journey at Cerritos College Art Gallery, March 19-23.


Erika

Erika Lizee recently had work in Art Palm Springs and in Feminism Now at Shoebox Projects. Erika is currently showing in Women on the Rise, 2018 at Vita Art Center until March 31.


Randi

Randi Matushevitz opened her solo show, Conundrum, at LAAA on March 17. It runs through April 20. She is also looking forward to taking part in A Feminist Perspective 4.0 presented by We Choose Art at Montalban Gallery, opening March 23.


Pam

Pam Douglas has recently closed shows at The Ebell of Los Angeles (with Women Painters West)  and Points of View at Muzeumm. She is busy preparing for a solo show at TAG in September.


Bibi

Bibi Davidson is currently showing La Luzapalooza at La Luz de Jesus gallery until April 1. Later this month, you can find Bibi’s work in A Feminist Perspective 4.0presented by We Choose Art at Montalban Gallery, opening March 23.


Linda

Linda Sue Price will continue in She Bends: Women in Neon when it opens at The Midway Arts Complex in San Francisco on March 24. While at MONA in Glendale, the show was reviewed in Art and Cake. Locally, Linda has work in Art + Science + Craft IV at the Fine Arts Building in Los Angeles through April 8 and in Art in a New Place at Art Exchange in Long Beach through May 6.


Susan

Susan Amorde has recently shown in Feminism Now at Shoebox Projects and in “Points of View” at Muzeumm. She is currently at work in the studio on new projects.


 

 

 

Randi Matushevitz

Conundrum Solo Exhibit

March 17th-April 20th, 2018 Opening reception: Saturday, March 17th, 6-9 p.m.

LAAA | Gallery 825 825 N. La Cienaga Blvd., CA 90069 Ph. 310.652.8272

Randi Matushevitz’s unmasked expressionism

(Los Angeles, California) – Gallery 825 is pleased to present a solo exhibit with L.A.-based artist Randi Matushevitz whose works on canvas deliver an unmasked view of humanity within our current socio-political climate. Matushevitz’s themes of social inequities seen from the point of view of the homeless and technologically-mobile paint a stark portrait of humanity.

Matushevitz further draws upon contrasts materially, through dense networks of markmaking, stenciling, spray-painting, and traditional painting in oil and acrylic. The works’ charged positive and negative spaces illuminate her subjects conflating tender vulnerability with violence and dislocation.

Matushevitz draws upon and resonates with the aesthetics of German Expressionism whose adopters reacted to the rise of academic art, nationalism, and militarism leading up to, and during World War I. Expressionism’s narratives advanced humanistic ideas of social displacement, alienation, urbanization and eschewed formal conventions of Impressionism and academic art. In her 2017 essay Expressive Intensity, writer Betty Ann Brown articulated in Matushevitz’s art, an essential expression of the “…the human condition, our quest for connectivity, and the pain we all suffer in this earthly existence.”

The public is invited to attend Matushevitz’s opening reception on Sunday, March 17th, 6-9 p.m. where the artist will be on hand to discuss her techniques and questions.

Misty Cabbage by Karen Hochman Brown
Misty Cabbage by Karen Hochman Brown

Karen Hochman Brown: Fine Art Photographs Driven by Math and Technology

Let us introduce you to Karen Hochman Brown. Karen creates digital images inspired by her childhood affinity for kaleidoscopes and her passion for math and technology. Karen will be opening her solo show at Crain Art Gallery in the San Marino Library on February 24, through to April 6. Then, in May and June this year, Karen’s work will be part of the Through the Eyes of Artists posters on LA METRO System.

Artist Statement
I’m a child in my mother’s garden. Flashes of color and light dance as I hold my first kaleidoscope up to one eye, close the other, find a source of light, and the rest of the world disappears while I endlessly turn, turn, turn.

The light transforms broken bits of colored glass into perfect rays of symmetry. Identical triangles recede into the mirrors, creating vibrant patterns, effortlessly changing as I spin the tube while my heart beats in wild delight at the endless play of animations.

I slow the spin, watch for an exceptional shape and stop. The momentary pattern is fragile, can collapse in an instant, so I hold very, very still. Even then, precision is required. Who would imagine that I was igniting a life-long passion for the swirling patterns of light and color born on a summer’s day so long ago?

Today my kaleidoscope is more complex. Computer software and hardware replace the simple tube of cardboard, glass, and mirror. I sit with a stylus and keyboard, watching the show unfold as I turn, layer, and spin the reflection from one of my photographs, brightly illuminated in my monitor.

No longer restricted to a three-way reflection or a flat mirror, I romp through polar space, fiddle with fractals, and play in the realm of infinite images.

From one of my photographs, I pull out the metaphorical “broken bits of glass” and turn these into my own kaleidoscopic imagery — spinning, nudging, and shifting these flecks of light until, like that child on the lawn, my heart beats wildly and I become lost in the endless dance of color, light and shape.

Nano Bug City by Karen Hochman Brown
Nano Bug City by Karen Hochman Brown
Erythrina on Fire by Karen Hochman Brown
Erythrina on Fire by Karen Hochman Brown