In Paradisum Cantavit – (Google Latin for “The Paradise Crew”) – is a 53’ wide mural created by JT Burke that will be unveiled at Fabrik Projects Gallery on Saturday, September 8, opening day of the Los Angeles fall art season. This outdoor mural is composed of Burke’s original photos of vintage costume jewelry and brass figurines, assembled together digitally to create an eye-popping panorama of cheeky characters that are the inhabitants of his visionary world.
This highly detailed, large-scale image is an ambitious continuation of Burke’s series of images that envision Paradise as a beautiful myth and a concoction of human desire. His use of jewelry and ornamental objects as the building blocks of his joyous utopia ties together tangible objects from the human world with a vision of mankind’s ultimate beauty.
JT Burke is now represented by Fabrik Projects Gallery. In Paradisum Cantavit will remain on view through 2019.
About JT Burke
Jeffrey Thomas Burke received a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1981, and an (hon)MS from Brooks Institute of Photography in 1999. His work has been exhibited in New York City, Bristol UK, Basel Switzerland, Barcelona Spain, Naples Italy and throughout Southern California. A former advertising photographer and commercial director, Burke was an early pioneer of digital capture and manipulation.
JT Burke lives and works in South Pasadena, CA.
About Fabrik Projects Gallery
Fabrik champions new ideas in contemporary art by providing a platform to nurture emerging and mid-career artists, enabling them to take risks.
Fabrik Projects Gallery
2636 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90034
Tues. – Fri. 11am-5pm
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.
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
By utilizing the materials and visual language of street signs, Los Angeles-based artist Scott Froschauer is able to harness the power of authority while playing with viewers understanding and perception of public space and the role of art in it. By replacing the traditional controlling language on public street signs with positive life-affirming statements, The Word on The Street seeks to provide something that is missing from our hum-drum daily visual diet.
Scattered throughout and sponsored by the city of Glendale, California, Froschauer has placed 20 different custom street signs all over, hoping to engage and inspire city visitors and residents to see the world just a little bit brighter. The signs range in message and tone, but maintain the standard directional sign styles and shapes. Touching on positivity, curiosity and absurdity, Froschauer’s signs are evocative, supportive and whimsical, inspiring a smirk or smile to all those who view them.
Juxtaposing the expectations of passersby, Froschauer is particularly fascinated with the role of the public space—hoping to combat the common thought that public space is meant to host signage and messaging to control and conform people in order to keep things copasetic and peaceful among the masses. Froschauer has utilized this expectation in order to produce a positive and shocking response from his viewers. Applying the power of street art to the concept of public signage, he has found an untapped area of captivation in contemporary art where the street art is not a visually rebellious statement, illegally operating and going against the system. Instead, Froschauer employs a contextual rebellion from the mundane messaging but still utilizes the government-approved signage style in order to gain proper attention from viewers as well as utilize the positive shock value of his opposing messages.
These signs are so similar to the traditional street signs that many people pass right by them without even realizing the signs say something different than they expected. This aha moment is a mandatory aspect of Froschauer’s work, demanding the viewers’ participation to complete this experiential artwork.
Aiming to give viewers a positive yet momentary emotional lift, Froschauer hopes that people who see his signs start to expect extraordinary things in ordinary places more often, evoking greater imagination and positivity by the masses. His messaging in The Words on The Street are simple yet thought provoking, with self-love and compassion at the core of his sign statements. With just 20 new additions to the city’s public space, Glendale now offers all visitors and residents a boost of positive energy and personal empowerment.
About the artist:
Scott Froschauer is a experimental artist and art fabricator in Los Angeles. His background consists of a structured education in Engineering, Photography, Computer Programming and Business. He earned a B.A. in Theoretical Linguistics from Syracuse University and has broad practical experience in Fabrication, Design, Non-ordinary Reality, Experiential Narrative, Venture Capital, Counterfeiting and Breathing. His background in the motion picture industry as a Key Grip has given him the skills to rapidly deploy large engineering projects for television shows, feature films, commercials and music videos. His fine artwork covers a broad range of subjects and materials from ephemeral street art and experiential narrative events to gunpowder illustration and alternative technique photography to practical sculpture and many large scale pieces for the Burning Man Festival, including the fabrication of The Church Trap, a large scale sculpture which was featured in numerous publications. Scott also fabricated RuckusRoots’ 2015 Wild Art sculpture, for the LA Zoo.
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.
Shoebox Projects Residency
September 25 – November 5, 2017
660 South Avenue 21 #3 Los Angeles, CA 90031
On view during the Brewery Artwalk October 21st and 22nd 11-6pm
For their residency and exhibition at Shoebox Projects, Bibi Davidson and Dwora Fried will collaborate on an installation entitled Two Women, One Reality. Though both artists grew up in the fifties in different parts of the world — one in Israel, the other in Austria — they both vividly remember being left alone as toddlers, watching their parents get ready for a night on the town feeling imprisoned in their cribs, crying; terrified by noises, shadows and ghosts and are using these memories as the point of departure for their collaboration. Through ongoing discussions of these personal experiences Davidson and Fried will translate their memories into an installation. They envision the exhibition as a “fifties room” with a crib, ugly wallpaper and a video filmed by Dwora’s daughter Anjoum Agrama, that evokes a visit to the darker places in their collective psyche—a kind of self portrait of the early days of the artist’s lives and surroundings, that evokes the idea that evil—real or imagined— is lurking around the corner.
Shoebox Projects is a self-directed residency program founded in 2016 by Kristine Schomaker where artists are given space and time to conceptualize and create new works. During a residency, artists have the time and freedom to try out new ideas, open their space to viewers for feedback or embark on collaborations as Davidson and Fried are doing with Two Women, One Reality. Though these artist’s individual practices are quite different— Bibi Davidson is a painter whereas Dwora Fried makes mixed media sculptures and installations, there are overlaps in their subject matter and approaches which makes this and ideal opportunity for collaboration.
Bibi Davidson is an Israeli born, Los Angeles based artist whose illustrative-style works are allegorical representations of the chaotic and unsettling realities of her childhood. Her boldly colored narrative paintings are autobiographical and social commentary while simultaneously layered with elements of humor. They are captivating and purposefully quirky works that investigate personal and universal conflicts, as well as the chaos that defines our times. Through the process of painting, Davidson charms and calms her inner self.
Davidson’s most recent solo exhibition was The Girl in the Red Dress at Gallery 825, Los Angeles (2016). Her work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions throughout Southern California including: Laluzapalooza, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, With Liberty and Justice for Some, Walter Maciel Gallery, Love and Hate, Avenue 50 Studio (2017); A Feminist Perspective, MuzeuMM, Mas Attack, Torrance Art Museum (2016); Day Dreamers, BG Gallery, Sacred Memories, Pico House Gallery, Bunnymania, Chungking Studios and Wilding Cran Gallery (2015). For more information visit: http://www.bibidavidson.com
Dwora Fried is a mixed media assemblage artist who creates both small tableaux in glass fronted wooden boxes and life-sized enterable installations. She grew up in post-war Vienna, where as a Jewish lesbian and child of Holocaust survivors she felt like an outsider and has parlayed these experiences into artworks that explore themes of danger, loss and secrecy. Recent works also comment on the current political climate and the immigrant experience in Los Angeles.
Fried’s most recent solo exhibit was BIG BOX/little box at Gallery 825, Los Angeles (2016). In addition, she had solo exhibits at the Jewish Museum in Venice, Italy (2014), Benedict Gallery in Vienna, Austria (2013), Woolfson &Tay in London, GB (2011). She has been exhibiting in group shows at Elmhurst Art Museum in Chicago (2017), OCCA (2017), Walter Maciel Gallery (2017), Art Share LA (2016), SPARC (2015). Fried also has work in the permanent collection at Vienna’s MUSA museum. For more information visit: http://dworafried.com
Santa Fe Art Colony is pleased to announce our 28th annual Open Studio Event.
There are 57 artist units at the SFAC,and they house a multitude of artists working in many mediums. Once a year the entire community comes alive and opens their studios for an art walk.
The live/work spaces offer guests an opportunity to meet and converse with the artist about their work, history and goals. It is an unique experience to see an artist at work and all work is for sale directly from the artist.
Santa Fe Art Colony was founded in 1988 with a grant from the LA Community Redevelopment Agency, to provide affordable living space for L.A. artists. SFAC is considered one of the oldest artist community residences in Los Angeles.
Over the years many renowned artists have called SFAC their home and today features a wide range of practicing artists covering mediums from painting, sculpture, photography, film, graphic design, architecture and more.
For more information: email: Santa_Fe_Art_Colony@yahoo.com
Participating Artists: Bill Neal, Damien David, Dawn Arrowsmith, Diane Cockerill, Don Lewis, Duke P Choi, Elena Phillips, Fatemeh Burnes, Gina Han, Greg Martin, H. George Herbert, Julie Arnoff, Kristine Augustyn, Laurel H. Paley, Lillian Abel, Lucy Jensen, Mary Bonic, Mike Vegas, Sharon Ryan, Stephen J Winawer, Stuart Needman, Sylvia Tidwell
October 12 to November 12, 2017
Opening Reception: 6-8 p.m. Friday, October 13, 2017
A.I.R. Gallery is pleased to announce Fugitive Love Song by Los Angeles-based artist Dani Dodge. Dodge has exhibited her work extensively at museums and galleries throughout the West Coast. This is her first solo exhibition in New York City.
Fugitive Love Song documents Dodge’s 2016 guerrilla art project carried out in locations throughout Los Angeles and places she visited, including New York. For 366 days, using lipstick, spray paint, markers and printed flyers, Dodge surreptitiously (and sometimes shamelessly) spread a singular message: “# Just the way you are.” By distilling a potent message of affirmation through this iconic song lyric, Dodge used her public intervention to insert small, fleeting moments of joy into the otherwise chaotic tempo of everyday life.
“2015 had been a tough year for me emotionally,” Dodge said. “The fact that people could take then-candidate Donald Trump seriously after his misogynist attacks on women such as Rosie O’Donnell, Carly Fiorina and Megyn Kelly caused me to question this country I love. I was struggling. I knew others were as well.”
“If there was ever a time for a sappy love song message to be shared with other women in the world, this was it.”
By combining the saturated sweetness of the phrase with the often-illegal means of sharing it on bathroom mirrors, street signs and sidewalks, Dodge’s project provided unexpected “fugitive” moments of encouragement intended as a momentary refuge from a judgmental world.
For her solo show at A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, Dodge sewed photographs of each day’s message into clouds she posts on the walls, along with mirrors. The mirrors — with the same phrase written onto them — are perfect for the self-affirmation selfie the gallery patron has always needed. Because you know what? You are great Just The Way You Are.
Working with themes surrounding identity, forgiveness and social justice, Dodge creates immersive, interactive environments and installations that incorporate video, paint and performance. In 2016, Americans for the Arts named Dodge’s interactive installation/performance “CONFESS” one of the outstanding public art projects of the previous year. She has had more than 14 solo shows since 2008. Her 2017 solo show “Personal Territories,” an interactive installation at the Lancaster Museum of Art and History, included four performance art pieces that activated different areas of the community.
A.I.R. Gallery is located at 155 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn, NY. It is open Wednesday through Sunday 12-6 p.m.